THE RCC WEEKLY
April 12, 2013
The Presidential Search Committee have selected
four candidates to bring on campus to meet faculty,
staff, students and administrators. Four campus
visits will take place between April 17 and 26.
Candidate bios and their visit schedules are posted
on the college website, and on the electronic board.
GEORGE SANTIAGO, Ph.D.
Tuesday, April 16th and
Wednesday, April 17th
EVON WALTERS, Ed.D.
Thursday, April 18th and
Friday, April 19th
ALEX KAJSTURA, Ph.D.
Monday, April 22nd and
Tuesday, April 23rd
VALERIE ROBERSON, Ph.D.
Thursday, April 25th and
Friday, April 26th
Steve Pemberton, author of A Chance in the World,
which is our ''One Book, One Campus," selection for
this academic year, spoke to members of the
College Success sections on April 12, 2013, in the
Media Arts Building. Professor Derek Washington
and his students were instrumental in getting Mr.
Pemberton back to campus. As many of you will
recall, he was our commencement speaker last
year. It was clear that the book has made a
dramatic impact on our students, and they spent
well over an hour asking him the most insightful
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VIP ON CAMPUS
The Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Salvador
Lamothe will visit Roxbury Community College
on April 17. Students, Faculty and Staff are
Invited to have a Conversation with the Prime
Minister. Food will be served.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 17, 2PM - 5PM.
WHERE: Multipurpose Room at the Reggie
A Roxbury community group is
planning to hire four, unpaid
interns this summer to work at
Bartlett Events. It's only an eight
hour per week commitment, so interested students would be able
to have another job, should they apply for this one.
For more information, visit their website at bartlettevents.org/get-
A community based art and culture series
TKA AT RCC
On behalf of the Roxbury
Community College 40th
Celebration Committee, we
would like to express our
sincere thanks to those
who were able to take the
time out of their busy work
schedule to attend our Tea.
With all the challenges we
have had over this past
year, it's nice to take sit
back and enjoy a wonderful
afternoon with friends and
Jackie Glenn's conversation
with the audience was thought provoking and encourages all of us
to take our wings and fly. Thanks for your support and we look
forward to next year's Tea at RCC in April 2014.
Be sure to check out the new library
research guide on the timely and
provocative topic of Economic
Inequality. Just click HERE to open it.
It brings you to websites, databases,
ebooks and lists of paper books— all
about Economic Inequality and all
available through the RCC library.
Also, take a look the new book
display on Economic Inequality next
to the library circulation desk.
If you don't have time for this, do
yourself a favor and look at this short
Wealth Inequality in America . 6 min.
Arguably the best video on economic
inequality ever made.
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^^^m Michael Motley, received the SAME/
^^^ Boston Post Scholarship in the
^ ' amount of $2,000 for the 2013-2014
■^ " school year. He competed with other
2 and 4-year Engineering students
throughout the greater Boston area for this
Michael and a
guest will attend
the Award Dinner
at the SAME
American Military Engineers Boston Post Spring
Meeting on May 7.
Roxbury Repertory Theater presents its
6^*^ annual production of 6 Playwrights In
Search Of A Stage, six new plays by
playwrights: Cliff Blake, Barbara
Blumenthal-Ehrlich, George Freek, Grant MacDermott, Laura
Neubauer, and Trevor Suthers. The 10-minute plays will be
performed on April 26 and 27 @ 7PM at Mainstage in the Media
Arts Building. The performances are free and open to the public
We are pleased to announce playwright Wendy Kesselman as our
2013 Playwright Laureate. She joins the growing group of
playwrights laureates including, Jon Lipsky, Michelle A. Gabow
and Kate Snodgrass. We will present two of her new quartet of
plays. The Graduation of Grace and SPIT. Later in the year,
Roxbury Repertory Theater will perform Ms. Kesselman's
adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities.
For more information, contact Pamela Green at 617-541-5380.
Conne Enjoy the Pleasure of Our Company
In the spring semester of 2012, we began an initiative at
Roxbury Community College to incorporate current
pedagogy into our study sessions to improve student
performance and retention. We attempted to implement
Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and
Problem Based Learning into our Chemistry study
sections. Participating instructors taught facilitated study
groups (FSGs) for their own science sections. The courses
selected were Principles of Chemistry I and General
Chemistry I. Participating faculty prepared a teaching
module and we reported our results to the faculty at the
end of the semester for professional development days.
There were variable results comparing exam scores and
FSG attendance. In some sections of General Chemistry
attendance clearly correlated with exam performance
when either the POGIL or PBL methods were
implemented. We often observe a cluster of excellent
scores and a cluster of poor scores in these courses.
Current studies are focused on how to close this gap in
student performance. Students who have poor
attendance in general (at-risk students) are not being
reached by the FSGs and are therefore unable to benefit
from this academic support. In sections where the
majority of students were motivated the data showed a
clear correlation in FSG attendance and exam
performance, but other sections the two parameters did
not correlate. In conclusion, this spring semester (2013)
we have begun applying POGIL within the lecture time to
reach all students registered for our classes with equity.
We are collecting data on student's attitude towards the
subject material and performance in these courses
before and after the POGIL experience. We are currently
seeking external funding to support these efforts.
Title: CATCHING STARS
Presenter: Dr. Tala Khudairi
The talent gap and demand for 1.2 million jobs in STEM
fields are issues the nation is addressing. The Mass Space
Grant Consortium (NASA sponsored grant) has provided
support for the past five years to RCC to recruit and
retain students in STEM programs and careers through its
popular "STEM Speaker Series". Learn the attributes of
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