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THE RCC WEEKLY 



Issue 39 
December 19, 2012 



HOLIDAY POPUP SHOP 



Drop in and shop this Friday 
through Monday at the local 
ArtROX! Holiday Pop Up Shop. 

All good things must end. ..and 
that's true for the ArtROX! Holiday 
Pop-Up Shop, now in its final week 
of pre-holiday sales. This week is 
your last chance to buy a unique 
holiday gift before the shop doors 
close on Christmas eve. 



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DISCOVER 
ROXBURY 



Week four of the ArtROX! Holiday Pop-Up Shop 
features local artists and craftspeople with something 
for everyone's budget. Your support of local 
independent artists is key to strengthening the 
community arts efforts. 

Even the media attention of the Pop Up recommends 
making a special effort not to miss out on this unique - 
and fleeting - holiday shopping experience. Read about 
the store in the Bavstate Banner, and the Boston 
Globe 

Special Event on Sun, Dec 23, l-2:30pm: 

Stitch Up at the Pop Up: The intersection of Social 
Media, Art, History, Culture, and Economic 
Development. Join local "stitching" experts as they 
talk about community engagement and economic 
development in Dudley. Join the conversation, 
knitting optional. No knitting or stitching 
experience is required. Materials will be on hand 
to help those who are interested in learning. DJ 
spinning on site. 

Visit www.discoverroxbury.orR for more details. 

Location: 2201 Washington Street, Dudley Square 
Hours: Fri, llam-2pm \ Sat, llam-5pm \ Sun, 

llam-5pm \ Mon, llam-2pm . 

Open thru Dec 24. 





HOLIDAY CELEBRAT ION 

On Monday, December 17th, over a 
hundred faculty and staff enjoyed 
the spirit of the season at the 
Annual Holiday Celebration which 
was held at the Reggie. There was 
plenty of time to enjoy the good food and good 
company. 

A big THANK YOU to all who 
organized, cooked for and 
donated to the event. 



SEASONS GREETINGS . . . 

From 

President Linda Turner: 

My best wishes to all of you for a 

joyous holiday season. 

And from the RCC Weekly staff: 

Thank you for your interest in and 

your support of The RCC Weekly for 

the last 12-plus months. 

Happy Holidays to All 



MARK YOUR CALENDAR 

December 24: Grades Due (please note date change) 
January 14: Faculty Institute 
January 15: Classes begin 



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VISUAL ARTS FAIR 



Visual Arts Fair Draws a Big Crowd 

A large, high energy crowd attended 
RCC's End-of-Semester Visual Arts Fair 
held last Thursday afternoon in the 
Faculty Lounge. The show featured 
student art from this semester's 
photography, drawing, and painting 
classes, even a jewelry table from a 
student entrepreneur. The hungry 
crowd was treated to home-cooked 
rice dishes from several photography 
students/culinary artists, empanadas 
offered by the school, and many other munchies! Special thanks go to student chefs 
Stella Bell, Neslyn Matthew, and Marvel Shay and to the Liberal Arts Division for the tasty 
lunch. 




Professor Bobby Stevens 



According to photography professor, Bobby Stevens, several photos and several pieces of jewelry were sold during the 
fair, providing impetus to the idea of having student artists price their works and organize regular selling events at 
Roxbury Community College. Look for more on that front in the future. 





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HONORS PROGRAM UPDATE 





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Honors Presentations Day 

Rom bury Community College 

December 17, 2012 




On Monday, December 17, faculty 
staff and students gathered in the 
Media Arts Building to learn about 
the dynamic research projects 
pursued by RCC Honors students. 
There were presentations 

addressing the fields of Science, 
Literature, History, and 

Environmental Studies that 
inspired the audience. 

Presenters: 

Jesse-James Austin, Let the Sun Pay Your Bills (Honors Colloquium, 

Prof. Latif) 

Sandra Eliane Baptista, Poetry as a Weapon (SSI 101, Dr. Clavelli) 

Peace Chinimere, Serge Doranzil and Matthew Honeycutt, Final 

Creative Projects (ENG 101 H, Prof. Gray) 

Tonya Wilkerson, A New Biology I Laboratory Exercise (SCI 103, 

Prof. Stieglitz) 

Share-Leigh Arneaud-Bernard, The Psychological Impact on the Role 

of Black Women as Mothers (ENG 225, Prof. Updike) 

Walter Flores, Introduction to Bioinformatics (SCI 103, Prof. 

Stieglitz) 

Benjamin Morris, Using Site-Directed Mutagenesis to Investigate 

the Active and Inhibitory Sites in a Recombinant Enzyme (SCI 207, 

Prof. Stieglitz) 



For information about RCCs 

Honors Program , please contact 

Rhonda Gray, Coordinator of the 

Honors Program, at 

rgray@rcc.mass.edu. 





