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Take this class: ART 376

Art new media student Charles Kinter places his piece of metal into the forge in order to make the metal easier to shape in his class, ART 376: Functional Sculpture on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. The course focuses on working metal and using tools found in the blacksmithing market to make art that serves a purpose. Kinter said that working with the material has helped him in his art new media classes. (Photo by Lena DoBynes)

Lena DoBynes

November 24, 2015

The loud clang of metal on metal, the almost overwhelming heat against one’s face as they open the forge doors, and the look of the bright hot metal as it is pulled out of the fire are some of the various elements in the day-to-day life of a student taking ART 376: Functional Sculpture. Found within the ...

Faculty now able to contact campus police via desktop icon

A screenshot of a faculty member's computer shows the emergency response notification icon, or ERNI, near the top, right corner. The ERNI was installed on computers of faculty and staff as part of the American River College administration's Safe Campus Initiative. (Screenshot of ARC faculty computer)

Lena DoBynes

November 20, 2015

In an effort to increase campus safety, many faculty members’ computers across campus were installed with a program that allows the user a new avenue to contact campus police. The Emergency Response Notification Icon, or ERNI, appears as a bright pink triangle with an exclamation point in the center...

ARC to decorate recycling bins with student art

'Eyeball Dance' by Neil Putnam, left, and 'Blue Hands' by Daniel Meidinger and Andria Arnott are two pieces of artwork by American River College students to be placed on recycle bins on campus. (Photos by Karen Reay)

Lena DoBynes

November 16, 2015

The Earth painted in shades of blue and pink featuring a large eyeball is one of the artworks that will be displayed on trash bins that will be “upcycled” into recycling bins on the American River campus in coming weeks. Student Neil Putnam, the artist of “Earth’s Watching,” said that it was ...

Glovers shine a light on dance movement

This screenshot shows American River College students Anthony Perez and Vanessa Lamb perform a light show with gloves that are outfitted with LED lights. This type of performance has been associated with the electronic dance music scene. (Image capture of a video by Lena DoBynes)

Lena DoBynes

September 29, 2015

Tiny, multi-colored lights seemingly hanging in mid-air dance across the night air in a rainbow of colors. A sense of comfort washes over the body as the lights continue to float across the night, relaxing and hypnotizing as the viewer is drawn in deeper and deeper into the dance.   Gloving is ...

Students forced out after Heald College closure find their way to ARC

The sign for the Heald College campus in Roseville has been torn down, but their slogan

Lena DoBynes

September 17, 2015

No student ever thinks that after dedicating countless hours to studying and homework and after spending large amounts of money toward books and school supplies, they would receive news of their school closing, but in late April 2015 students across California attending the campuses of Heald College f...

Former ARC student athlete drowns trying to save friend

Carlos Francies, a sheriff's deputy with the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department, drowned in Lake Tahoe Aug. 13 while attempting to save a friend who he thought was drowning. Francies played football for American River College, participated in track and field and went on to play football for Sacramento State. (Photo courtesy of Sacramento State Athletics)

Lena DoBynes

September 17, 2015

A Contra Costa deputy and former American River College student athlete drowned on Aug. 13 in Lake Tahoe while attempting to rescue his friend who he thought was drowning. Carlos Francies, 30, was enjoying a day off from his job at the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department, where he worked as a...

Former theater student reflects on journey to first major

Sandra Hill, left, and Jonathan Blum, right,  opens up the play

Lena DoBynes and Jordan Schauberger

September 3, 2015

Sitting before a brightly lit stage filled with performers dressed in costumes and surrounded by laughing family and friends, American River College alum Karen Bombardier watched her first major directorial debut come to life. Long before Bombardier’s first big premiere, directing “The Great American...

Campus offers students alternative programs to transfer and obtain a degree

Campus offers students alternative programs to transfer and obtain a degree

Lena DoBynes and Lena DoBynes

May 12, 2015

American River College is offering alternative programs that allow people to transfer or gain their associate degree in two years. The Accelerated College Education program, commonly known as ACE, and the Cohort to Transfer program were developed with the goal of helping students succeed in college. Both...

Opinion: Reversing the driver courtesy nosedive

In their rush to get to their job or class on time, students and faculty frequently ignore parking space boundaries, making safe parking difficult for fellow pupils and colleagues. Since the start of the semester, there have been numerous vehicular incidents, including five hit and runs – four with no injuries and one with an injury – and two reckless driving occurrences.

Lena DoBynes and Lena DoBynes

April 20, 2015

With roughly 30,000 enrolled students at American River College, which houses five parking lots and a parking structure on campus, navigating the lots for parking spaces and getting to class on time can prove to be a bit of a hassle. Matters aren't helped when one’s peers have the tendency to think...

UNR’s jazz band performs for ARC

UNR’s jazz band performs for ARC

Lena DoBynes and Lena DoBynes

April 14, 2015

The University of Nevada, Reno jazz band was invited to perform for the American River College Studio Jazz Ensemble and the rest of the campus on Thursday in music room 548. ARC was one of three stops for the band, which is on a mini tour in the Sacramento area and  has played at some of the local...

Students are urged to “LinkIn” at college hour

Melissa Fish, right, and students attending the event discuss future job opportunities and how LinkedIn could play a strategic part in job hunting.

Lena DoBynes and Lena DoBynes

April 7, 2015

An event discussing the value of social networking in order to achieve career success was held on March 25 by the Career Center in community room 167, covering topics such as using the social network LinkedIn to present oneself to potential employers, networking and developing one’s brand. Thirty-one...

Domestic violence against Native American women will be discussed in today’s college hour

Lena DoBynes and Lena DoBynes

March 12, 2015

Domestic violence against Native American women will be the topic of discussion at today’s college hour in Raef Hall 160 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m Dayna Barrios, a Native American woman and graduate student in the anthropology department at Sacramento State, will be speaking at the event. “Violence...

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