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Campus Updates - Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
EMCC in Top Ten Percent

Congratulations to all EMCC faculty and staff. The Aspen Institute has listed Estrella Mountain Community College among 120 community colleges eligible to compete for its first $1-million prize to reward excellence at two-year institutions. The colleges chosen represent the top 10 percent in the country. The purpose of the prize is to recognize community colleges with outstanding academic and work-force outcomes.  The colleges chosen have demonstrated high standards in learning and college completion and have established that they are training grounds for jobs that pay competitive wages. Estrella Mountain was the only Maricopa Community College to be recognized by the Aspen Institute.

Click here for more information about the Aspen program: 

Division Chair Election

Congratulations to the following faculty members who have been elected to serve as Division Chairpersons. 

Division of Arts and Composition              Kathleen Iudicello, Ph.D.
Division of Modern Languages                  Larry Pesta, D.R.S.

Per the College Plan, their two year term will begin immediately after the last day of the Spring 2011 Semester. Elections were held per the College Plan. 

Student Government Election

Estrella Mountain is proud to introduce the newly elected 2011-2012 EMCC Student Government Officers.

Student Government Officers:
Kodiak Darling: President
Brandon Wiseman: Vice President
Micah Feldkamp: Marketing
Derick Boerner: Leadership Council Represenative

Student Government Officers were elected by the Inter-Club Council and will serve for one year. The purpose of the EMCC Student Government is to promote and maintain, with the cooperation of the administration and faculty, a democratic community life that meets the intellectual, moral, physical, and social needs of the student body, while fostering the rights and privileges of all students.

Adjunct - Best Practices

Estrella Mountain was  honored at the  April Adjunct Faculty Association Annual Conference by receiving a Best Practices Award for our Adjunct Faculty Professional Learning Community and Workshops.

In 2010, the Adjunct Professional Learning Community (PLC) wrote a white paper recommending comprehensive professional development for adjunct faculty. In the fall of last year, residential faculty were surveyed across all the divisions to determine the topics on which they thought adjuncts should receive training. Workshops offered this spring were developed as a direct result of the PLC and residential faculty recommendations. Topics covered in the workshops included: assessment, active learning techniques and dealing with classroom challenges.

National Nurse’s Week and Pinning Ceremony

National Nurse’s Week is celebrated annually from May 6th, also known as National Nurse’s Day, through May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. National Nurse’s Week is one of the nation’s largest health care events, recognizing the contributions and commitments nurses make and educating the public about the significant work they perform. 

 Estrella Mountain’s nursing program began in Fall 2006 and currently has graduated 235 registered nurses. The program also boasts graduating 585 Practical Nurses since 2003 and 1085 Nursing Assistants since 2001.

Tonight at 4:30 p.m., EMCC will “pin” 35 nursing graduates of the Maricopa Community College District Nursing Program (MCCDNP) at Tolleson High School. They will formally graduate with an associate degree in nursing from the college two days later. Nursing Pinning ceremonies are a tradition that dates back to Florence Nightingale and signify entry into the profession. The pin is often worn by a registered nurse on the nursing uniform in the healthcare setting. On Wednesday, students will receive their pin from the MCCDNP at Estrella. The ceremony is closed with the “lighting of the Nightingale lamp” an event that symbolizes the willingness of the nurse to care for others. Congratulations to these graduates who are the future of healthcare and now are prepared to bolster the nursing workforce in our West Valley communities.

Assessment Happens

Save the date for Fall 2011 Assessment Happens!  Assessment of student learning is all about making evidence-based decisions to improve our student’s learning, essential in our journey to becoming a Learning College.

Be sure to mark you calendar for Tuesday, August 16, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., when the EMCC SAAC Coordinators:

  • Update you on the most recent assessment activities and data across the college
  • Let you know where we’re going and how you can help the college get there
  • Give faculty a chance to plan for the coming semester’s assessments
  • Give away a free food!
Opportunity for Students

The Spanish Medical Interpreter Program at the SouthWest Skill Center recently obtained an articulation agreement. Completers of the program will be eligible to receive up to 12 credit hours, as the program has equivalency to 4 district courses. Class hours will be increased to 90 hours from 60, while the externship will remain at 80 hours. This agreement opens pathways for students to advance their education and creates additional incentives for students to move forward in their careers. The program has also been recognized by the International Medical Interpreters Association as the only approved training site in the State of Arizona, which will allow completers to meet pre requisites for the national certification. 

Nursing Team Completes Training

Congratulations to the EMCC and SWSC nursing team for completing specialized training in “simulation” through the Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC) of the National League for Nursing. This specialized training provided the nursing team with an online environment, where they were able to learn how to develop and integrate simulation into their curriculum.  The Estrella Mountain associate degree nursing program, and the nursing assistant and practical nurse programs in the SWSC had the most completions in this training, when compared to the other MCCCD programs. 

Special thanks to John Witwer, Lab Coordinator for organizing the project, stimulating interest, and for pushing the following team members to complete the training. 

Nursing Team:
Sandy Maas - Nursing Faculty
John Fraleigh - Nursing Faculty
Shirley Brydie - Nursing Faculty
John C. Witwer - SWSC Practical Nursing Program Instructor
Tanya Spillman - SWSC Practical Nursing Program Instructor
Kristen Bright - SWSC Practical Nursing Program Instructor
Amy Leach - SWSC Practical Nursing Program Instructor
Sherri Korfhage - SWSC Practical Nursing Program Instructor

  • Graduation
  • Friday, May 13
    6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Goodyear Ballpark