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RCC Newsletter
MAY 2020

2020 COMMENCEMENT IS LIKE NO OTHER

 
This year marks RCC’s 103rd Commencement, and while everyone would like to enjoy a traditional live ceremony on campus, this just isn’t possible. The 2020 Commencement ceremony will be remembered as historic, unique and the first ever to be hosted online. On Friday, June 12, the College will celebrate student accomplishments and come together virtually to honor the Class of 2020 and confer their hard-earned degrees.

College leaders know that commencement plays an integral role in each student’s academic journey and acknowledge the sacrifices made to ensure the well-being of our community while completing their education. Most importantly they want to recognize each graduate for their commitment and accomplishments. Based on feedback from eligible students, the College will celebrate the Class of 2020 twice. Graduates can participate in the virtual ceremony and if they choose, can return in 2021 to walk in a live ceremony.

The ceremony will be available for viewing at 9 am on June 12. Beginning with videos from President Gregory Anderson, Board President Mary Figueroa, Chancellor Wolde-Ab Isaac, ASRCC President Angel Contreras, and the 2020 Student Commencement Speaker Roryana Renee Bowman, the ceremony will highlight graduates in a slideshow. Viewers can elect to view all the graduate slides, or search by name to find a specific graduate. Students can download their customized slide and share it with family, friends and on social media. This is a memorable time; we celebrate each and every RCC graduate for their achievement.

Class of 2020
  • 5,100 degrees and certificates are being awarded
  • The youngest degree recipient is 17 years old
  • The oldest graduate is 73 years young
  • The Class of 2020 consists of 934 individuals graduating with honors

MOTHER, MENTOR, COMMUNICATOR AND INTERPRETER NAMED 2020 STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER


Roryana Renee Bowman was selected to present the commencement speech and represent the Class of 2020. Her speech will provide words of encouragement and share her experiences with fellow graduates. This year’s student commencement speaker is a leader at Riverside City College. She is a supplemental instructor, peer mentor, and president of the Ujima Club. In addition to her extensive campus involvement, this mother of two has maintained a 3.6 GPA and completed two years of coursework in one year.

Bowman is extremely proud to be RCC’s 103rd and the Class of 2020’s student commencement speaker. “Although things aren’t exactly how I’d planned, nothing can take away the elation and pride I feel being the commencement speaker for my graduating class,” Bowman said.

Bowman majored in both American Sign Language Interpreting and Communication Studies. She was accepted to California State University, San Bernardino and is transferring this fall pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in Media.

Her goal is to start a non-profit and prepare aspiring American Sign Language interpreters to be better mediators of communication.

RCC STUDENT WINS ELECTION TO SERVE
AS RCCD STUDENT TRUSTEE


Ivan Hess, an RCC Political Science major, has been elected as Riverside Community College District 2020-21 Student Trustee. Hess earned 61 percent of the online votes and will begin his term after the last day of this semester. He replaces 2019-20 Student Trustee Jorge Zavala, a student at Moreno Valley College. A resident of Riverside, Hess campaigned on protecting and expanding rights, benefits and services for students in light of the COVID-19 crisis and its economic impact. He outlined a 10-point platform which detailed plans and goals for educational access and affordability, economic equity, family and workers’ rights, public health, administrative transparency, environmental responsibility, and social justice.

“Together, we can implement policies that work for all and ensure our District serves a broader mission of access, equity and justice in our communities,” Hess said.

10-Point Platform
1. AFFORDABLE EDUCATION
2. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
3. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
4. WORKERS’ RIGHTS
5. OUR FAMILIES
6. PROTECTING UNDOCUMENTED AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
7. GENDER AND EQUITY
8. COMMUNITY HEALTH
9. GREEN DISTRICT ACTION PLAN
10. NO ONE HUNGRY, NO ONE HOMELESS
 

RCC AWARDED NSF GRANT TO CREATE CYBERPRENEUR PROGRAM


Riverside City College (RCC) was awarded a three-year, $299,974 grant from the National Science Foundation to create a Cyberpreneur certificate program. The Advanced Technology Education grant provides funding to educate students in cybersecurity and entrepreneurship to meet the cybersecurity needs of small- and medium-sized businesses who cannot afford to hire a cybersecurity team. 
 
RCC will widen the pipeline of qualified individuals to perform Cyberpreneur work by identifying their knowledge, skills, and abilities. The program is targeting women and minorities. The College will work with business and industry leaders to create curriculum and develop hands-on training.  
 
