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Campus Updates - Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Announcing the EMCC Innovation of the Year!

Congratulations to this year’s EMCC Innovation of the Year - The Humannequin Project.  

The Humannequin Project is a powerful teaching and learning experience for students, employees and the campus community. Every spring, faculty members from multiple college disciplines work closely with students to design and alter mannequins to represent a multitude of women’s, gender and social issues. Called humannequins, students explain their visual art by creating accompanying educational posters which are based in analytical research.  The projects are displayed on campus for one week during Women’s History Month. Throughout the week, instructors bring their students to the display for reflection, discussion and written assignments. The Humannequin Project was submitted for Innovation of the Year by:  Erin Blomstrand, English Faculty, Dr. Christina Van Puymbroeck, Psychology Faculty and Dr. Olga Tsoudis, Sociology Faculty.

Every year, the Maricopa Community Colleges and the League for Innovation in the Community College co-sponsor the Innovation of the Year Awards Program to recognize an individual or a team of employees who have designed and implemented a significant innovation that has had a positive impact on the education of students. One innovation is selected from each college, and the District Office. A district-wide innovation is then selected to receive the Dr. Paul M. Pair Innovation of the Year Award, which includes $2,000 to be used to further the winning innovation. The Humannequin Project, along with other District innovations, will be celebrated at the Innovation of the Year Awards Program on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

Fifth Annual Student Conference - Call for Proposals!

On April 27, Estrella Mountain will host the Fifth Annual District-wide Student Conference. The purpose of the conference is to provide students with the experience of presenting their own reserach in a formal conference environment.

The Student Conference is looking for proposals that demonstrate broad themes of research, innovation, or creativity. Presentations can be oral, exhibition, traditional poster session, live performance, or other appropriate formats. Students are required to work with a mentor to submit their proposals for presentation. Please visit the Student Conference website for more information.

Knowledge is Power
Conference Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Application Deadline: April 1

Honors Project Promotes Awareness about Gender Issues

In honor of Women’s History Month, Sociology 212 Honors students created photo essays to promote discussion on contemporary gender issues. Funded by the Honors Program, students photographed a subject with a gender topic in mind and developed an accompanying essay to address the areas of social awareness and social change. The project was designed to advance critical thinking and discussion among students about current gender issues in our society.

On Friday, March 4, participating students were able to attend an opening reception where their work was discussed and celebrated among family, friends and community members.  For most of the students, it was the first time that their work has been on public display. The photos and essays are still currently on display at Fair Trade Cafe and Gallery, located in downtown Phoenix on 1st Ave and Roosevelt. The display will be there until the morning of Sunday, March 27, 2011.

Join Us: Awards for Excellence

On Saturday, April 16, Estrella Mountain, Glendale and Rio Salado Community Colleges, along with the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, are hosting the Fifth Annual Awards for Excellence Gala to raise money for student scholarships.

This year, honorees from Estrella Mountain include:
Outstanding Community Partner - The Hispanic Leadership Forum del Oeste
Outstanding Alumni - Mr. Mark Brown, Police Chief, City of Goodyear
Student Advocate - Ms. Marylyn Bradley, Adjunct Faculty and Advisor for Phi Theta Kappa

The event will be hosted at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park and is open to the public. The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. and includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, sit-down dinner and entertainment. For more information or to buy tickets ($75 per person), contact Carol Stevens at x58050 or purchase online.

Support Student Scholarships

In partnership with the Estrella Rotary Foundation, the College has kicked off the 12th Annual Car Raffle scholarship campaign. Managed by the Estrella Rotary Foundation, this unique project generates close to $75,000 a year towards student scholarships. For more details on how you can support EMCC student scholarships visit: www.driveforsuccess.org

Students Learn About Transfer Opportunities

On Friday, March 4, representatives from Arizona State University (ASU) visited with more than sixty Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students about transfer opportunities to the ASU engineering program.

The evaluation of the session indicated that most students felt that the workshop was helpful in learning more about the ASU transfer process and some students also reported an increased interest in the field. The event helps support the EMCC Science Technology, Engineering Partnerships (STEP) grant. The STEP grant, funded by the National Science Foundation, was awarded to the college in 2007 and allows the college to offer scholarships in the amount of $5,000 per year to students majoring in science, math, or engineering disciplines.

In April, EMCC students will visit the ASU College of Engineering for the opportunity to talk one on one with ASU advisors and students. 

  • Women’s History Month
  • For a complete calendar of events and activities visit: Women’s History Month

  • Leadership Council
  • Strategic Planning
    Retreat - Part I
    Wednesday, March 23
    2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    North Community Room

  • Women's Leadership Luncheon
  • Thursday, March 24
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    North Community Room
    Cost: $5.00 per person
    RSVP to: Nadine Johnson

  • EcoAvenues
  • Saturday, March 26
    9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Image Zone

  • Leadership Council
  • Strategic Planning
    Retreat - Part II
    Wednesday, April 13
    2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    North Community Room