The American River Current

Veterans returning to college life face unique circumstances

Former military members Eugene Dehoney (left) and Jose Bueno (right) pose for a picture at the Veterans Resource Center at American River College on May 1, 2019. (Photo by Anthony Barnes)

Anthony Barnes

May 15, 2019

Serving in the military requires both a great deal of sacrifice and discipline. Those same levels of sacrifice and discipline are then put to use again as former military members make their way back into the world of education. For many at American River College, that journey can be complicated and di...

“A Tribute to the War Years” honors our veterans

The American River College Jazz Collective will perform a tribute to our veterans at the

Michael Pacheco

April 26, 2018

The American River College music department will hold  its annual spring concert in the student center dining hall on April 27. The show, “A Tribute to the War Years,” will honor the school’s veterans. Directed by Dyne Eifertsen, the groups performing will include the studio jazz, Latin jazz, and ja...

The expected clash between protesters and supporters took place at Trump’s Sacramento rally

Protester Evan Sandlin shouts at Donald Trump supporters as they file into the presidential hopeful's rally in Sacramento.
(Photo by Jordan Schauberger)

Jordan Schauberger

June 2, 2016

As has become the norm at Donald Trump rallies, protesters made their presence felt outside of the rally in Sacramento. Signs of “deport Trump” and “Trump is racist, sexist and bigoted” were up close to the long line of those trying to see Trump speak. American River College student Len...

Trump lays out key points during his speech in Sacramento

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump points to members of the audience during his rally in Sacramento, California on June 1, 2016. (Photo by Kyle Elsasser)

Jordan Schauberger and Robert Hansen

June 2, 2016

By Jordan Schauberger and Robert Hansen With the blazing sun in the eyes of the crowd, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stepped off his plane Wednesday to give a speech to a crowd in Sacramento on his plans to “make America great again.” Trump didn’t venture far, la...

Supporters line up in the heat to hear Tump speak

A Donald Trump supporter holds up a sign reading

Jordan Schauberger and Robert Hansen

June 2, 2016

By Jordan Schauberger and Robert Hansen Thousands of Donald Trump supporters waited in the heat to hear the presumptive Republican presidential nominee speak at his rally in Sacramento on Wednesday. The first attendees started lining up at 8:30 a.m. and Rico Jimenez, drove over seven hours from Orange County to...

U.S. Army veteran and poet visits ARC

Poet and author Brian Turner reads his poetry to ARC students during his poetry reading in the Student Center Community Rooms on Nov. 12th. Turner is an award winning poet and is also a U.S. Army veteran. (Photo by Matthew Nobert)

Matthew Nobert

November 16, 2015

U.S. Army veteran and award-winning poet Brian Turner read from his book “My Life as a Foreign Country” on Thursday in the Student Center at American River College. In 2003, the Fresno State and University of Oregon alum was a sergeant for the Third Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the Second Infa...

Editorial: Saluting the Veterans Center

The 2014 Chancellor's Student Success Award is displayed in the American River College Veterans Resource Center, which serves one of the largest communities of community college student veterans in the state (Photo by John Ferrannini).

November 3, 2015

With Veterans Day approaching, it’s time for students, staff and faculty to be reminded that American River College’s large veteran community exists, and has made a home at our college due to the many services that the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) provides to them. As recently as the spring...

Faces of war

Within the next few years, those beginning in college or joining the military will have little to no memories of an America that wasn’t involved in conflict in Afghanistan—though for many Americans, the reality of war never hit home. (Photo illustration by Barbara Harvey)

November 3, 2015

The original version of this story spelled Hamed Hafezy's first name with an i in stead of with an e. Within the next few years, those beginning in college or joining the military will have little to no memories of an America that wasn’t involved in conflict in Afghanistan—though for many America...

Faces of war: Michael Monk

Unlike some of his peers at the VRC, retired Army Sgt. and former ARC student Michael Monk, 27, never wanted to leave the service. “Some people want to become doctors, firemen. … I wanted to be a soldier,” Monk said. (Photo by Barbara Harvey)

Barbara Harvey

November 3, 2015

Unlike some of his peers at the VRC, retired Army Sgt. Michael Monk, 27, never wanted to leave the service. Monk had wanted to be a soldier for as long as he can remember. “Some people want to become doctors, firemen. … I wanted to be a soldier,” Monk said. Monk describes his former role...

Faces of war: Colin Lewis

ARC student Colin Lewis was deployed to both Bagram and an area near Kabul in Afghanistan. Lewis credits the Veterans Resource Center with helping veterans succeed as students. (Photo courtesy of Colin Lewis)

Barbara Harvey

November 3, 2015

Before enlisting, Colin Lewis had desperately wanted to get out of Mississippi. “There’s not really much to do there,” Lewis said of his home state. Lewis needed a job to do that, and the men in his family had a tradition of service. He enlisted and was deployed to Afghanistan as a combat...

Faces of war: Dan Avegalio

After graduating from ARC and transferring to Sacramento State, where he got his bachelor’s degree in psychology, Veteran's Resource Center employee Dan Avegalio returned to ARC to work at the new VRC. According to his coworkers and those he's assisted, as a veteran himself, Avegalio brings a relatability to the program that helps students reentering civilian life to adjust. (Photo by Barbara Harvey)

Barbara Harvey

November 3, 2015

Just one month after his discharge from the Marine Corps, 30-year-old Daniel Avegalio began his college career by enrolling at American River College in the fall of 2009. Avegalio, who was deployed three times to Iraq, found himself in a situation similar to many recently-discharged servicemembers who ...

Sacramento a gathering spot for refugees seeking new opportunity

Within the next few years, those beginning in college or joining the military will have little to no memories of an America that wasn’t involved in conflict in Afghanistan—though for many Americans, the reality of war never hit home. (Photo illustration by Barbara Harvey)

Matthew Peirson

November 3, 2015

Sacramento has become a large gathering spot for people fleeing from war during the last 20 years. Nearly 30,000 refugees have resettled in Sacramento County from 1995 through 2014, according to the California Department of Social Services. Karen Ferguson, the executive director of the Internation...

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