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Volume 2, Issue 21:  May 2021

College to Hold Graduation Ceremony Virtually


Moreno Valley College will hold its second, and hopefully its last, virtual graduation ceremony on June 11 at 5 pm. The College will award 1,890 associate degrees to 983 individuals. The youngest graduate is 16 years of age, while the oldest is 71. The College Promise program had 166 students receive degrees while Middle College will graduate 75 individuals who collectively managed to earn 230 associate degrees. Forty-six Veterans earned degrees and 37 students in the Nuview Bridge program completed a degree requirement. 

This year, 534 certificates will be awarded, with the majority coming from the Public Safety programs at Ben Clark Training Center. The Emergency Medical Technician program had 122 students earn certificates, followed by Basic Corrections (98), Firefighter Academy (66), and the Police Academy (61).

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College to hold Lavender Graduation; Famed Authority on LGBT Matters to Deliver Keynote


Moreno Valley College will host its first Lavender Graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 1, at 6:30 pm. 

The first Lavender Graduation was held at the University of Michigan in 1995. Created by Ronni Sanlo, Ed.D., then the director of the Lesbian and Gay Programs Office at the University of Michigan. Today, Sanlo is Director Emeritus of the UCLA Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center and a leading authority on matters relating to LGBT students, faculty and staff in higher education. She will deliver the keynote speech at MVC’s event. 

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MVC Earns 2021-22 Military Friendly Designation in Two Categories


Moreno Valley College has received two Silver awards in the just released 2021-22 Military Friendly Schools listing. The College received recognition as an overall institution for Veterans and as an institution friendly for military wives. 

“Moreno Valley not only serves Veterans with dignity, respect and honor, but provides support services on campus and acts as a bridge to external support services for spouses and dependents of Veterans,” Lizette Tenorio, Veterans Services specialist, said. “At the Veterans Resource Center, we strive to provide dependents and spouses with the same level of service as that of our Veterans with workshops, orientation and graduation event participation. We understand they are part of our military family and are inclusive with the services provided. Building relationships and connections with these students at the VRC has been rewarding because we learn their individual stories and that of their spouse.”

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City of Corona Donates Firetrucks to Fire Academy


The city of Corona donated two Type 1 KME fire engines to Moreno Valley College’s Fire Academy at the Ben Clark Training Center. 
A Type 1 fire engine is designed for structural firefighting. It will typically include a pump that operates at 1,000 gallons per minute, with a 400-gallon on-board tank, 1,200 feet of 2 ½-inch hose, 400 feet of 1 ½-inch hose, 200 feet of 1-inch hose and 20-plus feet of ladder. It requires minimum staffing of four firefighters. 

The Academy will put these fire engines to good use, training the next generation of firefighters, stated Phil Rawlings, dean of Instruction for the School of Public Safety.

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Faculty Members Granted Tenure


Seven Moreno Valley College faculty members were granted tenure.
Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees, in conjunction with the chancellor and college presidents, grant tenure to faculty members who exhibit professional competencies and qualifications consistent with the job announcement.
The following individuals, who have been with the District since 2017 or 2018, were granted tenure:
  • Adam Felton, Psychology
  • Norma Flores-Martinez, Spanish
  • Jim Lambert, Fire Technology
  • Tahmina Morshed, Economics
  • Kasey Nguyen, Ph.D., Computer Information Systems
  • Cynthia Ramirez, Counseling
  • Rachel Dyer, Human Services

College Holds 5th Annual Diversity Summit


Moreno Valley College’s 5th Annual Diversity Summit: Creating a Culture of Inclusion and Belonging was held in April. 
The Summit opened with a keynote from Daniel E. Walker, Ph.D. Walker, an expert on educational equity, was a member of the development team of Hardy Brown College Prep, project lead for the establishment of the Los Angeles School of Arts and Entertainment and is the board chair of the BLU Educational Foundation, one of the nation's leading organizations working to increase college graduation rates of traditionally underrepresented students. For the past two decades, he has also served as lead historian for the Footsteps to Freedom Underground Railroad Study Tour.

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Emma Pacheco and Jennifer Escobar, assistant professors in English, were awarded Diversity Awards during the College’s Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging celebration last month. The theme of the summit was Creating a Culture of Belonging and Inclusion. Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D., professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, led a panel of students in a discussion of how to have more productive conversations about race. 

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iMAKE Innovation Center Hosting Rocket League Event


Moreno Valley College's iMAKE Innovation Center will be hosting an eSports Tournament in conjunction with Rocket League, an online site that offers high-powered hybrid types of arcade games across such platforms as a personal computer, XBox and PlayStation. The tournament will be held on June 30 at noon and is open to all ages. To register, click here. The event will be facilitated virtually by the  iMAKE Innovation Center staff and student employees who will be available to assist individuals throughout the event. This event will feature a vehicular soccer game, developed and published by Psyonix, that allows participants to customize their car to score goals.

Experts Discuss 21st Century Policing;
MVC Completes Basic Peace Officer Academy Training Program Review


In May, the Riverside Community College District Police Department hosted an in-depth discussion on 21st Century Policing concepts and California legislation on police reform. RCCD Police Chief Shauna Gates assembled an impressive panel, which included five RCCD faculty experts, three RCCD students, and UC Riverside’s interim police chief. Chief Gates moderated the District-wide discussion.

Moreno Valley College’s Basic Peace Officer Academy Training program at Ben Clark Training Center underwent an extensive program review in 2020, including a module that included equity and anti-racism training. 
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RCCD Earns Top Communications Awards


Riverside Community College District’s Strategic Communications division earned two first-place and two third-place awards at the annual Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO) Conference in April. The PRO Awards recognize creativity, innovative and outstanding work in marketing and communications. 

Entries from RCCD, Moreno Valley, Norco, and Riverside City colleges competed against work from other colleges and districts throughout the state. This year more than 300 entries from 35 California community colleges and districts were submitted. There were 41 categories with 111 awards presented. 

RCCD took top honors in the College Catalog competition for the 2021 Career Technical Education Handbook. Riverside City College earned first place for its new website and bronze awards for its spring 2020 radio advertisement and fall 2020 direct mail postcard. 

RCCD has cultivated a reputation for excellence in marketing and communications programs. 
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