Friday, November 30, 2012

Be Stress-Free for Finals Week 2012

Be stress-free for finals week with a free chair massage!

Monday, Dec 10:
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Markosian Library
10 am - Noon
5 pm - 7 pm

Tuesday, Dec 11:
South City Campus Library
Shop Building 130
10 am - Noon

Jordan Campus Library
Health Sciences Ctr 235
5 pm - 7 pm

Wednesday Dec 12:
Jordan Campus Library
Health Science Ctr 235
10 am - Noon

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Markosian Library
5 pm - 7 pm

Gingerbread House Contest 2012

Gingerbread House Contest

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Student Center
Student Event Center

Tuesday, December 4, 10 am - 2 pm

Come make gingerbread houses and enjoy the movie Elf while you decorate!

On Wednesday, December 5 from 10 am - 2 pm the houses will be displayed and voted on. Winners will receive a prize!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lean Startup Conference Simulcast at Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake Community College is the official Salt Lake City simulcast partner for the ‘Lean Startup Conference’ that will be held in San Francisco on December 3.  The live simulcast, featuring some of the biggest names in business, marketing and technology, will be broadcast free of charge on December 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Larry H. Miller Campus in the Free Enterprise Center auditorium. The Miller Campus is located at 9750 South 300 West in Sandy, UT.

The Lean Startup Conference brings together innovators from startups, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations to share lessons for building profitable lean organizations. The event will feature more than 30 entrepreneurs who will speak about their experiences, with keynotes from:

·       Marc Andreessen, co-founder and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz
·       Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur, author and lecturer at Stanford
·       Beth Comstock, chief marketing officer at General Electric
·       Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup

The College’s Miller Business Innovation Center is hosting the full-day event to support the local startup ecosystem and help entrepreneurs throughout the Salt Lake Valley meet fellow entrepreneurs interested in creating and managing successful startups.  

Register to attend The Lean Startup live simulcast at:

To learn more about the conference and speakers, visit The Lean Startup Conference at

SLCC Holiday Open House

SLCC faculty and staff:

Join us to celebrate the holidays in the Student Center.

Annual Open House
Thursday, December 6, 2012
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Student Center, Oak Room
Taylorsville Redwood Campus

All employees are invited to attend.

Stop by to visit with other college employees while enjoying delicious holiday refreshments in the Student Center Oak Room.

SLCC Dance Company Auditions

SLCC Dance Company is looking to add a few more members to the performing group for Spring semester, 2013.

Auditions will be Friday, December 7, 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in W-230 at South City campus.

Men and Women are welcome.  You must be able to stay for the entire audition.
Dance experience is required.   No choreography is necessary. 

To be a member of Dance Company, you must be a registered student at SLCC and, if you are chosen, register for DNC.1800 (which meets M, W, F, 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. at South City Campus).

PARTIAL TUITION WAIVERS are available for qualified Dance Company members!

Please contact to reserve an audition place.

Fuel For Finals Part 1 2012

Stressed about Finals? Come participate in a workshop entitled “Successful Strategies for Preparing and Taking Finals” by SLCC faculty member Jason Roberts. This workshop will be presented at the Markosian Library on Monday, December 3rd from 12:00 to 1:00 in room 266.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Children's Holiday Extravaganza

9-11 am
Saturday, December 1

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Student Center

Free activities celebrating:

Including pictures with Santa!

Purchase breakfast tickets at any info desk at the Jordan, South City, or Taylorsville Campus.

$3 for adults
$2 for kids 12 & under
(limited quantities available)

Breakfast 9-10 am

Eclipse Christmas Concert

December 13-15 
Get tickets at 
ticket prices range from $7-$17.

The annual Christmas with Eclipse concert has become a favorite tradition during the Christmas season. Bring your family out to the 8th Annual at the Grand to feel the spirit of Christmas and celebrate the season with a night of Christmas music delivered in a way that only Eclipse can deliver.

Health Sciences Assessment Center

The School of Health Sciences has implemented selective admissions criteria, which includes applicants completing a pre-admission test. This is administered in the Health Sciences Assessment Center, at the SLCC Jordan Campus, Health Sciences Center, Room 054.

All individuals who are applying to a Health Sciences program can schedule this pre-admission test online:

The pre-admission test fee for all applicants is $85.00, with additional fees for dental hygiene and advanced placement (LPN) nursing applicants.

If you have difficulty scheduling a test, please contact (801) 957-6225 or send an email to

For more details regarding the required pre-admission testing for each program visit Health Sciences Admissions (

SLCC Fashion Club Presents Snow Ball

Saturday, December 8, 2012
9 pm - 2 am at The Bay (404 S. West Temple)

$10 for men
$7 for women
$1 off with a student ID

This semester's design contest "Snow Queen" will be on display.

