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May 16, 2022

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Another Semester in the Books!

Congratulations on making it to the end of the spring semester and the end of another academic year! We know the last two-and-a-half years have been challenging for many students, faculty, and staff. Your hard work, resilience, and perseverance are to be commended. Thank you for all you do, Beavers! So what's next?

Summer 2022

Open enrollment for summer classes is happening now! There are still openings in many classes that can help students stay on track or get ahead. Classes begin Monday, June 6.

Fall 2022

The fall schedule includes a mixture of online and in-person classes. Priority registration is happening now with open enrollment beginning Tuesday, May 17, so students should make sure to choose and enroll in their classes early to get the classes they want. Classes start the week of Saturday, August 20.

Save the Date: Fall Convocation

Fall 2022 Convocation will be held in-person on Friday, August 19, from 8:30-11:30 am in the Student Center Cafeteria. The event will be moved to Zoom if public health conditions change. As a reminder, all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption on file. Look for more information and the full Flex schedule in August!

Vocal Jazz Wins Again

ARC's Vocal Jazz Ensembles recently won their 26th award from Downbeat Magazine, the premier international jazz publication. The ensembles were honored for Community College Outstanding Performance in the category of Small Vocal Group. This is the third Downbeat award in the past two years for ARC.

Student Art Online Now

ARC’s Kaneko Gallery is proud to present the 2022 Student Art Show, now available online. The photo above is "Lake Tahoe at Night" by student Emmanuel Madrid, who is the college's Crocker Kingsley Scholarship award winner. Take a few moments and enjoy the work of our talented ARC student artists!

See the art!

Building a Supportive Campus Community

Join the FLC Equity Center for a special presentation as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, “Building an Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Supportive Campus Community,” on Thursday, May 26, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm via Zoom. Presenter Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, Director of the APIDA Resource Center at San Diego State University, will share lessons learned and best practices for building an APIDA-supportive campus community. Attendees will have the chance to win the children's book, Nian: The Chinese New Year Dragon, authored by Dr. Loh-Hagan. 

ARC Faculty Develop OER to Reduce Student Textbook Costs 

ARC is participating in a districtwide project to support faculty in developing Open Educational Resources (OER). This semester, eight departmental teams and over 30 individual faculty worked on developing free, customized, accessible, culturally responsive course materials for their classes. This work will result in thousands of dollars of savings for students, and many additional course sections that are Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC). Faculty were supported this work by the Affordable Learning Materials Committee, several peer mentors, and ARC librarians Kate Williamson and Sarah Lehmann. This work will continue for Fall 2022 with another cohort of departmental project teams and individual faculty. If funding is available, there will be a Spring 2023 cohort as well. For more information, visit ARC’s OER Award Program website.

Financial Aid/Admissions and Records Redesign Update

As the semester winds down, the college and district would like to thank all of the staff, faculty, and students who have provided input into the college and districtwide discussions about redesigning Financial Aid and Admissions & Records with the goal of improving service to students in these two critical areas. Discussions about the service delivery model and structure of those offices are still ongoing, and no final decisions have been made yet. Over the summer, college and district teams will be working to address some of the immediate and urgent compliance issues outlined in the reports provided by independent consultants in these areas so that we can begin making substantive progress on improvements for students, irrespective of the outcome of the discussions about structure moving forward.

California June Primary Election

Please note that all active registered voters in California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the upcoming Primary and General Elections. Make sure to register or update your voter registration.

2022 Primary Election Dates:

  • May 9: Counties offer early voting sites - find a location.
  • May 23: Last day to register to vote online or by mail ahead of the Primary Election
  • May 24 - June 7: Same Day Voter Registration is available - voters can conditionally register and vote at a county elections office or polling location after the voter registration deadline, up to and including Election Day
  • May 31: Last day for county elections officials to send a registered voter a vote-by-mail ballot
  • Tuesday, June 7: Primary Election - polls will be open throughout the state from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

ARC will host a Vote Center at the main campus in the Student Center Community Rooms. Days/times are:

  • June 4-6, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Election Day: June 7, 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Grades Due May 25

This is just a reminder that Spring 2022 grades are due Wednesday, May 25. The grade submission deadline is critical after each academic term because students cannot get a transcript for transfer or employment purposes when grades are not submitted on time. For information regarding how to submit grades, reporting positive attendance hours, assigning of incomplete or pass/no pass grades, or any issues with enrollment rosters, please visit the Final Grade Submissions webpage.

Refund Deadline is May 18

Wednesday, May 18 is the deadline for students to submit a refund request for Spring 2022. Students can submit a refund application through eServices. For more information on the process, visit the Refund Application Instructions webpage.

This is the final issue of Beaver Bites for the Spring 2022 semester. This summer, we'll be publishing occasionally, returning to our weekly editions for the start of the Fall 2022 semester.

Did you know there is an online archive of previous newsletters? Check it out for yourself!

Hope you all get to enjoy some rest and relaxation this summer – you deserve it, Beavers! 

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