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Solano Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017

SOLANO COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES THE

SOLANO HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017

Fairfield, CA: Solano Community College (SCC) will hold the 21st Annual Solano Community College Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, October 28, 2017 6pm, at Solano College in Fairfield, California.

Solano Community College is proud to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2017:

1)      John Canova:  Football and Basketball Game Announcer 1987-present

2)      Kate Shipp:  Women’s Basketball 2004 &2005

3)      Welana Toki :  Women’s Basketball 2004 &2005

4)      Reggie Vezia II:  Men’s Basketball 2003 & 2004

5)      Ryan Lipkin:  Baseball 2007

6)      Victor Ferrante:  Baseball 2004 & 2006

7)      Shirley Lewis:  SCC Booster 1997-present

8)      Jennae Lambdin:  Softball Head Coach 1995 – 2000

Tickets are $50. For more information, please contact Claire Gover at Claire.gover@solano.edu

Solano Community College Opens Theater Season with Peter and the Starcatcher on Newly Renovated Stage

(Fairfield, CA) – Solano Community College opens its recently renovated main stage theatre with the five time Tony Award-winning play Peter and the Starcatcher November 3-19. Based on the best-selling novels of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher tells the coming-of-age tale of how a miserable orphan comes to be known as “the boy who wouldn’t grow up.”

“We are all very excited to open our newly renovated main stage theatre with this amazingly funny and heartwarming show,” said Director Christine Mani. “This story goes back in time to before Peter was Peter, before Hook was Hook and before Wendy even existed – though we do meet a wonderful young girl named Molly.”

In Peter and the Starcatcher, a young orphan and his friends are shipped from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by corrupt King Zarboff. Befriended by the mysterious Molly, Peter and his new friend are on a quest to keep a magical secret safe and save the world from evil. Marauding pirates and jungle tyrants run amok in this music-filled, action-packed journey through Neverland.

Called “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” by The New York Times, Peter and the Starcatcher is suitable for all ages and takes audiences into a world where anything can happen. Written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Baker, Peter and the Starcatcher explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

Who: Solano College Theatre Arts
What: Peter and the Starcatcher
Where: Solano College Theatre 4000 Suisun Valley Rd, Fairfield, CA 94534
When: November 3-4, 9, 11 and 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. and November 5, 11-12 and 19 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Student $12, General $24, Senior/Military/Faculty $18 To purchase, call 707-864-7100 or visit http://blogs.solano.edu/theater/index.php/tickets/

“This hilarious play on the much-loved tale, takes you into a world were anything can happen,” said Mani. “Come out and celebrate this magical opening season with us.”

Cast:
Elizabeth Bowen – Grempkin
Kaylie Butler – Lord Leonard Aster
Bri Costello – Molly Aster
Aeric Chancellor – Mrs. Bumbrake
James Dean – Ted
Allen Denberg – Pirate/Mermaid/Molllusk
Norah Jones – Prentiss
Nancy Lopez – Sanchez/Mack
Makali Mates – Captain Robert Falcon Scott
Sean McName – Hawking Clam/Alf
Ben Mendiola – Keyboards
Joel Miller – Percussion
Kevin Rebultan – Smee
Khalea Ridad – Pirate/Mermaid/Mollusk
Robbie Robbins – The Black Stache
Matthew Sennett – Peter
McKenna Sennett – Pirate/Teacher
Katie Watkins – Bill Slank/Fighting Prawn.

About Solano Community College

The College has served the community in Solano County since 1945 when it was founded as Vallejo Junior College. In the early 1970s, the College moved to its present Fairfield site, and is presently serving over 8,000 students throughout the academic year.

In addition to the campus in Fairfield, the College has one Center in Vacaville, and one in Vallejo. To further serve the community, SCC offers courses at Travis Air Force Base, and operates a School of Aeronautics at the Nut Tree Airport.

Currently, Solano Community College offers Associate Degrees and Certificates in various disciplines, to include transfer courses to California State Universities (CSU) and Universities of California (UC), and provides training in several trades. Solano will also begin offering a bachelor’s degree in Biomanufacturing in 2017. For more information, please visit us at www.solano.edu.

