Thursday, April 30, 2015

SLCC dedicates softball field in honor of former SLCC Athletics Director Norma Carr

Over the course of 25 years as athletics director, Norma Carr took Salt Lake Community College athletics from a small one-sport operation to a multi-faceted program that achieved national prominence, ushered in several new facilities and solidified the college’s presence as a perennial regional and national contender in several sports. In honor of those efforts on May 1, at 12:30 p.m., SLCC will hold a dedication ceremony to formally change the Taylorsville Redwood Campus Softball Diamond name to Norma Carr Field.

Norma Carr

Carr retired last year and her successor, Kevin Dustin, has since gained an expanded appreciation of Carr’s impact at SLCC. “I think since her retirement it has become obvious what an icon she was to this school and around the country,” Dustin said. “As I have run into people, there is this connection – no one thinks of SLCC without thinking of Norma. Her influence is far and wide.”

As Dustin thought about ways to solidify her legacy at SLCC and all she has meant throughout the NJCAA, he considered her background coaching softball at the University of Utah and starting a softball program at SLCC. The current softball field at SLCC’s Taylorsville Redwood Campus is slated to receive a new scoreboard, and the timing seemed right. “Everything you see out there is because of Norma, and I thought, ‘What a great opportunity to say thanks,’” Dustin said. “It came together at the right time for the right reasons to name the field after her. I received tremendous support from senior leadership for this.”

SLCC added volleyball, baseball, and softball as intercollegiate sports and built new softball and baseball fields as well as a new Lifetime Activities Center for the program’s basketball teams during Carr’s tenure as Athletic Director. SLCC teams won 25 SWAC Conference Champions, 24 Region 18 Champions, made 30 NJCAA National tournament appearances that resulted in 6 second-place finishes and one National Championship—Men’s Basketball in 2009.

When Carr first started at SLCC as the first female to serve as athletics director over men’s and women’s sports, she brought a “passion” for the job that became more than a career. “As I learned about the value of a community college, and as we built the programs and facilities and as I got to know people at the college, it became a love for me,” Carr said. “My passion turned into a love for Salt Lake Community College.” She started with a basketball program and brought volleyball, softball and baseball on board and either new or improved facilities for all of those sports. Carr coordinated the business of handling sports, including athlete scholarships, travel budgets and using college vehicles. She hired coaches that won regional and national titles. Carr oversaw planning and construction of SLCC’s expansive Lifetime Activities Center, which benefits each sport as well as college staff, faculty and students and the surrounding community.

“I’m just overwhelmed – I’m speechless,” Carr said about renaming the field after her. “What a super honor. How thoughtful of the college. I just want to thank everyone who has been part of the naming of the field. I wouldn’t have expected it in my wildest dreams.”

SLCC’s Grand Theatre hosts auditions for ‘Young Frankenstein’

Auditions for Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” will be held May 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Salt Lake Community College Grand Theatre’s Annex, 1610 South 250 East, Salt Lake City. Dance auditions will take place 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and music auditions will run 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to sign up, call 801-957-3322 or visit

The Grand Theatre production will be directed by David Schmidt and will run October 8-30, with rehearsals beginning August 29, Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Men and women of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Each person should bring a headshot and resume, 32 bars of a musical theatre song and sheet music for an accompanist. No monologues are needed and sides will be provided at callbacks only.

SLCC’s Lisa Bickmore takes home top international poetry prize from Ireland

When Salt Lake Community College’s Lisa Bickmore found out in February her poem “Eidolon” was a finalist in the Ballymaloe International Poetry contest, she swiftly nixed indecision on whether she’d be able to make the trip to Ireland, “…because how many times am I going to be shortlisted for an international poetry prize?” she asked herself. While in Dublin she found out she won the top prize, which netted her more than $10,000, one of the biggest purses in the world for a single unpublished poem.

“The evening of the event was quite amazing to me,” said Bickmore, who made the trip last week with husband and SLCC Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences John McCormick. “I wondered who in the world would come to an event like this, but it turned out that lots of people did, including press people and people who love poetry. The rooms were filled. I loved meeting other poets, who are all very accomplished and beautiful writers. It was really one of the loveliest things I have ever been a part of.”

Lisa Bickmore (second from right) Photo by Darina Allen

An associate professor of writing at SLCC, Bickmore said one “geeky” use for the prize money will be to purchase a new field microphone to make “awesome” audio compositions. “I told my husband that I was going to have to calm down first before I decide,” she said. The Ballymaloe competition is sponsored by the Irish literary magazine The Moth and is funded by world-renown Ballymaloe Cookery School founder Darina Allen, author of more than 10 cookbooks. About 2,000 poets submitted almost 3,000 poems for the Ballymaloe contest.

