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Donation of “Condom Cart” on World AIDS Day

Thanks to the work of Adjunct Professor Patty Blomberg, several of her students in this semester’s Human Sexuality course, and the Capital City AIDS Fund (CCAF), Sacramento City College is the recipient of a brand new motorized golf cart, called the “Condom Connection.”

The keys to the new golf cart, painted in SCC colors, with our logo and other catchy phrases (such as “Protect your Panther”), were formally given to Dr. Mary Turner, Vice President of Instruction, last night during a World AIDS Day celebration and remembrance at FACES nightclub in downtown Sacramento.

The “Condom Connection” will be delivered to the campus soon, and will then be used by our Health Services department to drive around the main campus and deliver free condoms and information concerning the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Unfortunately, the most at-risk age group for contracting STIs is between 20 and 29.

“We think this cart will be a fun way to break down barriers, so our students will know to use a barrier, Dr. Turner said as she accepted the keys on behalf of SCC and President Kathryn Jeffery.

In addition, the donation and issue of STIs among college age students was reported by Fox40 news during their 10 p.m. broadcast. To see and read the report, click on the following link:

Again, we wish to congratulate Professor Blomberg and her students and thank the Capital City AIDS Fund for all their work on this exciting donation to SCC! Look for it around campus soon.


U.C. President Visits Sac City

Sacramento City College served as host to Janet Napolitano, University of California President, and more than 20 community college presidents and chancellors from throughout Northern California Monday morning. The gathering was part of a series of “Conversations” Ms. Napolitano, the former Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, is having with community college leaders throughout the state. Her intent is to see more students transfer from the community colleges to the U.C. System.

Topics during the 2 ½ hour session included a range of topics of mutual benefit between the two higher education systems. The group discussed the use of transfer agreements (TAGs), how well community college transfer students do once they arrive on U.C. campuses, ideas for developing stronger pathways that lead from high school to the community colleges and then to U.C., and advocating for a stronger system-wide approach to higher education in California.

The meeting followed last week’s decision by the University of California Regents to raise tuition at U.C. campuses by 5 percent in each of the next five years. Napolitano said the tuition increase was necessary because the California state budget has not kept pace with inflation, or allowed the higher education system (including the community colleges and the California State Universities) to expand its programs and services to the state’s students.

Napolitano and her staff chose Sacramento City College because of our Davis Educational Center, which is located on the U.C. Davis campus. She previously held a similar conference at Merced College because of its close ties to U.C. Merced.

Pictured are California Community College Chancellor Brice Harris, and Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California.


Choral “Open House” and Concert Upcoming

If you like to sing and have thought about joining a choir, then the Sac City Choir may be for you.

The group will hold an “Open House” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Performing Arts Center. It is free and open to the public. Choir Director Daniel Paulson said his current choir and all those in attendance will sing some Christmas carols first and then the choir will perform a few selections.

The Open House comes one week before the end-of-semester choral concert, which is set for 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 in the Performing Arts Center. Contact the PAC for more information.

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Center Makes Enrolling for Spring 2015 Easy

West Sacramento Center helps enrolling in college to be much easier. Look at the steps below, and know that someone is always available to help.

1) Computers are available in the e-Services Area for students to complete their college applications
2) As soon as a student receives his or her LRCCD ID number, they can make an appointment to take their assessment test at the Center.
3) After the assessment test, students can make an appointment to see the counselor at the Center.
4) Students may also use the computers in the e-Services Area to complete their New Student Orientation and FAFSA (Financial Aid) application.

Again, staff members are always available to answer any questions and for any help needed during the registration and enrollment process.

Stop by the West Sacramento Center, 1115 West Capitol Avenue, for one-on-one help.


County Awards Sac City for Designated Smoking Areas

SCC was recognized recently by the Sacramento County Tobacco Control Coalition for implementing a total of eight Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) at the main campus and the Davis and West Sacramento educational centers in response to health and environmental concerns.

College nurse Wendy Gomez, who spearheaded the campus effort, accepted the award on behalf of SCC at the Tobacco Control Coalition’s 17th Annual Recognition Meeting. The coalition operates under the County Department of Health and Human Services.

The need to address smoking concerns on campus came about through a formal complaint and the issue moved through the college’s shared governance process. A survey was conducted to hear the opinions of students and employees. Based on the results of the survey and feedback from SCC’s participatory governance groups, the new campus environmental standard was created and the Designated Smoking Areas were formed. Under the new standard, smoking at the college and its learning centers is allowed only at Designated Smoking Areas.

