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SLCC Writing Center Director Wins National Award

Salt Lake Community College Student Writing Center Director Clint Gardner recently was given the Outstanding Service Award during the International Writing Centers Association conference in Orlando.
The award given every four years recognizes people who have made significant impacts in the field of writing centers locally, nationally and internationally. Since the award’s founding in 1984, Gardner is the first recipient from a two-year college. SLCC associate professor of English Tiffany Rousculp coordinated Gardner’s nomination.
Clint Gardner
“What sets Clint apart from other colleagues is his enduring commitment to improving writing, both at SLCC’s Student Writing Center and its Community Writing Center,” Rousculp said for an IWCA press release. “His genuine ability to pursue the collective cause never ceases to amaze me.”
Gardner and other SLCC faculty started the college’s Writing Center in 1990 shortly after he began teaching there. Since that time an estimated 50,000 students ha…

Former SLCC Culinary Student Wins $10K at World Food Championships

David Grover, a former student of the Salt Lake Community College Culinary Institute, won the World Recipe Champion award last week in the annual World Food Championships.
Grover shares the $10,000 prize with his longtime girlfriend and cooking partner Jamie Boyle of the team “The Half Baked Hippies” after preparing three dishes that wowed judges in Las Vegas. Grover’s team was one of nine category winners who beat out 400 other competitors for a chance to vie for a $100,000 World Food Champion award, which this year was won by a California cook.
David Grover and Jamie Boyle
Boyle and Grover live in Murray and have been competing in cooking competitions for the past six years in Utah and surrounding states.
“We cook for fun,” said Grover. “It’s not for winning – it’s not for anything other than going out and having fun. It’s our release – it’s our fun time. We aren’t chefs who compete or practice day in and day out in the kitchen.”
Which is why they were “shocked” upon learning they wo…

Scholarship money flows to SLCC from Mexico

Salt Lake Community College is getting a portion of $100,000 in scholarship monies donated recently by the Mexican government.
SLCC is being given $17,500 through the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City to go toward preparing Spanish-language students for entry into the college. The funds, which will be matched by SLCC, come in the form of scholarship grants from the Institute for Mexicans Abroad.
“I’m hopeful that this will have a positive impact for the Hispanic community,” said Diana Harvey, director of SLCC Testing Services.

Harvey said some of the funds are being used to help students with their GED, which can be taken in Spanish. Students will have access to Spanish-speaking tutors, testing officials and academic advisors. Preparation and actually taking the test will be done at SLCC, which she said is a way to show students around campus a bit.
“You can’t do anything anymore without a GED. And we’re looking at it as a way to demystify college for these kids,” Harvey said. “We’…

Music fills bill in two shows at SLCC’s Grand Theatre

With two shows remaining for the Grand Theatre’s “Backstage at the Grand” series, fans of live music will relish hearing hits from multiple genres.
Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin will perform the songs of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald in “To Billie & Ella With Love” January 8-10, followed by the duo joy&eric January 15-17 doing covers of modern acoustic pop songs.

SLCC Finishes 9th In National Tournament

A determined Salt Lake Community College women’s volleyball team shook off a first-round loss to win three more matches and ninth place overall in the NJCAA Division 1 National Volleyball Championship in Casper, Wyoming.
All Tournament team member Carol Grasso slams home the winning point.
After two sets Saturday it looked like the No. 6 Bruins would roll right over No. 12 Polk State College from Lakeland, Florida after going 25-14 and 25-18. The Eagles fought back for a 22-25 win in the third set after SLCC scored five unanswered points down the stretch.
Carol Grasso’s consistent play resulted in another double/double with 23 kills and 13 digs, followed by Kallie Schmit’s 14 kills and 5 digs. Grasso, one of 12 women to make the All Tournament Team, also posted 4 aces in the first set of Saturday’s match. Mariana Pilon led the team with 16 digs, with Cassandra Fenton pitching in 9, Rachel Davis with 6 and Schmit with 5.
The team celebrates after winning three straight matches to clinch…