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Campus Updates - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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 the SouthWest Skill Center / Estrella Mountain, Karee Peigne was the guest speaker at Pima Community College's Title VI Access Workshop and festival of Bilingual Careers February 15. The event brought together educational and training institutions and agencies in need of translation and interpretation services. SWSC's Spanish Medical Interpreter program offers an industry-driven interpreter camp, training and national certification. 

CATS of the Month

Andy Burch received the Comprehensive Assessment Tracking System (CATS) award for January 2013 for his "Using New Mathmatics Program to Increase Learning", a research project to increase student comprehension of mathematical concepts. Click to learn more about his assessment project.

Susan Malmo, Stace Amabisca, Kathleen Iudicello, and Kelly Loucy received the CATS of the month for February 2013.  Their ENG101 Common Assignment Assessment -- 2012/13 compared the performance of students who placed directly into ENG 101 with students who completed ENG 091 by assessing an ENG 101 common assignment.


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

Emergency Preparedness Drill

Emergency Preparedness training is an ongoing process at Estrella Mountain. This Spring semester the college will be conducting a live drill Friday, April 12. Employees (faculty and staff) are currently preparing for the drill by attending trainings and becoming more familiar with emergency procedures. The drill will involve local emergency services (Fire Department, Police, and Ambulance/Hospital staff). The drill will also be a learning event for EMCC students, who will be participating in the drill. As the details become finalized, more information will be distributed to campus explaining the drill. Check the Emergency Preparedness webpage, which will also be updated with information.

In any emergency - drill or actual event - follow the procedures as outlined in the campus quick reference guide. (Also available online.)

Recognizing Our Fabulous EMCC Family

Many District nominations/awards are underway for best practices and innovations. If you know individuals who have contributed to EMCC's learning environment, consider submitting information to these committees:

Innovation of the Year Award

  • Purpose: Recognize an employee or teams of employees who have designed and implemented a significant innovation that has had a positive impact on the education of students. More info. 
  • Submit to: Brachelle McMurry (HR representative)
  • Deadline: Thursday, February 21, 11:59pm

Employee Recognition Program

  • Purpose: Recognize employees at the Maricopa Community Colleges who have made outstanding contributions to advance the District's mission. Five awards will be made in the form of a $1000 scholarship given in the awardee's name to a student at any college or center.
  • Notify: EMCC President's Office 
  • Submit to Foundation: Nomination form 
  • Deadline: Friday, February 22, 5pm

Diversity Advisory Council Awards of Excellence

  • Purpose: Individual, group, program or initiative that supports Student Success, One Maricopa and/or Public Stewardship through diversity and inclusiveness efforts.
  • Submit to: Daniel Meador (EMCC's diversity coordinator )
  • Deadline: Monday, February 25

Women of Distinction

  • Purpose: Recognizing an MCCCD woman who has demonstrated leadership, innovation, service and contribution to women.
  • Submit to: Leslie Keefer (EMCC's WLG Co-chair ) OR Rita Zaragoza (EMCC WLG Co-chair)
  • Deadline: Wednesday, March 13, 11:59pm

  • Community Celebration - Black History Month Event
  • Annual community celebration highlights African American Culture and heritage in the Phoenix Southwest Valley. The event (postponed from Feb 9) features live music and dance. More info.

    • Date: Saturday, February 23
    • Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    • Location: Ceremonial Plaza
  • Black History Conference - Black History Month Event
  • The second annual conference features workshops on empancipation, cultural competency, the history of hip hop, and the Devine 9. Lunch is provided. RSVP to Student Life by February 25.

    • Date: Wednesday, February 27
    • Time: 8:30am - 1:00pm
    • Location: Estrella Hall Community Room
  • University Transfer Fair
  • Four-year college and university representatives provide transfer information to students.

    • Date: Wednesday, February 27
    • Time: 9am - 1:00pm
    • Location: KOM B Plaza (outside)
  • STEMinar - SCITECH Festival
  • As part of the Arizona SCITECH festival (Feb 6-March 17), Dr. James Hagler from the Arid Land Agricultural Research Center (ALARC) will be presenting several projects related to biological control of insect pests. Read more.

    • Date: Wednesday, February 27
    • Time: 5 - 7:00pm
    • Location: Plaza Gallery
  • Coping Effectively with Classroom Challenges
  • Workshop prepares faculty to face challenges encountered with student behavior. Register for the session.

    • Date: Saturday, March 2
    • Time: 8 - 11:30am
    • Location: Plaza Gallery
  • Hermanas Conference
  • Workshops and learning sessions help prepare middle school girls for high school and college. The day focuses on STEM-related activites. Read more.

    • Date: Friday, March 1
    • Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • Location: EMCC campus
  • Women's History Month
  • EMCC kicks off Women's History Month (March) with a film series and presentations. Stop Calling Me Girl film series begins Friday, March 1. A presentation examining the female hero in TV and film occurs Wednesday, March 6. Read more.

    • Date: Wednesday, March 6
    • Time: 10 - 11:00am
    • Location: Plaza Gallery