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Transforming Lives – Taylor Buck, SCC Alum

Taylor Buck Commencement Day at UC Davis

We sent  over 100 images from a photo shoot that took place at SCC two years ago.  As a recent graduate of UC Davis, earning a BA in Political Science-Public Service with a minor in American Studies, we connected to catch up.

SCC: What was going through your mind when you looked at the photos?

Taylor: My immediate response was that it seemed like graduation from SCC was so long ago. In reality, it was quite a short time. I also thought about how fortunate I was to have been able to complete both my SCC and UC Davis journeys in my original four-year plan, without having to extend into a fifth year.

SCC: What has your journey been like from SCC to UCD? Did you miss SCC?

Taylor: I luckily had a relatively seamless journey from SCC to UCD. I attribute that to the SCC honors program and the professors that challenged my work ethic and academic ability. I missed the community of SCC, and how personable and supportive SCC professors always were.

SCC: Which SCC professor(s) made the greatest impact in your academic pursuits, and why?

Taylor: Sherri Patton from the history department made the greatest impact on my academic pursuits. Professor Patton’s classes were always both engaging challenging, and they pushed me to be a better student. She also served as a research sponsor during my time in the honors program, and I would not have been able to present at two research conferences without her support. Her progressive teaching style allowed me to expand my historical and political views, and that approach helped me succeed at UC Davis.

SCC: You work at the Sacramento Youth Alliance as a program coordinator.  Why is it important for you to contribute to the mission of taking action to build a society that respects and protects the rights of young people?

Taylor: I believe that young people are often left out of the decision making that shapes our communities.  I joined SYA as a member in 2016, and was later promoted to the coordinator position, which has allowed me to explore what it means to be a community organizer and engage young people in a meaningful way.

SCC: You were a scholarship recipient at SCC; is there anything you would like to share with donors?

Taylor: Receiving scholarships from the SCC Foundation granted me peace of mind throughout  my college experience. I am a first generation college student, and that financial support allowed me to stay on track for my four-year graduation plan. Without those gifts, my academic experience at SCC and UC Davis would have been much more challenging.

SCC: What’s next? Do you have plans to pursue an advanced degree?

Taylor: I do plan to continue my education, but I’m currently taking some time off to build my professional experience. I plan to pursue a Master’s in Public Policy someday.


Getting to Know Jack and Mary Mauger

Jack Elwin Mauger (October 5, 1912 – October 10, 1993) (Pronounced Ma-jor,)

Born in Sonora, California, Jack attended Sacramento Junior College (later to become Sacramento City College) from 1931 to 1933. He was a student-athlete in basketball and pole vaulting, holding the SJC record in pole vaulting for many years. He transferred to UC Berkeley (UCB) where he also competed asMary and Jack Mauger a record holder in the pole vault, graduating in 1935. He went on to receive his teaching credential at UCB in 1936.

Jack was known as “Coach” to his many athletes and students over the years during his long career in education. He was head track coach, “B” football, and basketball coach from 1937 to 1953 at McClatchy High School. Today the track at McClatchy is named in his honor. From 1953 to 1967, Jack Mauger was head track coach, assistant football coach, Athletic Director and Dean of Students at Sacramento City College. He was primarily responsible for the first all-weather track at Hughes Stadium. He served as Dean of Administration at Cosumnes River College until his retirement in 1976.

Jack was an internationally recognized pole vaulter. During the early/ mid-1930’s he was ranked second in the world. He held the world record for left-handed pole vaulters for 26 years. He was invited to the 1936 Olympics, but he could not go as he had accepted a job as a high school basketball coach which, in those days, made him a professional and, therefore, he was not allowed to go due to his employment.

Jack received many special honors including being inducted into the California Coaches Hall of Fame 1969, Golden West Track Hall of Fame 1975, Sacramento Athletic Hall of Fame 1982, Dedicated Service to Track and Field Award Pacific Association of the Athletic Congress and Dick Barbour Meritorious Service Award 1989. Additionally, he was an avid skier, golfer, and world traveler.

The family has established an endowment at SCC that provides a track and field scholarship every year in memory of Jack and Mary Mauger.

Mary Elizabeth Foulks Mauger (July 31, 1914 – October 19, 2010) (Pronounced Ma-jor,)

Mary was born in Sacramento in 1914 and raised on the Foulks Ranch in Elk Grove, California. She graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1931. She was an expert horsewoman, tennis player and swimmer. Mary enrolled at Sacramento Junior College in the fall of 1931 where she met Jack Mauger in a chemistry class. She transferred to UC Berkeley in 1933 and graduated in 1935. At UCB she was Panhellenic President, played tennis and was an excellent student.

