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Monday, December 15, 2014

Guest Blog Post: Charlotte Nelson SLCC DC Intern

Monday, November 3:

I just finished my eighth week of work at Senator Hatch's office. I can't believe that I have been here for a month.

On Columbus Day, since I had the day off I decided to spend the afternoon on the Mall. I stumbled across the Navy Memorial, which was pretty cool because it was the Navy's birthday. If I hadn't noticed a woman taking a picture behind me I would have never realized it was there. In the memorial they had a spot for each of the armed forces, my favorite being the Coast Guard.
  
 

After the Navy Memorial, I decided to go where I had originally intended, the Natural History Museum. Since museums don't keep my interest for long I was only there for a half hour. I really had wanted to see the Dinosaur exhibit, but unfortunately it was closed.

From the first week here in D.C. I had noticed the red Capitol Bike Share bikes, so I decided to try one out today and ride the mall. Now that was the real adventure. Since they have to be turned in every half hour I found myself backtracking a lot to make sure that I checked the bike in on time. Bikes always make me feel as if I am flying. Back at home I could barely ride my bike for more than 15 minutes, but after straining my legs so much walking everywhere I was able to ride for 3 hours. It was a perfect day for a bike ride. It was cloudy and cool, but it wasn't cold. It was foggy so I occasionally had my glasses fog up.

Just after I had passed the Washington Monument, I saw this group of boys singing so I stopped. At first I thought that it was a proposal because this one guy was singing to a girl that was standing there.
It was just a singing group. I was there for four of their songs. For the last song they sang one of the soloists caught my eye and brought the group over to sing to me.
It was amazing and I was beet red. It was so funny. It really nice of them to sing to me too.

After the wonderful singing I went to the WWII Memorial. I liked the view of the Lincoln Memorial from the fountain. 

Next I went to the Lincoln Memorial. One of my favorite views of the Washington Monument is that from the Lincoln Memorial.

  

If you are at the Lincoln Memorial you have to go passed the Korean War Memorial. It was great to see these statutes when it was a little more lit.  I love this quote "Freedom is not Free." It reminds us that to maintain our freedoms, so many people have died and paid the ultimate price. "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met."

The experience on the mall was amazing. It was great to see that I truly am not weak. Although I don't like to walk very far because of pain, I have found that I can bike and I can get around much faster and without the impact. Back at home I could have never imagined biking the mall. I probably covered enough ground that I would have gone from end to end of the mall, because I made a few circle backs.
  
Being here in D.C. I can see that I have so many opportunities to learn and grow. There are so many chances to stretch myself because there are few places where I am actually allowed to be in my comfort zone. What I have accomplished and what lies ahead of me, just makes me want to do the best I can. I can't always be perfect, but I can always strive for better than yesterday.

It was good to see Tim Sheenan this last week. Work is going great. I am still working on compiling the roll call votes for judicial nominations.

Monday, October 6:

I just finished my sixth week of work at Senator Hatch's office. 

The last two weeks have been pretty quiet since we have been out of session. Unfortunately since it is an election year, we will be out of session more than we will be in. Although it isn't a typical semester in the Senate and much slower than usual, many have said that it has been the busiest out of session they have had in a while.

I am still going through tour testing, the only one who has not been signed off yet. Preparation for my tour testing sessions takes up about half of my time. Today I have been cleared to do my final tour test, where I will give a tour to a group of constituents.

I have been given the responsibility to double check and record the list of judicial nominations going all the way back to the first Congress. It has been interesting going through all of the names and seeing how Senator Hatch voted on each.

After I had gone to the Capitol building during my spare time at work last week I ended up getting turned around in the Senate office buildings. I decided to try a staircase in the Russell building, forgetting that it was only connected to the other buildings on the basement level, and found myself turned around and confused and eventually found myself on the other side in a similar corridor that I was used to. I was probably lost for at least 15 minutes. While I was lost I was able to see the beauty of the Russell building, which was built in 1909. Normally I only go through the basement portion of the building and see the building as brick and old, but going up into the other portions of the building I was able to see the beautiful staircases and hallways.

I love it here in D.C. and the adventures I have had. The time is going by so fast. I can't believe I have been out here for almost two months. This experience really forces me to stretch myself be diligent in my duties and really seek to learn and gather knowledge. The learning that I have done here at the Capitol is as much as if I was in classes back at home.

