SRJC's Day Under the Oaks a fun, educational tradition

  • Gavin Larrew, 6, runs and plays amongst exercise balls and hula hoops set out by the Kinesiology Club during the Day Under the Oaks event at the Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, on Sunday, May 4, 2014. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Santa Rosa Junior College chemistry professor Tatjana Omrcen was lighting hydrogen-filled soap bubbles on fire Sunday when a spectator asked what would happen if she put the flame to the beaker instead of the palm of her hand.

"The flame would ignite the flask and it would explode," she said.

"Can we see that?" asked Jose Angel Barocio.

Day Under The Oaks At SRJC


"No!" Omrcen said, continuing to light and douse the flames in her hand, explaining to visitors both why the bubbles ignite and why her hand is not burned in the process.

Barocio, a freshman at Analy High School, left the demonstration impressed.

"I thought it was really cool. It was like a sneak peek for me of life and chemistry if I come here," he said, adding that he is considering attending SRJC before transferring to a four-year university.

That is the idea of Day Under the Oaks, the annual open house of Santa Rosa Junior College, said college President Frank Chong.

"It's all about getting more young people and families on campus," he said. "We are a community college with a capital 'C.'<TH>"

Thousands of visitors streamed onto campus Sunday for the all-day event that opened classrooms for demonstrations, featured information booths on clubs, academics, sports, certificate programs and even life on the Petaluma campus from a series of booths set up in "Petaluma Discovery Village."

"We are under the oaks, but it's a visual to the Petaluma campus," said Jane Salda?-Talley, vice president overseeing the Petaluma campus.

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