Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Growing art show becoming ‘signature’ event at SLCC

Maybe it’s the prize money. Certainly the diverse and creative artwork has something to do with it.

Whatever the reasons, the annual Multicultural Art Exhibit, which began five years ago as an idea of Doctor Abio Ayeliya, Student Life and Leadership coordinator, is getting to be a big deal at Salt Lake Community College.

“The exhibit has been received well by students and community-at-large and should continue to be a mainstay for many years to come,” said exhibit co-organizer Will Unga, a coordinator for SLCC’s Multicultural Initiatives department. “The number of artists, submissions and participants steadily grows, and they see it becoming a signature even for the institution at some point in the future.”

The exhibit recently took place in the atrium on South City Campus. Attendees were asked to vote on their favorite pieces.

This year’s winners were: Michelle Hallberg’s “Lady Moon” ($300 prize); Ed Browning’s “All Together Now” ($200); and Brian K. Baity’s “Fairy Village” ($100).

The exhibit featured over 30 pieces that included woodworking, sculpture, jewelry, sketching, crochet, oil painting and photography.

Conference sells African American high school students on college, SLCC

About 150 African American high school students from all around the Wasatch Front recently attended the first-ever African/African American High School Day Conference at Salt Lake Community College.

During the half-day conference, students attended sessions about self-image, financing college, concurrent enrollment and making the most out of a higher education.

“Our goal today is to get you thinking about college,” said SLCC Interim President Dr. Deneece Huftalin. “We’re here because Salt Lake Community College offers you a very affordable, but more importantly, a quality experience.”

Event organizer and Black Student Union advisor Glory Johnson-Stanton said the conference was a tool to actively recruit students to attend SLCC.

“My goal was to inform this student population that we at SLCC have over 120 different programs for them to select as career and degree choices,” Johnson-Stanton said. “I wanted them to see that there are staff, faculty and other African/African American students at SLCC who are successful and care about their educational endeavors.”

A panel of SLCC Black Student Union officers told audience members to get involved while in college, that showing up is half the battle and to not let other people tell them what academic and career path they should follow.

“Define yourself, name yourself and speak for yourself,” panel moderator and SLCC adjunct instructor LaShawn Williams told the group. “That’s what education does for you.”

Dr. Clifton Sanders, dean of the Science, Mathematics and Engineering Department, led students in a call and response of the College’s motto “Step Ahead” after boasting about SLCC.

“As a community college, we are the best in the world at what we do,” Sanders said. “Anything you can think of, we have a faculty member who has either done it or was part of the team that contributed to it.”

Sanders reminded the students that they are the ones who will be “inventing the future.”

University of Utah postdoctoral research associate, Dr. Bryan Hotchkins, told a group of male-only students in a breakout session that college is an opportunity to connect with new people.

“The four years of college that you’re in there will be the last four years of your lifetime where you get to interact with a diverse group of people from all over the world,” Hotchkins said. “It’s not just about getting good grades.”

The conference’s featured guest speaker was former SLCC student Makafui Danhounsrou, who graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Chemistry and is pursuing his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

“We had a great team who made this event a success,” Johnson-Stanton said after the conference. “Save the date, February 27, 2015 for our next African/African American High School Day Conference.”

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Literary competition winner to give reading

Keaton Charles Butler will give a reading of his newly published book My Life as a Human on May 1, 5-7 p.m. at Salt Lake Community College in the Cultural Commons of the Academic and Administration Building at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The public is invited to a reception with food and an opportunity to meet Butler and other finalists in the 2013-2014 Chapbook Competition.

Competition judge Karin Anderson, professor of English and literature at SLCC, said Butler’s winning entry is “… one of the most striking experiences of my career. Absorbed in the idiosyncratic consciousness of one “human” in search of another…My Life as a Human portrays the race of gaping nihilism against the redemption of desire.”

Each year Salt Lake Community College holds a chapbook competition where students can showcase their literary works and compete to have the opportunity to become a published writer. The Publication Studies class works all spring semester to create a book out of the winning manuscript, which this year is Butler’s. Other finalists in the competition were: Robin Glassey- Least of Elves; Alex Maughan- The Adventures of Lixin Bruce Wayne Davis and Scott—The Teenage Wonder; and Erika Lynn Smith- Non Compos Mentis.

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SLCC women’s basketball stars sign with Duke and University of Maine

After stellar sophomore campaigns, Salt Lake Community College Women’s Basketball forward Bella Swan and guard Mercedes Riggs have signed their National Letters of Intent (NLI) to compete for Division I institutions.
Riggs, of Lindon, has signed her NLI to the prestigious program of Duke University. A frequent national championship threat, the Blue Devils were nationally ranked in the Top 10 all season leading up to the Division I National Tournament. A first team Scenic West Athletic Conference performer, Riggs averaged 8.9 points per game, dished out 173 assists, and recorded 84 steals in 34 contests.

“Mercedes Riggs is the perfect example of where hard work and dedication can get you,” Specketer said. “She used the junior college route to work on her game, grow as a player, and build her confidence. Coming to SLCC, it was her dream to play Division I basketball. Signing with Duke, dreams really do come true.”
Swan, of Farmington, recently signed her NLI to compete in the America East Conference for the Black Bears of the University of Maine, located in Orono. Swan was an integral piece of the SLCC women’s basketball squad this past season. She helped the team to advance to the second round of the Division I Junior College National Championship while averaging 8.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and shooting 50.5 percent from the field.

