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N E W S L E T T E R

June 2021

WELCOME CLASSIFIED PROFESSIONALS AND MANAGERS BACK TO CAMPUS

Managers and classified professionals have returned to campus. With an emphasis on safety, this step marks positive movement toward a full reopening in fall. 

Classified professionals support education at RCC -- serving students on the front line, providing information technology, maintaining buildings and grounds, preparing and serving meals, assisting in labs, and providing other critical support functions.

Some employees have been working on campus consistently since the pandemic began, reporting to work regularly at worksites, labs, and offices. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude for delivering on our mission and keeping the College operational and safe in the face of great uncertainty.


Others have returned to campus for the first time since last year, as activities have ramped back up. We thank everyone -- College faculty, administrators, and classified professionals -- for your continued commitment to the College mission and our students.

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LONGTIME EDUCATOR NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

Lynn Wright, Ph.D. was selected ad vice president of Academic Affairs. The Board of Trustees approved her appointment at its regular meeting on June 15. She starts her new role on July 1. 

Wright will carry out the mission of the College by cultivating and supporting faculty excellence and achievement and leading RCC's nearly 200 programs of study.  


“The role of the chief academic officer is to ensure the academic integrity of our educational mission of providing students with academic and career options that will be equitable and accessible, and contribute to successful attainment of their goals,” President Anderson said. “Dr. Wright brings to this role the requisite temperament, intellect, and passion that will help us achieve the College’s planning goals in which we are collectively engaged.”

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FORMER STUDENT ATHLETE HEADS TO THE OLYMPICS

Former RCC men's track and field standout Chris Bernard participated in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team trails in the Triple Jump to secure his second Olympic appearance.

After an initial mark of 16.84 meters, Bernard took to his final leap and earned a 17.01 meter mark landing him in the top three and securing a spot on the U.S. Team for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. He is joined by fellow countrymen Will Claye (17.14 m) and Donald Scott (17.18 m).

"Chris has worked hard and overcome the postponement of the Olympics last year and has been a model of perseverance," said Track and Field Head Coach Jim McCarron. "He has represented the Tigers and the sport of track and field well. We wish Chris the best on his quest for a medal at the 2021 Olympics in Japan."

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FIRST-EVER LAVENDER GRADUATION CELEBRATION HELD

RCC hosted its first Lavender Graduation to celebrate graduates within the LBGTQ+ Association for Student Success and Equity (LASSE) mentor program.  LASSE is confident participation will increase in the future. Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions. 

As we celebrate Pride Month at RCC and throughout the country, here is an overview of LBGTQ+ history at RCC and where we are today. Student involvement at RCC began with the Gender & Sexualities Awareness, now Sexuality & Gender Acceptance (SAGA) club chartered in the 1990s. In the early 2000s the Ally program started, training employees throughout RCCD. Today, LASSE works to provide support to, education about, and advocacy for LBGTQ+ students, faculty, classified professionals, and administrators. RCC continues to work to create more equitable campus environments for LGBTQIA+ students. Consider getting involved with SAGA and/or LASSE next year. 

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SCHOOL OF NURSING AWARDED GRANT TO EXPAND ADN TO BSN PROGRAM

 
The School of Nursing (SON) was selected as a recipient of the 2021 Nursing Education Investment Grant Program for, "A Path for All: Expansion and Diversification of the Successful RCC-CSU ADN-BSN Concurrent Enrollment Program." As a recipient of the grant, the SON will receive $174,334.

The program will implement and promote to other colleges the RCC-CSU Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) model that enables nursing students to simultaneously progress from the Registered Nursing (RN) program toward Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing (BSN) at partnering California State Universities. The program also addresses the financial barrier students face in completing degrees, by providing access to financial aid through the CSUs. 
 

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RCC FIRST IN STATE TO SIGN PRESIDENT BIDEN'S COVID-19 VACCINE CHALLENGE

RCC was the first California community college to sign President Joe Biden's COVID-19 Vaccine College Challenge committing to taking three key actions: communicating information about the vaccine to faculty, staff, and students; organizing the college community; and delivering the vaccination. 

RCC  joined colleges and universities across the nation committing to the challenge to help raise the COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. to 70% by the Fourth of July.


