Moreno Valley College President's Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 4

August 2019

Welcome Day

Welcome Day Showcases the College, Programs to the Community

Each year, Moreno Valley College hosts a Welcome Day for incoming and returning students as well as community members. The day is a way to expose incoming students to the services the College provides while also opening the doors to the community in order to allow them to discover educational opportunities. During the event, students explore the campus, receive their student ID, attend financial aid and counseling workshops, participate in question and answer panel discussions, and meet faculty and staff. The 2019 Welcome Day had over 1,100 attendees.

Welcome Day

State of the College

President Delivers State of the College Address

On August 22, Robin Steinback, Ph.D., president of Moreno Valley College, and other members of her leadership team provided an update on the state of the College to faculty and staff. The presentation focused on the transformation of the physical campus, restructuring of student success through Guide Pathways, and becoming culturally responsive to students and one another.

Through a series of townhall meetings, the College has determined that the College's few permanent buildings are inadequate to support current programs and services and provides no room for expansion of certificate, degree and transfer programs. Currently, 36 percent of instruction and student support services are provided in modular and portable buildings. The College also lacks adequate science laboratory space (no organic chemistry); inadequate library and learning resources space; has no gymnasium or athletic fields to speak of; no visual and performance art space; lacks office and support space to implement student and academic support services for Guided Pathways; and space for law enforcement and fire technology is on leased space at the Ben Clark Training Center.

The College has projected enrollment to climb to over 13,000 students by 2030 which will require a significant increase in teachable space and other facilities to ensure the student experience.

Facilities Master Plan

MVC's Facilities Master Plan, pictured above, was approved by the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees on June 11.

Over the last year, the College also been busy with updating its Comprehensive Master Plan, Student Equity Plan and Integrated Strategic Plan. College leadership will hold a forum on its Education Master Plan in September 6 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Implementation of Guided Pathways continues to progress. In the coming year, College leadership expects to build team and task forces; finish program mapping drafts; finalize school structure for fall 2020; secure onboarding design with career exploration opportunities; undertake a website redesign; begin implementation of student success teams and an approach for counseling and educational advisors' caseload; and develop faculty mentoring and professional development opportunities.

MVC, along with the other colleges and the District, continues to implement the Caring Campus Initiative. The initiative is aimed at increasing student connectedness. Some ways faculty and staff can help further the initiative is learn students' names, donate to the food pantry and clothes closet, and encourage students to provide feedback on College services.

"In recognition that we value passion for learning, appreciation for diversity and commitment to community building, and respecting the foundations laid by the good work of our Diversity Committee, goals and action-plans in the college Equity Plan, embracement of the classified staff in the Caring Campus Initiative, and recent faculty discussions revolving around culturally responsive teaching strategies, this year our professional development activities for all employees will focus on becoming a more culturally responsive institution," President Steinback said.


Dada to Receive President's Award at Annual Dinner

Jamil Dada will receive the President's Award at the College's Annual President's Dinner on October 3 at the March Field Air Museum. The Dinner, which begins at 5:30 pm, raises funds to ensure the College's ability to advance education opportunities for future Valley leaders.

Dada, who has worked for Provident Bank since 1996, has dedicated his life to workforce development and supporting the military. He has served on the California Workforce Development Board since 2005 and held leadership positions with the National Association of Workforce Boards, the California Green Collar Jobs Council, City of Riverside's Workforce Advisory Panel, and the Riverside County Workforce Investment Board. He is often called upon to testify before Congress and state committees on workforce development within Southern California, the state and nation. He also serves as president of the March Field Air Museum board.

To reserve a seat or sponsor the Dinner, log on to Proceeds benefit Moreno Valley College programs.


President Honored at Moreno Valley's State of the City

Robin Steinback, Ph.D., president, Moreno Valley College, was honored by city of Moreno Valley officials at the annual State of the City event on August 22. Steinback, who was hired as the College's president in 2017, received the Community Leadership Award for Educator. Steinback was recognized for her community leadership and collaboration between the city and College.

The city and the College have been instrumental in the development of the Promise Initiative which provides funding for the first year of community college for first-time students. The program covers the cost of tuition, fees and textbooks. The city agreed to match the College's efforts, pledging $50,000 to pay for the second year of college for Moreno Valley residents.

