Issue # 58
October 16, 2013
Display of Fine Art
In collaboration with The Art Connection,
Inc., faculty, staff and students are invited
to a reception to celebrate a Display of Fine
Art at Roxbury Community College
WHEN: Thursday, October 24
WHERE: RCC Library, I s
The reception will begin with brief opening
remarks and introductions to be followed
by refreshments and an opportunity to
meet the artists. There will be a guided tour
highlighting recently added works of art
throughout the campus.
Artists and donors of recently added pieces:
Prilla Smith Brackett
Caroline Di Nunzio
Frances K. Grossman
Betty Frank Leahy
Julie Angela Theresa
Sprint for Success
Students from all over RCC visited the Learning Center, Math
Center, Language Lab, Library and Writing Center as they held
their open house "Sprint For Success" last Wednesday and
Thursday. More than 12 students won prizes by participating in
contests at the various centers. The bulletin board outside the
Library has a display featuring some of the many languages
spoken at RCC.
Community Career Fair
Following last year's very successful Career Fair, more than 35
employers will again be in attendance and representing careers
in Healthcare, Retail, Education, Government, Non-profit, Life
Science, Information Technology, Mass Correction, Law
Enforcement, Insurance, Banking, and Hospitality Management.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 22, 12-4pm
Mark Your Calendar
October 22: Community Career Fair (4-200)
October 24: Art Reception (Library)
October 29: "Careers In Quality" Panel (4-200)
October 29: David Walker Memorial Project
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Learner-Centered Teaching with PowerPoint
In this workshop, participants examine learner-centered
strategies that promote interactions with PowerPoint
slides. Participants will explore design options that apply
polls, video, and whiteboard capabilities. Recording and
handout options to promote learning will be discussed.
WHEN: Wednesday, 10/23, 3-4pm
Weekly Moodle Drop-in Sessions
These informal drop-in sessions are open to any and all
faculty at any level of Moodle experience.
WHEN: Every Monday & Thursday, 12-2pm
Entering Midterm Grades in MyRCC
This workshop provides an overview of the college's
grades policy and instruction on how to enter final grades
in MyRCC. Basic navigation and updating your profile will
also be covered.
WHEN: 10/21 (2:30-4pm), 10/22 (3-5pm), 10/23 (12-
1:30pm & 4:30-6pm), 10/24 (10:30-3pm), 10/25
Drop-in Training Sessions
These sessions are for anyone who wants to drop in to
learn more about using the technology in our learner-
centered classrooms. If you want to know the basics, learn
some more advanced features, or just practice using the
technology, come on by!
WHEN: Wednesday, 10/30, 8-10am & 12-2pm
The RCC garden had its
first outdoor yoga class on
10/10 at 10:00 a.m.
Our yoga instructor, Ms.
Laura Wulach, is a 500-
hour certified yoga
teacher and public health practitioner. She loves sharing her passion
for yoga with communities in the Boston area.
The RCC garden promotes locally produced fresh fruits and
vegetables and a healthy lifestyle in the Roxbury neighborhood and
beyond. It has a plan to offer a meditation class during the final
exam period for the students/faculty and staff in room 3-424. The
date will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
If students are interested in pursuing yoga, there is a yoga class at
the Reggie Lewis Center (free access for students) on Wednesdays
from 7-8pm: rltac.com/Schedule/Aerobics/aerobics.html . Also,
there are free yoga classes at Boston Medical Center in the Moakley
Building from 6-7:15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays: bumc.bu.edu/
"Careers In Quality" Panel (Focusing on the
WHEN: October 29, l:30-3:00pm
This panel will provide opportunities to
learn how six individuals entered the Life
Sciences Industry and built a career around
the Quality Systems that are so critical to
the consistent manufacturing of safe
medicines and medical devices. The
audience will have the opportunity to ask
questions of the panelists and network with
them afterwards. Light refreshments will be
If you have any questions about this event,
please contact Irina Galatskaya,
igala tska ya @ rcc. m ass, ed u, 617-933-7455.
Symposium at RCC
There will be a symposium on David Walker at Roxbury
Community College on October 29. Topics will include
Walker's seminal role in the abolitionist movement,
the significance of The Appeal, and how Walker
typifies the "hidden history" of Massachusetts.