Come vote for our favorite look and enter to win $100 from The Bay

6th Annual SLCCSA Film Festival Entries

Are you a filmmaker? Enter the 6th annual SLCCSA Film Festival!

Early bird entries:
Registration forms can be found at
Entries will be accepted December 12-13 from 12-4 pm. at the Taylorsville Redwood campus STC 124 or South City W141.

The entry fee is only $5.

Salt Lake Community College is holding its 6th annual Film Festival. Submissions to the festival are open to all currently registered Salt Lake Community College students; the festival itself will be open to the general public.

The SLCC Film Festival is accepting submissions in the following categories:

  • Music Video: A short video that accompanies a complete piece of music/song. Music must be original.
  • Drama: Serious plot driven situations portraying realistic character, settings, life situations, and stories intense character development interaction.
  • Comedy: light-hearted plots consistently and deliberately designed to amuse and provoke laughter by exaggerating the situation, the language, action, relationships and characters.
  • Action/Suspense/Horror: Action films usually include high energy, stunts and chases, possibly with rescues, battles, fights, escapes, destructive crises. Horror films are designed to frighten and to invoke our hidden worst fears, often in a terrifying, shocking finale, while captivating and entertaining us at the same time in a cathartic experience.
  • Documentary: a film program presenting the facts about a person or event. (*New this year, docs can be up to 30 minutes) Commercial: A television advertisement for a product or service. It can be a fictional product or service for film festival.

Registration forms are available at: Entries will be accepted December 12 -13 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus: room 124 of the Student Center, and South City Campus: room W-141. There is a $5 fee for each entry.

For more information, contact Tyler Anderson at: (801) 957-4134

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

SLCC Hosts Holiday Gift Expo in Support of Local Business

BizNet Connect, Utah’s premier business development and networking group, is hosting the first annual Local Business Holiday Gift Expo on November 30, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Salt Lake Community College’s Larry H. Miller Campus Conference Center, located at 9750 South 300 West in Sandy, UT. ‘Local First Utah’ and ‘Utah’s Own’ are participating with the College to showcase holiday gifts made by local artisans and designers in an effort to support local businesses.

The Gift Expo is a one-stop shopping experience to find holiday gifts.  Buying gifts for the holiday season from local businesses keeps dollars in the community and helps Salt Lake Valley sustain a diverse and dynamic economy.

All guests are eligible to win one of several door prizes donated by local vendors. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Vendor tables may still be available.  To learn more about vendor options or register for a table visit

BizNet Connect Entrepreneur Series is an education and training program for businesses provided by the Miller Business Innovation Center (MBIC) at Salt Lake Community College, an accelerator program for innovative enterprises seeking high growth and is the largest publicly funded business incubator in Utah. The MBIC attracts a broad scope of entrepreneurs in industry sectors such as; publishing, franchising, software development, clean energy, medical devices and more.  For more information visit: call 801-957-5200.

Online Evaluations: Fall 2012

Attention students!

Complete your course evaluations ONLINE to get your final grades early!*

November 26 - December 18, 2012
(official grade release is 12/19/2012)

It's easy, anonymous, and:
-  Information to future students linked through the searchable class schedule
-  Information to instructors to help them improve classes.
-  Information to academic administrators on how students evaluate classes
-  Information necessary to meet accreditation standards for higher education institutions.

Look for "Course Evaluations - click here- " on MyPage.
Student tab -> Online Course -> Evaluation Channel

Course Evaluations are completely anonymous! Your name or personal identifying information is NOT REPORTED to anyone (including instructors). It is simply logged in the system to indicate that you completed your evaluations.

*as soon as your instructors post grades

Monday, November 26, 2012

Auditions for Death of a Salesman at The Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre, located at 1575 South State Street, Salt Lake City, will hold auditions for Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman on Saturday, December 1, 2012. The auditions will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will be held in the Annex, located at 1610 South 250 East, in the South-East corner of Salt Lake Community College's South City Campus. Mark Fossen will direct the production, which will run from March 7-23, 2013 at the Grand Theatre. Rehearsals will begin in December.

Those interested in auditioning can schedule an audition time by calling the Grand Theatre box office at: (801) 957-3322. Each actor will have a 3-5 minute time slot. Each person who auditions should select a monologue from a modern drama such as O’Neill, Williams, Miller, or a side from Death of a Salesman. Memorization is encouraged, but not necessary. Actors of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition. The Director is seeking women and men between the ages of  20-65.

