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SLCC student wins humanitarian award, $5,000 scholarship

Salt Lake Community College student Israel Santana recently received the 2015 Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award and a $5,000 scholarship through the sponsoring nonprofit Youthlinc, the largest service-based scholarship program in the state.
Israel Santana
The award recognizes Santana’s involvement for the past six years with the Mestizo Arts & Activism Collective (MAA), helping to empower youth on Salt Lake City’s west side to become community leaders. In high school he used poetry and photography at MAA to share his experiences growing up a west sider, where drug and gang activity in his community could have steered Santana from his academic path. “If it hadn’t been for the Mestizo Arts and Activism Collective, I would have either been in prison or dead,” he said. As a college student he has been mentoring younger students about the value of education. Santana is quoted on the Youthlinc website saying, “My leadership in Salt Lake City has focused on empowering young people o…

SLCC Facilities names outstanding staffer

Gordon Tallis has been awarded the Facilities Division Outstanding Employee for January-June, 2015.

Gordon Tallis
His fellow employees wrote about Tallis: "Gordon is the facilities’ glue.  He works hard, stays late or does two shifts when others don’t come to work.  He seems to be everywhere.  He is funny, dependable and wise.  He is like a “mother hen” when it comes to the cleanliness of our work environment and he makes sure not to interrupt students in their classrooms.  His motivation seems to come from within.  He is certainly deserving of this award."

New dean over SLCC arts a collaborator, ‘creative’

Salt Lake Community College has named Richard Scott the new Dean of the SLCC School of Arts, Communication and Media.
Richard Scott
“Richard brings an understanding of institutional history, academic leadership, strategic planning and an impressive record of community engagement to Academic Affairs along with a deep commitment to student success,” said SLCC Provost for Academic Affairs Clifton Sanders. “His leadership and longtime success in cross-departmental collaboration, community conversations and his deep and personal understanding of the creative process will continue to be an asset to the College.”
Scott served as interim dean until recently being officially named to the position. He will preside over programs offered by the new Center for Arts and Media at SLCC’s South City Campus near downtown Salt Lake City. The Center delivers courses in television, film, radio, journalism, animation, theatre, radio, photography, graphic design, music and more.
“With the School of Arts, Comm…

SLCC prof records winning poem for Irish radio station

Salt Lake Community College Associate Professor of English Lisa Bickmore recently took time to record her prize-winning poem "Eidolon" for a radio station in Ireland. Bickmore's 700-word poem last month beat almost 3,000 poems by nearly 2,000 poets to win the Ballymaloe International Poetry Contest and more than $10,000 in prize money, one of the richest purses in the world for an unpublished poem. She sat down with SLCC Media Operations Director William Bradford to do an audio recording to be sent to the station RTE Radio 1. Below are a few images from that recording session.

It's Your Option: SLCC Emergency Alert

SLCC students are included in the College’s emergency alert system (EAS) and are encouraged to visit the EAS link on their MyPage to add information to receive emergency alert messages on all communication devices.

If you don’t want to receive emergency alert messages, sign in to MyPage and click on the Opt Out link under the SLCC EAS icon in the upper left of your MyPage tab.
If you don’t register for classes for two consecutive semesters, you’re automatically removed from the emergency alert system. You will be restored to the system if you register.
For questions, contact Scott Jones at 801-957-4963 or

SLCC staff, faculty pitch in for Beautification Day

Salt Lake Community College staff and faculty planted flowers and trees Tuesday as part of the annual SLCC Beautification Day at the South City, Taylorsville Redwood, Miller and Jordan campuses. Below are a few highlights from the Redwood Campus.

SLCC holds 2015 Commencement ceremony in West Valley City

Salt Lake Community College held its commencement ceremony Thursday at the Maverik Center in West Valley City for about 900 of its nearly 3,800 graduates.
Justine Tabligan and President Deneece G. Huftalin say "cheese." SLCC President Deneece Huftalin told graduates to “dare greatly” and to ask “hard” questions of themselves and the world. “The last SLCC lesson then is to never stop dreaming, imagining a new place, idea, or challenge – to ride out your life with full throttle…an open and questioning mind, a full heart, and a thirst for continued invention,” Huftalin said. “Be the doers of your dreams. Create your own story and remember, as Phillip Pullman stated, ‘Thou shalt not’ is soon forgotten, but ‘Once upon a time’ lasts forever. Congratulations.”
Jessica Jackley, cofounder of the global micro-lending giant Kiva, delivered the Commencement address. Kiva has become one of the fastest growing social benefit websites in history by facilitating nearly $700 million in loans…

SLCC grad recalls life as foster child, how unique scholarship helped

Life started out pretty “normal” for Catherine Konold, born to a father who was a maintenance engineer at a hotel and a mother who worked at a florist shop on Saturdays. She’d eventually have a little brother. But by the time she was 5 or 6 years old – she can’t recall exactly – she began having problems with wandering. “I would wake up in the middle of the night, bored, and I would go everywhere,” Konold said. One morning, after wandering during the night, she greeted teachers at her elementary school at 6:30 a.m. “I was just bored,” she explained.
Catherine Konold
As she sits in a room at Salt Lake Community College’s South City Campus where she’s a student, Konold, now 23, talks about a life that slowly unraveled. Her mother suffered from severe depression. Konold began to develop “horrible” behavior problems. “I kept not behaving,” she said. “I was just very defiant.” The wandering turned to running away. When she was only 7 she was referred to a child psychology program at a faci…