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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SLCC 2015 Edible Book contest winners announced

You have to love a contest where everyone gets to eat the entries in the end, which is exactly what happened Wednesday during the 2015 Edible Book contest held annually at the Markosian Library on Salt Lake Community College’s Taylorsville Redwood Campus.

This year’s winners were: Most Humorous, Krystal Rose; Most Literary, Isaiah Montoya; Most Edible, Kristina Fox; Most Artistic, Stephen Brown; and People’s Choice, Nicci Rivetti and Russ Bridge (this category is judged on non-tasting elements only). The People’s Choice “Smaug Cake” was made with white cake, Rice Krispies, and fondant icing and was adorned with chocolate coins.

Judges this year were: Sandra Kikuchi, SLCC director of Faculty Services and Study Abroad; Susan Neal, Studio 5 TV cooking contributor; Nirali Patel, SLCC student senator over diversity and Inclusivity; Tiffany Rousculp, SLCC associate professor of English; and Gordon Storrs, SLCC student advisor and chair of the Art Committee.

The annual contest is open to SLCC students, staff, faculty and administrators. For more information visit the SLCC Libraries Edible Books Festival and Contest link.

“Always…Patsy Cline” closes out The Grand Theatre season

Back by popular demand, “Always…Patsy Cline,” starring Erica Hansen and Toni Byrd, will close out the season at Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre May 7-23.

Throughout the show Hansen and a live band will perform 27 of Patsy Cline’s songs as they are blended into the heartfelt, true story of a rare friendship between Patsy and a devoted fan. The original two-woman show was written and directed by Ted Swindley. Cline, who died in a 1963 plane crash at age 30, has been called one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th Century.

From May 7-23, there will be evening performances at 7:30PM, Thursday-Saturday, and at 2 p.m. each Saturday. Tickets are $14-$20. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 801-957-3322 or visit

Show Name: Always…Patsy Cline
Starring: Erica Hansen and Toni Byrd
When: May 7-23, 2015
Show times: 7:30PM, Thur-Sat, 2PM Sat
Where: Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State Street, SLC, 84115
Info: 801.957.3322 or

SLCC Names Artist/Activist, Entrepreneur/Tech Expert 2015 Distinguished Alums

Salt Lake Community College has named Ruby Chacon and Paul Mayne as its Distinguished Alumni. They will be recognized at SLCC’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony May 7 at the Maverik Center, 3200 South Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City.

Chicana artist Ruby Chacon was told by an advisor that she would never finish high school and that she should just drop out. Even as she was walking for commencement, she thought it might be a mistake that she was being allowed to graduate. Her first college classes were in California, where she met a Chicano counselor who gave her the confidence to pursue a higher education. Chacon returned to Utah, attended SLCC and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah.

Ruby Chacon

Chacon grew up in a small “chaotic” house in Salt Lake City and didn’t have her own bedroom until she was a teen. She had to take turns with her younger sister sleeping on the sofa. “Artwork just kind of help me escape from all the chaos,” Chacon said. “Drawing was my privacy.” In a way, she said, art “chose” her, and it would one day become a “language” for her to give voice to and make sense of a world that, in her view, didn’t accurately represent her family or portray her heritage.

After college Chacon began researching her family history as a means of developing a counter narrative to the damaging one that she says informed her identity while growing up Hispanic in a mostly homogeneous Salt Lake City. That path led her to central and southern Utah, where she heard about two aunts who were miners, how one of them opened her own restaurant and how a majority of her first cousins graduated from high school and in some cases college. Chacon learned about how her relatives were segregated in schools, told to drink from separate fountains and were hit for speaking Spanish in school. “I realized that the further away you are from knowing your own story and your history, the more it gets informed by someone else and the more of a devastating impact it has,” she said.

Chacon took that realization and a reformed identity and poured it into her artwork, gradually making a name for herself in the Utah art community. She and her ex-husband Terry Hurst founded Mestizo Institute of Culture & Arts (MICA) in Salt Lake City to “enrich and celebrate” diverse cultures through the arts. Today MICA’s partners include the University of Utah’s University Neighborhood Partners, NeighborWorks Salt Lake, Gallery Stroll Salt Lake, and the Mestizo Coffeehouse. Chacon now lives in California and is working with a mentor who is teaching her the art of silk screening.

Paul Mayne is founder and CEO of Bloom Built, creator of the hugely successful journaling application Day One, which last year earned the “Apple Design Award” and in 2012 the Apple App Store’s “App of the Year” award and has been downloaded more than 4 million times.

