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May 9, 2022

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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.

Students Study 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. More info at 

Safety Center Open House

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

Staff Parking Update

FALL 2022

We will begin issuing staff parking permits again in Fall 2022 to allow for patrolling and ticketing of anyone found to be parking in the staff lot without an appropriate permit. An email will be sent when permits are available for pick up. 

We will not be issuing permits to students and parking will remain free for students through the Spring 2023 semester. 


Permits will not be issued for the summer session.

Finals Are Almost Here

Finals are just around the corner - May 12-18. Check out the final exam schedule to see specific dates and times. 

Textbook Buy Back

At the end of each term (or whenever students 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.

Students 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 students rented textbooks this semester from the bookstore, they are due to be returned by Wednesday, May 19. Students can return your books in one of two ways:

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

For questions, please contact the bookstore at 916-484-8111 or

Vet Net Ally Training

VET NET Ally Awareness Training: Understanding Military Culture will take place on Thursday, May 19, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in person at the ARC main campus - Diane Bryant STEM Innovation Center, Room 307. The VET NET Ally program was developed at CSU, Long Beach as a faculty and staff awareness program designed to:

  • Educate members of the college community
  • Foster a supportive campus atmosphere, and
  • Establish a network of visible Allies for veterans

The presenter is Dr. Marshall Thomas from the CSU Chancellors Office, Veteran Affairs. Register in advance.

Celebrating the Class of 2022

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

Transfer Celebration

Virtual Ceremony: Wednesday, May 11 at 4:00 pm 

Celebration of Excellence and Achievement for Students of African Descent

Virtual Ceremony: Friday, May 13 at 6:30 pm. Watch live on YouTube.


Honrando a Nuestros Estudiantes (Honoring Our Students)  

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.

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.

Student Conduct Guide Online Resource

We recently updated the Student Standards of Conduct Guide online. The guide is now a live webpage, which is more accessible for screen readers and other assistive technology; it also is better optimized for mobile devices. You can find the guide on the Office of Student Conduct website.

Open Enrollment is Here

Executives, faculty and staff have the opportunity to enroll and/or make changes to benefits through Tuesday, May 24, with changes effective July 1. Enrollment information was communicated by email on May 4 containing information on important changes and considerations this year, as well as information on how to enroll and make changes.

In addition, Employee Benefits will be hosting a series of webinars concerning general open enrollment topics, as well as the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)/Health Savings Account (HSA) options. Please watch for enrollment information to be sent by email.

The first webinar is on Wednesday, May 11, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Please note that you do not need to sign up in advance. Join Los Rios HDHP-HSA Webinar.

Have questions? Contact Employee Benefits at

ACE Program Info Session

ARC's Accelerated College Education (ACE) program is designed for working adults who wish to complete 46 units of general education transfer and associate degree requirements. Students enroll in two short-term classes every eight weeks during the semester, for a total of 10-12 units each semester. Each week, students attend online classes or in-person classes one weeknight and on Saturday at the Natomas Center. There will be an ACE information session on Wednesday, May 11, at 6:00 pm on Zoom.   

Reminder: Student Campus Climate Survey

All students are invited to share their experiences at ARC 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. Please encourage students to check their email for the link. Note: Student participation in this survey is confidential and the college will not share their personal information or responses. Survey findings will be presented in summary form only, and their name and identifying information will not be used in any report. Their responses to this survey will help us make improvements to policies and practices at ARC to create a more welcoming, affirming, and inclusive environment for students. The deadline for students to complete the survey is Wednesday, May 25.

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, 12:00 to 1:00, to help students learn more about the available support and services and how to get started.

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