Thursday, February 28, 2019

Student Thriving With Help of Math Success Center

Trent Fullmer is like a lot of students when it comes to math, afraid to ask for help for fear of holding up a class full of people who might already “get it” or anxious about frustrating a teacher who just taught the lesson on how to do exactly what he’s having trouble understanding. Fullmer, 18, a 2018 Kearns High School graduate, has always struggled with math, and when he fell behind last fall in Math 980 in his first semester at Salt Lake Community College, the same fears held him back and he didn’t know where to turn. Sounding “lost” in a big crowd, he says, is scary and paralyzing when it comes to keeping up in math.

The business management major needs mathematics to progress academically, so, for the spring 2019 semester, Fullmer enrolled in Math 900, dialing it back to the basics and connecting him with the Math Success Center as a result. “My experience with The Math Success Center has been excellent so far,” Fullmer says. “It has probably been one of the best math classes I’ve taken. Moving down to 900 as a refresher was definitely a good decision for me, even though the start of it felt extremely easy to me. The way things work starting at 900 is nice since you can move along the stuff you know with a breeze until things start getting complicated, and then you get the chance to go step by step to find exactly what part of the problems you were struggling with.”

Fullmer spends about four hours each week at the Center, located in the Markosian Library on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The tutors, he says, are “amazing,” there when you need them but not “invasive” when it comes to wanting to work on your own. “I feel a bit more confident in my math abilities, even though I am still forgetful with some things,” he admits. “I at least don’t just give five-minute blank stares on problems anymore. I have help if I need it, and I have the help of trial and error with what works on problems and what doesn’t.” He no longer gives up on assignments or feels as frustrated as he has in the past with math.

“If you are finding yourself not being able to keep up during lectures, piling up homework or your class has gone far ahead and you still don’t understand the content from the last two units, give this class a shot,” Fullmer advises. “This has definitely been much less overwhelming working at my own pace, and it’s not dreadful through every moment of math anymore.” Take deep breaths, he adds, don’t push tutors away out of frustration, continue working at your own pace and “things will be much easier and enjoyable if you remind yourself that.”

The Center is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Students arrive there by referral from instructors or by their own accord. Once they begin using Math Success, students are required to meet once a week with an instructor to evaluate their progress in the program, to set new goals and review the pace at which they’re working. Through Math Success, its instructors and tutors, students are allowed two semesters to work their way through a particularly troublesome level of math. Math Success is a personalized experience that focuses on a student’s strengths and weaknesses while accommodating personal goals and busy schedules.

For more information about the Math Success Center, email or call 801-957-5119.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Real ‘Black Klansman’ Ron Stallworth Speaks at Grand Theatre

Ron Stallworth made a bold move in 1978 that, 40 years later, has made him a household name and drew hundreds recently to Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre to hear him talk about what he did.

Stallworth, portrayed by actor John David Washington in Spike Lee’s Oscar-winning film Black Klansman, infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan while an undercover detective with the Colorado Springs Police Department. He talked for about an hour at the Grand Theatre, covering the movie, his memoir from which the film’s screenplay was adapted, the KKK’s David Duke, President Donald Trump, race and racism, the N-word and his seven-month investigation in Colorado Springs.

Stallworth shows his KKK membership card to the audience.

Stallworth, who worked for two decades with the Utah Department of Public Safety, also taught criminal justice at SLCC. “It’s been a very pleasant return to the city, the state I called home for 30 years,” he greeted the Grand Theatre crowd. “The city and state where I helped get a gang unit started that still exists to this day.”

He spoke at length about the N-word after explaining that he no longer filters himself when speaking to groups. “We have become so conditioned to avoiding that word, so sensitive to it, that we now have this little soft, tippy-toe dance around it – the N-word,” he said. “Ladies and gentlemen, you cannot soften that word and its meaning. … It was used to dehumanize us as a people and delegitimize us as a race.” He went on to urge people to have a conversation about the word and about the subject of race. “That’s the only way we’re going to confront it – we’re not going to eliminate it. It’s been around for 400 years.”

Stallworth talked a lot about his book, about how his investigation thwarted three cross burnings in Colorado Springs, stopped a KKK march through town and prevented the bombing of two “gay bars.” He recalled phone conversations, one just before the movie came out, with David Duke and their discussions of racism and the movie’s portrayal of the infamous KKK leader, drawing comparisons between him and President Trump.

Stallworth, who appeared at a reception prior to his speech, wrapped up his time at SLCC’s South City Campus with a Q&A and then a book signing with his wife Patsy Terrazas-Stallworth. He was brought to SLCC through a large collaborative effort that included the college’s Black Student Union, the SLCC Student Association, SLCC Arts and Cultural Events, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, SLCC Student Life & Leadership, Provost Dr. Clifton Sanders and Dr. Roderic Land, Special Assistant to the President. The SLCC Black Student Union also presented Stallworth with a "Revolutionary Lifetime Achievement Award."

Stallworth with his wife Patsy Terrazas-Stallworth

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

SLCC President Huftalin Part of ‘Commission on the Status of Women’

Engage in a moderated discussion with two incredible higher education leaders, University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins and Salt Lake Community College President Deneece G. Huftalin. The March 1 event starts at 11 a.m. and will be held at the University of Utah Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, 1655 Campus Center Drive, Child Hall, 7th Floor, in Salt Lake City.

The discussion, titled “Leader to Leader: Effecting Change in Higher Education,” will center around not only the leadership journeys of these two accomplished leaders but also their perspectives on how change happens in higher education, no matter what your level or rank. The discussion will be followed by break-out sessions led members of the University community on a variety of topics designed to put lessons from the panel into action.

Click here for more information. Click here to RSVP.