Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"Diversity, Inclusivity, and Mental Health" discussion, workshop

The Salt Lake Community College Student Association's Student Life & Leadership is presenting the workshop "Diversity, Inclusivity, and Mental Health" as part of its Diversity & Inclusion Series October 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center Oak Room on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus.

The event will feature keynote speaker Samuel R. Offer, vice president of Washington Consulting Group, followed by a workshop and discussion. Refreshments will be provided and admission is free.

Monday, September 29, 2014

SLCC Alternative Spring Break 2015!

MISSION: Alternative Spring Break is a drug- and alcohol-free volunteer immersion program. Through transformative action, education, and critical reflection, participants address important social issues while traveling and exploring the culture and history of the area in which they serve. Trip price includes all air and/or  ground transportation,  lodging, and most food costs.


San Francisco, CA
Hunger & Homelessness
March 15-21, 2015
Cost: $400
(Non-student cost $800)

Seattle, WA Environmental Restoration
March 15-21, 2015
Cost: $400
(Non-student cost $800)

Kanab, UT Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
March 16-20, 2015
Cost: $225
(Non-student cost $450)

Hopi Nation, AZ
Hopi Reservation
March 16-22, 2015
Cost: $400
(Non-student cost $800)

Interested students must attend a mandatory orientation before submitting an application or paying a deposit.
Oct. 6 3:30pm            Taylorsville Redwood, Student Center, Parlor B
Oct. 8 2:30pm            Jordan Campus-SP-206
Oct. 8 3:30pm            Jordan Campus-SP-206
Oct. 9 9:00am            Taylorsville Redwood, Student Center, Parlor B
Oct. 10 Noon             Taylorsville Redwood, Student Center, Granite Room (062)
Oct. 13 2:30pm         South City-Conf. Rm East Foyer (1-110)
Oct 13 3:30pm          South City-Conf. Rm East Foyer (1-110)

Essays will be accepted Oct 27-31, 2014

All applications will be reviewed by the AB Steering Committee before slots are filled. Students who have never participated in an SLCC Alternative Spring Break will have preference.

To request  ADA accommodation for these trips, please contact Linnie Spor at
801-957-4881 or linnie.spor@slcc.edu.

Payment Plans Available Call 801-957-4881

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SLCC dedicates green space to former college president

Salt Lake Community College officials this week dedicated newly opened green space at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus to former school President Jay L. Nelson, who for 29 years led the institution when it was called Utah Technical College.

Family members pose in front of a portrait of former SLCC President Jay L. Nelson

Workers this past summer demolished the old Jay L. Nelson Administration Building, which was built in 1967. In its place the college has established a green space along Redwood Road on the east side of the campus. Children of the late Nelson – Bruce, Craig, Linda (Smith) and Jerry – attended a dedication ceremony Monday at a spot where a engraved glass bench and paver stones bearing their names will serve as a monument in honor of their father’s legacy.

“President Nelson is credited with establishing the first program advisory committees that today still help the College determine how to best meet the needs of business and industry in the Salt Lake Valley,” said SLCC President Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin. “He also guided the College through its first full accreditation process in the Northwest Region. And he began a program through the construction trades that gave students opportunities to learn while building homes that actually went on the market and were sold to families – and that program, which results every year in new “project houses,” still exists and is winning awards.”

Bruce Nelson speaks on behalf of Jay L. Nelson's four children

Nelson is remembered for defending the college’s singular role in the community as a technical school, arguing against any attempts to merge the school with other institutions. Today SLCC is Utah’s leading supplier of career and technical education (CTE) courses in the state, providing more than 28,000 students each year with classes across 29 CTE programs.

The old administration building was replaced by a new 136,000-square-foot facility, which opened last year at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The new Academic and Administration Building serves students with 40 classrooms and it carries a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver certification.

SLCC President Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin poses with Jay L. Nelson's children

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cadavers, airplanes: All in day’s work for SLCC buyer

One day a request came into Martha Wilding’s office as a buyer for Salt Lake Community College for a $10,000 piece of equipment that you can fit into the palm of your hand.

Naturally curious and, as always, taking a pragmatic approach to her job, which entails being a kind of gatekeeper for purchases over $1,000 at the College, she went and checked it out.

“I said, ‘No, I don’t know what this widget is,’” Wilding recalled saying at the time. “It’s just fun. I love the learning piece of it.” She ultimately approved the purchase.

And when you’re a buyer for the College, sometimes you get to do really cool stuff, like name the airplane you just bought for the aviation program. Or you get to purchase a human cadaver for the Health Sciences department.

“They name them in Health Sciences,” Wilding said about the cadavers. But she does know whether she’s buying a male or female from SLCC’s source at the University of Utah.

“’What’s great about my job is that it’s never ever the same. Every day is different,” she added. “I’m constantly doing research. Our workload is crazy all year long. We kick butt for the amount of work we have to process.”

Wilding estimated that a group of three buyers handle about 1,000 purchase orders or between 1,600 and 2,000 requisitions each year.