I was able to go to the National Gallery of Art and experience the beauty of art that bring on emotion. The paintings were beautiful and I was able to recognize a few of the names of the artists, I wish I knew more of them. It was surprising to me how many of the subjects of the paintings appeared as if they could leap from the canvas.

The seasons finally snapped and it is getting quite chilly, fall has definitely come to D.C. 

I have been having a wonderful time. 

Monday, September 22:

I just finished my fourth week of work at Senator Hatch's office. 

The last two weeks have been interesting since we have been in session. While we have been in session the work load has picked up a little. I have had the opportunity to make 3 sets of binders for meetings and was able to attend one of the Markups. However, the time we have been in session has been short lived, we are going to be out of session until November, because of the campaign season.

Over the last two weeks I have had the opportunity to see Senator Hatch on two occasions, although I have not had the opportunity to speak with him. I saw him as he came out of a conference room up near the Judiciary cubicles and then later that week at the Markup. I accidentally didn't include everything that was necessary in the Markup binder and the Proxy letter was incomplete. By the time I realized my mistake it was too late to fix it, the only thing I could hope for was that Senator Hatch would actually be at the meeting. Luckily he did arrive, although he was the last to get to the meeting.

It was very interesting to be working on Capitol Hill on September 11th. There were moments of silence throughout the morning to remember the events that happened that day 13 years ago. I had just gotten to work at 8:46, the time that the first plane hit the north tower, when the message came across the PA system. It really put the events in perspective, about what time the events happened, to be working on Capitol Hill and realize that if I had been working in the towers that day I would have just gotten to work, like many others who died that day. That night I was able to go to the Pentagon Memorial again, someone had gone around to every bench and left one white rose.

I am loving the research and document preparation that I have been able to help with. I am going to be tour tested this week and possibly give my first tour to a constituent.

Well things are going great here in Washington, DC. although I haven't been able to get out and see many sites yet. The weeks go by so fast.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

International Student Services Tuition & Fee Deadlines Spring 2015

Spring semester 2015 begins on Monday, January 12, 2015. 

SLCC F-1 international students will automatically be enrolled in the Ascension Health Insurance Plan when they register for classes.

Deadlines:

·      Friday, January 9 is the deadline for international student insurance & tuition payment for students registered for Spring Semester

·      Tuesday, January 13 – classes dropped for not meeting deadline

There are two ways to meet the Friday, January 9 payment deadline:

1.    Pay tuition & fees in full by the Friday, January 9, 2015

2.   Enroll in the STIL by January 9 and make your first STIL payment to include health insurance.*

      *Because of the tuition differential a payment plan is not available for School of Applied Technology English as a Second Language students.  Payment of tuition in full and health insurance is required at the time of enrollment.

·      Students who enroll in classes after January 12 will have seven (7) days to pay tuition & fees

·      Fall Semester Health Insurance coverage is January 5, 2015 – May 10, 2015. 

·      Cost is $396.00
 
Health insurance waivers are no longer available.

Please follow this new international tuition and fee information on the ISS Facebook page, Twitter, the SLCC webpage, MyPage announcement and digital signage on campus.   Read your e-mail! 


For more information, visit International Student Services in the Student Center room 234 or call 801.957.4528.

Friday, December 5, 2014

SLCC President Attends White House Event on Expanding College Access

Salt Lake Community College President Deneece G. Huftalin on Thursday joined President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college. 

The White House College Opportunity Day of Action was intended to support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.

Community colleges are vital to create short-term technical training to meet workforce demands in STEM,” said Dr. Huftalin. “I am so proud to have represented Salt Lake Community College at the College Opportunity Day for Action Summit at the White House, and to have shared the innovative work of our faculty to help students complete college in a highly skilled and timely way.



Event participants were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas: building networks of colleges around promoting completion, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, and increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


The President announced new steps on how his Administration is helping to support these actions, including announcing $10 million to help promote college completion and a $30 million AmeriCorps program that will improve low-income students’ access to college.  Thursday’s event is the second College Opportunity Day of Action, and included a progress report on the commitments made at the first day of action on January 14, 2014.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SLCC Writing Students Tell All About Zombie Invasion in Utah


It's a zombie invasion!

But if you want to know more about the zombie outbreaks in and around Utah, you'll have to visit with Salt Lake Community College technical writing students Thursday, December 4, 6 p.m. in the Academic and Administration Building (AAB) Atrium at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus.

