The Oak Leaf

A plaque representing the 1952 championship lies on the Santa Rosa campus.

Centennial Series: The unfortunate, hidden irony in SRJC’s first baseball state title

May 3, 2018

Clarence ‘Cook’ Sypher led the first Santa Rosa Junior College baseball team to a state championship in 1952, but he was not their coach in the actual game. While the Bear Cubs marched on to a state championship, “coach” Sypher was commanding...

A small commercial brewing system at Shone Farm.

Centennial Series: SRJC crafts brewing program

May 3, 2018

Brewing beer sounds like a dream job. There’s so much room for creativity, like experimenting with flavors and ingredients, tweaking the fermentation process, tasting your creations and perfecting the formula. At Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College stu...

The years under the oaks

The years under the oaks

May 3, 2018

Upward and onward, whether sticking to its roots or chopped like weeds, the valley oaks will form many more rings and take on many new forms. The evergreen backdrop of the campus branches out onto plush, green scenes providing a canopy of shade for re-energizing...

Fires rage in the hills of Fountaingrove over the ruins of Journey’s End Mobile Home Park on the morning of Oct. 9.

Sonoma County’s week from hell

May 3, 2018

On the night of Oct. 8-9, 2017, hurricane-strength winds buffeted wildfires unprecedented in size throughout Sonoma and Napa counties, completely leveling neighborhoods in northern Santa Rosa and across the region. The North Bay—or “Wine Country”...

On Friday and Saturday, more parking is available to students who take weekend classes as opposed to peak hours during the week.

Parking predicament: What’s in store for the future?

April 24, 2018

Parking on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus has caused many difficulties for students and there have been too few solutions to solve it. Now students are asking the age-old question: what next? According to Curriculum Technician Adrienne Leihy,...

Centennial Series: Home ec to fashion entrepreneurship

Centennial Series: Home ec to fashion entrepreneurship

April 24, 2018

Santa Rosa Junior College students who wished to study fashion between the 1930s and 1970s earned a degree in home economics. Today, SRJC students may not know this was once the backbone of fashion studies. Known as home economics, the concentration...

SRJC's new Red Camera allows student filmmakers to produce professional grade films.

Centennial Series: SRJC’s growing digital media program

April 24, 2018

Santa Rosa Junior College embraced its love of film with the introduction of a Mass Media class in 1968 taught by instructor John Bigby. The class, Drama 468B, taught students to create their own films. Bigby, now deceased, received his master’s...

SRJC's first members of the International Relations Club in 1967.

Centennial Series: International student population soars to all time high

April 24, 2018

Historically, financial limitations prevented most people from outside the United States from pursuing an education in the country. The range of international students who attend Santa Rosa Junior College has greatly expanded since the school’s first...

Centennial Series: SRJC photography faces a 'Breth-less' future

Centennial Series: SRJC photography faces a ‘Breth-less’ future

April 24, 2018

For the past 31 years, Renata Breth passed on her passion for photography to Santa Rosa Junior College students. Breth now bids adieu to her position as the only full-time photography instructor at SRJC, and worries that the photography program she’s...

In the 1870s, Santa Rosa’s Chinatown took up a couple blocks along the creek in between where D Street and the Roxy Theater now sit.

Centennial Series: New Burbank, new name?

April 19, 2018

*The Oak Leaf incorrectly listed Burbank as secretary of the Anti-Chinese Committee based on information from Gaye LeBaron’s Press Democrat articles published in 1999 and 2004. Since this article was first published on April 19, 2018, the author and ...


Cristal Lopez, de 21 años, usa el tiempo de laboratorio que proporciona Connections para completar la tarea.

Centennial Series: Puente and Connections: bridging the gap to education for first-generation college students

April 19, 2018

For first-generation students like Cristal Lopez, 21, a sociology major at Santa Rosa Junior College, completing a college career is a challenging experience. “Both my parents were unable to complete their basic education and as the oldest of three,...

Reina Underwood composes a letter to the Santa Rosa Junior College students of 2118.

Centennial Series: Dear SRJC students of 2118

April 19, 2018

2018 was a tumultuous year for our community, our nation and our world. We would like to inform you of the oppressions, disasters and the suffering we survived during the 100th year of this college’s existence. This year, Santa Rosa Junior College...

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