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RCC Newsletter
JANUARY 2020
Students at CTE Senior Day

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS EXPERIENCE CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION


RCC hosted more than 1,000 high school seniors from Riverside, Jurupa and Alvord unified school districts at the annual We Are CTE at RCC - Senior Day. The event provides students the opportunity to explore careers in technical fields, visit labs and classrooms, engage in interactive hands-on activities and gain valuable information about career technical education programs. Traditionally, the event is held in the spring, however, through feedback from high school counselors and teachers, it was scheduled in the fall.   
RCC Chamber Singers performing at NAMM Foundation

CHOIR PERFORMS AT NAMM FOUNDATION CELEBRATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION


The RCC Chamber Singers were the featured performers for the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation Celebration for Music Education, January 16. The Chamber Singers received the invitation after performing for composer Eric Whitacre. Following their performance, the group were cited by the organizers for the students’ professionalism. When it came time to choose a group to perform at the Music Education, the NAMM Foundation contacted John Byun, professor, Music, requesting the Chamber Singers. 

Held in correlation with the annual NAMM Show in January, the event celebrates music education programs and supports reinstating music curricula. NAMM’s mission is to strengthen the $17 billion music product industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members, located in 104 countries and regions. Events and members fund The NAMM Foundation’s efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making. 
RCC student athletes

RCC ATHLETIC TEAMS FINISH SEASON STRONG

 

Athletics experienced a strong fall season with five of the six teams reaching the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) playoffs. For the first time in 30 years, the football team earned a CCCAA state championship as well as the national championship title. 

The women’s water polo team placed second at the Southern California tournament. At the CCCAA state tournament, the Tigers reached the state title game — for the 14th time in the last 17 years and the sixth time in the last seven years under head coach Doug Finfrock — but fell in the finals to Fullerton, 7-6. 

The women’s indoor volleyball team finished the season at 14-13, just missing playoffs. 

Men’s water polo reached the CCCAA Southern California tournament for the 13th consecutive season after placing 3rd in conference play. 

Women’s cross country experienced a strong season, highlighted by a fifth-place finish at the CCCAA State Championship. RCC finished second at the Orange Empire Conference meet and then third at the Southern Regional Championship event. The men’s team experienced a down year but shined early. They reigned supreme at the Redlands Invitational for its season opener and went on to place second in five other meets, including the conference championship.

Spring Awakening

SPRING AWAKENING PRODUCTION TO BE RECOGNIZED AT KENNEDY CENTER AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATER FESTIVAL


The Region Eight Governing Board from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) selected RCC's recent production of SPRING AWAKENING for inclusion in the Invitational Productions at the Southern California Regional Festival at California State University Fullerton February 11-15. SPRING AWAKENING was one of six productions selected amongst colleges and universities from Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. 

KCACTF is a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide annually. For over 50 years, the organization has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater and has grown into a network of more than 700 academic institutions throughout the country.
Johanna Vargas with Senator Richard Roth and Assembly members Sabrina Cervantes and Jose Medina

VETERAN RECOGNIZED BY STATE LEGISLATORS


Senator Richard Roth and Assembly members Sabrina Cervantes and Jose Medina hosted a joint Veterans Recognition Program in November. At the event they recognized six Veterans, including RCC’s Johanna Vargas, a specialist in the Veterans Resource Center, served in the Navy. She delivered the keynote speech for the event where she discussed the strong women who influenced her life and the sister/brotherhood created while serving.

“On behalf of the California State Legislature, it is our privilege to present you with this certificate in recognition of your honorable and selfless service in the United States Navy,” Assembly member Cervantes said. “This certificate is reflective of your sacrifice and willingness to serve, defend and maintain our nation’s core principles. We commend your resolute commitment to empowering our communities and enhancing the quality of life in our region.”
RCC Facilities Master Plan

RCC’S FACILITIES MASTER PLAN EARNS MASTER PLANNING AWARD OF EXCELLENCE


At the Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC) 2019 Annual Conference in November, Riverside City College’s 2018 Facilities Master Plan was awarded the Master Planning Award of Excellence.   

At the presentation, the awards committee stated, “The Riverside City College Facilities Master Plan provides a long-range vision for California’s seventh oldest community college. The planning process was integrated, data informed and participatory involving the entire campus community.  Functions within the Facilities Master Plan were organized to support Guided Pathways and aged, outdated and poorly utilized buildings were replaced with right sized, state-of-the-art facilities improving the academic experience of students.”

This is the first Facilities Master Planning Award of Excellence awarded to the College.  
Peter Pan

TIMELESS CHILDREN’S CLASSIC PETER PAN OPENS AT PERFORMANCE RIVERSIDE


Performance Riverside presents the Broadway musical, PETER PAN, February 7-16.

Starring in the title role of PETER PAN is Performance Riverside’s legend, Morgan Reynolds, who appeared in last season's critically acclaimed production of NEWSIES. Prior to NEWSIES, Reynolds appeared as the Scarecrow in the touring company of the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of THE WIZARD OF OZ. Local musical theater star, Tucker Boyes, will take on the swashbuckling role of Captain Hook. Boyes has appeared locally as Gaston in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and in principal roles in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, CURTAINS and JANE EYRE. Rounding out the cast is Emily Abeles as Wendy Darling, Cruz de la Fuente as John Darling and Owen Switzer as Michael Darling.

PETER PAN performances are February 7, 8, 14 and 15, at 7 pm, and February 8, 9, 15 and 16, at 2 pm, in the Landis Performing Arts Center, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside. Tickets for PETER PAN are available through the Landis Performing Arts Center Box Office at (951) 222-8100 or online at www.performanceriverside.org.

 
Riverside City College
 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES VOTE TO PLACE BOND MEASURE ON MARCH BALLOT

 
The Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to place a $715 million bond measure on the March 3 ballot. Measure A would provide funds, through property taxes, that would allow RCCD colleges to grow as well as provide upkeep for current facilities. Nearly 40 percent of the community’s high school graduates rely on RCCD colleges for their higher education needs. The improvement bond needs a 55 percent approval by voters within the District boundaries. For more information on Measure A and the needs of the colleges, visit www.rccd.edu/measureA
US Census 2020

CENSUS 2020 – BE COUNTED CALIFORNIA!


Each decade, the United States holds a population census count. The data collected by the census determines a number of things which can affect California and its residents. Through the census, billions of dollars are distributed by the federal government to local communities, universities, community colleges districts such as Riverside Community College District and municipalities. This year’s census will take place on April 1. The process is immense as some 330 million people in more than 140 million housing units will need to be accounted for on April 1. You can help by ensuring your household participates in the California Census. For more on the census, click here.  
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