Top 7 SRJC treasures

Juliet Freyermuth, Staff Writer

The parking lots are full. The coffee bars have long lines of tired patrons. The quad is  bustling with students. Yup, school is in session.

This year doesn’t have to be just about passing a class or figuring out how to balance school and life.  Santa Rosa Junior College has treasures that not only assist us with our classes and future, but offers memories that will stay with us.

Alumni mentoring available

SRJC Alumni and Friends offers a mentoring program that pairs students with experienced SRJC alumni.

“There are mentors in there that come from every industry,” said Sarah Laggos, who directs alumni outreach for the college.

The program helps guide students through academic changes with graduating from college and entering the working world.

Culinary students prepare locally grown food

At the Café & Bakery you can enjoy food students prepared with fresh ingredients from SRJC’s Shone Farm.  It is located in the B. Robert Burdo Culinary Arts Center and open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

More clubs at SRJC than any other California Community College

Like robotics? Go on field trips and work on projects with like-minded people at the Robotics Club. You can learn sign language in the ASL Club. There are clubs for a variety of cultures, faiths and areas of study. SRJC has more than 50 clubs to choose from. Contact the club advisor or president for times and locations.

Polar Bears hockey now Division II team

Starting this year, the SRJC Polar Bears ice hockey team will compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II instead of Division III.

This change gives the team the opportunity to compete with more schools and “increases SRJC’s chance at a National Top 10 ranking,” according to its Sept. 2 press release.  The release also states, “SRJC now becomes the only known two-year school to make the division jump.”

SRJC offers students the opportunity to leave their mark

Only 19 students were enrolled at SRJC when it opened in Spring 1918. To commemorate SRJC’s 100th anniversary in 2018, students have the opportunity to leave a lasting memory. According to the SRJC Foundation’s website, you can buy a brick engraved with something special, such as your name and class year, or can leave a message to honor someone.

The ‘Abstract Mix’ art show

“Abstract Mix” reception features local artists from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery in the Frank P. Doyle Library. The artists talk at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4, but you can view the exhibit beginning Sept. 19.

Planetarium shows ‘New Horizon’ footage

What is Pluto? SRJC’s planetarium begins its weekly “Horizons: Discovering Pluto” show Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. The show ends Oct.16.

According to NASA’s website, “the New Horizons mission will help us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the Pluto system and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt – a relic of solar system formation.”