Monday, July 31, 2017

SLCC ‘Rocks It’ With $334K National Science Foundation Geoscience Grant

Salt Lake Community College received a $334,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) aimed at increasing the number and diversity of geology majors and improving their transfer rates. The grant pays SLCC geology majors, known as “research ambassadors,” to conduct research projects. These ambassadors will use non-science majors from general education classes to assist with their projects, bringing the benefits of undergraduate research to a wider audience. Ambassadors will also receive mentoring from advanced students and faculty members from the University of Utah and Weber State University.

“Engaging students at the community college level in these kinds of activities has the potential to have a substantial impact on the number of students completing STEM degrees at four-year institutions,” said Chris Johnson, SLCC geology assistant professor and principal investigator of the program. “Half of students who complete STEM bachelor degrees start at a community college. As the only community college in the most populous portion of Utah, SLCC is an important component of the geoscience pipeline.”

This three-year grant will support 24 ambassadors who will mentor 48 general education students as they collaborate on projects. Research ambassadors and their student assistants will “learn science by doing science” as they conduct research in the field and collect real data to solve real problems. Participants will develop skills needed for academic and professional success while field sampling and mapping, using technologies such as X-ray fluorescence analyzers, water quality meters, GPS and GIS systems. In addition to the research and tiered mentoring program that this grant makes possible, SLCC will work with the University of Utah and Weber State University to establish transfer support programs that will last beyond the term of the grant to help SLCC students successfully transfer.

“We are delighted to receive this award from the NSF and to be able to work closely with the University of Utah and Weber State University in ways that will have positive effects for our students,” said SLCC provost Clifton Sanders. “It’s rewarding for SLCC to be part of a collaboration that allows students to interact with and be mentored by leading professionals and students in their field while doing meaningful and interesting research so early in their college careers.”

Geoscience careers are projected to be among the fastest-growing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. This grant aims at bolstering student engagement and success during their first two years and increasing retention and transfer rates. Success in these areas leads to an increase in qualified new geoscientists entering the workforce.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Updated: Open Forums for AVP of Student Affairs Announced

Update:

At the beginning of this month, SLCC had three candidates for the Assistant Vice President for Student Development position on campus to meet with individuals from across the College. Based on feedback, the decision has been made to bring in two additional candidates to campus, and all College employees are invited to attend the open forums for each of the candidates.

Kathryn Coquemont
Monday, August 28
11 a.m. – Noon
Oak Room

Dr. Sharon Aiken-Wisniewski
Tuesday, August 29
11 a.m. – Noon
Oak Room

As the College continues to make decisions, all five of the finalists will continue to be considered for the Assistant Vice President for Student Development position.

We value your perspective and input; please take this opportunity to ask the candidates questions, and provide feedback to our search committee and Dr. Lepper.





The Salt Lake Community College Student Affairs search committee for the Assistant Vice President for Student Development have been conducting interviews for the final three candidates, and will be holding open forums for each of the candidates.

The Assistant Vice President for Student Development position serves as a leader in initiating and supporting efforts to promote and increase student access and participation, and student success and completion.

We value perspective and input of our staff and faculty; come hear from the finalists, take the opportunity to ask the candidate questions, and provide feedback to our search committee and Dr. Chuck Lepper, Vice President for Student Affairs.

The candidates and open forums are as follows:

Wednesday, August 2
Dr. Luca Lewis
2-3 p.m.
Oak Room, STC

Thursday, August 3
Dr. Jamie Cooper
2-3 p.m.
Oak Room, STC

Friday, August 4
Candida Darling
2-3 p.m.
Oak Room, STC

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 the School of Health Sciences' Telehealth program, which provides free physical and occupational therapy services to individuals and families 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.