Paul Mayne

Mayne took classes at SLCC that taught 3D animation, graphic design and how to author a CD Rom. “I had great professors who helped me realize what is possible,” Mayne said about his experience at SLCC. By 1999 he earned an associate of applied science degree while taking courses in SLCC’s architectural program. But he turned his interests toward graphic design and headed up the hill to the University of Utah, where he recalls being way ahead of other students due to completing his general studies first at SLCC. He eventually graduated from the U of U with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

Mayne found jobs working as a visual designer, art director for an ad agency, an interactive designer and web developer. During that time an idea started brewing to develop a journaling app, which he pitched to people but never got anyone to “latch on” to the project. “I really wanted to start tracking things in my life to see if I could use that data to determine various things,” Mayne said. In December 2010 he took a month off and went to work out of his home, with the result being a journaling app that people can use for everything from fly fishing and cooking to traveling and tracking a child’s growth. In March 2011, Mayne introduced Day One.

“It just kind of took off from there,” he said. It was featured as a “Showcase” app for the Mac and iPhone app stores. “That gets a lot of attention,” he said. The iPhone app started out at $1 and has gone up to $5 – for the Mac computer it costs $10. More than a million customers have paid for Day One, while more than 3 million were able to download it for free during a promotion. Sales these days are steady. “I thought sales would tail off,” Mayne said. “I was hopeful it would maintain. And then I realized I could build a business around it.” Mayne started Bloom Built with just himself and ran it out of his home. This year Mayne is building a two-story building in Lehi split into four areas that will also house his growing business, which is developing updates and companion pieces for Day One. “There’s a lot more potential that we really haven’t tapped into yet,” he said. “I love what I do.”

KIVA cofounder to speak at SLCC’s commencement

Jessica Jackley, cofounder of the global micro-lending giant Kiva, will deliver Salt Lake Community College’s commencement address May 7 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.

Jackley is an “entrepreneur and investor focused on financial inclusion, the sharing economy, and social justice.” She is currently an investor and advisor with Collaborative Fund, a company that invests in entrepreneurs whose businesses, if successful, show promise of making “the world a better or more interesting place.”

Jackley also cofounded the pioneering crowd-funding platform ProFounder. In 2005 she helped found Kiva, which became one of the fastest growing social benefit websites in history. Kiva has facilitated more than $500 million in loans for individuals across 216 countries. Jackley earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Bucknell University. She holds honorary doctorates from Centenary College and Quinnipiac University.

SLCC hosts 1st Annual Crowdfunding Conference

The Utah Small Business Development Centers network is holding its first annual Crowdfunding Conference as one of its Salt Lake Region’s SBDC “Meet the Money” events April 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Salt Lake Community College’s Larry H. Miller Campus conference center.

The day will begin with the keynote address from Richard Swart, a crowdfunding research scholar at University of California at Berkeley’s Institute for Social and Business Innovation within the Haas School of Business. RocketHub co-founder and CEO Brian Meece will speak at noon.

Panel discussion titles are: “Creating the Necessary Prelaunch Hype”; “Creating an Incredible Message and Video”; and “Reward Structure and Post-Campaign Follow-up.”

To register visit, or for more information call 801-957-5200 or visit Cost to attend is $10 through April 26 and $15 thereafter and at the door.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Compete and Eat in the Edible Book Contest

SLCC presents the Third Annual Edible Book Contest

Free and open to the public

At the Markosian Library
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, 4600 Redwood Road

      April 15
  • 7:30 a.m.–noon — Bring your contest entry of edible, original creations that are related to books, literature or libraries.
  • 1–2 p.m. — Tasting and judging will take place
  • 2 p.m. — Winners announced, and tasting by the public begins

Prizes will be awarded for the following:
  • Most Edible
  • Most Literary
  • Most Artistic
  • Most Humorous
Attendees pick this award:
  • People’s Choice (judged on non-tasting elements only)

For more information, visit

Friday, April 10, 2015

Workshop: Learn to Build Your ePortfolio

Do you need help building an ePortfolio?

The Library can help!

The Markosian Library at the Redwood Campus will host ePortfolio Workshops for students that need help building their ePortfolios.

What to expect from the workshops:
  • Get the basic outline of your ePortfolio built.
  • The workshop lasts one hour. The instructor will get through as much as time permits.
  • There is no need to register in advance. Just show up.
  • The workshops will take place in Library Room 266, located at the second level of the library.
Workshops are taught at the following dates and times:
  • 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, April 13
  • 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 14
  • 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15
  • 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, April 20
  • 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21
  • 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 22
  • 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, April 27
  • 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 28
  • 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 
For questions about the ePortfolio Workshops, please contact the Reference Desk at 801-957-4610.

If you cannot attend the workshops, or need further help with your ePortfolio, you can get help at the ePortfolio Lab, room 47 of the lower level of the Markosian Library.

To contact the ePortfolio Lab, email

Find more ePortfolio information.

Find more SLCC Libraries information.