Rio Hondo College

  • Rio Hondo College President Teresa Dreyfuss to Be Honored as 2019 Distinguished Woman of the Year

    Rio Hondo College Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss has been named a 2019 Distinguished Woman of the Year for the 57th Assembly District in recognition of her contributions to the community. Assembly Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon, who represents the 57th District, will honor Dreyfuss and nine additional distinguished women at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at The Clarke Estate, 10211 Pioneer Blvd., Santa Fe Springs. Dreyfuss, who retires on June 30, has served Rio Hondo College in multiple capacities for more than 30 years. During her service, she helmed a $250 million construction program that remade the aging hilltop campus into a modern institution, as well as establishing three regional education centers to serve students close to their homes. Dreyfuss has been praised for guarding Rio Hondo College’s finances through the Great Recession and increasing student graduation, completion and transfer rates during her tenure as superintendent/president.

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  • Rio Hondo College Anticipates 700 for 7th Annual ‘A Taste of Rio’

    More than 700 guests are expected to sample artisan cuisine, fine wine and craft beer during the Rio Hondo Foundation’s seventh annual “A Taste of Rio” event at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26 at the College, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. The event, which supports Rio Hondo student programs and scholarships, will feature more than two dozen local restaurants, music and over 100 opportunity drawings.

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  • Rio Hondo College Student Trustee Uses State of the Union Visit to Advocate on Behalf of Undocumented Students

    Rio Hondo College Student Trustee Diana Laureano attended President Trump’s State of the Union speech on Feb. 5 as a guest of U.S. Rep. Linda Sánchez, using the opportunity to continue her advocacy on behalf of her fellow undocumented community members. Laureano, who is studying philosophy and political science and is part of the Rio Hondo College Pathway to Law School program, said she considers it her mission to ensure undocumented residents are seen and heard.

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‘Taste of Rio’ Serves Up Charity and Entertainment for Scholarships

Follow-up Story: Follow-up Story: A festive evening of delicious food, wine tasting, silent auction and drawings were in store for the Rio Hondo College Foundation’s “Taste of Rio” event on Friday, May 2. The “Taste of Rio” featured tastings from 17 local eateries that ranged from the savory to the sweet. All proceeds are going toward student scholarships and programs. Photos are available. Media contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)

RHC Students to Show Work at Prestigious Ceramics Exhibit

Five art students from Rio Hondo College will be showing and selling their work at the annual “ 2014” exhibition at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) in Pomona from Saturday, April 12 through Tuesday, June 1. Art Vasquez, Alexandro Vergara, Jared Chavez, Carol Sun and Danielle Cansino will showcase and sell their art pieces at the exhibit, which is designed to underscore the importance of college-level ceramics program. This is the first time that all Rio Hondo Students who applied for the show received acceptance. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)

‘Writes of Spring’ to Welcome Best-Selling Author Gustavo Arellano

Nationally syndicated columnist and best-selling author Gustavo Arellano will headline this year’s “Writes of Spring” festival at Rio Hondo College, an event that celebrates the written word while allowing students to interact with professional writers and entertainers. “Writes of Spring,” which takes place Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24 at the Rio Hondo College Wray Theatre, will feature student and staff work that range from poetry and short stories to monologues and one-act plays. Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly whose famous “¡Ask a Mexican!” column spurred a successful literary career that includes three books and several writing awards, will give his presentation at 9:40 a.m. on April 23. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)

Rio Hondo Professor Presents at International Literature Conference

Follow-up Story: Follow-up story: Renowned poet and Rio Hondo College Spanish professor Mariano Zaro was among an elite group of writers, poets and literary professionals selected to host sessions at the XIII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica conference in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia March 12-14. The Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica (International Congress of Hispanic Literature) is a gathering of authors, professors and others interested in literature in Spanish, who exchange ideas and discuss new literary movements and theories. Photos are available. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)

Award-winning Vocal Ensemble Project ERANOS Performs “American Spring” at Rio Hondo

Rio Hondo College’s Division of Arts and Cultural Programs presents project ERANOS in concert at the Wray Theater at Rio Hondo College. The concert, directed by Ann Gresham with accompaniment by pianist Kyounghee Kim, will take place on Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wray Theater. The concert features the music of American composers ranging from Charles Ives and Aaron Copland to Billy Joel, performed by advanced students in the Rio Hondo Music Department. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)

Rio Hondo College and Metro Join to Host Artist Exhibition Feb. 3-28

Working in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Rio Hondo College is hosting “Transitway,” an exhibition featuring the work of four Los Angeles-based artists. The artists, who were commissioned for the Metro El Monte Station, will showcase 16 new and original works from Feb. 3-28 at the Campus Inn Theater. An opening reception and artists panel discussion is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office)

Rio Hondo Students to Lobby Legislators in Sacramento

Three Rio Hondo College students will participate in the annual “March In March” in Sacramento, where they will have an opportunity to lobby legislators. This year, the theme for the event will be “Classroom to Capitol” and is scheduled for Monday, March 3. The event is designed to unify all students from the California Community College system and promises to give students the tools they need to mobilize and make a difference through the Legislature. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)

Fourth Annual Forensics Showcase to Focus on Student Success

Rio Hondo College's Fourth Annual Forensics Showcase, “Beyond De’Bate Cave,” a clever title highlighting student success in debate and beyond, is scheduled for Thursday, March 6 from 7-9 p.m. at the Wray Theatre. The showcase will feature performances by Forensics and Debate students and a panel discussion moderated by a special “surprise” guest. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)

Emmy-Nominated News Anchor to Offer Keynote for Women’s History Conference at Rio Hondo

To kick off Women's History Month, Rio Hondo will be hosting its annual Women's History Conference with a keynote by Telemundo news anchor Dunia Elvir. Elvir was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Best Investigative Report in Los Angeles in 2001 and has won several local and international awards for her contributions to journalism. The conference, themed “Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility,” is a joint venture with the Whittier Union High School District and Soroptomist International of Whittier and will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 7 at the Rio Hondo College Wray Theatre. About 300 students and visitors are anticipated to attend. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office) or 626-383-6367 (cell)

Regional Counselor Breakfast to Focus on Rio Hondo’s Innovative Student Success Programs

Rio Hondo will host its first-ever Regional High School Counselor Breakfast for approximately 100 counselors from 25 local high schools from 8 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21. In addition to touring new state-of-the-art buildings on campus, including the Freshman Success Center and PE Complex, counselors will also hear about the Associate Degree with a Guarantee for transfer program, the Student Success Initiative and other programs that create a pipeline for local graduates toward college completion. Contact: Christina Esparza, 909-445-1001 (office)