Rochester Community and Technical College

Founder's Day


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Founder's Day

Leslie McClellonJoin us at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2015, in the Regional Sports Center for a Founder's Day Program and Installation of Leslie R. McClellon as President of Rochester Community and Technical College.

Rochester Community and Technical College is proud to mark 100 years of providing education excellence to southern Minnesota. Our College was founded on a motion by Dr. Charles Mayo on August 23, 1915, and classes officially began on September 14, 1915 in the old Coffman Building in downtown Rochester. This celebration commemorates the start of those first classes and the establishment of the first junior college in Minnesota, not to mention being one of the oldest in the nation.

With 100 years of history, Rochester Community and Technical College has touched the lives of tens of thousands of individuals living in Rochester and surrounding communities, as well as throughout the world. RCTC's Centennial Celebration is about celebrating the generations of students, faculty, and staff; their experiences; and the events that have shaped their lives.

The Founder’s Day Program is one of the highlights of the Centennial celebration and will provide us with an opportunity to commemorate the College’s rich history and promising future as we honor the bold visionaries who dared to dream of higher education in Rochester, Minnesota.

Come to the event to view an historical skit, speakers, and music from Henry Butler.

henry butlerOnce you’ve heard what bluesman Henry Butler’s hands can create on those ivories, there’s no going back. Those hands boogie that keyboard like no one else’s. Throw in a classically trained voice aching us through the blues, and you’re someplace you have never been before and would give anything to return to, again and again.

A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues, and R&B, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace. Blinded by glaucoma at birth, Butler has been playing the piano since he was six years old, and arranging, composing, and performing professionally since he was twelve.

Reception immediately following program.

This event is free and open to the public.

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