Friday, April 27, 2012

Salt Lake Community College Holds Evening of Honor

SLCC Evening of Honor: Event Provides Students with Scholarships
Salt Lake Community College held its 2012 Evening of Honor Scholarship Dinner. Utah Senate President Michael G. Waddoups and McQueen Financial Group managing partner Roger McQueen were presented with honorary doctorate degrees.
Roger McQueen has worked for Northwestern Mutual for 38 years in various leadership roles. He became a Managing Partner in 1991 in Wisconsin.  In 1997, he was asked to oversee the Utah General Agency and has since been the Managing Partner in Utah.  Under his leadership, the business has grown to 75 full time representatives and 35 college interns from all colleges and universities throughout the state. 
McQueen has served on the Salt Lake Community College Foundation Board for 10 years and is a member of the Salt Lake Rotary Club. He was one of the original 19 participant teams of the 190- mile Ragnar Relay/Wasatch Back race, and was the oldest finisher that year.  He continues to sponsor and run the race every year with colleagues and family.  
Utah Senate President Michael G. Waddoups was appointed to the House of Representatives in 1987 and elected to the House in 1988.  He served as House Rules Committee Chair and House Majority Whip.  He was appointed and elected to the Senate in 1996. 
Waddoups chaired the Senate Rules Committee in 2001, 2002 and again in 2005 and 2006.  Senator Waddoups served as the Senate Majority Leader 2003-2004. He was elected President of the Senate in2008 and continues to serve in this capacity.
VP Huftalin and Graduate of Excellence Samuel Ortiz

The College also recognized Laura Procunier and Phillip Chipping as Distinguished Alumni.
Procunier joined her father Ron as a Funeral Director at Broomhead Funeral Home in Riverton, Utah. She has worked and served in Utah and nationally, volunteering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Disaster Medical System and on disaster response teams that responded in the aftermath of September 11th in New York and Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi.  
As one of only nine women licensed as funeral directors in Utah, Procunier is a member of the Mortuary Science Program Advisory Committee at Salt Lake Community College. In this role, she helped to launch the College Mortuary Science associates degree program. She has served on the Board of the Utah Funeral Directors Association for six years.
Chipping founded the business ZAGG to market his most popular invention the invisibleSHIELD – a plastic film that protects electronic devices like the BlackBerry and iPhone. He later founded knowonder!, an online resource for parents and children that offers a new story each day available on computers and mobiledevices. Along with a group of likeminded entrepreneurs, Chipping established the SLCC Entrepreneurial Scholarship. 
The annual College Teaching Excellence Awards will be presented to Mary Alvarez, Kyle Costello, Melanie Dance, Terry Martin and Lois Oestreich. The College Innovation of the Year Award will be presented to the SLCC Community Writing Center's Salt Lake Teens Write Program.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bruin Bash!

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The SLCC Bruin Bash!
Friday, April 27 at 5:30 pm
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Student Center

Magician Joseph Tran!
The Mayhem Poets!
Plastic Musik!
Comdeian Xclusive!
Hypnotist Chris Jones!
Comedian Marcus!

More information here. 

Ford AAA Competition

SLCC Automotive & Related Technologies will host the annual Ford AAA Competition on Thursday, April 26.  

Salt Lake Community College has hosted the Ford AAA Student Auto Skills Competition since the 1970’s.  (In those days it was known as the Plymouth Troubleshooting Contest.) 

This year, 362 of the  best and brightest 11th or 12th grade auto technology students from 24 of Utah high schools took the state qualifying exam for the honor of being  one of the ten, 2 person teams to compete in the State “hands-on” contest.  
In the "hands-on" competition, new Ford Motor Company vehicles were uniformly "bugged" so that each team has identical malfunctions to diagnose and repair.  The competition requires repairs to be made with the highest quality workmanship in the lowest total time.
The winning two-person team from each state and their instructor are provided expense-paid trips (paid by Ford & AAA) to the national finals in June 2012 in addition to thousands of dollars in tools and in scholarship offers.

SLCC’s objective in hosting the competition is to encourage talented young people to pursue careers as automotive service technicians after they graduate from Salt Lake Community College in Automotive or Related Technologies.

The agenda:

Wednesday, April 25 6:30pm – Welcome dinner KGMC at Miller Campus.  

Thursday, April 26 9:30 to 11:00 am – Competiton – Miller Campus between MATC and MFEC west of KGMC.

