Big Day of Giving

Thank You for your Donations

The Los Rios Foundation, which will funnel money back to Sacramento City College, raised nearly $10,000 during Tuesday’s Big Day of Giving.

In all, more than 500 local charities took home a combined $5.6 million in the one-day donate-a-thon.

Thank you for your contribution to this cause.


Explore Job Opportunities May 6 at SCC

Career Day is Wednesday, May 6, at Sacramento City College. Stop by the main campus Quad between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to meet employers and see what job opportunities are out there.

Bring your current resume to leave with employers. Some employers may conduct on-the-spot interviews, so come dressed for success and keep the weather in mind!

For more information, contact the Career Center at 916-558-2665.

New Student Services Building

New Building Officially Opened

The new Student Services Building was officially opened to the public on Friday morning.

About 125 people Joined in the celebration as we dedicated the newest building on Sac City’s campus. The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony, light refreshments and tours.

The building houses various Student Services functions, including Admissions & Records, DSPS, and Assessment. On the second floor, the Photography and Journalism departments will take residence in swanky new classrooms and labs.

In addition, the lobby was dedicated to the memory of the parents of one of our foundation donors, whose generous philanthropy to Sac City has allowed many of our students to attend college for free. The donor was Mrs. Carol Spurgeon, whose parents met at Sac City back in the 1930s.

Thanks for making our celebration a special day.

State capitol dome

Sacramento’s Assembly Member Touts Higher Ed Reform

California State Assembly member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), spent more than an hour on Monday afternoon explaining several parts of his legislative agenda to Sac City students, staff and faculty. McCarty is a freshman state legislator who spent 10 years on the Sacramento City Council prior to his election last November.

He said that new budgeting surpluses have allowed community colleges and the UC/CSU systems to gain back some of the money lost during the Great Recession of 2008-14. But there are still financial and societal challenges to address, he said.

McCarty took questions from the audience on an array of topics after spending time introducing himself to many people in the crowd. About 100 people attended the event in the Student Center.

Nepal Earthquake

Nepalese Student Asks for Help in Wake of Tragedy

Shanti Tamang, an SCC student originally from Nepal, has asked the SCC Community consider making a donation to one of four charities that are assisting in the aftermath of the violent earthquake that occurred in that country over the weekend.

A 7.8 Magnitude earthquake shook the region on Saturday, causing widespread devastation and approximately 2,000 deaths. Shanti’s mother and father still live in Kathmandu, the country’s capital. They were contacted in the hours immediately after the quake and found to be fine. Shanti said that a cousin’s house was destroyed during the shaking, but that none of her family was seriously injured.

However, many areas have lost electricity, people have not returned to their homes but are living in tent cities, there is little usable water, and a shortage of food.

Several charitable agencies have begun working in the Nepal region to assist those harmed. They include, the American Red Cross, Save the Children, Unicef, and Oxfam America. Shanti is hoping students and staff will consider making a donation to any of the four charities to help them provide necessities for the Nepalese people.

Shanti will be in the quad on People’s Day (May 7) asking people to make donations.

Hot Potato

Softball Team Earns #5 Seed; Hosts Playoff Series This Weekend

Over the weekend, the SCC Panthers softball team was named the #5 seed for the California Community College Athletic Association Northern California Regional playoffs!

Because of that seeding, SCC will host the first round of the playoffs (a best 2-of-3 series), vs. Shasta, as follows:
• Saturday, May 2: First pitch at 2 pm
• Sunday, May 3: First pitch of first game at Noon; If a second game is needed (e.g. If each team has won one game at that point), it would begin approximately 1/2 hour after the end of the first game, but not earlier than 2 pm.

Congratulations to Coach Kiernan and the team!

8 Plays about the Rails

All Aboard City Theatre’s Latest Play Offerings

City Theatre, SCC’s drama department, will present a series of 8 short, new railroad-inspired and themed plays that were created by local playwrights and commissioned by City Theatre. The plays will run weekends between April 24 and May 17.

