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Y EVENTS AROUND CAMPUS
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. rcc.mass.edu/38thCommencement.asp
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
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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
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.
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
Ph.D. has been
selected as the
new President of
RCC. She will start
on July 22, but the
Board of Trustees
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.
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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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
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.
Harbor Cruise 20^3
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