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May 6, 2022

Meet Your 2022-2023 Elected Student Leaders

We'd like to congratulate and welcome your new student leaders for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year:

Student Senate 

President: Nicole Nugent


Wardi Ali

Jasmine Gonzalez

Trevor Middleton

Sarah Reade

Esa Safi

Salma Silva


Club and Events Board (CAEB)

Director of Activities: Nika Radgoudarzi

Director of Communications: Stephanie Aguirre Zaragoza

Historian: Venecia Zamora

Also, congratulations to FLC student Trajan Robinson who has been elected to represent all of the Los Rios student body as the Student Trustee. In addition to serving as the student voice on the Board of Trustees, the Student Trustee chairs the Student Advisory Committee, which provides a forum for communication and exchange of ideas, information, and concerns among students.

Get Ready for Finals

Finals are just around the corner, Beavers! The last day of regular instruction is Wednesday, May 11. Final exams will be held from Thursday, May 12 through Wednesday, May 18. View the final exam schedule and check with your instructors to confirm your exam day/time.

We’ve put together a list of tips to help you get ready for your finals and take your final test. 



  • Access online tutoring support
  • Have a final paper or project with a lot of writing? The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program can help support you!
  • If available, take a practice exam
  • Be prepared – study class materials
  • Determine when you will take your final exams
  • Your physical and mental health is important. Don’t forget that as a student you have access to TimelyCare with 24/7 mental and medical virtual care for students.


Taking the Test

  • If you’re taking a test for an online class: 
  • Find a quiet test-taking spot with minimal distractions and check your computer to make sure the location has adequate internet. Technical problems? Don’t panic. Contact your instructor immediately detailing the exact problem.
  • Don’t leave the test page – you may lose your work
  • Clear your mind before you get started: put both feet flat on the floor, sit up straight, take a slow deep breath (or two or three), and begin!
  • Plan your allotted time – keep your eye on the clock
  • Give yourself time to check your work before turning it in


Best of luck on your final exams – you've got this! And remember, summer is almost here.

Textbook Buyback and Rental Returns

Sell Your Textbooks

At the end of each term (or whenever you no longer need the book), the college bookstore will buy back textbooks based on the book’s current market value and if the book is scheduled to be used by an instructor next term.


You can sell back your books in one of two ways:

  1. Online via the bookstore's partner website, ValoreBooks; or
  2. In-person at the Bookstore – view store hours and sell back FAQs.


Return Textbook Rentals

If you rented textbooks this semester from the bookstore, they are due to be returned by Wednesday, May 18


You can return your books in one of two ways:

  1. In-person at the ARC Bookstore – view store hours.
  2. Ship your rentals to the store, using the shipping carrier of your choice. Note: Shipping is at your expense.
  • Sign in to your bookstore account using the same email address you provided at the register in-store or entered when you rented online. Note: If you don’t know your password, that’s OK – just click “Forgot Password” to reset. 
  • Once you’ve signed in, you will be navigated to the Rentals page to view your Rental Account Information and Rental History. 
  • Click “Return all Rentals by Mail” and follow the steps to print your packing slip.
  • Print your packing slip, and include with your rental shipment. Your packing slip is crucial to include in your box – it identifies you, what you’re returning, and where to send your rentals.


For questions, please contact the ARC Bookstore at or (916) 484-8111.

Celebrating the Class of 2022

Don't miss out on the remaining end-of-the-year cultural and graduation celebrations this month:

Lavender Celebration for Los Rios LGBTQIA+ Graduates

Virtual Ceremony: Friday, May 6 at 5:30 pm Guests are welcome: Register in Advance 

Asian Pacific Islander (API) Scholars Rising Ceremony for Los Rios API Graduates

In-person Ceremony: Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 am at the Folsom Lake College Falcon’s Roost


Transfer Celebration for Los Rios Transfer Students

Virtual Ceremony: Wednesday, May 11 at 4:00 pm (Register by Friday, May 6 at 11:59 pm)

Celebration of Excellence and Achievement for Los Rios Graduates of African Descent

Virtual Ceremony: Friday, May 13 at 6:30 pm

Watch live on YouTube.

Honrando a Nuestros Estudiantes (Honoring Our Students) for Los Rios Latinx/Chicanx Graduates  

In-person Ceremony: Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 pm at Sacramento City College’s Hughes Stadium

We are excited to announce that we are planning for an in-person outdoor 2022 Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 pm at Beaver Stadium on the main ARC campus. This celebration is for the class of 2022. The in-person ceremony is contingent upon the continued decrease in COVID-19 cases in the region.

New IT Web Portal Coming Soon!

