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Friday, September 19, 2014

Comedian with Tourette syndrome uses humor to cope, carve a career

When comedian Samuel J. Comroe takes the stage you don’t realize right away that there is anything different about him.

You might notice a subtle facial tic. He might slowly bob his head or slightly rotate his hip. And then he speaks.

Comedian Samuel J. Comroe

“I have Tourette syndrome,” Comroe, 26, began Friday in front of an audience at the Salt Lake Community College Student Center during Disability Awareness Week.

It was the Los Angeles native’s second appearance at SLCC, this time blending comedy and education about Tourette syndrome (also called Tourette’s) during a noon keynote address and then doing a full standup routine later in the evening. He took several questions from the audience at the noon presentation.

One misconception about Tourette Comroe pointed out at the onset was that most people think it has to do with uncontrollably cursing, which is a distortion he said is perpetuated by television shows and movies. In reality, he added, 90 percent of people who have Tourette's have a physical or motor tic of some kind and don’t cuss unless by choice.

“So, if I cuss you out it’s from the heart,” he joked.

Comroe mixed plenty of humor, which he said has helped him deal with Tourette’s, with education during his address. He referred to the disorder as “cute,” saying it always looks like he’s telling someone a secret because of a tic that makes it look like he’s winking. Or maybe it gets him in trouble, like the time he told his roommate that their neighbor died – Comroe shows the audience how he can’t stop winking while telling his roommate – and then the roommate asks, “Did you kill him?”

Audience members show appreciation for Samuel J. Comroe's comedy.

He went on to describe Tourette’s as a neurological disorder in which the brain has trouble communicating with the nervous system. Comroe has five sisters and one brother, but he is the only one with the syndrome. “Lucky me,” he joked.

Comroe talked about how his parents once sent him to a camp for children with Tourette’s, which in retrospect wasn’t the best idea because of how people with the disorder in that setting will actually feed off of each other’s twitches and tics and, before you know it, the whole group is twitching. Again, the audience laughed.

Comroe’s act has been seen on national television, won awards and has him touring the country performing at comedy clubs.

For more information about Comroe and links to his social media sites, visit

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Club Rush drums up extracurricular excitement

Salt Lake Community College's annual Club Rush events - held on the Taylorsville Redwood, South City and Jordan campuses - concluded this week. Below are a few highlights from the Rush at Jordan.

SLCC Student Association

First Year Experience

Bruins Cheerleaders

Flipping out for Club Rush!

Student Veterans

Latinos In Action

Hispanic Latino Club

SLCC Student Senate

Friday, September 12, 2014

Regents name Huftalin as president

From the Utah System of Higher Education:

The Board of Regents has selected Dr. Deneece Huftalin as the eighth President of Salt Lake Community College. President Huftalin has served as SLCC interim president since January of this year after former president Dr. Cynthia Bioteau was designated president of Florida State College at Jacksonville.

“With a large and diverse student population spread over multiple locations, the needs of this institution are complex and require a strong leader to be President,” said Dan Campbell, Chair of the Board of Regents. “I believe President Huftalin is that strong leader, and she will continue to positively shape SLCC, and the Salt Lake region as a result, for many years to come.”
“I believe President Huftalin is the right president for Salt Lake Community College, and her significant experience and strong commitment to students will be of great benefit to SLCC and the Utah System of Higher Education,” added Dave Buhler, Utah Commissioner of Higher Education.
A 21-member Presidential Search Committee, chaired by Regent France Davis, narrowed the list down from an applicant pool of 55 to the three finalists announced last week after conducting an extensive nationwide search. The finalists went through an in-depth screening process and two days of interviews with representatives from SLCC’s faculty, staff, students, and administration, as well as interviews with the Board of Regents.

“I am thrilled and honored to continue leading Salt Lake Community College,” said President Huftalin. “I will do my best to ensure that SLCC remains an inclusive, student-centered institution where individuals from diverse backgrounds can receive a high-quality, affordable education. I am eager to resume working with the trustees, faculty, administration, staff and students, and to continue our efforts to make SLCC a premiere comprehensive community college.”
Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin was the Interim President of Salt Lake Community College and has served the SLCC students, faculty and staff for more than two decades. Prior to her current role, Dr. Huftalin served on the Executive Cabinet as Vice President of Student Services. She has worked collaboratively with faculty and staff to strengthen high impact practices, learning outcomes and inclusivity initiatives, and led college-wide strategic priority and assessment efforts. Dr. Huftalin also served as the Dean of Students and the Director of Academic and Career Advising. Prior to joining SLCC, Dr. Huftalin held positions at William Rainey Harper College, Northwestern University, the University of Utah and the Institute for Shipboard Education. Dr. Huftalin teaches in the Education, Leadership and Policy program at the University of Utah and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and YWCA Utah. She also serves on the Executive Board of EDCUtah and the Salt Lake Chamber’s Board of Governors. Dr. Huftalin earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, a master’s degree from UCLA and a doctorate in Education, Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah.

Salt Lake Community College is one of eight institutions within the Utah System of Higher Education. SLCC is a student-focused, urban college that works to meet the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. With a fall 2013 headcount of over 35,000 students, SLCC is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs and transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DC Intern: Bom Choi, Week 1

Last Saturday, I decided to explore the city with some of my friends that visited me from Atlanta, GA. First, we drove to the Metro, parked the car, and went to Rayburn Office House building so that I had an idea of how long it will take for me to commute from home to ROH. 

Afterwards, we all walked to the White House and reminisced about our past visit to the White House with our family members. However, for some reason, the White House felt very distant from what I've remembered eight years ago. 

Most importantly, once I got back home from the city, I read over my orientation packet for my internship beginning 3rd of September. 


   Bom Choi 

Transfer Days, Fall 2014!

Student Center Hallway
Sept 22 - Oct 2, 9 am - 1 pm

UVU: Monday, Sept 22
SUU: Tuesday, Sept 23
BYU: Wednesday, Sept 24
Dixie: Thursday, Sept 25
USU: Monday, Sept 29
UofU: Tuesday, Sept 30
Weber: Wednesday, Oct 1
Westminister: Thursday, Oct 2

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Take part in SLCC's annual Club Rush

Want to do more than just go to classes this fall? Get more out of your SLCC experience and come to Club Rush where you will get to see what clubs are here on campus and join one. Get involved and get more out of your time. Club Rush events are offered at South City, Taylorsville Redwood, And Jordan Campuses.

SLCC Club Rush at South City

Tuesday, September 9 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm

East Entrance Lawn, South City Campus

SLCC Club Rush at Taylorsville Redwood

Wednesday, September 10 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Alder Amphitheater Lawn, Taylorsville Redwood Campus

SLCC Club Rush at Jordan

Tuesday, September 16 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Quad, Jordan Campus

Collegiate DECA on hand during Club Rush at SLCC campuses

Collegiate DECA will be available to answer questions at Club Rush events being held September 9 at South City Campus, September 10 at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus and September 16 at the Jordan Campus. Each event will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

From the website:

"Collegiate DECA is a student driven organization that values competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork. We prepare students for careers by integrating skills learned in the classroom into real world experiences. Collegiate DECA programs assist in developing academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. Our students major in a variety of academic programs with a strong focus on business-related fields. Collegiate DECA conferences and other activities give students unique access to internships, scholarships, competition, and professional networking."