SLCC Earth Day 2012

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Earth Day Celebrations 2012

April 24
11 am - 2 pm
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Student Event Center

April 24 & 25
9 am - 2 pm
Jordan Campus
High Tech Center

Friday, April 20, 2012

SAMPE Bridge-Building Competition

Chapter for Advanced Composites Hosts Statewide Competition at Salt Lake Community College

Advanced materials, such as carbon fiber and other composite materials are revolutionizing a variety of industries–everything from aerospace engineering and automobile construction to golfing, skiing and cycling equipment.   As more products previously made from metal, wood or steel are converted to composites, companies with facilities in Utah such as Exelis (ITT), Janicki Industries, ATK, and Boeing have an increasing need for highly qualified composites technicians. 

To meet the demands of Utah’s industry growth and open career pathways for Utahns–colleges, industry experts and professional associations are working together to find ways to educate the public about training and career opportunities in the advanced material and processing industry. 

To launch one of the first educational campaigns, the Utah Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) hosted a statewide bridge-building competition at the Salt Lake Community College composites lab on April 11, 2012.  Students enrolled in advanced composites training from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), Davis Applied Technology College, BYU and the University of Utah entered the competition to demonstrate their skills to industry representatives, experts, guests and faculty, and get a chance to win a prize up to $200.00.    

All together 27 students participated in the competition.  Eligible participants were required to construct a bridge that was four inches wide, four inches high; 26 inches long and weighed less than 650 grams.  Using the College’s Instron, a testing device that measures strength–students bridges were put to the test.  Kevin Wagner, a student from BYU, placed first place in the competition with a bridge that withstood the weight of 9,497 pounds before bowing or breaking.

Lenn Riddle, Program Chair for SAMPE is already planning next year’s bridge competition.  Riddle hopes to have ‘teams’ that are comprised of students from two or more schools.  A cross pollination of schools would provide students from both technical/hands-on programs and theoretical/engineering programs to collaborate with each other to build a single bridge.    

Emily Johnson, a female student from SLCC’s Composites Technology Training never thought she would be in an advanced technology field after being in the medical field for over 15 years.    While in the program, Johnson learned how to use several machines, tools and equipment to manufacture composite products.  Johnson was one of two females in her cohort of about 15 students, a common ratio found among composites training programs. “It’s a great career for women because it requires a lot of manual dexterity,” said JoAnn Matern, Education Chair of SAMPE. “We have several women go through the program and they are very good at it!” 
The SLCC Composites Technology Training offers three levels to the certificate program that can be completed in as little as ten-weeks.   As a growing key industry in the state of Utah, graduates have a large pool of companies to work for, especially in the aerospace and outdoor products industries. 

 “I really appreciate the training.  I was laid off from a job in January, and I really wanted to better my skills for the job market.  Now I am in the position of deciding which job I want to take,” said Brent Swenson, student in the Composites Technology Training at SLCC. 

 “Students in these programs are being trained to be composites technicians, but as the industry grows I see them being able to do more,” said Matern.  “I see them as being the leaders and managers of the future.”

SAMPE Members and Advanced Composites Training Faculty
in the SLCC Composites Lab, 2012 Bridge Competition   
Bridges from competition.

Spring Online Evaluations

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Attention students:

Complete your course evaluations online!

April 16 - May 8, 2012

Go to My Page
Click on Student Tab
Click on Online Course Evaluation channel

Course evaluations are submitted totally anonymous!

Questions? Contact Melba Taylor (801) 957-4110 or at

Thursday, April 19, 2012

SLCC Dance Auditions

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SLCC Dance Auditions
Dance Company
Auditions for tuition waivers!

Saturday, April 28, 10 am - 2 pm
OR Friday, Aug 24, Noon - 4 pm

W-230 Dance Studio at SLCC South City Campus

Please email to reserve an audition place: 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Xanadu at The Grand Theatre

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The Grand Theatre presents: XANADU!

May 10-26
Evenings: 7:30 pm
Matinees: 2:00 pm

Tickets FREE with One Card.

More information at: (801) 957- 3322

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

ON FIRE! Jazz and Studio Ensembles

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On Fire! 

SLCC Jazz and Studio Ensembles

Friday April 20
The Grand Theatre
7:30 pm
Admission is free! 

