Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Women’s Golf Tees Off Strong

The Coyotes women’s golf team placed 3rd in their second tournament of the season on February 13th and 14th at Hillcrest Golf Course in Surprise.  The team placed third as well in their first tournament at Dobson Ranch Golf Couse in Mesa earlier this month making this a strong start for the CGCC women’s golf program.

The four-member golf team is made up of freshmen Taryn Simmons and  and returning sophomores Emily Smith, Anahi Buck, and Mariola Szmit.

At Hillcrest, Simmons led the way for the golfers shooting 89/89 for a ninth-place individual finish at 178 with Smith and Buck shooting 199 and 211 respectively.  At Dobson Ranch, Szmit finished in fourth place individually shooting an impressive two-day total of 161 while Simmons finished just two strokes shy of sixth place for the lady Coyotes.

"With the talent on this year’s team we have an excellent chance of qualifying all girls for the National Junior College tournament in Georgia in May if we continue to improve,” predicts Women’s Golf Coach, Mark Underwood.  “Mariola played in the national tournament last season; and with Taryn, Emily, and Anahi we are much more competitive this year.”

Coach Underwood’s annual goals include winning conference tournament events and medaling individuals in the top six in each tournament. He also aims to qualify CGCC for nationals and/or qualify individual girls to get them on the recruiting radar for play at the next level after completing their eligibility at CGCC.  Keep up the great work coach and team!

Southwest Airlines Surprises CGCC Choir with Free Airfare to NYC

Airline helps students make final approach to Carnegie Hall

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) Concert Choir received quite the surprise this week, free airfare to New York City! On Tuesday, February 8, the Southwest Airlines Celebration Squad surprised the 44-member concert choir with complimentary round trip airfare to attend their upcoming Carnegie Hall performance in New York City.

The choir was diligently rehearsing for the performance when a Southwest Airlines pilot, flight attendant, employees and members of the local media interrupted their rehearsal session for the surprise. Following remarks from Southwest Airline representatives, choir members unwrapped a jumbo-sized boarding pass revealing free airfare for each choir member to New York City. Students were shocked by the surprise and grateful to the airline for their generosity to help make their once-in-a-lifetime dream come true.

“As incredible as it was to receive this invitation,” explained Marcus Denton, Director of Choral, Vocal and Piano Music Studies at CGCC, “it was only to happen if the choir could raise the funds for the trip.  If not for the generosity of partners like Southwest Airlines this would not have been possible.  We are all very grateful for their support of these students, this program and of the performing arts.”

Last fall, the CGCC Concert Choir was invited to attend the Mid-America Productions Spring Festival Chorus at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City April 3-7, 2017.  As one of only four choirs in the nation to receive an invitation, this honor arguably places CGCC among the leading concert choirs in the U.S. In addition to performing, the students will attend workshops hosted by Dr. J. Edmund Hughes, renowned choral conductor and composer and they will study one of the most revered choral works of the 20th century—John Rutter’s Requiem.

Donations for the Carnegie Hall trip are still being accepted. Anyone interested in sponsoring a student can visit www.mcccdf.org/carnegie and follow the simple instructions to make your donation. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CGCC Celebrates Black History Month

Chandler-Gilbert Community College campuses have a full lineup of programs and activities this month to celebrate the rich intellectual and cultural contributions made by African Americans in the United States. We have everything from performances and special guests to a gallery reception and poetry reading. See a list of our events below. All events are free and open to the public. Hope to see you there

Friday, January 27, 2017

Take Control of Your Education, Attend a Student Success Fair

Chandler-Gilbert Community College is hosting two upcoming Student Success Fairs to celebrate student success and promote graduation. Events will be held at the Pecos Campus on Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 8 from 9 am to 1 pm.

The Student Success Fair is a popular campus event designed to help students achieve their academic goals by providing direct access to information and resources that enhance and nurture the college-going experience. During the fair students, can connect, engage, and learn from CGCC faculty and staff representing nearly 20 different campus services. We encourage all students to join us. Students who engage with all four fair zones will receive complimentary lunch and are eligible for a free CGCC t-shirt.

CGCC to Host Student Etiquette Networking Reception

Dine with style! Chandler-Gilbert Community Career Services is excited to announce its upcoming Etiquette Networking Reception, an event designed to introduce students to proper dining etiquette, business attire, and business conversation. The event will be hosted by renowned business etiquette expert Carol Bory on Thursday, March 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. inside Agave Hall Room 1242 at the Pecos Campus.

