Standing Guard is an ambitious two-part project consisting of the published book and CD and the garden requiring funding support from many areas of the community. The total amount needed for the two projects is over $50,000. Each donation is a step toward the goal.
The Placer JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) donated funding for twenty oral history "kits" - tape recorders, microphones, and accompanying equipment - purchased for the History 35 class. The kits will be will be available on loan for student and community use in future oral history projects focused on the local population through the Learning Resource Center on the Rocklin campus. Additionally the Sierra College Library will develop a "Japanese American Collection" to house and administer loaning of the oral history audiotapes, transcripts, and oral history manuscript and build a collection of books related to Japanese and Japanese American culture.
Standing Guard received a California Civil Liberties Public Education Program grant toward the publication of the forty oral histories. The grant provides an important foundation for the funds needed to produce a professional quality publication. The state grant program makes an outstanding contribution by funding a wide variety of educational projects regarding Japanese Americans throughout the country?.
The beautiful kanji for Standing Guard can be yours … permanently. For a suggested minimum donation of $25 to the Sierra College Foundation you can have a precisely engraved river rock by Rock-It Creations in Auburn. The rocks, about six inches in length in a variety of nature colors, are available through the Foundation Office on the Rocklin campus. Supporters have purchased over 100 rocks engraved with the Standing Guard kanji. Memorial gifts and donations will be a permanent part of the garden.
The Sierra College Foundation administers your tax deductible donations to Standing Guard.
Political Science Professor Jo Lynn Samuelson and other Sierra College staff members from both the Rocklin and NCC campuses will create a quilt with the Standing Guard kanji as a prominent design feature. The quilt will be auctioned as fundraiser for the book and garden.
The quilt is another exciting example of involvement across the college in Standing Guard. For example, members of the custodial staff have offered to help on the garden while the library staff has cataloged the tape recorders for use by others in collecting oral histories. Over fifteen instructional departments are involved, extending the ideas across the curriculum. Some faculty members, like Jo Lynn, Astronomy Assistant Professor Dave Kenyon, and Geography Professor Carol Jean Cox, are committed to continuing curriculum topics that they regularly cover on Constitutional guarantees, comet discoveries by Japanese astronomers and the internment. Others, like English Professor Tricia Lord who is requiring Farewell to Manzanar, are adding new reading material in courses.