Riverside City College and ATHENA of Riverside to Unveil New Wall of Honor


RIVERSIDE—Past recipients, local dignitaries, college representatives, and students will gather at Riverside City College at 4 pm on March 2 for the unveiling of the newly installed ATHENA of Riverside “Wall of Honor” in the Digital Library/Learning Resource Center – 2nd floor. The event celebrates a new partnership between RCC and ATHENA—one designed not only to provide a home for recognition of ATHENA recipients, but also to expand the dialogue on women and leadership in society.

RCC Acting President Tom Harris said the College is looking forward to welcoming ATHENA recipients to the campus.

“Riverside is fortunate to have a number of strong women leaders involved in every facet of the community,” Harris said, noting that several past recipients are RCC alumnae or once taught or worked at the College. “It is critical that we showcase these women as examples for our students and future generations. I am thrilled that RCC will serve as home base for this recognition.”

ATHENA of Riverside (formerly ATHENA of the Inland Valleys) seeks to provide local opportunities for young women to develop leadership skills. A number of civic and business leaders carry the ATHENA appellation, including Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce CEO Cindy Roth, prominent Attorney and RCCD Trustee Virginia Blumenthal, and civic leader and philanthropist Debbi Huffman Guthrie.

“I am excited to know that the ATHENA Wall of Honor will have a permanent home,” Guthrie said. “ATHENA is a great organization that not only recognizes outstanding women leaders, who excel in their careers, have a proven track record of giving back to the community and mentoring women, but also identifies outstanding students in the area and funds scholarships to the school of their choice.”

During the event, commemorative photo plaques of the 37 previous ATHENA recipients will be unveiled as part of the newly designed Wall of Honor. Following the ceremony, ATHENA International Founder Martha Mayhood Mertz will give a special lecture entitled the “Evolution of ATHENA” in the Digital Library Auditorium.

At the conclusion of the lecture, ATHENA of Riverside will announce its 2011 ATHENA recipient, who will be honored at the annual ATHENA luncheon on May 18.

The March 2 events at RCC are free and open to the public. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and talk with Mertz at a post-lecture reception.

ATHENA International is a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop, and honor women leaders, inspire women to reach their full potential, and create balance in leadership worldwide. Discussions are taking place about developing an annual lecture series at RCC focused on women’s leadership issues.

Riverside City College is the Inland Empire’s largest public higher education institution and is part of the Riverside Community College District. Each semester, over 20,000 students attend classes at RCC, which offers more than 60 associate’s degree, career technical, and transfer programs.