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Centennial Oral History Project
SDCC History and Political Science Department
Gerardo Scappaticci, Faculty
Professor of Physics &
Astronomy
Created by James Markiewcz
A bit of background
• Born in Chicago, Illinois in
the 1960s
• Son of poor Italian
immigrants
• Got his doctorate in 1992
from University of Illinois
• Enjoys growing fruit trees
in his spare time
Photos taken by James Markiewcz
• Teaches all levels of
Physics and Astronomy
including:
–Descriptive Astronomy
with a Lab
–Engineering grade
Physics
–Descriptive Physics for
non-science majors
The New Science Building In Danger
• Funding was cut for new science
building during construction
• Features desired and needed by
department were to be scrapped
• Professor Scappaticci and the
department fought hard to make
sure they got a proper building
Getting Back on Track
• With the support of the heads of the school
funding was successfully restored
• The new S building was completed with all
features intact
• Chief of which is the Planetarium found on
the 3rd floor
• City college is now the only school in the district
with such a piece of technology
The New Building
The new building as seen from B street

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Gerardo Scappaticci

  • 1. Centennial Oral History Project SDCC History and Political Science Department Gerardo Scappaticci, Faculty Professor of Physics & Astronomy Created by James Markiewcz
  • 2. A bit of background • Born in Chicago, Illinois in the 1960s • Son of poor Italian immigrants • Got his doctorate in 1992 from University of Illinois • Enjoys growing fruit trees in his spare time Photos taken by James Markiewcz
  • 3. • Teaches all levels of Physics and Astronomy including: –Descriptive Astronomy with a Lab –Engineering grade Physics –Descriptive Physics for non-science majors
  • 4. The New Science Building In Danger • Funding was cut for new science building during construction • Features desired and needed by department were to be scrapped • Professor Scappaticci and the department fought hard to make sure they got a proper building
  • 5. Getting Back on Track • With the support of the heads of the school funding was successfully restored • The new S building was completed with all features intact • Chief of which is the Planetarium found on the 3rd floor • City college is now the only school in the district with such a piece of technology
  • 6. The New Building The new building as seen from B street
  • 7. The Planetarium Being able to keep the planetarium was a huge victory. Now students can learn about the cosmos in a new, spectacular and interactive way.
  • 8. Awesome Sun Dial Outside the new S building, you can find a sun dial. This, in addition to the planetarium was a contribution of Professor Scappaticci.
  • 9. Centennial Oral History Project SDCC History and Political Science Department Centennial Oral History Project is available online: City College LRC/Library - LRC Archives Webpage