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Arts, Humanities & World Languages

The Arts, Humanities, and World Languages Department at Norco College is home to the following disciplines:

Art Commercial Music French Humanities Japanese
Music Philosophy Photography Spanish Theater

 

Faculty

Quinton Bemiller Quinton P. Bemiller, M.F.A. | Department Co-Chair
Assistant Professor, Art
(951) 738-7704 | ST 111 | Email | Website

Quinton Bemiller is a lifelong artist, whose paintings have been exhibited nationally at galleries and museums. He is Director of the Norco College Art Gallery and has many years of experience working in professional gallery settings. He began his college teaching career in 2007 and enjoys teaching both Studio Art courses and Art History courses. His areas of expertise are in Painting, Drawing, Design/Color Theory, Modern & Contemporary Art History and Art Theory. Quinton Bemiller earned an M.F.A. at Claremont Graduate University, a B.F.A. at College of Art & Design, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (formerly The Art Institute of Boston) and an A.A. at Pasadena City College. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Community College Leadership at California State University, San Bernardino.
Kim Kamerin Kim Kamerin, M.A. | Department Co-Chair
Assistant Professor, Music
(951) 738-7703 | THTR 207 | Email

Professor Kim Kamerin is an award winning educator and twenty-year veteran of the music classroom. His teaching experience ranges from middle school and high school to four-year university, and he has taught with distinction across much of the college music curriculum including Commercial Music. Professor Kamerin is a certified Pro Tools Expert, and is a highly qualified recording engineer. He is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers), and is a voting member of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). A professional musician for nearly thirty years, Professor Kamerin brings a wealth of practical experience and teaching expertise to the classroom.
aracelli Covarrubias

Araceli Covarrubias, M.A.

Assistant Professor, Spanish
(951) 738-7752 | LIBR 125 | Email

Covarrubias is a Spanish professor. She earned an associate of art degree from Santa Ana College, a baccalaureate and master’s degree in Spanish from California State University, Long Beach.  Prior to teaching Spanish, Covarrubias taught ESL for Santa Ana College’s non-credit adult program. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and three children. ​

Dominique Hitchcock Dominique Hitchcock, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish and French
(951) 372-7066 | LIBR 114D | Email | Website


Dr. Dominique Hitchcock was born in the south of France and received her education from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV, with majors in French Literature and Spanish Linguistics. She earned her doctorate in Spanish Linguistics in 1992. Her research focused on literary translation and Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges.

After moving to the US in 1984, she first taught languages in high school and later became an assistant professor of Spanish at CSUSB (1992-1996). She joined RCCD first at Riverside City College (1996) and has been at Norco College since 2005. Languages and linguistics are a life-long passion that she feels privileged to share with her students.
brady kerr

Brady Kerr, A.A.
Instructor, Music Industry Studies
(951) 372-7068 | ATEC 214 | Email

Brady Kerr is a Music Industry Studies instructor. He has been teaching at Norco College for seven years and working at the college since 1999. He is a Grammy nominated educator, certified pro tools expert, and voting member of the Recor​ding Academy.
Jose Sentmanat

Jose Sentmanat, M.A., J.D.
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
(951) 738-7732 | LIBR-129 | Email

​Upon completion of his military service after graduating high school, José earned his B.A. in philosophy from Florida International University in Miami, Florida, in 1991. He then completed an M.A. degree, also in philosophy, from the University of California at Riverside in 1993. After graduate school, he and his wife moved to Madison, Wisconsin. While his wife completed her law degree, José worked as a union organizer for the Teaching Assistants’ Association, AFT Local 3220, from 1998 to 2001. He also served as an alderperson on the Madison City Council from 1999 to 2001. In the fall of 2001, José enrolled in the University of Wisconsin Law School, graduating with his J.D. in 2004. As a lawyer in Wisconsin he served as an Assistant State Public Defender, after which he worked in local government in Dane County, Wisconsin, from 2007‐2009, where he helped implement much‐needed reforms in the county criminal justice system.

While finding his work in the legal field and in politics interesting and rewarding, José’s true passions have always been philosophy, and teaching philosophy at the college level. So in 2010, after he and his wife moved back to California, José went to work as a part‐time faculty member in the Riverside Community College District, eventually teaching philosophy courses at all three colleges in the district, including Norco College. He is very excited to now be teaching at Norco College as a full‐time faculty member. José’s interests (besides philosophy) include poetry, reading good books (his favorite authors include the Brontës, Jane Austen, Margaret Atwood, Kurt Vonnegut, Albert Camus, and George Orwell, to name only a few), backyard astronomy, classical music, watching French New Wave movies, jogging, hiking, traveling, and watching soccer—lots of soccer. Most of all, he strives to live the examined life, although with varying degrees of success.

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Walter Stevens, M.F.A.
Professor of Theater Arts
(951) 372-7025 | HUM 106B | Email


Walter “Buck” Stevens is Professor of Theatre Arts at Norco College in California, and has been at the college for 18 years.

As Director of the Norco Theatre Conservatory (NTC), based at the college, Steven’s created a program with a focus on training and preparing young theatre artists in the practical aspects of mounting fully staged productions, rehearsal and performance, and subsequent success in the industry. Mr. Stevens has directed numerous productions, ranging from Shakespeare to classic Americana and Musical Theatre, and has also lead several Study Abroad programs to Oxford, England and Salamanca, Spain. In addition, he is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, the Board of Directors for the Dana Point Theatre Company, and has directed and performed in many productions throughout Southern California. A portion of each year Mr. Stevens resides in the city of Bilbao, in the Basque Country of northern Spain, where he enjoys, among other things, research on the topic of Transcultural Performance and Prehistory, and regularly participates in the annual “Festival de Teatro y de las Artes de la Calle.”

As a trained actor Stevens has appeared both artistically and professionally onstage and in front of the camera in numerous productions and venues. In addition, his frequent collaboration as producer and director on various projects has won critical acclaim on several occasions, and his highly skilled abilities and approach as an acting coach have been invaluable to many of his former students and trainees.

Mr. Stevens’ specialties include actor training (acting technique, voice, speech and movement), casting, and production. Additionally, he specializes in performance techniques, Shakespeare, and theatre history and criticism.

Mr. Stevens holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees, both in Drama, from the University of California, Irvine.

For any questions, problems, or concerns, please contact the department chair.