Friday, May 30, 2014

SLCC anatomy group presents project at national conference

Several students from Melaney Birdsong Farr’s recent human anatomy class at Salt Lake Community College spoke this month in Florida at the 28th annual Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) conference as recipients of coveted HAPS student grants.

“Receiving the grant from HAPS was surreal,” said SLCC biology student Caris Cassady, who already has a bachelor degree in anthropology and sociocultural linguistics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. “It is an honor to be recognized nationally for the work we have been doing.”

In all six SLCC students won grants after competing nationally with graduate students and participants from two- and four-year schools.

Birdsong Farr has been involved with HAPS for about 15 years and has been trying to get SLCC students to be more creative and collaborative when it comes to science education.

“These students are not simply passive learners,” she said about the SLCC grant winners. “They designed their projects, and most of my direction was simply in trying to clear obstacles and direct their focus.”

One of those students was Jennifer Gebhardt, a ski patroller who also works at a non-profit physical therapy clinic that specializes in treating people with spinal cord injuries. She was able to use SLCC for pre-requisite classes before recently starting the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at the University of Utah.

Gebhardt and three other SLCC students, including Cassaday, shared an interest in the central nervous system, and as part of their end-of-year project they decided to dissect the spinal cord and spinal nerves from one of the cadavers available to the College’s anatomy classes.

“In our experience we have noticed that many times patients don’t have a clear idea of what their bodies look like inside and how this relates to the complexity of their injury,” Gebhardt said. “We wanted to combine our dissection with a paper that would explain the anatomy and physiology of the spinal cord and nerves in simple terms for the average reader who might not have any background in the subject.”

That paper earned Gebhardt and her group a grant and an invitation to the May HAPS conference. Another group of SLCC students earned a grant through their creation of a rare but useful photographic cadaver prosection (dissected body parts) database for anatomy students, who will use the database as a visual compliment to their laboratory experience.

Gebhardt and her group partner and coworker in physical therapy, Kari Walker, credit Birdsong Farr and Dr. Steven Farnsworth with helping the project succeed.

“Melaney and Steven were the best leaders for us to take on this project and run with it,” Walker said. “They were always so supportive for this project and for our future professional endeavors. They are the embodiment of true educators.”

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Notice to the community: SLCC is taking part in the accreditation process.

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) will be making an official accreditation visit to Salt Lake Community College October 22-24, 2014. SLCC is currently accredited by NWCCU, which will consider SLCC for continued accreditation during its upcoming visit. SLCC’s accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in 2012 on the basis of the NWCCU’s Fall 2011 evaluation.

The NWCCU’s mission is to ensure that SLCC and other educational institutions within its region are satisfactorily achieving their missions and educational purposes and that they meet or exceed the Commission's standards of quality and effectiveness.

As part of this process, SLCC invites public comment pertaining to the College's qualification for candidacy or accreditation. NWCCU will acknowledge in writing the receipt of all written third-party comments, which will be accepted by the NWCCU only when they are submitted in writing and signed by the author(s).

Comments can be sent to:

Attn: Third Party Comment

8060 165th Ave NE, Ste 100

Redmond, WA 98052

To ensure that the Commission can provide all comments due consideration, all comments should be received no later than September 22, 2014.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summer Fun Barbecue Series

Summer Fun Barbecue Series 
for SLCC Faculty and Staff
Food and

Garden Burgers

Broccoli Salad



Friday, May 30, 2014 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
South City Campus, Multi-purpose Rooms and Patio (1-030-032)
Entertainment by: DJ Sam Smith

Monday, June 9, 2014 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Jordan Campus, Plaza outside HTC and Pavilion
Entertainment by: G. Brown Quintet

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Student Event Center and Patio
Entertainment by: Captain Picard and the Funkadelics
Please select the event that is most convenient for you!

Individuals who require accommodations can contact the SLCC Disability Resource Center at 801-957-4659.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

SLCC business leader receiving award from Hispanic Chamber

Karen Gunn, Salt Lake Community College Associate Provost for the Division of Economic Development and Business Partnerships, this Friday will receive the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Businesswoman of the Year award.

The award recognizes “women who provide invaluable leadership, demonstrate excellence in business, community involvement and inspire others to reach their professional potential for the purpose of invigorating and enhancing the local quality of life.”

“I am deeply humbled by this recognition and would like to share the honor and my appreciation with the College for its support,” Gunn said.

