Alumni Stories

Shanice EdwardsShanice Edwards is one of a select group of RCC students to be accepted into the Community Scholars program, which offers financial aid, in-depth counseling, and priority registration.
 
Only 10 students a year are chosen for the program based on their academic achievement and community involvement in high school. Students who complete the program are guaranteed admission to LaSierra University, Cal Baptist University or the University of Redlands. 

Priority registration allowed Shanice to graduate in two years. “Priority registration made it so that I did not have this extra stress, since college and life are stressful enough,” Shanice said.
 
Community Scholars must meet with their counselors every semester to make sure they are on track. Her counselor, Jeff Townsell, made sure she completed all the classes necessary to transfer.  

Shanice said the financial aid helped pay for books and supplies and also came in handy when she had car issues.
 
Shanice Edwards
Riverside City College Alumni
Class of 2013

 

"I am thankful that RCC changed their class structure as the times changed. As a single parent, I began with one "telecourse" class a semester, so i didn't have to be away from my son except for once a month. Later, I took online courses, weekend courses, 9 week courses, and regular courses. I appreciate the versatility that RCC offered. At first, I was just going to take a class here or there, then I decided to matriculate and obtain a certificate. Then I realized I could actually obtain an Associates Degree. I'm proud to be an alumni of RCC. I recently attended the RCC Centennial Celebration. It was fun. Thank you."

Shelly Tamiso
Riverside City College Alumni
Class of 2005

Dillin AlexanderLife has not been easy for 22-year-old, Dillin Alexander, but he learned to make the best of it by continuing his education while working two jobs.
 
Alexander grew up in poverty and often moved from place to place, forcing him to attend three different high schools.  In 2009, he graduated from Norte Vista High School and enrolled at Riverside City College.  He struggled with transportation and academics the first couple of years and was placed on academic probation.  He turned it around and went from a 2.0 GPA to a 3.4 GPA and a full ride to a California State University.
 
“It was difficult to continue my education because I was a student who always needed to work to help support my family,” Alexander said. “It became difficult to work two jobs and attend school full time.”
 
He says he almost gave up on college, but returned to RCC and met counselor Garth Schultz and Kheesha Slaughter from the Transfer Center.  “They provided the inspiration and guidance that I needed to continue with my studies,” he said.  “RCC put me on the path to success.”
 
Alexander is graduating with an associate of arts degree in Information Systems and will be transferring to the Scholarship for Service program at Cal State San Bernardino. He plans to major in Administration with a concentration in Cyber Security.  In summer 2015, Alexander will be traveling to Washington, DC, on a paid internship and will work in the Cyber Security department for the federal government.
 
“My career goal is to become a great Cyber Security professional and work for Department of Homeland Security or the National Security Agency, and eventually help change the world of information technology.”

Dillin Alexander
Riverside City College Alumni
Class of 2014

Mike-Barnes.jpg"I came to RCC in August of 1965. During my first academic year, I was not eligible to play on the basketball team, because I was from out of state. In those days, community colleges encouraged local athletes to participate. After I year, I became eligible to play basketball. My first year at RCC was Coach Tarkanian’s last year at RCC. He left RCC and took the same position at Pasadena City College. I watched several of their games, and I went to Bakersfield for the state championship. 

Coach never knew who I was, because I was not eligible. In the fall of ’66, I went down to Wheelock Gym in the morning and introduced myself to Coach Mulligan. I told him that I had been in school last year and that I had played high school basketball in Indiana. I told him that I loved to play, and that I had requested my high school coach Mark Hammel to write him a letter about my having played for him. 

I went to try-outs that afternoon in Huntley Gym. Wheelock was undergoing construction. I was the last person added to a team, and we scrimmaged for about an hour and a half. Coach let about 15 guys go in, and for the last half hour of practice the rest of us continued to scrimmage. I learned, later, those 15 guys had been playing summer league basketball for Coach Mulligan. With that knowledge, I thought Coach already had selected his team. 

I was leaving the gym, and I was not planning on going back, when I heard Coach Mulligan say, “Hey Barnes come here”. When I approached him he said this to me, “We can use you”. Obviously I didn’t quit, because I became the starting point guard for the next two years. 

