Thursday, March 28, 2019

Innovator, Inventor, Disruptor and Designer to Speak at SLCC’s 2019 Commencement

Luke Williams

Disruptive innovation expert Luke Williams will be the keynote speaker at Salt Lake Community College’s 2019 Commencement, scheduled for 9:30 a.m., May 3, at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.

Williams is a leading global expert in disruptive innovation.  As a consultant, educator and speaker, he has worked internationally with industry leaders such as American Express, GE, Sony, Crocs, Virgin, Disney and Hewlett-Packard to develop new products, services and brands. He is also the author of Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business. Williams is an inventor and holds more than 30 patents and has designed over 100 products.

He is executive director of the W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab and Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the New York University Stern School of Business. He was previously an adjunct professor and is also a fellow at frog design, a global design firm founded in 1969.

An in-demand speaker worldwide, in 2013 Williams addressed the United Nations General Assembly, where he spoke about the future of entrepreneurship, as well as the World Innovation Forum in New York and the World Business Forum in Milan. He has also been featured in many prestigious news outlets, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Fast Company and National Public Radio.

“We are looking forward to hearing what Luke Williams has to say about the world of work, business and industry,” said Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin, president of SLCC. “This is an opportunity for our students to build on what they have already learned at the college and go out and make an impact in our world.”

Monday, March 18, 2019

Women’s History Month Events Coming

There are still several events coming to Salt Lake Community College in celebration and honor of Women’s History Month.

Tuesday, March 26
Noon-1 p.m.
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Career Center – STC002
Women, Wages and Work:
Networking and Negotiating Salary

Wednesday, March 27
1-2 p.m.
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Student Center Oak Room
Mentoring in the Moment:
A Look at the New Female Mentorship

SLCC’s Diversity, Exploration & Inclusion Series is presenting Ebony Stewart, international spoken word and performing artist. She will appear Wednesday, March 27, 11 a.m., in the AAB lobby, and at a workshop in AAB 135 at 12:30 p.m. the same day.

Thursday, March 28
2-4:30 p.m.
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
LGBTQ+ Awareness, Part 2

Throughout March
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Student Center
“Her Story Is Power”

The Student Writing & Reading Center is encouraging everyone, in celebrating Women’s History Month, to honor female writers and, in particular, to seek out the works of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Nigerian-born author has written several books, a play and a collection of poems.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Department Gets New Name, New Degree Offering

Salt Lake Community College is changing the name Health and Lifetime Activities to the Department of Exercise Science in time for the Fall 2019 semester.

The nomenclature shift more closely aligns with the science-based courses already offered through the program, which is within SLCC’s School of Science, Mathematics & Engineering.

The change also comes with a new degree offering: Associate of Science in Exercise Science/Kinesiology. New courses slated for this fall include Intro to Exercise Science, Sport and American Society and Special Topics in Exercise Science, a research-intensive course. The school already offers an associate of applied science degree within the Fitness Technician program, a career and technical education track that more quickly prepares students for the workforce.

Students at SLCC wanting to gain experience in the industry while seeking a four-year degree will still be able to go to work sooner with a Fitness Technician degree. Some of the credits in that program, though, will overlap with requirements for the Exercise Science/Kinesiology degree, which students need for transfer to a university within the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) for a four-year degree in that subject.

Nathan Thomas, associate dean for the department, said the name change, added courses and new degree offering better lines up with local and national institutions for higher education. The changes will better prepare students for careers and transfer pathways in exercise science and kinesiology, which is the study of the human movement. Thomas said the college has worked closely with the University of Utah and other USHE institutions to ensure the changes at SLCC will mean a seamless transition for its exercise science/kinesiology students to a four-year school.

“The goal is to accommodate the many students, about 75 percent, in our program who want to work in the industry while going for their bachelor degree,” Thomas said. None of the current course offerings or certificates, he noted, have been cut because of the changes.