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A The RCC Interns of 2012 

B were feted and 

congratulated at a special 

gathering on Friday, 

December 7th. The 

overwhelming message of 

the celebration was that 

the internship career stepping stone 

cannot be excluded from the 

academic disciplines at RCC. This 

event comprised a powerful series of 

Poster and Oral Presentation by the 

interns encapsulating the crucial 

importance of the internship 

quotient of their college experience. 

In attendance were the site 

supervisors from the host employers 

as well as RCC faculty, staff and 

fellow students. 



CAREER SERVICES UPDATE 




Natalie Falaise (Biological Science: Lab 

Animal Care) at Harvard School of Public 

Health 



Those employers hosting RCC interns 
included: Harvard School of Public 
Health, U.S. Federal Food and Drug 
Administration, New England Cable 
Network Television, Boston 

Neighborhood Network Television, 
District court system of Waltham, 
and New England Baptist Hospital. 
The represented academic areas at 
RCC in which our internship students 
were majoring included: Information 
System Technology, Biological 
Science, Biotechnology, Criminal 
Justice, Business Management/ 
Administration, and Broadcast 
Media Technology. 

Testimonials from RCC 2012 Interns: 
"I urge anyone to consider an 

internship. Just run with it! Make 

a positive impression !" 
"I discovered key things about 

myself, and about the career path 

I was exploring" 
"I developed crucial communication 

and management skills" 
"I was able to polish and learn new 

ways of utilizing computer 

software" 
" The internship gave me the 

opportunity to understand the 



benefits- and drawbacks of a 
career in my field of interest" 

''Before my internship, I thought the 
professionals in my field were 
gray, boring and only cared about 
working 9-5. I was wrong! They 
were compelling; colorful; 
dynamic; and animated" 

"I have greatly improved on my 
inter-personal skills and my ability 
to delegate and ask for help when 
needed" 

"I have polished my communication 
skills in terms of relaying 
information and responding to 
what is wanted or needed from 
me in the a workplace setting" 

All testimonials are posted on RCC 
Career Development website. 




Helene A. Djakpa (Biotechnology) at New 
England Baptist Hospital 



HAPPY RETIREMENT! 

After many years of dedicated service to RCC, two 
staff members have recently decided to retire. 

Freddy Gonzales, Director of Corporate and 
Community Education, will retire on Jan 11. 

Georgann Jenkins, 

Coordinator of the 
Radiologic Technology 
program is retiring at the 
end of this semester. 

We wish them both 
health and happiness in 
their retirement. 




IN MEMORIAM 




The College community was 
saddened to hear of the passing 
of Walter Silva on December 
13th. He retired as Dean of 
Business Administration and a 
long-time faculty member in 
2002. He was a popular professor, 
well-liked by his students and respected by all the faculty. 

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 4 at 
10:30am at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 
Washington St., Newton. In lieu of flowers, Walter's family 
requests that donations be made in his memory to the 
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, 
Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. 



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The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was devastating. In the 
wake of the incidents on Friday, this reflection below was written by a friend of RCC. We believe it 
beautifully captures the pain many of us felt. 

The author, Christopher Seeley is a young father of two and a school administrator in New York City. 



December 14, 2012 

I attended a funeral this morning 
and shared in the 
commemoration of a life full 
lived. A fellow parishioner at my 
Episcopal church died this week, 
having lived 96 of her 100 years 
as a member of this Upper West 
Side parish community. I did not 
know her well, but I remember 
seeing this well-loved woman on 
High Holy Days and whenever 
she and her faithful caregiver 
could make it to Sunday services. 
I know how much she meant to 
many people, as I have heard 
many stories of her work, 
ministry, and friendship. I 
wanted to attend her funeral and 
help to celebrate her life. One of 
the lessons I learned quite some 
time ago is that it is always right 
to attend the funeral - one ought 
to pay one's respects. Today I 
was honored to share in the 
mourning for a friend, and to 
celebrate her long and 
purposeful life. 

At the same time that we 
commended the soul of our 
friend to the Creator and 
prepared to commit her body to 
the earth, an unspeakable horror 
was unfolding just 60 miles to 
the north in Newtown, CT. None 
of us knows all of the details yet, 



and we may never know the 
truth behind the tragedy that 
unfolded in that small New 
England village. What I do know 
is that twenty-six lives were 
taken in a short, violent fury of 
madness. Twenty children and 
six adults died today, long before 
any of them ought to have lived 
their final hours, long before 
they were able to experience the 
fullness of life. A school that had 
been a haven and a place of joy 
became a focal point of horror, 
and all those who lived through 
the ordeal will never be the 
same. 

