Friday, August 19, 2016

Important Campus Safety Information

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is priority number one at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.  As we kick off another school year, please help us to maintain a safe community and learning environment by familiarizing yourself with the Maricopa County Community College District safety initiatives and protocols found at this link.

In addition, we ask students to please update MEID accounts with up-to-date contact information to receive important emergency communication from CGCC.

We all share in the responsibility of making the learning, living and working environment at Chandler-Gilbert Community College Community College safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Important Contact Numbers:
Emergency: 9-1-1
Pecos Public Safety Office: 480-732-7280
Williams Public Safety Office: 480-988-8888
CGCC Operator: 480-732-7000
Recorded Info: 480-731-8900 & 480-784-0990

Welcome New Coaches!

We are thrilled to welcome four new outstanding head coaches to Chandler-Gilbert Community College Athletics this year! Introducing Richard Esperti, Men's Soccer; Amanda Omar, Volleyball; Bryanne Norris, Softball and Brian Rosario, Women's Basketball.

While these individuals are new to CGCC, they are veteran coaches who bring a combined decades of rich experience to the Coyotes Athletic Program. To help everyone “get to know” our new coaches, we will be profiling each one throughout the year starting with Coach Bryanne Norris.

Coach Norris comes to CGCC after spending seven years as the assistant softball coach at Grand Canyon University (GCU).

"I could not be more excited to be joining Chandler-Gilbert Community College and for the opportunity to take the softball program to a new level,” said Norris. “I'm eager to bring a rich culture and stability to the program by challenging our student athletes to give their very best on the field and inside the classroom.”

Coach Norris (right) during her career at GCU
In her seven years at GCU (2008-2015), Norris was responsible for the development of pitchers and catchers, administrative duties and recruiting. She helped lead the Antelopes to a championship season during their inaugural year at the Division-I level in 2014 with a record of 12-3 in the WAC Conference and 27-21 overall. Under the leadership of Coach Norris, several student-athletes received top awards for academic excellence and their performances on the softball team.

“I am very excited to have Coach Norris join the coaching staff at CGCC,” said Ed Yeager, CGCC Athletic Director. “We are fortunate to be able to hire a coach with her credentials.  She has been and is a winner on the field and in leading student athletes to success in the classroom.  She will challenge our young women to be successful and to expect good things to happen through their hard work.”

Coach Norris played collegiate softball for two years at Notre Dame de Namur (NDDM) in San Francisco where she received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. During her senior year at NDDM she held a batting average of almost .300 with three home runs, 30 RBI, 13 doubles and two triples. She spent her first two years at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix where was named the team's top defensive player as a catcher. She also holds a master’s degree in leadership from Grand Canyon University.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Congratulations to CGCC ariZoni Theatre Awards Nominees


A giant round of applause is in order for our 2016 ariZoni award nominees (listed below) for their musical production of “Man of La Mancha" and “The Haunted.”
 ariZoni Nominations:
“Man of La Mancha”
Best Overall Production for a Musical
Director for a Musical:  Tracy Miller
Musical Direction:  Marcus Denton
Actor in Major Role for a Musical:  Sam Loose
Choreography:  Tracy Miller
Scenic Design:  Ron Keller
Sound Design: John Jackson

“The Haunted”
Lighting Design: Tom Fitzwater
Costume Design: Julie Clement

Winners will be announced at the 26th Annual ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence Celebration at the Tempe Center for the Arts on September 19. The ariZoni Theatre Awards is a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting the visibility and growth of theatre in the Valley of the Sun & Maricopa County. For more information on the awards ceremony or to purchase tickets visit www.arizoniawards.net.

CGCC Nominated for National Sustainability Award

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards for its leadership in sustainability efforts.

Agave Hall

The Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience at academic institutions committed to shaping a more sustainable society. Chandler-Gilbert Community College is a leader in several areas of sustainability including: energy efficiency, recycling, water conservation and sustainable design.

Residing in the desert, water usage is a key issue for CGCC. In order to begin addressing consumption, CGCC converted the landscape watering system from potable water to reclaimed sources that were made available by the City of Chandler. The central plant (air conditioning) chillers, the largest single use of water on campus, was converted to reclaimed sources in 2016.
Over the last four years, the college has replaced aging roofs with better insulated options, has adopted an energy efficient equipment policy, and – most notably – has retrofitted roughly 80 percent of the overhead and external light fixtures on campus with LEDs.  The complete renovation of Agave Hall last year marks the first completely LED-lit building in the system.

Beyond demand reduction, CGCC has been developing resilient options for energy generation. In 2012, CGCC partnered with Salt River Project to build the Environmental Technology Center, CGCC’s solar-powered outdoor classroom in the environmental learning lab. The Coyote Center, includes a solar-powered water heating system and most recently a fully operating 1.38 Mega Watt photovoltaic solar array on campus. The installation completed earlier this summer supplies 37 percent of the Pecos campus’s energy usage.

Additional award finalists include: Cedar Valley College in Dallas, TX; Johnson County Community in Overland Park, KS; College, Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon; Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, NM.

