A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong with his brother, Danny Chong, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York City for more than three weeks.

Dr. Chong is in the house (literally!)

Dr. Frank Chong, Special to the Oak Leaf May 29, 2020

Life in the pandemic has been nothing like business as usual! Like others I have grown accustomed to a life unlike anything I have ever experienced  in my lifetime. First, on the personal side: I...

SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong announced new safety measures for both the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses one week after a report of a suspect with a gun on campus.

Chong back-pedals on summer course cut scheme

Kevin Johsnon, Brandon McCapes March 30, 2018

Editor’s note: To receive updates on this story and other breaking news, please download the Oak Leaf mobile app for Apple or Android. The cuts announced to the summer curriculum yesterday may...

Editorial: Student affairs office needs to clean house

Editorial: Student affairs office needs to clean house

May 17, 2016

A series of damaging incidents within the student affairs department has snowballed into a catastrophic end to the school year, leaving administrators and student government officers scrambling to tie...

If life circumstances stop your progress, never, ever give up on the dream, is Saldaña-Talleys advice to students trying to fine their way.

Rebuilder and retiree: Jane Saldaña-Talley leaves SRJC

Sean Young, Reporter May 17, 2022

At the end of July, a former teen mom, college-dropout, food stamp-recipient, and public housing-resident will — after decades of education, sacrifice, persistence and grit — retire from Santa Rosa...

Six people standing with shovels during the groundbreaking ceremony for new on-campus housing.

SRJC celebrates new student housing project with groundbreaking ceremony

Michael Combs, Editor October 25, 2021

Nearly twenty years after demolishing its first student housing, Santa Rosa Junior College broke ground for construction of new and affordable on-campus dorms able to house 352 students on the southeast...

A flyer for a hapa event at Santa Rosa Junior College.

SRJC Asian Pacific Islander Staff Association hosts panel for hapa students and faculty

Emma Molloy, Editor May 19, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Asian Pacific Islander Staff Association hosted a panel where mixed race students and faculty shared their experiences in light of Asian American Pacific Islander History...

A photo of the Santa Rosa Junior College front-lawn sign depicting the schools name.

Board of Trustees schedules listening session in response to BLAC’s protest against listening sessions

Michael Combs, Editor May 16, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees addressed the Black Leadership Association Collective and the need for updated virtual teaching for Fall at its May 11 Zoom meeting. Leaders from BLAC and...

The SRJC museum surrounded by trees.

Board of Trustees renames on-campus museum and supports climate change policies

Jennifer Sawhney, Reporter April 20, 2021

The Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees passed resolutions to eliminate a Petaluma managerial position, renamed an on-campus museum and supported policies to reduce climate change at its April...

A photo of use-of-force expert Barry Brodd, who spoke in defense of Derek Chauvins murder trial.

SRJC distances itself from Chauvin trial use-of-force defense expert

Nick Vides, Editor April 19, 2021

Barry Brodd, the use-of-force expert who testified for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s defense in the George Floyd murder trial, taught a variety of police training courses at Santa...

A birds eye view of planned student housing.

SRJC postpones affordable student housing project by one year

Emma Molloy, Editor March 15, 2021

Santa Rosa Junior College’s student housing project intended to accommodate 352 students with affordable and sustainable on campus housing was delayed one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with an expected...

The LNU Lightning Complex Fire roared though five counties in 39 days and destroyed 363,220 acres.

Cloth masks on top of N95s: Fire season in Sonoma County

Peyton Krzyzek, Staff Writer October 4, 2020

As if the global pandemic isn’t enough, Sonoma County residents wake up every day to the prospect of rolling blackouts, anxiety-inducing Nixle alerts and apocalyptic smoky orange skies, their well-being...

SRJC extends online-only classes through Spring 2021

SRJC extends online-only classes through Spring 2021

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief August 27, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College announced that classes will continue online only through the Spring 2021 semester due to the coronavirus pandemic, SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong said in an email Thursday.  Dr....

SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong announced on Thursday afternoon that, “SRJC will continue to operate the instructional program and student services remotely through the end of the Fall 2020 semester.”

Students dismayed by decision to continue classes online through Fall 2020

Rebecca Bell, Staff Writer April 30, 2020

Student responses to the announcement that Santa Rosa Junior College classes will be held entirely online for the fall 2020 semester ranged from disappointed to furious. SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong...

U.S. Economic Development Administration Assistant Secretary Dr. John Fleming presents a $7.12 million check for a new North Bay Regional Construction and Building Trades Employment Training Center to SRJC President Dr. Frank Chong, who is joined by North Bay leaders and California House Reps. Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman.

Trump administration grants SRJC $7.2 million for new Construction and Building Trades Employment Training Center

Zane Zinkl and James Domizio January 6, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College received $7.12 million from the Department of Commerce Monday morning to build a vocational training center for careers in construction and related trades on the JC's Petaluma...

