The Oak Leaf

SJRC police arrested a former student for harassing female students in online classes.

$50,000 bail set for student jailed for harassment, violation of probation

February 6, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College District Police arrested an SRJC student Wednesday afternoon after receiving reports he harassed female students in online classes he claimed to be auditing. Police found him to be in violation of parole for an earlier sex cr...

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.

Dr. Chong announces new safety measures for both Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses

January 25, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College President Dr. Frank Chong on Thursday announced new measures intended to protect the JC in the event of future armed-intruder incidents. The improvements include the installation of new locks, the scheduling of active shoote...

The SRJC Alert system sent three messages Thursday, Jan. 17, to registered faculty, staff and students. The messages were concise, but multiple recipients felt they didn't provide enough instruction.

Report of gunman exposes weaknesses in SRJC emergency preparedness

January 25, 2019

In the 25 minutes between an email that alerted Santa Rosa Junior College to a “subject with a gun on the Santa Rosa campus” and the district police’s issuance of an all-clear, students, faculty and staff at SRJC struggled with what to do to st...

Analy Hall, where SRJC District Police initially reported an armed subject on campus.

District Police say student’s report of armed gunman false; Student placed on mental health hold

January 17, 2019

A female student falsely reported Thursday an armed relative was on Santa Rosa Junior College’s Santa Rosa campus “coming to kill” her, police said. After a campus lockdown and the evacuation of Analy Hall, SRJC District Police questioned the ...

Tyra Benoit identifies bits of her belongings in the ash heap that was her home.

Book by book: Rebuilding a post-fire identity

December 13, 2018

Photographs captured the fires’ unsparing destruction: suburban homes reduced to dust, cars twisted into metal frames teetering on broken axles, smoke still rising from the ash heaps. Readers from around the world marveled at the horror and devasta...

Several SRJC employees received this threatening email Thursday morning as part of a global scam.

SRJC staff among victims of global bomb threat scam

December 13, 2018

Multiple SRJC employees received a threatening email Thursday morning as part of what police are reporting as a global scam. Santa Rosa Junior College District Police Chief Robert Brownlee confirmed approximately 10 faculty and staff members received...

Oak Leaf Endorses Incumbent Mike Thompson for House

Oak Leaf Endorses Incumbent Mike Thompson for House

November 1, 2018

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson’s native understanding of California’s 5th Congressional District and his broad institutional knowledge of Washington position him to best represent Santa Rosa Junior College students and their interests in the House, which i...

Espinoza (center) and colleagues celebrate the Press Democrat's Pulitzer win.

“All that education for nothing”: One reporter recounts his path to the Pulitzer

October 30, 2018

When your true profession calls, you must go. So says a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former mechanical engineer who felt the call of the written word so strongly he quit a lucrative, well-defined career path for the underpaid and unpredictable...

SRJC College to Career program ranked No. 1 in the state

SRJC College to Career program ranked No. 1 in the state

October 25, 2018

Santa Rosa Junior College’s College to Career (C2C) program leads California in helping intellectually disabled or autistic students attend college and find jobs afterward, according to the agency that oversees C2C programs statewide.   The California...

Voting and registration by age in California, 2016; courtesy Current Population Survey, Voting and Registration Supplement, United States Census Bureau.

SRJC groups to encourage voter registration on campus

September 13, 2018

Student Government Assembly (SGA) member Sean Young puts it plainly, “Voter apathy is not an option. We know what’s been happening in this country for the past two years or even further. Whatever side of politics you’re on, a lot of people are upset....

Santa Rosa Junior College's planetarium is closed for the Fall 2018 semseter, with plans to assess for a possible renovation.

Lark Hall Planetarium feasibility assessment underway

September 13, 2018

Santa Rosa Junior College’s Lark Hall Planetarium will undergo a feasibility and infrastructure assessment this semester to study upgrade possibilities for the facility. The planetarium shuttered in June and is slated to remain closed through s...

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Lauren A. Spates