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Campus Updates - Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012
Completion Agenda: A student success initiative

Friday, February 3, 2012
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, MCCCD Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Did you know the Maricopa Community College Governing Board set a goal of increasing the number of graduates by 50 percent, before the end of 2020? Join the discussion this Friday as Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick will present on the Completion Agenda and how the Maricopa Community Colleges fit into this national initiative. As a Learning College focused on student success, this session will provide a framework for future college conversations and EMCC's role moving forward.

Lunch will be served in the CTL at 12:30 p.m. Presentation will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Registration required >>

Bio/Allied Health Career Day

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Panels will be held in Plaza Gallery; Nursing Session TBA

Please encourage any students who may be interested in a Bio/Allied healthcare position to attend this event. This career day will include four panels featuring human resources representatives from hospitals, nursing faculty and students, biology faculty, and other professionals (MD, pharmacist, veterinarian, etc.) who will help direct students on their career paths. The panels will be open Q&A format. For students and faculty.

9:00 a.m. – Panel 1: Human Resource/recruitment representatives
10:00 a.m. – Panel 2: Bio faculty/other professionals
11:00 a.m. – Panel 3: Educators from other programs (NAU, PC, etc.)
12 noon – Panel 4: Nursing faculty and students
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – MCCCD Nursing Program Information Session

Sustainability & Honors Lecture Event: Edible Poison

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Estrella Hall Community Room
Free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the community

The phrase "you are what you eat" has been around for over 100 years. However, many of the chemicals used to treat food have not. The Sustainability Team and Honors Program will present and discuss the topic of the harmful effects pesticides are having on both the human body and the planet. Learn why atrazine and other harmful chemicals are being sprayed on crops in the United States. Presenters Alex Andrews, Katie Cloud and Erik Huntsinger will be joined by local organic farmers to discuss the many benefits of “going green” with agriculture.

Arizona’s first SciTech Festival

February – March 2012

The SciTech Festival is designed to showcase Arizona as a national leader in science, technology and innovation through a series of events taking place during the months of February and March 2012. The festival is a grass roots collaboration of over 200 organizations in industry, academia, arts, community, and K-12, geared to excite and inform Arizonans ages 3 to 103 about how science, technology and innovation will drive the state for the next 100 years. 

When the Arizona SciTech Festival conducts its 2012 activities, the Maricopa Community Colleges will be active participants, with more than 30 activities among all its campuses. Read the story and see the full schedule of community and college events at  http://www.maricopa.edu/news/?story=735

SciTech @ Estrella Mountain Community College

Hermanas: Deseña Tu Futuro/Design Your Future Conference
February 24, middle school cohort, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
March 23, high school cohort, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Teaching Tip from the Teacher Education Institute: "Stretch It"

Submitted by Dr. Deb Raffin and Pete Turner

The sequence of learning does not end with a right answer; reward right answers with follow-up questions that extend knowledge and test for reliability. Some ways to do this:

  • Ask how or why: the best test of whether students can get answers right consistently is whether they can explain how they got the answer.
  • Ask for another way to answer: Often there are multiple ways to answer a question. When a student solves it one way, it’s a great opportunity to make sure they can use other methods.
  • Ask for a better word: Student usually frame concepts with the simplest possible language. Asking them to use more specific words, and words they are gaining familiarity with, reinforces crucial literacy goal of developing vocabulary.
  • Ask for evidence:  By asking students to describe evidence that supports their conclusion, you stress the process of building and supporting sound arguments in the larger world.

Source: Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College (2009). By Doug Lemov. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

  • Black History Month
  • February 2012

    Community Celebration, Music, Films, Lectures, Art and more!
    For schedule and more information >>

  • Leadership Council
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2012

    2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    North Community Room

  • Avondale & Goodyear Centennial Parade & Festival
  • Saturday, February 25, 2012

    Parade:  10 a.m. – noon
    From Litchfield Road, down Thomas to EMCC

    Festival:  Noon – 3 p.m.
    EMCC campus

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