Vacaville Rotary hands out $38,000 in scholarships – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Vacaville Rotary Club distributed 23 scholarships totaling $38,000 at a recent awards ceremony at the Solano College campus in Vacaville.

The $3,500 President scholarships went to Jonathan Dye (Will C. Wood High School), Corey Kato (Vacaville High School), Jack Gardner (Vacaville Christian High School) and Maxie Harington (Vacaville Christian).

The $2,000 Leadership scholarships went to Cameron Mitchell (Vacaville High), Adam Grabowski (Vacaville Christian), Camille Stephens (Vanden High School) and Zoe Johnson (Buckingham Charter Magnet High School).

Source: Vacaville Rotary hands out $38,000 in scholarships

Fairfield-Suisun children get early introduction to foreign languages at Solano College – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

It was 2001 when then-Solano Community College student Monica Samo spent one day a week planting the seed of learning a second language by teaching French to children in elementary school.

“It was an amazing experience. Now, I get to see my child experience this,” Samo said of now watching her own elementary school-age son Dominic Samo learn French from another Solano College student.

Samo said she has brought some of her teaching materials out of the closet and plans to continue to expand her son’s command of French.

“This is a perfect age,” Samo said. “They are such enthusiastic learners.”

Source: Fairfield-Suisun children get early introduction to foreign languages at Solano College

Family, friends cheer on Solano College Class of 2018 – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Graduates in the 72nd commencement exercise at Solano Community College received their degrees and certificates, Thursday, in front of a standing-room-only crowd at “Doc” Hollister Stadium.

Family and friends battled gusty winds and cool temperatures to cheer on the Class of 2018, which also included summer 2017 graduates.

The thick program prompted one attendee to inquire, “They are giving all these people degrees?”

There was a last-minute scramble as graduates outnumbered the seats on the field. Just as the ceremony began, one balloon managed to escape from the stands and float over the Class of 2018.

Source: Family, friends cheer on Solano College Class of 2018

Sims says she’s running for college board seat – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Vallejo resident Karen Sims has announced her candidacy for the Solano Community College Governing Board representing Area 1.

Sims is seeking election this November to the seat held by Trustee Pam Keith.

In an exclusive interview with the Times-Herald on Monday, Keith confirmed she would not be running for re-election after serving 24 years on the board.

Source: Sims says she’s running for college board seat

Chamber’s Buzz Awards honors community’s best – Daily Republic

By Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce

Amid joyous applause and cheers, the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce recently bestowed its Buzz Awards to some of the best and brightest individuals and businesses in the community.

More than 150 people from the local business community attended the May 4 Buzz Awards inside Suisun City’s Harbor Arts Theatre, where Gillespie’s Abbey Carpet & Floor and SK Creative Arts were named the Business of the Year, respectively, for Fairfield and Suisun City.

Source: Chamber’s Buzz Awards honors community’s best

Student film festival features dramas, documentaries and more – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

About 30 films, including music videos, dramas and documentaries, were screened in the Solano Community College Performing Arts Center during the 17th annual EYE Light Film Festival.

The contest was open to students in middle school to junior college.

Entries came in from around Northern California, organizer Lynn Larsen said.

The festival was launched at Buckingham Charter Magnet School in Vacaville. Larsen took over in 2011 with the VacaValley Youth Video Affiliation.

The VYVA Inc. is a nonprofit scholarship organization that supports visual media arts and education. The annual film festival is dedicated to highlighting independent short films from a variety of genres created by young filmmakers.

Source: Student film festival features dramas, documentaries, more

‘Generations’ screening set at Solano College – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Solano Community College professor emeritus George Maguire will host a screening of his film, “Generations,” at 7 p.m. May 8 at the college, 4000 Suisun Valley Road. It will be screened in the performing arts theater, Building 1200.

What began as a conversation between Maguire and a family member about genetic ancestry evolved into an idea for a film inspired by his lineage.

Portions of the film were shot near the college. It also features local actress Dyan McBride.

Source: ‘Generations’ screening set at Solano College

Solano College Theatre opens musical homage to old Broadway shows – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

It’s a blend of the old and new as Solano College Theatre opens “Nice Work . . . If You Can Get It” this weekend.

