Friday, September 28, 2018

College Hosts Annual ‘Expect The Great’ College, Career Readiness Event

Salt Lake Community College will host this year’s annual “Expect The Great,” a state college and career readiness event for African, African-American and black students, on Oct. 5 and 6.

The event, which this year boasts the theme “Build, Invest, Connect,” is free and takes place at SLCC’s Taylorsville Redwood Campus (4600 S. Redwood Road, Taylorsville) at the Student Center building. The first day of the event is by invitation only for Utah college students. For the event’s second day, the public is invited to participate in breakout sessions and panel discussions about everything from financial aid and scholarships to admissions and transitioning from college to career.

Registration is required for the Saturday event. For more information or to register, visit

Expect The Great started in 2011 and is held at a different Utah college campus each year. It began with the leadership of Utah System of Higher Education Board of Regents Vice Chair and Calvary Baptist Pastor France A. Davis, who sought an outreach event aimed at increasing college access, participation, retention and graduation for the state’s African, African-American, and black students and communities. Expect The Great is also one effort to support the goal of Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s Education Excellence Commission for at least 66 percent of Utah’s adults between the ages of 20 and 64 to hold a postsecondary degree or certificate by the year 2020.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

SLCC Hosts Visiting Faculty During Prestigious NEH Summer Institute

A book from the NEH Summer Institute final exhibit.

Salt Lake Community College rose to the top in a highly competitive grant application process this year to host a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute. Each Institute is an opportunity to explore topics relevant to undergraduate education in the humanities, and SLCC was one of only two community colleges in the country this year to receive an NEH grant to host a Summer Institute.

The SLCC-hosted institute was led by faculty members Lisa Bickmore, Melissa Helquist and Charlotte Howe. The three writing professors worked with SLCC Office of Sponsored Projects director Nicole Omer to apply for the grant, and then they designed the curriculum, planned the projects and secured visiting faculty.

“It was a big project, and we’re really proud of the work we did,” Bickmore said. “This is the first time SLCC hosted such an institute, and community colleges are not often awarded these grants.”

Melissa Helquist (l-r), Lisa Bickmore and Charlotte Howe.

The Institute at SLCC began by asking several questions including: What is a book? Where do people find books? What is the history of human interaction with books and what can history teach us about emerging modes of the book? Who is invited to read? Who is inhibited, or even prohibited, from reading books in their various forms?

Each scholar at the Institute, considering those questions, then designed, prototyped and produced “experimental” books for an exhibit that was displayed at the Salt Lake City Library.

“Because our overall institute focused on the embodied book, we decided a scholarly-inflected act of making would be a fitting conclusion,” Bickmore said.

Participants in the Summer Institute. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

‘TACTILIS’ Exhibit at South City Campus Appeals to Blind, Low Vision Art Enthusiasts

Eccles Gallery exterior.

Designed with the intention to be accessible to individuals who are blind or have low vision, the “TACTILIS” art exhibit will be displayed from Oct. 3 through Nov. 9 in the George S. and Dolores DorĂ© Eccles Art Gallery at Salt Lake Community College’s South City Campus, 1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City.

In addition, an opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Oct. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Shandra Benito, executive director of Art Access in Salt Lake City, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. during the reception on the importance of accessibility and representation in art and public spaces. The exhibit is free and is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday.

TACTILIS features fully non-hazardous, touchable pieces and labels in both English and Braille. Curated by SLCC art gallery and event specialist Danielle Susi, the exhibition showcases works created by Utah artists including: Havoc Hendricks, Shawn O’Porter, Lenka Konopasek, Nathan Brimhall, Jonna Ramey, Ben Booth, Clinton Whiting, Barbara Tyler, Linda Morrison and Suzanne Stoner.