Friday, December 2, 2016

CGCC Concert Choir Raising Funds for Dream Performance at Carnegie Hall

The 50-member Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) Concert Choir has been invited to the preeminent Carnegie Hall in New York City to attend the Mid-America Productions Spring Festival Chorus April 3-7, 2017. This milestone includes participation in musical clinics and a live performance on the historic stage. 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.

“Beyond the much-deserved recognition and the thrill of traveling to New York, the educational component of this experience will be invaluable to music students,” expressed Marcus Denton, Director of Choral, Vocal and Piano Music Studies at CGCC. “It is a three-day residential clinic with Dr. J. Edmund Hughes (nationally known choral conductor and composer, and former director of the CGCC Concert Choir), studying one of the most revered choral works of the 20th century--John Rutter's Requiem, and culminating in its performance on the Carnegie Hall stage.”

For this reason, Denton, the CGCC Performing Arts Department, CGCC and the choir members themselves are actively seeking student sponsors and other donors to help make this dream a reality. The total cost of the trip is estimated at $72,000, or $1,800 per student, including travel, event registration, and hotel. Each student will contribute $750, or $30,000 total, toward that cost, and the college, with support from the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, is working to raise the balance of $42,000.  The reality is that this trip and performance will truly be life-changing for our students.

Denton has been crafting the performance quality of the CGCC Concert Choir for years and he understands that it takes a village, and determination, to build national recognition. “Many of the students who are going were part of previous Concert Choirs at CGCC, and have been part of the legacy that led up to the invitation,” shared Denton.  “Many are new and have come to us as graduates from our very effective surrounding valley high school programs, and have already contributed tremendous talent from Day 1 on this campus. Together, we have seen CGCC Choir become one of the premiere collegiate choral groups in Arizona and beyond, known for its quality and high level of musicianship.”

By sponsoring a student, one not only provides a “life-changing” experience but it is also a key contribution to the growing CGCC tradition of fine music making and excellence in the performing arts.  Anyone interested in sponsoring a student can visit and follow the simple instructions to make your donation.

CGCC & Intel Educate Latina Students in STEM

Over 200 East Valley middle school students attended the annual Hermanas: Diseña Tu Futuro (Design Your Future) Conference on Friday, November 18 at the CGCC Williams Campus in Mesa. The event aimed to raise awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and Latinas in STEM related career fields.

Students participated in a variety of fun, interactive workshop activities about solar cells, DNA, coding, physics, astronomy and chemistry. During lunch, the students had the opportunity to visit with representatives from local colleges and universities during the college fair.  They also engaged in the Latina Town Hall session with special guest speakers Anna Tanguma-Gallegos with the Arizona Science Foundation and Erika Diaz a former Hermanas participant, University of Arizona graduate and current medical school applicant.

12 News’ JR Cardenas spent the morning chatting with Hermanas founder Gabriela Gonzalez and students about the importance of Hermanas and STEM education. 

Click here to view

Monday, November 21, 2016

CGCC’s "A Christmas Carol" Production That Gives Back

Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Ghost of Christmas Present, Future and Past are back.  Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s (CGCC) presentation of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” will once again usher in the holidays at the Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center in Chandler on December 1st – 3rd.

“It never ceases to amaze me the total effort that goes into making this a successful production,” shared Tracy Liz Miller, Director of Theatre Arts at CGCC.  She is referring to the over 30 CGCC students who have been rehearsing for over two and a half months to fill roles onstage as actors and backstage as scenic and costume shop workers.  “We also have cast 15 children from the community to be in the show,” added Miller, “and we are enormously grateful to their parents whose dedication has made this special addition to the production a possibility.”

“A Christmas Carol” has evolved into a biannual performing arts tradition at CGCC, but it has also become a community-centered event that embraces the season of giving.  "Any kind of service to the community is a great addition to our hard work in rehearsals," explained Marc Denton, production Music Director and Director of Choral, Vocal and Piano Music Studies.

This year the production is partnering with the CGCC office of Student Life's campus-wide Adopt a Family program to sponsor a food drive.  Their contribution will be non-perishable food that audience members can bring to the show. Food donation baskets will be at the box office to accept donations.

"I think it is important for the cast and crew to not only work hard to deliver this beautiful story about Scrooge's journey towards love, light, and charity but to also live it ourselves.” Expressed Miller.  “I can't think of a better way to serve our community.”  This philosophy is most underscored by the cast and crew who will adopt one of the larger families in the initiative and gather donations towards that family's needs.

The Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center will also be showcasing their new sound system installed over the summer.  This was a dire need after the original system began to fail last year after having been in continuous operation since the building's opening in 2002.

