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THE RCC WEEKLY
January 24, 2013
On January 10, Dr. Brenda Mercomes, Vice-
President, Academic Affairs, was invited to
give testimony at the State House in support
of a bill that will aid community college
students in completing their studies without
money being their biggest obstacle. The bill,
sponsored by Representative Kay Kahn, is
entitled ''Pathways to Family Success/'
Freddy Gonzales, Director of
Corporate and Community
Education, decided to retire.
He and his wife Val have left
the frigid Massachusetts
climate and relocated to
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Since 2007, Freddy's innovative ideas have
brought new energy to many of our programs.
We will miss him, but we wish him well.
Maybe he'll save us a seat on that deck
overlooking the ocean.
DISCOVER YOUR CAREER IN
On November 30, 2012, the RCC Science Department hosted
the event ''Discover Your Career in the Sciences" for
approximately 100 high school juniors/seniors majoring in
the Sciences. Attending schools were Brighton High School,
Community Academy of Health and Sciences, Madison Park
Vocational Technical, and Cambridge Rindge School of
Prior to participating in the interactive laboratory
demonstrations presented by Professors Rodriquez,
Stieglitz, Gaskin, Laird and Olsen, students and teachers
listened to a vibrant panel discussion focused on careers in
the sciences from a personal perspective. The resonating
message to the students was the importance of an
education and to be passionate in the field they choose. The
panel consisted of:
Roxbury Community College Student and Alumni:
Emmanuel Limage (student), Lab Animal Care
Girma Endale (alumni), Visiting Research Scientist at
Sauveur Jeanty (alumni), Research Assistant - Tissue
Culture Technician/Wyss Institute for Biologically
Inspired Engineering at Harvard University
Industry: James Phillips, Chemist, Waters Corporation
Roxbury Community College Science Faculty: Professor
Kristin Laird and Professor Alfred Gaskin
Meghna Marjadi, MA Promise Fellow and High School
Program Coordinator, Science Club for Girls
Dean Charles Diggs, Roxbury Community College
Ellen Ronayne, Senior Education Advisor and Outreach
Coordinator, American Student Assistance (formerly
During lunch, students were able to visit informational
tables to gather resources and to complete their "Discover
Your Career in the Sciences Passport" that would enable
them to enter the raffles. Upon their departure for the day,
teachers and guidance from each school were presented an
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The RCC Weekly
It is with great sorrow that we mark the passing of John Thomas, our former
Director of Athletics from 1995-2005.
Many of you will remember John's amazing years as an Olympian. Some
memorable statistics from his career:
He became the first to clear 7 feet indoors;
He was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame;
He competed in two Olympic games and won two medals, the bronze in
Rome, 1960; and the silver in Tokyo in 1964.
He was an incredible athlete.
Services were held for Mr. Thomas on January 22 nd at Temple Adventist Church in Brockton.
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This event was facilitated by Jennie
Thrash, Career and Technical
Education Coordinator in
partnership with the Boston Public
Schools Career and Technical
Education Department, Cambridge
Public Schools Career and Technical
Education Department, Roxbury
Community College Admissions/
Dual Enrollment Department,
Roxbury Community College Science
Department, Roxbury Community
College Marketing Department and
Roxbury Community College Phi
Theta Kappa Honor Society. Funding
was provided through the Carl D.
Perkins Vocational and Technical
For more information, please
contact Jennie Thrash at (617) 933 -
7434 or email@example.com.
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