California Community Colleges Encourage Students to Apply for the DACA Renewal Scholarship by Oct. 5

California Community Colleges Encourage Students to Apply for the DACA Renewal Scholarship by Oct. 5

Scholarship Opportunities from the Mission Asset Fund of $495 Available for Dreamers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Community Colleges today applauded the Mission Asset Fund (MAF) for offering scholarship funds to cover the costs for students needing to renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrives (DACA) status before the upcoming Oct. 5 deadline.

The San Francisco-based nonprofit, which has a long history of supporting Dreamers, dedicated scholarship funds specifically to help California community college, California State University and University of California students pay for the $495 renewal fee.

DACA students interested in applying for the scholarship opportunity should visit http://lc4daca.org to learn more and complete the online application. Scholarship applicants will need to complete a short questionnaire and will need to provide their documentation of DACA status with expiration date on or before March 5, 2018 to qualify for the financial aid.

“We applaud the Mission Asset Fund for the dedication of these funds to our state’s DACA students. It provides the needed financial assistance to file their renewal applications ahead of the October 5 deadline, which is fast approaching,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley, who encouraged DACA students to renew their status. “The California Community Colleges will continue to support DACA students despite the Trump administration’s decision to rescind this vital program.”

Oakley also praised state legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown for agreeing to provide a $30 million to support California’s undocumented immigrants.  The proposal provides additional funding for immigration legal services under the One California program, and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office will receive $7 million. This funding will be made available to local colleges so that they can provide emergency financial aid resources to students affected by President Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA

Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible so they do not miss out on the opportunity to obtain a scholarship for the $495 renewal fee. Scholarship applications will be processed the same day they are submitted and once a student has qualified, checks made out to the Department of Homeland Security will immediately be made available in the San Francisco area and by overnight mail in other parts of the state.

Funding for the DACA renewal scholarship opportunity for California public college students is provided through the Weingart Foundation. Other philanthropic supporters include: the Irvine Foundation, Tipping Point Community, The Chavez Family Foundation and San Francisco Foundation.

The Trump Administration’s DACA decision does not impact a student’s ability to attend California community colleges, to qualify for an exemption from non-resident tuition fees under AB 540, or to apply for financial aid under the provisions of the California Dream Act. AB 540 and the California Dream Act are state programs that are entirely separate and distinct from DACA. To learn more about the finical aid opportunities available through the California Dream Act visit: icanaffordcollege.com.

PRESS RELEASE – September 13, 2017

Contact: Paul Feist

Phone: (916) 327-5353

E-mail: pfeist@cccco.edu

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 114 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges, please visit http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/.

Resources for DACA students

Resources for Undocumented Students and their Families


Know Your Rights Red Cards – https://www.ilrc.org/red-cards
What to say and do if approached by ICE.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center – https://www.ilrc.org/
Great resources and up-to-date information and news.

Free and Low-Cost Immigration Information and Services
International Institute of the Bay Area (Napa, and other bay area locations) – http://www.iibayarea.org/
Catholic Charities of Yolo and Solano County – http://www.ccsolano.org/
Catholic Charities of CA (Sacramento) – http://catholiccharitiesca.org/
Legal Service of Northern CA – https://lsnc.net/

Immigration Legal Services
Immigration Lawyers in Solano County – https://www.justia.com/lawyers/california/solano-county

Upcoming Events
Free DACA Information Session from IIBA -http://www.iibayarea.org/
Wed, September 13, 6pm – 7pm
Where Puertas Abiertas, 952 Napa St. Napa CA 94558
Created by mfeldon@iibayarea.org

Solano College Faculty Member Participates in Inaugural Meeting of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine

Fairfield, CA 08/02/17 – Alison Aubert , a Solano College faculty/staff  member from  Dixon, CA was among 32 collegiate athletic trainers from across the country appointed to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) newly formed Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine (ICSM), which held its inaugural meeting in Houston, Texas, on June 26, 2017. The first council of its kind, the ICSM aims to address student athlete health issues at the national level through a unique organizational structure that includes athletic trainers from NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; and the community colleges.