Second Nature in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools will announce the winners this October in Los Angeles, California, as part of the Greenbuild Leadership Awards Program, benefiting from global publicity opportunities. Visit http://secondnature.org/our-impact/climate-leadership-awards/ for more information about the awards program.

CGCC to Host Political Forums for Students

The Office of Student Life and Leadership will host a series of political forums entitled “Project 3D” at Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Pecos Campus to promote civic participation among students. “Project 3D” is a series of forums created by CGCC student Curran Vinson that gives students the opportunity to discuss and understand key political issues such as immigration, gun control and social justice. With the three “Ds” representing diligent, dynamic, and determination this project stops at nothing to give participants an enlightened experience.

“My hope is that Project 3D attendees will take these core values to heart, and be courageous enough to create a society built on the relentless pursuit of truth, justice, and equality,” said Vinson. “I hope they leave excited about the future they're going to create, so that they will tell, share, and plan with others. Most importantly, I'd like for them to leave with the hope and knowledge that democracy does work, but only as hard we do, no more, no less.”

Forums will be highly engaging and led by a panel of informed experts on the featured topic. The objective of this format is to facilitate the public’s understanding of complex issues through the power of discussion. Vinson will serve at the moderator and host for each event.

In addition to the forums, a voter registration event is being held on October 5 in an effort to make sure students are registered and ready to vote in the general election by the October 10 registration deadline. The voter registration portion of Project 3D is being conducted in connection with Rock the Vote, a non-partisan group that focuses on educating and registering young voters and getting as many as possible to turn out to the polls. This event will include live entertainment, food and guest speakers.

The Project 3D forums are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact katherine.haar@cgc.com or call 480-732-7150.

Project 3D Events:
  • 9/13/2016 -Project 3D Roll Out Event, 11am - 1pm, Student Pavilion
  • 9/27/2016 - “This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land”: Politics of the Wall, 7pm - 8:30pm Agave Community Room
  • 10/5/2016 - Project 3D and Rock the Vote Event, 11:30am - 1pm, Student Pavilion
  • 10/18/2016 -Shots Heard Around the World: The Politics of Gun Control in America, 7pm - 8:30pm Agave Community Room
  • 11/1/2016 - Social Justice, Diversity, and the New American, 7pm - 8:30pm, Agave Community Room

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

CGCC Names New Head Softball Coach



Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) has named Bryanne Norris as the new head softball coach. Norris comes to CGCC after spending seven years as the Assistant Softball Coach at Grand Canyon University (GCU).

"I could not be more excited to be joining Chandler-Gilbert Community College and for the opportunity to take the softball program to a new level,” said Norris. “I'm eager to bring a rich culture and stability to the program by challenging our student athletes to give their very best on the field and inside the classroom.”

In her seven years at GCU (2008-2015), Norris was responsible for the development of pitchers and catchers, administrative duties and recruiting. She helped lead the Antelopes to a championship season during their inaugural year at the Division-I level in 2014 with a record of 12-3 in the WAC Conference and 27-21 overall. Under the leadership of Coach Norris, several student-athletes received top awards for academic excellence and their performances on the softball team.

“I am very excited to have Coach Norris join the coaching staff at CGCC,” said Ed Yeager, CGCC Athletic Director. “We are fortunate to be able to hire a coach with her credentials.  She has been and is a winner on the field and in leading student athletes to success in the classroom.  She will challenge our young women to be successful and to expect good things to happen through their hard work.

Coach Norris played collegiate softball for two years at Notre Dame de Namur (NDDM) in San Francisco where she received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. During her senior year at NDDM she held a batting average of almost .300 with three home runs, 30 RBI, 13 doubles and two triples. She spent her first two years at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix where was named the team's top defensive player as a catcher. She also holds a master’s degree in leadership from Grand Canyon University.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Get Involved Today!


There’s more to being a college student than sitting inside a classroom. CGCC offers endless opportunities for students to get involved. As the fall semester approaches, we encourage you to join a student organization! Being an active part of campus life allows you to become better connected with your school community and discover new friends with similar interests. College can be overwhelming and stressful at times, having a group of peers on campus to engage with can make all the difference in the world.
See below for a list of upcoming August and September events.  For a complete listing of student life events, click here.
August
 8/15 ­ Day of Learning
8/22 ­-8/25 ­ Welcome Week Booths
 8/22 & 8/23­ Welcome Booths at Williams
September
 9/1 ­ Mr Softee at Williams
9/6 ­ Club Fair Pecos
9/7 ­ Club Fair Pecos
 9/7 ­ Vendor Fair Williams
9/13 ­ Project 3D, Roll Out, 11am ­ 1pm, Pavilion
9/15 Pop On Over - Connect With Faculty and Staff event
 9/16 3-Day Retreat
 9/17­ 3-Day Retreat
 9/17 ­ AZ Multicultural Education Conference
9/18 ­ 3-Day Retreat
9/20 ­ Empty Bowls
 9/21­ The Gilbert Senior Center Hoe Down
9/27  Project 3D a, Immigration Forum, 7pm ­ 8:30pm, AGA Comm Rm.
9/27 - 9/29 Blood Drive