Bickmore wrote “Eidolon” during a 2008-2009 sabbatical and wanted to draw from her life in faith and life as a mother. “It also has to do with the connection between faith, the will and grief,” she said. “’Eidolon’ means both ‘a ghost’ and ‘an ideal’, which was such an evocative word, it seemed especially apt for the poem.” The 700-plus word poem, reprinted in the Irish Times, begins, “The pop of the disconnect I feel as a point in space:/what were the words he said, my son,/in the language he’s learning? The ghost of his silence,/even that will not be there when the dial tone finishes,/after he’s asked the question I could not bring myself/to answer: are you willing? Words that echo here/in the American dark: I take my stick,/write in the dirt in a language only I speak,/which I refuse to explain. If he were here, I would show him:/I collect photographs of altars though I worship at none.”

The 2013 SLCC Distinguished Faculty Lecturer couldn’t be sure whether it was the subject matter or the relief that came with finally getting out a draft after an “intimidating” process of writing the poem, but she shed a few tears. “Every poet I know hates the competition aspect of trying to get work published, but one of the best things for me about this process and meeting the poets and reading their work was that, for at least this moment, I’m not worried about whether my work is good enough or worthy enough to be sending around,” Bickmore said. “I am so very happy that the poem is published. It’s a longish poem, and I sometimes wondered if I would find a place for it. Now it has a place in The Moth, and I am overjoyed about that.” One of the competition’s judges said Bickmore’s piece was “a finely made poem” with a voice that “remains limber and feels capable of taking you anywhere.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Student uses 'spoken word' to inspire graduates and high-achieving students

Salt Lake Community College student Glory Shekinah Stanton penned a few thoughts this week for graduates and high-achieiving students who took part in the Pride In Academics event, sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. With her permission, Ms. Standton's words to her speech "We Made It" have been reprinted below.

Glory Shekinah Stanton

By Glory Shekinah Stanton

“We made it!”
In spite of what the world said about us, we made it.

In the society we grew up in, they waited patiently for the battle to be over and for failure to win.
Many often doubt, if you were worth the government Pell grants and loans that you had to cash out, but regardless of that…we made it.

There are so many struggles to overcome on this journey all in the name of education.
The constant second guessing of self, are you doing the right thing for you, or just to say you’ve stashed some money away in a checking’s or a savings?

You have a duty when you make it, to the community from which you came
You have to help those younger than you find their path and make it just the same

Remember along this journey you’ll constantly be doubted
People will try to destroy you, your mind plays tricks, or you might just find that your whole life’s path suddenly gets rerouted

There are barriers you’ve never imagined, standing in your way.
Sometimes each day seems like a struggle, and you may have thought of quitting and walking away

But to quit is not in our nature, we all come from a strong people
We were bred to endure, conquer, defeat, to be champions, and to do away with the world’s evil

You see whether you wanted it or not, you have a responsibility
To make the thought of freedom real and to teach the world humanity

I charge you to be the best, not just simply by coming to classes and passing tests
But be in best out in society, set an example, raise the bar, make justice just, and peace for real
Discover a cure, invent something new, write a good book, or simply see your dreams all the way through.

This is a celebration of the accomplishments you’ve made thus far.
My last words of advice, “Let your mind be the logic, your heart be the compassion, and when in doubt just remember who you are.”

We made it, we made it, we’ve made it…
Now let’s show the world what we can do with it.

Congratulations to all of the recipients of Pride and Academics

Community meeting for new SLCC learning center in West Valley

Salt Lake Community College is inviting the public to a community meeting to talk about its new West Valley Learning Center May 2, 3-5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the West Valley Fitness Center, Rooms B & C, 5145 W. 3100 South, West Valley City. The SLCC West Valley Center, scheduled to open in fall 2015, will be a vibrant resource for the West Valley community.

Close to Granger, Kearns, Hunter, and Cyprus high schools, SLCC is collaborating with community, government, and business leaders to ensure that the West Valley Center meets the needs of the city and its residents. The College invites community members to meet with SLCC officials and enjoy light refreshments. During the meeting SLCC will share plans for the Center and gather the public’s feedback regarding SLCC programs and services to offer there. The Center will be located at 3460 S. 5600 West in West Valley City.

‘#FemmeFierce’ fashion show highlights graduating students’ designs

Carrie Pennington beamed, spreading her arms wide on stage in front of a crowd at the Rail Event Center as models on either side of her showed off Pennington’s plus-size designs during the seventh annual Salt Lake Community College Fashion Institute’s spring fashion show.

Carrie Pennington (middle) shows off her designs.

Pennington, whose models ranged in sizes from 18 to 30, was one of more than a dozen graduating SLCC design students showing off their ideas in front of hundreds who gathered April 25 for the show dubbed #FemmeFierce. The event featured professional makeup work by Aveda Institute and models supplied by the Salt Lake City-based Niya Models. Entertainment included performances by SLCC Dance Company and vocalist Sonia Lopez.