After I finished playing at RCC, I received a basketball scholarship to UC Irvine. My wife, Becky, and I went back home to Indiana for a short vacation before we moved into married student housing at Irvine. I saw my old high school basketball coach. Coach Hammel told me this story. I don’t know when Coach Mulligan wrote the letter, but he wrote Coach Hammel and he said, “Send me all the Mike Barnes’s you’ve got”. 

I never knew Coach Mulligan had written to my high school basketball coach. I never talked with Coach Mulligan about that letter, but I was really grateful that he said what he said. Coach Mulligan made a huge difference in the rest of my life. He was the best coach that I ever played for. I learned an incredible amount of basketball, and I applied a lot of what he taught me.  Finally, in every job I ever applied for, he was instrumental in my being hired. 

I apologize for rambling on, but this college and Coach Mulligan gave me opportunities I never had out of high school. I was the first and only member of my family to go to college and graduate. I remember everything that I just told you like it was yesterday."

Mike (Coach) Barnes
Riverside City College Alumni and Faculty Member


Rizo.jpg"I went to school at RCC in 1989 - 1990 taking general education as well as Film and TV from Bud Tedesco. Little did I know how my life would change. I had always dreamed of working in Hollywood, and at one point had made up my mind to become an intern at whatever company would have me in the LA area. One such company was Red Car Music video (no longer in business). Before my interview for intern position I spoke with Bud Tedesco about using him as a reference and he agreed.
 
Needless to say that I got the intern position, my first music video that I worked on and had gotten paid was for Aretha Franklin! Among many others later while working for Red Car Music Video. All of this while I was still active duty in the Air Force at Norton AFB where I was employed as a jet engine mechanic on the C-141 Starlifter.
 
After my four stints in the AF I went on to continue to work at Red Car MV and commercial division as a production assistant. I was however; freelance and so I went from one project to another as many other people in the industry had done. I began working for various music video and commercial production houses around LA. There was a loyalty I had to Bud even to this day. However, I went out of my way to always ask the company I worked for if they wanted a source of new recruits of PA's I always gave them Bud's number. The three companies I remember that utilized students from RCC were Red Car MV, The Oil Factory, and Gun For Hire. In fact I remember meeting at least three of them on various jobs we had worked on. In fact Zenta Kronitis had become an operations manager for a prominent postproduction facility in Santa Monica. She too had been one of Bud Tedesco’s students.
 
While in Hollywood, I had changed jobs in the Air Force Reserve to become a Combat Videographer with the 4th Combat Camera Squadron where I was then deployed all over the world utilizing the skills I had learned at FTV. I did this for 16 years and then Hollywood took a nosedive in 2000 with a proposed writers’ strike, and I soon found myself out of work. While searching for a job I stumbled across an online ad for a job here at RCC as a multimedia artist. To say the least I was able to procure the position in 2001. Then in 2004/2005 I was deployed to Iraq for 3 and half months. I came back to a hero's welcome from my department as well as from FTV, they did a special interview with my for their program Inland Valley news and asked about my exploits with the military etc. I soon found myself as superintendent of the video section in my squadron. This is when I had the opportunity to give back once more. I called Bud and asked if he could talk to the troops. He said yes of course, and then one Saturday he came out and spoke to my video troops about editing, shooting and any other questions. It was a fun day, we took him to the chow hall for lunch and he had fond memories he shared with us while he was in the military. In fact one of our troops Joe Penarada started taking classes at FTV not long after, this of course helped him in his job as a combat videographer at 4th Combat Camera and you could tell.
 
Before retiring from 4th combat camera, every time I returned from a mission where I was the editor. I would take a copy of our finished DVD and put it in Bud's mailbox for him to grade. I never could get an A from him except for one mission in particular. This was for U.S. and Tunisian Military Personnel Prepare for Exercise Medlite 2011. This was a very unique mission for me as I was a senior NCO and in charge of the overall production including the final edit. What was truly remarkable about this was the fact that we not only had interviews in English, but also French and Arabic. This was the only military DVD that Bud ever gave me an A on."
 
Anthony (Tony) Rizo
Riverside City College Alumni
Class of 1990
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