Wednesday, February 27, 2013

FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873

Citrus College Faculty Member Honored by Glendora Unified School District
By Stacy Armstrong

Citrus College Physics Instructor Lucia Riderer was honored during a recent meeting of the Glendora Unified School District Board of Education.

Riderer was recognized because of her exceptional outreach to the district’s students.  She was presented with a certificate acknowledging the educational workshops she has helped organize for Glendora’s elementary and middle school Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program students.

“I was extremely honored to receive this recognition,” Riderer said.  “It inspires me to continue the work we have begun.”

Over the past three years, Riderer has helped coordinate two specific workshops for the community.  The first, a weekend event entitled “Adventures in Mathematics,” gives female STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) majors from Citrus College the unique opportunity to act as mentors for elementary and middle school girls.  It is sponsored by the Tensor Foundation, working through the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and hosted at Citrus College.

The second workshop, which is sponsored by the Engineering Information Foundation and entitled “Adventures in Engineering,” also involves female STEM students from Citrus College mentoring young girls.  As part of the workshop, elementary and middle school students who are part of Glendora’s GATE Program spend a half day at Citrus College participating in hands-on learning activities.  An example of one of the activities was the building and launching of small Estes rockets.

Riderer says her ultimate goal is to support and inspire students.

“I want to increase awareness of science, mathematics and engineering,” she said.  “I am looking forward to future outreach workshops where the Citrus College students and I will go out into our communities and spread enthusiasm for STEM education.”

Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College, believes that Riderer has been instrumental in making Citrus College’s STEM Program so successful.

“The science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields have become increasingly central to our nation’s competitiveness and economic growth,” Dr. Perri said.  “Lucia has not only encouraged many Citrus College students to consider pursuing careers in these significant areas, but she has also planted the seeds of interest in many young minds throughout our local communities.”

Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, especially appreciates Riderer’s community outreach efforts.

“The fact that Lucia provides unique educational opportunities for students of all ages throughout the Citrus Community College District reflects her passion for the STEM fields, as well as her desire to change the lives of others,” she said.   “Lucia definitely deserves this Glendora Unified School District honor.   The Citrus College community is proud of her many accomplishments.”




FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873