Gunn, executive director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at SLCC, will receive the award during the Hispanic Chamber’s state convention at the Sheraton Hotel. She will also host a panel Friday morning for women who own small businesses, focusing on successful strategies for balancing personal life with career.

Gunn has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, corporate manager and educator. She currently oversees programs in workforce and economic development, global entrepreneurship, small business development and women’s business development. She has also helped SLCC develop business and academic partnerships in India, China, Brazil and Ukraine.

Gunn received the 2009 Women in Business Champion Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration , and in 2013 she was recognized as a Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Champion.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Our College. Our Health. Our Future.

Our College
Our Health
Our Future

Join the conversation to prevent underage drinking with Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Hunter.

Wednesday, May 21
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Student Event Center
Taylorsville Redwood Campus


Individuals who require accommodations should contact Health & Wellness Services at: 801-957-4258.

2014 Writing Workshops

The “About Me” People Want to Read: Creating a Marketable Presence
2-part workshop | June 4 & 11 (W), 6-8 p.m.
The face we show to the world truly matters, but in an age where initial contact between you and a potential client, partner, or employer rarely occurs face-to-face, you will also need to create a resume, cover letter, or an “About Me,” that is just as strong as the one you would present in person. Join our CWC workshop to explore having your writing do the talking for you. Cost $20. Registration is required.

Writing for Change: Community Writing Event

Workshop | June 7 (S), 1-4 p.m.
Does change in democracy require civic dialogue? If so, where is it and who gets to talk? OR write? Join the CWC during the Utah Pride Festival to learn techniques of writing for change, such as letters to editors and public officials. Come with a concern and stay to write a letter with the help of CWC writing coaches. Cost: Free, but registration is required.

A Second Look: Revising Your Work
Workshop | June 12 (H), 6-8 p.m.
Do you have a first draft of something, but perhaps you don’t know where to begin with the revision? Returning to that work can be daunting. Join the CWC for an interactive workshop on how to edit your work—from the conceptual framework to sentence structure. Please come with specific questions. Cost $10. Registration is required.

Where Art Lives: The Utah Arts Festival
4-part event | June 26 (H)–June 29 (Su), 12–10 p.m. daily
“This is the place!” Come visit the SLCC Community Writing Center and participate in the “Magnetic Poetry” event, one of our many one-hour writing workshops for kids and adults, plus a variety of community readings. Be sure to register for the CWC’s Iron Pen competition (a 24-hour writing marathon) by 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 27th and turn in within 24 hours. See the CWC website for a full listing of events during the festival: Most CWC events are free with admission to the festival.

Choose Your Own Adventure! Week-long Interactive Fiction for Kids
5-part workshop | July 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 (M,T,W,H,F), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
“Turn left, turn to pg. 7. Turn right, pg. 18.” Join the CWC to explore different ways of imagining, organizing and creating a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story. Writing all of the twists and turns of the story can be great fun! Come create a story where the reader gets to choose what happens next. For kids ages 6-12. Cost: $100. Registration is required.

Screenwriting: The Filmmaker’s Guide to Storytelling
2-part workshop | July 2 & 9 (W), 6-8 p.m.
The first step to writing a screenplay is developing a compelling cinematic idea. Join the CWC and screenwriter Stephen Williams to explore the world of visual storytelling. Topics covered will include character development, screenplay format and story structure. All levels are welcome. Cost: $30. Registration is required.

Say It with Style!: Speech Writing with Doug Woodall
3-part workshop | July 12, 19, & 26 (S), 1-3 p.m.
Are you looking to entertain? To amuse? To enthrall? To craft that perfect presentation for work? Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development.
Come let Toastmasters International guru Doug Woodall help you write, refine, and deliver the perfect speech for any occasion. Cost $45. Registration is required.

One Act Plays: Week-long Kids’ Writing & Performing Workshop in Partnership with the Grand Theatre Grand Youth
5-part workshop | July 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18 (M,T,W,H,F), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to write a play, then bring it to life on a real stage? Come learn how to write one-act plays at the CWC (July 14, 15, 16), then join us at the Grand Theatre to learn about stage direction, props, and costumes (July 17), and make your finale with a staged reading of your play! (July 18). For kids ages 6-12. Cost: $100. Registration is required.
Silver Pen Essay Writing Workshop for Seniors
It’s human nature to reflect on our lives—what we’ve done, who we’ve known, what we’ve dreamt. The SLCC Community Writing Center invites seniors to our interactive life story workshops in preparation for the annual Silver Pen Competition sponsored by Salt Lake County Aging Services. Cost: Free. Registration is required.