Daughters Jacklyn “Jackie” Mauger Linn (SCC ‘58-’60) and Marylyn Mauger McInnes (SJC ‘55-‘56) relate the following story: “Mom and Dad met at Sacramento Junior College when they were partnered in a chemistry class. She said she was sure that they had paired them because he was a “jock”, probably not a very good student, and she would have to carry him through! That turned out not to be the case, obviously. Dad always said they were meant for each other because each of them had a car to go to college and so each thought the other came from “money.” That was not the case either! Both were family jokes handed down that served them well over the 57 years they had together.”

Mary began her teaching career at Elk Grove Grammar School in 1944 and taught until she opened her first business adventure “Major Fashions” in Elk Grove. It was the first clothing store in Elk Grove and later became the Elk Grove Department Store. She resumed her teaching career in 1953 teaching 7th grade at Elk Grove Elementary School and completed her career at Grant High School in 1965 where she was chair of the Girls P.E. Department and coach of the Deb Marines Synchronized Swim Team. In retirement she enjoyed playing bridge, golf, skiing, traveling and was active with the Sacramento Children’s Home for many years.

The family has established an endowment at SCC that provides a track and field scholarship every year in memory of Jack and Mary Mauger.

Meet Award-Winning SCC Alumna Jasmine Hakim Elahi

Jasmine Hakim-Elahi in cap and gown

“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving Sacramento City College and my community over the years and I am extremely honored to have won the Distinguished Service Award.  This is truly a dream come true.”

Jasmine Hakim-Elahi graduated in the spring of 2018 with degrees in Biology, Chemical Technology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Mathematics for Transfer, Interdisciplinary Studies: Mathematics and Science, Interdisciplinary Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences, and a certificate of achievement in Chemical Technology.  She will attend UC Berkeley in the fall of 2018 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.  Go Bears! Once she earns her bachelor’s degree, Jasmine will attend graduate school and pursue a career as a research scientist.

Jasmine was a high performing student. She was chosen as the SCC Department of Chemistry’s Student of the Year, and was selected as a National Science Foundation Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Scholarship recipient, an honor that only twenty students received from all four colleges of the LRCCD.  She was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and received first place for the Non-Fiction Literary Award of the California and Nevada Division of PTK for one of her compositions.  Additionally, Jasmine was also a member of MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science, and Achievement).

From the beginning, Jasmine has been highly involved in the Department of Chemistry.  She co-founded the SCC’s American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Chapter, colloquially known as the Chemistry Club, and served as Vice President for a year, then as President for an additional year.  During her time as President, the SCC Chemistry Club won an “Honorable Mention” with a “Green Chemistry” designation upon review of the national organization.  Jasmine was a senior research assistant of the Undergraduate Research Program on the Nanophytotoxicity, Phthalate, and Alzheimer’s Drugs via Peptide Synthesis projects.  She was also the student representative of the Chemical Technology Program Advisory Committee.  Additionally, she spent her time volunteering in the chemistry stockroom, where she prepared experiments for chemistry classes of all levels.

Throughout her stay at SCC, Jasmine gave back to the college by sharing her knowledge with fellow students.  She was a Mathematics Student Instructional Assistant where she provides both individual and group instruction.  Jasmine also has been a chemistry Beacon group tutor and a chemistry teaching assistant.

Jasmine Hakim-Elahi with three friends sitting at SCC fountain

In addition to serving the campus, Jasmine also gives back to her community.  She served as a research technician at laboratories in UC Davis and Bayer CropScience.  She also was a clinical medical assistant at Live Well Medical Center, an institution that provided affordable healthcare to low socioeconomic populations.

Additionally, Jasmine volunteered at Yolo Adult Day Health Center, an agency in Woodland, which serves adults with physical and cognitive disabilities, and All Things Right, and Relevant, a nonprofit thrift store in Davis, which funds nonprofit mental health agencies, and provides employment for psychiatric patients of Yolo County.

Jasmine received high praises from two of her professors.  One professor stated, “Very seldom do we come across a student who is the embodiment of grace, intelligence, focus, concern, and potential.”  Another professor wrote, “Jasmine has a very bright future. Her goal of becoming a chemist is something at which she will excel.” Jasmine was recognized as the recipient of the 2018 SCC Distinguished Service Award for those qualities and for her commitment to bettering her college and community. She is proud to be an SCC alumna!

Every year, SCC selects two students from the graduating class who have contributed outstanding service to the college and the community. This custom has been in practice since 1931. If you visit the main campus, stop by the Rodda archway to see the historic wall of honorees.