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Adam Erickson prepares to throw a ball during a Panthers Baseball game

Adam Erickson, a baseball player last year, and our 2017-2018 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was named to the CCCAA Scholar-Athlete Honor roll. He is one of only 40 male and female student-athletes (approximately) throughout the state to receive this honor.

There are over 25,000 student-athletes participating in athletics in the state and this is the 9th time in the past 11 years that an SCC student athlete has been named to the CCCAA scholar-athlete honor roll.

For more information about the Erickson and the athletics department, visit http://sccpanthers.losrios.edu/sports/bsb/index.

Photo of four high school students, male and female, working together, looking at computer monitors at a long table during the Pathways to Paychecks event
The second annual Pathways to Paychecks event “Program Your Future!” was a great success. We had 85 high school students from 9 schools in 3 districts participate in hands-on breakout sessions featuring The Internet of Things, Coding for the Web and Networking/Cyber Security.
The students enjoyed the program and 92% rated their overall experience as excellent or good thanks to the thoughtful and well-prepared sessions that Abdelaziz Kaina, Sheley Little, and Jim Town who conducted 3 sessions each over the course of the day.
Pathways to Paycheck events open doors to new pathways for local high school students and introduce them to the great programs available at Sacramento City College.
Photo of the winners of 2018's second annual Integration Bee from left to right: Fourth place winner: Fatemeh Semnani, fifth place winner: Stan Carpenco, first place winner: Minh Le, second place winner: Jiajun Guan, third place winner: Sokchetra Eung.

You’ve heard of spelling bees, but what about the Integration Bee?

The Mathematics and Statistics Department is hosting the 3rd annual Integration Bee, where competitors will show off their mastery of calculus integrals. The event will be held Friday, April 5, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Lillard Hall Room 101.

Students who have completed Math 400 (or equivalent) are invited to compete. Family and friends of the competitors, as well as any faculty, staff and administrators, are welcome to come watch the competition and cheer for them.

In addition to the prizes for 1st – 5th place, we will be raffling off local gift cards and prizes to competitors and audience members alike. So even if you don’t want to compete, come root for your favorite Math Hero on April 5th at 3:30 p.m. in Lillard Hall 101.

Be sure to register online if you plan to participate!

In the picture above are the winners of 2018’s second annual Integration Bee from left to right: Fourth place winner: Fatemeh Semnani, fifth place winner: Stan Carpenco, first place winner: Minh Le, second place winner: Jiajun Guan, third place winner: Sokchetra Eung.

Photo of Alex White holding award, standing next to Assemblyman Kevin McCarty and others

SCC English Professor Alexandria White, who also works with Umoja students, has received the Unsung Hero Award from the California Legislative Black Caucus.

Alex moved to Sacramento from Oakland 2 1/2 years ago to buy a home for and raise her family. We asked her to talk about the work she is doing that is receiving recognition in the community.

Are you from the Sacramento area?

I am originally from the Bay Area, specifically from Oakland. I attended San Francisco State University as an undergraduate where I studied abroad to the United Kingdom and earned a B.A. in Creative Writing/English.  I later attended UCSC for an M.A. in Literature. I focused on postcolonial literature and literature of the African diaspora.

What drew you to Sacramento City College to teach?

I moved to the Oak Park area from Oakland two & half years ago to buy an affordable home for my family. Our house in Oakland was being sold and I was pregnant again (we had a son who was 3 at the time), so we had to make a tough decision about where to move. I had been adjuncting at 3 Bay Area schools up until that point, but I knew that could not sustain that level of work with a toddler, new born and the possibility of our rent being doubled or tripled due to crazy Bay Area rental prices.  We decided to leave the Bay Area as renters and move to the State Capitol as homeowners. When we got to Sacramento I did not work because my baby was literally two days old and I planned on staying home with her for at least a year to breastfeed and bond with her. I had my mind and heart set on SCC as soon as I knew we were planning on moving here; and it just so turned out that our new house was literally 2 miles away!!!

Can you tell us more about your work in the Oak Park community? When you started?

Since I was new to the area and a new homeowner who didn’t know anyone in Sacramento, I  started attending neighborhood association meetings where I quickly became involved in community engagement and neighborhood improvement projects (2016).

