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Campus Updates - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
EMCC Teacher's Institute Promotes Service Learning Projects

Students in EDU 291 were challenged by instructor Rachel Holmes to create their own service learning projects this semester. Each group wrote a proposal, created an action plan and wrote a final reflection with their results. Among the many projects completed was "Adopt-a-Casita". Students sponsored a family from the New Life Center, restoring and furnishing the family's casita by painting, assembling furniture and supplying the family with essentials needed for a new start.

EMCC's EDU students challenged the Future Teachers Club at Phoenix College to adopt a second family and match EMCC's efforts. The Phoenix College students accepted the challenge and adopted a casita next door. "The project was a tremendous success and it was terrific to see EMCC and Phoenix College EDU students collaborate," said Holmes. "It was clear from the smiles, tears and the children's excited screams that they were truly touched by this joint effort."

EMCC Student Receives Private Scholarship

Nicole Valenzuela, an EMCC Honors Program student and Phi Theta Kappa member, was awarded a 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Only sixty students are selected annually for the scholarship; Nicole is the first EMCC student to be selected. The scholarship provides $30,000 per year for Nicole to pursue an undergraduate degree at the university of her choice.

Learning College Summit - Call For EMCC Attendees

Hosted by MCCCD, the Learning College Summit is June 9-12, 2013 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass in Chandler. As in previous years, EMCC is sending a team to the summit to learn and engage in the Learning College philosophy. To be part of the team contact your supervisor. Supervisors who have individuals who want to attend should:

  • inform President's Office by Friday, May 3.

Full sponsorship for registration is limited, but employees who have not attended a summit previously will receive preference. 

CATS of the Month

Erika Aguirre received the April CATS of the Month for her assessment "Flipping" out in Nursing. Flipping provides lectures and PowerPoint presentations in a video, which students view before class. Class time is devoted to exercises, case studies and discussions. By flipping the lessons, student success rates increased. Read more.

Leadership Students Collecting Books

Students in LDR 101 (Emerging Leaders) are collecting books to promote literacy nationally and globally. Lightly used texts and scholarly books less than 10 years old can be dropped into one of the bright green collection bins on campus. The book drive (April 11-30) also collects age-appropriate classics. Contact Marylyn Bradley (623.935.8178) with questions or to schedule an office pick-up.

Guidelines for Posting Signs on Campus

To maintain an aesthetically inviting learning environment, guidelines for posting signage in public hallways and common areas are available:

  • Prior to posting signs, receive approval from appropriate venues (Marketing & Public Relations, Student Life, Human Resources, Computer Commons, Library, etc.)
  • If signage is related to EMCC, Maricopa Business or college approved community events, then post in designated common areas (bulletin boards, break rooms or other areas identified by college facilities.)
  • Signs or notices posted without college consent are removed.
  • Posting personal expressions within an individual's own office space is acceptable. Use sticky tack or other removable adhesives to avoid damaging flat wall surfaces.
  • Contact the Facilities Helpdesk if you want to install a hanging picture.

Thank you for supporting and creating a beautiful campus.

Call for Nominations: Sustainability Team Co-Chairs

EMCC Sustainability Team Co-Chair positions are up for re-election. EMCC employees can participate in the role. Send nominations to:

  • Brownwen Steele email
  • Deadline: Wednesday, April 24

All nominations will be presented to the EMCC Sustainability Team for voting during the April 29 meeting. Chair responsibilities will run July 1, 2013-June 30, 2015. Contact current chairs Erick Huntsinger or Nadine Johnson for questions about chair responsibilities.

Teacher Education Institute: Teaching Tip

Prompt Students to Engage in Higher-Order Thinking

Everyone knows that having students engage in higher-order thinking activities is desirable in our classes. But how do we do that? Here are some question prompts to try out:

  • Exploratory: What research evidence supports ______________________?
  • Evaluative: Which of these are better? Why does it matter? And So what?
  • Application: How does this apply to that? Or Knowing this, how would you ___________?
  • Relational: How does________ compare to _______________? What similarities do they have? How are they different?
  • Critical: How do we know? and What's the evidence? and How reliable is the evidence?

Source: 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.

Emergency Drill Showed Exceptional Collaboration

The April 12 Emergency Drill successfully demonstrated EMCC's efforts to prepare for an emergency. The drill included an evacuation of Montezuma Hall and a campus-wide shelter-in-place. EMCC was evaluated on internal communication, coordination, and procedures as well as external coordination with emergency responders. During the afternoon debrief, Cindy Jensen (MCCCD Emergency Manager) praised employee's orderly cooperation and the college's efforts to conduct full drills. She stated that EMCC sets a standard for the district and EMCC's partnerships with community response teams are exceptional. 

  • Doctoral Degrees Earned
  • EMCC faculty successfully defended their dissertations and will receive their Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from ASU:

    • Shannon Manuelito
    • Natalie Rivera
  • Division Chairperson Elected
  • Diane Stonebrink was elected division chairperson for Modern Languages and will begin serving her two year term after the last day of the Spring 2013 semester.

  • Promotion
  • Dr. Stephanie Fujii, Counseling Faculty at EMCC, accepted a permanent position as Scottsdale Community College's Dean of Instruction.

  • AJS Club Mock Trial
  • The learning experience begins promptly with the drop of the gavel. Arrive by 9:55am to be seated.

    • Date: Thursday, April 18
    • Time: 10:00-11:10am
    • Location: EST - North Community Room
  • Earth Week
  • EMCC celebrates Earth Week with workshops, films, an eco-challenge, and e-waste recycling. Read more.

    • Date: Monday-Saturday, April 22-27
    • Time: Various
    • Location: Plaza Gallery, CTL
  • Blood Drive
  • United Blood Services will be on campus for the EMCC blood drive.

    • Date: Tuesday, April 23
    • Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
    • Location: Bloodmobile by flagpoles
  • Clubs & Organizations Banquet
  • Clubs & Organizations present their successes, community outreach, projects and experiences. RSVP by April 22 via email or: 623.935.8807

    • Date: Thursday, April 25
    • Time: 12:00-2:00pm
    • Location: Student Union
  • Student Behavioral Concerns Workshop
  • Workshop provides strategies for addressing student behavioral concerns and how to respond to students in distress. Register to attend online.

    • Date: Thursday, April 25
    • Time: 2:00-3:30pm
    • Location: KOM A Conference Center
  • Honors Graduation Banquet
  • Honors Program hosts an Honors Graduation Banquet for Honors students graduating Spring 2013.

    • Date: Friday, April 26
    • Time: 6:00-8:30pm
    • Location: EST - Community Room
  • Engage Estrella Celebration
  • The mentoring program's first cohort will be recognized at a celebration. RSVP online.

    • Date: Tuesday, April 30
    • Time: 3:00-4:15pm
    • Location: CTL
  • Scholarship Luncheon
  • Annual luncheon recognizes student scholarship recipients. RSVP with Student Services by April 30.

    • Date: Friday, May 3
    • Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
    • Location: EST - Community Room
  • Five Minutes of Fame
  • Informal presentations by campus employees to share their activities and innovations that have impacted EMCC and the learning college. Presenters register online. Lunch provided to attendees. RSVP online.

    • Date: Friday, May 3
    • Time: 11:30am-2:00pm
    • Location: CTL