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Campus Updates - Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
AJS Students Receive Scholarships

Two EMCC Administration of Justice (AJS)  students were recently recognized and awarded academic scholarships. Janine Zenon (pictured with EMCC's newest AJS Faculty Cheryl Gipson Thurman) received a scholarship from the Arizona Black Law Enforcement Association (ABLE). Elena Bujanda (pictured with AJS faculty Eddie Zuleger) was the 2013 Arizona Justice Educators Association (AJEA) and FBI National Academy scholarship recipient. Ms. Bujanda is an AJS student and Ms. Zenon is a sophomore pursuing an AAS in AJS.

EMCC Art Instructor's Photos on Display

Jimmy Fike, EMCC Art Faculty, is a featured artist in the online exchange Lintroller. The article, "Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of the North American Continent", highlights how Jim's photographic series was created in the tradition of scientific cataloging. Plants are excavated, photographed and then digitally illustrated with color to delineate the edible parts.  Read more.

EMCC Faculty Model Service Learning

The summer 2013 work of Dr. Olga Tsoudis, Sociology Faculty, and Dr. Bert Medina, Counseling, was recently featured in the West Valley View. They traveled to Tanzania, Africa and volunteered with the non-profit organization Make a Difference to provide orphans with quality education. Read more.

Estrella Hall Grand Opening Highlights Resources for Student Success

The Estrella Hall remodel/expansion will be formally presented to students and community members Thursday, September 5. Encourage students to participate in the activities, which focus on the co-location of EMCC resources in Estrella Hall.

Building Tours / Mascot Reveal: September 5 (9:50am-4:00pm)

  • 9:50 am - Mascot revealed to students at Estrella Hall North stairwell
  • 10:00 am - Estrella Hall Building Tours begin with Student Ambassadors (Rally bandanas given to all students who complete a tour)
  • 11:00 am-1:00pm - Radio Station / Lunch party at Estrella Hall North (Pizza served at West side of building)
  • 4:00 pm - Building Tours End

 Resources Passport: (September 5-12)

  • Students receive a 'passport' at the computer commons help desk. 
  • Six (6) resource destinations are on the passport. By visiting the campus destinations and learning about EMCC resources, students collect 6 'passport stamps'.
  • Students can choose either a t-shirt or canvas bag after the completed passport is shown to library staff.
  • Students (18+ years) can submit their completed passport into a drawing to win an iPad. (Completed passport must be submitted by 10pm Thursday, September 12 to be eligible to win.)

The tours and passport highlight the increased accessibility of student success resources: library, computer commons, academic success center/tutoring and faculty. Facts to share with students :

  • Academic Success Center offers free tutoring, including math, science, writing, reading/languages and occupational tutoring. Contact: 623.935.8221 or online.
  • EMCC Library houses approximately 20,000 volumes and is open 76.5 hours per week during regular semesters. The Estrella Hall Expansion allowed 35% more shelf space for books.
  • The creation of quiet study areas, study rooms and laptop uplinks encourages learning in informal spaces.

Employees can learn more about the building design, construction and centralized resources by joining a building tour September 5:

  • 8:30am - Tour with community members, led by EMCC facilities (meet at Estrella Conference Center)
  • 9:00am - Tour with community members, led by EMCC facilities (meet at Estrella Conference Center)
  • 10:00am - 4:00pm - Tour with students, led by student ambassadors (Regular departures from Computer Commons Helpdesk)
Teacher Education Institute: Teaching Tip

Part II of a two-part series, compiled by EMCC instructors: Pete Turner, Rachel Holmes, Becky Baranowski, Jim Cerven, Bronwen Steele, Olga Tsoudis, Erik Huntsinger, Erin Blomstrand, Ro Turner

Start the Year Off Right with Ethical Teaching

  • Connect classroom activities and assignments to competencies in a clear manner so students understand the value; 
  • Teach students tools (study skills or presentation skills) that aren't in your competencies but are required in the "real world;"
  • Refresh yourself in your subject matter and/or practices to avoid "phoning in" your teaching;
  • Challenge yourself to reflect on your practices and make changes that better your ability to create effective, positive teaching experiences for your students;
  • Challenge yourself to experiment and to celebrate "failures" in order to grow from them;
  • Challenge yourself with new technologies and teaching students to use those;
  • Do not speak ill of other instructors and do not allow students to do so;
  • Keep personal opinions out of the classroom;
  • Don't allow for one student to control the class and the conversations;
  • Be professional in your manner - don't allow cussing in class and don't cuss yourself - teachers are role models, not friends of the students;  
  • Address student issues one-on-one and not in front of the class;
  • And, SHARE your ideas, successes, failures, and practices with your peers!

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

Free STEM Internship Expo For College and High School Students

In partnership with the Arizona SciTech Festival, MCCCD is hosting a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Internship Expo in September. College and high school students can attend the free, half-day event to learn about organizations in the Phoenix area that host STEM internship programs. Representatives from participating organizations will also share information about creating competitive applications. Register / read more.

  • Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013
  • Time: 8:30am-12:00pm
  • Location: Phoenix College Student Union, 1202 W. Thomas Road

  • Introductions
    • Rodney McClain, Courtyard Grill Manager
  • Promotions
    • Marcia Ford, Technical Assistant - SWSC Community Education

  • Coffee Talk
  • 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. Open to all students. Debbie Kushibab and Sue Tavakoli are the invited administrators. 

    • Date: Friday, September 6
    • Time: 9:00-10:00am
    • Location: Student Union
  • WLG Ice Cream Social
  • EMCC's Women's Leadership Group (WLG) kickoff event is an ice cream social. Leadership opportunities and WLG information will be presented at the meeting. All genders are welcome.

    • Date: Friday, September 6
    • Time: 2:30-4:00pm
    • Location: Estrella Hall Community Room
  • Hearing Board Member Training
  • Employees who are interested in serving as a member on student disruption or code-of-conduct hearing boards are required to complete training. Everyone welcome. RSVP to Lisa Widowski.

    • Date: Monday, September 9
    • Time: 2:00-3:30pm
    • Location: KOM A Conference Center
  • United Way Planning Committee
  • EMCC employees meet to plan events and activities for the United Way campaign. Pizza served. All are welcome.

    • Date: Tuesday, September 10
    • Time: 12:00-1:00pm
    • Location: KOM A - Conference Center
  • Veterans Center Grand Opening
  • The larger and dedicated space for Veterans is formally presented to the community. A 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony at the Flagpoles is followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.

    • Date: Wednesday, September 11
    • Time: 8:30am (remembrance), 9-10am (ceremony), 10am and 4pm (open house)
    • Location: Veterans Center - KOM C
  • Scholarship 101
  • Scholarship Workshop provides assistance with locating and applying for scholarships. All students welcome.

    • Date: Wednesday, September 11
    • Time: 3:00-4:00pm
    • Location: Estrella Hall Community Room
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff
  • Hispanic Heritage Month begins with a welcome and proclamation reading by local dignitaries and performances by musical artists.

    • Date: Tuesday, September 17
    • Time: 10:00am-12:30pm
    • Location: KOM B Plaza & Estrella North Plaza
  • Fresh Salsa Contest
  • In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, employees compete in the 2nd annual Fresh Salsa contest. Individuals bring 8 cups of their best salsa and are judged for the title of "Estrella's Best Salsa."

    • Date: Tuesday, September 17
    • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
    • Location: Ceremonial Plaza