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Thursday, October 30, 2014

SLCC audio techie takes home award from national competition

Salt Lake Community College students who are members of the Audio Engineering Society took home an award and rubbed elbows with rock-n-roll’s finest technicians October 9-12 at AES’s 137th convention in Los Angeles.

More than 15,000 people and 307 exhibitors and sponsors packed the Los Angeles Convention Center for four days, during which SLCC student Ryan Moody was awarded the Silver Medal in the Student Design Competition for his  “MIDI Dance Sensors.” Moody’s Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) sensors stacked up against designs from undergraduates at four-year schools from around the country. The MIDI sensors convert physical movements of dancers into MIDI data that can be sent to a computer for triggering specific computer-generated musical events like playing a note, chord or sample playback.

SLCC students who participated at the convention are enrolled in associate of applied science tracks for the Music Recording Technology and Media Music programs. Instructors Steve Sue and Thomas Baggaley accompanied students Nicole Darner, Chase Tweed, Brooke Cummings and Ryan Moody to the convention, where they met and learned from industry legends like Alan Parsons, Geoff Emerick (The Beatles), John Storyk (Jimi Hendrix) and Fleetwood Mac producer Ken Calliat.

SLCC’s student AES Club chapter was recently approved by the International AES student delegation, which makes SLCC only the second chapter in the state and the first Utah System of Higher Education institution to have a chapter. SLCC currently has 18 students who are AES members.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Immigrant students tell stories of journeys to SLCC


Salt Lake Community College will host "Immigrant Student Voices" October 27, noon in the Student Center Oak Room on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. Students from "distant lands" will talk about their diverse life experiences and challenges and the journeys they have taken that have lead them to SLCC and the journeys they continue to take.

SLCC staffer’s work seen every day, everywhere

Theresa Adair can do almost anything, when it comes to print.

Variety is a defining characteristic of her job as customer service and production manager for Printing Services at Salt Lake Community College. And she thrives on deadlines.


“I love it when somebody comes in and it’s down to the wire,” Adiar said.

She loves answering the question, “Can it be done?”

“I think that’s probably one of the reasons I’ve stayed in this for so long,” said Adair, who has over 27 years experience in graphic design. “You are always learning something new. It’s never the same day in and day out.”

When this mother of three grown daughters first started in the design business, she began on equipment that cost lots of money but did half the work of the technology she uses today.

“We didn’t have Adobe Suite back then,” she said, referring to those high school and technical college days.

She found work in the scrapbooking industry, with Jordan School District and a variety of freelance jobs before landing at the College part time and eventually full time.

Now she helps manage 20 part-timers across three campuses. Often they’re students looking to get into graphic design.


“One of the big things that’s been kind of fun has been working with students who have been in the program here at school,” she said. “It’s fun to actually get them involved in a real working atmosphere and help them with that transition, because there’s book learning and actual hands on. It’s just been fun to be able to share all of the knowledge that I’ve gained over the years.”

The Texas-born girl’s family moved to Utah when she was 7, growing up in Springville. She’s been married to her contractor husband 29 years and loves golfing – albeit 9 holes at a time – with him.

Not surprisingly Adair has had professional experience in photography, complete with a home studio. These days, she shoots for fun while traveling to far-away places like Asia.

She’s dabbled in skiing, jet skiing and even paragliding, but these days her passion is with running and fitness, like marathons and triathlons. Eight years ago she and some running friends started a Thanksgiving Day charity race, which today draws thousands of runners and raises tens of thousands of dollars each year for the Utah Food Bank.

“I think it’s a great way to get rid of stress,” said Adair, whose mother survived two bouts with breast cancer and gave her daughter a wake-up call. “I do run with friends, so, it’s a great social thing.”

She’s on her feet a lot at work, too, hovering over the latest job that might be a simple print or anything from banners, stickers and large signs or posters to books, catalogs, brochures, screen printing or wedding invitations.


“You know, I think we help a lot of people out of tight situations,” she said. “I think that’s been one of the biggest things.”

And, again, there isn’t much her group can’t do.


“Like I said, we can pretty much take on any challenge,” she said. “We’ll try to come up with something that works for you. We haven’t been stumped too often.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SLCC showcases works inspired by artist Jose Guadalupe Posada


Salt Lake Community College will host “Calaveras Mexicanas – The art and influence of José Guadalupe Posada” and several related events October 23 through November 11.

The main exhibit, “Homage to Posada,” will feature pieces by contemporary Latin American artists commemorating the centennial of Posada’s death. Posada (1852-1913) is considered the “father of Mexican printmaking,” known for his use of skeletons (calaveras) in political cartoons that depicted life in Mexico City during the early 20th century. The artwork will be shown in the George and Dolores Doré Eccles Gallery of SLCC’s South City Campus, 1575 South State Street, Salt Lake City. The October 23 opening reception, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., will feature a slideshow about Posada, appetizers, lectures about “Day of the Dead” and a craft table.

