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Campus Updates - Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
City of Goodyear Recognizes EMCC's Honor Society

EMCC's Beta Alpha Xi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society adopted the Goodyear Community Park. The second Saturday of each month, chapter members volunteer 7-9am to clean the park. Most recently, 18 members and 13 family/guests participated in the cleanup September 14. The chapter was recognized by the Goodyear City Council September 23, 2013. PTK members will continue the activity through June 2014.

EMCC ACE Student Receives Scholarship

Selena Aguilar, an EMCC ACE student, was the recipient of the Hispanic Women's Corporation (HWC) Scholarship for EMCC. Selena was recognized during the September 27 luncheon and her family attended the event with her. Scholarships were presented to students during the 28th Annual National Professional Development and Leadership Institute for HWC attendees. HWC is a national organization and a proactive leader in the development of Latina women and youth.

Hispanic Heritage Month Events Recognize Employees and Community

Anna Lucero, Adjunct Faculty in Occupational Education, won "Estrella's Best Salsa" contest. She competed against other employees for the title and gave credit to her cousin for the 'salsa assistance'. Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) events continue with guest speakers and the "Royal Chicano Air Force" art exhibit, concluding with a shrine building workshop October 15.

Superhero Campaign Targets EMCC ACE

For the second consecutive year, EMCC's ACE program was selected as the agency for the college's United Way campaign. The theme this year is "Superheros" and several events are planned. Funds raised during the campaign events go directly to the ACE program at EMCC. You can be a superhero by participating in one or more events:

  • Online Pledge: MCCCD's campaign runs October 1-31 and online gifts can be made via https://epledge.vsuw.org
  • "Super Bake Off": Bake your favorite food and enter the contest. Ballots can be purchased to cast your vote for the 'best baked treat'. KOM B Outdoor Patio, Thursday, October 3, 11am-1pm.
  • "Super Pet" Contest: Submit a photo of your pet in superhero attire and your superpet's motto for consideration and possible induction to the Super Pet Team. Final voting for EMCC Super Pet occurs during the Main Event. Submissions accepted via email Monday, October 7 - Monday, October 21.
  • Online Auction: Place a bid for items online. Monday, October 14 - Wednesday, October 23.
  • ACE Table: Donate at the ACE table during the Love Your Body Outdoor Event. Wednesday, October 16.
  • Super Talent Show: Sponsor a student for open mic time in the Estrella Conference Center. Thursday, October 17, 2:00-3:00pm.
  • Main Event: Dress up as your favorite superhero (or create your own superhero / superhero costume). Purchase a luncheon ticket and bid on items during the main event. Estrella Conference Center, Friday, October 25, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Last year, events raised more than $7,500 and employees donated more than $15,000 directly for EMCC ACE.  As a college, EMCC contributed more than any other MCCCD college to the United Way Campaign. This year, EMCC's goal is to exceed last year's donations and directly support EMCC ACE students.

Candidates For EMCC Vice President On Campus

Finalists for the Vice President of Student Affairs will be on the EMCC campus Thursday, October 10. During the second stage of interviewing, candidates participate in a forum. EMCC employees will be able to submit comments electronically or via paper. Digital recordings will be made to ensure employees who are unable to attend in-person can still participate in the process. Details about candidates and the forum's time/location will be distributed via email.

Teacher Education Institute: Teaching Tip

Prompts That Get Students to Analyze, Reflect, Relate, and Question

Here is a simple teaching technique that helps students to learn. This four-question set gets students to actively respond to the material they are studying:

  • “Identify one important concept, research finding, theory, or idea that you learned while completing this activity.”
  • “Why do you believe that this concept, research finding, theory, or idea is important?”
  • “Apply what you have learned from this activity to some aspect of your life.”
  • “What questions has the activity raised for you? What are you still wondering about?" 

Carry these questions with you to class. They are a great way to start class (reviewing prior material/activities) or end class. Enjoy!

Source: Weimer, M. Faculty Focus, August 28, 2013

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

  • Test Taking and Test Anxiety Workshop
  • The third workshop in the Student Success Workshops focuses on the skills necessary for preparing for exams. Workshops are free and open to all students.

    • Date: Wednesday, October 2
    • Time: 12:00-12:50pm & 5:00-5:50pm
    • Location: CTL
  • Career Panel - Business
  • Individuals with various positions in business speak about their careers and answer questions. Open to all.

    • Date: Thursday, October 3
    • Time: 10:00-11:00am
    • Location: Plaza Gallery
  • 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. Ernie Lara and clay Goodman are the invited administrators.

    • Date: Friday, October 4
    • Time: 9:00-10:00am
    • Location: Student Union
  • Career Panel - AJS
  • Individuals in law enforcement and various positions in administration of justice studies will speak about their careers and answer questions from the audience. Open to all.

    • Date: Monday, October 7
    • Time: 1:00-2:00pm
    • Location: Plaza Gallery
  • United Way Planning Committee
  • EMCC employees meet to coordinate United Way campaign. Pizza provided - all are welcome.

    • Date: Tuesday, October 8
    • Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm
    • Location: KOM A - Conference Center
  • HACE
  • The annual Health Awareness and Career Expo (HACE) features activities, workshops and expert panels. Open to all. More info.

    • Date: Wednesday, October 9
    • Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
    • Location: Various campus locations including Plaza Gallery, CTC, Conference Center
  • Canvas: Navigating It
  • The fourth Student Success Workshop is devoted to helping students understand and utilize EMCC's learning management system (Canvas). Workshop is free for all students.

    • Date: Wednesday, October 9
    • Time: 12:00-12:50pm & 5:00-5:50pm
    • Location: CTL
  • Love Your Body Week
  • Events, films, and guest speakers featured during the week. Funded in part by Sociology course fees. Click Events Calendar for more information.

    • Date: Monday, October 14 - Friday, October 18
    • Time/Location: Various locations/times