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Issue # 52 






Hundreds of people gathered in the Field House of the Reggie Lewis Center on 
Friday, May 17th, for the 38th Annual Commencennent. This year marked the largest 
graduation class in RCCs history. Approximately four hundred students graduated 
with Associates in Arts, Associates in Science and Certificates with Specification. 

The Commencement speaker was Steve Tompkins. The Community Service Award 
was given to John Wilson, sculptor of Father and Child (1990), which graces our 

The RCC Commencement Committee and the Broadcast Media Technology 
Department facilitated the online streaming of the ceremony. The stream link will 
remain active for one year. 

Pinning Ceremonies 


Radiologic Technology's first Pinning Ceremony took 
place on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. 

Pinning for the Associate Degree in Nursing Program was held 
on Thursday, May 16, 2013. 

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Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony 

On May 9^ , twenty-seven students were inducted into the Alpha lota 
MU Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa during an evening ceremony at the RCC 
Auditorium. Distinguished "well-wishers" were present on stage to 
congratulate students and their families: Dr. Linda Edmonds Turner, Dr. 
Brenda Mercomes, Dr. Stephanie Janey, Dean Nancy Teel, Dean Charles 
Diggs, Elizabeth Clark, Carole Bliss-Furr, Dr. Kimberly Stieglitz (Faculty Co 
-Adviser), and Shelly Johnson-Payne. Dr. Yvonne Anthony, Faculty Co- 
Adviser, served as Mistress of Ceremony. Each student was given a 
beautiful white rose symbolizing the beauty of their hard work and 
persistence to excel. 

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages the academic achievement 
of two-year college students. To be a member of Phi Theta Kappa at 
RCC, students must have completed at least 12 hours of course work, 
have earned a GPA of at least 3.30, have established academic 
excellence as recommended by a faculty member, be of good moral 
character, and possess recognized qualities of citizenship. Such qualities 
include participating in community service, being personally responsible 
and possessing leadership qualities to motivate others. Membership 
offers many advantages including national scholarships to continue 
one's higher education, opportunities for mentoring and leadership 
training, lively fellowship with scholars, and an intellectual climate for 
exchange of ideas and ideals. 

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest Honor Society in the American higher 
education system, with more than 1.3 million members and 1,100 
chapters located in 50 United States, U.S. Territories, Canada, Germany 
and Japan. 

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RCC Student Among the Chosen few 

One of our own students has been accepted into a 
VERY competitive summer internship program at 
Boston University. RED— research experience for 
undergraduates in science used to "reserve" two slots 
for community college students. The new grant that 
was funded for this year was not automatically 
inclusive for community college students. Prof. John 
Snyder, the director of the program, reported that it 
was a very competitive nation-wide search for the best 
undergraduate students who fit the program. That 
means that an RCC student was chosen out of 
hundreds of undergraduates at 4-year schools across 
the nation! 

Olivia Smith, pictured below, was accepted for this 10 
week summer internship 
program. She was mentored by 
Prof. Jacquolyn Payne- 

Thompson (Liberal Arts) and 
Prof. Alfred Gaskin (STEM) and 
they lead her to her success. 
They are following her as a 
support team throughout her 
tenure at the program. 



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Media Arts 

Please join us in welcoming 
Chris Maglione as an Intern in 
Media Arts through the 
Gateway Scholars Program. 

Chris is working closely with 
head technician Audrey 
Kimball, and is learning all the 
ropes for Mainstage 

productions. Chris goes to 
West Roxbury High School and 
has greatly enjoyed his two 
semesters in the Gateway 
Scholars Program. He has taken 
English Composition 1, The 
College Experience, and Acting 
1 and achieved wonderful 
success in his academic 
endeavors. He is currently 
pursuing a certificate in 
Broadcast Media Technology at 
Roxbury Community College. 

RCC's New President 
will start in July 

Valerie Roberson, 
Ph.D. has been 
selected as the 
new President of 
RCC. She will start 
on July 22, but the 
Board of Trustees 
announced that 
she will make a 
couple of trips to 
RCC in the weeks between now and then. 

Dr. Roberson is currently Vice President of 
Academic Affairs at Joliet Junior College in 
Illinois. She has been a community college 
administrator for twenty eight years. 

Academic Symposium 
RCC's 40^ Anniversary 

As part of RCC's 40**^ anniversary celebration, a symposium, 
'Transforming the Urban Community College to Meet the 
Challenges of the 21^^ Century" will be held on Monday, October 
7^^." The distinguished panel will include Dr. Thomas Bailey, 
Director of the Community College Research Center at Columbia 
University; Dr. Richard Freeland, former President of Northeastern 
and current Commissioner of the Board of Higher Education; Ms. 
Beatriz McConnie Zapater, Head of School, Boston Day and Evening 
Academy; our current Interim President, Dr. Linda Turner, and 

The entire community will be invited. We hope that you can 
somehow integrate this discussion in your classes; we would love a 
student to present views and sit on the panel. If you would like to 
sit on the panel or be a moderator, please let me know. 

Please save the date for this crucial and timely discussion. 

Judy Kahalas and Carol Bliss-Furr 
(Co-Chairs of the 40^^ Celebration) 

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Internship Celebration 

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 Presentations 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 

Many organizations welcome interns from Roxbury 
Community College academic programs and make a 
serious investment in students' education and 
development of work knowledge and job skills. 

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