Wednesday, October 30, 2019

First-Generation Student Lays Path for Siblings

Nov. 8 marks the 54th anniversary of the Higher Education Act, and Salt Lake Community College is joining institutions across the country in celebrating the presence and experiences of first-generation college students. Join SLCC first-generation students Nov. 7, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus (Student Event Center), South City Campus (Student Forum), Jordan Campus (JHS Foyer) and West Valley Center for food, games, a panel discussion and fun.

The college is also featuring personal stories of first-generation students. This is Nadia's story.

Nadia Yahyapourroshankouhi


My family and I are from Sari, Iran. We migrated to Turkey when I was 12 years old and then we came to the United States after two years of living in Turkey.

Family history:
Growing up in Iran with the Bahai had many difficulties. People of my religion were not allowed to hold government jobs or decent jobs and were stuck with jobs others did not want to do like plumber, mechanic, house painter and field workers. We could not vote, attend university after high school or participate in rallies and marches. Many of our religious leaders are in prison for simply being Bahai, and the government has shut down many Bahai businesses for simply existing. In Iran, my father tried opening his own mechanic shop, but the government did not give him a permit to open his shop because of his religion. These reasons influenced why we left Iran. I was bullied in school for my religion by my peers, and they isolated me from doing activities and sports with everyone because of my religion. It was like they saw us an inferior people and treated us poorly. My family and I migrated to the United States to look for better job opportunities and freedom. We face language barrier difficulties in our daily lives, but that does not prevent us from moving forward.  

Why others before you haven’t gone to college:
Because growing up in Iran with the Bahai religion was a challenge for them. The government did not allow Bahai’s to attend colleges and universities solely based on their religion. My family and I left Iran so my siblings and I can pursue our dreams of becoming successful.

Why you chose SLCC over other schools:
I chose Salt Lake Community College over other schools because it is closer to my house and the city. Another reason I chose this school is that it is less expensive than other schools, yet it offers many great degrees and classes. I did some research and found that Salt Lake Community College works closely with the University of Utah and has a high rate of transfer to the U of U.

What you like about SLCC:
I like the diversity of Salt Lake Community College and the involvement of students with the community. I enjoy hanging out with friends at the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. I have met many interesting, uniqu, and diverse people in that office and have become friends with most of them. I also enjoy the tutoring and support services the college offers to students.

Favorite memories so far at SLCC:
Most of my fun memories at the college are with people in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, because we share common interests and enjoy conversating with each other. I enjoy all the free gear, free food and events that happen at the student center. You can find many things happening at the college every day, and I enjoy attending random events between classes.

What being a first-generation student means to you and others:
Being a first-generation college student to me means discovering new things and testing boundaries. To me being first-gen means finding schools, classes and resources on my own and making a path for my siblings to follow and not have to be first-time learners about college resources. My family and friends are proud of me for attending college as the first person in our family because no one in my family has gone to college before me.

What kinds of support have you found for first-generation students:
I have found some scholarships and support services available to first-generation students. I find that asking questions helps me understand the college system better and get prepared for my career efficiently.

Dream job:

Plan B:
If I had to choose another career path, I would choose to be a chemist or a job in criminology.

Plans after SLCC:
My plans after Salt Lake Community College are to transfer to my dream school, the University of Utah, and get a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Then, I want to attend the School of Dentistry at the University of Utah to become an orthodontist.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Artists Compete for Prize Money in Annual President’s Art Show

Everyone is invited to the Salt Lake Community College President's Art Show, an annual, juried show with a total of $5,000 in prize money. This year 71 pieces were selected by the SLCC Art Committee from more than 230 entries.

The show celebrates Utah artists and the powerful ways in which art brings people together. This year’s exhibition showcases a wide range of talented professional and amateur artists using their skills in a variety of media. Many of the works are for sale.

The opening reception will be held between 6 - 8 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the SLCC South City Campus. Awards will be announced at 7 p.m.

President's Award $1,000*
*Selected by SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin.

Community Award $1,000**
**Selected by honorary art community representative.

The following are selected by three local art professionals and/or artists:
Dennis Klaus Honorary Award $500
Best in Show $1,500
2nd place $500
3rd place $500

Exhibit dates:
·      Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
·      Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Located at:
Salt Lake Community College South City Campus
Multipurpose Room
1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Athletic Scholarships, Soccer - Game Changers for Two Athletes

Callie Fisher (left) and Whitney Turner

Can scholarships change lives? There are two Salt Lake Community College soccer players who think so.

After donating their time recently for a photoshoot to help market and promote SLCC, Whitney Turner and Callie Fisher, friends on and off the pitch for the SLCC women’s soccer team, agreed to a Q & A about their experiences at the college, the game of soccer, their athletic scholarships and their plans for the future. Here’s what they had to say.

