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Campus Updates - Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Mock Trial Engages AJS Students

EMCC's AJS Club coordinated a mock trial, State v. Harry Q. Potter, in the Estrella Hall Community room April 18, 2013. As part of the proceedings, the EMCC campus received a 'jury summons' via email several weeks prior to the trial date. During the activity, Criminal Law students testified as witnesses, sat on the jury and assumed the standard roles in a trial (court clerk, prosecutor, defense attorney, baliff and judge.)

Within their various roles, the students presented the case, conducted the trial and weighed the evidence. The final verdict found "Harry Q. Potter" guilty of one of the four counts. Heather Weber, Dean of Occupational Education, commented, "This was an incredible student engagement activity." Picture (left to right) -

Front row: Raul Correa (Baliff), John Besser (Mr. Paul Beale), Brenda Phifer (Judge), Sampson Lopes (Harry Potter), Alberto Sanchez (Deputy).

Back row: Debbie Scherr (Mrs. Beale), Elena Bujanda (Mrs. Wilson), Alexis Martin (Officer), Christina Tubbe (Prosecutor), Cindy Vasquez (Defense Attorney), Melody Norton (Clerk of the Court), Eddie W. Zuleger - AJS Faculty.

EMCC VP Receives District Honor

Dr. Debbie Kushibab, VP of Student Affairs, received the 2013 Employee Recognition Award from the Maricopa Community College District Foundation. Five awards are given each year recognizing employees throughout MCCCD who have made outstanding contributions to advance the District's mission. The awards are given in the form of a $1000 scholarship in the awardee's name to a student at any college or skill center. Awardees may help select criteria for awarding the scholarship.

CATS of the Month

Chris Zagar received the CATS of the Month for May for the instant messaging service, "Ask-a-Librarian". To improve student online research instruction, faculty librarians from all the Maricopa Community Colleges cooperatively staff a real-time instant messaging service called Ask-a-Librarian (Ask). Read more.

SMI Graduate Pens Newsletter Article

Rosa McGinness, a graduate of EMCC's Spanish Medical Interpreter (SMI) program, recently wrote an article about her experience as an interpreter. Rosa was the Medical Programs Student Speaker for the June 2012 ceremony and has been a volunteer interpreter for doctors and nurses. Read more.

Bags to Beds Goes Global

Kelly Loucy's service learning project, Bags to Beds, has grown from her English classes to EMCC workshops, resulting in a global outreach effort by EMCC employees. Bags to Beds, a recycling project that creates mats from plastic bags, promotes student engagement and raises sustainability awareness. Students weave plastic 'yarn'  into mats which are donated to the homeless in Phoenix and sent to shelters in Haiti, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Olga Tsoudis, Sociology Faculty, plans to take mats to an orphanage this summer when she visits Tanzania. 

WLG Mentor Program Accepting Applications

The Women's Leadership Group (WLG) Mentor Program is designed to provide an opportunity for women to focus on their individual learning goals and enable them to take advantage of professional opportunities within the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). To participate in the mentor program, individuals must:

  • be full-time and a Board Approved/Skill Center employee for at least two (2) years.
  • apply by 5:00pm, June 4, 2013.
Nursing Students' Capstone Project Has "Vision"

As part of their Capstone Project, EMCC Nursing Students conducted vision screenings at Montebello School, a kindergarten through 8th grade Title 1 school. Using Eye Spy 20/20, an interactive video game that detects vision problems, more than 760 students were screened in two days. A graduating Nursing student stated, "The diversity of the school will help me interact with different types of cultures." Kanina Kempton-McDonald, Nursing Faculty, noted that the project helps students learn the value of nursing, regardless of the situation.

Course Evaluations: Helping Students Reflect on Their Feedback

Excerpted from Faculty Focus:

Most students have little insight into themselves as learners. To prompt students, Professor La Lopa (Purdue University) has students write a reflective paper on quality teaching and assessment. Questions include:

  • How would you describe your ideal professor? Include a description of the classroom setting.
  • Describe the typical teacher you have experienced in your classes. What is the typical classroom setting like?
  • If you could put one question on a course evaluation, what would it be? Why?
  • If you were president of the college, what method would you use to evaluate the teaching performance of instructors?

  • Introductions
    • Anne Luksza, Administrative Secretary - Nursing
  • Retirement
  • Retiring at the end of the Spring 2013 semester:

    • Eddie Zuleger, Faculty, Administration of Justice Studies
    • Milagro Escalona, Faculty, Division of Modern Languages - Spanish

  • Open Mic
  • In celebration of Fine and Performing Arts Week, students and employees are invited to attend and participate in open mic.

    • Date: Wednesday, May 1
    • Time: 12:30-1:30pm
    • Location: Student Union
  • Student Conference
  • EMCC hosts the district-wide conference to provide students the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research work and present at a formal conference. Open to all.

    • Date: Thursday, May 2
    • Time: 8:00am-3:00pm
    • Location: Estrella Hall Community Room
  • Coffee Talk Series
  • Final coffee talk of the semester. An informal Q&A between students and administration to promote students' learning journey and discuss issues related to their success. Complimentary donuts and coffee are served.

    • Date: Friday, May 3
    • Time: 9:00-10:00am
    • Location: Student Union
  • 5 minutes of Fame
  • Fast-paced, fun-filled luncheon with presentations from the many innovative projects completed during the past academic year.

    • Date: Friday, May 3
    • Time: 11:30am-2:00pm
    • Location: CTL
  • Golf Banquet
  • Celebration recognizing EMCC men & women's golf teams and players. Open to families and community.

    • Date: Friday, May 3
    • Time: 6:30-8:30pm
    • Location: Plaza Gallery
  • Live Concert
  • In celebration of Fine and Performing Arts Week, "Bad Lucy" will perform live on campus. Free and open to community.

    • Date: Friday, May 3
    • Time: 8:00pm
    • Location: Ceremonial Plaza
  • Celebration of Learning
  • End of Year celebration for all employees.

    • Date: Tuesday, May 7
    • Time: 2:00-3:00pm
    • Location: Community Room
  • Commencement
  • EMCC's 2013 Commencement theme is: Inspired to Dream. Destined to Succeed. More info.

    • Date: Friday, May 10
    • Time: 6:45-8:45pm
    • Location: Goodyear Ballpark