Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Academic Excellence Celebration Honors Students

Salt Lake Community College held its annual Academic Excellence Celebration, an event that includes a special pinning ceremony between students and their families and friends. Featured speakers this year included welding student Christina Noinaj and communications assistant professor Jodie Jones. The event is also an opportunity for students and their guests to break out the cell phones and cameras for lots of photos of this proud moment in their academic careers.

Women's, Men's Basketball Teams Headed to Nationals

Everyone is invited to the Bruin Send-Off Thursday, March 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Event Center of the Student Center on the Salt Lake Community College Taylorsville Redwood Campus. Both the men's (30-3 for the season) and women's (26-5) basketball teams are headed to the NJCAA national tournaments. The women will play in Lubbock, Texas for a first-round matchup March 19 against ASA Brooklyn. The men received a first-round bye and are scheduled March 21 to play the winner of the South Plains and Highland game. The event Thursday will feature free food, "minute-to-win-it" games and a chance to meet the players and coaches and wish them well.

Congratulations and best of luck to both teams! Go Bruins!

Girls Meet, Learn from Female Role Models in STEM Fields

Girls in grades 6-10 from around the Salt Lake Valley gathered at Salt Lake Community College's South City Campus to meet female role models from within the community to experience hands-on STEM activities (science, technology, engineering and math).

The annual Expanding Your Horizons conference is designed to motivate young women to pursue STEM fields, where typically females are underrepresented. The keynote speaker was Gretchen McClain, an engineer and businesswoman in Utah who is known for working with NASA to help build the International Space Station.

Below are a few highlights from the event.

Keynote speaker Gretchen McClain

Anjali Pai Named One of '30 Women to Watch'

Utah Business named Anjali Pai one of "30 Women to Watch" for the May edition of its magazine.

Pai is the Director Staff Development at SLCC and the current Chair of the UWHEN State Board. Prior to joining SLCC, Anjali spent over ten years actively engaged in internationalization efforts at the University of Utah and Kaplan International. It was during this time that she developed a passion for creating strong leadership and mentoring programs emphasizing institutional collaboration and inclusion.

Prior to moving to Salt Lake City, Pai lived and worked overseas in Singapore and Sydney. She has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. She is actively engaged in the community with children by volunteering at The Sharing Place. Pai also serves as an advisor the UWHEN SLCC Chapter and she enthusiastically participates in all events so she can meet other engaged women in our campus community who are interested in advancing women’s leadership.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Meet Our Faculty: Lynn Kilpatrick

Lynn K. Kilpatrick 

Associate Professor
School of Humanities

What she teaches:
English 1010: Intro to Writing; English 2010: Intermediate Writing; Creative Writing courses: 2250: Intro to CW; 2270: Intro to Fiction Writing; 2280: Creative Nonfiction; 2290: Novel Writing; 2600: Critical Intro to Literature; 2700: Critical Theory

Number of years teaching at SLCC:
13 years (since fall of 2005)

University of Oregon

Western Washington University (in Poetry)

University of Utah, in Creative Writing/Fiction

Greatest professional challenge:
For me, it’s choosing where and how to focus my energy. There are so many things happening and it’s tempting to dive in to everything. I’ve learned to choose my projects so that I can put the appropriate amount of energy in and be successful. Also, balancing my work with my personal goals for writing and exercise.

Greatest professional accomplishment:
I’m proud of how I’ve adapted to the changing needs of students and how I consistently think and rethink my teaching style. My greatest achievement is deciding to meet with students one-on-one. I’ve learned so much about my amazing students in these meetings, and it’s helped me be a better teacher. It’s also helped me to understand the incredible challenges some of our students face, and what it takes for them to make it to our classes.
I’m also proud that I’ve published a book of short stories, and that I continue to write and publish.

Advice for students or others:
Reach out. For students this means going to professors’ offices, asking questions, asking for help, offering help to peers, joining clubs and organizations. For faculty and staff, I think this means paying attention to students, recognizing when they need help and offering that help, whatever form it takes. Sometimes students need information or advice, but often they need someone to listen; they need to know that someone cares.

Future plans:
To successfully get my son off to college (one year to go!); go to Hawaii; live in Spain; finish my novel and a collection of essays.

Husband Jason; son Ross; German Shorthaired Pointer Gus

Swimming, yoga, paddle boarding, hiking, reading, watching mysteries, playing board or card games, cross country skiing.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Scholarship Luncheon Mixes Donors With Recipients

Every spring Salt Lake Community College hosts a scholarship luncheon, when donors get to meet recipients and students can put a face to those funding their scholarships and thank them in person. This year more than 150 people met at the Oak Room on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. Dominion Energy senior philanthropy coordinator, Debra Hoyt, announced a $25,000 donation, with $15,000 going toward PACE students and $10,000 for STEM students who are near completion but have run out of financial aid. SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin hosted the event, which was emceed by SLCC Foundation Board member and donor John Parrish. Below are a few photos from the event.

SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin applauds Dominion Energy senior philanthropy coordinator Debra Hoyt's announcement of a $25,000 donation.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Student Bands Thrill at Center for Arts and Media

Each semester music students at Salt Lake Community College's South City Campus assemble their bands at the Center for Arts and Media for about two hours of live music during a free concert. Faculty members Craig Ferrin, who also joins in on his trumpet, and Jon Clark support the students in the Multipurpose Room with sound and lights. Below are a few highlights from the spring concert.