Pennington dubbed her works as a “knit meets woven revolution” concept. “Because they work together instead of against each other,” Pennington said, referring to how a knit lining to a blouse “redistributes the wealth” beneath the outer layer of the garment. “It smooths the body and does not show the unfortunate bulge.” She entered the fashion design field because she was frustrated by the clothing being sold to plus-size women. And, she adds, “The plus-size dollars are out there.” Her plan is to keep doing custom design work until someone picks up her ideas and runs with them.

A model walks during the #FemmeFierce fashion show

Meagan Patterson thinks she has her finger on the pulse of fashion consumers in Utah, where modesty reigns. “I plan on opening my own business, getting into manufacturing ready-to-wear women’s clothes,” Patterson said. “I just have always really loved making Sunday dresses, things you’d wear to church or a garden party.” She calls her experience “on and off” at SLCC over the past five years “phenomenal,” gushing about the instructors. “All of the teachers are wonderful,” she said. “They’re so knowledgeable. And they really care about you and your personal growth.” Patterson sees a need in the Utah market for a fully modest clothing store, whereas fellow graduate Madison Fugate hopes there’s room in the costume design industry for her.

Fashion designers Madison Fugate (left) and Meagan Patterson

Fugate’s collection for the show was inspired by reading classic literature and then imagining how characters like Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, the Wicked Witch of the West and Dracula might look. “It just kind of turned into my imagination – and here we are,” she said before the show, which for her was a big deal. “This is huge. I’ve never done a fashion show before. It’s extremely cool.”

A young model shows off a design at SLCC's annual spring fashion show

Monday, April 27, 2015

March With Us at the SLC Pride Parade!

Register by May 15 so we can order your t-shirt!

Join SLCC in celebrating inclusivity as we participate in the Utah Pride Festival by marching in the parade on Sunday, June 7.


Friday, April 24, 2015

Ted Moore named SLCC Distinguished Faculty Lecturer

Ted Moore received his Ph.D. fro m Michigan State University in American History with a focus on the urban environment. Dr. Moore taught at several institutions before arriving at Salt Lake Community College in 2009. He specializes in urban and environmental history.

Dr. Ted Moore

A dedicated teacher, Moore is committed to elevating the academic quality and rigor in the classroom with an eye towards helping his students position themselves to better compete in the world.

Moore is also an award-winning author. Among his most notable publications are: “Democratizing the Air: The Salt Lake Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Air Pollution, 1936-1945,” winner of the Best History Article Award from the Utah State Historical Society; “Fast Revolutions: Bicycles, Paved Roads, and the Creation of a Middle-Class City in Salt Lake, 1890-1903,” and “Speed Merchants: The History of Professional Cycling in Salt Lake City, 1898-1914,” both of which were selected by the Utah State Historical Society as Editor’s Choice for Best Article. In his personal life, Moore enjoys cycling.

SLCC aviation maintenance team brings home first from national competition

For the first time ever, a team of Salt Lake Community College aviation maintenance students, including three females, brought home a first-place prize from the annual Aerospace Maintenance Competition, which this year was held April 14-16 in Miami.

The prize is a big deal for Todd Baird, program coordinator for SLCC’s aviation maintenance program. “We get national notoriety for our students and their skills,” Baird said. “Even though we’re a community college, we’re competing against four-year schools, private schools and other community colleges. It’s nice to be in the conversation about schools to attend for aviation maintenance. By winning this competition, we are definitely in that conversation.”

Gina Gottfredson Kelly (l-r), Rozie Nelson, Rahcel Williams, Gary Driscoll, Scott Pugh and a Snap-on representative.

Assistant professor of aviation maintenance, Jamie Horning, accompanied 10 students, all of whom raised their own money through SLCC’s Aviation Maintenance Club. Divided into two teams, the prize-winning “yellow” team consisted of Gary Driscoll, Gina Gottfredson Kelly, Rozie Nelson, Scott Pugh and Rachel Williams. Teams compete at timed skills tests that include safeguarding components of an airplane, repairing a cockpit window, removing sealant from parts and troubleshooting instruments that measure air speed and altitude. Those who finish the fastest and with the least amount of errors emerge the winners.

“It says we are one of the top schools in the country. It really makes us stand out in front of all the professionals,” Horning said. “They did a great job. They worked their tails off to get where they got.” For one of the skills tests that involved fabricating a new line for hydraulic fluid and retesting the line, the college and university teams competed against professionals in the aviation industry, the military and private maintenance repair operations – and SLCC beat them all in a competition in which few females participate. SLCC’s yellow team was the only one with three females.

“It’s pretty awesome, because there’s not many women competing,” said Gottfredson Kelly. “We just put our all into it – 110 percent.” Her team practiced the skills they’d need every afternoon leading up to the competition and every day during their spring break. She is pursuing an associate degree for aviation maintenance technician and, because of the competition, has already drawn interest from companies like UPS and FedEx. “It’s been a man’s world, and women are realizing, ‘Hey, we can do it,’” she said. “It’s becoming more and more prominent that women are seen that they can do it, if not better.”