2-part workshop
August 5 and 12 (T), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Silver Pen at Mt. Olympus Senior Center
1635 E. Murray Holladay Road
2-part workshop
August 14 and 21 (H), 1-3 p.m.

*All workshops held at the SLCC Community Writing Center unless otherwise noted.

SLCC Community Writing Center
210 E. 400 S., Suite 8

SL Teens Write

Unleash the Pulitzer Prize potential in an underserved teen with the Salt Lake Teens Write program, sponsored by the Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center and the Salt Lake City Public Library.

The program is open to incoming high school juniors looking for opportunities to manifest their love of writing or to improve upon their skills as modern-day scribes.

Teens Write participants meet weekly during the academic year with adult partners who regularly rely on writing in their personal and professional lives. Mentor-student pairs work on writing in a variety of genres, with a kickoff celebration in the fall and a final event at the end of the school year that includes a public reading and an anthology publication.

It’s a way for teens to write what they want without the worry of whether they’re good enough. Writers in this program will develop a portfolio while exploring how writing opens different pathways to education and successful careers.

For more information and how to apply, visit the following links:

Become a Slick Scientist!

Become a ‘Slick’ Scientist

2014 Youth Summer Science Workshops

Who: Children ages 8 to 14
Week 1 – June 30 to July 3 (ages 8-11)
Week 2 – July 7 to July 10 (ages 12-14)
Week 3 – July 21 to July 25 (ages 12-14) (Holiday July 24)
Week 4 – July 28 to July 31 (ages 12-14)
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Science Building
Main Floor Atrium
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registration Fee:         $150.00

Optional Lunch Card: $25.00

Participants will have 4 days of hands-on experiences and activities in civil engineering, mathematics, physics, robotics, engineering, and more!

Food:  Snacks provided daily – please buy a lunch card or provide a bag lunch for your child Monday – Wednesday.

Parent Day:  Thursday - for participants to show their work from Noon – 2:30 p.m.  Lunch is included.

To register contact:

Janice Rogers
Salt Lake Community College
School of Science, Mathematics & Engineering
(801) 957-5181

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SLCC holding 2014 commencement: Barlow Anderson, Jibson recognized with honorary degrees

Salt Lake Community College will hold its graduation ceremony on May 8 at 4:30 p.m. in the Maverik Center, 3200 South Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City.

The College will present Jesselie Barlow Anderson and Ronald W. Jibson with Honorary Doctorate degrees. Barlow Anderson served two full terms from 2005-2013 on the SLCC Board of Trustees, chairing the Board for one term. Her many accomplishments at SLCC include a key role in establishing the College’s Washington D.C. internship program. Jibson, through his employer Questar and personally, has contributed toward an existing SLCC scholarship program and was pivotal in helping the College establish an energy grant that has benefited students.

The College welcomes back Sekou Andrews as Commencement speaker after giving the school’s Convocation keynote last fall. He is a two-time winner of the National Poetry Slam and has won numerous awards for his words and the way in which he delivers them. Andrews’ “cutting-edge” style of delivery that he calls Poetic Voice blends “speaking, strategic storytelling, poetry, theater and comedy.”

Dan Farr, the late Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Blake Wride and the late Draper City Police Sgt. Derek Ray Johnson have been named SLCC’s Distinguished Alumni. Farr was able to draw more than 75,000 people one weekend last September to what he describes as the largest first-year Comic Con event in the history of North America. Wride, who was killed January 30, 2014 in the line of service after 19 years in law enforcement, was honored in March at the Capitol by the Utah Legislature, which moved to name about a 15-mile section of state Route 73 the Cory B. Wride Memorial Highway through Saratoga Springs to the Tooele County line. Johnson, who was killed in the line of duty on September 1, 2013, received the Life Saving and Distinguished Service awards, and he was the 2012 Community Policing Officer of the Year. According to his obituary, he loved hunting, running, hiking and serving others.

Melissa Helquist has been named the 2014 SLCC Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. Helquist joined SLCC in 2002 and is currently an associate professor in the English department, where she teaches composition, technical writing, and disability studies courses. The 2014 SLCC Teaching Excellence Award recipients are Bill Tovar, Melissa Tillack and Emily Dibble.

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, 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 an average class size of 20.