Moreno Valley College President's Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 7

November - December 2019

Students and faculty explore iMake Center equipment

iMake Innovation Center Offers Authentic
Learning Experiences, Will Spur Creativity for Generations

Moreno Valley College officially opened its on-campus iMAKE Innovation Center. The 4,150-square-foot Center, located in the Science and Technology Building, will serve as a hub for innovation and creativity, and lend itself to fostering enthusiasm for learning.

The College was one of 24 institutions to receive a California Community College Maker Implementation Grant from the California Community College Chancellor's office. Awarded $100,000, and renewable for a second year, MVC set out to create a makerspace community that will provide students and the community with access to innovation equipment and material in order to develop entrepreneurial skills.

"Three years ago, College leadership had a vision to create a space that would allow for collaboration, innovation and problem solving," Melody Graveen, Ed.D., dean of Instruction, Career & Technical Education, said. "These are the skills that businesses will be competing for in the 21st century. A space such as this will have a significant impact on student learning and development."

The iMAKE Innovation Center was designed to provide an educational training facility for students, faculty, staff, community members and business leaders.

Children control a small robotic vehicle

"Moreno Valley College is committed to paving the road so that our students can succeed," Robin Steinback, Ph.D., president, Moreno Valley College, said. "This Center will lead to transformational changes when it comes to learning, creating and delivering solutions to today's and tomorrow's problems. The Center is equipped as well as any other college, and maybe even some businesses."

According to a report from the New Media Consortium, "Makerspaces are being looked to as a method for engaging learners in creative, higher-order problem solving through hands-on design, construction and iteration." Accordingly, such creative spaces have the potential to address the necessary skillsets for students in the 21st century, according to the report.

"The city of Moreno Valley is proud to partner with Moreno Valley College on this innovative iMake facility, where local entrepreneurs can develop their business knowledge and skills," said Yxstian Gutierrez, Ed.D., mayor of Moreno Valley. "We are working together to provide MoVal residents with the tools they need to succeed."

Donnell Layne is the director of the College's STEM grant and Jason Kennedy is the manager of the iMAKE Innovation Center. Grant funded, the iMAKE Innovation Center joins the College's iMAKE Mobile Innovation Center, a learning lab which delivers STEM engagement activities through hands-on, interactive activities and unique STEM experiences to children throughout the region.

College Receives Silver Seal for Increasing Voting Engagement

Moreno Valley College was honored November 12 at the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC after the College increased democratic engagement and voter participation. MVC received a Silver Seal for achieving a student rate between 30 and 39 percent. The ALL IN Challenge Awards are held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates. A full list of awardees can be viewed here.

"Moreno Valley College is truly honored to receive this honor and recognition," Dyrell Foster, Ed.D, vice president, Student Services, said. "Through the intentional efforts of student leaders from the Associated Students (ASMVC), the Student Activities Office and College faculty, we have been working hard to fulfill our college mission to – inspire, challenge and empower our diverse, multicultural community of learners to realize their goals while promoting citizenship, integrity, leadership, and global awareness. We are proud of our student body for being active and engaged in American democracy."

From 2014 to 2018, MVC saw an increase in voter participation from students 18 to 24 years of age. In 2014, 20 percent of students aged 18 to 24 voted. In 2018, 63 percent went to the polls. The College saw an increase in each of the registered age categories.

Judy White speaking

County Superintendent to Deliver Keynote,
Receive MLK Legacy Award at Annual Breakfast

Judy White, Ed.D., county superintendent of schools, will deliver the keynote address at Moreno Valley College's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast on Friday, January 17, 7:30 am, at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by contacting the College's Admissions & Records office at (951) 571-6101. Monies from the breakfast fund scholarships. Each year, local high school students compete in an essay competition for a chance to win scholarships. College students compete in a speech competition.

This year's theme — Sands of Time: The Need for a "Maladjusted" America — challenges students to identify any one paradox of political or social inequity that Dr. King addressed in one of his speeches on the American dream and then analyze how that type of issue still exists today.

White was appointed by the Riverside County Board of Education to fulfill the remainder of the term of Kenneth M. Young. In 2017 she was sworn in, becoming the 12th Riverside County Superintendent of Schools. Previously, she was superintendent at Moreno Valley Unified School District. As the county superintendent, White oversees 23 education districts. She is a resident of Moreno Valley.

Students pose for a photo at Medi-Goal Open House

Open House Exposed Students to Medical Careers

Students from Moreno Valley College and Moreno Valley Unified School District attended the Medi-Goal Open House. The four-hour event was part of the College's TRIO partnership with the Riverside University Health Systems. The Advancing Youth in Medical Education Program aims to expose students from the ACES Student Support Services and students from the Upward Bound Math and Science, Educational Talent Search, and Upward Bound at Vista del Lago and Valley View high schools to educational and career pathways in medical and allied health professions.

Students connected with doctors and health professionals participated in simulation labs, workshops and a medical education and career fair, featuring stations from several RUHS departments such as surgery, neurology, pediatrics, nursing and internal medicine. Staff from UC Riverside's School of Medicine, Loma Linda's School of Medicine, and Western University of Health Services also interacted with students. Dr. David Ninan, medical director of Peri-Operative Services and chair of the Department of Anesthesia, Riverside University Health System, addressed the students.

Student practices chest compressions on a dummy

"Opportunities like this are examples of how so many sectors of the Moreno Valley community come together to invest in our youth and prepare Moreno Valley's future workforce," Micki Rechelle Grayson, director, TRIO programs, said.