For a list of roles and more information, including sides, please visit the Grand website at

SLCC Fashion Institute Students Hold Benefit Show

Students’ Original Designs Sold to Benefit American Cancer Society

Salt Lake Community College Fashion Institute students are taking part in a benefit fashion show in support of the American Cancer Society. The event will take place on Saturday, December 1, at 2:00 p.m. at the McCune Mansion, located at 200 North State Street in Salt Lake City.
Students in the program have submitted their original designs for the show that will also feature clothing and accessories from The Children's Hour, one-of-a-kind hand-painted silk scarves and hand-woven wool/silk shawls by Sandra Ence, and hand-crafted jewelry by Brianna Chamberlain.
Appetizers and beverages will be served.
Advance tickets are available for $25.00 from or by calling (801) 467-8499. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event for $30.00 at the McCune Mansion.
This benefit event has been underwritten by The McCune Mansion & The McCarthey Family Foundation.
For more information, contact Mojdeh Sakaki at: (801) 957-4311.

SLCC, Utah SBDC Help Utah Company Launch News Source Mobile App

Scott Ellenson, co-founder of Stronger SE, LLC will be launching the company’s first mobile app called “Reach” in May 2012.   Reach is the first in a suite of apps designed for mobile professionals.

Reach solves an issue for business professionals that need to stay current on subjects that they care most about. With current technologies, professionals can spend a great deal of time on the internet searching social networks, blogs, company websites, and web-based search engines to stay informed. Reach streamlines a users search through a high-powered news curator that delivers information directly to an iPad.

“Our Reach iPad App delivers news articles and blogs based on our customers unique keywords. From the iPad, users can enter topics, companies, and people that they care most about,” said Ellenson. “Our Reach Curator App then filters out the noise of the Internet delivering news and blogs based those specific keywords.”

While Reach is designed for business professionals, the app can be an informative tool for just about anyone.  “Our Reach cloud based Curator App provides access to over a 1,000,000 news articles and blogs from 75,000 sources,” said Ellenson. The information  collected in the curator includes 55 data categories—everything from technology, finance, health, and entertainment to global issues, politics, the environment and Fortune 500 companies. Reach offers nearly every kind of news, even the most self-indulgent: including frequent updates on 'Beast', Mark Zuckerberg’s dog.

Stronger SE’s Reach App stands out from other newsreaders because it is the first tablet-based app that delivers news and blogs based on a customer’s unique keywords.

Reach marks Ellenson’s first major milestone as an entrepreneur and first-time business owner.  Ellenson’s extensive background in business, technology and software development has poised the company to be a highly successful venture.  “Reach is going to change how people do business by making information more available than they have ever had before” said Andrew Willis, Director of the Small Business Development Center in Kaysville, Utah.

Prior to building Reach and launching Stronger SE, Ellenson contacted the Small Business Development Center  (SBDC) in Kaysville in May 2011 to transform his innovative idea into a reality. Counselors at the SBDC, Andrew Willis and Brent Meikle provided Ellenson with a broad scope of business advice and support including marketing strategies, legal structures, market research and helped Ellenson build a financial pro forma. “We have learned under the guidance of the SBDC how to focus on: lean startup principles, minimum viable product and social media marketing tips that have become the foundation of our company,” said Ellenson. While working with the SBDC, Willis and Meikle also helped Ellenson pitch Stronger SE to investors—an opportunity that provided him with invaluable feedback for the company.

In addition to the Reach App, the Stronger SE team plans to release additional apps to form a suite of business solutions for mobile professionals, including task & opportunity management apps that will begin development this year. Ellenson’s goal for the future is to expand Stronger SE apps to Android and Windows mobile devices.

To learn more about Reach or to be notified on the Apps’ launch date visit:

The UT SBDC provides consulting, training and other resources to emerging and existing small business owners in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Lead UT SBDC Center at Salt Lake Community College, and other colleges and universities in the state. To learn more about the UT SBDC program, visit:

Company Expands to Help Connect Construction Industry, Workers Across U.S.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Cedar City, Utah has selected Construction Monitor as a successful business to highlight for the business’s sustained growth and contributions to the community. The company’s co-owners David Mineer and son David Mineer Jr. are leading Construction Monitor on a nationwide expansion that began this year with a goal to reach all major U.S. markets by the end of 2013. The expansion is a significant milestone for the 23-year-old business, which has been a job lead source for contractors and other professionals in the construction industry in the Western U.S. and Texas.

With a subscriber base of more than 3,500 clients, Mineer’s goal for the expansion is to add at least 1,000 more subscribers each year. Through weekly reports and 24/7 website data access, subscribers have access to important building project information that details the latest building permits that have been filed. The information that CM provides is extracted from public records in building department offices throughout the country and packaged in a convenient and comprehensive report for industry professionals.  

Mineer’s decision to expand CM to all major U.S. markets came on the heels of an offer that he received in the fall of 2011 by a highly successful corporation in Silicon Valley to purchase his business. Though the offer initially sounded strong, Mineer wanted to do some research to determine the true value of Construction Monitor. After the offer was made, Mineer contacted the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Cedar City, a resource for entrepreneurs and business owners looking for advice, mentorship and training.

Following several counseling sessions with SBDC Director Craig Isom, Mineer determined that the Silicon Valley offer did not fully recognize the true value of CM and also discovered that there was a significant opportunity to grow the business by reaching out to all major U.S. markets.  “Having the information from the SBDC has helped me as a business owner make more intelligent decisions,” said Mineer. The work that Mineer and Isom did to assess CM’s value ultimately led Mineer to the decision to expand the company. Now, Mineer uses SBDC consultants as a sounding board for decisions he makes regarding CM’s growth.

Construction Monitors’ (CM) expansion has opened new markets including New York City, Chicago and Miami, which have boosted the company’s employment rates. In just three months since CM started its national expansion, Mineer has hired (and continues to hire) an average of two to three new staff a week, including independent contractors throughout the U.S. and additional staff for the headquarters office in Cedar City. The company is nearing 100 employees (including independent contractors) and expects to expand the headquarters office in Cedar City in the future.

The UT SBDC provides consulting, training and other resources to emerging and existing small business owners in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the Lead UT SBDC Center at Salt Lake Community College, and other colleges and universities in the state. To learn more about the UT SBDC program, please visit For more information about Construction Monitor visit or call 435-586-1205.

Clint Gardner Wins 2012 NCPTW Maxwell Leadership Award

Clint Gardner, Student Writing Center Coordinator for Salt Lake Community College, has won the 2012 Ron Maxwell Award for Distinguished Leadership in Promoting the Collaborative Learning Practices of Peer Tutors in Writing.

The award was presented at the 29th annual National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) in Chicago.

The award recognizes a professional within the NCPTW organization for dedication to and leadership in collaborative learning in writing centers, for aiding students in together taking on more responsibility for their learning, and, thus, for promoting the work of peer tutors. Its presentation also denotes extraordinary service to the evolution of the conference organization.

Gardner received a plaque bearing a quote by educational philosopher Paulo Freire that has informed his career: “There is, in fact, no teaching without learning.”

A selection committee of eleven previous award recipients was “constantly amazed,” as one member put it, by Gardner’s service to NCPTW; by his efforts to help the NCPTW organization collaborate with the International Writing Centers Association(IWCA); and by his contributions to his own peer tutors, to peer tutors around the world, and to the writing center community.

Gardner was IWCA President 2007-2009.

“Gardner has made it his business to take on leadership roles at NCPTW and in the inter/national conversations on peer tutoring in writing,” said a committee member. “He has done more in recent years than anyone I know to promote collaborative learning in the  form of peer tutoring. He is a champion who will continue to be at the forefront of all things peer tutoring in the years to come.”

One organizer of a previous conference appreciated the way Gardner “stepped up early and often” during the preparation stages and at the event. Another conference organizer praised Gardner’s “vital if unheralded” leadership as an “unofficial tech expert and videographer. He has taped many sessions and made them available as podcasts.”

Organizing flash mobs is a frequently cited example of Gardner’s contribution to conferences, “an activity that brings tutors together in a way they can relate to and enjoy.”

One supporter remembered other ways Gardner’s contributions benefited her: “I’ll never forget how he made all the technology arrangements for the Las Vegas [joint 2008 NCPTW/IWCA] conference, or his presentations on how to make a case for the value of writing center work by filming exit videos with tutors.”

Gardner’s blog Peer Centered “provides opportunities beyond conferences for peer tutors to collaborate and learn from each other,” a supporter noted. Another supporter added, “His work on Peer Centered alone is worthy of recognition because it demonstrates his commitment to collaborative learning practices among peer tutors while heightening the profile of the work peer tutors do among professionals in the field.”

As a member of the award committee summed up, “Clint values and fosters cross-institutional communication, not only between tutors, but between directors and members of the community. He typifies the kind of active participation in NCPTW, the writing center field, and the world that the Maxwell Award is designed to recognize and reward.”

World Aids Day

World Aids Day

Free HIV testing
November 30, from 9 am to noon*
Health & Wellness Services
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, STC, Room 035

Testing provided by: Utah Department of Health
*No one will be tested after 11:45 am

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Culinary Arts Students on Good Day Utah

Salt Lake Community College Culinary Arts students prepared a Thanksgiving feast with fifteen courses of original recipes. The students provided recipes and tips for cooking some of the holiday season’s most popular dishes.
“This was a fun way for our culinary arts students to share some of their creative ideas at a time when food is very much in the public’s consciousness,” said Andreas Fleckenstein SLCC Associate Dean of Management, Marketing, & Culinary Arts. “At the same time, our students got a chance to really focus on creating food people want while getting to use a number of skills other than cooking necessary to succeed in the industry—interpersonal interaction, appearing on camera, even plating and presentation.” 
The students prepared dishes included: salami and cream cheese wrapped cornichons, stuffed spinach and artichoke mushrooms, cranberry salsa with pita chips, homemade rolls, green bean salad, sweet potato and ginger mash, Brussels sprout salad and burek with phyllo dough base. A session on how to perfectly roast a turkey and make gravy was also offered. The dessert selections included vanilla/pecan panna cotta, caramelized apple pavlova and pumpkin cream cheese truffles.  * The final two dishes are special leftover recipes to take advantage of the food surplus created by the first dozen courses. two dishes focused on how to use all the leftover food: Turkey stew into potpie using a ready-made pie crust, and a turkey enchilada with cranberry sauce recipe, to complete the show.  
The Students demonstrated their skills and techniques on KSTU Fox 13’s Wednesday, November 21 news telecast with special correspondent Big Budah.

Monday, November 19, 2012

SLCC Names Alison McFarlane Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Alison McFarlane has been named Salt Lake Community College’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement. McFarlane joined the College in August 2007 and previously served as the College’s Assistant Vice President of Institutional Marketing & Communications.

“I believe in the mission of this College and in the access to education and training it provides,” McFarlane said. “As the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, I am excited to work with the many stakeholders of this institution and to help position the finest community college in the country for the future."

Prior to joining the College, McFarlane worked as Senior Advisor for Economic Development for Salt Lake City Corporation.

The College’s marketing department has received numerous awards under McFarlane’s direction, including several Addy Awards and a silver medal from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations. McFarlane received a Rockie award in the category of marketing from the American Advertising Federation of Utah for her work at the College.

Utah Small Business Development Center Recognizes Female Business Owner for Innovation

The Small Business Development Center has selected Diamond K Gypsum Company as a successful business to highlight for its sustained growth and success. Business owner Karen Palmer founded Diamond K in 1991 as an agricultural supply company. Taking advantage of natural resources plentiful in the area, the company has branched out to offer products for a wide range of industries.

Diamond K initially began as a sole proprietorship; the company has grown significantly since its founding because of hard work and innovative product development. From its inception, the company has utilized and benefitted from the principle of smart networking and resource cultivation. “I was taught at a young age to work hard and be persistent and never give up,” said Diamond K founder and owner Karen Palmer.

To capitalize on the businesses growth, Palmer enlisted the help of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Snow College Richfield for loan packaging support. The SBDC worked with Palmer to secure debt funding and submit a variety of loan applications, which helped the business attain 2.3 million dollars to purchase new equipment and enhance operations.

“Palmer’s persistence and positive approach is quite apparent in their business today,” said SBDC advisor Keith Church. “After two decades in business, Diamond K has grown to be a stable provider of high-quality gypsum products, not only for the agricultural industry but also for food, pharmaceuticals, plastics and ornamental landscaping.”

The company has also introduced innovative products and processes to support customer growth. One of the new products it has developed is called the Aqua-Drive, which is designed to improve how treated irrigation water penetrates soil. Another innovation created by Diamond K is the DK Applicator, a patented applicator that blends water and Diamond K’s products into a solution that is distributed through an irrigation system.

While product quality and exceptional work ethic have made Diamond K the success it is today, Palmer acknowledges the importance of having a supportive business network. “The SBDC has helped me develop my business plan, provided needed research and aided me with my financial applications and projections,” Palmer said. “My advisors’ expertise helped guide the business in the right direction. I appreciate the SBDC’s moral support, and hope to continue the relationship.” In addition to ongoing business counseling, the SBDC introduced Palmer to the Custom Fit Training partnership, an initiative that is helping Palmer improve operational efficiency and employee skill development.

Diamond K’s sales are strong and continue to increase annually. The business is a significant employer for Sevier County; the company currently provides 23 full-time jobs to area residents. 

The UT SBDC provides consulting, training and other resources to emerging and existing small business owners in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the Lead UT SBDC Center at Salt Lake Community College, and other colleges and universities in the state. To learn more about the UT SBDC program, please visit  For more information on Diamond K Gypsum visit

Blanding Concrete Building Installer Cements Business Gains

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Utah State University has selected D & G Marian Inc., of Blanding Utah, as a successful business to highlight for the business’s sustained growth and contributions to the community. Owners Duane and Gayle Marian specialize in concrete building installations throughout Utah and nationally through CXT Inc., a concrete building manufacturer based in Spokane, Washington.

“Duane and Gayle’s persistence, hard work and willingness to take risks are commendable,” said Buddy Redd, Business Advisor at the SBDC. “They are good people and they provide the business ethic that we need in this state.”

Prior to launching the business, Duane worked for another concrete installation company. When his previous company was dropped from a major contract, Duane decided that he wanted to form his own corporation; Gayle wanted to get involved to help with day-to-day business operations.

The Marians were familiar with some of the business resources available from the SBDC and decided to contact Redd for help starting the business. Duane met with Redd to explore options, and the couple enrolled in a 12-week entrepreneurial class.