We should also mention, Whitney, Callie and the rest of the women’s team (11-0-1), along with the men’s team (12-0-1), will square off against opponents Nov. 1-2 for Region 18 supremacy in the Scenic West Athletic Conference at Real Academy’s Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman. Click on each team's link embedded above for more information.

Whitney Turner 


West Bountiful, Utah


Currently studying/expected SLCC degree:
General studies

Dream job:
Astronomer. I love physics and math and I have always been interested in topics concerning outer space and our universe.

Plan B:
Something else physics related.

Plans after SLCC:
I want to transfer somewhere out of state and hopefully play soccer. I want to go to a university and see what it is like outside of Utah.

Why chose SLCC:
It was the closest to home and the cheapest. I also get to play soccer, so, that was a plus.

What I like best about SLCC:
I love the people at SLCC. Everybody is so nice – it doesn’t matter who you are talking to.

What I tell others about SLCC:
That it is a really good school and to not let the “community college” title change your mind.

Favorite memories at SLCC:
All of my favorite memories that I have at SLCC have come from being on the soccer team. It is so fun to be involved in the school every day.

Comments on scholarship:
Getting a scholarship for soccer has meant so much to me. Personally, if it weren’t for that scholarship, I would not have been able to afford to go to college this year. It has impacted my life in many positive ways, and I am forever grateful.

What it is like being involved in the soccer team:
Being involved on the soccer team is absolutely amazing. I have met so many great people and made so many friends from it, and my life has been changed forever because of it.

What I have learned from playing soccer:
I have learned many things from playing soccer, but the thing I would say that I have learned the most would be how to quickly make friends and talk to other people. When you are on a team, you have to come together quickly in order to do good, and it has helped my social skills outside of soccer as well.

Background on soccer experience:
I started playing soccer when I was about 3 or 4 years old and have been playing ever since. I cannot remember a time in my life where soccer wasn’t involved. My whole life revolves around soccer, and it means so much to me. I don’t know what I would do without all I have learned or all the people I have met through soccer.

What you would say to students, staff and faculty to get them to see a game:
I would tell them that it is an amazing environment to be in. We are a good team (#5 in the nation) and very fun to watch play. We play at the Zion’s Bank Stadium where the RSL Academy plays, and it is actually a very nice and cool stadium to be in. Overall, it is a great experience!

Callie Fisher 


Sandy, Utah


Currently studying/expected SLCC degree:
General education, but once I graduate with my associate’s degree I will start my major in interior design.

Dream job:
My dream job would be to travel the world and design homes and business buildings around the world.

Plan B:
My plan B would be to become an interior designer and just travel to close locations to design homes.

Plans after SLCC:
My plans after SLCC are to transfer to a D1 university to play soccer and start my career and hopefully get married. I graduate this fall, so, I will be transferring in the spring.

Why chose SLCC:
I chose SLCC because I knew the coaches and I love them all. They have helped me so much with soccer and to decide what to do with my future.  The school also has amazing programs to get me started. 

What you like best about SLCC:
I love how SLCC is so diverse.  I have met so many amazing people from all around the world here at SLCC.

Favorite memories so far of SLCC:
My favorite memories here at SLCC are playing soccer and helping our school win our first two region banners.  Now when I come back to watch games, I can always remember our first time winning those banners and the feelings I got.

Comments on scholarship:
I am on athletic scholarship right now, and I can't express how much this scholarship meant to me. It has helped me so much. I wouldn't be able to continue my soccer career if it weren't for the scholarship money.

What you tell others about SLCC:
I talk very highly of SLCC and how much it has changed my life and impacted me. SLCC was the best thing that happened to me. I wasn't sure what I was going to do after high school. I didn't have the money for anything, so, it was hard to decide.

What it’s like being involved on this soccer team:
Being on the soccer team has been an amazing experience for me. I don't know what I would have done without it. I have learned so much from my teammates and coaches, and they have all been there for me through everything.  I have met some of my best friends on the team. 

What you have learned from playing soccer:
I have learned so much from playing soccer it has taught me lots of new soccer skills, but it has also taught me life lessons.

Background on soccer experience:
I was three years old when I started soccer. I have five brothers, and my mom wanted me to be a girly-girl, wear pink and dance. But when I first touched a soccer ball, I fell in love with the game and it has been going on since that day. Soccer has been an amazing experience for me. I have learned so much and met so many people who I will never forget.

What you would say to students, staff and faculty to get them to see a game:
We would love it if you would come out to our games and support us as we take on challenging teams. We love when we have new people come out to support our games.  We know the drive is a little far (to Real Academy in Herriman), but we promise it will be worth it.  Thank you for all you do.