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January 2021

RCC RECEIVES GIFT DONATION FROM LOCAL PRINTING ENTREPRENEUR


The Riverside Community College District Foundation received $250,000 donation from printing entrepreneur Janet Steiner to support students in RCC's Applied Digital Media (ADM) and Printing program. The first of two contributions anticipated from Steiner, this gift provides a significant financial infusion to renovate the current printing facility on campus. The renovation will be followed by the donation of state-of-the-art commercial printing equipment provided in partnership with industry leader Heidelberg and Zünd.
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ART FACULTY AND STUDENT CONTRIBUTE TO BOSTON LYRIC OPERA'S
The Fall of the House of Usher


Riverside City College will be represented in the upcoming Boston Lyric Opera's newly commissioned film version of Philip Glass' opera, The Fall of the House of Usher. The opera is a gripping, groundbreaking creation that launches Edgar Allan Poe’s Victorian, a gothic horror tale into modern times.

The cast includes two members of the College faculty, Professor of Art Will Kim is the film’s lead animator and Assistant Professor Jian Lee is the character animator. RCC student Alexis Magana is an assistant animator.

"This was an amazing opportunity to contribute my art and animation to a meaningful film that shows our current immigration crisis, expressed in a poetic way,” Kim said. “Animation is moving painting and visual poetry. My philosophy and tendency were met well with Director James Darrah's intention.”

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JOURNALISM STUDENTS EARN DEMOCRACY AND THE INFORMED CITIZEN FELLOWSHIP

The College's Journalism program earned the 2021 Democracy and the Informed Citizen Emerging Journalist Fellowship, presented by the California Humanities in partnership with the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. Student journalists will use funds from the Fellowship to improve multimedia and explore the causes and impacts of homelessness in Riverside, telling stories from homeless youth, women, and the elderly.

Democracy and the Informed Citizen is designed to engage a broad cross-section of students in thoughtful connections between democracy and journalism. The initiative connects Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists with college students, provides hands-on media literacy training, and helps strengthen voices and views in public dialogue.
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PAYTON WILLIAMS NAMED NEW 
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR


Riverside City College announced the hiring of Payton Williams as the College’s next Athletic Director. Williams will oversee the College’s 19-sport intercollegiate program. Starting this week, he has replaced Jim Wooldridge who retired last year after leading RCC’s athletics department for five years.

Williams brings to RCC broad experience. For the past four years, he has served as the Director of Compliance and Academic Support at Azusa Pacific University.  Previously, Williams was the Assistant Director of Academic and Membership Affairs in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national office. He also played in the National and Canadian Football Leagues.

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FORMER COLLEGE AND DISTRICT LEADER TO SERVE AS INTERIM VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS


Susan Mills, Ph.D., former RCCD vice chancellor of Educational Services and Strategic Planning will serve as RCC’s interim vice president of academic affairs. Mills was hired as a faculty member in 1991 and rose through the ranks becoming professor of mathematics; department chair; outcomes assessment coordinator; associate vice president for Institutional Effectiveness; interim vice president of Academic Affairs; and vice president of Planning and Development at Riverside City College and vice chancellor of Educational Services and Strategic Planning at the District. 
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SPRING RECRUTIMENT DESIGNED TO INCREASE EQUITABLE ACCESS

According to the Community College Review, “The largest community college system in the nation is experiencing a 20-year low in enrollment.” Most colleges in California are struggling to recruit or retain students. While RCC’s student enrollment for the Winter session was strong, about 110% of target, the rate of increase for Spring enrollment is lagging behind.  With only a few weeks remaining in the Spring registration period, recruitment efforts are essential.

2019-20 RCCD ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED


Riverside Community College District released its 2019-20 Annual Report. Completed each winter, following the close of the academic year, the report highlights and showcases the District and its colleges top stories from the academic year. The annual report also summarizes financial achievements for the District as well as the Foundation.

FREE COVID-19 TESTING AT RCC

Riverside County is hosting free COVID-19 testing at RCC in parking lot C every Tuesday from 8 am to 3 pm beginning February 2. To book an appointment click here.
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