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Campus Updates - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Student Success Fair Sets Goals for Students and Employees

The Student Success Fair, piloted last year, exceeded expectations and this year's event was larger due to employee participation and engagement. EMCC's Student Success Fair co-locates and integrates student services with academic domains, creating an engaging learning activity in an informal, low-risk setting. As students interact with employees in the different learning zones, they earn ‘stamps’ in their passport and can complete tasks to earn additional prizes and food. The 2-day event connects students to college resources and helps them commit to an individualized graduation date.  

The 2014 Fair added components to the existing structure:

  • Passport stamp tables - helped alleviate congestion at the final destination and enabled more employees to interact with students.
  • Online employee training - ensured all employees were able to participate in the training and helped with consistent messaging to students.
  • Photo booth - Props (thank you Diane Stonebrink) were available for student pictures.
  • Social media - Hashtag (#iwillemcc) used to promote and connect students with the event.
  • Regalia - Suggested by faculty, employees wore cap and/or gown to promote conversations about completion and graduation.

More elements are being considered for next year to continue to grow the outreach efforts. Almost 1500 students participated in the 2014 Fair, exceeding last year's participation rate (an unexpected 900+ students!) For 2014, the Fair was promoted to high schools and almost 100 high school students attended the Tuesday evening event hours; most students brought their parents and family, thus increasing the overall headcount to approximately 300 people in the evening. 

A similar event will be held at the Buckeye Education Center (BEC) for current and prospective students: April 16, 2014.

All are invited to the debrief session Thursday, March 20 (1:00-2:00pm in KOM B). Lessons learned and ideas for next year will be discussed. If you would like to provide input, but cannot attend, please email suggestions and/or comments to Laura Fry.

EMCC Submits For Aspen Award

For the third consecutive time, EMCC was selected for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Only 150 community colleges are chosen; EMCC is the only MCCCD college to be selected each time since the program began. On Wednesday, March 12, EMCC submitted the application to move forward into the second round.

The Aspen Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

Women's History Month Offers Events For All

March is Women's History month and events are open to employees and students. Upcoming workshops/conferences/speakers include:

  • Thursday, March 20, 8:30-9:45am, Plaza Gallery - Women's career panel.
  • Saturday, March 22, 8:00am-1:00pm, Estrella Conference Center - Bloom Where You're Planted conference featuring keynote speaker Agnes Umuligirwa.
  • Tuesday, March 25, 8:30-9:45am, Plaza Gallery - Indiana Jones and a glimpse into archaeology presented by Kristy Miller.
  • Thursday, March 27, 8:30-9:45am, CTL - Marriage, motherhood, career presented by Dr. Caron Sada and special guests.
  • Thursday, March 2710:00-11:15am, Estrella Conference Center - The importance of educating women in Africa presented by Agnes Umuligirwa.
  • Thursday, March 27, 11:30am-12:45pm, Estrella Conference Center - A transperspective on femalehood presented by Juli Myers.
  • Friday, March 28, 3:00-5:00pm, Plaza Gallery - Women and video games presentation.

Ongoing displays at EMCC include:

  • Body, Creature, Nature: Art display in Komatke featuring three women artists - Monica Aissa Martinez, Carolyn Lavender and Mary Shindell. Ends March 31.
  • Humannequin project: English, Psychology and Sociology courses participated in the creation of the exhibit focusing on gender and language. March 17 -27 in Ceremonial Plaza

Conference Proposals Due

Various conferences are currently accepting proposals. Consider submitting and showcasing the engaging opportunities you create for students at Estrella:

  • 2014 Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference. Submit online form. Due Date: Monday, March 24. Conference is Tuesday, May 13.
  • 2014 Adjunct Faculty Day of Learning Conference. Submit online. Due Date: Monday, March 24. Conference is Saturday, April 5.
Student Art Show on Display

The 2014 EMCC Juried Student Art show is currently on display. Cases in Estrella Hall and Komatke C feature student art work and will be on view until April 1. Jimmy Fike, Fine Arts Faculty, organized the event and continues to develop opportunities for students to feature their artwork. The sculpture garden, created by ART 112 students, is a temporary installation located in the courtyard between Estrella Hall and Student life. Visit the line-based sculptures before they are gone!

