Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mexican students at SLCC to benefit from grant

Juntos Podemos/Together We Can and the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) recently awarded a $5,000 IME-Becas grant to the Utah-based FUNDET Scholarship Program, which will help 10 to 15 Mexican students attending Salt Lake Community College.

During an event at the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City to announce grant awards for several institutions in Utah, Mexican Consul Eduardo Arnal said the money helps with the development and personal growth of Mexican students as well as the economic and social development of Mexican communities. Scholarship recipient Ciria Alvarez talked about how the funding helped her overcome “barriers” and “obstacles” as an undocumented student toward someday becoming a civil rights attorney.

"Juntos Podemos and IME Becas bring opportunity and hope to many of our Mexican students at SLCC,” said Enrique Soto, Hispanic marketing manager for SLCC Institutional Marketing and Communications. “These scholarships open the door to a higher education and give students a chance to carve out a better future for themselves and their families.” SLCC academic advisor Luz Gamarra said the grant is a “gift that keeps on giving.”

FUNDET is a Hispanic/multicultural scholarship program administered through a private foundation committed to assist Hispanic adults trying to earn a technical degree toward entering the workforce and becoming self sufficient. Students attending SLCC’s School of Applied Technology benefit from the FUNDET scholarships. The program is managed and directed by the FUNDET Student Leadership Council. Juntos Podemos engages Mexican business leaders and grassroots organizations to help immigrants with health care, education funding, citizenship support and other services.

"I want to enroll in the Clinical Medical Assisting Program because I know I would have more opportunities to serve, to work and to develop my skills and talents," said Karina Servin, a clinical medical student in SLCC's School of Applied Technology. "I’m eager and ready to start the program. I will give my 200% effort to FUNDET and Juntos Podemos scholarship requirements, so that I can be proud of myself and an example to the Mexican population and those around me. I want to show others that even though things are difficult they are possible. I am grateful to FUNDET and Juntos Podemos for opening the doors to higher education and to a successful future."

"Juntos Podemos scholarship program provides opportunities for students like Karina to have a better change in life," said Hector Cando, SLCC academic advisor and FUNDET budget manager. "Ninety five percent of the FUNDET-sponsored students complete the program, become self-sufficient and contribute to the state’s economy. In summary, it is a very worthwhile scholarship program."

SLCC’s Grand Theatre hosts concert for Camp K, Guinness record attempt

Musician Scott Helmer is playing concerts in 12 cities within 24 hours Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, ending with a concert at Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre on the South City Campus in Salt Lake City. Helmer is using the concerts to raise money for the Kostopulos Dream Foundation—aka Camp Kostopulos, or Camp K—and break a Guinness Book of World Records title in the process.

 Camp K, 4180 E. Emigration Canyon Road, Salt Lake City, provides high-quality programs in a safe environment for people of all abilities and is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through education, recreation and growth opportunities. Helmer’s goal, along with television stations KTVX and KUCW, is to raise $1 million for Camp K. His concert schedule takes him from California and Nevada, up I-15 in Utah through various cities until ending up at the Grand Theatre Dec. 1 around 10 p.m. If Helmer is successful, he will hold the Guinness record for most live concerts performed in a 24-hour period.

Helmer grew up in the Chicago area, learning to play the drums at five years old. The music he plays and records today is a “radio-friendly blend of rock and pop” with a country crossover appeal. For ticketing and information call the Grand Theatre Box Office at 801-957-3322.

Friday, November 20, 2015

SLCC dancers perform Forces of Nature at Grand Theatre

The Salt Lake Community College's Dance Company will perform "Forces of Nature" Nov. 20 and 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Theatre on South City Campus in Salt Lake City. Professional dancers from several local companies are joining the SLCC dancers for the annual fall show.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

SLCC singers hold Carols of Christmas concert

Salt Lake Community College presents the final show of the SLCC Choirs Fall Semester Performances 2015 with Carols of Christmas Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. at the All Saints Episcopal Church, 1710 Foothill Dr., Salt Lake City. The free show will feature Chamber Singers and Salt City Voices. For more information, call 801-957-3322.

Monday, November 16, 2015

SLCC’s holds sixth annual Chapbook Competition

Salt Lake Community College students are invited to submit poetry manuscripts in the sixth annual SLCC Chapbook Competition. The deadline to submit a manuscript is Nov. 23. Submissions should be chapbook length—12 to 25 shorter poems (one page per poem), or a set of longer poems, equivalent in length.