After the business launched, the Marians continued to meet with Redd to increase their efficiency and examine ways to expand the business. “It’s always good to have someone to bounce your ideas off of,” said Duane. “Its been nice to have Buddy as a mentor, so I am not the only one making decisions.” With a thorough business plan and an effective strategic map, the Marians quickly began to pick up additional contracts with CXT Inc.

D & G Marian currently specializes in the installation of high quality concrete structures such as: public restroom facilities, washrooms and storage structures. The company typically works on projects that involve remote-site installations across the U.S. for the National Forrest Service, state parks and the Bureau of Land Management. “Anytime we can get someone from outside of the area to spend money on local contracts such as the work done by D & G Marian, that helps our region's economic development,” said Redd. “It keeps people who work for Duane and Gayle employed and brings money back into the community.”

The Utah SBDC provides consulting, training and other resources to emerging and existing small business owners in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the Lead UT SBDC Center at Salt Lake Community College, and other colleges and universities in the state. To learn more about the UT SBDC program, visit

GenEd Step Ahead

Complete all general education requirements at the Highland Center in two semesters starting Spring 2013 through the GenEd Step Ahead program.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

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SLCC Meadowbrook Campus Open House: School of Applied Technology Program Preview and Tour

Rewarding career and technical training opportunities are possible with the School of Applied Technology (SAT) at Salt Lake Community College.  SAT is hosting an open house on November 28 to provide an overview of programs and facilities offered at the Meadowbrook Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

SAT offers a variety of technical training and certifications for careers in professional driving, networking and information technology, healthcare, heating and air conditioning (HVAC) services, diesel maintenance and more; many of which can be completed in less than one year.  The open house is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., beginning in Building B Room 206, Salt Lake Community College Meadowbrook Campus, at 250 West 3900 South, in Salt Lake City.

The open house will also feature other college programs and facilities offered at the Meadowbrook Campus including composites technology training and the solar photovoltaic training yard. 

Registered guests will be eligible to win one of several door prizes at the event.   Registration closes on November 26 at   For more information about the open house call Earnest Cooper at (801) 957-5217 or email   

Diva Holiday Show

A Diva Holiday

A holiday tradition featuring some of the finest female vocalists singing some old standards with a new perspective.

December 6 -10
7:30 pm

The Grand Theatre

As a holiday thank you the Grand Theatre is extending  a special ticket offer for all SLCC staff and faculty. All SLCC staff and faculty receive a special 2 for the price of 1 ticket (up to 4 tickets) to see a new holiday offering “A Diva Holiday “ featuring 5 of the region’s finest female vocalist: including Erica Hansen (Always…Patsy Cline), Detorea Oliver (Messiah: A Community Celebration)and newcomers to our stage; Mackenzie Seiler Erica Walters  & Alicia Washington. Join us for this delightful holiday. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Poetry, Music, and Images in the Black Box

November 16
South City Campus
Black Box Theatre

Participating Poets Include: Paisley Rekdal, Natasha Saje, Joel Long, and Lisa Bickmore.

Sponsored by the School of Arts, Communication, & New Media, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

SLCC Fashion Institute Students’ Sweet Work On Display at Macy’s

Student Holiday Designs Part of ‘ZCMI’ Holiday Window Displays

Salt Lake Community College Fashion Institute students have been selected to bring back a Utah holiday tradition with original window designs. Under the direction of instructor Matt Monson, the students produced candy designs that will be unveiled in the Main Street display windows at Macy’s City Creek Center location on November 15 at 6:00 p.m.

With the theme of ‘The Heart of the Holidays’, the student creations are giant tree ornaments made from candies with a staggering array of colors and textures. Focusing on local holiday traditions, the displays will fill six windows, each 9 feet wide, 8 feet deep, and 12 feet high. In all, the new displays will feature more than 120 pounds of candy.

SLCC students enrolled in the College’s visual merchandising class were among the six local artists chosen from the open call to participate in the project.

The window displays that had been a holiday tradition—going back to at least 1972—at the Salt Lake City ZCMI store return to downtown’s Main Street for the first time since 2007. Construction on the City Creek Center caused the displays to close.

For more information, contact Matt Monson at (801) 671-4304.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Boyd Johnson: Habitat for Humanity

Boyd Johnson is an instructor in the Construction Management and Sustainable Building department. He has been instrumental in SLCC students' success; his teaching prepares them for the National SkillsUSA competition and for careers using innovative techniques, as employed in the College's recent collaboration with Habitat for Humanity to build a new project home.

Boyd's students in the College's building and construction program volunteered their time and expertise to help Habitat for Humanity build a home loaded with sustainable 'green' features in Park City. The completed home was recently Utah's third residential project to be awarded LEED Platinum Certification—the highest certification for energy efficiency and environmental design that single-family homes can receive. Boyd and his students are currently working on another project for Habitat for Humanity on an adjacent lot in Park City.

