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Campus Updates - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Fall 2013 STEM Events Build into Spring Semester

Many Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) activities were held on campus during the fall semester. Student participation at the events was noticeable and often exceeded expectations:

  • Rube Goldberg event - Organized by Jennifer Shannon, more than 45 students participated in the event. Students from ECE 102 courses formed teams to build a contraption that could zip a zipper in 20 steps. Teams were given 2 attempts to get the zipper zipped and were evaluated using a rubric. Team 'Avengers' took first place and team 'Jamba' took third place - both teams from Michelle Breaux's class. Team 'Excellerz', from William Stein's class, placed second.
  • ASU Engineering event - Five former Maricopa Community College students, two of whom were former EMCC students, came to EMCC and spoke to current EMCC students. More than 60 people were in attendance to hear how the current ASU engineering students transitioned from a community college, managed academic workloads and still had a social life. The students emphasized that their math and physics classes were important key learning for their engineering classes.
  • STEMinar - Dr. Chad Johnson and Dr. Kimberly Kobojek from ASU West presented about their work with, respectively, Black Widow spiders and the Forensics program. Students were actively involved with the presenters as they looked at the forensic evidence and black widow displays (picture).

Look for additional STEM-related activities in the Spring 2014 semester, including the Tour for Diversity in Medicine event early February.

Occupational Education Students Collect For Food Drive

Student members from the Administration of Justice, Culinary, Future Teachers and Entrepreneur clubs collected canned and boxed food during November for the local Agua Fria Food Bank. The Occupational Education student clubs assisted the food bank van as it made several stops across campus to pick up the collected items.

EMCC Faculty Receives National Recognition

Dr. Natalie Rivera, EMCC Mathematics Faculty, was the recipient of the 2013 CPED Dissertation in Practice Award for her work Cooperative Learning in a Community College Setting: Developmental Coursework in Mathematics. Nominations for the award were submitted by more than 40 graduate schools. The CPED award committee utilized criteria that distinguish dissertations of scholarly practitioners as work grounded in high quality research with the potential to impact practice in education. Dr. Rivera's work was chosen as exemplar and she was invited to Rutgers University to be formally presented with the award.

Student Club Supports Veterans

EMCC's Veteran's Club was formed to provide fellowship among Veterans, alumni and staff of EMCC. In addition to the social networking and support for local veterans, the club organized several events to increase the knowledge about opportunities available and increase resources for veterans. Events include:

  • Brown bag meeting (Fridays at 12:00pm): The club strives to have a guest speaker at each meeting who can share knowledge and resources with those in attendance.
  • Adopt a Room Bowls (November 2013): More than $1500 was raised during the fundraiser. Students and employees created/painted bowls and then sold the bowls to raise funds for the U.S. VETS Phoenix-Adopt a Room. Adopt a Room provides shelter, food and job training for veterans.
  • Holiday fundraiser (available until December 13, 2013): Handcrafted bowls are transformed into thoughtful gift baskets and include patriotic candy canes, reusable baskets, personalized gift tag and 2 ceramic bowls. Proceeds go directly to U.S. Vets Phoenix - Adopt a Room.

Veterans Club co-advisors are Maryhelen Rosales and John Bradley.

New Online Room Reservation System Rolls Out In 2014

The online event scheduling system (25Live) goes live with a new request form January 2, 2014. The old system (R25 Webviewer) was discontinued district-wide and changes to existing online event schedules are currently handled through email until the new system is launched. Training for the new system will be available in January 2014.

Core Values Day Highlights "Voices. Action. Pride."

Voices matter. Actions matter. You matter. Core Values day is an opportunity to show your EMCC pride and bring your voice to create change.

To kick off the Spring 2014 semester, Core Values Day (Wednesday, January 8, 2014) includes the All-Employee Meeting and various events throughout the day. Building from the Core Values survey administered in the Fall 2013 semester, Core Values Day highlights how employee voices matter in both the process of evaluating issues and implementing solutions. During the previous survey, the institution hosted Core Values conversation luncheons with employee groups to process the results. This time, every employee has the opportunity to get involved:

  • All Employee meeting (8:00-10:00am): Information about District and campus initiatives shared, including the results of the 2013 Core Values survey.
  • Core Values exploration (10:00am-12:00pm): Rotating activity stations - earn 4 Core Values stamps for the 1:00pm creativity.
  • Lunch (12:00-1:00pm): Come together to 'voice your ideas'.
  • Core Values creativity (1:00-2:00pm): Use your core values stamps to get the 'item of the semester' ... it'll be used in many Spring 2014 events. Don't be the one who doesn't have it!

  • Introductions
    • Mary Ann Banayat, Nursing Instructor - SWSC
    • Patricia Cardenas-Adame, VP Student Affairs
    • Anahy Ramirez, Front Office Support Staff - Human Resources
    • Pauline Reinsch, Program Manager for Simulation - SWSC
    • Brandon Talley, Fiscal Tech II - Business Services
  • Division Chairpersons
  • Elected to 2-year terms, beginning immediately after the last day of Spring 2014 semester:

    • Nikol Price, Information Resources
    • Jim Nichols, Instructional Computing
    • Clarissa Davis-Ragland, Occupational Education

  • Student Success Fair Planning Committee
  • Last year's Student Success Fair (SSF) brought the entire campus together for student success. Help plan this year's SSF by attending the second planning meeting.

    • Date: Wednesday, December 11
    • Time: 1:00-2:00pm
    • Location: EST-ACR
  • All Employee Holiday Celebration
  • Enjoy the company of colleagues in an end-of-year celebration. Full breakfast served.

    • Date: Friday, December 13
    • Time: 8:00-10:00am
    • Location: EST Conference Center
  • Winter Break
  • Campus closed for 2013 Winter Break Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 12pm through January 1, 2014.

    • Staff returns: Thursday, January 2, 2014
    • Faculty accountability: Friday, January 3, 2014
  • Creativity Workshop Review
  • If you missed one of the creativity workshops, which prepares you for the design thinking, this review will catch you up! Pizza is served. All are welcome. Register online.

    • Date: Monday, January 6, 2014
    • Time: 10:00-11:00am (Part I), 11:00am-1:00pm (Part II), 1:00-2:00pm (Part III)
    • Location: CTL
  • Assessment Happens
  • SAAC event focuses on how assessment is integrated into the curriculum across the college. All are welcome, food is served. Register online.

    • Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014
    • Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
    • Location: CTL
  • Core Values Day
  • All-Employee meeting followed by Core Values activities and all-employee lunch.

    • Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014
    • Time: 8:00am - 2:00pm
    • Location: Estrella Conference Center (meeting and lunch), various locations (activities)