Show Details:
“A Christmas Carol” by Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens, Mike Ockrent
Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center - 2626 E. Pecos Rd. in Chandler.

Performance Schedule:

•    December 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 pm
•    December 3 at 2 pm

Ticket prices are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $10 for students, faculty & staff, and can be purchased by calling (480) 732-7343.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Hermanas Conference Promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to Latina Middle School Students

This Friday, over 200 middle school Latina students from surrounding East Valley school districts will participate in the annual Hermanas: Diseña Tu Futuro (Design Your Future) Conference at the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Williams Campus in Mesa. The one-day conference hosted by the Intel Corporation in partnership with CGCC, introduces underrepresented Latina students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related careers, interact with successful Latinas in STEM fields, receive encouragement to finish school, attend college and to pursue their goals. 
 During the Hermanas Conference students will engage in fun, interactive workshop activities about solar cells, DNA, coding, physics, astronomy and chemistry. In addition to the activities, students will have the opportunity to attend a college fair, participate in the Latina Town Hall and listen to encouraging words from special guest speakers Anna Tanguma-Gallegos, Arizona Science Center and Erika Diaz; former Hermanas participant, University of Arizona graduate and current medical school applicant. 
Click here to read more information about the Hermanas Conference

CGCC to Host Native American Book Author on November 16

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) is honored to host Dr. Andrew Needham, Associate Professor of History at New York University and author of “Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest” for a discussion and book signing event as part of CGCC’s Native American Heritage Month activities.  The event will be held this Wednesday, November 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pecos Campus Agave Room 1240. During the presentation, Dr. Needham will read excerpts from his book and participate in a Q&A session with attendees.
Dr. Needham’s book is based on the growth of Phoenix’s reliance on electricity and resources from the neighboring territory of the Navajo Nation. “Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest” explores the often-untold story of Phoenix’s growth—a federally subsidized postwar boom that exploited the Navajo Nation and spurred the roots of the contemporary coal-fueled climate change crisis. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase onsite.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Circle Mirror Transformation Debuts on November 17

CGCC Fall Production a Must See

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) Performing Arts has not let pending technical upgrades to their facility keep them from finding the “perfect fit” performance for this fall’s production.  Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker is the type of character-driven play that Theatre Arts Director, Tracy Liz Miller knew her students and her theatre could do to perfection. 

“Director Kent Burnham suggested this wonderful play by Annie Baker, knowing that we had some terrific older students in our classes that are ready for their opportunity on the stage,” shared Miller.  “It's a perfect fit for our department right now for the students and as we wait for our new dimmer rack and additional equipment."

This the first time CGCC Department of Theatre has produced a fall production in their Studio Black Box and have chosen this low-tech, character-centric play to fit into the space as they wait for additional technical upgrades for more technically sophisticated productions.

The play is layered with intrigue.  When four lost individuals who enroll in Marty's six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. A beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker is showing at the Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center located at the CGCC Pecos Campus on November 17th & 19th at 7:30pm with a matinee on the 19th at 2:00pm.  Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for students.   For more information please visit the website at or call the box office at 480-732-7343.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at CGCC

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) is a hosting a series of cultural events to celebrate authentic American Indian culture in Arizona. Festivities will kick off with the Native American Heritage Month Festival on Wednesday, November 2 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Student Pavilion at CGCC’s Pecos Campus. The event will feature a live performance from the Indigenous Enterprise and a mini fashion show coordinated by local Native American designer Lehi Thunder Voice Eagle. While in attendance, students can also enjoy authentic fry bread and visit with local Native American organizations.

The Native American events at CGCC are a way for our student community to recognize the rich and diverse cultures, tribes, traditions, and histories of the Native American population," said Katherine Haar, CGCC Student Life Program Specialist. "We encourage our community to attend the events and learn more about the unique Native American culture.”

Additional events include:

11/9/2016  Plants, Inspiring the People: Reflections on Hualapai Ethnobotany of the Grand Canyon presented by Carrie Cannon, 8:30 am to 9:45 am, AGA1240, Pecos Campus

11/16/2016 Dr. Andrew Needham, Author of “Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest” presentation, 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm & 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, AGA1240, Pecos Campus

11/29/2016 Navajo Story Teller - Kyle Mitchell, 11:00 am to Noon, Bridget Hall, Williams Campus

The free events are open to the public and sponsored by the Vice President of Student Affairs, CGCC Student Life and Leadership, Co-Curricular Programs, International Education and Maricopa Community Colleges District American Indian Early Outreach Office.

November is national Native American Heritage Month, and is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.