“Bella came on so strong to end the season and had lots of interest from all over the country,” SLCC head coach Betsy Specketer said. “Bella is a ‘heart’ person, and she really connected with the players and coaches at Maine. I'm so happy for her and for Maine! She really has just scratched the surface of her potential.”

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Edible Books Contest winners announced

Salt Lake Community College Culinary Arts student Alisha Valdez read and liked the E.L. James book 50 Shades of Grey, but how to make a cake based on the book for the College’s annual Edible Books Contest was somewhat of a mystery.

Valdez turned to, where else, Google for ideas. So-called “man cakes” kept popping up, so, she went for it.

“I read the book. I loved it,” Valdez said. “It was my first idea, so, I said ‘I’m going for it.’ It is a bold entry, and I knew everyone was doing kids’ cakes.”

The result was a headless torso of a man made of yellow cake, which included the pectorals and six-pack abs, with a maple butter cream and raspberry filling. Even the handcuffs were edible. Her efforts landed Valdez the Most Humorous prize.

Former SLCC Culinary Institute Director Ricco Renzetti, a certified executive chef who wore his 1996 “Chef of the Year” medal on his lapel, was one of the five judges at the Markosian Library for viewing and tasting.

“Form and function are the two things a judge always look for,” Renzetti said. “It’s better to take on something more basic and have excellent execution than to take on something hard and have mediocre execution. That’s a hard one to teach students – I did it for 20 years.”

 Before judging began he and fellow judge, daughter Kara Renzetti, a professional baker herself, were already partial to Carol Acevedo’s “The Woman in Black” entry.

“I like the creepiness, just like my dad,” Renzetti’s daughter said.

Acevedo’s cake won Most Artistic. She regularly seeks out books in the mystery and paranormal genres.

“It was a really good, scary book,” she said about Susan Hill’s novel. “I loved it.”

And she loved putting together the cake, taking about three hours to paint a Barbie doll a ghostly white, surrounded by a black dress made of devil’s food cake, topped by frosting dyed black.

Other cakes took much longer to make, like Super Heroes fan Marissa Muhlestein’s “Avengers” entry, clocking in at about 10 hours, which is about how long it took Keri Gukeisen to make her “Cat in the Hat” cake.

“I have been a huge Doctor Seuss fan my entire life,” said Gukeisen, who was happy to recite several lines from Seuss’s The Sneetches. “’Then, of course from then on, as you probably guess, things really got into a horrible mess.’”

The annual contest is open to current students, staff, faculty and administrators at the College. This year’s winners were Acevedo, Valdez, Alondra Garcia (People’s Choice Award for “Frozen”), Katie Lapp (Most Edible for “Curious Geogre”) and Lori Tucker (Most Literary for “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy/Towel”).

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Your End of Semester Library Resources

With SLCC Spring Term coming to a close, finals are coming right up.  Now is a great time to visit or revisit the SLCC Libraries web page at for all of your information needs.

Here, you will find a treasure trove of resources to fulfill your research and class work assignments.  Tabs at the top of the library web page will take you along these major pathways to quality library resources:
-One Search
-Subject Guides
-Browse Journals

The databases tab, for instance, lists all databases held by the SLCC Libraries.  Some of the most popular databases are:  EBSCO Host, ProQuest Newsstand, CQ Researcher and Films on Demand.

If you would like assistance connecting with quality resources for your school work or research, SLCC librarians and staff stand by, willing to help. They may be reached at any of the following four SLCC Libraries reference locations and phone numbers:
Taylorsville Redwood Campus   801-957-4610
South City Campus   801-957-3432
Jordan Campus    801-957-6202
Miller Campus   801-957-5412

Good luck with finishing out Spring Semester at SLCC!

Article Databases
Popular Databases:

CQ Researcher
Provides overviews of controversial issues, or pro and con topics

Encyclopedia Americana
Especially strong on North American and international coverage.

Encyclopedia Britannica
Information updated much quicker than in a print version.

Ethnic Newswatch (ProQuest)
Has coverage of over 150 U.S. and international newspapers.

Films on Demand Collection:
Large collection of streaming videos in many subject areas

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Overviews on controversial issues

Project MUSE
Articles from scholarly journals from Johns Hopkins University and other university presses.

Proquest Newspapers
Access 850 newspapers on general reference

SIRS Researcher
Accesses thousands of newspaper and magazine articles on social issues.

Scholarly articles in many subject areas

Academic Premier: Scholarly articles
Art Full Text: Journal articles on art related topics
Education Full Text (Wilson Web)
Masterfile Premier: Popular magazine articles
Business Source Premier: Business articles
CINAHL with Full Text: Index to Nursing and
Allied Health Literature
Communication and Mass Media Complete:
Communication articles
Professional Development collection: Education
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection:
Psychology articles

Oxford English Dictionary
The accepted authority on the English language.

If questions, please contact us! Reference Desk 801-957-4610 Circulation Desk 801-957-4602

To remotely access databases go to:
username: SLCCID #
password: phone # (last 4 digits)