Friday, April 11, 2014

Si Se Puede Foundation recognizes English faculty as Educator of the Year Honoree

The Si Se Puede Foundation recognized Chandler-Gilbert Community College English faculty Jean Schloeman as an Educator of the Year Honoree on April 5 at the 14th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Educators of the Year awards dinner.

Schloeman’s passion for literacy has led her to teach at several colleges and universities for more than 20 years. She is a conscientious instructor who cares about her students and is committed to service-learning principles.

Connected to Si Se Puede through Melinda Rudibaugh, Schloeman had her English 081 and 091 classes complete 424 hours of service learning in the fall 2013 semester to the Si Se Puede Foundation’s adult literacy program and another 480 hours in the spring 2014 semester.

She is most interested in meeting the needs of the immigrant and refugee populations, providing parents with the skills to communicate with the community and schools. Her passion and interest led to her being appointed as director of Si Se Puede Foundation’s emerging English and Adult Literacy program.

"I'm very honored and surprised, honestly, to be selected for this recognition," said Schloeman. "Alberto is doing such great work and I'm excited to be a part of that. We will be able to provide opportunities that allow all immigrants to succeed in their new homeland."

Schloeman earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Grand Canyon University and a master’s degree from Northern Arizona University.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Si Se Puede Scholars enjoy chemistry fun day

Chandler-Gilbert Community College chemistry faculty Lorelei Wood and Mike McFavilen partnered with Si Se Puede Foundation Scholars Program to provide a one-day chemistry camp to 20 Si Se Puede Scholars on March 21. The mission of Si Se Puede Foundation is to provide opportunities for STEM exploration to at-risk youth in our community.

Wood, McFavilen, and CGCC chemistry students Diego Alvarado and Jerry Crum provided a day full of learning and experimentation for Si Se Puede students as they led lessons and several activities focusing on natural chemistry principles. Students participated in a number of chemistry activities including magic color milk science projects and chromatography experiments where they were separated and tested colors in washable markers.

Wood and McFavilen taught the students the scientific methods of observation and taught them how to form sound hypotheses. Students were then able to test their hypotheses through their experiments. Students also learned about independent, dependent and control variables in scientific experiments and their importance.

“Our students were excited that they had the opportunity to test their hypotheses, and see what happens when they change various elements. They are looking forward to the next chemistry camp to see what other fun projects they can participate in,” said a representative from Si Se Puede.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fifteen students noted as 2014 Artists of Promise

Fifteen students from Chandler-Gilbert Community College took top honors in fine arts competitions throughout the Valley. The Maricopa County Community College District sponsors annual competitions in creative writing, dance/choreography, music, visual art and theatre fpr its students.

The first place winners in choreography/dance, music composition, music instrumental, music vocal and theater acting will perform on stage at the tenth annual Artists of Promise on Wednesday, April 9 at the Orpheum Theatre.  An art exhibition at the event features this year’s winning artwork. The event is free and open to the public with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. and performances beginning at 7 p.m.

The competitions in visual art and creative writing are also sponsored nationally by the League for Innovation in the Community College, and winners of the Maricopa competitions are automatically entered into these national events.

This year’s winners include (Those in bold will be performing at the event):
  • Jacqueline Alcocer, Music Vocal Theatre Solo – Female, First place (tie)
  • Shelby Biggs, Music – Vocal Classical – Solo – Female, Honorable mention
  • Brittany Brown, Theatre – Performance/Acting – Female, Third place
  • Zac Bushman, Music –Vocal Classical – Solo – Male, Third place   
  • Brenda Kleppe, Visual Art – 2D, Honorable mention
  • Heeyoung Lee, Choreography – Solo , Honorable mention 
  • Samuel Loose, Music Vocal Classical Solo – Male, First place
  • Hailey McCourt and Courtney Miles, Choreography – Group, First place  
  • Jaden Medlock, Music – Composition, Third place
  • Katerina Noori, Theater – Design (Overall), Third place
  • Mathew Speakman, Music –Vocal Classical – Solo – Male, Second place
  • Devin Sugiharto, Music Instrumental – Guitar, First place
  • Sandra Whyman, Visual Art – 3D, League of Innovation, Winner and League entry 
  • Joyce Yi, Music  Vocal Classical  Solo – Female, First place

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Music faculty receives ASCAP Plus Award

Josh Gottry with the cajon
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) selected Joshua Gottry as an ASCAP Plus Award recipient for his music composition and works performed in 2013. Gottry first received an ASCAP Young Composer Award in 1995 and has been selected every year since 2001 for the ASCAP Plus Award. The awards program provides cash and recognition to writers who create music with a value beyond the scope of performance surveyed by ASCAP. The main focus is on original pieces by the artist with weight given to recent performances.

