Thursday, March 30, 2017

Middletown Comes To Black Box at South City

Salt Lake Community College is taking on Will Eno's play Milddletown at the Black Box Theatre in the Center for Arts & Media, located at South City Campus, 1575 South State Street, Salt Lake City. Dates for the production include March 31, April 1, 6, 7 and 8.

The play explores the goings on of a small American town, focusing on a developing friendship between longtime resident John Dodge and newcomer Mary Swanson. As their relationship develops, other characters from the town interact in interesting ways as the story draws to a surprising end that covers themes of love, self worth, life and death.

Below are GIFs made from photos of the cast's dress rehearsal.












Wednesday, March 29, 2017

‘Open Education Resources’ Lowering Cost of College

About 35,000 Salt Lake Community College students have saved nearly $3 million over a three-year period through ‘OPEN SLCC’ by using open educational resources (OER) as an alternative to costly textbooks. The plan, say SLCC officials, is making the difference between some students either being able to attend college or dropping out because of the traditionally expensive price of a higher education made worse by costly textbooks.

About one third of all SLCC students report not purchasing a textbook for a class due to cost while half of all SLCC students say they have registered for fewer classes because of associated textbook costs, according to a 2016 survey by the Open Education Group and the Utah Academic Libraries Consortium. More than 80 percent of SLCC students say they have delayed purchasing a textbook because of cost, and more than 30 percent of SLCC students report not registering for a course due to textbook costs, the 2016 survey found.

“SLCC is using OER to help more students afford a higher education and to succeed once they are in our classrooms,” said Jason Pickavance, director of SLCC’s Educational Initiatives. “Our goal is to empower faculty by turning them and their students on to OER’s growing popularity, ease of access and free or low-cost offerings.”

In 2014 SLCC offered 32 sections of coursework that used OER. SLCC is offering more than 600 class sections that rely on OER for the spring 2017 semester and more than 1,000 sections for the entire year. OER are free or low-cost, high-quality resources for teaching and learning. A bulk of SLCC’s OER offerings come in math and English classes, followed by history, geography, education, biology, business and other courses, with students saving an average of $100 per course.

For more information, visit www.slcc.edu/open.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Women's Basketball Finishes Fourth at Nationals

Congratulations to head coach Betsy Specketer and the Salt Lake Community College women's basketball team for finishing fourth at the NJCAA Women's Basketball Championship in Lubbuck, Texas over the weekend. It marks the first time in SLCC history that the women's team finished in the top four of a national Division I tournament.

Photo by, Charles Merickel

Friday, March 24, 2017

Women’s Basketball Makes History with NJCAA Final Four Spot

After a 12-point deficit in the first half, No. 5 Salt Lake Community College fought back to defeat No. 13 Jones County 81-75 in the NJCAA National Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament Elite Eight showdown. The Bruins have advanced to the Final Four for the first time in school history.


Jones County came out fast in the first half pushing their lead over the Bruins to as many as 12 points. But Salt Lake would not stop fighting. The Bruins came out strong after half and slowly chipped away at the Bobcats lead. SLCC was able to cut the lead to six at the end of the third, with the score 62-56. Salt Lake shot an astonishing 95 percent from the free throw line, the highest of the season. The Bruins out rebounded the Bobcats 38 to 32 and passed the ball flawlessly, tallying 18 assists.  

Annie Brady led the Bruins with a season-high double-double appearance with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Brady went 10-17 from the field. Sica Cuzic had 16 points and six rebounds going 10-10 from the free throw line. Karina Broandon finished strong with 12 points and eight rebounds. Tia Hay rounded out the double figures with 12 points and four assists.


Salt Lake will now face the defending National Champions No. 1 Gulf Coast for their ticket into the National Championship game. The match-up is set for Friday, March 24 at 4 p.m. (MDT). You can watch by clicking here.

Go, Bruins!!!

Monday, March 20, 2017

NJCAA Tourney Time for Women's Basketball

The Salt Lake Community College women's basketball team received the No. 5 seed for the NJCAA Women's National Basketball Championship in Lubbock, Texas. With this they will gain a first round bye. Their first game will be Wednesday, March 22, at 2 p.m. (MST). Salt Lake will face the winner of the #12 Wabash Valley and #21 Cochise first round matchup.

You will be able to watch the team live by clicking here.

