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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SLCC takes category in national recycling competition

Salt Lake Community College recently competed with 460 colleges and universities, representing 5.3 million students in the U.S. and Canada, in the 2014 RecycleMania Tournament and took first in the film plastic category.

SLCC came out in front of well-known schools like Stanford, Cornell, University of Kansas and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by recycling 8,675 pounds of film plastic materials during the eight-week competition that started in early February. This category measured pounds per capita recycled, which for SLCC was 0.3609.

The film plastic category includes materials like stretch, or shrink, wrap, plastic shopping bags and bubble wrap that are generated at places like bookstores or in shipping and receiving areas.

In all, participants in the tournament generated 89.1 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 126,597 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, equivalent to annual emissions from 24,823 cars.

For complete results in all 11 recycling categories and for more information, visit the website

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown!

April 17, 18,  & 19
7:30 pm

The Black Box Theatre
Directed and Choreographed by Julie Heaton 
Musical Direction by Jordan Richardson

Tickets available at the Grand Theatre Box Office
$10. Or $5 with student ID

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

20th Annual Bruin Athletics Banquet

SLCC Athletics Director Norma Carr warmly invites you to the premier social event of the Salt Lake Community College Athletic Department.

Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Oak Room, 2nd Floor of Student Center
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
4600 S. Redwood Rd, Taylorsville, UT
Dress: Business Casual
RSVP: By Monday, April 21, 2014*

Help us celebrate player and team successes for all of our five intercollegiate athletic teams.

The per-person ticket price is $20 in advance or $25 at the door, if meals are available. If you are unable to join us, please consider making a donation of $20 or more to help sponsor student athletes at the very special event.

*So that we can plan seating and food, please let us know whether you plan to attend by calling Tanya at 801-957-4590 or email. If you RSVP after April 21, you may attend the event but we will not be able to provide dinner.

We look forward to seeing you on April 28th!

To make a reservation, contact Tanya at 801-957-4590 or

Monday, April 14, 2014

April Book Display: Markosian Library

The Salt Lake Community College Markosian Library, at the Redwood Campus, would like to celebrate the many “origins” of Easter with you. We would also like to welcome you to celebrate spring with us by checking out our book display (located on the main floor by the Café @ Markosian)!

If you want to find out more, there is additional information at the book display about the background and some symbols surrounding Easter.

If you have any questions about the book display, please contact the Reference Desk at 801-957-4610.

Thayne Center Community Partner Spotlight: Splore

Everyone, regardless of ability or income, deserve the opportunity to live life to the fullest. Learn how you can help support the important work the Homeless Youth Resource Center and Spolore are doing in our community.

Join us in Welcoming:

The Homeless Youth Resource Center
A continuum of services to hep homeless street youth achieve self-sufficiency.

Where outdoor adventures are the medium they have chosen to change someone's life for the better.

Tuesday, April 15
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
STC 207-213 Queen Anne Room

Symposium topics include ions, Rube Goldberg, physical fitness and NASA

Steve Evans, Thomas Clark, and Trevor Pratt looked ready for work – neatly cropped hair, slacks, shirts with collars, and neckties.

They stood in front of a large poster board bearing the title, “Ion Drives in Application.” Suffice it to say these guys knew their stuff as they explained their research during the 2014 School of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Symposium.

“The application of using ion engines as a tugboat to go to Mars is possible,” Evans explained.

When asking the three men who would like to go to Mars someday, Clark piped in, “Dibs!”

At the risk of butchering Pratt’s explanation, an ion drive is an engine that works by ionizing noble, or electrically neutral, gasses like xenon and argon, which are attracted to two grids at the end of an engine. When the ionized particles enter the space between the two grids and there is a resulting change in voltage, they immediately accelerate through the grid at a rate of about 30-50 kilometers per second.

In short, it’s a type of engine that gives one heck of a boost to whatever object it is attached.

You’re probably wondering what guys like these, who as of the symposium in April, were pursuing their Associate of Pre Engineering degrees, want to do in life.

“I really like doing cool things,” Evans said. Trying to break it down for the lay person, he said he’d like to build something useful or “sexy,” in terms of marketability, in the world of high-tech gadgetry.

Clark was a little more vague in his answer, which was to design something “cutting edge,” maybe along the lines of aerodynamics. But it might be Pratt people want to keep an eye on.

“I want to save the world,” he said. And he was serious.

Pratt is interested in aerospace defense and in finding a way, like maybe inventing an energy shield that can keep nuclear missiles from entering U.S. airspace.

These are the type of students that symposium guest speaker Paul Karner hopes will take his place someday. Karner is currently the senior program manager over avionics and control systems for Utah-based ATK, specializing in aerospace and defense technologies.

Karner gave a stern warning about the direction this country is headed with relationship to the subjects of math, science and engineering.

“It’s not easy. For some it comes easier, for others it takes a lot of work,” he said. “It’s a road that is becoming less and less traveled by our younger folks. Any country that leads in science, engineering and technology is what leads the world. I don’t mean in a militaristic sense, I mean that in a peaceful sense. We as a nation just simply are not producing enough scientists and engineers right now. We’re in a significant deficit.”

Throughout the all-day symposium students and faculty gave presentations and listened to lectures.

Perhaps the most interactive poster of the day was presented by a group of students in SLCC’s Fitness Technician Program, under the direction during the symposium of instructor Chad Harbaugh.

Clad in T-shirts, sweatpants and Lycra, this energetic group of students put willing observers through several tests that measure or determine an athlete’s susceptibility to injury. The name of their poster was, “Determining a More Reliable Athlete: Functional Movement Screening.”

Through the use of very specific, simple yet demanding movements, these fitness and physiology gurus-in-the-making were actually able to identify several athletes on SLCC’s own baseball and softball teams who needed to check in with their doctors, trainers or physical therapists, perhaps saving them from future injury.

“There’s lots of personal trainers out there who don’t know what they’re doing,” explained group participant Arthur Hockwald. “You walk into a gym and see what they’re doing and you cringe.”

Friday, April 11, 2014

2014 Student Art Show Winners

Congratulations to all of the winners at the 2014 SLCC Student Art Show!

Jill Sullivan – Honorable Mention
Eileen Johnston – Honorable Mention
Angela Ang – Honorable Mention
Brooke Steinicke – Honorable Mention
Sara Belnap – Honorable Mention
Ariel Norris – Honorable Mention
Danielle Ainsworth – Honorable Mention
Jake Gatenby – Award of Merit
Maryam Moosavi-Johnson – Award of Merit
Jeffery Juip – Award of Merit
Ed Browning – Award of Merit
Brian Baity – Award of Merit
Jared Christofferson – Award of Merit (two awards)
Josh Madden – Award of Merit
D. Parker McCormick – Award of Merit
Jessica Lee – Award of Merit
Nicholas Socci – Award of Merit
Kevin Landeen – Award of Excellence
Terry Jackson-Mitchell – Award of Excellence
Rachel Beh – Award of Excellence
Leah Neerings – Award of Excellence
Trevor Berreth – Award of Excellence
Douglas Jensen – Dean’s Award
Jason Koelliker – President’s Award
Michelle Hallberg – Best of Show Award