Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Course Evaluations 2014

Students, get online and complete your course evaluations!

Starts at 8 am on July 21 - Ends at 8 am on August 12 

The information you provide:

- Helps improve the quality of instruction and instructors
- Provides feedback to fellow students on instructors and classes
- Provides feedback to help instructors improve their classes
- May be used to retrain good instructors

Instructions on accessing your course evaluations:

Log Into MyPage:
- Student tab
- Online Course Evaluation
-  Course Evaluations Click Here

Announce in your classes and encourage student participation. 

Questions? Contact Melba Taylor 801-957-4110 or

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

Noche Flamenca

Presented by: Tablado Dance Company y Pasion Flamenca

Friday, July 18, 2014
Taylorsville-Redwood Campus
Student Event Center

Free to Everyone

Sponsored by:
Academic and Career Advising
Peer Mentoring Program, "Una Mano Amiga"

Co-Sponsored by: SLCC Staff Association

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Two Bruins move on to professional baseball

With the 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft now complete and players reporting for camp, two former Bruins have found a home with an MLB club.

Both picked up by the Chicago White Sox, pitcher Tanner Banks was selected in the 18th round of the MLB Draft while infielder Eddy Alvarez signed a free-agent contract with the club.

Tanner Banks

Banks was drafted out of the University of Utah where he pitched the past two seasons for the Utes following the 2011 and 2012 seasons for the Bruins. This past season for the Utes he made 18 appearances including eight starts leading to 52 innings pitched. He was third on the club in strikeouts with 39 and did not commit an error in the field.

While at SLCC, he recorded an unblemished record of 16-0 in 38 appearances and 16 starts. In 112.2 career innings pitched, Banks racked up 106 strikeouts opposed to 50 walks and only gave up 15 extra base hits in 417 batters faced.

Eddy Alvarez

Alvarez played the 2011 season for the Bruins before solely focusing on speed skating where he was a member of the United States speed skating team in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. During his lone season, Alvarez made 63 starts at shortstop while hitting .311. Leading the team with 16 doubles that season; he also drove in 46 runs while scoring 45 runs.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SLCC names Nicole Omer director over public funds stewardship

Salt Lake Community College has named Nicole Omer director of the Office of Sponsored Projects, which provides oversight of the procurement and stewardship of the College’s publicly funded projects.

“Nicole brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in grant management to the College,” said Tim Sheehan, vice president of Government and Community Relations at SLCC. “She has a great understanding and appreciation of the importance of community colleges in higher education, and she is deeply committed to helping the College secure additional funding that will provide for programs, personnel and resources needed to help our students succeed. We are very fortunate to have Nicole lead our Office of Sponsored Projects.”

Part of Omer’s job as director will be to ensure the College complies with governmental, funding agency and institutional regulations while also serving as SLCC’s signatory official for grants and related contracts.

Omer has worked at SLCC since 2012. She also has extensive experience at research and business manager positions at the University of Utah and the University of Colorado. She holds a bachelor of science degree in Management from Southern Utah University and a master of business degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah.

“There are a lot of new federal funding opportunities right now for community colleges,” Omer said. “I’m excited to work with SLCC thought leaders to pursue those opportunities, while creating a robust infrastructure to support our efforts. I’d like to see SLCC as a national leader among community colleges with regards to grant practice, and our grant portfolio. This is an opportunity to strategically support the SLCC mission, and most importantly the students, in an unprecedented way.”

SLCC offering new associate degree in health information

The Utah State Board of Regents granted approval for Salt Lake Community College to begin offering a new associate of applied science degree in Health Information Technology.

The new program at SLCC will train students in medical records and managing patients’ health information to include medical history, symptoms, examination results, diagnostic tests, treatment methods and all other healthcare provider services.

“Health Information Technology is one of the fastest growing employment opportunities in the healthcare field, especially in Utah,” said Ruben Rocha, Health Information Technology program director at SLCC. “The high demand is based on the transition next year to new codes that will add increased specificity to clinical diagnoses. The increased need for the degree is also based on different federal mandates requiring all health organizations to be compliant with several new regulations. In today’s healthcare environment, the Health Information Technology program at SLCC is at the forefront of innovation and implementation.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the healthcare industry will add more jobs than any sector through 2018, with healthcare information technology adding about 50,000 jobs nationally in the near future.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Student, faculty musicians rock out at SLCC

To keyboardist and Salt Lake Community College student Christian Lucy’s left is his dad on drums, and to lead guitar player and fellow student Quinn Diaz’s right is his dad on lead vocals. Together they help make up the band The Learning Lab, which includes a dean at the school, the College’s provost and a department director at SLCC.

On a Monday night after work the staffers and students huddle in an empty modular home on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus to practice for a gig playing a barbecue on campus in two days. Outside the building you can see the windows rattle as they hone in on a cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Cold Shot.”

Lucy, 20, has been playing keyboards since he was 7.

“I was forced into it,” he said with a smile. “But I’m glad I was.”

He’s played in a band with his father and the Diaz duo, but not with a roomful of academics.

“It’s a little interesting,” Lucy said. “But when you’re all playing music, you’re all at the same level. It’s not, like, awkward.”

Joseph Diaz, who is director of Institutional Research at SLCC, had been in a band and was contacted about forming another in advance of the barbecue. A few phone calls later The Learning Lab was formed, with students taking the lead.

“We’re doing exactly what you do at a community college,” Diaz said. “You give these students the tools and knowledge to take it to that next step, something they can present to the community and to the job market.”

Diaz said a longer-term goal for the band might be to develop some of the students’ original songs. He emphasized that the only permanent members of The Learning Lab should be students, while musically inclined staff and faculty cycle in and out of the band to guide and mentor.

For now the band includes Dr. Clifton Sanders (on sax and flute), dean of the Science, Math and Engineering Department, Dr. Chris Picard (guitar), provost of Academic Affairs, and Nate Southerland (bass), senior director over Curriculum, Scheduling and Regional Management. Lucy’s dad is in construction, though not with SLCC.

Both Lucy, 20, and the younger Diaz, both graduates of  Olympus High School, are majoring in music while at SLCC, with plans to work in the industry – Lucy also wants to teach music at the college level.

What is notable about Diaz, who sounds like an older seasoned veteran on the guitar, is that he’s only 18 and that he learned to play using Internet resources. And even cooler, his grandmother gave Diaz his first guitar.

“It sat there for a while,” Diaz said about that first guitar. “I didn’t get serious about playing until I was 11.”

And no formal lessons?

“I did everything on the Internet,” he said. “The Internet is a great place to learn.”

So, with that a band is formed, led by two talented student musicians. Where will The Learning Lab go from here? Stay tuned.