Events and exhibits include the history of the outbreak, a look at zombie physiology and a captured zombie. The event will be catered, of course, to fulfill your hunger and curiosity.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SLCC Writing Center Director Wins National Award

Salt Lake Community College Student Writing Center Director Clint Gardner recently was given the Outstanding Service Award during the International Writing Centers Association conference in Orlando.

The award given every four years recognizes people who have made significant impacts in the field of writing centers locally, nationally and internationally. Since the award’s founding in 1984, Gardner is the first recipient from a two-year college. SLCC associate professor of English Tiffany Rousculp coordinated Gardner’s nomination.

Clint Gardner

“What sets Clint apart from other colleagues is his enduring commitment to improving writing, both at SLCC’s Student Writing Center and its Community Writing Center,” Rousculp said for an IWCA press release. “His genuine ability to pursue the collective cause never ceases to amaze me.”

Gardner and other SLCC faculty started the college’s Writing Center in 1990 shortly after he began teaching there. Since that time an estimated 50,000 students have visited the Writing Center.

“There really wasn’t a lab where you could talk one on one with students,” Gardner said. “We wanted to create something where students could come to improve as a writer and succeed as a student. This is a retention thing for SLCC and a learning opportunity for students.”


 Today most of the students seeking help are non-native speakers, often refugees and immigrants, aided by 15 trained, paid peer tutors. SLCC Institutional Research recently compiled statistical data to document its claim, “Writing Center students are much more likely to pass ENG 1010 and much less likely to withdraw or receive an incomplete.”

The center, once tucked away on the second floor of an older building, is now located in a highly visible area on the first floor in the new Academic and Administration Building on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus, a location Gardner said has increased its usage by at least 20 percent. His goal is to grow and provide increased access to tutors on SLCC’s other campuses, mainly Miller, Jordan and South City.

“I really want to expand what we’re doing,” he said. “What we do is so important to these students.”


Gardner’s wall full of awards in his office includes the 2012 Ron Maxwell Award given out by the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW). After winning the IWCA award Gardner earlier this month headed to Dubai where he was the keynote speaker at the Middle East-North Africa Writing Centers Alliance. Gardner has also served as president of IWCA and the Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association and he will co-host the NCPTW event in Salt Lake City in 2015.

Former SLCC Culinary Student Wins $10K at World Food Championships

David Grover, a former student of the Salt Lake Community College Culinary Institute, won the World Recipe Champion award last week in the annual World Food Championships.

Grover shares the $10,000 prize with his longtime girlfriend and cooking partner Jamie Boyle of the team “The Half Baked Hippies” after preparing three dishes that wowed judges in Las Vegas. Grover’s team was one of nine category winners who beat out 400 other competitors for a chance to vie for a $100,000 World Food Champion award, which this year was won by a California cook.

David Grover and Jamie Boyle

 Boyle and Grover live in Murray and have been competing in cooking competitions for the past six years in Utah and surrounding states.

“We cook for fun,” said Grover. “It’s not for winning – it’s not for anything other than going out and having fun. It’s our release – it’s our fun time. We aren’t chefs who compete or practice day in and day out in the kitchen.”

Which is why they were “shocked” upon learning they won the recipe category. To advance in the competition the pair made a “Creamy Bacon Stuffed Chicken” and then a “Chile Verde Lasagna.” The winning dish was “Wasatch Back Jack Taters,” using three kinds of potatoes, Wright Brand bacon, Land O’Lakes cream cheese, a blended queso fresco cheese infused with chile verde and cheese from Utah-based Heber Valley Artisan Cheese along with caramelized onions and jalapenos.  The Unites States Potato Board was one of the sponsors of the event and potatoes had to be incorporated into the dishes in the World Recipe Championship.

Grover is the son of longtime SLCC automotive instructor Neal Grover, who as a Boy Scouts leader when his son was little cobbled together items rescued from the junk pile into the best-outfitted camps during backcountry outings with the Scouts. “While everyone else was eating cold cereal, we were eating bacon, eggs, pancakes, and fresh-caught trout with cornmeal breading on the griddle,” the younger Grover said. Grover’s father built the barbeque pit/trailer that the team uses for competitions.

David Grover took classes in the 90s at SLCC’s Culinary Institute and earned a Certified Culinarian certificate, but went on to become a compliance officer for Salt Lake City while Boyle works as a payroll coordinator for the State of Utah. But they’d someday, maybe in 10 years, like to open their own restaurant that offers an “eclectic” menu reflective of their penchant for variety in what they cook.


“That’s what really separates us apart from other people,” Grover said. “We cook what we love and we put our heart and soul into it.”