For Johnson, the Habitat for Humanity projects are a perfect for his department and the College because they offer students learning experiences that are only possible while working on a real-world project. "The Habitat for Humanity house projects really  teach students how to build. It gives them everyday work experience," he said. Boyd also thinks that getting involved with Habitat for Humanity has been a benefit to the program. "I think it's been great for our curriculum. It's great to build for someone else—not just to build and sell," he said. "There's just something about taking a piece of ground and building a home where a family is going to live that's rewarding."

Monday, November 12, 2012

SLCC Women’s Basketball 2012 Season Preview

The Salt Lake Community College Women’s Basketball team begins its 2012-13 season ranked No. 14 by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll. The Bruins turned in an overall record of 18-13 last season, finishing with a 7-8 mark in the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC). The Bruins finished the 2011-12 year as Region 18 runner-up, defeating rival College of Southern Idaho and defending NJCAA National Champion North Idaho College during the tournament.

The team opened its season with a loss to Gillette College 80-76 On Friday, November 2, but followed that loss with a win over No. 10-ranked Casper College 41-39 the following day.

“The thing that stands out most to me about this team is how hard they compete, they bring a competitive edge to practice with them every single day," head coach Betsy Specketer said. "It doesn’t matter what we’re doing, from the weight room to conditioning drills to any other drills we do in practice—they work hard regardless and it’s been very nice to see that from a coaching perspective.”

Since 1996-97, the Bruins has an overall record of 361-158 and is 194-92 in SWAC competition. In that span, SLCC has won four regular season SWAC Championships, two Region 18 Championships and finished as Region 18 runner-up seven times. SLCC Women’s Basketball has finished in the NJCAA Top 20 five times in the past seven seasons.

Betsy Specketer begins her 17th season leading the SLCC Women’s Basketball program. She has a 360-150 career record.

Over the last ten years, 25 SLCC players have been recognized as Academic All-Americans, 21 players have been recognized as Distinguished Academic All-Americans, and 72 players have been named to the Scenic West Academic team. Since 1996, more than 65 of her players go on to compete and study at four-year institutions.

For more information, contact Gavin McCallister at: (801) 957-4311.

Biomanufacturing Program Open House

Have you considered a career in life science manufacturing? 

Explore SLCC's Biomanufacturing Program!

Attend an orientation to learn more about one of Utah's most exciting careers and industry.

Where: SLCC Jordan Campus, Health Science Center, Room 259
When: Monday, November 19, 5:30 -6:30 or Tuesday, November 20, 11:30 -12:30 pm

The orientation will provide information on: 
  • Utah's life science manufacturing industry and anticipated growth
  • Job prospects
  • Program and course descriptions
  • Prerequisites for new majors
  • Registration process
Light refreshments will be available.

Want more information? Call 801-957-6450 or visit Biomanufacturing Program.

Spring Connection 2012

 New Student Orientation 
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, 4600 South Redwood Road 

Wednesday, December 5 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
Student Center, Oak Room 
Thursday, December 6 8:30 am – 12:00 pm 
Student Center, Student Events Center
Step Ahead. 
December 5 Agenda: December 6 Agenda: 
4:30 – 5:00 pm Check in 8:30 – 8:55 am Check – in 
5:00 – 6:00 pm Orientation 9:00 – 10:00 am Orientation 
6:00 – 6:30 pm Academic Advising 10:00 – 10:30 am Academic Advising 
6:30 – 7:00 pm Financial Aid Info 10:30 – 11:00 am Financial Aid Info 
7:00 – 8:00 pm Registration 11:00 am – Noon Registration 

 Important Note: 
• In order to register for classes you must take the Accuplacer or have your ACT on file prior to the event. For Accuplacer testing information & preparation, visit: 
• Students who have taken Concurrent Enrollment classes through SLCC must submit an Admission Update Form to be eligible to register for classes. Form available at www.slcc. edu/enrollmentservices/forms.asp. 
• If you are transferring to SLCC, please visit to request your transcripts to be evaluated; you may not need the placement assessment, however, the Accuplacer will still be the swiftest method to ensure your ability to register. 

 December 5 Agenda: December 6 Agenda: 
4:30 – 5:00 pm Check in 8:30 – 8:55 am Check – in 
5:00 – 6:00 pm Orientation 9:00 – 10:00 am Orientation 
6:00 – 6:30 pm Academic Advising 10:00 – 10:30 am Academic Advising 
6:30 – 7:00 pm Financial Aid Info 10:30 – 11:00 am Financial Aid Info 
7:00 – 8:00 pm Registration 11:00 am – Noon Registration 

SLCC Culinary Arts Students Showcase Ice Carving at ‘Disney on Ice’

Student Disney Ice Sculptures to Display at The Gateway

Salt Lake Community College Culinary Club students will participate in an ice carving demonstration as part of the ‘Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic’ event. The demonstration will be held on Wednesday, November 14th at The Gateway Shopping Center’s Olympic Legacy Plaza from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The students will carve Disney characters at the event, and the iconic characters—such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Disney’s princesses—will make special appearances at the demonstration.