The DSAs are enforced in tandem with the Los Rios Community College District’s longstanding policy of no smoking within 30 feet of building entrances, outdoor air intakes and operable windows.

DSA locations and additional information can be found online at


Complete Lower Division Units in Davis

Planning for spring semester?

Did you know that you can complete your IGETC (Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) requirements at the Davis Center? And we offer the whole curriculum for some Associate Degrees for Transfer (for example, psychology or communication).

The IGETC (pronounced “I-get-see”) curriculum provides an alternative to the CSU General Education-Breadth requirements or the UC campus GE/Breadth requirements. IGETC helps if you know you want to transfer, but don’t know if you will end up at a UC or a CSU. It can also help if you are unsure which major you will work toward.

Make an appointment with a Davis Center counselor now to map out your path to completion!

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SCC Student Journalists Win Several Honors

The Sacramento City College Express print and online campus newspapers earned seven awards on Saturday at the 2014 Journalism Association of Community Colleges NorCal conference held at Sacramento State University.

The Express students won JACC’s highest honor for producing Online General Excellence for its online newspaper, given to only a handful of Northern California community college newspapers. is edited this semester by online editor in chief Jonathan Taraya, and last semester by online editor in chief Teri Barth.

“It’s extremely gratifying to see our students succeed and be rewarded for the great work they do in creating a strong student website and newspaper,” said visual media faculty adviser to the campus newspapers Randy Allen, who accompanied SCC students to the conference. “The students named on these awards and those who supported them take this work very seriously and it’s great to see them rewarded for it.”

Multimedia videographer Tamara Knox won a first-place award for her video on the “HAIRitage” art exhibit in the LRC about the cultural influence and significance of African American neighborhood barbershops. Knox also works on campus in the Cultural Awareness Center. You can see her aware winning video at

Other visual media awards were won by Express photographer Dianne Rose, who took second place for her shot of City College baseball infielder Jerrod Bravo in a home game against American River College at Union Stadium.

J.D. Villanueva won a second place in the webcast/broadcast news category for his online piece on student responses in fall 2013 to anti-abortion group Project Truth’s graphic photographic displays of aborted fetuses on campus.

In reporting and writing, managing editor Meg Masterson won second place for her editorial on suggesting the new Student Services building be named after Belle Cooledge, then-Sacramento Junior College’s vice president and a past Sacramento mayor.

Masterson also won fourth place for a features story about SCC retired custodian Harry Outlaw and Jerry Pair’s adventures in campus cleanup. Kristopher Hooks, features editor, won a fourth-place award for his profile piece on SCC biology professor David Wyatt.

“It was pretty cool to hear my name being called,” said Hooks, who attended the conference. “Since last semester was my first time writing journalistically, the possibility of winning another award gives me an extra push to perfect whatever I write.”

Students in SCC’s journalism, photography and graphic communication courses create both the print newspaper, the Express, and the online newspaper,

The JACC NorCal conference held workshops and competitions for students from community college journalism programs in Northern California. JACC is a non-profit organization that represents community college journalism programs and their publications located in California and Arizona. More than 100 community colleges belong to the organization.

We Pause and Say Thank You

A Brief History of Veterans Day
When the armistice, or temporary cessation of fighting, in World War I went into effect, it was generally agreed to begin on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of the first world war. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.

The original concept was to celebrate the day with parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. By 1926, Nov. 11 was declared a national holiday in commemoration of those who died during the war.

“Armistice Day” was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 1938, and it was a day to be dedicated to “the cause of world peace.” Although originally set aside to honor veterans of World War I, the holiday was expanded to include all veterans in 1954, after World War II had required the “greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in our Nation’s history.” The word “Armistice” was replaced by the word “Veterans.”

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, no matter what day of the week it happens to be. This not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on its important purpose: “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”

For more information on Veterans Day, please go to

In addition, Sacramento City College has several programs specifically for Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Veterans Resource Center is an on-campus facility designed to help Veterans and their dependents with homework, VA benefits and Admissions. It also provides computer access, free printing services, appointments with a designated VA counselor and a place to hang out and meet other Veterans on campus.

For more information, call (916) 650-2951 or visit

Sacramento City College will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.