The College illustrated its commitment collaborating with Costco Pharmacy to host vaccination clinics on campus. A significant number of students, employees, and members of the community turned out to do their part in getting vaccinated. 

WHITE HOUSE CHALLENGE

Artwork created by RCC Design student Jasper Daoas 

LARGEST TURNOUT EVER FOR STUDENT ANIMATION SHOWCASE 

The Art department hosted its 15th Animation Showcase this month featuring student work produced this year and last. The showcase highlights the work of students who have found new ways to introduce creativity, energy, and art into animation. For many students, this was their first studio class and they were excited to have the opportunity to participate in the showcase.  
 
Professor of Art Will Kim was pleased with the positive turnout stating, “Over 200 people attended the virtual showcase via Zoom and YouTube combined, more than we normally have in the digital library auditorium.” Traditionally, the showcase is held on campus, but due to the pandemic, it shifted to a virtual event.
 
Kim assembled an impressive panel of judges to review the student animation projects, which included directors, animators, and artists representing elite companies and organizations. This event is just one of  a series of exhibitions that reflect the Art department and College's commitment to artists and curators. You are encouraged to watch amazing work of our students.

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BOARD SIGNS RESOLUTION REQUIRING COVID-19 VACCINE


RCCD Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on June 15 unanimously approved Resolution NO. 71 – 20/21 requiring evidence of vaccinations for all students and employees. The resolution states, in part, “When or if a vaccine has obtained regular approval from the FDA, and it is sufficiently available, the RCCD Board of Trustees directs the Chancellor and other administrators of the District and its colleges to require evidence of vaccinations for all students and employees by the beginning of the fall 2021 semester.”

In a letter to students sent on June 16, Chancellor Isaac wrote, "Last night, the Riverside Community College District (RCCD) Board of Trustees approved a resolution to require FDA approved COVID-19 vaccinations for students, faculty, staff, and administrators who work or attend classes on-site at the colleges or District. While the COVID-19 vaccinations have not yet been approved by the FDA, we anticipate announcements regarding FDA approvals in the next few weeks as the move from emergency to regular approval of the vaccines has already begun."

The District will continue to offer vaccination clinics throughout the summer for faculty, classified professionals, and students interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. 

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SUMMER CYBERCAMPS OPEN TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

The Cyber Defense program is hosting the Air Force Association (AFA) CyberCamp program this summer for local high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores. Two free cyber camps will be held on campus in the MLK High Technology Center from 9 am to 4 pm:

  • Standard Camp – July 19-23
  • Advanced Camp – July 26-30
Launched in 2014, the program is designed for high school students who are interested in cybersecurity or have some cybersecurity knowledge. The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. At the core of the program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the nation's largest cyber defense competition that puts high school and middle school students in charge of securing virtual networks. 

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MARY RENTERIA NAMED EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

Mary Renteria, administrative assistant III in the Office of the Dean of Student Service was named the David Dant Employee of the Month for June 2021. Renteria began her career at RCC in 2005 and over the past 17 years she has supported several college departments including Applied Technology, Workforce Development/Gateway to College, Institutional Effectiveness, and Student Services.

She was nominated by the Student Services team who recognizes her dedication to students, the college and most importantly for consistently going above and beyond. Students are the forefront of her work as she supports matters related to student conduct, budget management, and event planning.

“Mary is an institutional gem and is the cornerstone for our office,” Dean of Student Services Thomas Cruz-Soto said. "Mary is a rock star!”

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UPCOMING EVENTS

STUDENT SERVICES TOPIC OF SAFE RETURN OPEN FORUM  

The third Chancellor's Safe Return open forum will be held on Wednesday, June 30 at 4pm. Norco College President, Monica Green will moderate a panel discussion with college Vice Presidents of Student Services and members of the Safe Return taskforce about student services, student support, and student life.

NAMING CEREMONY

Join us as we celebrate the naming of RCC's Black Box Theatre to honor Gary D. Schultz.
Friday, July 9th at 6 pm

FALL 2021  

Fall semester begins August 23. Now is the perfect time to enroll at RCC! 

FALL 2021 SCHEDULE OF CLASSES
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