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N E W S L E T T E R

December 2020
Mary Figueroa, Board of Trustees President, Stefany Moctezuma, ASRCC President, and Alex Padilla, Secretary of State (future US Senator), participate in the Voting 2020: Access and Equity townhall.

RCC PLACES FIRST
IN COLLEGE BALLOT BOWL


Civic engagement at RCC is thriving. Faculty and staff from throughout the College encouraged students to participate in November's general election. Student leaders in ASRCC and clubs also participated enthusiastically in registration and Get Out the Vote projects.

In the California University and College Ballot Bowl competition, RCC placed first for the community college with the highest percentage of students registering to vote, nearly 1,000.

ASRCC encouraged their peers to register to vote through Instagram, videos, and participated in a townhall with Secretary of State Alex Padilla. The Political Science Students Association also produced Get Out the Vote flyers and conducted discussions about the candidates welcoming student perspectives.

"We all advertised voting every day and talked about it everywhere," Stefany Moctezuma, ASRCC president and PSSA club member said. 

PANDEMIC IMPACTS STUDENT ENROLLMENT NATIONWIDE

What You Can Do To Increase RCC's Student Enrollment 
Community Colleges throughout the nation are experiencing a decline in enrollment. While RCC’s enrollments for Winter 2020 are on track, Spring enrollment is lower than anticipated. Contributing factors to this decline are wide ranging, most caused by the effects of COVID-19.
 
By leveraging the unique strengths of each department, the College is implementing strategies to connect with current and potential students. Enrollment services, with the help of more than 70 volunteers, is conducting a phone bank and has already called 1,500 students communicating opportunities available, while gaining valuable feedback. A marketing campaign launched this month is casting a broader net to reach even more potential students.

Efforts beyond Student Services can help drive enrollment further. Every member of the RCC family can contribute through outreach, connecting with family, friends, neighbors, and members of the community. This is your chance to communicate the benefits of enrolling at RCC: 
  • institutional value - college is affordable, just $46 per unit
  • increased course offerings - classes are available
  • students can succeed in an online learning environment
  • counselors and academic support help ensure success
  • start the New Year by enrolling at RCC!
Information about becoming a student is available on the RCC website
 
WINTER intersession January 4 – February 11, 2021

SPRING semester February 16 – June 11, 2021
NOW SHOWING

ALUMNI ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD FEATURED IN 
Crème de la Crème Exhibition

 
RCC’s Art Department launched the virtual Crème de la Crème Alumni Exhibition featuring the work of the College’s best and talented alumni artists.
 
Currently running online, the innovative and immersive gallery displays nearly 70 pieces of work from regional, national and international known artists, including pieces created by faculty member Sam Lopez.
 
Featured artists include:
  • Adam Alaniz – painter and illustrator
  • Cassandra Caldwell – media artist and photographer
  • Erin Fitzgerald – artist and illustrator
  • Jodsue Geronimo – animator
  • Juan Sam – graphic designer, painter and illustrator
  • Maxx Gramajo – painter, illustrator and muralist
  • Mollie Ong – painter and animator
  • Tammy Greenwood – printmaker, sculptor and painter.
  • Tomas Ogle – painter
  • Sam Lopez – ceramicist and sculptor 
The exhibition looks at classic through contemporary image-making. The human form, nature, decorative arts, fashion, and fantasy are explored in the 68-image show. Special attention to detail in providing the viewer with a subtle soundtrack as they roam or take a guided tour through the inviting spaces.
 
Guests can view Crème de la Crème or by visiting the “Quad Art Gallery” on the RCC website.

THROUGH COMMUNITY SUPPORT
GIVING WEEK GOAL WAS EXCEEDED

RCC's inaugural Giving Week fundraiser was a huge success! Members of the faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and community came together to raise more than $70,000. Through these funds, the College will support special initiatives and innovative projects to enhance student learning.

Giving Week donations will be allocated to a variety of recipients in the RCC community:
  • First generation college students
  • Veteran students
  • Current and Former Foster Youth
  • Scholarship programs
  • Technology upgrades

All proceeds from RCC Giving Week went to the President’s Fund for Excellence to support continuing innovation in programs and provide equipment and other resources in direct support of RCC students.

If you have not had the opportunity to view the brief videos released during the week, please take the time to watch at rcc.edu/givingweek

Recognition and thanks are extended to the Giving Week committee for coordinating this successful event: Professor Joanie Gibbons-Anderson, Peggy Lomas, Leo Pan, Tony Rizo, Dr. Chip West, Launa Wilson and the Foundation staff.  

SPECIAL THANKS
Thanks to the students, alumni, faculty, classified professionals, and administrators for sharing their stories in the Giving Week videos. 
Students
Caresse Boulter
Karen Esparza Lopez
Devonte Cannon
Humberto Hernandez
Jada Hines
Kaelyn Howard
Lillian Labeeb
Albert Jaramillo
Stefany Moctezuma
David Olukoju
Dalia Osorio
Dax Tilghman
Jonathan Trelstad
Jasmine Villanueva
Felicia Walker
Lela Whitaker

Alumni
Italia Garcia
Leo Santiago
Faculty
Juan Ahumada
Mike Barnes
Dr. Monique Greene
Robert Jew
Clifford Ruth
 
Classified Professionals
Dorinda Chairez
Ismael Davila
Lorena Franco
Lamar Neal
 
Administrators
Dr. Inez Moore
Whitney Ortega
Dr. Pamela Starr
Terry Welker

RCC REPRESENTED IN NATIONAL
CARING CAMPUS DISCUSSION 


Akia Marshall, outreach specialist and chair of RCC’s Caring Campus, participated as one of three panelists in “Caring Campus Webinar: Professional Classified Staff Front and Center In Improving Student Success” presented by the Institute for Evidence Based Change.
 
Akia did an amazing job of sharing RCC‘s journey towards maintaining its welcoming and student-focused environment as a Caring Campus,” Natalie Halsell, Professional Development coordinator said.
 
Marshall highlighted the development of the College's Caring Campus program addressing topics such as recognizing the opportunity, identifying training opportunities, establishing relationships with regional Guided Pathways coordinators, and collaborating college-wide. 

PERFORMANCE RIVERSIDE RECEIVES 
$40,000 GRANT

 
Fine and Performing Arts is proud to share that Performance Riverside was the recipient of a $40,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. 

In recent years, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation has provided Performance Riverside with generous support to enhance program capabilities. This year, funds were specifically requested to improve audience development and technology and support non-traditional programing due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Since 1983, Performance Riverside has presented over 240 productions, with attendance surpassing one million patrons. This has included more than 27 original works for adult and family audiences and the Discovery Theatre program, which has introduced live theatre to over 360,000 children from throughout the Inland Southern California region. Performance Riverside has received numerous awards for its actors, technicians, directors, choreographers, and the Discovery Theatre program.
 
The success of Performance Riverside rests in part on its diversity. Audiences are made up of all ages, socio-economic and ethnic categories; including subscribers, reserved-seat ticket holders, participants at senior centers, Head Start groups, and K-12 public, private, and home school organizations from throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
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