Campus Updates - Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Outstanding EMCC Adjunct Faculty
Four Estrella Mountain Adjunct Faculty received "Outstanding Adjunct Faculty" recognition from the Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA). Raymond Baessler, Cary Peskin, Andrea Simpkins, and Timothy Ramsey were assessed on five key categories - Pedagogy, Assessment, Enrichment, Development and Professionalism. With more than six thousand Adjunct Faculty teaching district-wide, the achievements of EMCC adjuncts contribute to the excellence and creativity of the college and enriches the learning for the students they teach.
EMCC Instructional Computing to serve on IT Curriculum Initiative
With the success and structure of information technology programs, EMCC's Instructional Computing (represented by Jim Nichols) has been invited to participate in a standing committee of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The ACM Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges will be working on the IT Curriculum Initiative, a project to standardize industry curriculum. Associate-level educators and industry professionals, including representatives from Intel, Oracle, Dell, Juniper and Google, will be part of the committee. The committee will convene in New York the week of January 14 and begin creating common core competencies for computing fundamentals and assessment rubrics.
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!
CATS of the Month
Rachel Smith received the Comprehensive Assessment Tracking System (CATS) award for December 2012 for her An Enhanced Jigsaw Approach to Teach Cell Parts (Bio 181/156). Collected over several semesters, the assessment evaluates teaching methods (lecture and modified jigsaw methods) and exam performance/ student comprehension of information. Click to learn more about her assessment project.
Student Success Fair - Showcasing Adjunct & Residential Faculty
EMCC will host a Student Success Fair March 26 & 27, 2013. The event is designed to highlight faculty teaching, connect students to critical dates/timelines, and bring EMCC resources to students.
Residential and adjunct faculty are encouraged to "show off" their teaching by doing one or more of the following:
To create a video or open your class to students during Fair days, please contact:
ACROSS THE CAMPUS
Division Chairpersons elected
Congratulations to the faculty members elected to serve as Division Chairpersons. Their two-year terms begin immediately after the last day of the Spring 2013 semester:
Teacher Education Institute: Teaching Tip
Board = Paper
Many or our students come to us not knowing how to take notes. In the beginning of the semester, help them to learn with this simple phrase: Board=Paper. What you put up on the board, whether you write it or have a PowerPoint, students need to copy down on their paper. (Of course this means that PowerPoints should not be overloaded with words, but that’s another tip.)
Some other tips for helping students learn how to take notes:
Not only is good note taking essential to their success in your class, but crucial to their success in future classes and especially as they move on to a university!
Lemov, D. (2009). Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Submitted by Rachel Holmes and Pete Turner, Teacher Education Institute.
- Brandon Blass, Science Lab Technician
- Deon Clark, Manufacturing Technology
- Kanina Kempton-McDonald, Clinical Nursing
- Jill Nico, Program Advisor
- Ramon Avila, Lead Custodian II
- Regifting for Scholarships
Donate any 'unwanted' 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
- All Employee Meeting
A gathering of employees and ideas. Information about District and campus initiatives is shared. Continental breakfast is served!
- Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
- Time: 8-10 am
- Location: Estrella Hall Community Room
- One Billion Rising - Dance Lesson
Create a video to share with employees and students for the February 14 One Billion Rising event. Everyone is welcome.
- Date: Monday, January 14, 2013
- Time: 3:45-5:00 pm
- Location: Outdoor Ceremonial Plaza
- Engage Estrella Mentoring - Student Panel
Students who have participated in the Engage Estrella mentoring program will share their experiences and answer questions. Employees and students are invited to attend.
- Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
- Time: 1:30-2:30 pm
- Location: CTL - North
- Martin Luther King Holiday
Campus closed in honor of Martin Luther King. College will resume normal business operations Tuesday, January 22.
- Date: Monday, January 21, 2013
- Time: All Day
- Campus Closed