August 2015What's New

Chancellor Brian King Los Rios Welcome Back Convocation
Los Rios Community College District Chancellor Brian King launched the 2015-16 school year with a convocation address describing his vision for the district and the four Los Rios Community Colleges.

The greater Sacramento community, which is made up of thousands of Los Rios alumni, can learn more about the direction of the district and its relevance to the region. The chancellor presented his goals of providing more student access and making the district a more integral part of the region.

Watch the chancellor's presentation at Folsom Lake College:
August 29 | 6:00 pm | C. 15; August 31 | 3:00 pm | C. 16

> Watch now in SECC's Video Gallery

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Sly Park Environmental Education Center in the Eldorado National Forest provides unforgettable outdoor science learning experiences for elementary students each year.

In August

Carolyn ForchéLos Rios Community College District

2015 SummerWords

American River College's accomplished creative writing faculty sponsored three days and nights of workshops, panels and readings featuring a keynote reading by Carolyn Forché (pictured). SECC partnered with member with Los Rios Community Colleges to create video programs of the event.

Carolyn Forchè: Aug. 29 | 7:00 pm | C. 15
Christian Kiefer and Edan Lepucki
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Kirstin Chen and Nayomi Munaweera
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Aura ARC Fashion Show

AURA: The ARC Fashion Show
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SECC and member producer Los Rios Community Colleges created a documentary on the 2015 American River College Fashion Program, a unique semester-long learning exercise that culminated with the students’ Fashion Show, Aura, produced by the Fashion 393 Promotion Class.
Aug. 27 | 8:00 pm | C. 16

Strings 2015

Sacramento State University

Strings Project Concert 2015 on Cable 16
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The CSUS String Project provides group lessons in violin and cello for children 4th and higher. The lessons are taught by the CSUS School of Music undergraduate and graduate teachers and supervised by experienced teachers.

Elk Grove USD logoElk Grove Unified School District

Time of Remembrance
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Video Gallery

Growing up in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation, Hannie Voyles discusses her life as a Holocaust survivor.

The Elk Grove USD's growing collection of Time of Remembrance oral history interviews brings history alive for students to deepen their understanding of the impact of war on individuals, targeted groups and entire communities.
> Learn more on the project website

Sacramento City College

Kinders Go to College
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Kindergarten students in West Sacramento and junior high and high school students from area schools attended special college workshops in variety of fields.



NASA Ames Research Center

Chasing Shadow Worlds: Exoplanets from Kepler and Beyond
Recent innovations in astronomy enable us to pursue one of humanity's greatest questions: Are we alone in the Universe? From the Kepler Mission to NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), vast data collection with new telescopes will revolutionize the fields of asteroseismology and exoplanetary science.
Aug. 30 | 4:00 pm | C. 15

Earth Right Now
A Story of Ozone: Earth's Natural Sunscreen
Decades ago, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were chemicals used in hairspray, deodorants, foam products, air conditioners and more. In 1974 chemists Sherwood Rowland and Mario Molina published a paper that indicated CFCs were damaging the ozone layer which protects Earth from the sun's ultraviolet rays.
Aug. 31 | 2:15 pm | C. 16

Air Quality: A Tale of Three Cities
Dr. Bryan N. Duncan, scientist for the Aura Mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, presented the story of air quality in Beijing, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Aug. 31 | 2:30 pm | C. 16

NASA 360

Rise of the Rovers
NASA 360 follows 18 teams of citizen inventors from across the globe advance technologies that will support the space missions of tomorrow. Their novel approaches bring new perspectives to NASA’s efforts and benefit not only NASA but the nation.
Aug. 27 | 10:00 am | C. 16

Other Programs

Kwame AlexanderFairfax Network: Meet the Author

Kwame Alexander
Author and poet Kwame Alexander wants kids to write their own books. He has helped students reach this goal with his Book-in-a-Day creative writing and book publishing workshop. During this program, Mr. Alexander discusses his books and also describes various forms of poetry and why poetry is the perfect medium for a reluctant reader.

When he’s not teaching, he’s writing such marvels asThe Crossover, the 2015 Newbery Award winning novel in verse; Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band, a NAACP Image Award Nominee; and a Junior Library Guild Selection, He Said She Said.

Aug. 31 | 8:30 am | C. 16

Mockingbird book cover

Kathryn Erskine
Kathryn Erskine’s characters, many of whom live with learning disabilities, resonate with readers because there is an authentic telling of families, schools, bullies and learning challenges.

In this program, Ms. Erskine discusses her writing process and her unique approach to dealing with writer's block.  Student reporters go behind the scenes to highlight how the novel, Mockingbird, was transformed into a play by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Aug. 31 | 2:00 pm | C. 15
> Link to Meet the Author

Smithsonian: Science How? | 4:00 pm on Cable 15

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Smithsonian Science How? features the research and personalities of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History providing positive STEM role models, information about science careers and connections to current research.

Arthropod Adaptations: Inside the Insect Zoo with Dan Babbitt | Aug. 29
Forensic Anthropology: Bone Whispering with Kari Bruwelheide | Aug. 31

JFK Library Foundation Forums | Daily @ 3:00 pm on Cable 16

JFK Library Forum Series

This series of public affairs conversations is offered by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to foster public discussion on a diverse range of historical, political and cultural topics. The programs reflect the Kennedys' legacy and are dedicated to those who seek a new and better world through the art of politics.
Attorney General Eric Holder; Atul Gawande on Why Doctors Fail | Aug. 28

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