By Christian Rosario / Editor-In-Chief
Raritan Valley Community College’s eighth president Michael McDonough started his first day in office on June 2, 2014 with a tour around campus, accompanied by faculty, Courier News reporter Michael Deak and students. The tour lasted from 2-3 pm and introduced McDonough to several busy areas on campus.
The tour started in the Evelyn S. Field Library, where Director Luis Rodriguez lead the group to the Paul Robeson Room and Archive. Rodriguez talked about Robeson’s influence on RVCC and showed mementos of “Somerset County College”, the former name of the school before it served Hunterdon County. The tour then moved to the Planetarium. Amie Gallagher, Planetarium Director, explained the history of the planetarium, showed the parts of the building and emphasized the largeness of outer space through several models of the universe.
Afterward, the tour visited three classrooms in session: Current Moral and Social Issues with Brandyn Heppard, Calculus III with Nick Nikotovic and Anatomy and Physiology I with Marianne Baricevic. McDonough, who is a former English professor, joked about his unwillingness to participate in Nikotovic’s Calculus III class.
The tour then continued to the first floor of the Ray Bateman Center for Student Life and Leadership. McDonough remarked on the beauty of the vegetation wall and club rooms. Russell Barefoot, Director of Student Life, showed the Student Life offices, where the 2014-2015 Student Government greeted McDonough.
The tour ended with Phi Theta Kappa president Salisa Jackson interviewing McDonough. Faculty adjunct Harry Hillard filmed the interview. Footage from the interview and tour will be posted on the RVCC website and social media.
The students who accompanied McDonough were Salisa Jackson, president of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK); Ashley Eddy, vice-president of PTK; Stanely Asiegbulem, Student Assistant; Sophia Dibartolomeo, photographer for The Record; and Christian Rosario, Editor-In-Chief of The Record.
Photos from the tour can be found here.