SLCC, Artes de Mexico en Utah and the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City, along with the Utah Humanities Council, Utah Division of Arts and Museums and Wells Fargo Bank combined efforts to bring “Calaveras Mexicanas” to the college.

On October 28 SLCC will host the Latino Youth Leadership Conference, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Student Event Center on its Taylorsville Redwood Campus, 4600 South Redwood Road. SLCC will feature student works from the college’s Mexican American Culture course in the “’Nichos’ and Altar Gallery” October 29 through November 4, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. each day, also in the Student Event Center.

Spoken word poet Michael Reyes will celebrate Hispanic/Latino heritage October 28, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mestizo Coffeehouse, 631 West North Temple, Salt Lake City and then on October 29, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in SLCC’s Student Event Center. There will be a “Day of the Dead” celebration November 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Event Center.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SLCC, 3form dress wins at fashion show for charity

It was a dress made, in part, inside 3form sales representative Karey Sransy’s home oven that won an “Honorable Mention” award for Salt Lake Community College at the 2014 Fashion Remix show in Salt Lake City.


The challenge was for teams participating in the show to design an outfit using elements and materials associated with interior design. Fashion and interior design students from SLCC worked on the dress with materials used by 3form, a Utah-based architectural materials solutions company.

“The inspiration for the dress was a Haute Couture, 1950s-era cocktail party dress,” Spransy said. “We wanted to do an ombre effect, going from dark to light, which lead to our team name “Obscurite a la Lumiere.”

It took a team of six more than three months to design, craft and build the dress using, among other things, a laminated resin and adhesive backed textile. The team used recycled or reusable materials from 3from, which is a “Zero-Landfill” manufacturer. SLCC students Lauren Weaver, Samuel Rose, Linda Lechtenberg and Trung Tham worked on the dress.


Pieces of the dress, clutch and hat were heated in ovens and then hand formed. For the skirt the team used 3form’s walk-in oven, heated to 298 degrees, that it uses for fabrication in larger jobs.

“It only took about five minutes before the materials were pliable enough to be hand-formed into the flowing, billowy shapes of the skirt,” Spransy said.


Outfits in the October 16 show, which benefited the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, were judged on creativity, craftsmanship, construction, detail, use of manufacturer’s materials and models’ performances on stage. International Interior Design Association organizes the annual event.


In all 20 teams participated in the show, including BYU, Utah State University, LDS Business College and Weber State University. Over half of the teams were pairs of private companies that work in interior design.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

E-Books at SLCC Libraries

BIG NEWS! 

Electronic books now far outnumber print books at SLCC Libraries. This reversal is part of a national trend in academic libraries: a shift from owning books to leasing them. The model is similar to what subscription services like Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon offer consumers. In this case, the library is the subscriber; it pays so SLCC students, faculty, and staff can have access to resources that aren’t freely available.

Finding E-books at SLCC

E-books can be searched right from the library’s main web page in the default “One Search” box.


E-books can be read on the Library’s web site or downloaded as PDF or HTML files for viewing on a home computer, e-reader, tablet, or smart phone. SLCC Library users are prompted to set up a username and password by EBSCO after selecting the download option, but the book rental is paid for by the college.

FAQ about E-Books

Question: Do e-books have a due date or expiration?
Yes. The checkout period is 7 days but renewals are unlimited.

Question: Is there a limit to how many e-books I can download?
For a small number of e-books EBSCO limits the number of simultaneous downloads, but most have unlimited downloads.

Question: Why do I have to create a username and password with EBSCO to download an e-book onto my device?
EBSCO monitors checkouts for e-books with download limitations and also collects statistics for marketing and business development

E-books: the good, the bad, and the…

Scholarly writers praise (see article here) e-books’ unlimited capacity to include commentary, video, art, interactive maps, and links to related content.

 Instant, on demand access anywhere with an internet connection
  • Mobility and chiropractic value: one or dozens fit in your pocket
  • Searchable using keywords
  • Can be read in total darkness
  • Can be backed up to prevent loss or damage
  • Fonts can be enlarged or changed
  • Text can be read aloud for those in need
  • Non-text multimedia and widgets (image galleries, interactive models, data, video and audio files) can be embedded in the text
  • Many available for free online
  • Make it possible for authors to inexpensively publish and distribute their own work


Educators in the humanities have expressed concern (see article here) about the potential adverse effects of e-books on “deep reading” and critical reflection.

  • Require a device, and therefore electricity, to be read
  • Necesitate e-readers, which become electronic waste
  • Difficult to share, i.e., transfer from one device to another, due to copyright restrictions
  • More like rentals than actual purchases
  • Cannot be resold
  • Rarely owned and preserved by public institutions
  • Privacy: usage may be monitored or tracked by providers
  • Difficult to “mark up” with combination of graphical and textual notations
  • Pages cannot be “felt” or “smelled”
  • Do not increase in monetary value and are not collectible
  • Do not beautify your home or office



If you have decided that e-books are for you and find yourself needing a bit of help, contact a reference librarian at 801-957-4610.