The writer of the winning manuscript will be awarded a $100 honorarium and the opportunity to work with Publication Studies students to design and publish the collection in 250 chapbooks using the SLCC Publication Center. The winner will receive a set of 25 chapbooks. Finalists will be awarded publication of 25 chapbooks and five chapbooks for themselves.

The winning manuscript will be distributed on campus and in the community. Finalists will have chapbooks of their manuscripts distributed on campus. The winner and finalists will be celebrated at a gala chapbook luncheon and public reading.

Any current SLCC student can submit a manuscript. The work must be the writer’s original unpublished material. Students who transferred from SLCC to another institution within the past year are also eligible to submit manuscripts.

The guidelines for entry are as follows:
  • Double space and paginate your manuscript using a PDF format.
  • Begin with a separate title page with the following information: Name, email, street address, phone number, title of manuscript and word count.
  • NOTE: Your name must not appear on the manuscript anywhere but on the title page.
  • Send your manuscript to

For more information call SLCC Poet Laureate Lisa Bickmore at 801-957-4686 or email

Wells Fargo helping feed SLCC students during finals

Wells Fargo donated $7,000 to Salt Lake Community College to purchase healthful snacks for students to be given away during finals at SLCC. Academic Advising and Student Life and Leadership are partners in the project.

SLCC Employees Awarded Innovation Grants

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Employee Innovation of the Year Recipients!

Employee Innovation Grants provide opportunities for full-time employees to learn and develop new skills, with the goal of sharing their knowledge with colleagues and making innovative changes at Salt Lake Community College. Grants support meaningful and well-charted professional-development projects for which funding might not otherwise be available. Grants were awarded in amounts up to $1000. 

Taking Down Barriers to Continue/Enroll at SLCC
  • Rosie Summerhays, SAT
  • Brent Green, SAT
  • Debra Graham, eLearning
  • Diana Harvey, Student Enrollment Services
  • Holly Garcia, Student Life
  • Sharlie Barber, Family and Human Studies 

Gen Ed and Assessment: From My Work to Our Work
  • Melissa Schaefer, Anthropology

Supporting Undocumented Students
  • Shellie Jo Enscoe, Diversity and Multicultural Center
  • Richard Diaz, First Year Experience
  • Luz Gamarra , Academic Advising
  • Hector Cando, SAT Enrollment Services
  • Veronica Medina, SAT Enrollment Services
  • Desi Nielsen, Student Services South
  • Viviana Zumstein, Student Employment and Co-op
  • Kevin Miller, SAT Student Affairs
  • Elizete Bond, Academic Advising
  • Cynthia Bonsall, Academic Advising
  • Madeline Corona, Academic Advising
  • Abbey Mann, Registration
  • Patty Clifford, Financial Aid
  • Doctor Abio Ayeliya, Student Life and Leadership
  • Lakiesha Lanier, Testing Center
  • Rosio Suarez, Student Support Services
  • Cristi Millard, Financial Aid
  • Carlos Moreno Dominguez, SLCCSA President, Student Life and Leadership
  • Gillette Samms, Division of Aviation and Related Technology
  • Renato Olmedo-Gonzalez, Community Affairs Officer for the Mexican Consulate
  • Nancy Singer, Student Planning and Support
  • Kevin Rusch, Development Office
  • Leka Heimuli, Student Representative, Curriculum and Scheduling
  • Idolina Quijada, Student Services West Valley

Exercise is Medicine on Campus Collaboration
  • Nathan Thomas, Health & Lifetime Activities
  • Lorri Castro-Zenoni, Center for Health and Counseling
  • Mark Francom, and all the Nurse Practitioners, Center for Health and Counseling
  • Soni Adams, Health & Lifetime Activities

The Myth of Learning Styles
  • Allison Hewett, eLearning

SLCC awarded Business Partner of the Year

The nonprofit Columbus, an agency that supports people with disabilities, recently honored Salt Lake Community College with its Business Partner of the Year award. The honor recognizes SLCC for working with Columbus to promote vocational opportunities for people with disabilities within the business community.

SLCC was given the award recently during Columbus’ 10th annual Dignity Through Work recognition event. The SLCC Facilities Services Department has awarded grounds maintenance and custodial contracts to Columbus, which in turn has allowed Columbus to provide vocational training and employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities.