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Campus Updates - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

EMCC student Kathryn Brown was one of six students from the Maricopa Community Colleges to be named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholar. Ms. Brown was named a Gold Scholar, the highest award category, and receives a scholarship to help her pursue her degree. The awards are based on student scores on the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, which received more than 1,800 applications this year.

EMCC's Innovation of the Year - CATS

Erik Huntsinger, Pete Turner, Scott Worthington, Rich Marmon, and Yi Zhu (pictured left to right) were nominated to the district as EMCC's Innovation of the Year (IOY) for their "Comprehensive Assessment Tracking System" (CATS) project. After extensive review by the EMCC IOY committee, CATS was selected as a innovative best practice to improve student learning and teaching. The CATS team will present to the final selection committee for the district-wide IOY and will attend the awards reception in April, when the 2013 District IOY is announced.

CATS of the Month

Becky Baranowski received the "CATS of the Month" for March 2013. Her CATS used small group collaboration and 'recipe cards' to focus on integration techniques for trigonometric substitution and integrals involving trigonometry. There was a positive correlation between students using the recipe cards and quiz scores. Read more about her "Integration in Calculus II".

Student Success Fair

EMCC is set to host a Student Success Fair:

Tuesday, March 26: 9am-1pm & 5-7pm

Wednesday, March 27: 9am-1pm

Student Ambassadors are available to provide a quick overview of the fair (contact Student Life x 8807) or information is available online.

The event helps students make a personal committment to their graduation goals and connects them to the resources that will help them be successful. Many types of interaction are accessible to students, including:

  • Participate in a class. Register online with Doodle.
  • Preview EMCC courses via video.
  • Participate in PTK's scholarship workshop.
  • Visit the 'Success Zones' during the fair.
  • Get a 'graduation passport' photo.

By completing the passport, students receive:

  • Lunch!!!
  • "I GRADUATE" t-shirt (personalized with individual's graduation date)
  • Kettle corn snack
  • SWAG!!!

Students will keep their passport and use the information after the event as they progress to graduation.

The outdoor event includes tours of the culinary program's Regions Restaurants and Nursing skills lab. Encourage students to register for visits via Doodle!! Activity sheets are also available for instructors who are providing class credit for attendance.

Teacher Education Institute: Teaching Tip

Activate Prior Learning

Because active learning requires students to integrate new information or ideas into what they already know, it is helpful (and very brain friendly) to have students participate in activities that activate prior knowledge. Some ideas:

  • Write brief essays to describe what they remember and understand.
  • Interview each other with questions pre-determined by the teacher.
  • Participate in a Think-Pair-Share that requires them to respond to prompts designed to elicit prior knowledge.
  • Use graphic organizers (generating concept maps, filling in tables that include blank cells, and so forth) to stimulate recall of prior learning.

Barkley, E.F. (2010) Student engagement techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Submitted by Rachel Holmes and Pete Turner, Teacher Education Institute.

  • Introductions
    • Yvonne Tapia, Interim Director - Early Outreach Programs

  • Career Panel - WHM Event
  • "Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling" features women working in government, community, law and journalism career fields. More info.

    • Date: Thursday, March 21
    • Time: 10:00-11:00am
    • Location: CTL-North
  • Women's Conference - WHM Event
  • The second annual conference "Real Women, Real World" features international keynote speakers, educational workshops and professional networking opportunities. Open to community, employees and students. Read more.

    • Date: Saturday, March 23
    • Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
    • Location: Estrella Hall Conference Room
  • Student Conference Proposals Due
  • Student Conference proposals due March 25. Notifications of acceptance sent April 8. Student Conference held at EMCC May 2.

    • Date: Monday, March 25
    • Submission Form & Requirements online
  • Mask Making Workshop - WHM Event
  • Using plaster strips, individuals create a mask of their face. All supplies provided - mask is taken home the same day. Open to employees and students. Read more.

    • Date: Tuesday, March 26
    • Time: 4:00-5:30pm
    • Location: Outside - Student Union
  • Food Tasting and Nutrition Fair
  • Fuel Your Success - a program of Wellness Maricopa - brings healthy eating information and recipies to campus. Free food samples!

    • Date: Thursday, March 28
    • Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
    • Location: Komatke Courtyard
  • Spring Job and Intership Fair
  • Sponsored by the Career Center, the job and internship fair connects students with employers and career tracks!

    • Date: Wednesday, April 3
    • Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
    • Location: Ceremonial Plaza