“We do our best, all three buyers, going 100 miles per hour,” she said.

But her office is not always the most popular when they have to say ‘No’ or delay a purchase until all the rules and regulations, mainly the Utah Procurement Code, are followed.

“That is the law, and that is what we have to follow,” she said. “We love our jobs, and we want to keep them – so, we follow them.”

And she really gets a bang out of making people happy and saving the College money. Really.

“It’s rewarding to me when I go out on a request for quotes or bids and can say, ‘Yes, I just saved the College $10,000 on this or $1 million on that because it went out to bid,’” Wilding said, noting how a new vendor will sometimes an “knock the socks” off of her and offer a better, more efficient service. “I’m a big believer in exceptional customer service.”

Whether it’s desks, chairs or the latest computer or technological equipment, Wilding and her colleagues are an integral part of the student experience at SLCC.

“I think we’re a big part of that,” she said. “We take pride in that, and we do our best to expedite orders.”

A quick scan of Wilding’s office reveals she’s not all business. Photos of grandkids and her grown son and daughter soften up the place and even get her all mushy.

“It’s cool to see my kids in a parental role,” she said. “This gets me choked up. Just when you think you can’t be more proud of your kids. That’s my passion – I just love, love, love my family.”

As someone who likes to get up at 6:30 a.m. on Fridays and golf with friends during the summer, Wilding’s “Bucket List” includes someday golfing with her four grandchildren.

This single lady, originally from El Paso, also loves sports and, in particular, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, whose life-sized poster used to hang in her old office.

“I really miss him,” she said about the Jeter poster.

The Tomboy she used to be until about the seventh grade – it was about then she discovered boys are interesting – is still just under the surface.

“Boys in my neighborhood – I would kick their butts in sports,” said Wilding, one of six siblings who grew up between younger and older brothers. “I still am (a Tomboy). I still love shootin’ hoops.”

And when other family members might be watching the news or a sitcom on TV, Wilding is usually watching ESPN or listening to sports on the radio – that is, if she’s not lifting weights, in a spin class, snowshoeing or hiking.

“I’m a sports radio junkie,” she admitted. And she’s addicted to her family. “You get me talking about baseball, the Yankees, my family, I just go on and on.”

And guys, if you’re thinking of asking Wilding on a date, you’ve been warned.

“If they say, ‘I hate baseball,’ I say, ‘Nice to have met you,’” she laughed.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SLCC hosts fifth annual Chapbook Competition

Previous winner - Keaton Charles Butler's "My Life As A Human"

Salt Lake Community College students are invited to submit non-fiction manuscripts of 4,000-12,000 words by November 21, 2014. Submissions may include one or more pieces of non-fiction and must be within the word limit.

The winning writer will receive a $100 honorarium and the opportunity to work with Publication Studies students to design and publish an edition of 250 chapbooks from the manuscript in the SLCC Publication Center. The winner will receive a set of 25 chapbooks.

Finalists in the competition will receive an opportunity to work with Publication Studies students to design and publish an edition of 25 chapbooks from your manuscript. Finalists will receive a set of 5 chapbooks.

Any current student at SLCC may submit a manuscript. The work must be the original work of the writer, and must not have been previously published.  Note: Writers who have attended SLCC in the last year and who are currently still undergraduates at another institution are also eligible to submit a manuscript.

The winning manuscript will be published in chapbook format and distributed on campus and in the community.  Finalist manuscripts will be published in chapbook format and distributed on campus. The Chapbook Competition winner and finalists will be celebrated at a gala Chapbook Launch and Public Reading.

To submit: Send your manuscript to slccpubcenter@gmail.com in this format:

·      Double-spaced and paginated, PDF format.
·      Separate title page with the following information: Name of writer, e-mail address, street address, phone number, title of manuscript, and word count.
·      NOTE:  Your name must not appear on the manuscript anywhere but on the title page.

For more information contact Charlotte Howe at charlotte.howe@slcc.edu or 801-957-5117.

SLCC Masquerade Ball

The Masquerade Ball is a dance open to all students attending SLCC, no matter their age. 

Bring a date, come with a group of friends, or come by yourself, it doesn't matter because this is going to be a night you won't forget. We encourage students to dress up in formal attire. 

Come socialize and make new friends. Show your school spirit and join us for a night full of fun, mystery, and intrigue!

Students can pick up 2 FREE tickets with their SLCC ID from the info Desk at the South City, Taylorsville Redwood Road, or Jordan Campus.

Friday, September 26
8:00 PM
SLCC South Campus 
Multipurpose Room

Monday, September 22, 2014

400 free flu shots available at SLCC

Earn your stripe by visiting Health & Wellness Services on the SLCC Taylorsville Redwood Campus for your free flu shot.

The free flu shots are available to the first 400 students and full-time faculty and staff with a Blue Cross/Blue Shield card.

For more information, call 801-957-4268 or visit www.slcc.edu/hw.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Comedian with Tourette syndrome uses humor to cope, carve a career

When comedian Samuel J. Comroe takes the stage you don’t realize right away that there is anything different about him.

