Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Kahlert Foundation Makes Gift to the SLCC School of Health Sciences

Heather Kahlert, VP of the Kahlert Foundation, has facilitated a $150,000 gift from the Kahlert Foundation to the Salt Lake Community College School of Health Sciences. This gift will support programs within the School of Health Sciences, like the telehealth program, which provides free physical and occupational therapy services to individuals in outlying communities that do not have these services.

This is the second gift to the School of Health Sciences from the Kahlert Foundation. A previous gift totaling $75,000 was given in July 2016.

Friday, July 14, 2017

2017 Employee Fun Barbecue Series

Faculty and staff celebrated the warm temperatures with their colleagues at the annual Summer Fun Barbecue Series at the Jordan, Taylorsville-Redwood and South City campuses, with music provided by the SLCC Faculty Jazz Quintet and G. Brown Quintet.

Interim Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences Announced

Dr. David Richardson, former SLCC Dean of Humanities and Sciences and Vice President for Academic Affairs will return to Salt Lake Community College as Interim Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences. Dr. Richardson has also served in two interim leadership roles for SLCC prior to this appointment. “His familiarity with SLCC administrative and academic processes, his expertise in change leadership and his commitment to SLCC vision, mission and goals will be invaluable during the next academic year,” said Dr. Clifton Sanders, SLCC Provost.

Dr. Paul Allen has returned to his duties as Associate Dean for Humanities/Language/Culture and ASL, a position held in the interim by Dr. Jeanine Alesch, Associate Professor for Languages. Dr. Allen will also serve as Interim Associate Dean for Psychology & Social Science replacing Spencer Blake, who has returned to faculty as Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Science.

“I would like to express sincere appreciation to Doctors Richardson, Allen, Alesch and Mr. Blake for their leadership, experience, service and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful institution,” Sanders added.

Dr. Richardson will begin his appointment on July 17, 2017.

Monday, July 10, 2017

SLCC Names New Institutional Effectiveness VP

Salt Lake Community College recently named Jeff Aird as its new vice president for Institutional Effectiveness, effective July 1.

Jeff Aird

Aird earned his juris doctor and master of public administration degrees from Brigham Young University after completing his undergraduate work at Utah State University. He was hired by SLCC in 2013 as the director for Institutional Inquiry and Analysis. In 2014 he became an adjunct faculty member of SLCC and the acting director for Institutional Research, and in 2015 he was promoted to assistant vice president for Strategy and Analysis.

Over the course of three years at SLCC, Aird developed and implemented a college decision-making structure to improve inter-divisional collaboration and in 2015 he guided SLCC through a comprehensive self-evaluation that resulted in a high number of commendations from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. 

Previously, Aird has worked for the Utah System of Higher Education, BYU as an adjunct faculty member and Utah Valley University. He replaces Barbara Grover, who retired after 23 years at SLCC.

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Library Hosts LGBTQ+ Exhibit for Pride Month

The Markosian Library on the Salt Lake Community College Taylorsville Redwood Campus is currently hosting the LGBTQ+ Pride Display during Pride Month in the alcove by the east entrance. It’s an interactive and educational display that features several notable LGBTQ+ icons throughout history. Libraries nationwide are celebrating Pride Month during June by fostering community, understanding and access to LGBTQ+ literature and community resources. The exhibit celebrates diversity and inclusivity at SLCC and includes a book/DVD display on the main floor. More information can also be found by clicking here.

Friday, June 16, 2017

College Increases Online Security Using Two-Factor Authentication

Salt Lake Community College is committed to creating a safe and secure working and learning environment. That commitment extends to our digital accounts and information. 

With these goals in mind, the College is introducing a new two-step login process for all employees to help protect College data from cyber attacks and phishing scams. This new login process provides an extra layer of security after requiring users to first log in with a username and password. Then you will use a second method of verifying your identity, which will require something you have access to, like your smart phone, tablet or a hardware token.

Passwords alone are no longer sufficient to protect our accounts. It is easier than you may think for an attacker to get access to your password. Hackers have many different methods of capturing usernames and passwords. Two-factor authentication can prevent an attacker from accessing your account even if they have your username and password.

Because this new two-factor authentication login process will make our accounts safer, SLCC employees will not have to change their password for at least a year.

For more information about two-factor authentication, including how to enroll, click here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Curiosity Abounds During Summer Camps at College

Salt Lake Community College is host to several camps during the summer that are open to elementary and high school age children. Two of them include the "rebooted" Slick Science Camp, organized by the School of Science, Math and Engineering, and the Bytes of Brilliance Summer Camp for girls, put on by the Computer Science and Information Systems department at SLCC.

Below are a few highlights from both camps.

Slick Science Camp

Students get ready to test their GPS controlled cars (this one with a GoPro on top).

SLCC geosciences coordinator Adam Dastrup and students take a break from learning about GPS technology.

Assistant engineering professor Quentin McRae helps students figure out coding.

Bytes of Brilliance

Students collaborate on a project with help from SLCC faculty.

Participants in the Bytes of Brilliance Camp

A student works on a design concept on the final day of Bytes of Brilliance.

PACE Students Visit College for Career Exploration

Multiple students involved in Salt Lake Community College's PACE program (Partnerships for Accessing College Education) took part in the annual summer Career Exploration day by visiting two SLCC campuses. They learned about non-destructive testing and took a turn in a flight simulator at the Westpointe Center and they had hands-on experiences inside the Dumke Center for STEM learning at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus.

PACE is a scholarship program created to increase college participation and graduation rates for high school students. The Project was created by a partnership between local high schools, businesses, and Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). Eligible high school freshman at participating schools are invited to enroll in the four-year program.


   A two-year scholarship to Salt Lake Community College upon successful completion of the PACE program.
   Summer opportunities to explore careers through field trips and job shadowing.
   Resources and support systems to assist students through high school toward college and into a rewarding career.
   Builds a strong academic foundation by requiring students to take college-level class.
   Consideration for the Access U Program.

If you are interested in donating to the PACE program POGS, please visit the SLCC Development 
Office website by clicking here.