‘Rock the School Bells’ Empowers Students through Hip-Hop

Sacramento City College will host its second annual “Rock the School Bells” daylong educational outreach event on Saturday, Oct. 18, on the college campus. Organizers expect the free conference, which uses hip-hop to get regional high school students excited about college, will attract about 250 participants this year.

Last year’s inaugural event at the college connected 135 high school and Sacramento City College students in activities such as an emcee battle, dance battle and workshops featuring local artists and nonprofits. The goal is to emphasize the importance of higher education and the value of personal development, healthy lifestyles and positive social change within the community. From its origins at Skyline Community College in San Bruno in 2007, RTSB has used the “edu-tainment” approach to touch the lives of thousands of young people along the west coast.

“This year we’re going to open the conference with a quick energizer featuring the five elements of hip-hop culture,” said RTSB organizer and SCC faculty member Ken Times. “Students will see an exhibition of hip-hop dance styles and graffiti, which will be led by an emcee and a DJ presenting their skills. The fifth element is knowledge of self, so after the energizer we’ll send them out to their workshops, which are based on hip-hop culture, higher education, social justice and self-development.”

Event co-organizer and SCC faculty member Adam Freas describes the daylong activities as a “balance of lecture, discussion, discourse, physical movement and engagement” that can be enjoyed by all.

“We want to engage the students and reframe how they approach education with the mindset that they don’t have to just sit there and be talked to – they can be part of the process,” Freas said.

Teaching students that they have the power to shape their educational experiences also instills in them a confidence that will carry over to their careers, Times said. “What we like to say to students is ‘Find your hip-hop,’” he added.

For more information, visit www.rtsbsac.org or www.facebook.com/RTSB916.


Panthers FB Team Wins in a Shootout

Quarterback Jason Samuels threw for six touchdown passes, including the game-winner with less than 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter as the SCC Panthers beat Chabot 52-49 on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Hughes Stadium.

Samuels finished the game with 438 yards passing on 37 completions. His favorite target was wide receiver Jordan Morrison, who caught 16 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns. The Panthers are now 3-2 on the season, and ranked 7th in Northern California. They begin conference play on Oct. 18.

To learn more about SCC Athletics, visit sccpanthers.losrios.edu.

Photo credit: Dianne Rose

Library Girl

Fast-Track Classes Start Oct. 16

The fall semester has started, but there’s still time to enroll in classes. Fast-Track classes are an opportunity for students to start certain full-credit classes halfway or later into the semester. They’re a great option for students who prefer an alternative to the 16-week full semester class offerings.

If you are looking for a class, check out the course schedule to see what is available. Enroll soon because seats fill quickly!

Here are some important dates to remember regarding Fast-Track classes this spring semester*:

  • Week of Oct. 16: Second 8-week classes begin
  • Week of Nov. 4: Third 5-week classes begin

To enroll or learn more about the Los Rios Steps to Success, visit success.losrios.edu. Find your success today!


Makserade art projects

MASKERADE 2 at the Kondos Gallery through October 30

Join us for the new show in the Kondos Gallery, MASKERADE 2,  a show of masks by more than 30 artists including some of our own art faculty and staff.

The how will run from October 2 – 30, 2014 Monday-Thursday from 12 pm – 4pm and Friday 12 pm – 3 pm.

A reception will take place Thursday, Oct 2 from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Questions? Call 558-2559 or email stevens@scc.losrios.edu.

Andy Porras

Andy Porras Presents: Much More Then Margaritas and Mariachis! September 23

Join Andy Porras – educator, activist and journalist – as he presents a historical perspective and timeline of the accomplishments of Mexican people.

The presentation will take place Tuesday, September 23 from 12 pm – 1:30 pm in the Cultural Awareness Center (CAC). For more information, please visit the CAC website.

SCC Students

Fall 2014 Club Day October 2

Student Leadership and Development (SLD) will be hosting the Fall 2014 Club Day event on Thursday, October 2nd from 10 am – 2 pm on the main quad.

Many of SCC’s active clubs will be participating in this event to showcase who they are, what they do, and how you may get involved.

If your student club would like to participate in this event, please complete the attached  Club Day Reservation form and submit it to the SLD office no later than Monday, September 29th.

SLD is also looking for student talent to perform during this event and time slots are filling up fast! If you are interested or know someone who may be interested in showcasing their talents please Christopher Torres at 916-558-2382.

Students Holding Math Textbooks

Math Programs Beginning October 3

Beginning October 3, students are invited to participate in these programs:

Math Pump: SCC’s Math Assessment Review

  • Review before re-taking the math assessment
  • Use “MyFoundationsLab” diagnostic
  • Get personal assistance from math instructor and student tutors

This no-cost workshop will meet:

When: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, and 11/14 TIME: 1:30 pm to 3 pm. You must attend all Friday workshops; the assessment will be given on 11/14.
Where: Business Building, 103

Space is limited to 30 students. To register, Call 916-558-2202 or email to Viorica Petcan with your name, phone number, and student ID number.

I’ve Got to Pass this Class!

Students of Math 100 (103/104) and Math 120 (123/124) : Do you feel that some extra time with a tutor would help you be successful?

The I’ve Got to Pass this Class! program runs every Friday, October 3rd through December 5th, 10 am – 2 pm, in BUS 143, Main Campus.

We are looking for students committed to attending 2 hours every week. Join us to get tutoring help for your class, test taking tips, and more!

Sign-up by October 1st – Email your name, class that you are in, and your student id number to Viorica Petcan.

James Barrera

Celebration del Dieciséis September 16

In commemoration of Mexico & Central American Independence Day, the Cultural Awareness Center will sponsor a special performance by James Barrera.

Student Leadership and Development is bringing out DJ Big Al from ALifornia Entertainment to play salsa, Cumbia, and Mariachi music.

The celebration will be held from 12 pm – 1 pm on the SCC Quad.