This is the second floor Mens bathroom where the alleged incident is believed to have taken place. Police closed it off Tuesday during their investigation. No further information is available at this time.

Police arrest SRJC student for alleged rape on Petaluma campus

Zane Zinkl, Staff Writer March 14, 2019

Petaluma police arrested a 19-year-old Santa Rosa Junior College student on felony charges of rape, sodomy and sexual battery in Petaluma as he was enroute to SRJC this morning. An SRJC student reported...

Tuesdays board meeting on SRJCs Petaluma campus where MEChA again requested the administration approve a $3-an-hour raise to student-workers wages.

Board of Trustees approves early retirement incentive among other business

Mark Fernquest and Luke W. Morrow, Staff Writers February 15, 2019

The Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees unanimously approved Tuesday an early retirement incentive (ERI) in an attempt to trim and balance the school’s budget in the coming year. The decision,...

The panelists discuss initiatives towards gun violence prevention on April 21.

Aiming for safety with Rep. Thompson

Jennifer Do, Staff Writer May 1, 2018

Mike Thompson, U.S. Congressman of California’s Fifth District (which includes Santa Rosa and much of Sonoma County) and chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, makes a daily effort to...

Eduardo Osorío Juarez espera ser la voz de los estudiantes de SRJC.

SGA candidates give speeches ahead of Monday’s election

Dylan Kerzin and Abraham Fuentes April 13, 2018

The three candidates running for Student Government Assembly (SGA) associated student president delivered speeches in the quad on Wednesday to a crowd onlooking students. Candidates for contested positions...

Santa Rosa Junior College student body president Evelyn Navarro attends the Presidential Constituent Council with other campus leaders to work with SRJC President Frank Chong following the recent summer schedule cut scandal.  Navarro, who wore an SRJC Strong shirt from the wildfires, said, I wore this shirt for a reason. We all know what it says on the back: ‘After the smoke the love will remain.’”

Summer session restored, management pay cuts on table

Brandon McCapes, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 4, 2018

Editor’s note: To receive updates on this story and other breaking news, please download the Oak Leaf mobile app for Apple or Android. Santa Rosa Junior College students whose academic plans were...

Jesus “Chuy” Valencia, SRJC student and chef, cooks for evacuees near Oakville.

Bear Cubs respond when tragedy hits

Chelsea Wood and Jose Gonzalez October 31, 2017

While the community rallied in support of SRJC, its students gave back as well. Numerous volunteers, including SRJC students, set out to work at the 15 local shelters that opened to house thousands of...

Will the love in the air remain thick once the smoke clears?

Will the love in the air remain thick once the smoke clears?

October 31, 2017

Remember the week following 9/11? When it seemed like every car you saw proudly displayed an American flag decal on the bumper? Or how every house had a flag planted in the front lawn? The entire country...

A firefighter watches a controlled burn outside the juvenile correctional facility near Kenwood.

From the ashes we will rise

Brandon McCapes, News Editor October 31, 2017

Community leaders did not mince words when they talked about the scope of the wildfires endured by the Sonoma County and Santa Rosa Junior College communities the week beginning Oct. 8. “There’s...

The Tubbs Fire rages in the hills over the destroyed Journeys End mobile home park North of Kaiser Hospital, Oct. 9.

Fire in the City

Brandon McCapes, News Editor October 31, 2017

The Diablo winds blow warm air to the coast, but this time they brought something more diabolical—the worst wildfires in California history. The fires that claimed lives, destroyed homes and displaced...

Sonoma County residents comfort each other through teary eyes during the Day of Remembrance ceremony.

A day of remembrance. A day of togetherness.

Michael Barnes, Co-Features Editor October 28, 2017

Additional Reporting by Ali Benzerara & Rachel Edelstein   Underneath a smoke-free, clear blue sky, community members assembled together at Santa Rosa Junior College's Bailey Field on Saturday...

SRJC community members of all ages gather to remember Andy Lopez and also to protest President Donald Trumps threat to repeal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

SRJC DACA students can rest easy for now

Jesus Valencia and Brandon McCapes September 14, 2017

The decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from the White House on Sept. 5 has sparked numerous reactions from the student body and local community in Santa Rosa. On...

Pedro Avila, SRJCs new vice president of student services.

New Kid in Town: Santa Rosa Junior College names VP of student services

Tom Rivas, Features Editor April 25, 2017

New student services director inspires first generation students Pedro Avila, Santa Rosa Junior College’s newly appointed assistant superintendent and vice president of student services, is proof...

Winds gusting at 45 miles-per-hour toppled an approximately 250-year-old oak tree at the Santa Rosa campus Nov. 1.

Race issues main focus in Black Student Union panel discussion

Lenita Marie Johnson, Contributing Writer March 14, 2017

“What serves black and chicano students serves all students,” according to Thomas Brown. “Have there been bumps in the road? Absolutely. I’m not your ‘typical Negro.’ Like Malcolm X said,...

