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Double life: Classes by day, jokes by night

Double life: Classes by day, jokes by night

December 12, 2019

Winning was the last thing on Gina Stahl-Haven’s mind as she stepped on stage for the finals of the San Francisco Comedy Competition. In her mind, she had already won. “Once I was in, I was like, ‘I’m in. I got the Ph.D. now. Who cares?’...

Frank Chong was hired in January 2012 as Santa Rosa Junior College’s fifth president and first Chinese-American president.

Changes on campus: Q & A

December 12, 2019

What’s the biggest single change you have seen at the JC? Chong: More students of color, more diversity in the workforce. I’m the first non-white male president in the history of the college. I’m only the fifth president, so I came up here t...

Anetra McCartney, 24, holds up a photo of her mother Sylvie McCartney and her newborn brother, Braden, radiating joy. McCartney lost contact with her family during Dorian and thought this photo could be their last.

Considering her last words: A Bahamian SRJC student and her family’s survival through Dorian

September 14, 2019

The last time Santa Rosa Junior College international student Anetra McCartney visited her family on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas was May 29. The three precious days she spent with her mother, Hepzibah “Sylvie” McCartney, and getting to meet ...

Rhiannon Jones was crowned the 2019 Miss Sonoma County at the 73rd Annual Miss Sonoma County Scholarship competition on March 2, 2019.

Step into the daylight and let it go: Title IX sheds light on the realities for sexual assault survivors

May 16, 2019

Silence blankets a packed Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. Backstage, a nervous Rhiannon Jones prepares to recite her platform statement for the Miss Sonoma County competition. She stands, closes her eyes and collects her thoughts. The...

SRJC nursing student Jocelyn Zhaori Contreras-Toscano is vice chair of Student Life and co-chair of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanista de Aztlán (MEChA). She flew into the U.S. at age 2 on the lap of a stranger and talked with the Oak Leaf about the difficulties of being undocumented.

This is my home: Three SRJC students share what it means to be undocumented

May 14, 2019

A fractured identity. Unable to travel freely. Feeling unwelcome in the place they’ve made home. Such are the circumstances for millions of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. in search of a better life — and for three Santa Rosa Junior Co...

The cover of Santa Rosa Junior College adjunct instructor Mark Wilson's novel

An SRJC art history instructor’s new novel explores 1960s Chicago

March 24, 2019

Mark Wilson, an adjunct art history instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College, recently published the novel “South Side Story,” his sixth work and first foray into fiction. The novel, available on Amazon Kindle, centers on the story of a yo...

SRJC student, Daniela Rodas, 20, Petaluma

Miss Sonoma County profile: Daniela Rodas

March 2, 2019

Watching Sonoma County residents come together during the fires inspired Santa Rosa Junior College third-year student Daniela Rodas to run for Miss Sonoma County and advocate for volunteering locally.   Originally from Novato, the 20-year-old...

SRJC student, Lyndsey Burcina, 19, Santa Rosa

Miss Sonoma County profile: Lyndsey Burcina

March 2, 2019

Lyndsey Burcina celebrated her 19th birthday the day before she competes in this year’s Miss Sonoma County competition. The young politician hopes to bring awareness to creating a safe school climate by reducing bullying.   Burcina is majoring...

SRJC student, Elita Damron, 19, Santa Rosa

Miss Sonoma County profile: Elita Damron

March 2, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College sophomore Elita Damron believes she has what it takes to become Miss Sonoma County. She’s personally invested in her platform and is a successful student despite any adversity she's faced. The 19-year-old mathematics major was born i...

Jane Saldaña-Talley brings a calm and collaborative leadership style to SRJC's No. 2 leadership position.

Turning over a new leaf

December 13, 2018

Jane Saldaña-Talley begins every morning with meditation. Using a phone app, she dedicates part of her morning routine to collecting her thoughts and finding peace. Meditation allows her to be more present in the moment and furthers her ability to listen. She’s committed to...

Santa Rosa Junior College student Jacob Beal is all geared up to hike 2,650 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association and make peace with his mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Finding purpose and peace on the Pacific Crest

December 13, 2018

Jacob Beal will wake early along the Mexican border and make his way to the Pacific Crest Trail, staring down 2,650 miles of wilderness linking the trailhead with its final destination at the Canadian border. Completing the trail will take roughly six...

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...

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