The musical features tunes from George and Ira Gershwin. The show premiered on Broadway in April 2012. It’s based on a book written by Joe DiPietro and features material from Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse.

The next year, director Christine Mani heard the title song on a Pandora station that plays show tunes. Mani purchased the CD and discovered she loved all the songs in the show. She sought licensing for the show and was turned down because the show was too new.

Source: Solano College Theatre opens musical homage to old Broadway shows

Solano career fair offers employment opportunities – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

Hector Ramirez, of Vacaville, still remembers five years ago when most of the employer representatives at such a job fair were mostly distributing information because they didn’t have openings.

“This is much better,” Ramirez said after finishing his second on-the-spot interview.

Ramirez was one of a host of job-seekers Tuesday at the Solano Workforce Development Career Fair held at Solano College where he checked out what approximately 80 employer representatives had to offer.

One of those employers was Ken Miller, representing the Iron Workers Union Local 378.

Source: Solano career fair offers employment opportunities

Business pilot program up for discussion by SCC board – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Several updates — on the 2017-18 budget, a business program pilot and the Solano County Sheriff’s Department — are on the agenda when Solano Community College leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Robert V. Diamond, vice president of finance and administration, will update the governing board about the status of the Solano Community College District budget.

However, the agenda neither included any supporting documents about the 2017-18 budget nor any information about revenues, expenses and funding balances projected for the two outlying years. There was no explanation in the agenda documents.

Lucky Lofton, the school’s executive bonds manager, will update trustees about the Measure Q Small, Local, and Diverse Business Program, including the starting of a two-year pilot program. Its purpose is to establish equity, inclusion and outreach guidelines and promote diversity by offering contracts to small businesses and those owned by ethnic minorities, women and disabled veterans in Solano County and the city of Winters. (Measure Q was the $348 million bond passed by Solano County voters in 2012 to upgrade SCC campuses.)

Source: Business pilot program up for discussion by SCC board

Solano preschoolers on track learning about trains – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Brayden Silvia took his first big train ride Friday with a big smile and talk of Thomas the Train.

The 3-year-old was accompanied by his grandfather, Brian Silvia, as about 100 students – and twice as many parents and grandparents – trekked to the Western Railway Museum with the Solano Community College Early Learning Center.

The trip followed a talk between staff and youth about trains. “In preschool, they are intrigued by vehicles, trains and construction equipment,” said Christie Speck, who heads up the college’s Early Learning Center.

Source: Solano preschoolers on track learning about trains

Solano College’s Suisun Valley Review accepting submissions – The Reporter

Solano Community College’s long-running and award-winning Suisun Valley Review is now accepting submissions in original poetry, prose, short fiction and visual media for its Spring 2018 edition.

The deadline for submission is April 3.

Suisun Valley Review carefully considers all submissions received from first-time contributors and published authors alike.

Submissions need not be from SCC students to be considered.

All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter including the contributor’s name, address, phone number, email and two to three lines of biographical information.

Multiple submissions from the same author will be allowed. Due to space limitations, literary submissions must not exceed 3,000 words.

Source: Solano College’s Suisun Valley Review accepting submissions

Measure Q spending plan update goes before Solano College board – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Solano Community College’s board of directors will review an update of the Measure Q spending plan when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The public session will follow a 6:35 p.m. closed session, during which board members are scheduled to receive a labor negotiations update, discuss a matter of employee discipline and hear a matter of potential litigation, the agenda documents state.

The board meets in the Denis Honeychurch Board Room 626 in the Administrative Building at 4000 Suisun Valley Road, in rural Fairfield.

Source: Measure Q spending plan update goes before Solano College board

Solano College students, staff hear tips on surviving active-shooter situation – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

ALICE was the topic of discussion for students, staff and faculty Wednesday at Solano Community College.

The program’s name is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Information, Counter and Evacuate. The five steps were developed by Greg Crane, a law enforcement veteran with a desire to keep his wife’s school safe after the events of Columbine.

Lisa Crane, his wife, spent more than 30 years in education before retiring.