The city was honored as the 2018 Programs Award of Excellence recipient by the California Association for Local Economic Development for its program which encourages residents to attend college by providing financial incentives and helping students find jobs by providing stipends to businesses who hire recent Moreno Valley college graduates.


TRIO Scholars Recognized at Summer Symposium

TRIO programs hosted the Summer Symposium for the Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science programs on August 1 at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center. The purpose of the Symposium was to showcase TRIO scholars, and share highlights from the 2019 UB/UBMS Summer Academy and program partners.

The UB/UBMS Summer Academy is a comprehensive six-week program that provides up to 90 scholars from Vista del Lago and Valley View high schools the opportunity to develop critical 21st century skills. Students worked closely with faculty from the College and other colleges/universities, industry professionals and community partners to learn about common core principles in math, chemistry, biology, physics, computer science, engineering design, writing, media arts and entrepreneurship. MVC's Career Technical Education program provides opportunities for students to learn about cybersecurity and coding.

Scholars also participate in development workshops, covering such topics as financial literacy, college preparation, career planning and communications skills. Some scholars even got to experience firsthand what college is like through taking courses concurrently at the College. Scholars also experienced field experiences, including a trip to Garner Holt Industries; the University of Redlands; California State University, Dominguez Hills; California Science Center; the California African American Museum; and the University of California, Irvine. The UB/UBMS Summer Academy is made possible through funding from the US Department Education and support from local partners, including the Moreno Valley Unified School District and the United Way of the Inland Valley.

Vasquez Attends Google Student Veterans Summit

Cesar Vasquez, microcomputer support technician, was selected for the Google Student Veteran Summit (GSVS). Vasquez, who served in the Navy, got an inside look at Google's unique culture of impact and collaboration during the two-day event for Veterans. He learned about Google's MBA internship program and full-time job opportunities, and attended professional development sessions which covered resume building and interview prep. He also had opportunities to meet with other Veterans, GSVS alumni and Googlers from various functional areas.

"My time at the Google Veterans Summit was amazing," Vasquez said. "I was able to gain insight into how Google hires personnel and attended a panel discussion of Googlers who were Veterans, and they were able to share the path they took to get where they are now.

"(Ironically), many of these individuals didn't have a background in technology, but were able to get a job at Google because they mastered a certain skill that the company was looking for."

Vasquez also attended a career fair hosted by Google.

"We were able to engage Google employees and ask them about the product they manage/worked on," he said. "On the last day of the Summit, we participated in a workshop where we were exposed to Google's interview process. The workshop was intense because we had no time to prepare."

After completing the interview process, Vasquez said, Googlers provided feedback on areas he needed to improve upon.

"Overall, the Summit was very informative because it exposed me to a workplace where innovation and out-of-the-box thinking is heavily encouraged," said Vasquez, who is completing his second year of the master's degree program in Cyber Security at California State University, San Bernardino.

The Summit is open to Veterans entering their first or second year of their full-time, U.S.-based MBA program, and eligible applicants must have served in either the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Navy. Individuals selected receive an all-expense paid trip for the two-day summit at Google's Mountain View campus.

Hall Named Director of Disability Support Services

Lawanda Hall has been selected as the College's director, Disability Support Services. Hall, who holds a doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University, is a licensed counselor and has over twenty years of experience in behavioral health, specializing in anxiety, depression and stress disorders. Hall comes to Moreno Valley College from UC Riverside where she served for the past five years as director of Academic Counseling and Student Support, overseeing aspects of wellness and behavioral health for the medical students at the School of Medicine.

During her career, she also served as director of Disability Services at Lipscomb University in Tennessee. In addition to her doctorate, Hall holds a master's degree in Counseling from Tennessee State University and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Lipscomb University.

College Hires Ten Full-time Faculty Members

Moreno Valley College welcomed 10 new faculty members for the 2019-20 academic year:

  • James Bany, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sociology
  • Emma Pacheco, Assistant Professor, English/Puente Program
  • Catherine Lahren, Instuctor, Dental Assisting Program
  • Jennifer Willey, Assistant Professor, American Sign Language
  • Sumana Pasala, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology
  • Nancy Aguirre, Administration of Justice/Law Enforcement Instructor
  • Gabriela Florido, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Thomas Yancy, Visiting Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
  • Edward Rice, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Journalism
  • Gabriel Murillo, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Moreno Valley College
16130 Lasselle Street
Moreno Valley, CA 92551
(951) 571-6100

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