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Campus Updates - Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011
EMCC Self-Study Report

On November 7 – 9, a six member team from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) will be visiting the Estrella Mountain campus to evaluate how the college is meeting its institutional mission.

In preparation, please review the final report and executive summary through the links listed below. For your reference, as required by the new HLC requirements, the Institutional Snapshot, Federal Compliance Information and the Electronic Resource room are located in the EMCC Appendix B. 

EMCC Executive Summary

EMCC Self-Study Report

EMCC Appendix B

News from Student Services

There are changes happening in Student Services! Vivian Miranda has started her new two-year assignment as the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) manager. During this time period, Daniel Meador will move into the role of Coordinator, Student Success Programs. These changes provide an opportunity to reevaluate recruitment processes and a new pilot is currently being developed. In the interim, the recruitment function will now report to Ralph Campbell, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

Thank you to Daniel and Ralph for accepting these new responsibilities. The continuity of leadership in these areas is instrumental in the College’s ability to provide great service, support and programming for our student population. 

Teacher Education 101

This event is for anyone who is interested in becoming a teacher. Main topics will include degree pathways for teacher education professions, as well as information on financial aid. Teacher Education 101 is an excellent opportunity to learn more about educational options and determine which school and program best meet your needs!

Thursday, October 13
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Meet faculty and staff from EMCC and university partners
  • Learn about the different Associate Degree pathways
  • Learn about the variety of university transfer options and Bachelors Degree pathways
  • Learn how to pay for your education
  • Receive the support you need to graduate

Participating institutions include:

  • Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Arizona State University West
  • Arizona State University iTeachAZ
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Ottawa University
  • University of Phoenix
This Month’s Teaching Tip

From the Institute of Teacher Education:

Research has determined that the average adult’s working memory can handle between five and nine items (Sousa, 2006). And, the average adult can process those items for only ten to twenty minutes before attention drifts (Sousa). So, when you present new information:

  • Limit topics or items to about seven
  • Where possible, chunk smaller and similar components together
  • Break up presentations into sections interspersed with other kinds of activities - Our Favorite: following the presentation of the first “chunk”, ask a summarizing question about what was just presented, then have students do a Think-Pair-Share followed up by teachers randomly calling on students about what they talked about

Barkley, E.F. (2010). Student engagement techniques: A handbook for college
     faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Submitted By:
Dr. Deborah Raffin, EMCC Education Faculty
Mr. Pete Turner, EMCC Education Faculty

EMCC UW Campaign Goal

As our surrounding communities continue to experience difficult economic challenges, it is more important than ever that we give to Valley of the Sun United Way, so they can assist various West Valley agencies that provide critical resources and support for many of our students, friends and neighbors in need.

This year, Estrella Mountain has set the goal of raising more than $48,000 for the campus United Way campaign, knowing that these dollars will go towards services that provide food for families, safe shelter to victims of domestic violence, job training to at-risk teens, school readiness kits to families, and much more. 

Every dollar makes a significant difference to our community, so please join the effort and support this year’s EMCC United Way Campaign. Everyone can participate by completing an online pledge form, bringing in canned food, participating in an activity during game week, attending the Main Event, or participating in the upcoming Online Auction. Click here  to  learn more!

  • Leadership Council
  • Wednesday, October 12
    2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    North Community Room

  • HLC Visit Preparation:
  • All-Employee Meeting
    Thursday, October 13
    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Community Room

  • MCCCD Governing Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, October 18
    5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Community Room

  • United Way Main Event
  • Friday, October 28
    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Community Room

  • Honors Expo
  • Wednesday, November 30
    Thursday, December 1
    Community Room

    Poster board Presentations
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Judging: Oral Presentations
    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.