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Campus Updates - Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
PTK students write article for NASPA

Honor students from EMCC's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter recently wrote an article for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators' (NASPA) newsletter. Miguel Galarza, Randall Fields, Hunter Williams and James Cox addressed the Completion Agenda and highlighted the partnerships between PTK and Student Services at EMCC. The article, "Commit to Complete", is an official publication which can be included on their respective resumes. Marylyn Bradley is the Faculty Advisor for PTK.

EMCC students win 2013 All-USA transfer scholarship

EMCC students Kathryn Brown and Sarah Patterson won the 2013 All-USA Scholarship at Estrella Mountain. Each student will be awarded full tuition waivers to one of Arizona's three public universities (NAU, ASU, UA) and have the opportunity for additional cash awards through corporate sponsors. Scholarships are sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, but the competition is open to all EMCC students who meet eligibility requirements.


As a Learning College, EMCC promotes learning excellence for both employees and students. Each issue we highlight how we are living the Learning College; learning happens ... Anywhere, Anytime, and Anyplace. Let us know how you are learning and recognizing others' contributions!

Presentations and Publications

Representing Estrella Mountain, Laura Dulgar co-presented "Finding Inspiration in Community Colleges" at the NASPA Western Regional Conference November 7-10, 2012. Laura presented with colleagues from Foothill College, Rio Hondo College and Cal State Northridge/Santa Monica College. Laura Dulgar also participated in "A Panel of Listeners". The mentoring program for women in student affairs pairs graduate students and new professionals with faculty, mid-level and seasoned student affairs professionals.

CATS of the Month

Steve Griffiths received the Comprehensive Assessment Tracking System (CATS) award for November 2012 for his Group Menu Project CUL105/Enhancement, an action research project to increase students' objectivity and responsibility on team/group work. Click to learn more about his assessment project.


EMCC's iConnect program focuses us, as a college and community, to become actively involved with student engagement. Our iConnect "report cards" help us communicate with each other about 1) how we are building relationships and 2) our experiences within EMCC's Learning College:

Tara Salehpour (Science Lab) - "A student asked me when the NASA center opened, because she needed to rent a calculator. I looked up NASA center employee's email for her, because the student was going to be out of town during the time they were renting calculators."

Nikol Price (Library) - "A student spent an afternoon working with me on the Library desk as part of a job shadow experience."

Joe Delgado (Public Safety) - "I educated a student about the MCCCD Tobacco-Free / Non-smoking policy."

Denise Sievwright (Behavioral Sciences) - "My mentee and I discussed our backgrounds. She completed a Peace & Dignity Journey, where she met her husband. The Journeys occur every 4 years with indigenous runners on opposite ends of the continent."

Clay Goodman (Administration) - "I talked with several students at the Networking Tech Institute meeting. The students were thankful we are giving them info."

Jim Cerven (Administration of Justice) - "I linked a student with the DEA Career Center. The student contacted the center and received answers to questions."

If you have not yet signed up for the iConnect pledge, visit the President's office or Mariposa faculty offices to get your cards & pen! If you have pledged, drop off your report cards in the iConnect boxes on campus: President's Office, CTL, SWSC, Komatke A, and Mariposa Hall. Stay connected!


Many projects and division activities occur across campus. To increase employee awareness, the initiatives that have a significant impact are included in Campus Updates.

Students submit creative works for competition and publication

Several Estrella Mountain students submitted work for the 2012-2013 MCCCD Creative Writing Competition (deadline was November 16, 2012). As students wait for the judging results, another opportunity awaits. The Mariposa Literary Review is currently accepting creative writing and art work for the publication. Students can submit works of poetry, one-act play, fiction, non-fiction, photography and artwork for judging and possible publication. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 7 @ 5pm.

Nursing receives State's continuing approval

Estrella Mountain's Nursing program received official notice from the AZ State Board of Nursing that the Nursing Assistant (NA) Program earned Continuing Approval for the maximum period possible (2 years). Sandy Maas, Division Chair, stated, "This is a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication of a great team of staff and instructors." To learn more about the NA program and courses, visit the website.


Efforts are made locally and nationally to increase student success and learning. Sharing our best practices both in the classroom and in daily processes helps us improve our effectiveness and efficiency.

Regifting for Scholarships

When you receive holiday gifts that just don't suit you, consider donating the items to EMCC scholarship drives. Women's History Month Planning Committee will be collecting items after the winter break and creating gift bags for the Women's Conference March 23. Proceeds from the gift basket drawings go to EMCC scholarships for students. Items can be dropped off at the Student Union (Christina Izaguirre 623.935.8802) or the President's Office.

End of Semester Reflections

Faculty Focus offers a writing technique to evaluate and ponder the end of a semester. By capturing on paper (or via computer) the thoughts of the semester, you create a tangible 'space' to evaluate where you want to be next semester or what you want to accomplish. The full article is available online. Some questions to consider:

  • What was new and different about the semester?
  • If you could change one thing about the semester, what would it be?
  • Are there students you will remember?
  • If you are teaching, how did your relationship with each class begin, evolve and end?


    • Nancy Olvera - Tech I, Financial Aid


    • Daniel Ramos - Specialist, Student Services

  • Holiday Reception for Students

    Students and their families can enjoy treats, activities and pictures with Santa. Call the Student Union for more information: 623.935.8807

    • Date: Friday, December 7
    • Time: 10 am - 1 pm & 4-7pm
    • Location: Student Union

    Mariposa Literary Review Deadline for Students

    Students can submit non-fiction, fiction and art work for judging and possible publication in the Mariposa Literary Review. For information call: 623.935.8444

    • Entries due: Friday, December 7
    • Time: 5pm
    • Location: Arts & Composition Office

    Employee Holiday Celebration

    The Palm Valley Elementary Choir will be performing. Join the festivities as you are available. Full breakfast is served!

    • Date: Friday, December 14
    • Time: 8-10 am
    • Location: Estrella Hall Community Room

    LINK Winter Bridge Experience

    Students who have recently obtained a high school diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent can participate in a college-transition program. Interested students can contact link@estrellamountain.edu or 623.935.8806. Application information available on the website. Applications DUE December 24.

    • Program Date: January 7-10, 2013
    • Time: 8 am - 4 pm
    • Location: Student Union

    Winter Break

    Campus is closed! College and District business resumes Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

    • Date: December 24 - January 1

    All Employee Meeting

    A gathering of employees and ideas. Information about District and campus initiatives is shared. Food is served!

    • Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
    • Time: 8-10 am
    • Location: Estrella Hall Community Room

    Regifting for Scholarships

    Donate any 'un-needed' holiday gifts to the Women's Conference Planning Committee. Gifts become part of a drawing which benefits EMCC scholarships! Contact Christina Izaguirre for more information - 623.935.8802:

    • Date: Month of January, 2013
    • Drop off Location: Student Union or President's Office