April 4, 2018, Santa Rosa – Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Superintendent and President Dr. Frank Chong announced today that summer and fall class schedules will go forward as originally planned, following a meeting with the leaders of faculty, student and classified staff groups and unions. The President’s Consultation Council (PCC) unanimously supported the decision to proceed with the schedules as is. Registration information and the course schedule are available at https://admissions.santarosa.edu/register.
In announcements to students and employees, Chong said, “I am hopeful that this will relieve the concerns that students, faculty and staff have expressed so that we can all move forward together to accomplish the mission of this college, which is to provide students with an excellent education. I have heard you and have taken your words to heart.”
Following the meeting this morning, Chong also shared with the group the recommendation of the Day Under the Oaks planning committee to place the long-time community education fair and open house on hiatus until the District’s finances have recovered sufficiently. The event, attended by thousands of community members and their children who are considering attending SRJC, costs approximately $40,000 to hold each year and this year was planned for May 6, 2018. The PCC also supported this decision, while expressing regret that it was necessary.
“While I am very disappointed to cancel Day Under the Oaks, I do agree that it is responsible to take this step as one of many that will help us as we begin to address our budget deficit,” Chong said.
Planners with SRJC’s 100th Anniversary are considering including aspects of Day Under the Oaks in the 100th Anniversary Spirit of SRJC Picnic celebration planned at SRJC’s Santa Rosa campus for September 22, 2018. The Student Government Association, typically very active in Day Under the Oaks, is considering holding a student-led event.
The President’s Consultation Council will move from monthly to weekly meetings, Chong said, “to help advise and guide my decisions during these challenging times. I thank them for their open, honest and collegial input and communication. I believe this collaboration will go a long way in restoring trust in our shared governance process.”
In addition to student, faculty and staff leaders, also attending the PCC meeting were SRJC Board of Trustees President Maggie Fishman, three Vice Presidents (for Petaluma, Student Services, and Human Resources), and the Fiscal Services Director.
Santa Rosa Junior College (also known as the Sonoma County Junior College District) encompasses more than 1,600 square miles from southern Mendocino County to northern Marin County. The District is bounded to the west by the Pacific Ocean and the east by Napa and Lake Counties, and is the 11th oldest of California’s 114 publicly funded two-year colleges. SRJC includes two campuses in Sonoma County: a 100 plus acre campus in the heart of Santa Rosa and a modern 40-acre campus in Petaluma. SRJC also includes the regional Public Safety Training Center in Windsor, 365-acre Shone Farm near Forestville, and a Southwest Santa Rosa teaching site. With approximately 2,000 employees, it is one of Sonoma County’s largest employers. The College is celebrating its 100-year anniversary throughout 2018. Information about SRJC is available at https://santarosa.edu, and about SRJC’s 100th Anniversary at https://srjc100.santarosa.edu.