Lion's Perspective Roars Again

The online magazine, "The Lion's Perspective", was published Monday, March 17. Written by EMCC students, the Lion's Perspective was launched last spring to create opportunities for student success and as an avenue for students to develop writing skills.  The most recent edition (Volume 2, Issue 2) was assisted by faculty advisors Selina Schuh and Erin Blomstrand and many of the articles address recent activities led by EMCC students. Students can contribute submissions for the Fall 2014 issue by visiting the website.

Student Success Fair Selected To Represent EMCC At District

Maricopa County Community College District's (MCCCD) Innovation of the Year (IOTY) Program is an annual call to submit the college's best innovation. For 2014, EMCC will be represented by the Student Success Fair (SSF). The innovation was selected by EMCC's IOTY committee and the SSF core team, comprised of Christina Izaguirre, Michael Bartley, Olga Tsoudis and Laura Fry, will present at District Friday, March 28. MCCCD's IOTY will be announced during the awards program Wednesday, April 30. Well wishes to the team as they prepare and present!

  • Introductions
    • Roderick 'Rod' Franklin - Public Safety Officer
    • Krystina Blackwell - EMCC Sustainability Intern
    • Ciara Garcia - EMCC Sustainabiilty Intern

  • ASU Day
  • ASU representatives on campus to discuss program requirements and transfer opportunities. All are welcome.

    • Date: Wednesday, March 19
    • Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
    • Location:  Estrella Hall Outdoor walkway
  • Student Appreciation Day
  • Celebrating EMCC students with games, prizes and food. All students welcome.

    • Date: Wednesday, March 19
    • Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
    • Location: Student Union
  • Pathways to Student Success
  • Student Success Workshop focuses on career goals and transferring to a university.

    • Date: Wednesday, March 19
    • Time: 12:00-12:50 pm and 5:00-5:50pm
    • Location: CTL
  • Employee Benefits Fair
  • Representatives from Health Care Providers and Wellness provide information to help employees understand MCCCD benefits.

    • Date: Thursday, March 20
    • Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
    • Location: Estrella Conference Center
  • Emergency Preparedness Forum
  • Learn how to be prepared and what to do in case of an emergency at EMCC. All students welcome. Lunch provided.

    • Date: Thursday, March 20
    • Time: 12:00-1:00pm
    • Location: Student Union
  • Pre-Graduation Seminar
  • All students who expect to graduate either Spring or Summer 2014 are encouraged to attend. Open to all students.

    • Date: Thursday, March 20
    • Time: 3:00-4:00pm
    • Location: CTL
  • Motivation and Graduation
  • Student Success Workshop focuses on maintaining motivation and inspiration all the way through to graduation.

    • Date: Wednesday, March 26
    • Time:  12:00-12:50 pm and 5:00-5:50pm
    • Location: CTL
  • STEMinar
  • EMCC's 3rd STEMinar features Dr. Suzanne Dietrich, professor in Applied Computing Program at ASU West.

    • Date: Wednesday, March 26
    • Time: 4:00-5:00pm
    • Location: Estrella North Community Room
  • MVET meeting
  • Maricopa Veterans Education Taskforce (MVET) rotates meetings through MCCCD. All are welcome to join as MVET meets at EMCC.

    • Date: Tuesday, April 1
    • Time: 3:00-5:00pm
    • Location: Plaza Gallery
  • Talking to Professors
  • Student Success Workshop addresses the importance of talking with professors and offers tips to make it easier. A panel discussion with professors from EMCC concludes the workshop.

    • Date: Wednesday, April 2
    • Time: 12:00-12:50 pm and 5:00-5:50pm
    • Location: CTL