You might notice a subtle facial tic. He might slowly bob his head or slightly rotate his hip. And then he speaks.

Comedian Samuel J. Comroe

“I have Tourette syndrome,” Comroe, 26, began Friday in front of an audience at the Salt Lake Community College Student Center during Disability Awareness Week.

It was the Los Angeles native’s second appearance at SLCC, this time blending comedy and education about Tourette syndrome (also called Tourette’s) during a noon keynote address and then doing a full standup routine later in the evening. He took several questions from the audience at the noon presentation.

One misconception about Tourette Comroe pointed out at the onset was that most people think it has to do with uncontrollably cursing, which is a distortion he said is perpetuated by television shows and movies. In reality, he added, 90 percent of people who have Tourette's have a physical or motor tic of some kind and don’t cuss unless by choice.

“So, if I cuss you out it’s from the heart,” he joked.

Comroe mixed plenty of humor, which he said has helped him deal with Tourette’s, with education during his address. He referred to the disorder as “cute,” saying it always looks like he’s telling someone a secret because of a tic that makes it look like he’s winking. Or maybe it gets him in trouble, like the time he told his roommate that their neighbor died – Comroe shows the audience how he can’t stop winking while telling his roommate – and then the roommate asks, “Did you kill him?”

Audience members show appreciation for Samuel J. Comroe's comedy.

He went on to describe Tourette’s as a neurological disorder in which the brain has trouble communicating with the nervous system. Comroe has five sisters and one brother, but he is the only one with the syndrome. “Lucky me,” he joked.

Comroe talked about how his parents once sent him to a camp for children with Tourette’s, which in retrospect wasn’t the best idea because of how people with the disorder in that setting will actually feed off of each other’s twitches and tics and, before you know it, the whole group is twitching. Again, the audience laughed.

Comroe’s act has been seen on national television, won awards and has him touring the country performing at comedy clubs.

For more information about Comroe and links to his social media sites, visit www.samueljcomroe.com.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Club Rush drums up extracurricular excitement

Salt Lake Community College's annual Club Rush events - held on the Taylorsville Redwood, South City and Jordan campuses - concluded this week. Below are a few highlights from the Rush at Jordan.

SLCC Student Association

First Year Experience

Bruins Cheerleaders

Flipping out for Club Rush!

Student Veterans

Latinos In Action

Hispanic Latino Club

SLCC Student Senate

Friday, September 12, 2014

Regents name Huftalin as president

From the Utah System of Higher Education:

The Board of Regents has selected Dr. Deneece Huftalin as the eighth President of Salt Lake Community College. President Huftalin has served as SLCC interim president since January of this year after former president Dr. Cynthia Bioteau was designated president of Florida State College at Jacksonville.

“With a large and diverse student population spread over multiple locations, the needs of this institution are complex and require a strong leader to be President,” said Dan Campbell, Chair of the Board of Regents. “I believe President Huftalin is that strong leader, and she will continue to positively shape SLCC, and the Salt Lake region as a result, for many years to come.”
“I believe President Huftalin is the right president for Salt Lake Community College, and her significant experience and strong commitment to students will be of great benefit to SLCC and the Utah System of Higher Education,” added Dave Buhler, Utah Commissioner of Higher Education.
A 21-member Presidential Search Committee, chaired by Regent France Davis, narrowed the list down from an applicant pool of 55 to the three finalists announced last week after conducting an extensive nationwide search. The finalists went through an in-depth screening process and two days of interviews with representatives from SLCC’s faculty, staff, students, and administration, as well as interviews with the Board of Regents.

“I am thrilled and honored to continue leading Salt Lake Community College,” said President Huftalin. “I will do my best to ensure that SLCC remains an inclusive, student-centered institution where individuals from diverse backgrounds can receive a high-quality, affordable education. I am eager to resume working with the trustees, faculty, administration, staff and students, and to continue our efforts to make SLCC a premiere comprehensive community college.”
Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin was the Interim President of Salt Lake Community College and has served the SLCC students, faculty and staff for more than two decades. Prior to her current role, Dr. Huftalin served on the Executive Cabinet as Vice President of Student Services. She has worked collaboratively with faculty and staff to strengthen high impact practices, learning outcomes and inclusivity initiatives, and led college-wide strategic priority and assessment efforts. Dr. Huftalin also served as the Dean of Students and the Director of Academic and Career Advising. Prior to joining SLCC, Dr. Huftalin held positions at William Rainey Harper College, Northwestern University, the University of Utah and the Institute for Shipboard Education. Dr. Huftalin teaches in the Education, Leadership and Policy program at the University of Utah and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and YWCA Utah. She also serves on the Executive Board of EDCUtah and the Salt Lake Chamber’s Board of Governors. Dr. Huftalin earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, a master’s degree from UCLA and a doctorate in Education, Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah.

Salt Lake Community College is one of eight institutions within the Utah System of Higher Education. SLCC is a student-focused, urban college that works to meet the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. With a fall 2013 headcount of over 35,000 students, SLCC is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs and 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.