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Campus Updates - Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
HLC Team Visit

Can you believe that the HLC visit is less than two weeks away? 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. You can also review the self-study materials by visiting the HLC website. 

EMCC Executive Summary

EMCC Self-Study Report

EMCC Appendix B

EMCC Faculty Publishes in Palynology Journal

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Farabee, Biology Faculty, who published work resulting from his 2006-2007 sabbatical. The article entitled Palynoflora of the late Paleocene silicified shale at Almont, North Dakota, USA, was written in collaboration with Reinhard Zetter, Kathleen B. Pigg, Steven R. Manchester, Melanie L. DeVore and Michael D. Nowak and published as the lead article for the 2011 Palynology Journal. Dr. Farabee served as editor for the Palynology Journal from 1988 to 1995.

The article focuses on the results from an investigative study of pollen from Paleocene-aged (approximately 55.0 - 57.9 million years old) fossil plant localities near Almont Creek and Beicegel Creek, North Dakota as part of on-going research into the systematics, paleobotany, and paleoecology of these rock deposits. This study emphasizes the role of palynology in providing an expanded view of the flora from palynomorphs for comparison with a rich megafossil assemblage.

EMCC Impacts Community

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 (VSUW).  Contributions to VSUW assist many of the West Valley agencies that provide critical resources to our communities such as: food for families, safe shelter to victims of domestic violence, job training to at-risk teens, and school readiness kits to families.

Every dollar makes a significant difference to our community, so please join the effort and support the EMCC United Way Campaign.

Click Here to Complete Online Pledge
Campaign Code: MCCCD
User-name: Your MEID
Password:  MCCCD2012

Click here to learn more about the 2011 EMCC United Way Campaign and watch the video on how your dollars do make an impact to our students.

The Democracy Commitment

Estrella Mountain Community College is making “The Democracy Commitment” to help ensure that EMCC students receive an education in democracy. The new initiative aligns with the EMCC mission purpose of Civic Responsibility, which aims to create opportunities and partnerships that provide a framework for learners to act responsibility in society.

The Democracy Commitmentis a national initiative that provides a platform for the development and expansion of programs and projects designed to engage community college students in civic learning and democratic practice. The goal of the partnership is to make sure that every graduate of an American community college—whether earning a degree, certificate or university transfer—has had an education in democracy. – Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor, Maricopa County Community College District

To read more about the initiative, visit “The Democracy Commitment”.

2011 Counselor Conference

The recruitment teams of Estrella Mountain & Glendale Community Colleges are once again partnering to present the 2011 Counselor Conference on Friday, November 18, at Glendale Community College (GCC).

EMCC Instructional Divisions, Instructional Support Services and Campus-Based Services are invited to participate in the Exhibit Fair of the 2011 Counselors Conference in the GCC Student Union from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Approximately 100 high school counselors and career specialists are expected to attend. This recruitment event is a great way to highlight both EMCC and GCC programs and to network with local high school counseling and career staff.

If you are interested in representing your division or program at the 2011 Counselor Conference, please RSVP by Monday, October 31, to Lisa Widowski  at lisa.widowski@estrellamountain.edu.

SouthWest Skill Center Celebrates Student Completion

Last Friday, the EMCC Ceremonial Plaza was filled with 117 SouthWest Skill Center student completers. Joined by family, friends and staff, the students were recognized and celebrated for accomplishments resulting from their hard work and dedication. For others who are striving to reach personal and career goals, these students serve as both inspiration and motivation.

The SouthWest Skill Center supports business and industry by providing well trained employees that help strengthen their workforce. Congratulations again to the students and staff on all their hard work and success.

Health Awareness & Career Expo

On November 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Health Awareness & Career Expo will take place in the Komatke courtyard and the SouthWest Skill Center.  This free inaugural event is open to all students, staff and community.  Come explore and experience the many ways to a healthy life, healthy mind and healthy career

Activities will include information booths, short learning sessions, free glucose and blood pressure checks, fitness and exercise demos, opportunities to explore career choices with all types of employers, and much more!  Be a judge for the Medical Program’s art exhibit or discover interview fashion tips from the EMCC dress for success mannequins.  

For more information on this event, visit: http://www.estrellamountain.edu/expo.

Partnerships Benefit SWSC Students

The Southwest Skill Center (SWSC) Medical Programs has expanded community partnerships and as a result increased job opportunities for students. Transperfect and CyraCom, both leaders in global language and business services, have recently hired graduates from the SWSC Spanish Medical Interpreter Program to work in Chandler and Tempe. To signify a growing partnership between TransPerfect and the SouthWest Skill Center, Transperfect will be placing the Mountain Lion Mascot in their entrance way to welcome all SWSC alumni.

The SWSC has also partnered with the Luke Air force Base 56th Medical Group and will be the first school to rotate through the Medical Group for Allied Health externships. The first group of phlebotomy students will begin their externship in November and Medical Assistants will follow in January. The SWSC looks forward to sharing the student’s experiences gathered from their externship exit evaluations with the campus community. 

  • Leadership Council
  • Wednesday, October 26
    2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    North Community Room

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

  • HLC Team Visit
  • November 7 - 9
    Estrella Mountain Campus

  • 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