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Campus Updates - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The 2011 Commencement Ceremony

The 2011 EMCC Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Goodyear Ballpark. Chosen by a group of graduating students, this year the celebration theme is: Believe – Achieve – Serve - Lead.

Commencement provides us with the opportunity to honor our students’ achievements and reflect on our work as an educational institution. As planning for this year’s ceremony continues, everyone is encouraged to look for ways to participate and make the celebration even more special for our students. For more information on the 2011 EMCC Commencement Ceremony, please contact Laura Dulgar at 58808.

Announcing the 2011 Woman of Distinction

Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Fujii, Counseling Faculty, who has been chosen as the 2011 EMCC Woman of Distinction. On the submission, her colleagues described Stephanie as “a valued team member who is highly respected for her inclusivity, integrity and creativity."

Stephanie was recognized at the EMCC Women’s Luncheon on March 24, and will also be recognized at a District-wide luncheon on Wednesday, April 6, at Glendale Community College.

Be Sure to Vote!

Estrella Mountain entered the Johnson Control’s Campus Green Scene video contest. By viewing and voting on the EMCC video, you will help bring EMCC that much closer to a chance of winning $5,000 for campus sustainability.  Vote once a day, every day, from now until April 27,  and help EMCC win this great reward. View and Vote online @ www.campusgreenscene.com/videos

High School Future Teachers to Visit EMCC!!

On Tuesday, April 19, over 50 high school students from Buckeye, Estrella Foothills and Agua Fria high schools will visit Estrella Mountain to experience life as an EDU college student. Facilitated by the Future Teachers Club, the high school juniors and seniors visiting that day will:

  • Experience a teaching education classroom
  • Tour the EMCC campus
  • Question a panel of EMCC EDU students
  • Experience a microcosm of college life
  • Get any and all questions about pathways to becoming a teacher answered

If you see them, please  be sure to welcome them as they walk the pathways of teacher education at Estrella Mountain!

Txt a Librarian

Got a quick question for the Library?  You can now text it to us!  To get started, just text emcclib to 66746 and store that number away in your contacts as emcclib. You’ll immediately receive a welcome message back and be set to start texting those questions to 66746.

Txt a Librarian is available Mon–Thu/9 AM–6 PM and Fri/9 AM–2 PM.  If you need help outside these hours, you can stop by, call us at 623-935-8191, or reach a librarian 24/7/365 through our Live Chat service at http://www.estrellamountain.edu/library/ask-librarian

Teacher Education Advisory Board

EMCC is establishing a Teacher Education Advisory Board comprised of EMCC faculty, staff, and administration along with educators in the community representing K-12 school districts, charter schools, universities, AZ Dept. of Education, and the Maricopa District Office. The goals of the Teacher Education Advisory Board are to: 

  • Establish communication among a wide variety of institutions and agencies affecting K-12 education
  • Build stronger partnerships with west valley educators and the community
  • Share opportunities EMCC provides for students and the community
  • Determine educational needs and trends in K-12 and teacher preparation
  • Discuss roles and actions to address needs

The Teacher Education Advisory Board plans to meet every fall and spring. The first meeting is scheduled for April 26, at 4 p.m. in the Mariposa Conference Room. For more information, please contact Deb Raffin (58441) or Pete Turner (58075).

Internship Update

Estrella Mountain has successfully placed four interns in the business community this past month. In addition, there are currently thirty-four students that have expressed an interest in pursuing an internship. If your students have a specific interest in a internship, please have them contact Landis Elliot and she will assist them in finding opportunities that fit their educational and professional goals. 

For more information on the college internship program, or to have a brief five minute presentation made to your class on the importance of internship experience, please contact Landis Elliott, Manager of Internships at (58220).

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.

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 (58050).

Car Raffle Generates 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 participate visit: www.driveforsuccess.org

Calling all Golfers

On April 23, Estrella Mountain Community College, in partnership with the Hispanic Leadership Forum del Oeste, will co-host a Scholarship Golf Tournament at the beautiful Wigwam Resort. Individual tickets are $125, with foursomes ranging from $500 - $2,000. To sign up to play, please contact Carol Stevens at (58050).

  • It’s Assessment Week!
  • 15 Minutes of
    Assessment Fame
    Wednesday, April 6
    1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Center for Teaching
    and Learning
    Snacks will be provided

    Communication Assessment Results and Discussion
    Thursday, April 7
    2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Center for Teaching
    and Learning
    Includes ice cream
    and toppings!

  • Health Risk Assessments
  • Friday April 8  
    7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    South Community Room
    Call (58400) to make
    your appointment

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