Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Grand Theatre Welcomes Back “Always… Patsy Cline”

Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre is for the seventh time hosting singer Erica Hansen as Patsy Cline in “Always… Patsy Cline.” The popular show runs Aug. 24 to Sept. 22 at the Grand, 1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City.

Written by Ted Swindley, “Always… Patsy Cline” is a two-woman show based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with devoted fan and Houston housewife, Louise Seger, played this year by Dawn Veree. Packed with 27 of Cline’s greatest hits, including “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” and “Sweet Dreams,” fans will rediscover forgotten tunes and walk away humming new ones. Cline, who died in a 1963 plane crash at age 30, has been called one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th Century.

Hansen’s portrayal of the country legend has garnered both critical acclaim as well as captured the hearts of Grand theatergoers time and again. The Deseret News’ Ivan Lincoln said of the show, “The music is performed to absolute perfection by Hansen and has the crowd literally dancing in the aisles. Hansen really nails it.” Jay Wamsley wrote in The Utah Statesman, “Hansen so enjoys her role, that the emotion of the songs simply rolls over and saturates the audience.”

This is the theatre’s most requested show and Grand’s staff is thrilled to be hoppin’ back on the “honky tonk merry-go-round.” Tickets range in price from $14 to $23 and are available by calling 801-957-3322 or visiting Evening performances are held Thursdays through Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Students Help School Prepare for First Day

A small army of Salt Lake Community College students volunteered their time to help staff and teachers at Esperanza Elementary School in West Valley City get ready for the first day of school. The annual service project was organized by SLCC's Student Life & Leadership. Below are a few highlights.

Volleyball Team Is Ready To Strike

The Salt Lake Community College volleyball team scrimmaged with the University of Montana Western in preparation for the upcoming season, which starts with the Crystal Classic on home court Aug. 24-26, with games against Lee College, Casper College, Northeastern Junior College and Western Wyoming Community College. The team is led by coach Sue Dulaney, named the 2016 American Volleyball Coaches Association West Region Coach of the Year. For a full schedule, click here. The photos and GIFs below are of action against Montana. Good luck, Bruins!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Three More Twilight Concerts Left

If you haven't yet experienced the 2017 Twilight Concert Series, for which Salt Lake Community College is the title sponsor, there are three more Thursday evening shows left. Those concert dates are: Aug. 17, with Cat Power and Phoebe Bridgers; Aug. 24, with Andrew Bird and The Handsome Family; and Aug 31, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires and The Roots. Below are a few highlights from the Aug. 10 show, which featured openers CHOiCE and Kaytranada. For information about purchasing tickets, click here.

CHOiCE opens the evening with her DJ skills.


Kaytranada gets the Twilight crowd pumped.


Twilight crowd gets into it.

Double exposure of crowd and sign.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Newest International Students Arrive at College

Salt Lake Community College welcomes the newest group of international students to its campuses in the Salt Lake Valley. The photos below are from their orientation held at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The first day of the fall 2017 semester is August 23! See you all soon!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

SLCC Welcomes Newest Hires, August 2017

In August, Salt Lake Community College welcomed several new hires to the College.
Congratulations to the newest Bruins!

Amy Addington, Administrative Assistant, Office of Sponsored Projects

Ronald Allen, Journey Cabinet Maker

Robert Beeler, Assistant Professor, Nursing

Michael Castro, Custodian

Emily Churilla, Assistant Professor, English

Jan Coleman, Assistant Director, Marketing Management 

Dennis Cook, Assistant Professor, Professional Truck Driving

Damir Dozic, Assistant Manager, Maintenance

Sandra Garcia-Sanchez, Academic Advisor

Perparim Gutaj, Assistant Professor, Political Science

Jackie Hobson, Manager Business Advisor - Veterans

Joli Johanson, Instructor, HLA (Exercise Science)

Barbara Johnson, Assistant Professor, PTA & Program Director

Elizabeth Jones, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Elizabeth Jordan, Secretary, Heat Plant / Crafts

David Lehleitner, Assistant Professor, Film and Video Production

Christian Orellana, Manager, Academic Computing

Charles Parker, Director, Workforce Training and Education

Caleb Prusso, Journey Cabinet Maker

Darren Saunders, Administrative Assistant, STEM Learning Resources

Stephanie Scott, Advisor, Financial Aid

Utah Gov. Appoints New Trustees

Utah Governor Gary Herbert appointed Lori Chillingworth, Linda Luchetti and Brady Southwick to serve on the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees. Shawn Newell represents the SLCC Alumni Association and SLCC Student Association President Aynoa Rincon represents the student body on the Board.

