Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Award-Winning Journalist Naomi Klein SLCC Tanner Forum Speaker

Salt Lake Community College will host Naomi Klein, author of the New York Times #1 international bestseller “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” as a guest speaker for the 2015 Tanner Forum on Social Ethics.

Naomi Klein

“As an award-winning journalist Naomi Klein has tackled critical cultural issues that span topics such as corporate brands gone awry, free market policies that dominate the world and, most recently, an analysis of the climate crisis,” said Alison McFarlane, SLCC Vice President for Institutional Advancement.Her books are compelling and provocative as we know her presentation will be as well. We’re pleased to welcome Klein to Salt Lake Community College as our annual Tanner Forum on Social Ethics lecturer.”

Klein will appear November 10, 7 p.m. at the Grand Theatre on SLCC’s South City Campus, 1575 South State Street, Salt Lake City. She will give a 45-minute presentation, followed by a Q&A and then a book signing in the Grand Theatre foyer. The Tanner Forum on Social Ethics is presented by a generous gift from the O.C. Tanner Charitable Foundation and with funding from SLCC Art and Cultural Events programming. The event is free and open to the public, and tickets are not required.


Klein’s latest book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate,” is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Her first book, “No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies,” was also an international bestseller. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s, a reporter for Rolling Stone, an internationally syndicated columnist and a member of the board of directors for 350.org, a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Her reporting from Iraq for Harper’s won her the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism in 2004 and in 2014 she received the International Studies Association’s IPE Outstanding Activist-Scholar award.

Monday, September 28, 2015

SLCC Ranks 6th in Nation for Degrees Awarded

Salt Lake Community College placed sixth overall in Community College Week’s most recent Top 100 list of associate degree producing colleges in the country.

“SLCC is consistently in the top 10 producers and we are always pleased to share this accomplishment,” said SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin. “As the national and local attention grows even more focused on college completion rates, I am pleased SLCC can contribute in such an impactful way.”

The 2015 graduating class of SLCC at the Maverik Center

 The ranking is based on the 2013-2014 academic year, in which SLCC awarded 3,782 degrees, representing a nine percent increase over the previous year.


Community College Week every year produces a special report that features the top 100 degree and certificate producing two-year institutions. Community College Week is an independent, impartial publication that compiles its top 100 list using data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set completions survey that all colleges and universities accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must complete. The list includes institutions from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Costa Rica Study Abroad for SLCC Students

Photo: Mindy Mayhew, 2015
Spend nearly 3 weeks exploring the ecology, natural beauty and culture of Costa Rica, while earning college credit.

This Central American country has dedicated 25 percent of its land as natural habitat open to ecotourism.

Our study abroad is scheduled May 7-24, 2016 
(Final dates may vary slightly)

Earn 3 credit hours for Anthropology 2083: Primate Field Study

For more details on cost, eligibility and deadlines, visit the Study Abroad Office.

You also may contact the office at 801-957-4645, or instructor Melissa Schaefer at 801-957-4916.

“¡Pura Vida!” (Pure life!)

Diversity Specialist to Speak on Racial Microaggressions

Please join us for our first Bruin Talk of the year to discuss:

Recognizing and Reducing Racial Microaggressions on Campus and in Classrooms.

           Sept. 30
          Noon-1 p.m.
          Taylorsville Redwood Campus AAB 235

This presentation is aimed at helping individuals on campus acquire a better understanding of: 
  • What are racial microaggressions
  • How they impact student success
  • How they can lead conversation toward reducing racial microaggressions


We will host Dr. William A. Smith, an associate professor in the Department of Education, Culture & Society and the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of Utah, where he has served as the associate dean for diversity, access and equity in the College of Education as well as the special assistant to the president and NCAA faculty athletics representative.

Dr. Smith is the co-editor (with Philip Altbach and Kofi Lomotey) of the book, "The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education: The Continuing Challenges for the 21st Century" (2002).  His work primarily focuses on his theoretical contribution of racial battle fatigue which is the cumulative emotional, psychological, physiological and behavioral effects that racial microaggressions have on people of color.