Uncertain times for undocumented students

Uncertain times for undocumented students

Simon Isaksson and James Wyatt February 28, 2017

President Donald Trump has stepped up efforts to deport undocumented immigrants and toughen up U.S. immigration laws, heightening anxieties at Santa Rosa Junior College. The president has long expressed...

SRJC students possibly affected by President Trumps travel ban

SRJC students possibly affected by President Trump’s travel ban

Simon Isaksson, Co-News Editor February 7, 2017

Confusion remains high after President Donald Trump issued an executive order Jan. 27 banning travel into the United States for citizens of seven countries for at least 90 days. According to the Trump...

Despite enumerable parking areas, finding a spot could prove a challenge.

Successful student: Parking pandemonium

Jocelyn Mobley , Features Editor October 3, 2016

You get to school an hour before your class starts, circle around for what seems like decades, manage to piss a couple people off only to give up and park off-campus. It’s a month into the semester;...

Sonoma County Junior College District will use the first of its $410 million Measure H funds to revitalize Luther Burbank Auditorium for the school’s centennial celebration.

Bond funds to revitalize Burbank

Erin George, Staff Writer September 12, 2016

Sonoma County Junior College District celebrated a major victory when Measure H, a $410 million bond, passed in November 2014. They now prepare to use the bond funds to re-vamp Santa Rosa Junior College’s...

Economic impact: Study shows for every dollar students invest at SRJC, they’ll receive $2.50 in their future careers

Economic impact: Study shows for every dollar students invest at SRJC, they’ll receive $2.50 in their future careers

Laura Buel, Staff Writer April 12, 2016

Santa Rosa Junior College generates upwards of $1.6 billion in tuition, living fees and an influx in local business traffic in Sonoma County. This financial boon enriches the lives of students, taxpayers...

Students and faculty flooded the Bertolini dining commons for SRJCs third annual Wellness Fair Oct. 29.

Mind, body and soul: Students explore their health at the third annual Wellness Fair

Kelsi Sibert, Amoura Deering, and Cris Tamayo November 4, 2015

The atmosphere was eccentric. Students of all ages bustled from booth to booth with paper bags strung from their arms. The Santa Rosa Junior College dining commons radiated in an array of colorful autumn...

SRJC student and basketball player Ashley Hart and her family stand in front of the remains of their burned house.

Valley Fire hits close to home

Catherine Ramirez and Brendan Dorsey September 29, 2015

by Catherine Ramirez Her heart raced and her breaths cut short as she heard her sister’s screams over the phone: “Fire, fire!” Ashley Hart panicked. The Valley Fire drew closer to her family...

Writer Rita Losch examines the convolution of the Santa Rosa Junior College campus from above.

An a-maze-ing place: getting lost on SRJC campus

Rita S. Losch, Contributing Writer September 17, 2015

  You’ve heard of college orientation. What about college disorientation? It’s easy to get lost on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus. Classically beautiful, it is also serpentine, byzantine,...

Day Under the Oaks to happen Sunday

Maci Martell, Assistant News Editor April 28, 2015

An abundance of entertaining, academic and cultural activities and events will blanket the grounds of the Santa Rosa Junior College campus for the annual spring celebration of Day Under the Oaks  from...

Holzworth leaving court arraignment Feb. 20. 2013.

GUILTY: Holzworth could receive four years in plea deal

Erik Jorgensen, Editor-at-Large April 15, 2014

Former campus cop Jeffrey Holzworth pleaded guilty to all charges of stealing $286,000 from Santa Rosa Junior College parking funds before his April 2, 2014 preliminary hearing. Holzworth accepted a plea...

Santa Rosa Junior College Black Student Union members pose with local construction workers in Arusha City, Tanzania.

Black History Month: Honoring the truth

Julie Lee, Features Editor February 25, 2014

As the 88th celebration of Black History Month nears its conclusion, members of the Santa Rosa Junior College Black Student Union say that Black History Month deserves to be acknowledged year-round with...

Stas Margaronis speaks to SRJC

Drew Sheets, Staff Writer February 22, 2013

Rarely does a man come along who espouses such a vision as to change the way you look at the world in a meaningful way. A visionary leader with the needed experience, money, focus, drive and mental fortitude...

Student Trustee Superstar

Jane Schultz, Contributing Writer January 31, 2013

Michelle Dowling is a woman with a can-do attitude. In April 2012 she was elected to serve a one-year term as student trustee to the SRJC Board of Trustees. She had been the vice president of Advocacy...

Board of trustee meeting

Drew Sheets, Opinion Editor April 22, 2012

The crowd cheered when Michelle Booher-Poggi was presented with the Employee of the Month Award. She brought along her entire family to share in her celebration. She gave a small acceptance speech to include...

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