Chillingworth is Zions Bancorporation’s director of Enterprise Retail Banking. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders from 2007 to 2013 and has been recognized five times in U.S. Banker magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Banking” issue, ranking among its “25 Women to Watch” list. She served on the SLCC Foundation Board from 2005 to 2013.

Luchetti is the vice president of basketball operations for the Utah Jazz. Before joining the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies in 2005, she handled public relations for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City as well as press and media positions with 2004 Paralympic Games, 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Newell is vice president of business development for Industrial Supply Company and has been with the company more than 20 years. He is vice president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Salt Lake Chapter and is a member of Herbert’s Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission. Newell started a scholarship for SLCC marketing students and is an alum of SLCC.

Rincon is an international student double majoring in political science and economics. After finishing at SLCC next spring she plans to transfer to the University of Utah and obtain a degree in international relations. She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to the United States in 2015 at the age of 17 to study English at Kaplan International, Harvard Square, in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the first Latina woman elected student association president at SLCC.

Southwick is senior vice president of field operations at Vivint Smart Home, which specializes in security systems. He served as president of Cummins Rocky Mountain and was instrumental in developing the current Utah Diesel Technology Pathway program that connects high school students to workforce training at SLCC and ultimately careers in the diesel industry.

Monday, July 31, 2017

SLCC ‘Rocks It’ With $334K National Science Foundation Geoscience Grant

Salt Lake Community College received a $334,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) aimed at increasing the number and diversity of geology majors and improving their transfer rates. The grant pays SLCC geology majors, known as “research ambassadors,” to conduct research projects. These ambassadors will use non-science majors from general education classes to assist with their projects, bringing the benefits of undergraduate research to a wider audience. Ambassadors will also receive mentoring from advanced students and faculty members from the University of Utah and Weber State University.

“Engaging students at the community college level in these kinds of activities has the potential to have a substantial impact on the number of students completing STEM degrees at four-year institutions,” said Chris Johnson, SLCC geology assistant professor and principal investigator of the program. “Half of students who complete STEM bachelor degrees start at a community college. As the only community college in the most populous portion of Utah, SLCC is an important component of the geoscience pipeline.”

This three-year grant will support 24 ambassadors who will mentor 48 general education students as they collaborate on projects. Research ambassadors and their student assistants will “learn science by doing science” as they conduct research in the field and collect real data to solve real problems. Participants will develop skills needed for academic and professional success while field sampling and mapping, using technologies such as X-ray fluorescence analyzers, water quality meters, GPS and GIS systems. In addition to the research and tiered mentoring program that this grant makes possible, SLCC will work with the University of Utah and Weber State University to establish transfer support programs that will last beyond the term of the grant to help SLCC students successfully transfer.

“We are delighted to receive this award from the NSF and to be able to work closely with the University of Utah and Weber State University in ways that will have positive effects for our students,” said SLCC provost Clifton Sanders. “It’s rewarding for SLCC to be part of a collaboration that allows students to interact with and be mentored by leading professionals and students in their field while doing meaningful and interesting research so early in their college careers.”

Geoscience careers are projected to be among the fastest-growing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. This grant aims at bolstering student engagement and success during their first two years and increasing retention and transfer rates. Success in these areas leads to an increase in qualified new geoscientists entering the workforce.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Open Forums for AVP of Student Affairs Announced

The Salt Lake Community College Student Affairs search committee for the Assistant Vice President for Student Development have been conducting interviews for the final three candidates, and will be holding open forums for each of the candidates.

