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.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

College, Utah Gov. Honor Outgoing Trustees, Chair Gail Miller

Outgoing Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees Chair Gail Miller was honored Wednesday by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert during her final meeting with the board.

Herbert recognized Miller and outgoing board members since 2013, Patricia Richards and David W. Lang, for their years of service to the college. Trustee Annie Schwemmer, who served on the board representing the SLCC Alumni Association since 2009, was also honored. Miller recently received the Association of Community College Trustees Pacific Region Trustee Leadership award.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert pays tribute to Gail Miller.

“She is such a good friend and contributor to our community in so many different ways,” Herbert said about Miller during the meeting. “The success of Salt Lake Community College is in large part tied to Gail Miller’s efforts with Larry (H. Miller) and their organization. They built and donated the Miller Campus to Salt Lake Community College in 2001, which is used mightily. She’s been a tireless advocate for this institution ever since she’s been in the valley. She recognizes the significant and unique role that Salt Lake Community College plays in our higher education system.”

Board Vice Chair Clint Ensign will replace Miller as chair. “Gail, we salute you,” Ensign said. “You are a beautiful and rare lady. None of us fully appreciates the breadth and the depth of your sacrifice and contributions. Your legacy will long reside in the heart and soul of this great college and in our lives as well. You have truly done something that is worthy of being remembered. Today we all join to simply say, thank you, we love you and will miss you, and may almighty God bless you for all you have done.”

Dozens of former and current students, who have benefited in some way from Miller’s generosity, filed into the boardroom with flowers, “Thank you” notes and hugs for Miller.

Current and former SLCC students pose with Gail Miller and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert

“What a remarkable tribute it’s been – thank you,” Miller said. “All I can say is, thank you. I think that no one has benefitted more than I have from this experience. I have certainly learned an awful lot and am humbled by this experience and the opportunity to try to make a difference in the community that is so important and that means so much to Utah. Learning from each of you and rubbing shoulders with people, who every day spend their lives giving students an opportunity to excel and to be their very best is truly a privilege for me. I will miss being here, and I will never forget my time here.”

Miller was born and raised in Salt Lake City, is a graduate of West High School and attended the University of Utah. She received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Salt Lake Community College in 2008. Miller served on the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2008 and was reappointed in 2009. She served as SLCC’s Board chair since 2013 and is also chair of the Larry Miller Group of Companies.

During Miller’s time on the Board, she helped support funding for the Center for Arts & Media at South City Campus and the Academic and Administration Building on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. Between 1998 and 2006, Gail and Larry Miller constructed and donated a $130 million seven-building complex to SLCC known as the Miller Campus, where over 1,000 students access state-of-the-art resources for automotive training, public safety education, entrepreneurial development, corporate partnerships and culinary arts. Gail owns and chairs The Larry H. Miller Group, which operates professional sports teams, automotive, entertainment, media and other enterprises that employ over 10,000 people. Each year Miller lends her name and support to an annual SLCC golf tournament, the Gail Miller Utah Leadership Cup, helping to raise $600,000 over four years, funding more than 30 student scholarships each year.

The Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation was formed in 2007 to allow the philanthropic spirit, which Larry and Gail have so graciously established, to continue for generations to come. Larry H. Miller built a legacy of giving back to the communities where he conducted business. The Millers’ love of education inspired them to create the Larry H. Miller Education Foundation. Instituted in 1996, its purpose is to provide educational assistance to dependent children of full-time employees of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. Since its inception, the LHM Education Foundation has helped more than 3,150 students at 60 different universities or trade schools throughout the United States.

Gail Miller bangs the gavel to bring her final meeting to order.

Richards is president and CEO of SelectHealth. She began her career in healthcare as a staff nurse in general surgery and trauma at the University of Michigan Medical Center. “She and her husband Joe are great believers in career and technical education and have established a scholarship at SLCC to support students heading into CTE fields,” Herbert noted.

Lang is head of the Goldman Sachs Salt Lake City office and head of Operations for Salt Lake City, and he was recently made a partner in Goldman Sachs. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Salt Lake City Police Foundation and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah. “He has been a strong advocate for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business partnership with SLCC and has been critical in developing a strong educational component between the program and the local Goldman Sachs leadership,” Herbert said.

David W. Lang is thanked by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert