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Friday, March 23, 2018

Entrepreneur/Scientist, Demographer Will Receive SLCC Honorary Doctorates

Dr. Ashok Joshi and Dr. Pam Perlich have been chosen to receive honorary doctorates as part of Salt Lake Community College’s 2018 commencement ceremonies on May 4.

About 15 years ago, the award-winning scientist and now philanthropist Dr. Joshi told himself, ‘Giving back will give me the biggest happiness.’ He started in his home country India, at first funding a mobile library that relied on people with bicycles to rotate books weekly between 21 schools in rural villages. From there he began building and expanding schools, including one in Wai that serves mentally-challenged children that was in danger of closing. “I said, ‘Well, that’s not acceptable to me. Those children are God’s children. Tell me what I should do for you.’”

Dr. Ashok Joshi

What began in India spilled over into Joshi’s involvement locally with colleges and their students, who he still mentors today on an individual basis. He has funded trips for students to India to help out in schools and villages, including with women for whom he helped start small businesses with microloans. A past Salt Lake Community College Trustee, Joshi now considers himself retired, though recently he was executive director of Technology Holding LLC. Known as a serial entrepreneur, he has ten ventures under his belt and 137 patents, mostly in the electrochemical area, that bear his name. Joshi received his undergraduate engineering degree in India, which he left in 1967 and soon followed with master’s and doctorate degrees in material science from Northwestern University in Illinois. One of his greatest professional accomplishments in a long career was receiving the Industrial Research Institute Achievement Award in 2009 for exceptional work as an entrepreneur, scientist and philanthropist in the research and development industry.

Dr. Perlich started her career teaching at what is now Tulsa Community College for seven years before traveling for a year and then moving from her home state of Oklahoma to the Beehive State in pursuit of her PhD in economics at the University of Utah. “The fact that it is the community college makes it so meaningful for me,” she said about the honor from SLCC. “And I so respect and admire (SLCC) President Huftalin’s leadership, vision, passion and effectiveness, her commitment to diverse populations and inclusion, which is a core piece of my work.” Perlich is currently Director of Demographic Research at the Kem C. Gardner Institute for the University of Utah, having previously taught economics at the U of U and Westminster College. Perlich also held the post of research economist for the Utah Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget from 1993 to 2000. Her job as a demographic researcher then and now has far-reaching impacts throughout Utah in government, education, business and beyond.

Dr. Pam Perlich

Over the years Perlich has compiled research on and spoken to SLCC about the state’s changing demographics and student population, dissecting data from multiple categories to help the college with initiatives in areas like diversity and inclusion and student success. That commitment and dedication to community colleges, notes SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin, is why Perlich was chosen to receive the honor. Perlich calls community colleges “the people’s place,” where anyone can get a higher education regardless of what you look like or where you came from. She adds, “Community colleges, at their best, are much more nimble as far as being able to develop and implement creative programing adapted to new student bodies and their situations.”

Thursday, March 22, 2018

SLCC Wins Big at the Paragon Awards

Salt Lake Community College's Institutional Marketing and Communications department received honors from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations at this month's Paragon Awards in Las Vegas. The annual awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges.

The college received four awards for marketing and public relations efforts, as well as the prestigious Best in Show Award for their work on enrollment efforts.

Best in Show | Successful Recruitment or Marketing Campaign
Campaigns | Successful Recruitment or Marketing Campaign | Gold
Campaigns | Social Media or Online Marketing Campaign | Gold
Video | Video Shorts-Series | Gold
Miscellaneous | Wild Card | Gold

The Institutional Marketing and Communications Department (IMC) develops and implements strategic messaging to support the mission of the College. In partnership with the College’s administration, faculty, staff, and students, IMC oversees all internal and external communications, creates college-wide marketing materials, and develops and assists with communication tactics and strategies.

A complete list of winners can be seen here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Academic Excellence Celebration Honors Students

Salt Lake Community College held its annual Academic Excellence Celebration, an event that includes a special pinning ceremony between students and their families and friends. Featured speakers this year included welding student Christina Noinaj and communications assistant professor Jodie Jones. The event is also an opportunity for students and their guests to break out the cell phones and cameras for lots of photos of this proud moment in their academic careers.

