Norco College Commencement 2013 Faculty Speaker: Dr. Alexis Gray, Associate Professor, Anthropology

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Associate Professor, Anthropology

Dr. Alexis Gray attended Santa Monica College and Cal State LA where she earned her B.A. in Anthropology. She continued on to Cal State Fullerton where she earned her M.A. in Anthropology. At UCR, she completed the requirements for a second Master's degree and completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2006. Alexis has won "Teacher of the Year" at Norco twice, and she was the Distinguished Faculty lecturer for 2013.

Dr. Gray began teaching at Cal State Fullerton shortly after starting there as a graduate student when she was twenty-four years old. She also taught part-time at Cerritos College, Rancho Santiago College, Mt San Jacinto College, UCR, and Cal Poly Pomona but found her niche at Norco in 2000. In 2006, she was hired as a full-time professor at Norco College. She often laughingly tells her colleagues at other institutions that she has the best students anywhere and that she should know as she has taught everywhere.

In addition to her teaching, Dr. Gray has been a forensic anthropologist for over ten years. She consults for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's department on matters of skeletal, decomposed or traumatic accident victims. In both of her occupations, she is passionate about what she does; she enjoys teaching the future generations to become well informed members of society, equally so she is dedicated to identifying the unidentified and discovering what has happened to the deceased so their loved ones can find closure. To this end, Alexis participated in the San Bernardino County DNA recovery project, attempting to connect "cold" cases with current technology. She has also consulted for the television show "Bones."

Alexis lives with her husband, her son, her nephew and a host of animals in an historic home they restore on weekends. Her son and nephew will both begin Norco College in the Fall.