The partnership grew out of the region's need to address a critical shortage of healthcare workers. A number of reports have identified the Inland Empire as facing a critical shortage of doctors and healthcare workers.

Students get English tutoring

Math and English Jam Ramped Up the Volume, Messaging

The Umoja Community, Writing and Reading Center, and the Math Lab brought the beat to the center of campus in order to showcase their learning resources. Known as the Math and English Jam, the five-hour event encouraged students to bring their essay writing questions and math assignments to faculty and tutor experts in the Learning Center. The Writing and Reading Center provides faculty and peer writing consultants for one-to-one instruction, develops students' growth as writers, and inspires their attitudes toward writing, leading to academic success. The Math Lab provides tutors to assist students in their studies.

Full- and part-time math and English faculty were on hand to assist with the all-day tutoring session. Students were able to meet with faculty and tutors for one-on-one tutoring sessions. Throughout the day, six faculty members from English, one from journalism, ten from math, and four peer writing consultants from the WRC were available to assist students who needed help with math or English problems.

Students get tutoring from math faculty and pose with Umoja Community sign

In all, 72 students signed in to receive assistance. Students were also able to access a resource table with flyers and information to discover more about the College's invaluable academic support services. Sponsored by Umoja, staff hopes to grow the event in coming years.

AnnaMarie Amezquita, dean of Instruction

Dean Spreads the Power of the Puente Program

Ree Amezquita, dean of Instruction, co-presented at the CCLC Conference last month. She, along with Grace Ebron, director, and Julia Vergara, co-executive director of the Puente Project, presented Equity-Driven Pedagogy: The Puente Project Model. For over 38 years, the Puente Project has focused on culturally responsive pedagogy in order to increase transfer and completion rates for the underserved student population. Building on assets that students bring to the classroom, this session will share promising strategies designed to increase persistence, retention and completion.

"For the past several years, I have been involved in collaboration with the Puente Project at the state office," Amezquita said. "My role is to present the Puente English/teaching pedagogy that recognizes that students are capable of performing and succeeding in the community college classroom and then transfer to universities with a growth mindset and belief that they will meet their educational goals."

In February, Amezquita, Ebron and Vergara will be in Houston to celebrate 10 years of Puente in Texas. In May, Amezquita will travel to the University of Texas, San Antonio to train a multidisciplinary of faculty.

College Launches Pop-Up Art Exhibition

Moreno Valley College launched a Pop-Up Art Exhibition in Student Academic Services, Room 121. The exhibit, Art and Politics, presented works by students from the Art 6, Art Appreciation Honors class. The exhibit ran from November 5-14 and was open during College Hour. Look for more exhibits in coming months.

College Partners in Race, Equity Survey;
Hosts Creating a Culturally Responsive Campus Event

In partnership with the USC Race and Equity Center, Moreno Valley College administered the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates survey about the racial climate on campus. The results of this survey will include aggregated data from students and recommendations for making the campus more inclusive. This data will also assist in the efforts regarding student equity by helping to identify persistent issues and the strategies to address them to achieve equity in access and outcomes. The survey link was emailed to enrolled MVC students through their College email.

The Diversity Committee, Faculty Development Committee, Student Equity and Achievement Committee, and Guided Pathways Work Group hosted a workshop, Creating a Culturally Responsive Campus. Darrick Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of Educational Leadership and co-director of the School of Education new Transformative School Leadership Program at the University of San Francisco, led conversations about social justice, equity, access and creating a culturally responsive climate at the College.

Immigration form

College Selected to Host Immigration Legal Services Project

The College was selected by Eloy Oakley, chancellor, California Community Colleges, as one of 65 community colleges statewide to host the Community College Immigration Legal Services Project. The Project will provide a wide range of free immigration legal services, including application assistance and education and outreach to undocumented students, staff and faculty. Providing individuals with accurate and current information regarding immigration law and policy and increasing their access to legal representation by a qualified provider will allow them to focus educational and career goals.

Dyrell Foster, Ed.D.

Foster Named President of Las Positas College

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District announced that Dyrell Foster, Ed.D., has been selected for the position of president of Las Positas College. Foster, vice president, Student Services, was selected from a large, highly competitive, and outstanding group of candidates from throughout the region, state and nation, per Las Positas College's press release.

He will replace Roanna Bennie who has been serving as interim president since the summer of 2017. Foster will begin his tenure as president on February 10, 2020. Ronald P. Gerhard, interim chancellor, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, said, "(Dr. Foster's) experience and knowledge in student and academic services will be an asset to Las Positas College and the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. He brings to the position a passion for teaching and learning, and his focus has always been student success."

Haghighat selected as next lecturer

Faculty Lecture Dates Set

The 60th Distinguished Faculty Lecture will take place on Tuesday, May 5, at 3:30 pm in the Henry W. Coil, Sr. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts Concert Hall followed by a 4:45 pm rooftop reception prior to the RCCD Board of Trustees Meeting. Then on May 7 at 12:50 pm, the lecture will be presented at Riverside City College in the Digital Library Auditorium with a reception following the lecture.

Dariush Haghighat, Ph.D., professor, Political Science, has been named as the 2020 lecturer. Haghighat, who holds a doctoral degree from UC Riverside, has been a full-time faculty member at Riverside City College since 1988. He received the rank of full professor in March 2010. In addition, he serves as advisor for the Riverside Community College District Model United Nations program.

Flex credit will be offered at both presentations.

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

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