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RCC to celebrate 50 years with open house

RCC to celebrate 50 years with open house

On January 9, 1970, the local board of the newly formed Rappahannock Community College met for the first time to chart the future course of the only institution for higher education in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

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RCC to celebrate 50 years with open houseGLOUCESTER—Rappahannock Community College recently announced 50th anniversary celebrations across the service region.

On January 9, 1970, the local board of the newly formed Rappahannock Community College met for the first time to chart the future course of the only institution for higher education in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. In 2020, RCC will commemorate this meeting with events celebrating the past, present and future of the college, reported director of communications Jeff Macharyas.

A ceremony acknowledging this first board meeting will take place in Urbanna in the morning, said Macharyas. In the afternoon there will be campuswide celebrations.

From 1-4 p.m. January 11, the community is invited to an open house celebration at the Glenns Campus, 12745 College Drive, Glenns. Festivities will begin with a short program at 1:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be the Hon. R. Michael “Mike” McKenney, a 1982 graduate of RCC. Faculty, staff, past presidents and alumni will be recognized.

A free trolley will leave from the Warsaw campus at noon and 1 p.m. to take people to the Glenns campus on a first-come, first-served basis, with return trips leaving Glenns at 3 and 4 p.m.

Tours of the Glenns campus will include interactive demonstrations and exhibits and presentations conducted by RCC faculty. Nursing simulations and history re-enactments are a few of the day’s events. Other highlights will include a scavenger hunt with the grand prize of a scholarship donated by RCC’s Educational Foundation.

Novelist Brad Parks will present “The Education of a Writer” at 3 p.m. in the RCC Lecture Hall. He will meet with fans and sign books from 3:45- 5 p.m. in the RCC library.