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Roxbury Community College
Volume 2 Issue 5 November 2012
♦ Roxbury Community College Well Represented at Recent Association of Community
Colleges Trustees Conference
Colleen Spence, Director of Testing and Jennie Thrash, Career and Technical Coordinator at RCC along with John
Zinkowski, School to Career Coordinator at the Boston Public Schools' Dorchester Academy presented at the 43rd
Association of Community Colleges Trustees (ACCT) Leadership Congress. Their presentation was tided, "Getting
the Right Fit — Improving College Readiness." Sterling Giles, RCC Professor of ESOL and Student Success, presented
"Getting Granular with Teachers to Address Readiness Issues." The presentations were part of a session tided,
"Building Bridges to College Success", which disseminated information on several of RCC's strategic alliances with
Boston Public Schools and area colleges.
♦ The RCC/MIT-SPURS Collaboration Program and RCC's Economics Club Sponsor
International Speaker Series
The RCC and the MIT Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) Fellows Collaboration, now in its
4th semester, has joined with the RCC Economics Club to present a series of dynamic guest speakers addressing a
wide-range of issues. Upcoming topics include:
• Environmental/ Water Issues: Resolution for Water Shortage in Chelstone, Lusaka, Zambia, presented by Abel
Kapindula Manangi of Zambia, November 27, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
• Housing and Public Policy, presenters Gabriela Rembarz of Poland and Patricia Cezario Silva of Brazil,
December 6, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
One of the goals of the collaboration is to "Create an intellectual and institutional pathway to attract RCC students
to enroll in degree programs at MIT. Economics Professor and Club Advisor Nasreen Latif is Coordinator of the
The speaker series is open to the public and will be held in the Vacuity lounge, Room 424 in Building 3.
♦ RCC Teams With Public Schools to Encourage Students Interested in Science Careers
An exciting collaboration has joined RCC Science Faculty, Admissions Office, and Marketing Department with
Boston and Cambridge Public Schools. This collaboration will offer approximately 80 students a chance to attend an
Open House on November 30 aimed at deepening their interest in Science careers. The students chosen to attend are
mosdy high school juniors enrolled in Life Sciences, Health Careers, Biology, and Biotech programs at Madison Park
and Brighton High Schools, Community Academy of Science and Health, and Rindge School of Technical Arts. The
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Open House will offer students a chance to hear from professionals working in the Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Math (STEM) fields, tour and watch demonstrations in RCC's state-of-the-art lab, receive information from the
Admissions Office, and meet members of the College's Science Club. The Open House is titled, "Discover Your
Career In The Sciences," and is funded by the Perkins Grant.
♦ Jumpstart Growing atRCC
Jumpstart, an AmeriCorps program that trains college students and community volunteers to serve preschool children
in low-income neighborhoods, is growing at Roxbury Community College. There are more than 25 Corps members at
the College who support the language, literacy, and social development of preschoolers living in Boston communities.
Jumpstart's core belief is that every child deserves the chance to succeed.
♦♦♦ "The Diary of Anne Frank " Praised
Theater Critic, Beverly Creasey, recendy wrote in a blog, tided, "Never Again and Yet Again," that Roxbury Repertory
Theater's production of "The Diary of Anne Frank," earlier this month was "exceptional." She noted that "What
makes Marshall Hughes' presentation of The Diary of Anne Frank exceptional, aside from the lovely production, are
the guest speakers he has invited to bear witness to genocide in all corners of the world today." The guest speakers
included a man who escaped from Darfur and a person who read a harrowing account of four women in Rwanda
who huddled in terror for four days in a bathroom while Hutu soldiers roamed the streets. Ms. Creasey added that
"Hughes works these accounts seamlessly into the body of the play, to remind us that genocide did not end with the
Nazis, despite the promises of 'Never Again.'"
♦♦♦ Native American Heritage Month Event
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, "After the Mayflower," which is episode one of the PBS series,
"We Shall Remain," will be shown in the RCC Mainstage, located in the Media Arts Center. The film will be shown
on November 19 at noon. The film tells the story of Chief Massasoit, leader of the Wampanoag Tribe, as he and his
people provide help to the Mayflower Pilgrims. After 50 years of broken treaties, their interactions led to war and
death. The event, sponsored by the International Multicultural Institute, is free and open to the RCC community and
the public at large.
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