I helped to organize a park party at our neighborhood park; then later our neighborhood was selected to receive a $90,000 grant from Kaiser to update and beautify the park. The caveat was that someone from the neighborhood had to be involved in all aspects of the project: 1.) weekly planning calls with  South Gate Parks & Rec, Kaiser (fiscal sponsor) & Kaboom (the non profit playground specialists); 2) canvassing the community to participate in the design day; 3) volunteering to actually help build the play structure; 4) regularly organizing activities, park clean ups & events at the park to help maintain and take care of the park.

We are currently installing a beautiful mural at the park and we are planning for our annual park party which has evolved into a 3-on-3 basketball tournament with free food and prizes to the community members who attend.

What inspires you about your work in the community?

I love interacting with others and learning more about people’s stories. I needed a community for myself and my family for my own sense of wellbeing. Additionally, I hate accepting society’s ills and I feel obligated to be the change I want to see in the world.  I want to set a good example for my children and my students about civic engagement and feeling empowered to transform themselves and their communities.  Many people of color are living in communities with a history of redlining, neglect and disinvestment–I feel personally obligated to address those historical inequities in the best way I can. Working with a neighborhood association and a group of likeminded people is much more impactful than working as an individual.

SCC President Michael Gutierrez standing with five members of the PTK program. The three to his right have awards.

Sacramento City College’s very own Michael Gutierrez will receive the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Paragon Award for New Presidents. The award is “given to new college presidents who have shown strong support of student success by recognizing academic achievement, leadership and service among high-achieving students at their campus.”

Presidents are nominated for the award by their campus’ Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Part of President Gutierrez’s nomination reads “President Gutierrez has made himself available to be the featured speaker at our induction ceremony and events on campus. He supported PTK in presenting to the LRCCD Board of Trustees and our SCC campus Senior Leadership Team and faculty to promote our five-star status and our chapter. He is working with our PIO and PTK chapter to develop an outreach and in-reach strategic plan to promote and advertise PTK. He has directly connected with PTK and participates in PTK activities such as he will be a featured speaker at Phi Theta Kappa’s Nevada/California Regional Conference in Spring 2019.”

More than 500 college presidents were eligible and President Gutierrez will be one of only 25 to bring home the award! #iAmSacCity

SCC student helps area high school student learn to put microphones on a drum set during arts, music and entertainment day.

On Thursday, February 7, 2019, 120 high school students from seven schools spent the day at SCC engaged in interactive, hands on career exploration in four programs—Graphic Design, Animation, Game Design and Commercial Music. Students experienced a variety of real-world creative endeavors, among them making a live performance recording in the commercial music studio. Industry representatives provided participants an overview of the wide range of rewarding career paths they will be qualified for with arts, music and entertainment skills.

This event is possible through a close collaboration among SCC faculty, our Career Technical Education Transitions Coordinator, SETA and instructors and staff in the Elk Grove Unified School District, Sacramento City Unified School District, and Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy. Articulation agreements allowing high school students the opportunity to earn college credit in AME programs have been developed with many of the participating instructors, a number that continues to grow as the SCC collaboration promotes a seamless pathway from high school to community college career education programs.

 

Professor Jesus Limon-Guzman and his wife sit with Congresswoman Matsui at small conference table

Sacramento City College English professor Jesus Limon-Guzman has been invited by Congresswoman Doris Matsui to be her guest at the State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Professor Limon-Guzman met Congresswoman Matsui along with current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi last year at CSUS’s #DefendDACA event where he spoke out publicly about his experience as an immigrant from Mexico and a DACA recipient. Aware of the fact that many undocumented individuals fear deportation, and thus avoid enrolling in college for fear of being tracked down, Professor Limon-Guzman has taken action to stand up and serve as a supportive voice for those who are living in silence.

The path to Professor Limon-Guzman’s career at SCC began not with teaching but with sitting in the desks of these classrooms as a student. He showed up to learn, oftentimes tired from working late nights to pay for his own tuition since he didn’t qualify for the BOG fee waiver or Cal Grant. As a community college student, he helped his peers with writing outside of their classes in a small space shared with him by counselors Keith Muraki and Juan LaChica, which fed the early flames of the RISE program at SCC. He later transferred to CSUS where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, all the while volunteering his time at SCC in multiple capacities to help students like himself clear the many confusing hurdles of higher education to arrive at their own goals.