Many of us want to know what 
might have driven a young man 
to kill his mother and then drive 
to a school to destroy innocent 
lives. We feel the need to 
understand this person's 
madness and the cause of this 
manifestation of evil. But these 
questions will never result in real 
answers, and any rationale that 
might be constructed for us will 
never undo the pain and misery 
that too many families and all of 
us in this country experienced 
today. We don't need to 
understand what led one man to 
commit a most un-human act; 
we do need to understand how 
our nation continues to allow it 



to be possible for anyone to 
wield the power to take one life 
or twenty-six so quickly, so 
callously, so certainly. 

It saddens me to know that again 
we have witnessed the shedding 
of innocent blood, the 
extinguishing of lives of potential 
and grace. My daughter 
continues to worry about her 
safety. She wants me to tell her 
that she needn't worry about 
being victimized by a gunman or 
any other unhinged, would-be 
criminal. I want to tell her that 
she is safe, but I know, just as 
she does, that she is not. None 
of us can predict what will 
happen to any of us at any point 
in time, but in our country the 
proliferation of guns ensures 
that none of us can rest easy and 
live without fear of being killed 
in a frightening instant. Today's 
mass killing is another 
unspeakable moment in the 
litany of tragedies we have 
spoken too often. Peducah, 
Kentucky. Columbine, Colorado. 
Tuscon, Arizona. Oak Creek, 
Wisconsin. Aurora, Colorado. 
Blacksburg, Virginia. Newtown, 
Connecticut. And there are too 
many other towns, far too many 
other victims and victimizers to 
remember, to mourn, and to 



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L fear. Our President fought tears to remind 

us that we have been through this too 
many times. Yet a statement from the 
White House implored us to divert our 
attention away from any talk about gun 
control, saying that today is not the day for 
this conversation. I ask that if today is not 
the day for this conversation, then when is 
the right day? Surely we should not politicize and 
cheapen the lives of innocent people. But, the 
truth of the matter is that today is precisely the 
right day for this conversation, because everyday 
requires us to think about what it means to 
construct and to live in a civil society. Everyday is 
the day to consider what it takes for children and 
teachers to go to school without fear and to teach 
and learn and grow in a country that values life so 
much that it is willing to limit a misguided and often 
abused "right to keep and bear arms." I do not 
know what drove a young man to kill so many 
today, but I do know that had he not had such 
access to guns, twenty-six children and teachers 
might well be alive. 

I also work in a school, and I know that each of us 
who works with children understands the trust that 
parents have in us, not just to educate their 
precious children, but to keep them safe and whole 
each day. I cannot imagine the horror that 
teachers and administrators felt as their lives and 
those of their students were in danger, but I do 
understand the impetus to save children, even if it 
means sacrificing oneself in the process. But this is 
not what teachers sign up to do; self-sacrifice is not 
one of the duties any teacher or administrator 
should take on. They deserve a better fate; our 
nation should demand more for them. 

As I walked home at the end of an emotional and 
exhausting day, there was a flurry of activity at the 
intersection where I live. Fire trucks, police cars, 



and ambulances were parked at odd angles, their 
engines idling, their lights flashing. I didn't think 
the worst, though it would have been easy to 
assume that this disordered scene indicated that 
something had gone horribly wrong. I hurried 
down the long block, thinking of how I wanted to 
see my children, to hug them, to let them know 
how very precious they are. As I made my past the 
emergency vehicles, an EMT wheeled a young 
woman from a nearby building and ushered her to 
an awaiting ambulance. Behind them, another 
EMT carried a newborn baby, wrapped in blankets. 
I could see the child's tiny hand, reaching into the 
brisk December air as they followed the new 
mother and were rushed away to hospital. Into 
what kind of world, I wondered, has this child been 
born? How long will be the length of this child's 
days? Is our country prepared to do what we can - 
what we must - to keep this child and all others 
safe? 

In the days ahead, in a small town in Connecticut, 
there are funerals that many must attend. There 
are courageous souls to commit to God and young, 
brutalized bodies to commit to the ground. Our 
collective grief is a sure sign that too many adults 
and children are gone from this earth too 
senselessly, too violently, too soon. Newtown, 
Connecticut will take time to bury its dead, but 
those are our dead, too. And so we must all rise 
together and honor them, to choose life, and to 
care for and to protect all who live. Our 
commitment to twenty-seven people in 
Connecticut and to one another must be to shine a 
light on the tragedy of insufficient mental health 
care and ineffective gun legislation so that all of us, 
especially children born today and in every 
tomorrow, might prosper and live. 

Christopher A. Seeley 



Items for "The Weekly'' 

If you have something of interest that you would like to share with the college community, 
please submit it (by Wednesday afternoon) to Jacqueline Lynch at jlynchl(g>rcc.mass.edu