Go Bruins!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Grand Theatre Hosts ‘Streetcar Named Desire’

The Grand Theatre, at Salt Lake Community College’s South City Campus, is proud to present A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams’ immortal classic, as part of it’s American Classic Series. The show runs March 16 - April 1 and is directed by SLCC's very own Mark Fossen.

The Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama in 1948, the story centers around Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Stanley Kowalski and Mitch. Blanche is broke and, after losing her family home, is left with no choice but to move in with her sister Stella and her husband in New Orleans. While there she meets Mitch, a friend of Stanley’s for whom she quickly begins to have romantic feelings. As the show progresses we discover secrets from Blanche’s past and a sinister side to Stanley. It’s a tragic story of love, loss, passion and guilt.


The production features a cast of 12, including local professional actor Robert Scott Smith. Please, join us for this American masterpiece. Tickets are on sale now at www.grandtheatrecompany.com or at (801) 957-3322.

Below is a sneak peak at the production in GIFs made from a dress rehearsal.








Friday, March 10, 2017

College Takes Part In National 'Libraries Are For Everyone' Movement

You may notice some new signage hanging up in the Redwood Markosian, Jordan and South City libraries. Thanks to “an awesome Punk Rock Book Jockey blogger,” SLCC libraries now have fantastic graphic art expressing the simple message that "Libraries Are For Everyone." The images drive home the message: it doesn't matter what race or ethnicity you are, what language you speak, whom you love, whom you worship or where you are from. Libraries are for you. Check out these new posters in a variety of languages or read more about them here.

A few examples of the posters:

Monday, March 6, 2017

Student-made Film ‘Freezer Burn’ Screening at City Library

Salt Lake Community College film students are sharing director Keenan Panti's finished project with the public March 13, 7 p.m. at Salt Lake City Public Library’s Nancy Tessman Auditorium. The free screening will feature the student-made movie “Freezer Burn,” which will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers.



The movie, starring professional actors, is a family comedy based on a true story, focusing on the difficulty of dealing with the loss of life. The life, in this case, is Dad’s prized pet poodle. It’s up to 10-year-old Dillon to hold together the hodgepodge of personalities he calls family. The film was shot in 2016 on location in Salt Lake City and inside SLCC’s 3,000 square-foot film stage at the Center for Arts & Media.




Saturday, March 4, 2017

Women’s Basketball Region 18 Champs, Headed To Nationals

It took a decade, but the Salt Lake Community College women’s basketball team did it—they won the Region 18 Championship by beating Snow College 67-40. Their next stop is the National Tournament in Texas later this month. Congratulations to Head Coach Betsy Specketer, her assistants and the entire team. Best of luck to them at Nationals! Go, Bruins!

That's Annie Brady, reflecting the drive and grit of the entire team in the Region 18 title game.


Congratulations, Head Coach Betsy Specketer!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring Bruin Baseball in GIFs...

Salt Lake Community College's baseball team played the College of Southern Idaho in a double header Friday. They play CSI again on Sunday (3/5) at the Juan Diego High School baseball field, and then the team is on the road until March 24, when they return to home turf at Cate Field at the SLCC West Jordan Campus. Enjoy the GIFs!












Thursday, March 2, 2017

Players, Coach Specketer Honored During Region 18 Tourney

Several players from the Salt Lake Community College men's and women's basketball teams were named to the Region 18 All-Region first and second teams. Women's coach Betsy Specketer was named Region 18 Coach of the Year - the team also accepted its Scenic West Athletic Conference Champions award. Both SLCC teams will play in Region 18 tourney action Friday! Come out and cheer on your Bruins!!!








Wednesday, March 1, 2017

College Holds ‘DNA Cutting’ for New STEM Center

Salt Lake Community College opened the doors Wednesday to its new Dumke Center for STEM Learning on its flagship Taylorsville Redwood Campus. SLCC made room for the 6,000 square-foot Center by renovating part of its Science and Industry Building.


It’s anticipated that Center will receive about 10,000 visits per spring and fall semesters for students who seek tutoring and advising or areas for studying, workshops and collaboration. Those areas will also have texts, science models and computers for students to use. About one third of the funding for the renovation came from federal sources, and the rest—about $800,000—was financed by non-governmental sources.

SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin noted that when you open a STEM learning center, "You can't just have a ribbon." Students, staff and faculty joined her in cutting a DNA sequence to mark the opening.