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N E W S L E T T E R

May 2021

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2021

For the second year, Riverside City College's Commencement ceremony will be hosted virtually. The RCC community will come together on Friday, June 11 to honor the Class of 2021 and recognize to confer the graduates' well-deserved degrees.

Commencement plays an integral role in each student’s academic journey and acknowledges the sacrifices made to complete their education. Most importantly, graduates are recognized for their commitment an achievements. The College will celebrate the Class of 2021 in two celebrations, a drive-through celebration on campus Thursday, June 3 and the virtual Commencement ceremony on Friday, June 11.

The Commencement ceremony link will be open for viewing at 9 am on June 11. ASRCC President Shay Kim will kick off the ceremony, followed by speeches from RCC President Gregory Anderson, Student Commencement Speaker Caresse Boulter, RCCD Chancellor Wolde-Ab Isaac, and RCCD Trustees. The highlight of the ceremony is a slideshow featuring photos of graduates of the Class of 2021.

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DRIVE-THROUGH CELEBRATION

An optional Drive-Through Celebration will be hosted Thursday, June 3 on campus in the parking structure. Graduates will drive-up, briefly exit their vehicle, receive a diploma cover, and have a photo taken by Grad Images with a RCCD official in regalia. Registration is encouraged.

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VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Congratulations graduates! As students achieve success in their final semester at Riverside City College, now is the time to acknowledge their commitment, academic accomplishments, and stellar dedication as they venture into the world.

The 2021 Commencement Ceremony will be held virtually and will be open for viewing beginning at 9 am on Friday, June 11. 

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BOARD APPROVES RESOLUTION TO PREPARE DISTRICT FOR SAFE RETURN

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved Resolution NO. 70 – 20/21 at the Regular Board Meeting on May 18th, directing the Chancellor to work with college presidents and other administrators across the District to prepare their campuses, divisions, and units to begin transitioning staff to campus and continue preparing for in-person instruction for the fall semester.

The resolution authorizes necessary action to fully resume in-person campus operation which includes transitioning administrators back to campus by Monday, June 7 and classified professionals back to on-site work locations by Wednesday, June 16. 

Chancellor Isaac encouraged everyone to be vaccinated in an email to sent to District employees on May 28th. "Research has shown that the COVID-19 vaccinations are effective and essential to reopening the economy of California, and the key to bringing our students back to our community colleges," Isaac said. 

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DRIVE-THROUGH AWARDS CEREMONY CELEBRATES 162 EMPLOYEES 

In-person celebrations have turned into drive-through events and the annual service award celebration was no exception. Car after car was welcomed with cheers, music, and awards as college leaders and staff celebrated the 162 RCC employees earning service awards in 2020-21 and 2019-20.

Members of the college faculty, classified professionals, and administrators reached career milestones serving RCC for 5 to 35 years. Their achievements were recognized for the integral roles they play in serving students and RCC.

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 BOARD GRANTS FACULTY RANK OF FULL PROFESSOR AND TENURE

The Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees, at the recommendation of the chancellor and college president was pleased to grant the rank of full professor to RCC faculty members, Mark Haines, Dance, Miguel Reid, English as a Second Language, and Salvatore Soto, Counseling. The Board of Trustees also awarded tenure to 15 RCC faculty members who exhibit exemplary professional competencies and qualifications.

"Join me in congratulating these esteemed members of the College’s faculty for demonstrating high and consistent commitment to excellence," President Gregory Anderson said. "They have earned these academic distinctions because they are dedicated to our students, their disciplines, and Riverside City College. I would also like to thank our faculty leadership, including the academic senate, for their steadfast commitment to cultivating such a high caliber of educational leaders." 

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WEEK-LONG RECOGNITION OF CLASSIFIED PROFESSIONALS

Thanks to our classified professionals for the critical roles they play in the success of RCC. 

Classified professionals are involved in nearly every aspect of education - serving students on the front line, providing information technology, maintaining buildings and grounds, preparing and serving meals, assisting in labs, providing administrative support functions, ensuring a secure and healthy environment, and so much more.

We recognize these remarkable professionals for their commitment to providing the best college experience for our students. Classified professionals deserve our gratitude and appreciation not only this week, but also throughout the year. 

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RETURN TO CAMPUS PLAN
OPEN FORUM WITH COLLEGE LEADERS

The College’s President’s Leadership Team is hosting a virtual Open Forum on Tuesday, June 1 at 12:50 pm for the RCC community of students, faculty, classified professionals, and managers to discuss the safe return to in-person instruction in the fall.

President Anderson and vice presidents, FeRita Carter, Chip West, and Kristine Di Memmo will address questions about in-person instruction, campus safety, health guidelines, vaccines, and contingency plans.  
 

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RCCD AND LOCAL EXPERTS DISCUSS 21ST CENTURY POLICIING

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.

The RCCD police department scheduled town hall meetings at each college, but were cancelled due to the pandemic. This event was organized to discuss more in-depth topics concerning the communities, different aspects of policing, and approaches to implementing 21st century policing concepts. Students, faculty, classified professionals, and community members tuned in to hear the informative dialogue.

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NEW WEBSITE EARNS GOLD AWARD

Riverside City College earned top honors at the annual Community College Public Relations Organization  Conference in April taking home first-place for its new website and third-place awards for the spring 2020 radio advertisement and fall 2020 direct mail postcard. RCCD won first-place in the College Catalog competition for the 2021 Career Technical Education Handbook.

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 111 awards presented in 41 categories.

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DAVID LEE NAMED CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

David Lee is the recipient of the David Dant Employee of the Month award for May 2021. David began his career at RCC as a student worker, a position he held from 1994 to 1996. In 2001 he earned a full-time position in the assessment testing service area and today he is the college's assessment testing coordinator. David was recognized for collaborative efforts, commitment to students, and support of faculty and classified professionals.

The David Dant Employee of the Month recognition program was created to recognize employees who have served the college in an exceptional manner through their hard work while exhibiting a positive and supportive attitude. 

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SEEKING NOMINATIONS -
2021 RCC ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

Do you know an extraordinary RCC alumnus who deserves to be honored as Alumnus of the Year? If so, now is the time to nominate them for consideration!

Nominate your favorite RCC Alumnus today. The nomination form and  information can be found here

The Alumnus of the Year Award recognizes achievement of an exceptional nature in any field as well as contributions to the community and/or RCCD colleges. Today, each president recognizes their own college Alumnus of the Year. The District’s highest honor, RCCD Alumnus of the Year, is bestowed by the Chancellor. This year’s honorees will be recognized during the 2021 Giving Week events.

Deadline to submit nominations is June 1. Contact the RCCD Foundation at 951‐222‐8626 or foundation@rccd.edu for additional information. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS
JUNE 2021
Zoom link
Drive Through Commencement Celebration
June 3
9am - 6pm 

Parking Structure

2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony
June 11
streaming begins at 9am
Commencement 2021
Summer 2021
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