Moreno Valley College President's Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 3

Summer 2019

Ribbon cutting

College Graduates Over 1,500,
One of its Largest Classes Ever

Moreno Valley College's 2019 graduating class consisted of 1,506 students. This represents a 52 percent increase over last year's numbers.

This year's graduates will have earned a combined 2,588 associate degrees and certificates, representing a 32 percent increase in degrees and 40 percent additional certificates than last year. Within the class, 110 students completed their studies with a 4.0 grade point average. Six foster youth students earned 15 degrees, and 55 of the graduates were Veterans. The Promise Program graduated 56 students who earned 115 associate degrees. The Middle College High School graduating class consisted of 35 students who received 98 associate degrees.

In all, Riverside Community College District's colleges awarded degrees and certificates to more than 6,000 graduates during the colleges' commencement ceremonies and nearly 10,000 degree and certificates were earned by these students.

2019 Commencement

2019 Commencement

Class of 2019 Snapshot

Youngest graduate was 17 years old
Oldest graduate was 65 years old

Graduate Ethnicities

Hispanic/Chicano – 625
Black/African American – 149
White – 207
Asian/Pacific Islander – 76
Native American – 16
Other – 14

Degrees and Certificates Awarded

AA Degrees Awarded – 1,509
AS Degrees Awarded – 498
Automatic Degree Transfer – 151
Degrees Awarded – 2,158

Certificates Awarded – 430
Total Degrees and Certificates – 2,588

Number of Degree Graduates (unduplicated) – 1,087
Number of Certificate Graduates (unduplicated) – 419
Total Degree and Certificate Graduates (unduplicated) – 1,506

Graduates with Distinction

Graduating with Distinction – 268
Graduating with Great Distinction – 112
110 students graduated with 4.0 GPA

Student Speaker Inspires Class to Conquer Adversity

Born in Wichita, KS, Ayanna Robinson moved to Inglewood in her late teens. After marrying her husband, Romel, they moved to Moreno Valley to raise their family. Robinson returned to school after becoming pregnant with her fifth child.

Robinson set her sights on a degree in political science in order to become a real estate and entertainment law attorney. An honor student with a 3.6 GPA, she plans to transfer to UCLA, UC Riverside, or Howard University to complete her undergraduate studies.

A mother of five children, between the ages of one and 10, Robinson told her peers to know that "anything is possible when you do not allow your obstacles to overcome you. Take your adversities and day-by-day work to conquer them. It's not a sprint, life is a marathon. Remember, struggle does not equal failing and money does not equal success or happiness. True success and happiness come when you have achieved what you set out to do, so keep fighting for it. Continue to chase your dreams with vigor and know that with dedication, hard work and patience, your sacrifices will pay off."

Graduation Program Cover Design Contest

Each year, Moreno Valley College holds an art competition with the winning piece serving as the cover for the graduation program. This year's winner was Hannah Potts who is a 2015 graduate of California Virtual Academies High School. Majoring in graphic design, Potts enrolled at MVC in 2015 and plans on transferring to California Baptist University to complete he degree in graphic design. She says, her piece was inspired by an artist who is known for using unconventional blending techniques for buildings and backgrounds and the art style from Bee and Puppy Cat (YouTube show) and Steven Universe.

Her piece was selected in a juried competition which is open to the college community and selected by a committee of faculty, staff and students. In addition to having her art showcased on the graduation program, Potts received the Lou Steinback Scholarship.

College Receives an Additional $8M in Measure C Funds

At its June 11 board meeting, the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees allocated an additional $8 million in Measure C funds to Moreno Valley College. The funds will be utilized for the following projects:

Fire Alarm System and Elevators - $1,000,000

Repair, modernization and upgrade systems critical to fire, life, safety and disability accessibility. The project will also modernize elevator controllers, safety features and interior cabin call buttons and upgrade system components of elevators in the Humanities, Student Services/Library and Science Technology buildings.

Student Services Welcome Center and Existing Building Renovation - $5,000,000

Renovation of the Student Services building in order to provide more functional space for student success services and Guided Pathway implementation.

BCTC Phase I Education Center Building - $2,000,000

In January 2019, the Board of Trustees approved a Revised Ground Lease for the Education Center at Ben Clark Training Center with the County of Riverside. The lease provided the possessory interest needed to design and build the first permanent MVC building at BCTC. After allocating $14 million for the MVC Student Services Welcome Center (completion date summer 2021), MVC was left with $11 million of their Measure C allocation to construct the BCTC Phase 1 Education Center, leaving a shortfall of approximately $2 million needed to construct the facility.

Pictured left to right: LaTonya Parker, Ed.D., Robert Fontaine, Chui Zhi Yao, Ph.D., Cordell Briggs, Ph.D.