“We are excited about the opportunity this program presents for our diverse student population and community,” Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems-Cybersecurity Skip Berry and Professor of Business Administration Don Ajené Wilcoxson said. “There is no better feeling than knowing that we are directly impacting and benefitting the lives of our students, and this program will do just that.”

According to Berry and Wilcoxson, cybersecurity experts are in high-demand and the career path pays well. Program graduates will also take entrepreneurship courses, preparing them for a possible career as a business owner. The Cyberpreneur project addresses the widening cybersecurity technician gap by introducing the application of emerging artificial intelligence technologies in cyber defense to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of next-generation entrepreneurs. College leaders believe this program will have a significant impact on education, and quality of cyber defense technicians nationwide. It will serve as a direct path for students toward academic excellence and professional success. 

RCC PARTNERS WITH FEEDING AMERICA
TO HOST FOOD DISTRIBUTION


Riverside City College partnered with Feeding America Riverside, San Bernardino (FARSB) in hosting a food distribution on Friday, May 29. With the help of RCC and community volunteers, the FARSB team provided more than 1,000 families with nonperishable food boxes and fresh produce.
 
The drive-through food distribution was free and is meant as supplemental assistance, each car received the same amount. Families without access to a vehicle or considered at-risk can received emergency assistance through FARSB’s home-bound delivery program. 
 
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, over half of FARSB’s partners had to temporarily close their doors. In response, FARSB introduced weekly emergency drive-through food distributions to help meet the needs of families in the Inland Empire.
 
FARSB provides food to over 200 partner charity organizations throughout the Inland Empire, leading the fight against hunger by providing food, emergency relief, education, and advocacy to families in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. 
 

RCC HEROES


Everyone has earned the right to be proud of their association with RCC – from our students and professional educators to administrative and day-to-day support staff. You are exceptional. Sharing our stories of large challenges or minor kindness reminds us that we succeed together and are stronger for it.

I don’t get the chance to hear all that is happening at RCC; it’s even more challenging now that we are working remotely. I need your help in recognizing our RCC Heroes.

Please share your stories, report acts of kindness, brag about accomplishments of students, and tell me about your collaboration with faculty, staff, and administrators. It’s not difficult; you can email, call, text, or even message me on social media. Thank you for responding to this personal request. I look forward to hearing your stories.
 

ART FACULTY DEMONSTRATE
THE SHOW MUST GO ON


From museums and galleries to theaters and concert venues, it’s an unavoidable fact that some of the most moving experiences of art often involve experiencing art in person. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a special challenge to art galleries around the world, including the RCC Quad Art Gallery.

However, the pandemic didn’t stop RCC Art faculty, whose commitment to their students is evident, from curating a virtual 3D exhibition. The Student Honors Virtual Gallery, artwork from the College’s Art Department, can be viewed online along with the catalog showcasing the artwork and bios of the student artists.

https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/776164/student-honors-exhibition
 

RANK OF PROFESSOR


RCC is proud to announce the Board of Trustees voted to grant the academic rank of Professor to seven members of the RCC faculty. Congratulations to these individuals who through their extraordinary commitment to excellence have not only earned this academic rank, but also the respect and admiration of the entire RCC family.
  • Kimberly Anderson, Nursing
  • Thatcher Carter, English
  • Tonya Huff, Biology
  • William Kim, Art
  • Ernesto Reyes, Mathematics
  • Kathleen Sell, English
  • Marc Wolpoff, Psychology

TENURE GRANTED TO 21 RCC FACULTY


College leaders are pleased to announce that the RCCD Board of Trustees voted to grant tenure to the following 21 RCC faculty. Congratulations to these individuals who have demonstrated throughout the tenure review process that they are well prepared to join the ranks of their tenured peers in support of the common good, which depends upon “the free search for truth and its free exposition.”  
  • Isabel Alanis, Counseling
  • Asatar Bair, Economics
  • John Berry, Computer Information Systems
  • Daniel Borses, History
  • Joseph Boshara, Geography
  • Amy Cowart, Nursing
  • Ginka Gavrilov, Mathematics
  • Timothy Gutierrez, Sociology
  • Daniel Hogan, English
  • Jessica Kelvington, Nursing
  • Thomas Korn, American Sign Language
  • Michael Medina, Welding
  • Valerie Merrill, Mathematics
  • Nicole Render, Nursing
  • James Rocillo, Music
  • Carolyn Rosales, English
  • Nivard Somers, Counseling
  • James Soto, Art
  • David Sumrall, Nursing
  • Rana Tayyar, Biology
  • Catherine Thaler, Biology 

MUSE ART AND LITERARY MAGAZINE HOSTS
LIVE POETRY READINGS


Each spring a new edition of MUSE — a collection of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction/memoirs, art and short interviews — is produced. First published in 1986, the College’s literary journal includes contributions from internationally recognized personalities and poet laureates as well as student and local artists’ work.

