THE RCC WEEKLY
Issue # 38
December 7, 2012
S PHI THETA KAPPA
On Tuesday, December 4th, Phi Theta Kappa
(PTK) hosted its first Open House. Forty people
were in attendance. Students, faculty and staff
enjoyed hearing about the progress that has
been made towards revitalizing the RCC chapter.
Attendees also watched a video on the national
society of PTK and enjoyed lunch and fellowship.
See page 3 for photos of the event.
Special thanks to Dr. Mercomes for funding the
event and to Dr. Turner for taking the time out of
her busy schedule to show support for the Honor
Any questions about the Honor Society can be
directed to Dr. Yvonne Anthony or Dr. Kimberly
Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the official
Community College Honor Society, with over 90
years of dedication to recognizing academic
On Thursday, Dec. 6th, MIT-SPURS Fellow Urban
Economics Series hosted Gabriela Rembarz from
Poland and Patricia Cezario Silva from Brazil. The
50 minute presentation Housing and Public
Policy was followed by a Q&A session. The event
was sponsored by the RCC/M IT-SPURS
Collaboration Program and RCC Economics Club.
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Nasreen Latif
Artist John Wilson (pictured right) is
currently being featured at an
exhibit at the Danforth Museum of
Art, 123 Union Avenue in
Framingham. Visit the museum
website at danforthmuseum.org/
You may be aware that Mr. Wilson
also created two sculptures that
reside right here in Roxbury. First,
"Father and Son" is the wonderful
sculpture that is our logo and which sits in the courtyard
between the Administration Building and the Media Arts
Center. Secondly, "Eternal Presence" is on the grounds of
the Afro-American Museum of Art.
A recent article in the Globe by art critic Sebastian Smee
featured a story about the exhibit in Framingham but makes
no mention of the two pieces right here in Boston. Our
Library Director, Mark Lawrence, noted that omission, wrote
to Mr. Smee and pointed out
that omission. Mr. Smee has yet
to respond to Mr. Lawrence.
Please see the story about the
exhibit on our website -
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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC STUDENTS TO STUDY
SOUK ENERGY AT RCC
^m On Wednesday, December 5th,
government officials from the
Dominican Republic and Interim
President Dr. Linda E. Turner, signed an
agreement which would bring thirty students
from the Dominican Republic over the next six
months to obtain solar energy training at RCC. The agreement was
engineered through the efforts of Assistant Dean Morisset St. Preux and
Andy Andujar, the DR liaison, from Rhode Island. Fifteen students will come
to RCC in February to take five courses: English for Clean Energy Technicians,
Electricity for Alternative and Renewable Energy Professionals, Solar
Energy System Design, Solar Energy and PV System Installation, and Youth
Leadership Training. The RCC program is modeled after a successful program
at Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida.
In attendance from the Dominican Republic were : Jorge Minaya, Minister of
Youth, Carlos Zaruela, his assistant, Francisco Lizardo, Vice-Consul, and
Luis Prieto Abinader, Director of Extension. RCC
attendees included Dr. Turner, Assistant Dean St.
Preux, Patrick Jean-Louis and Jean-Bernard Nicholas,
IT, Professors Nasreen Latif and Eric Entermann, Dr.
Brenda Mercomes, and three current RCC students,
who are originally from the Dominican Republic.
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FROM THE LIBRARY
The RCC Archives has many
photographs, including this
photograph of RCC professor Aggrey
Mbere's farewell party in 1994. The
women in the photo are Colleen
Spence and Grace Brown; can anyone
identify the men? If so, please contact
Autumn Haag, the Librarian Archivist
at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 5112.
Aggrey Mbere Farewell Party, Photo 12, 1994, RCC Archives, A13 Audio-
Visual Material, Box 18, Roxbury Community College
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The importance of this collaboration was eloquently
summarized by Assistant Dean St. Preux: 'This
agreement between Roxbury Community College and
the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Youth has the
potential to be used as template for future collaboration
agreements between RCC and various other countries
throughout the world. Our goal in this venture is to
provide the technical training as well as the leadership
skills necessary to develop proactive young community
leaders and builders who will be at the forefront of the
renewable energy movement not just in the Dominican
Republic, but in the Caribbean Basin, a region where RCC
traditionally draws most of its student population.
Imagine the possibilities as we are longing for that time
when young women and young men, through their own
ingenuity and skills, can harness the energy from the sun
and the power of the wind— the very sun which guided
and the same wind system which brought Christopher
Columbus and his crew to the shores of the Island of
Hispaniola on this date in 1492"
SPECIAL THANKS . . .
to Phuong Tang for providing many of the
photos published each week in 'The Weekly."
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RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES
I . _ ..
science students interested
in continuing their studies
at four-year colleges and
universities are encouraged
to consider applying for a
new summer research
opportunity at Boston University. BU has received an NSF
-REU award for an REU (Research Experience For
Undergraduates) program and has committed half of the
positions to community college students.
Underrepresented minorities and veterans are especially
encouraged to apply. At least one year of general
chemistry is necessary. The purpose of REU is to provide
students the opportunity to engage in cutting edge, basic
chemical research projects that address biological
The program provides a 10-week mentored summer
research experience, $4500
stipend, free university housing
and a travel allowance. Students
will be expected to live on
campus in the provided apartment-style housing. It runs
from June 3 - August 9, 2013
Some highlights of the program include: laboratory
research at the chemistry/biology interface; training on
state-of-the-art instrumentation; seminars on latest
chemical/biology research; weekly REU workshops and
laboratory group in meetings; the opportunity to present
work at a University-wide research symposium.
For more information, visit: chemweb.bu.edu/reu or
contact Professor John Snyder, Boston University,
Department of Chemistry, 590 Commonwealth Avenue,
Boston, MA 02215, (617) 353-2621, email@example.com
If you have time, check out RCC's
live Broadcast of ExtraHelp. The
Broadcast runs from 4pm-8pm
every Tuesday. The format of the
show is as follow:
4pm-5pm: General Math
5pm-6pm: Reading/Language Arts
6pm-7pm: Middle School Math
7pm-8pm: High School Math
Students in the City of Boston who have Comcast can
watch live on channel 9. RCN subscribers can tune into
channel 15 They can also call the RCC studio for help
with math, reading, language arts, middle and high
school related homework by dialing 617-708-3290. For
those outside of Boston, watch live on the livestream
at www.bnntv.org or on any of the TV monitors
Read more about ExtraHelp at bnntv.org/boston-
GED PRACTICE TESTS
Free GED Practice Tests are being offered at the Dudley
Branch of the Boston Public Library, 65 Warren Avenue,
Roxbury on the following dates:
Friday, January 25, 12:00 p.m.
Friday, March 8, 12:00 p.m.
Friday, June 14, 12:00 p.m.
2013 is a great time to pass the GED! In 2014, the test will
change, and become harder and more expensive. Those
who pass the practice test will qualify to take the official
GED test for free. Information about preparation programs
and study materials will be available at the test taking
sessions. No appointment is necessary, but testers should
arrive at least 10 minutes early to get a seat.
For more information please contact the
RCC GED Office atx5193 or
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