The Assistant Vice President for Student Development position serves as a leader in initiating and supporting efforts to promote and increase student access and participation, and student success and completion.

We value perspective and input of our staff and faculty; come hear from the finalists, take the opportunity to ask the candidate questions, and provide feedback to our search committee and Dr. Chuck Lepper, Vice President for Student Affairs.

The candidates and open forums are as follows:

Wednesday, August 2
Dr. Luca Lewis
2-3 p.m.
Oak Room, STC

Thursday, August 3
Dr. Jamie Cooper
2-3 p.m.
Oak Room, STC

Friday, August 4
Candida Darling
2-3 p.m.
Oak Room, STC

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Kahlert Foundation Makes Gift to the SLCC School of Health Sciences

Heather Kahlert, VP of the Kahlert Foundation, has facilitated a $150,000 gift from the Kahlert Foundation to the Salt Lake Community College School of Health Sciences. This gift will support the School of Health Sciences' Telehealth program, which provides free physical and occupational therapy services to individuals and families in outlying communities that do not have these services.

This is the second gift to the School of Health Sciences from the Kahlert Foundation. A previous gift totaling $75,000 was given in July 2016.

Friday, July 14, 2017

2017 Employee Fun Barbecue Series

Faculty and staff celebrated the warm temperatures with their colleagues at the annual Summer Fun Barbecue Series at the Jordan, Taylorsville-Redwood and South City campuses, with music provided by the SLCC Faculty Jazz Quintet and G. Brown Quintet.

Interim Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences Announced

Dr. David Richardson, former SLCC Dean of Humanities and Sciences and Vice President for Academic Affairs will return to Salt Lake Community College as Interim Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences. Dr. Richardson has also served in two interim leadership roles for SLCC prior to this appointment. “His familiarity with SLCC administrative and academic processes, his expertise in change leadership and his commitment to SLCC vision, mission and goals will be invaluable during the next academic year,” said Dr. Clifton Sanders, SLCC Provost.

Dr. Paul Allen has returned to his duties as Associate Dean for Humanities/Language/Culture and ASL, a position held in the interim by Dr. Jeanine Alesch, Associate Professor for Languages. Dr. Allen will also serve as Interim Associate Dean for Psychology & Social Science replacing Spencer Blake, who has returned to faculty as Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Science.

“I would like to express sincere appreciation to Doctors Richardson, Allen, Alesch and Mr. Blake for their leadership, experience, service and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful institution,” Sanders added.

Dr. Richardson will begin his appointment on July 17, 2017.

Monday, July 10, 2017

SLCC Names New Institutional Effectiveness VP

Salt Lake Community College recently named Jeff Aird as its new vice president for Institutional Effectiveness, effective July 1.

Jeff Aird

Aird earned his juris doctor and master of public administration degrees from Brigham Young University after completing his undergraduate work at Utah State University. He was hired by SLCC in 2013 as the director for Institutional Inquiry and Analysis. In 2014 he became an adjunct faculty member of SLCC and the acting director for Institutional Research, and in 2015 he was promoted to assistant vice president for Strategy and Analysis.

Over the course of three years at SLCC, Aird developed and implemented a college decision-making structure to improve inter-divisional collaboration and in 2015 he guided SLCC through a comprehensive self-evaluation that resulted in a high number of commendations from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. 

Previously, Aird has worked for the Utah System of Higher Education, BYU as an adjunct faculty member and Utah Valley University. He replaces Barbara Grover, who retired after 23 years at SLCC.

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of 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. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Library Hosts LGBTQ+ Exhibit for Pride Month

The Markosian Library on the Salt Lake Community College Taylorsville Redwood Campus is currently hosting the LGBTQ+ Pride Display during Pride Month in the alcove by the east entrance. It’s an interactive and educational display that features several notable LGBTQ+ icons throughout history. Libraries nationwide are celebrating Pride Month during June by fostering community, understanding and access to LGBTQ+ literature and community resources. The exhibit celebrates diversity and inclusivity at SLCC and includes a book/DVD display on the main floor. More information can also be found by clicking here.