The series of plays will be staged in two “Tracks” of 4 plays each. Track A will perform seven times, including the opening and closing performances. Track B will also perform seven times during the run.

Tickets range from $10 to $15, and can be reserved through

The theatre company advises that these plays are not appropriate for young children.


Students Lobby Lawmakers for More Money

Four students and a faculty advisor recently attended the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Capitol Forum in Washington D.C., where they became the first to represent Sacramento City College to the U.S. Congress as students from a newly minted Hispanic Serving Institution. Sacramento City College is the first institution of higher education in the Sacramento region to be named an HSI college based on the fact that more than 25% of its students identify as Hispanic.

Rose Shoen, Maria Medina, Jose Quezada and Mario Garcia were chosen to represent SCC students after a lengthy application process that included writing an essay and maintaining a high grade point average. In addition, the students had to be a beneficiary of some type of federal benefit. This might include federal financial aid, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, or other programs.

“I knew we would meet people who could help us connect with resources to help our community,”  said Medina, an economics major who plans to transfer to Sacramento State in the fall semester. “For myself, I love to help and advocate for people, many who don’t have a voice for themselves.”

Economics and Business Statistics professor Sandra Camarena arranged the trip and served as the student advisor. Camarena was named an HSI Fellow in 2014 by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and spent two weeks in Washington last summer learning about all the programs, opportunities and resources available to students of HSI colleges.

“It changed my perspective on teaching,” Camarena said. “I came back with all kinds of ideas in my head. “

That included taking students back to D.C. to lobby on behalf of their classmates and the college. Once in Washington, the students learned how to craft messages on various education-related issues that face Hispanic students, and how to lobby legislators in the correct manner.

“You have to be super specific and get your message across in 30 seconds or less,” Camarena said. “You only get one shot at it.”

So the students stayed up until 2 a.m. the morning before they were to meet with U.S. Representatives John Garamendi and Doris Matsui, honing their messages on the need to use Pell grants for summer classes and STEM grants for HSI institutions. Rose, Maria, Jose and Mario were four of the 15 student representatives from California to attend the lobbying event.

“The best apart was talking to Representative Matsui,” said Shoen, an economics major who is transferring to U.C. Davis in the fall through the TAG (Transfer Agreement) program. “It was really cool to be able to interact with our representative while on Capitol Hill. Plus, she represents really close to Sac City College.”

After their day of lobbying, Camarena also made sure the students had some time to visit many of the sites, including the Washington Monument, a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Arts, and Arlington National Cemetery.

“I think it is important for all of us to understand the price of freedom,” Camarena said. “Plus, I knew that some of these students might not get another chance to visit Washington.”

Both Medina said Shoen said the trip was life altering and life affirming.

“I don’t think Washington would have ever been on my list, but now I would take my family,” said Medina, who was undocumented until 2005 when she became a naturalized U.S. citizen. “It’s the capital of our country and you can live the history that is there.”

Camarena hopes that while this was the first group to travel to Washington D.C. for the HACU Capitol Forum, it will not be the last. It cost about $15,000 to send the students. The Student Associated Council, President’s Office, Office of Instruction and the SCC Foundation all contributed to the cause.

“If we are able to find a sustainable pot of money, then we can do it again,” Camarena said. “I’d like to see it continue.”

(Pictured from left are Jose Quezada, Rose Schoen, Mario Garcia, Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento), Professor Sandra Camarena, and Maria Medina. Taken in Rep. Matsui’s office in Washington, D.C.)

The Hunting Ground

Documentary Film Tackles Campus Assault

Sacramento City College, in cooperation with the Capital Victims Compensation Program, presented the award-winning documentary “The Hunting Ground” on Wednesday, April 22 as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

This screening was held in the main auditorium of the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. and included a panel discussion of the seriousness of this issue immediately thereafter.

SCC wishes to thank the California Victims Compensation Program and Sacramento WEAVE for its partnership in bringing this film to our campus and helping us shed a spotlight on this important college and community issue.

Fore more information, visit