Women's, Men's Basketball Teams Headed to Nationals

Everyone is invited to the Bruin Send-Off Thursday, March 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Event Center of the Student Center on the Salt Lake Community College Taylorsville Redwood Campus. Both the men's (30-3 for the season) and women's (26-5) basketball teams are headed to the NJCAA national tournaments. The women will play in Lubbock, Texas for a first-round matchup March 19 against ASA Brooklyn. The men received a first-round bye and are scheduled March 21 to play the winner of the South Plains and Highland game. The event Thursday will feature free food, "minute-to-win-it" games and a chance to meet the players and coaches and wish them well.

Congratulations and best of luck to both teams! Go Bruins!

Girls Meet, Learn from Female Role Models in STEM Fields

Girls in grades 6-10 from around the Salt Lake Valley gathered at Salt Lake Community College's South City Campus to meet female role models from within the community to experience hands-on STEM activities (science, technology, engineering and math).

The annual Expanding Your Horizons conference is designed to motivate young women to pursue STEM fields, where typically females are underrepresented. The keynote speaker was Gretchen McClain, an engineer and businesswoman in Utah who is known for working with NASA to help build the International Space Station.

Below are a few highlights from the event.

Keynote speaker Gretchen McClain

Anjali Pai Named One of '30 Women to Watch'

Utah Business named Anjali Pai one of "30 Women to Watch" for the May edition of its magazine.

Pai is the Director Staff Development at SLCC and the current Chair of the UWHEN State Board. Prior to joining SLCC, Anjali spent over ten years actively engaged in internationalization efforts at the University of Utah and Kaplan International. It was during this time that she developed a passion for creating strong leadership and mentoring programs emphasizing institutional collaboration and inclusion.

Prior to moving to Salt Lake City, Pai lived and worked overseas in Singapore and Sydney. She has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. She is actively engaged in the community with children by volunteering at The Sharing Place. Pai also serves as an advisor the UWHEN SLCC Chapter and she enthusiastically participates in all events so she can meet other engaged women in our campus community who are interested in advancing women’s leadership.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Meet Our Faculty: Lynn Kilpatrick

Lynn K. Kilpatrick 

Associate Professor
School of Humanities

What she teaches:
English 1010: Intro to Writing; English 2010: Intermediate Writing; Creative Writing courses: 2250: Intro to CW; 2270: Intro to Fiction Writing; 2280: Creative Nonfiction; 2290: Novel Writing; 2600: Critical Intro to Literature; 2700: Critical Theory

Number of years teaching at SLCC:
13 years (since fall of 2005)

University of Oregon

Western Washington University (in Poetry)

University of Utah, in Creative Writing/Fiction

Greatest professional challenge:
For me, it’s choosing where and how to focus my energy. There are so many things happening and it’s tempting to dive in to everything. I’ve learned to choose my projects so that I can put the appropriate amount of energy in and be successful. Also, balancing my work with my personal goals for writing and exercise.

Greatest professional accomplishment:
I’m proud of how I’ve adapted to the changing needs of students and how I consistently think and rethink my teaching style. My greatest achievement is deciding to meet with students one-on-one. I’ve learned so much about my amazing students in these meetings, and it’s helped me be a better teacher. It’s also helped me to understand the incredible challenges some of our students face, and what it takes for them to make it to our classes.
I’m also proud that I’ve published a book of short stories, and that I continue to write and publish.

Advice for students or others:
Reach out. For students this means going to professors’ offices, asking questions, asking for help, offering help to peers, joining clubs and organizations. For faculty and staff, I think this means paying attention to students, recognizing when they need help and offering that help, whatever form it takes. Sometimes students need information or advice, but often they need someone to listen; they need to know that someone cares.

Future plans:
To successfully get my son off to college (one year to go!); go to Hawaii; live in Spain; finish my novel and a collection of essays.

Husband Jason; son Ross; German Shorthaired Pointer Gus

Swimming, yoga, paddle boarding, hiking, reading, watching mysteries, playing board or card games, cross country skiing.