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N E W S L E T T E R

March 2021

NSF AWARDS GRANT TO RECRUIT, SUPPORT UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS 


Riverside City College received a grant of nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation. Through the effort of RCC’s STEM faculty, the College was awarded a five-year $999,985 grant to support the Accelerating Chemistry Engagement & Success (ACES) program. The program was developed to recruit and retain underrepresented students.

The ACES grant enables RCC to target recruitment of academically talented low-income, underrepresented students into Chemistry and Biochemistry and high impact interventions to serve them better and dramatically reduce time to transfer into baccalaureate programs.

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 IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES TO RETURN IN FALL 2021

In Fall 2021, regular in-person instruction and student services will return at RCC. Now, in the fall, and going forward, the safety and well-being of all personnel and students is of paramount importance. All colleges and centers in the District are now planning for this safe return in Fall semester. At RCC our goal is to emerge with equity, keeping student access and success at the forefront of decisions.
 
We are currently seeking that critical voice through a survey of current students and students who are not in class this semester. The Associated Student leadership along with instructional faculty and student services teams are encouraging all students to complete the survey which can be accessed through this link

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CYBER DEFENSE STUDENTS WIN FIRST PLACE IN CA MAYORS CYBER CUP

Representing Riverside City College in the 2021 California Mayors Cyber Cup, cyber defense students Shaun Collins and Selim Dogan took home first place in the College Division. Close to 200 students from middle schools, high schools, universities, and colleges competed virtually in the annual event on Saturday, March 13. 

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15 AWARDS FOR STUDENT NEWSPAPER -- WITH TWO 2nd-PLACE NATIONAL WINS

Viewpoints, RCC's student newspaper, won 15 total awards at the virtual spring National College Media Convention held jointly with the California Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) State Convention March 18-20. 

In the national competition, Viewpoints earned two second place awards, one for Best of Show for its print edition and one for the newspaper's online edition Viewpointsonline.org. RCC edged out strong competition from colleges and universities in Wisconsin, Texas, and  California.

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LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

President Anderson accompanied RCCD Trustees, Chancellor Issac, President Steinback, President Green, and District leaders to promote and advocate for priorities identified in the 2021 RCCD legislative priorities. District and college leaders met virtually with multiple federal and state delegations and key agencies the past couple of months.

The goal of the legislative advocacy visits is to expand and enhance relationships with members of Congress, state and county agencies, federal agencies, and state legislators. The team promoted District priorities such as Financial Aid reform, student housing, access to technology, DACA, mental and psychological services, LBGTQ+, STEM, Guided Pathways, Dual Enrollment, and the RCCD Capitol Construction Plan.
 
The Legislative agenda along with accompanying white papers are available on the Government Relations webpage.

JOHANNA VARGAS RECEIVES
61st ASSEMBLY DISTRICT WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARD

Assemblymember José Medina (D-Riverside) on March 19th honored and highlighted the achievements of 13 local women with the 2020-21 61st Assembly District Women of Distinction award. Hosted during Women’s History Month, Johanna Vargas, RCC's Veterans Resource Center specialist received the prestigious award. Also honored was Dr. Robin Steinback, president of Moreno Valley College.

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DISTRICT MICROBIOLOGISTS DISCUSS 
COVID VACCINE

RCC's STEM Engagement Center hosted a SOLD OUT workshop on the COVID vaccine. Nearly 200 people tuned in to hear Microbiology professors from RCC, MVC, and Norco College engage in a lively discussion. Topics covered included, the history of plagues, what viruses are, the lifecycle of SARS-CoV-2, how the COVID vaccine was developed, and how it is designed to work. 

Featured Speakers:

Elisabeth Thompson-Eagle – RCC Microbiologist
Monica Gutierrez – Norco College Microbiologist
Jeffrey Julius – MVC Microbiologist
Henry Peel – Cal Poly Pomona Microbiology student and virus/virology researcher

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ADRIENNE GRAYSON HIRED AS ASSOCIATE DEAN OF EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS


Adrienne Grayson, Ed.D., a skilled educator, experienced communicator, and proven leader has been hired as associate dean of educational partnerships. She brings to RCC an ability to design, implement and evaluate equity-minded programs that inspire students to achieve their goals, especially students from low-income, first-generation, and historically underserved groups.
 
As associate dean of educational partnership, Grayson will focus on developing RCC’s growing College and Career Access Pathways program, Rubidoux Early College High School (RECHS), and other precollege programs.

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CASANDRA GREENE NOMINATED CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Casandra Greene, RCC’s Classified Professional of the Year, was nominated for the California Community Colleges Classified Employee of the Year. Greene's career at RCC began 23 years ago in the College’s Production Printing department. She now serves as the instructional programs support coordinator where she generates the College catalog and schedule.

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GOLF, SWIMMING AND DIVING, TENNIS, TRACK AND FIELD TEAMS RESUME
THIS SPRING

Riverside City College has opted-in for the Spring II season with the goal of student-athletes returning to campus and resuming athletic competition in the sports of men’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s track and field.  Baseball, softball and beach volleyball, which classify as Spring II intermediate-risk sports under the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), are conditioning. These teams also have the possibility of competing in two scrimmages during the Spring semester under the CCCAA’s Limited Athletic Opportunity program.

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RCCD CENTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE & CIVIL LIBERTIES GETS NEW DIRECTOR

Tracy Fisher, Ph.D., was hired as the director of the RCCD's Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties.

Fisher comes to this leadership role with a wealth of experience working in higher education with undergraduate and graduate students in addition to researching, co-organizing, and participating in a wide range of interdisciplinary antiracist and decolonial projects, and collaborations rooted in justice. Before joining the District, she was a professor at the Fielding Graduate University. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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