The editorial staff at MUSE has done an incredible job putting together brief, entertaining events to engage the College community with the arts. These students hosted several live poetry reading events in May. The first featured eight poems, most from the 2019 issue of MUSE, along with a couple from CSUSB's Pacific Review staff and MVAC MAG staff. (https://rccd.techsmithrelay.com/VrEP)

The second reading, entitled “Quarantine Reading #2," included powerful poetry and prose from Arts Connection Network's Natalie Graham, La Sierra University's Roadrunner Review, CSUSB's Pacific Review, and RCC MUSE. Linked here and available on Instagram TV @rccmuse https://rccd.techsmithrelay.com/SZ6G

On May 22, "Poetry Happy Hour" featured poems from past issues of MUSE, selected by Professor Jo Scott-Coe and read by current editors of MUSE and her. Editors also share their experience in an extraordinary year. Linked here and available on Facebook (@RCC MUSE Magazine). https://rccd.techsmithrelay.com/5MMP.

Quarantine Readings #3 went live on Instagram on May 28.
 

ADM GRAPHIX CLUB PRODUCES COVID-19 MASKS


For the past few semesters Applied Digital Media students have been producing various printing and crafting projects in the College’s print shop. As the College community adjusts to remote learning and work, these students adapted to a new learning environment while continuing to curate and explore digital media. 

While adhering to social distancing during the pandemic, enterprising students have been designing and producing masks from home. Professor Sonny Siu created a short video highlighting the talents and contributions of ADM Graphix Club entrepreneurs. 

https://youtube/7-e2sdpY-Eo

RCC IS LAUNCHING ITS EXTENDED LEARNING PROGRAM THIS SUMMER


The new Extended Learning program houses noncredit, tuition-free courses that help students reach their personal and professional goals. Whether students are looking to gain foundational skills to enter a career education pathway, augment their academic experience while taking credit courses, or gain needed professional development to expand their career opportunities, RCC’s Extended Learning program provides students with high-quality, free courses taught by RCC faculty.

Courses available in the following subject areas:
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Applications/Office
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Culinary Arts
  • English
  • Reading (Academic Literacy)

Classes being June 22. A complete listing of noncredit courses is available in the Summer 2020 Class Schedule.
 

California Community Colleges Chancellor
Eloy Ortiz Oakley Issues Statement on
Governor’s State Budget Revise


California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issued the following statement on Governor Newsom’s revisions to the 2020-21 state budget proposal:

“We understand California’s difficult fiscal condition resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will work collaboratively with Governor Newsom, the Legislature and our campus leaders to get through this crisis. We will look for ways to mitigate the impact to California community colleges and seek flexibility to manage our response to best serve students. We also support our California Congressional delegation in seeking additional federal assistance to help the most vulnerable in our state. Community colleges are at the vanguard for preparing nurses, first responders, and essential workers who are on the frontlines of protecting public health. Now is the time to support and strengthen colleges’ efforts to provide instruction to students who will lead our state to economic recovery. We must avoid the types of devastating cuts that turned more than 500,000 students away from our colleges in the Great Recession. Now, more than ever, community colleges must stay strong for California.” 

Voice your Support for Community Colleges  
California’s leaders are making critical decisions for the future of our state and they need to hear from you. Voice your support for the California community colleges today to ensure that access and equity in higher education are not lost. The California community colleges system has proven critical to California’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and its resiliency will continue to show as its 2.1 million students help return the state to prosperity. As state leaders navigate recovery, it is critical to fund the California community colleges and allow flexibility in how those resources are utilized to best serve students. Californians need equitable access to college now more than ever – the state’s community colleges represent the gateway to their success and the workforce that will guide us through recovery.

Use the following hashtags in your posts and tag state leaders to show your support:
  • #CACommunityColleges
  • #CCCSystemSupportProgram
  • #CAHigherEd
  • #FundOurFuture
  • #FundCCC
  • #CAworkforce
  • #CAleg
  • #CAbudget
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