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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


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.

Student Math League Competition at SLCC

Salt Lake Community College is hosting the Student Math League Competition November 6, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 105 of the Technology Building on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus.

Students are encouraged to compete for individual and team prizes and possibly for a four-year scholarship. Competitions are based on pre-calculus level mathematics. Two review sessions remain for the competition: October 28, noon to 1 p.m. in Room 105; and November 4, noon to 1 p.m. in Room 105.

For rules and eligibility, visit and for more information contact Spencer Bartholomew at

SLCC hosts International Philosophical Conference

Salt Lake Community College will host the 17th annual International Philosophical Conference Oct. 30-31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day in the Multipurpose Room at South City Campus, 1575 South State Street, Salt Lake City.

The topic of this year's conference is "The Moral Challenges of Nietzsche's Nihilism." The keynote speaker for the faculty session is Dr. Paul van Tongeren, professor of moral philosophy at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. The keynote speaker for the student session will be Dr. John Richardson from New York University. Special guests include Dr. Werner Stegmaier from the University of Greifswald and Dr. Elijah Millgram from the University of Utah.

For more information or for students interested in submitting a paper (an original work along with a 15-minute presentation during the student session) on this year's topic, visit

Thursday, October 16, 2014

SLCC and UEN host “Cheese Challenge”

In celebration of American Artisan Cheese Month, Salt Lake Community College and Utah Education Network are hosting “Cheese Challenge” on October 28 at SLCC’s Center for Arts and Media.

Participants are asked to prepare two pounds of two different cheeses and then present their creations for technical and aesthetic judging. Representatives from Harmons Grocery, Utah State Office of Education, Beehive Cheese and the Utah Dairy Council will act as judges.

The public is invited to this free event to witness the presentations and judging, followed by a cheese tasting for everyone. There will also be a short film about the science of cheese making. Judging and tasting will take place in the Multipurpose Room at South City Campus, 1575 South State Street, Salt Lake City.

Judging starts at 6 p.m., followed by a film, student presentations of cheeses, judges’ comments, awards and, at 7:45 p.m., a public cheese tasting.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SLCC Corporate Solutions offers “Train-the-Trainer” course

Salt Lake Community College’s Corporate Solutions department is working to make organization trainings more engaging, interactive and results-driven by offering “Building and Delivering Effective Training Courses and Programs” November 18 and 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration deadline is November 4.

The course is intended for trainers and facilitators who want to enhance their training skills while offering hands-on learning by having participants present a short training concept using newly learned best practices.

“Effectively delivering training to adult learners is much like building a house – the end result is only as good as the workmanship that was put into the project,” said course facilitator Shannon Strickland. “This course focuses on how to build and deliver meaningful training within an organization.”

For this 14-hour learning session, participants can benefit from the Custom Fit Training and Short Term Intensive Training program. These resources provide funding assistance for job training.  Qualifying Salt Lake County companies and individuals can participate for only $180 (regularly $300). For more information or to enroll, contact Derk Babbitt at 801-957-5256 or