To better serve students, Los Rios is developing a new web portal to support the fulfillment of your IT needs in one online location. Regardless of what college you are from, you'll have access to a common platform to handle issues ranging from eServices to Google account access, and so on. Called ServiceCentral, the goals of the new portal are to:

  • Simplify how you get support from IT
  • Allow you to see what's happening with your request online
  • Provide you with faster responses to issues and requests

The anticipated go-live is late Spring 2022. Be on the lookout for additional announcements as we get closer to launch or visit our ServiceCentral webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Study Abroad Update

Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience! The Los Rios Study Abroad Program has upcoming opportunities in London for Fall 2022 and Florence, Italy for Spring 2023.

Minimum participation requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • 12 college-level units completed
  • 2.25 college GPA 

Study in London from September 8 through December 9, 2022

Study in London this fall semester with a group of students from the Los Rios colleges and three other Northern California schools. You must complete at least 12 units of coursework during the semester; options include biology, business, English, and art.  

View the flyer for more information on costs, deadlines, and travel, or attend one of the following virtual info sessions held via Zoom:

  • Friday, May 6, 8:00 to 8:30pm
  • Monday, May 9, 7:30 to 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 10, 3:15 to 3:45pm
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Thursday, May 12, 3:00 to 3:30pm and 7:30 to 8:00pm

Financial aid, scholarships, and loans may be available to help with program expenses. Questions about financial aid should be directed to ARC Financial Aid Officer Stephanie Tran at

Applications are due Friday, May 13, but late applications will be accepted through June 15 as space permits. For more information or to apply, visit Los Rios Study Abroad. You can also email the program office at or the Fall 2022 program faculty member Fran Keller at

Reminder: Complete the Campus Climate Survey

You are invited to share your experiences at American River College so we can better understand and improve the campus culture and learning environment, both in-person and online. The Campus Climate Survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete; check your email for the link.

Note: Your participation in this survey is confidential and the college will not share your personal information or your responses. Survey findings will be presented in summary form only, and your name and identifying information will not be used in any report. Your responses to this survey will help us make improvements to policies and practices at American River College to create a more welcoming, affirming, and inclusive environment for students. The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, May 25.

Promise to Career | Construction Scholarship

Are you interested in a career in the Building Trades Industry? Check out the Construction and Welding Technology programs! These programs are offered at ARC and CRC and provide credential and skills attainment to increase Sacramento’s talented construction workforce. 

Enrolling in and completing one of these programs can lead to high-quality jobs with employers looking to meet the demand for new construction and further contribute to economic opportunity in the region. 

To help pay some of the costs associated with these programs (boots, safety equipment, tools, etc.), the Los Rios Colleges Foundation created the Promise to Career: Construction Scholarship. This $500 scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and students who are enrolling in or continuing their education in an approved Building Trades program at a Los Rios College. A completion scholarship is also available to students who finish their program with a degree or certificate. To learn more and enroll, visit:

Field Research on Squirrels

ARC students are doing field research as part of the collaborative SIRIUS II project with Sacramento State. ARC Biology Professor Susan Ramones had her students do field observations of squirrels as part of their research. For more information, visit Sacramento State SIRIUS Project.

Sociology Student Research

ARC Sociology students presented their own research at the recent 2022 Pacific Sociological Association conference in Sacramento. The research project focuses on the role of high school U.S. history teachers in shaping "collective memory" around atrocity, struggle, and inequality in our nation's past. The project was inspired by recent state-level efforts in other states to ban curricular discussions of structural racism in the US. Students are in the process of interviewing teachers in the greater Sacramento region to see how they think about their role and how they do their work. ARC Sociology professors Walter Kawamoto and Jeff Sacha are supporting student researchers Mia Peralta, Ryal Strom, Ion Loghin, Athanasia Nguyen, and Lish Miller. Pictured above at the conference (left to right) are Kawamoto, Miller, Sacha, Strom, Peralta, and Verdugo.

Safety Center Open House

Interested in being a firefighter or a career in law enforcement? Come to the Open House on Sunday, May 15 at 1:00 pm at the Sacramento Regional Public Safety Center to find out what programs are available. This is an opportunity to speak with instructors, students, and alumni. The event is presented by the Health and Service HomeBase.

Department of Rehabilitation

Application Workshops

The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works with consumers and the Los Rios Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS) and WorkAbility III programs to provide services resulting in gainful employment for individuals with disabilities. Application workshops are held every Wednesday, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm, to help students learn more about the available support and services and how to get started! Los Rios - DOR Application Workshops - Register in Advance

Dealing With Allies Who Mean Well

The work we do in cultural empowerment spaces is challenging, including engaging with allies who miss the mark. How do we nurture their desire to help while coaching them on how to better serve our diverse communities? This workshop will be presented on Thursday, May 12, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm via Zoom by Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, Director of the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Resource Center (APIDA) at San Diego State University. The workshop aims to equip people with the tools to be strong allies and provide strategies on how to hold others accountable. Attendees will have the chance to win the children's book, Nian: The Chinese New Year Dragon, authored by Dr. Loh-Hagan. Hosted by the FLC Equity Center.

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