Walker was a prominent leader of the Black
community and the abolitionist movement in
Boston, where he spent his most influential
years. He is buried in an unmarked grave in a
South Boston cemetery.
Read more about David Walker:
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40 th Anniversary Celebrations
The 40 th Anniversary Celebration culminated in two final
events last week: an academic presentation and the 40 th
On Monday, October 7, the entire campus was invited to
a symposium, "Transforming the Urban Community
College for the 21 st Century." A distinguished group of
panelists presented their ideas on what changes were
needed and how to effect these changes. Led by Dr.
Thomas Bailey, the Director of the Community College
Research Center at Columbia University, members
included Dr. Richard Freeland, Commissioner of the
Bureau of Higher Education in Massachusetts; Dr. Linda
Turner, former Interim President of the College and
former President of Urban College; Ms. Beatriz McConnie
Zapater, Head of School at Boston Day and Evening
Academy; the Honorable Tito Jackson, Boston City
Back row: Tito Jackson, Dr. Bailey, Dr. Turner, Dr. Freeland.
Front row: Dr. Valerie Roberson, Dr. Everest Onouha, Professor Judy Kahalas, Ms.
Beatriz McConnie Zapatar, Dr. Kyrsis Rodriguez, and Dr. Brenda Mercomes.
Council; and Prof. Ruth Kiefson, RCC faculty and Co-
President of the union at the College. Each panelist
suggested transformative actions that varied from
institutional change to marketing strategies. The audience
of students and faculty participated in an open forum
after the presentations. The event was chaired by Prof.
Judy Kahalas, and co-chaired by Professors Everest
Onuoha, David Updike and Kyrsis Rodriguez (Emerita).
Rashida Jenkins, Phi Theta Kappa, represented the
The 40 th Anniversary Gala, co-chaired by Ms. Carol Bliss-
Furr and Prof. Judy Kahalas, was an evening of great
celebration for the 200 guests who attended. There were
friends from the community, the College, and
Commonwealth who enjoyed great food and music (thank
you to Elizabeth Clark!), an interesting guest speaker, and
a warm reception that honored our founders
and local activists whose energy helped launch
Dr. Augustus White, a faculty member of
Harvard Medical School and an orthopedic
surgeon at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center, was the guest speaker. Prior to the main
event, he was available at a cocktail reception
on the second floor of the Reggie Lewis Track
and Athletic Center, to meet guests and to sign
his new book, Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias
in Health Care.
Six community members whose energy, passion
and commitment to the African American quest
for equal opportunities through education led to
the construction of this College were honored
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From left: City Council member Tito Jackson; Dr. Linda Turner, former interim RCC president; Dr. Thomas Bailey, Director Community College Research
Center, Columbia University; Dr. Richard Freeland, Commissioner, Board of Higher Education; Beatriz McConnie Zapatar, Head, Boston Adult Day and
Evening School; Professor Ruth Keif son -Roberts; Dr. Roberson, and Professor David Updike
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during the evening. These included Mel King, long-
time activist and former State Representative;
former State Senator William (Bill) Owens; the late
Senator Royal Boiling, Sr.; Ms. Doris Bunte, former
State Representative; Mr. Donald Stull and Mr.
David Lee, the architects who designed our
original building; and our "Unsung Heroes/'
Audrey and Marvin Butler, whose supportive and
tireless work deserved recognition.
The 40 th Gala concluded our year-long celebration.
Ms. Bliss-Furr and Ms. Kahalas wish to thank all
the members of the committee whose hard work
made all the difference: Miguel Coren and Colleen
Spence (Homecoming Event); Nurse Ruth Hines
and Autumn Haag (archivist) for delving into RCCs
history; Jacquolyn Payne-Thompson for
researching individuals to be honored; Marshall
Hughes and Pam Green for marketing; Milton
Samuels and Phuong Tang for publicity and
marketing; and Elizabeth Clark for all the work
throughout the event and particularly on the
Editor's Note: Dr. Augustus White's book is
available for purchase through the office of Carol
Bliss-Furr, (3 rd floor Admin. Building) for $30.
Pictured in photos (clockwise): Doris Bunte with Carol
Bliss-Furr, Dr. Roberson with Bill Owens, Deborah
Boiling with Dr. Roberson, Bill Owens with Doris Bunte
and Mel King, Dr. Augustus White.
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