“We are extremely pleased to have Alison  join this esteemed group of sports medicine professionals,” said NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC. “We look forward to the council’s work with the NCAA and other national organizations to ensure that student athletes receive the best possible health care through new policies and resources.”

The ICSM meeting was held in conjunction with the 68th National Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposia & AT Expo, featuring hundreds of educational sessions and the largest exhibition of athletic training products and services in the world.

Solano Women’s Soccer Players Honored for Moving on to the Next Level

FAIRFIELD — Tuesday’s ceremony to honor a handful of Solano Community College women’s soccer student athletes was a good representation of the possibilities one has with being a student athlete at the school.

Juliet Ramirez and Annalissa Pena each signed a letter of intent to play at the next level with the University of Jamestown and Dominican University, respectively, while three others in attendance were honored for continuing their academic careers as well.

Anna Castro, Heather Walsh and Lauryn Williams were each part of the ceremony and celebration being recognized – as was Aly Bowers, who wasn’t in attendance because of work – by their coach, Jeff Cardinal, in front of family, friends and a few Solano staff members. Castro is headed to the University of California at Berkeley, while Walsh is going to Chico State and Williams to UC Santa Barbara. Bowers is bound for Sacramento State.

Each of them also had an idea of what they plan on studying at their next place of higher learning.

Castro is looking into political science, while Walsh wants to become a special needs teacher with a degree in liberal studies. Williams plans to get a degree in Spanish, but eventually work on a Masters in occupational therapy, while Bowers will be into early childhood development.

Ramirez is traveling the furthest, out to North Dakota to study kinesiology, with teammate Pena going into nursing.

Not only did each of the Falcons do plenty of work on the field, but they did it in the classroom as well with a combined GPA of 3.33 for the SCC women’s soccer team.

“It’s a lot of dedication and commitment,” Ramirez said of balancing both academics and athletics. “It’s pretty hard, but it’ll be worth it in the end.”

Ramirez attributed the success to being around teammates with the same goals in academics, citing working together often. Pena added that having some of the same pre-requisite classes helped with working together.

“It’s been a great experience,” Pena said. “I definitely enjoyed being at Solano. It means a lot that my teammates are transferring on. We worked so hard in the classroom as well as on the field and it’s nice to see we’re all finally going our separate routes and branching off.”

As for the play on the field, both Ramirez and Pena were midfielders and/or forwards and were seen in person by their respective coaches.

For Ramirez, she was asked to attend the Sophomore Showcase in Southern California, where junior college sophomores get a chance to compete in front of scouts. It was there the coaches at Jamestown saw her and later sent an email telling her they were interested.

“They liked how I would take on players all the time,” Ramirez said. “I had good skill and the ability to play at the next level.”

For Pena, she said Cardinal helped get her in contact with the coaches at Dominican and they invited her to participate in a practice in April.

“They thought I was a pretty dynamic player and liked what I was doing on the ball,” Pena said. “They also liked that I was able to just jump right in.”

If there was any moral to the story of being teammates, it’s that doing anything together is better than doing it alone.

“We talk a lot amongst ourselves on how to balance our classes,” Pena said. “Since a lot of us have the same classes, we’re look to each other for information and help to better ourselves in the classroom.”

By Marcus Lomtong from Daily Republic

Solano Community College Announces the Solano Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Fairfield, CA: Solano Community College (SCC) will hold the 21st Annual Solano Community College Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Solano College in Fairfield, California.

Solano Community College is proud to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2017:

1)      John Canova:  Football and Basketball Game Announcer 1987-present

2)      Kate Shipp:  Women’s Basketball 2004 &2005

3)      Welana Toki :  Women’s Basketball 2004 &2005

4)      Reggie Vezia II:  Men’s Basketball 2003 & 2004

5)      Ryan Lipkin:  Baseball 2007

6)      Victor Ferrante:  Baseball 2004 & 2006

7)      Shirley Lewis:  SCC Booster 1997-present

8)      Jennae Lambdin:  Softball Head Coach 1995 – 2000

Special Recognition Teams: 1996 Softball Team

Tickets are $50. For more information, please contact Claire Gover at Claire.gover@solano.edu

SCC Aeronautics Program Partners with Delta Airlines

Solano Community College has been selected as one of 38 Aircraft Maintenance Technician schools in the country that will partner with Delta Airlines! This partnership will benefit Solano’s students by gaining Delta as a resource for continuous improvement of the AMT program, and will broaden access to the benefits of AMT careers available within the global aviation industry.

