The Oak Leaf

Seminar advises adaptability and education to keep up with changing job market

Jess Rosenstein, Contributing Writer

October 2, 2010


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Chuck Robbins, SRJC's Director of Economic Development, discussed the state of the rapidly changing job market and how it affects Sonoma County in a seminar on Sept. 22 at Doyle Library. Robbins's suggestions were simple: get more education, adapt to change and obtain useful skills. The hour long ses...

A DREAM deferred

Haley Sansom, Layout Editor

September 29, 2010


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  The Senate voted against the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors [DREAM] Act on Sept. 21, waking immigrant students up from their long dream of becoming American citizens. The DREAM Act was part of the National Defense and Authorization Act, which also included the Don't Ask, Don...

Mad as Hell Doctors demand healthcare reform

Christopher Jackson, Staff Writer

September 29, 2010


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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Of all forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." The Mad As Hell Doctors, a group of traveling physicians, came to SRJC's Newman Auditorium on Sept. 24 to give a lecture on America's healthcare system, and the ways single-payer...

Heated AFA discussion continues

Benjamin Gruey, Staff Writer

September 19, 2010


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Less than a week after a close vote to approve pay cuts, members of SRJC's All Faculty Association (AFA) are still embroiled in a heated debate. E-mails continue to fly over the faculty listserv concerning the controversial initiative to change the Executive Council makeup of AFA to be split 50-50 be...

Colleges address student concerns at Transfer Day

Jerome Janairo, Features Editor

September 19, 2010


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Colleges and universities from all over California and out-of-state were present at SRJC's Bertolini quad on Sept. 14 for the annual Transfer Day. This day gave students the opportunity to talk with college and university representatives about transferring and discuss what the colleges and universi...

SRJC President Dr. Robert Agrella to retire after 20 years

Michelle Peirano, Co-Editor in chief

September 19, 2010


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Richard Call, SRJC Board of Trustees president, announced at the Board meeting Sept. 14 that Dr. Robert Agrella, president and superintendent of SRJC, is retiring effective June 30, 2011. Agrella announced his intention to retire at the Board of Trustees' annual retreat Aug. 31. At 67 years old, "he ...

SRJC Students’ voices go unheard as many committee seats remain empty

Andrew Cameron, Co-Editor in Chief

September 15, 2010


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Although students may complain about what happens on campus, most fail to take the next step and make their voices heard. For the 2010/2011 school year, there are 46 available seats for student representatives on 29 committees. Currently, only eight SRJC students represent more than 35,000 students ...

Re-engineering project repurposes faculty and staff

Jessie De La O, Staff Writer

September 15, 2010


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For 10 years, Susan Dado worked as an administrative assistant in the Ranger Academy at the Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) in Windsor. Then in late March 2010—without much advanced notice—Dado was "repurposed" as the administrative assistant to the manager at Shone Farm in Forestvi...

Young Invincibles and AARP promote Dependent Coverage Expansion

James L. Alban, Sports Editor

September 15, 2010


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  An intergenerational Town Hall meeting was held last Thursday in Sacramento by members of Young Invincibles and AARP to launch the Getting Covered campaign and promote the dependent coverage expansion. President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires employers and insura...

Low turn-out for job discussion group

Craig Couden, Web Editor

September 8, 2010


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Petaluma students missed out on an informative discussion group that aimed to give students insider tips and better tools for their job search. Led by Career Services Advisor Suzanne Papa and Regional Recruiter for Nelson Staffing Jill Sheehy, the job discussion group had only two attendees. Howeve...

Faculty approve pay cut (updated)

Michelle Peirano, Co-Editor in chief

September 3, 2010


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UPDATED SRJC faculty approved the ratification of the Tentative Agreement (TA) Sept. 3 in a close vote of 294 to 256, allowing the college to lower salaries for the 2010/2011 year. Following negotiations between the All Faculty Association (AFA) and the SRJC District, the TA calls for $3.08 million ...

New SRJC Culinary Arts building construction begins

Jessie De La O, Staff Writer

August 30, 2010


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The Culinary Arts Department is set to expand into a brand new facility opening December 2011. The new B. Robert Burdo Culinary Arts Center will include a café, classrooms, offices, a retail bakery, and a wine library and be located on Mendocino Avenue across from SRJC. "[I'm] very excited!"...

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