“We were delighted for the opportunity to participate in this event and showcase our passion for all things culinary,” said Stephanie Callison Tanner, SLCC Culinary Club President. “Our three competing members can’t wait to roll up their sleeves and get carving.”

The three carvers include SLCC Culinary Program students Gary Manoukian, Oscar Villalobos, and Jerry DeStafano.  All three chose to partake in the demonstration to enhance their artistic skills and learn new techniques for ice carving.  When asked why he entered the carving demo, Villalobos said, “Ice and a chainsaw, what could be more fun?”

The carving event is a kick-off for the opening night performance of ‘Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic’, which will take place on the evening of November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.

About the College:
Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 62,000 students each year, the College is the largest supplier of workforce development programs in the State of Utah. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with 13 sites, 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 a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.

About the SLCC Culinary Club:
Founded in 2012, the SLCC Culinary Club has 88 members with new participants enrolling regularly. The club spans all ages, experienced and novice, and presents members with opportunities to assist and participate in various types of culinary events and activities. Club President, Stephanie Callison Tanner, along with six officers, plan and execute monthly activities. Club members express their passion for food and cooking as a means of breaking cultural and physical barriers.

About the Carvers:
Gary Manoukian was born in Beirut, Lebanon during a civil war. His parents fled to France, then to Canada (Niagara Falls) before moving to Utah. He decided to take his passion for food and cooking to a professional level. As a sophomore with a 4.0 grade-point average he is serious about school and his profession, yet he always finds time to laugh and joke. When Gary was asked what he plans on doing after graduation he replied, “Cooking my way to the top.” He made his first triple layer sandwich at the age of 7 for his mother when she was sick, accompanied with chips, drink, and a horrible mess in the kitchen. Gary is quoted as saying “Food is my pallet, herbs my medium, and the plate my canvas.” Gary’s favorite motto is “Live, love and eat.” He wanted to enter this competition to test his skills as an artist. When asked, where do you see yourself in ten years, his reply was “On television with my own cooking program.”

Oscar Villalobos is originally from Chacchi, Mexico who has lived In Texas most of his life. He came to Utah a few years ago and began a degree in Microbiology but later discovered that food arts were his passion. He has been attending the SLCC Culinary Program for the past few years. Oscar loves desserts, and says that his favorite dessert is crème brule. The first dish that he remembers making was “Mac & Cheese with a sour cream mix”. After graduating from the College, Oscar would like to earn experience in the industry as an apprentice for a well-known chef. When asked why he entered the carving demo, he said “Ice and a chainsaw, what could be more fun?” His goal in10 years is to own a restaurant and to serve as a mentor to someone who wants to get into the industry.

Jerry DeStafano is a student from Verona, NJ. He came here because he loves the outdoors and the Wasatch Mountains. He has a Bachelor’s degree in business and began the culinary program at SLCC summer of 2012. After graduation he would like to work at a ski resort cooking for the time being. Jerry’s favorite food is Italian food but more specifically “stuffed shells with ricotta cheese and tomato sauce. He remembers the first dish that he made as being crème brule. He chose to be in the ice-carving demo to gain experience and have fun. His goal in 10 years is to own a bed & breakfast, give tours and guiding hikes the mountains.

Salt Lake Community College Participates in Hunger & Homelessness Week

Salt Lake Community College will hold a series of events in recognition of national Hunger & Homelessness week. The College has dedicated a week of activities to raise awareness about the issues of hunger, homelessness, and poverty. All events are free and open to the public.

On Monday, November 12, the College presents the movie, ‘Have You Seen Clem?’ at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus Student Event Center from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Showings of the film will also take place the following day from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Jordan Campus. This movie provides insight into the lives of those without a permanent residence.

On Thursday, November 15, the College will hold an Oxfam Hunger Banquet at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus in the Student Center Oak Room from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A themed dance featuring the styles of the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s will be held on Friday November 16 in the Student Event Center on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus from 8:00 p.m. – midnight. "Students from the College's Student Life & Leadership worked with students from the SLCC Black Student Union to put on this dance," said SLCC Student Employment specialist Billy Walker. "We wanted to have something that would lift students' spirits and motivate us all to get up and do something about Hunger and Homelessness."

The College also held a LIVE concert to benefit the Utah Food Bank featuring the bands: Band on the Run, The Agenda, and Missing Persons.