Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Mark the Date to Attend “First Date” at the Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre, sponsored by Salt Lake Community College, is bringing the musical “First Date” to the stage Feb. 14 through March 2.

The plot revolves around dating newbie Aaron being set up with serial-dater Casey. A casual drink turns into a high-stakes dinner full of imaginary visits from supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents.

“First Date” is written by Austin Winsberg, with music and lyrics by Alan Zacary and Michael Weiner. As part of the Backstage at the Grand Series, the SLCC production is under the direction of Jamie Rocha Allan with music direction by Michael G. Leavitt. Choreography was developed by Aimee Pike, set design by Cara Pomeroy and lighting by Drew Bielinski.

“First Date” is rated PG-13 for strong language.

Tickets for  “First Date” are $20 each and are available by calling 801-957-3322 or by logging on to grandtheatrecompany.com.

The Grand Theatre is a 1,100-seat venue located on Salt Lake Community College’s historic South City Campus at 1575 South State Street in Salt Lake City. The theatre dates back to the 1930s and over the years has retained its Depression-era charm while incorporating the latest technology in lighting and sound. Every season the Grand plays host to award-winning theater, dance productions and concerts, and for the past five years has served as an official screening venue for the Sundance Film Festival.

Friday, January 18, 2019

W. Kamau Bell Educates, Entertains Sold-Out Grand Theatre

Emmy-nominated comic W. Kamau Bell left a sold-out Grand Theatre audience with plenty to contemplate in between laughs and clips from his CNN show "United Shades of America." Bell was brought to Salt Lake Community College's South City Campus Jan. 17 in collaboration with Westminster College in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day events.

Below are a few quotes and photos from Bell's appearance.

"Talk to the people who are directly involved in these issues. Don't believe the hype."

"Fear is not always telling you the truth."

"Don't forget to be vulnerable. Don't forget to feel stuff."

"It was at this moment where I realized, oh, I wasn't just walking to the Ku Klux Klan by myself, I was walking with my people."

"We have to help in ways we never helped before and consistently raise the stakes on what help is so we can get through this mess that we're in right now."

The Salt Lake Mass Choir kicked things off Jan. 17 at the Grand Theatre.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Women’s Basketball Freshman Named NJCAA Player of Week

Salt Lake Community College women’s basketball freshman Lauren Gustin was honored Jan. 16 with national honors from the NJCAA, earning the prestigious National Player-of-the-Week award. A late addition to the SLCC roster, Gustin has entered at exactly the right time for veteran coach Betsy Specketer, helping the Bruins to a 4-1 record since joining the team in late December.

The Salem Hills native averaged 31.5 points in victories Jan. 10 and 12 over Colorado Northwestern and Snow College, bringing in 15 rebounds-per-game in the week as well.  Gustin had a high of 40 points and 22 rebounds in a 71-64 overtime victory over Snow College, marking her career highs with Salt Lake. Since joining the team, she has averaged 26 points and 17.6 rebounds in five games.

As of their matchup Jan. 17 against USU Eastern, the Bruins have an overall record of 16-3 and 2-1 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. SLCC is a half-game behind USU Eastern in the league standings.

Below are highlights from Gustin's performance against Snow College.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

SLCC, Cummins Partner on Technician Apprentice Program at Westpointe

Representatives from Cummins and SLCC cut a ribbon inside the diesel lab at Westpointe.

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) and Cummins Inc. announce they have teamed up to train workers to become service technicians and earn an associate of applied science degrees through Cummins’ Technician Apprentice Program (TAP) at SLCC’s Westpointe Workforce Training & Education Center.

TAP is a collaboration between industry and higher education to help Cummins’ apprenticeship students gain valuable training and advance in their careers. The two-year program provides training across a variety of diesel platforms and technologies, full-time employment during the program, free tuition and course credits that transfer to four-year degrees. SLCC is one of three institutions in the United States that host the TAP program and provide critical job training to Cummins’ employees.

“Salt Lake Community College is thrilled to enter into this very important partnership with Cummins International,” said Dr. Eric Heiser, SLCC Dean of the School of Applied Technology & Professional Development. “This is just one more way we can help to address the nationwide shortage of diesel mechanics while partnering with one of the most well-known and respected brands in the diesel industry.  We are grateful for the confidence that Cummins has shown in us to be able to deliver quality diesel technician training to their apprentices.”

Students in the TAP program pose with Cummins executives.

To date, Cummins Inc. has sponsored 30 apprentice students by paying for their education and program expenses at SLCC. While in the program, students participate in an intense United States Department of Labor Technician Apprenticeship, where they will earn their associate degree from SLCC and be Cummins-certified in engines.

“Throughout our 100 years, we have spent time and energy investing in our people, and those people are the lifeblood of our company and the lifeblood of our business,” said Jenny Bush, executive director of North America Distribution for Cummins. “Without employees like our technicians here, we would not be where we are standing a hundred years later. As I think about our legacy and our heritage, everything we stand for sits in this room. I’m thrilled we’re able to continue that legacy as we get into our next hundred years.”

Jenny Bush, Cummins Inc. executive director for North America Distribution, gives the keynote address.