SRJC in the New - May 2022

Graduates, age 18 to 76, celebrate at Santa Rosa Junior College’s 1st in-person graduation since pandemic start
Kylie Lawrence
Press Democrat
Santa Rosa Junior College, commencement, Bailey Field, graduate, Grace Gideon, Diego Leon, Student health services, alumna, Jackie Elward, mayor, Rohnert Park, Ana Briceno, Regina Mahiri, Candy Bridgers, Frank Chong, superintendent/president, board members, Zakee Salim, Benjamin Donner, Cresha Cooley, Alisa De La O, Hannah Harris, Martin Rochin, Alicia VanDyke, diploma, Catelyn Kennedy, Rodrigo Vasquez Lopez, Miranda Amezcua, Emily Winter, Jassel Cespedes, Amber Herman, Ashley Simmons, Callan Durenberger


BART Considering Multi-Agency Transit Pass
Eli Walsh
The Independent
Bay Area Rapid Transit, BART, global transit pass, Santa Rosa Junior College


Thank the Statue of Liberty
Christopher A. Kerosky
Sonoma County Gazette
Santa Rosa Junior College, President, Frank Chong, Dr. Chong, 10 years, community colleges, DREAM Center


Gavilan College Board selects new superintendent/president
Benito Lin
Pedro Avila, vice president, student services/assistant superintendent, Santa Rosa Junior College, SRJC, fiscal health and stability, enrollment management, liaison, Executive Cabinet, Council for Racial Justice and Equity, student housing facility, student ready, student access, engagement, equity, success

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Rising USFL star Scooby Wright III was preparing to be firefighter before getting drafted
Ryan Gaydos
Fox News
Scooby Wright III, firefighting academy, Santa Rosa Junior College, firefighter I, firefighter II, certificate


Benefield: Runway show returns to SRJC’s Fashion Studies Dept.
Kerry Benefield
Press Democrat
Eddie Edler, and Robyn Spencer-Crompton, SRJC Petaluma, Fashion Lab, Student, Melinda Moreaux, Santa Rosa Junior College, spring fashion show, program coordinator, Emily Melville, fashion studies department

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Navigating the Sustainability Landscape: Which Certifications Matter?
Deborah Parker Wong
Wine Industry Network
adjunct professor, Wine Studies department, Santa Rosa Junior College, viticulture, enology, sustainability, transparency


Things to do in Sonoma County, May 6-15, 2022
Diane Reber Hart
Press Democrat
Combos Spring Concert: Santa Rosa Junior College, Bennett Friedman, music department, Newman Auditorium


Sonoma student wins $10,000 scholarship from Taco Bell
Daniel Johnson
Sonoma Index-Tribune
Santa Rosa Junior College, freshman, Karla Escobar, scholarship, full-time, college student, transfer, tuition, books, classes


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Summer pool party: SRJC swim and dive receives Olympic-sized upgrade
Richard Tucker
Oak Leaf
SRJC, swim team, 50-meter pool, 50-year anniversary, Bear Cubs, Tauzer Gym, Ruby Gonzalez, Coach, Jill McCormick , Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) state titles, Conference titles, All-American, dive team, naming rights, Measure H bond, aquatics


SRJC athletes score “state of the art” facilities
Christian Vieyra
Oak Leaf
Santa Rosa Junior College, Bear Cubs, 17 teams, SRJC Athletic Director, Matt Markovich, track and field facility, rubberized track, turf football field, two-story field house, Bailey Field complex, locker rooms, offices, conference room, [Football] coach, [Lenny] Wagner, track meets, turf softball field, bleachers, press box, fence, batting cages, Bermuda grass soccer field, men’s, women’s soccer, Olympic-length racing pool, swim and dive team, athletic facilities, shock pad, women’s soccer coach, Crystal Chaidez, boosted, recruitment process, offensive lineman, Gabe Avila, Measure H, math, science, laboratory, kinesiology


SRJC’s Gallagher and Handron join Sonoma Stompers
Tony Moeckel
Oak Leaf
Santa Rosa Junior College, baseball players, Sonoma Stompers, California Collegiate League, signed, catcher, Jack Gallagher, infielder, Max Handron, NCAA Division I, team, SRJC, baseball program, Bear Cubs, transferring, alumni, World Series champion, Jonny Gomes, Miami Marlins, pitcher, Anthony Bender, Los Angeles Dodgers, pitcher, Justin Bruihl, coaching staff, Brandon Hyde, Orioles, manager, Tony Arnerich, Mariners, hitting coach.

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Is SRJC truly a Hispanic Serving Institution?
Liam Vinueza
Oak Leaf
Santa Rosa Junior College, Student loans, grants, Latinx, first-generation, low-income students, Pedro Avila, SRJC, vice president, student services, SRJC, Hispanic Serving Institution status, HSI, Jocelyn Toscano, MEChA co-chair, nutrition major, access,  health centers, educational courses, outreach, early age, undocumented community, Vazques Guzman, EOPS Outreach Coordinator, faculty, mental health, stress Zoom classes, COVID, Dream Center,  AB540 admissions, DACA renewals, academic counseling, PUENTE, high school equivalency program, HEP, mentoring , enrollment,  personalized tutoring, support, testing fees, transportation assistance,  transition courses, student housing, Disabled Resources Department, DRD, Debbie Ezersky, deaf and hard of hearing program coordinator, Lanzamiento, Brijida Aleman, Mexican-American and Native American Student Health Services member


The Oak Leaf recognized by professional press with 28 state and national awards
James Domizio
Oak Leaf
James Domizio, Magazine Editor, The Oak Leaf, journalism, awards, Anne Belden, adviser, NPR-syndicated, Chronic Catastrophe podcast, first-place national award, Society of Professional Journalists, SPJ, national bracket, regional finalist, in-depth reporting, breaking news photography,  California Newspapers Publishers Association, CNPA, Associated College Press, ACP, Journalism Association of Community Colleges, JACC, Online General Excellence award, Editor-in-Chief, Alex Fuller, Rebecca Bell, Maritza Camacho, Lauren A. Spates,  Nicholas Vides, Aryk Copley, Emma Molloy, Cass Stewart, Ari Poppers, theatre arts,  department, Garrett Ashton, Stephen Howe, Christian Vieyra, Tony Moeckel, Sean Young


Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery sees its first student show since 2019
Aryk Copley
The Oak Leaf
Santa Rosa Junior College, Student Art Show, Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery, Doyle Library, SRJC, instructor, Hannah Skoonberg, drawing, printmaking, etching, in-person instruction, Jenny Dwenger, student, Meredith Hylton, Marina Dowell, Art 53: Exhibition Design, Madeleine Knight, Amanda Vivrette