Solano College Tennis sends six to state

Please read the Times Herald article here, http://www.timesheraldonline.com/sports/20170419/solano-college-tennis-sends-six-to-state

Solano College Tennis sends six to state

For a Solano College tennis team in its infancy, the young group of nine has cultivated a rare form of unity.

In just it’s second year overall and inaugural year offering a women’s program, the fledgling group of Falcons defied the odds and will be sending six players to the state tournament in Ojai April 26-30.

Following successful showings at the conference tournament at American River College the first weekend of April, Chris Hagler, J.D. Bobo, Ashley Contawe, Sierra Shackelford, Reis Vince-Cruz and Krystov Fout earned their spot in the state tournament.

But while the expeditious maturation of the program allowed each team to place third in the Big 8 North Conference, the tennis team’s biggest challenge came before they set foot on Chris Cammisa Court.

“When we lost Victoria (Alvarez), who was a key piece to our puzzle in every way, we had to re-shift doubles teams,” said Solano head coach Jordan Walker. “But when we put Ashley and Sierra together, they started the conference schedule playing together and were at least the second best team in the conference. They raised their level of play pretty high.”

Donning a commemorative T-shirt in tribute to his team’s fallen Falcon, who died in a tragic drowning incident President’s Day weekend, Walker admitted that conversations were had in regard to whether or not their season should continue.

“It was brutal,” Walker said. “It was the hardest thing I’ve gone through as a coach. And for these young people who were already a really tight team, there was talk of (canceling the season). But we felt that if we asked her what she wanted that she would have definitely said to ‘play ball.’”

Solano was forced to reschedule a match at the outset of the season but managed to battle through, en route to a 7-5 record for the men and a 6-6 season for the women.

Solano freshman and Falcons’ No. 1 women’s singles player Camille Contawe was an integral source for the Falcons’ success and credited coach Walker for the warrior’s mentality he’d passed down to his team. And in her eyes, his patience and engaging demeanor was an important factor in the success of this year’s young group.

“To me personally, Jordan has so much patience,” she said. “There’s a lot of things I’ve learned from Jordan. He’s taught us how to be battlers and to go out there and play as hard as you can. But really, he’s not just a coach either. He’s been there for us like a second dad, or a friend.”

Alongside doubles teammate J.D. Bobo and fellow Falcons’ doubles team Vince-Cruz and Fout, Hagler is the lone Solano singles player slated to compete in Ojai.

The California Lutheran University transfer and Walnut Creek resident, who has taken on quite the commute throughout the season, has provided an unparalleled boost to his team and lost just one match all year.

But while he had his sites set on the trip to Ojai at the genesis of this season, Hagler couldn’t be more proud of his team as they look for the grandiose conclusion not typically fit for young group of their ilk.

“I’m really proud of them,” Hagler said. “The season started off really well and everyone was really close. And then all of a sudden something you can’t control happened and it brought us a lot closer; even though we were already close. We took some time to reflect on what happened and we came back and now we have even more motivation to win.”

By Michael Morris, MMorris@TheReporter.com, @thisjustm on Twitter

Awards for Solano Community College Students

Staff, faculty, Board of Trustees members, students and donors gathered Oct. 4 at the Vacaville Center to honor Solano Community College’s 2016 scholarship recipients. By the end of the evening, $142,600 and 156 scholarships had been awarded to 95 students.

The 44th Annual Scholarship Awards Presentation was sponsored by the Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors and the Educational Foundation Board of Directors. The crowd was welcomed by SCC Superintendent-President Dr. Celia Esposito-Noy and SCC Scholarship Foundation President Barbara Pavao. Scholarships were awarded to students in a variety of academic and technical fields, including nursing, mathematics, journalism, and biotechnology, among many others.

Please view the excerpt from Inside Solano, October 10, 2016.
Scholarship Awards