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1501 Mendocino Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401-4395
SRJC Alumni & Friends Association
Laurie Kruzensk Beard
Gaye Notley LeBaron
Many people who are passionate about Santa Rosa Junior College participated in the inception of the Santa Rosa Junior College Alumni & Friends Association, beginning with Dr. Randolph “Ran” Newman, who was always thinking ahead of what SRJC needed. Ran was President of the College when he assigned Garth Dougan, Dean of Students, to look into creating an Alumni Association for everyone affiliated with the College. Ran had the goal of bringing all the alumni back to campus.
Garth Dougan was asked to bring a group of former SRJC students together to help create an Alumni Association. Garth contacted Alan Milner, Laurie (Kruzensk) Beard, Marv Mays, Head Football Coach, Gaye (Notley) LeBaron, all from the Class of 1955, as well as Gene Canevari, Student Activities and Larry Bertolini, the Athletic Department’s Announcer.
During the late 1940s and early 1950s, after serving in the military, many veterans enrolled at SRJC when they returned to Sonoma County. The SRJC school spirit was evident with the Homecoming football game, which would fill the stadium with up to 3,000 people. The faculty served a BBQ before the Homecoming game in front of Analy Hall.
The first SRJC recognition award was created by the Alumni Association and was in honor of SRJC’s first President, Floyd P. Bailey. The award continues to be presented each year to a member of the community or SRJC staff who has contributed to the improvement of SRJC and the community. The Bailey Award was presented on Bailey Field at the Homecoming game. It was a surprise to the recipient of the award, so at times strategy had to be implemented to guarantee the unknowing recipient would attend the game to receive the honor.
The Alumni Association established Day Under the Oaks as an open house at SRJC to showcase the college as the Homecoming activities were phased out. A group of SRJC Alumni delegates visited DeAnza College to observe their open house event. A contest to come up with the name of the SRJC open house was held and a member of the committee submitted the name selected, “Day Under the Oaks.” During the first years, the Alumni Association headed this program. The event is currently coordinated by the SRJC Public Relations Manager and the Office of Student Affairs. Representatives from the Alumni & Friends Association and college community help ensure a successful event. Day Under the Oaks gives the students fund-raising opportunities for their student clubs and promotes various programs of Santa Rosa Junior College.
The Alumni delegates developed the Alumni & Friends Association including a benefit program with photo ID cards and free admission to college events and activities.
The Alumni and Friends Association became an auxiliary organization of Santa Rosa Junior College expanding student scholarship opportunities and opening up the membership to all supporters of the College.Today the Alumni & Friends Association is involved in the Day Under the Oaks open house for the College, working with the Athletic Department on events, raising funds for scholarships, participating in graduation activities, the Human Race, and SRT, to name some of the activities. The Alumni & Friends Association continues to honor employees with the Alumni Faculty Recognition Award, the Bailey Award, which honors individuals for their contributions to SRJC and the community, and also awards student scholarships in honor of former SRJC Presidents Newman and Mikalson.