Four Instructors Receive Rank of Full Professor

The Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees awarded four Moreno Valley College faculty members with the rank of full professor at its April 16 Board of Trustees meeting. In all, 12 faculty members received the honor. Each year, faculty may submit an application for Rank of Professor or Distinguished Professor to the District's Professional Growth and Sabbatical Leave Committee. Applications which meet the minimum qualifications are forwarded to the appropriate college president for review. Presidents then provide recommendations to the Chancellor and his recommendations are forwarded to the Board of Trustees for affirmation.

The four instructors from Moreno Valley College awarded the Rank of Full Professor were Cordell Briggs (English), Robert Fontaine (emergency medical services), LaTonya Parker (counseling), and Chui Zhi Yao (mathematics).

Dean Honored by the NAACP at Annual Event

Eugenia Vincent, dean, Student Services, was honored at the NAACP's Freedom Fund Celebration in May at the Riverside Convention Center. The annual event honored a number of community members who have contributed to the NAACP's motto of Never Let It Rest! ...Until the Good is Better and the Better is Best.

In all, 13 individuals were honored during the Freedom Fund Celebration at the Riverside Convention Center. Also, Waudieur "Woodie" Rucker-Hughes, long-time NAACP president and the winner of the College's 2018 ML King, Jr. Legacy Award, was honored. Click here to see Rucker-Hughes' video

Vincent, a graduate of Gardena High School, received her undergraduate degree from Clark Atlanta University and a master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Southern California.

She began her career in higher education at Iowa State University. In 1989, she joined Riverside City College as director of Financial Aid and as the District grew, she became District dean for Student Financial Services before joining the leadership team at Moreno Valley College.

RCCD Foundation Awards Scholarships

Moreno Valley College hosted its annual Scholarship Tea on May 23 where over 40 scholarships were awarded to 71 students.

Each year, the Riverside Community College District Foundation offers scholarships for incoming, continuing and transferring students. Qualifications vary from financial need to academic performance to major/career goal, and community involvement.

The RCCD Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1975 to raise and manage private donations that benefit RCCD and its colleges, students and programs. There are many different ways to contribute to RCCD, including cash, securities, real estate and personal property. Gifts may also be pledged through wills and estate plans. Gifts to the RCCD Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Photo of graduating students

A cliff swallow peeks out from a nest constructed of dried mud on the MVC campus

Flying With Swallows Makes Screen Debut, Receives Recognition

Earlier this spring, Joanna Werner-Fraczek, Ph.D., professor, Biology, submitted a video on the College's study of the swallows which migrate and nest on campus each spring. The video, Flying With Swallows - Model for Research Based Learning, received a Facilitators' Choice award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Click the link — — to view the video.

The project received NSF funding in 2015. In 2019, Moreno Valley College was invited to apply for one of the 200 spots at the NSF 2019 STEM Video Showcase, the initiative showing innovations in STEM education. The College's project was accepted and competed against videos from all over the country in STEM education. In the end, MVC and 20 other projects were recognized by the facilitators of the event (no ranking). During the online competition, the video received 895 visits from 692 visitors from 124 locations across six continents.

California Veterans Board to Hold Meeting at College

The California Veterans Board will hold its July meeting at Moreno Valley College on July 17 from 9 am to noon in the Student Academic Services Building, Room 214. The meeting is open to the public. The California Veterans Board serves as an advocate for Veterans affairs identifying needs and working to ensure and enhance the rights and benefits of California Veterans and their dependents. The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor, subject to the confirmation of the State Senate. Board members are Veterans. Each year, the Board meets in different communities throughout California. Reportedly, this is the first time the Board has convened a meeting at a community college. To view the agenda, click here,

"The choice of MVC is consequential and a direct reflection of our good reputation and connections in the Veterans' community," Robin Steinback, Ph.D, president, said. "As we prepare to host this historic CalVets Board meeting, I want you to know that I am proud of our team, honored and humbled by your professionalism and the commitment you exhibit daily in assisting our students with the realization of their educational aspirations."

MVC President Robin Steinback, Ph.D., presents Marion Ashley, Supervisor, Fifth District - Riverside County Board of Supervisors, with the 2018 President's Award. Pictured left to right: Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D., Tracey Vackar, Ashley, Steinback and Jamil Dada.

Annual President's Dinner Date Announced

The annual President's Dinner will be held at March Field Air Museum on Thursday, October 3, at 5:30 pm. The Dinner ensures and expands the College's ability to advance education opportunities for future Valley leaders. The Inland Empire community knows the importance of giving back and the impact the community can make by supporting educational causes.

Sponsorships are available for the dinner, hosted by Robin Steinback, Ph.D., by calling the President's office at (951) 571-6161. Individual tickets and sponsorships can be reserved and paid for on line at

In Closing...

Again, I am truly humbled by your dedication, proud of your work and honored to lead Moreno Valley College each day knowing that I have staff who is inspired and dedicated to positive student outcomes. Thank you for seeing the MVC vision and seeing the value of an education. The dedication of faculty and staff has been the cornerstone in student access, success and equity. Thank you for the work each of you do on daily basis.

Sincerely, Robin Steinback, Ph.D., president, Moreno Valley College

Welcome to the 2019-20 Academic Year!

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

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