Most recently, Professor Limon-Guzman’s work in the immigrant community has involved leading special Dreamer projects at CSUS, including a creative narrative project, a first-year Dreamer experience, and a transfer Dreamer experience. He’s also supported the Dreamer after-school program at his alma mater, Luther Burbank High School. At SCC, he’s participated in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities trip to Washington, D.C. for the past three years, which empowers Dreamers through federal government advocacy. He also recently co-authored an article for the Berkeley Review of Education with EOPS counselor Adam Freas, entitled “Made You Look: Reflecting on the Trump Election and Patterns of False Response,” detailing some of his experience related to being a DACA recipient in today’s political climate.

We are proud of his commitment to our students, and we thank him for his love and steadfast dedication to and support of people in our community.

Sacramento City College is one of four colleges from four states that are strengthening their commitment to improving student success by becoming among the first institutions to join the 2019 Cohort of the Achieving the Dream (ATD) National Network. Achieving the Dream leads a growing network of community colleges across America committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity.

The following colleges are among the first to join the ATD Network for 2019:

  • College of Lake County (IL)
  • Hudson County Community College (NJ)
  • Pitt Community College (NC)
  • Sacramento City College (CA)

“Joining the 2019 Achieving the Dream cohort will give us new tools and resources to continue to champion student success through our work on equity and guided pathways,” said Michael Gutierrez, president of Sacramento City College.

“We are pleased to welcome these four outstanding institutions into our Network. Colleges like these that join the ATD Network show an exceptional commitment to becoming the kind of institution that will lead the nation into the future,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “We look forward to having other colleges join them as we continue to build a strong 2019 Cohort.”

Teams from each of the four colleges will join teams from the 2019 cohort at the annual three-day experience ATD Kickoff Institute, which includes an introduction to ATD’s capacity-building framework and companion Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT), which enables colleges to pinpoint their strengths and areas for improvement.

During the Kickoff event, college teams will begin to organize their student success work for the year, including preparing for their on-campus launch in the fall. They will receive an in-depth orientation to ATD and how to leverage the power of ATD’s national Network. Each college team will also meet their Leadership Coach and Data Coach. Coaches are community college leaders who are carefully matched with each institution to provide personalized advice and guidance to build needed capacities, align student success efforts, and to support change where it is needed.

Achieving the Dream will announce groups of colleges throughout the spring and will announce the full 2019 Cohort in advance of the Kickoff Institute in June.

About Achieving the Dream

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 220 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 41 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students.

Photo of the three friends standing together with big smiles outside on the SCC Quad; the ground is wet from an earlier rain fall

Alejandra Duran, Yesenia Velazco and Julio Zamarripa never expected to go to college, much less work at one.

The three friends, each the first in their family to attend college, met at Sacramento City College through the Puente Project. Puente’s mission is to increase the number of underrepresented Mexican-American and Latino students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities, earn their college degrees, and return to their communities as mentors to future generations.

As the youngest of five siblings, Alejandra struggled with choosing to go to college over the cultural expectation that she would stay home and help with the family.

“That was hard for me because I’m very selfless, so I wanted to stay home, but I knew I had to get out of my comfort zone in order to grow,” Alejandra said.

“I was not thinking about college at all,” said Yesenia, who only signed up for SCC classes because a high school friend didn’t want to do it alone. “I knew I loved school and I knew I loved learning. But as a first generation student, I didn’t know how to get into college or what kind of resources were available.”

Having all transferred to UC Riverside and now with their undergraduate degrees in hand, they find themselves working in similar positions at different UC campuses, assisting new students through the admissions process. Alejandra is at UC Merced, Yesenia at UC Riverside, and Julio is at UC Santa Barbara.

Recently, they returned to SCC to participate in a transfer workshop representing the universities where they work. For the reunited friends, being back on campus brought back fond memories.

“As we were passing by the cafeteria, we were saying, ‘Remember we used to sit in that corner?’ That was our hangout spot two years ago,” Julio recalled.

This fall, Alejandra and Yesenia started the graduate program in career counseling at Sacramento State and Julio began working toward his master’s in educational counseling at the University of Laverne. However, for these friends, SCC will always be a place to call home.