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Campus Updates - Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012
SPOTLIGHTS: Learning Excellence

HLC re-accreditation

On March 19, 2012, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Institutional Actions Council voted and approved continued accreditation of Estrella Mountain Community College.

The accreditation approval also included two critical expansion initiatives for the College, including its approval for EMCC’s Buckeye Educational Center to serve as an additional location, plus, the approval to expand our distance education up to 100 percent of degree programs.

As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we take pride in the opportunities that we have provided for many of our students and graduates.  Together, we will continue the vision and mission that has brought us this far, and commit to further innovation and excellence in the educational experience at EMCC.

EMCC Innovation of the Year

The New Online Writing Center (OWC) was selected as the 2012 EMCC Innovation of the Year. It is a collaborative innovation created by Learning Support Services (tutoring) and Information Technology (IT), with team members Susan Malmo, Rodica Heinz, Richard Morales, Joyce Jackson, Rich Marmon, Chad Galligan, Scott Worthington, Yi Zhu, Michael Bartley, and the OWC Tutors.

This innovation will move forward on behalf of the college for the 2012 District-wide Innovation of Year selection at the District Awards Program on Tuesday, May1, 2012, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center in Tempe.

MCCCD Board Grants Emeritus Distinction

At the March 27, 2012 MCCCD Governing Board Meeting, Deborah Anderson, EMCC Faculty and Librarian, was honored with Faculty Emeritus status.

Women’s Leadership Group’s EMCC Woman of Distinction for 2012

At the Women’s Leadership Group “2012 Women’s Leadership Luncheon” on March 28, Dr. Vivian Miranda was announced as EMCC’s 2012 Woman of Distinction. This award is given each year in recognition and celebration of EMCC’s women who have embodied and impacted the vision and mission of our college.

Learning College Summit

Mark your calendars for the Learning College Summit on June 10 – 1 3, 2012, hosted by MCCCD and held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. Appearing at the Opening General Session on Sunday, June 10, will be Terry O'Banion, President Emeritus, League for Innovation in the Community College Senior Advisor, Higher Education Programs, Walden University.

Each year the campus supports employees interested in attending. Please review the information below.

  1. Employees need to contact their supervisor by May 1, if they are interested.
  2. Preference is given to those who have not attended.
  3. Limited number of attendance slots are available.

More info at http://www.league.org/ls2012/

Fund raising events provide for invaluable student scholarships

In 1999, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) announced its intent to develop a scholarship endowment. Since then, the endowment has grown to approximately $1.2 million dollars. The endowment fund is earning interest which is awarded to current students. Some of these scholarships are memorial scholarships set up by families to recognize loved ones.

Estrella Mountain annually awards over $500,000 in student scholarships.  The average scholarship award is $800 with many scholarships exceeding $1,000. Private support to the college now amounts to more than 450 scholarships awarded each academic year.

EMCC is fortunate to have the continued, charitable support of our Southwest Valley community partners, commited to scholarship fund raising activities.

13th Annual scholarship 'drive' ends with success, again

This year's scholarship fundraiser raised approximately $55,000 for student scholarships. Managed by the Estrella Rotary Foundation, this unique project has been the driver of the college's scholarship endowment. Its success is, in part, due to the continued generosity of the West Valley Alliance (Avondale Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep, Gateway Chevrolet, Tom Jones Ford and Yates Buick GMC) for their generous donation of a new car.

Tee-up for the Scholarship Golf Tournament

On April 28th, 2012, EMCC, in partnership with the Hispanic Leadership Forum del Oeste, will co-host a Scholarship Golf Tournament at the beautiful Tres Rios Golf Course in Goodyear.  EMCC and the Hispanic Leadership Forum have a long standing partnership that includes a dedicated focus on addressing the issues of increased dropout rates of students and a statewide shortage of teachers. Individual tickets are $125, with foursomes ranging from $500 - $2,500.

For more details, please contact Adolfo Gamez.

EMCC’s university partnerships help accelerate education and careers

EMCC Nursing Program will be admitting the first cohort of Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) students through a partnership with Northern Arizona University (NAU).  Students enrolled in the program will take NAU courses to complete a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) concurrently with completing their AAS at EMCC.  After graduating from EMCC, they will be able to obtain their BSN within one or two semesters.

Maricopa Community Colleges and the University of Arizona have signed an agreement that will allow Maricopa students to more easily transfer to UA. The Arizona Transfer Admissions Pathway (“AzTAP”) is an articulated associate degree-to-bachelor's degree pathway, similar to the MAPP programs with ASU.

  • Guaranteed admission into selected UA undergraduate degree programs, based on completing the specific AzTAP requirements
  • Pre-transfer admissions counseling
  • Eligibility for the joint admission program, which includes renewable scholarships for eligible students
BreatheEasy Update

Effective July 1, 2012, all District property will be smoke- and tobacco-free, extending the smoke-free environment of our buildings to the property boundaries of each college campus. No tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco products and e-cigarettes, will be allowed. Maricopa BreatheEasy is a healthy-living initiative sponsored by the Maricopa Community Colleges. Its goal is to provide information and support to Maricopa students, faculty members and staff in support of the elimination of tobacco products from all District property. Check out the BreatheEasy website for more information and assistance.

This Month’s Teaching Tip

From the Teacher Education Institute:
How to Engage Students When Delivering Information

Recent research shows that typical lecture format is the least effective method of delivering information (Silver, Strong, & Perini, 2007). So, the question becomes, how do we engage our students when we are lecturing them? Some tips to actively engage our students:

  • Start each lecture with a schematic representation of what you will be covering. Students should know what is being covered, and the sequence it is being covered in. Representations can include Venn diagrams, semantic webs, mind maps, etc.
  • Mandate note taking. Understand that many of our students don’t really know how to take notes, so provide note-taking templates for them. Let them know it’s expected they will take notes, and then collect them for a quick assessment of their compliance (you can count them towards participation points).
  • Pause every 2-5 minutes after particularly significant information has been delivered. Force students to summarize, create their own mind map, or engage in “Think-Pair-Share” with a partner followed by random calling on students for their response. This is where “Clickers” are also particularly effective.
  • When you finish your presentation, come back to that schematic representation you showed them in the beginning. This makes an excellent summarization tool, and you can question students about what they learned regarding each of the main presentation points.

Dr. Deborah Raffin and Pete Turner

 Source:  Silver, H.F., Strong, R.W., Perini, M.J. (2007). The strategic teacher: Selecting the right research-based strategy for every lesson. Alexandria, VA: ASCD

  • “My Maricopa Moment” video
  • Contact Karen Harbin to schedule a time when you can share a memory, story or what EMCC has meant to you.

    Thursday, April 19, 2012
    9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Videotaped interviews in 15 minute intervals.
    KOM A Conference Center, Rm. 131

  • EMCC Earth Week
  • April 23 – 27, 2012
    Activities all week. Watch for emails.
    Presented by the EMCC Sustainability Committee.

  • EMCC Commencement
  • Friday, May 11, 2012
    6:30 p.m.
    Goodyear Ballpark

    1933 south Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