Students will enjoy a delightful selection of hors d’oeuvres while sitting at a lunch table hosted by an industry executive who will share your table and offer advice during the reception. The Etiquette Networking Reception is an opportunity to learn how to network professionally while learning critical skills needed to act professionally while dining. Reserve your place with a $5.00 fee paid at the CGCC Cashier’ Office/Coyote Center.

Email confirmation will be sent upon receipt of payment. Learn more by visiting the Career Services’ website at cgc.edu/careers or contact them at phone at (480) 857-5211. This is an event you will not want to miss!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Rocko the Dog to Receive 'Bucket List' Wish, Earns College Degree

Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s (CGCC) alumni community is now more diverse than ever with the addition of its first canine graduate, Rocko the dog!  Rocko, our lovable four-legged friend, was presented with an honorary "AGEC" (A Generally Educated Canine) degree from CGCC on January 23 during Dr. Regi Munro’s Anatomy & Physiology class.

Earning a college degree was the next item on Rocko’s "bucket list." The 8-year-old Lab mix who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer had been in and out of shelters for years.  Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) says Rocko had been surrendered to their Mesa campus because his owner was moving and could no longer care for him. Last March, he was adopted but returned to the shelter a month later. In May, another person adopted Rocko, but once again he was surrendered — this time because he was sick.

MCACC volunteers have grown attached to the lovable Rocko who has become far more than a companion, but an inspiration.   Especially for Mike Mosteller, Rocko’s new foster parent, a retired U.S. Marine who suffers from PTSD and has found both a friend and a source of therapy in Rocko as a service dog.  “When people hear that I have taken in Rocko, they call me a hero,” shared Mike, “but it’s Rocko and dogs like him who are the real heroes.”  It is this bond with Rocko that led Mike and the MCACC family to make Rocko’s final days his best by creating a bucket list of experiences they felt he would love.

The first item on Rocko’s list was to be a real fire dog and ride on a fire engine.  Sure enough, on January 13 Rocko joined the Mesa firefighters sounding the siren and cruising through the city on a fire engine drawing the attention of the community.  Rocko’s endearing story was picked up widely by local news outlets and when people learned of his pursuit they wanted to help.

Dr. Munro reached out to the MCACC suggesting that Rocko next check off his dream to graduate from college.  As the chair of the Biological Sciences Division at CGCC, Dr. Munro saw real meaning to having Rocko join her BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology class.

"It is important for me that my students know that all members of their family matter and count.  I impart on my students the importance of balance with school family, friendships, and our pets," said Dr. Munro.  "Also, I was touched by how Rocko and Mike found each other, help to heal one another and bring joy to each others’ lives.  I have many student veterans and several students who have service dogs attend school with them and help to provide emotional support and care.  I found it only fitting that for all our dogs do for us, Rocko should be able to earn an honorary degree of his own."
Dr. Munro, with the blessing of Dr. William Guerriero, interim president of CGCC, e-mailed her bucket list idea for Rocko to MCACC, sharing her reasoning and the connection she felt to his and Mike’s story.  MCACC and Rocko enthusiastically accepted the invitation and at approximately 10:30 am on January 23, 2017 Rocko took one small step for dogs, one giant leap for dog-kind.  Rocko’s tail wagged as Dr. Guerriero and Dr. Munro presented him with an "AGEC" degree in front of a classroom full of students, staff and local news outlets.

What’s next on Rocko's bucket list?  After fighting fires in Mesa and donning his cap and gown in Chandler, Rocko, a die-hard Cubs fan, hopes to run the bases at Sloan Park and lounge in the outfield.  Beyond that, Rocko, Mike and MCACC are hard at work planning the next adventure.

Want to help Rocko cross off his list?  Help him to stay healthy!  Rocko's initial tests for his diagnosis, his chemotherapy medications and doctor’s visits are being covered by Creative Contributions, a local non-profit organization helping shelter animals gain access to full service medical care. Visit www.creativecontributions.org to help Rocko and many other animals in need.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Save A Life, Donate Blood Today

Chandler-Gilbert Community College has partnered with United Blood Services to host a blood drive at the Pecos Campus on January 24, 25 & 26 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. The United Blood Services bus will be parked on the sidewalk of Queen Creek Mall located south of the Saguaro Building. Visit www.bloodhero.com code: CGCC to schedule your lifesaving blood donation. One donation of blood has the potential to save three lives.

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