Gottry’s 2013 submission included three pieces written for the cajon titled “Box Tops,” “Pocket Full of Rocks” and a duet entitled “Slide Rule” that was composed with a former student. Also included were performances of Gottry’s compositions including the cajon duet and a marimba quartet performed at the 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, an ensemble performance by the Arizona School for the Arts at the downtown Phoenix "First Friday" arts nights, and a conga trio performed as part of the Eastman School of Music Community School Summer Music program.

“Composing is not a huge money maker,” said Gottry. “When I have the luxury of a little extra time, I compose, mostly because I want to notate a piece that I have in my head.” It takes approximately two years for a composition to be written, performed, published to his library and to receive a royalty, according to Gottry who spends hours each month tracking where his pieces are performed. “The ASCAP Plus Award encourages me to continue the work that I’m doing.”

Gottry serves as adjunct music faculty for Chandler-Gilbert Community College, teaching courses in percussion, music theory and composition, and music humanities. When not teaching, he works with percussion ensembles and private percussion students at all grade levels as a clinician and within his private lesson studio. He composes as many as five new pieces each year. As director of CGCC’s percussion ensemble, many of his compositions have been premiered in CGCC ensemble performances.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

CGCCs Innovation of the Year: Environmental Technology Center

The Environmental Technology Center (ETC) was selected as Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s 2013-14 Innovation of the Year. The ETC is a two-acre outdoor learning laboratory that gives students experiential learning opportunities to explore the importance of carrying capacities in relation to human population and local ecosystems. The ETC is available to all programs, individuals and the community for learning activities related to its mission.

The following individuals will be honored at the MCCCD Innovation of the Year Award Ceremony on April 30 for their role in the creation and success of the ETC. Tom Foster, business and computing studies; Kelly Hiett, biology; Paul Petrequin, history, Milos Podmanik, mathematics; Yvonne Reineke, creative writing and literature; Chris Schnick, composition, creative writing, and literature; Roy Schiesser, science; Kendra Stanger, ETC student coordinator; Greg Swan, business and computing studies.

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Conversations with Holocaust survivor leads to book

** Update 4/15/14: This story was also covered by the Arizona Republic in the article Gilbert teacher writes memoir of holocaust survivor.

Albion-Andalus Books recently published The Risk of Sorrow: Conversations with a Holocaust Survivor authored by education adjunct faculty Valerie Foster.

Listed on last week, the book is the culmination of a five-year journey with Helen Handler, a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz now in her eighties who, according to Foster, chooses her to preserve her final testament.

Handler has been a guest speaker in CGCC’s education program many times in recent years and is a prominent speaker in the Valley. She is also featured in a recent documentary produced by J2 Media for the Chandler Holocaust and Tolerance Museum project.

The documentary will be shown Tuesday, April 8 at the Chandler Center for the Arts as part of a fund- and awareness-raising event by the East Valley Jewish Community Center in recognition of the Holocaust Remembrance Month.

Both Foster and Handler will be signing books, which will be for sale, at the event.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Student selected as one of 10 to Cisco Live's Dream Team

Andy Gronan
Andy Gronen was chosen to be a member of the Cisco Live Dream Team. In its fourth year, the Dream Team is a vital element to the success of Cisco Live, an education and training conference for IT professionals worldwide. The team, which is comprised of national and local students and instructors, works hands-on alongside industry leaders to deploy and support the event's network operations center and to support Cisco customers at the help desk, helping to deliver a positive experience for over 20,000 conference attendees.

“Being part of the Cisco Dream Team for Cisco Live 2014 is a huge learning and networking opportunity for me,” said Gronen. “I know that the experience will be incredible both on an interpersonal and technical level, and I think I will learn hands-on skills like never before. This level and scale of network is certainly unprecedented for me and I plan on making the most of the experience by learning all I can and meeting numerous interesting people from different backgrounds to further expand my worldview.”

Gronen was selected from more than 80 applicants who had completed the Cisco Networking Academy based on technical and professional skills, instructor recommendations, activities outside the classroom, and geographical and individual diversity.

Andy is an international student from Italy with a bachelor's degree in economics and a master’s degree in game design. He has maintained a 4.0 grade point average in all of his IT courses and recently placed ninth nationally in the Cisco NetRiders competition. He is a Certified Cisco Network Associate and is enrolled in Cisco Certified Network Profession training. He worked for the University of Advancing Technology and GoDaddy before his visa expired and subsequently went back to college to earn Cisco certifications.

“I am trying to break into the industry and being a foreign student is not easy,” said Gronen. “I feel that my qualifications are good, but I still lack the edge to really make myself be noted. I think that being on the Dream Team could be that thing that will get me noticed and hopefully lands me a networking job with one of the really great companies like Cisco, Level 3, Google or others."