Through a 15-minute talk and follow-up dialogue among attendees, the nature of this series is to engage the campus on an array of topics.  It is designed to assist in raising awareness and building the social and intellectual capacity of the Salt Lake Community College community. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Thayne Center Community Partner Speed Dating



Thayne Center for Service and Learning and The Service Learning Program presents Community Partner Speed Dating 

      Wednesday, Sept. 30 
      Noon-1:30 p.m.
      Miller Campus Culinary Institute Building (CART 116) 

  • Enjoy lunch with community partners, students, faculty and administrators. 
  • Gain resources for your course, department or program; build your network and discover volunteer opportunities. 
  • Whether you are new to service learning, a long-term practitioner, administrator or student, this event is for you! 
RSVP by Sept. 25

SLCC faculty should register via MyPage 

Community partners and students should RSVP to: 
  • Sean Crossland Community Partnerships Coordinator at 801-957-4674; sean.crossland@slcc.edu or
  • Lucy Smith Service Learning Coordinator at 801-957-4688; Lucy.Smith@slcc.edu 


Annual Gail Miller Golf Tournament Benefits SLCC Students

Salt Lake Community College Foundation recently held its annual Gail Miller Utah Leadership Cup golf tournament at Hidden Valley Country Club in Sandy and raised more than $140,000 for student scholarships.

Odassis Cheeks (l-r), SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin, Alyssa Wandell, and Gail Miller

“It is truly humbling and inspiring to see this tournament grow each year with the involvement of more and more community members who recognize the value of helping to educate students at SLCC,” said Alison McFarlane, vice president of Institutional Advancement at SLCC. “It’s also a thrill to see the golfers taking the opportunity to speak with SLCC students – the beneficiaries of their donations – throughout the day on the golf course.”

SLCC student ambassadors greeted golfers from 38 registered teams at each hole to talk about the College and their goals. Two SLCC basketball players hit long drives for some teams. Radio hosts David James and Patrick Kinahan interviewed Miller and SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin during an on-site broadcast of The Zone Sports Network.

“I thought the golf tournament was a great way to get the community involved and to help them see the importance as well as the need that we as students have at SLCC,” said SLCC student Alyssa Wandell, a Jordan High School graduate who wants to be a nurse someday. She was stationed at a hole on the course with fellow SLCC student leader Odassis Cheeks. “Higher education is completely necessary and it is completely expensive and it’s not always easy to get a scholarship,” she continued. “So, I think it’s fantastic that we had the golf tournament because it gives students the opportunity to make their goals a reality.”

A golfer tees off at Hidden Valley Country Club for the annual Gail Miller Leadership Cup

Four-person teams began the day with a shotgun start and played an 18-hole team scramble format. Utah Jazz broadcasters Craig Bolerjack and Ron Boone were on the course throughout the day to take a few swings for golfers who made donations to the scholarship fund. . The Utah Jazz Bear, Jazz Dancers and the Salt Lake Tribune’s Kurt Kragthorpe also took part in the event, named in honor of Gail Miller, who chairs the SLCC Board of Trustees.

The winning teams for the three flights were: Sinclair/Grand America; George S. & Dolores Eccles Foundation; MountainStar Healthcare; Boyer Company; Roger McQueen Group; and Komatsu Equipment. Three generations of the M. Dale Ensign family played on the same team this year. For more information or to become involved in next year’s event, contact Nancy Michalko, Executive Director of Development at (801) 957-4247 or nancy.michalko@slcc.edu.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Assistant SLCC Softball Coach Receives National Award

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) recently announced its recipients of the 2015 Assistant Coach of the Year Awards at the various levels, and the award for NJCAA Division I went to Salt Lake Community College Assistant Coach Tara Bendt.


Tara Bendt


“These awards salute the efforts of coaches from the various NFCA membership categories for their tireless dedication to the sport of softball and to the continued education, growth and development of young women, both on and off the playing field. All five of this year’s class of recipients played a pivotal role in their team’s success during the 2014-15 softball season,” the NFCA is quoted as saying on the website www.flosoftball.com.

Bendt’s contributions to the program helped Salt Lake CC hold a No. 1 ranking for four weeks during the season and carried that into the National Championship Tournament. Along with her duties as recruiting coordinator and as an outfield and slapping coach, Bendt plays a critical role as the team motivator through various channels before or during practice or whenever she feels it is needed. Her hard work on the recruiting trail has allowed Bendt and head coach Cyndee Bennett to open up recruiting in several different states and form relationships with many four-year schools. Also on her plate is marketing of the program, which involves social media, player of the week nominations and getting Salt Lake CC softball information out to the public in a timely fashion, which has been received well.

The winners were nominated by their NFCA member head coach and selected by a panel of their peers on the NFCA Awards Committee.

Markosian Library Book Sale

What can you get for 25 cents? Nowadays, not much. Maybe you’ll luck out and get a handful of Mike and Ikes, or a super stellar ring (that will likely turn your finger green).

Try putting your money to better use at the library book sale. Books and DVDs are on sale for, you guessed it, 25 cents. The sale runs Sept. 14-26 (or until the goods are gone).

New items are put out as space allows, so make it a habit to check for new treasures on the sale tables.


If you have general questions about the library, give us a call at 801-957-4602.