Source: Solano College students, staff hear tips on surviving active-shooter situation

Contracts, change orders, bond oversight committee report on Solano Community College agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Several contracts amendments and project change orders, a contract with an American Indian tribe, and the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee’s annual report are on the agenda with Solano Community College leaders meet Wednesday in Fairfield.

Among the change orders is one for nearly $5,500 with Vaca Valley Excavating & Trucking Inc. for intersection improvements at the Vacaville Center on North Village Parkway, bringing the project’s total cost to $914,500.

The seven-member governing board will consider a contract amendment with CA Architects in the amount of nearly $4,500 for design and engineering services for the Vacaville classroom building annex renovation project.

Trustees are expected to approve both matters as well as a $9,000 contract with the Yoche Dehe Wintun Nation, an Indian tribe with main offices in Brooks, for cultural resources monitoring to satisfy requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act, aka CEQA, for various spring projects at the main Fairfield campus.

Source: Contracts, change orders, bond oversight committee report on Solano Community College agenda

Solano Community College trustees to consider $1.6M wage-and-benefit package – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A two-year wage-and-benefit agreement with instructors and a resolution declaring March as Women’s History Month are on the agenda when Solano Community College leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

The seven-member governing board likely will approve a $1.6 million agreement, retroactive to July 1 and in effect until June 30, 2019, with the faculty chapter represented by the Community College Association/California Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

According to agenda documents, it amounts to a 4 percent wage hike for full-time and adjunct instructors and counselors as part of a restructured salary schedule.

Additionally, the contract calls for “language” to address online classes and faculty in “coordinator positions” (the latter not defined); and the right of adjunct faculty to interview for a full-time position.

The agreement’s cost to the college does not include health and welfare benefits.

Source: Solano Community College trustees to consider $1.6M wage-and-benefit package

Parent info meetings set for Early College High School program – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

It is, perhaps, one of the best college tuition deals in the nation and it is available to Vacaville high school students.

Parent informational meetings about Vacaville Early College High School, or VECHS for short, are set for 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at Vaca Pena Middle School, at 200 Keith Way; and at 6 p.m. March 6 at Jepson Middle School, 580 Elder St.

Each presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. For more information about VECHS and the enrollment process, visit https://vechs-vusd-ca.schoolloop.com.

Vacaville Unified officials are accepting applications for the 2018-19 academic year, with an application deadline of March 29.

Applications also may be picked up at the Vaca Pena or Jepson counseling offices or at the district’s Educational Services Center, 401 Nut Tree Road.

Source: Parent info meetings set for Early College High School program

Labor contracts, library project go to Solano College board – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano Community College board will consider contracts with various labor unions and will conduct a public hearing on the Library/Learning Resource Center Project when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The public hearing is on whether to approve a mitigated negative declaration as the environmental review for the replacement of Building 100 for the library project. The 2016-17 financial audit report is also on the agenda.

The public session follows a closed session at 6:30 p.m.

Source: Labor contracts, library project go to Solano College board

Tommie Smith at Solano College: ‘I am living Dr. King’s dream’ – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Tommie Smith, who as a U.S. Olympian raised a gloved-fist during the medal ceremony 50 years ago in Mexico City, spoke Thursday at Solano College about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s hope that the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners would one day be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.

“I am living Dr. King’s dream,” Smith said.

A Georgia resident, Smith noted King during his “I have a dream” speech in 1963 referred to the red hills of Georgia as the site for that table of brotherhood.

Source: Tommie Smith at Solano College: ‘I am living Dr. King’s dream’

Solano College eyes pact with Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for cultural monitoring – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation will monitor the Rockville campus entry sidewalk project – after trenching work discovered a potential cultural resource – if Solano Community College District trustees meeting Wednesday approve a proposed agreement.

“Because of the potential for undiscovered cultural resources within the project area, monitoring of ground-disturbing construction activities by a tribal cultural monitor is required,” a college district staff report said.

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation can trace its historical ties to land in the project and is considered the most likely descendant tribe, the report said. The contract allows up to 40 hours of monitoring and is an amount not to exceed $5,000.

Source: Solano College eyes pact with Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for cultural monitoring