5th Annual Student Life and Leadership Film Festival

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 5th Annual Student Life & Leadership Film Festival

April 16-20

Watch the films online and vote for your favorite at:

Monday, April 16, 2012

sine cera: Bread on Mondays

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SLCC Community Writing Center presents:

Public reading of sine sera: Bread on Mondays

April 19, 6-8 pm
Main Library (210 E 400 S)

Free, but registration is required.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The 2nd Annual Speakers' Showcase

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The Second Annual Speakers' Showcase

April 19, 7:30 pm
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, TB 203

Attendance is open to everyone. Come get informed, persuaded, or motivated by the best of the best.

For more information, please contact the Showcase Coordinator: Gordon Starrs, (801) 957-4562, 

Sponsored by:

SLCC Faculty Teaching and Learning Center
SLCC School of Arts, Communication and New Media
Art Kanehara
Linda and Kirk Nobis

Utah ShakeOut Part 2

SLCC participates in the Great Utah ShakeOut

More than 820,000 people from across the state will be taking part in earthquake awareness in the coming weeks.  The College community is invited to take some simple steps to be prepared in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster.

The first step in planning and preparing for an earthquake is to be aware of your surroundings.  Think about what your workplace environment is like—what are the dangers that need to be avoided? What places are likely to provide adequate shelter? Taking a quick inventory of your office and the building you work in is a great start to taking control of your environment. 

Adding basic safety supplies is another easy and important step to take. Making sure there's a flashlight in your desk with fresh batteries and a couple bottles of water nearby would make a big difference in the event of a catastrophe.

When you are away from work, keeping you and your family safe requires awareness and preparation as well. Here are some things to think about:
·         How to get local alerts or warnings while away from home 
·         Evacuation plans and alternate exits for the building you're in
·         Supplies necessary for temporary sheltering

So, practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On.  

SLCC will participate in the Great Utah ShakeOut, Utah's largest earthquake drill, on April 17 at 10:15 a.m.

Utah ShakeOut Part 1

Earthquake Awareness Month 

SLCC has declared April Earthquake Awareness Month.  Earthquakes can cause significant property damage, personal injuries, even loss of life. Proper planning can help minimize effects caused by earthquakes.

The “Great Utah Shakeout Drill” will take place later this month. For more information about earthquakes, safety, or the drill itself, visit

The following guidelines should be followed in the event of an earthquake:

·      If you are inside, stay inside.  Do not try to move outside or to a different location until the shaking stops.  Do not use elevators.

·      Drop, Cover, and Hold On. This simple action protects lives and prevents injuries from falling furniture and flying objects that can become projectiles during ground shaking. 

·      In an earthquake, drop to the floor, make yourself as small a target as possible, and take cover under a sturdy desk or table or near an interior wall, covering your head with your hands and arms and holding on to your shelter. Don't seek shelter in a doorway.

·      Stay away from windows and areas that are in the path of falling or flying objects such as bookcases, file cabinets, lamps, computers, chandeliers, etc.

·      If you are outside, stay outside and stay away from buildings, utility, fuel, and gas lines.

Once the shaking stops, proceed carefully to a safe prearranged gathering location outside and away from buildings so an assessment and accounting of everyone can be completed.

Mayor's Artist Award

Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center Wins Mayor’s Artist Award

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has named Salt Lake Community College’s Community Writing Center (CWC) the recipient of the 2012 Mayor’s Artists Award. The CWC receives the organization award in the category of service to the arts.

“All of us at the SLCC Community Writing Center are honored to receive this award—it speaks to the way the CWC has been engaged in the local residents' creativity over the past 10 years," Andrea Malouf, CWC Director said. "It is a great pleasure to be recognized for the work we do collaborating with people from the Salt Lake community to better express themselves through writing."

As an award winner, the CWC will be acknowledged and presented with $500 from the Utah Arts Festival on Friday, June 22, 2012. The Festival will be held in Salt Lake City from June 21-24.

About the CWC: The SLCC Community Writing Center (CWC) supports, motivates and educates people of all abilities and educational backgrounds who want to use writing for practical needs, civic engagement and personal expression. In addition to an open space available for writing, the CWC provides opportunities to enhance writing abilities through such programs as writing coaching, writing workshops, and the DiverseCity Writing Series. The CWC has been open to all Salt Lake area residents since 2002.

About the College: Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Educating and training more than 62,000 people each year, the College is the largest institution of higher education in Utah. The College has 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Courses are offered during both traditional and accelerated semesters, during the daytime, evenings, and weekends. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.