Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CGCC Welcomes Heard Museum Curator to Pecos Campus

Interested in learning more about Native American history in Arizona? Join CGCC and Marcus Monenerkit of the Heard Museum on Monday, October 23 in the Agave Room at the Pecos Campus for an intimate look at Native American heritage and culture. Marcus is the Director of Community Engagement for the Heard Museum and an expert in Native American art and history. Some of the exhibits he has curated for the Heard Museum include: Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art, American Indian Codetalkers, N. Scott Momaday: Poems and Paintings, Stars and Stripes in Native American Art, and Sole Stories: American Indian Footwear.

Marcus will available for the following timeslots on October 23:

Session 1: 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Session 2: 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Session 3: 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Session 1 & 3: Managing Change- American Indian Sport Exhibition.

Examine the educational benefits of creating museum sport exhibitions.

This session will take participants through a catalog of exhibition photos and anecdotes connected to the Heard Museum’s exhibition: Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art. The story is guided by 15 years of research focused on the goals of exhibition pedagogy, art education, and alternative models for resource stewardship.

Session 2: Natural Collaboration- Why, Who, and How.

Participatory session that seeks answers to questions about the best practices for meaningful and purposeful collaboration. Session examines Native

Pragmatism. Introduced by Scott Pratt, U of Oregon. Native Pragmatism is a look at the origins of the most American philosophy and the American Indian connection to its framework of community, interaction, pluralism, and growth.

About Marcus Monenerkit

Marcus has worked in the museum field for 19 years. His career began at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution. He has been at the Heard Museum since 1998. Presently, he is the Director of Community Engagement for the Heard Museum. His formal education includes a Bachelor degree in Anthropology from Wichita State University, and a Master of Nonprofit Studies from Arizona State University. His goals are to continue to strive for knowledge using a multidisciplinary approach, and define the importance of art to both sociological theory and practice.

What is the Heard Museum?

Heard Museum – Incorporated in 1929, the museum’s mission is to be the world’s preeminent museum for the presentation, interpretation and advancement of American Indian art, emphasizing its intersection with broader artistic and cultural themes.

Since its founding in 1929, the Heard Museum has grown in size and stature to become recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, world-class exhibitions, educational programming and its Dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art, the Heard presents stories of American Indian people from a community perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the individual work and beauty of traditional and contemporary art.

The Heard Museum sets the standard for collaborating with American Indian artists and tribal communities to provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

25th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate CGCC’s silver anniversary during a special event on October 19 in honor of 25 years of academic service. The event will be held at the Williams Campus on the lawn in front of Engel Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will feature complimentary food from Some Burros, live music from DJ Iceman, games and an ALL campus photo at 11:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Student Advisory Board and is free for attendees. We hope you can make it and celebrate this wonderful milestone with us! See you there.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

All-USA/All-AZ Academic Team Scholarships Applications Now Open

CGCC will nominate two students from Pecos Campus and two students from Williams Campus to the 2018 All-Arizona Community College Academic Team. These four students will receive scholarships that pays four semesters of tuition at ASU, NAU, or UofA.

In addition, the four nominees will be considered at the national level for placement into the prestigious All-USA Academic Team Scholarship.

Students can apply through the Phi Theta Kappa website (although PTK membership is not required).
The college's application deadline is Friday, November 10, 2017.

Want to learn more? Come to an application workshop on Tuesday, October 3 at one of the times and locations below.
  • Pecos Campus, LIB226, 9:00 - 9:45am
  • Pecos Campus, LIB226, 10:00 - 10:45am
  • Williams Campus, Engel Hall 106, 1:30 - 2:30pm
  • Pecos Campus, LIB226, 4:00 - 4:45pm
  • Pecos Campus, LIB226, 5:00 - 5:45pm

Empty Bowls Fundraiser Fights Hunger One Bowl at a Time

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) has teamed up with AZCEND, formerly Chandler Christian Community Center, to fight hunger and raise money for families in need through its annual Empty Bowls Service-Learning fundraiser event. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Student Pavilion located at the Pecos Campus.

Attendees can purchase their own hand-crafted ceramic bowls designed by CGCC Ceramics student artists for $10, and enjoy a cup of soup donated by Dilly's Deli & Liberty Market. All proceeds benefit AZCEND to feed members of the Chandler community who might otherwise go without food. 

"We are grateful for the opportunity to support Empty Bowls for AZCEND through service-learning. It is a unique opportunity for Ceramics students to apply what they are learning in their courses to meet needs in the community," said Alexandra Cannell-Wendt, Service-Learning Coordinator at CGCC.

Empty Bowls at CGCC is part of a district wide fundraiser that raises funds for families in support of World Food Day (October 16), a day of action for people around the world to come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger. Empty Bowls raises thousands of dollars annually for local charities. Last year's event raised over $5,000 for AZCEND.

For more information about Empty Bowls contact Alexandra Wendt, Director of CGCC Service-Learning at 480-732-7069 or by email at

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at CGCC

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, CGCC is hosting a variety of events to celebrate the contributions of Hispanics in the community.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The CGCC event series is sponsored by the Hispanic Student Organization, Student Life and Leadership and Co-Curricular Programs. This year’s CGCC Hispanic Heritage events include:

Author: Manuel Muñoz
A read as part of
Banned Books Week
September 27 7:00-8:15 pm Pecos Campus Library
Film Screening: Huicholes:
The Last Peyote Guardians
September 28 1:00-3:00 pm   SC140 Pecos Campus
Hispanic Heritage Festival October 12 11:15 am- 1:15 pm Pavilion (SC100)
Pecos Campus
Hispanic Student Org.
Sponsored DACA Panel &
October 12 1:20-2:45 pm   SC140 Pecos Campus
Día de los Muertos Gallery Oct 12 –Nov 3 Regular Library Hrs Pecos Campus Library

The events are free and open to the public. The Hispanic Heritage Festival will feature samples of Hispanic foods, entertainment and information about local Hispanic community organizations.
For more information on Hispanic Heritage events, please contact Katherine Haar at

Thursday, September 7, 2017

CGCC’s David Muñoz Receives Literary/Arts Award

Congratulations to our very own Dr. David Muñoz for his recent recognition by The Victoria Foundation. Dr. Muñoz was honored with the Albert Ríos, Outstanding Literary/Arts award on Wednesday, September 6 during an awards ceremony at the Arizona Biltmore. The award, named after the renowned Arizona poet and long-time Arizona State University professor Alberto Ríos, recognizes the contributions of local educators who have made a significant impact on literacy and art in education.

“I am honored to receive the Alberto Ríos Outstanding Literary Award,” said Dr. Muñoz. “The work of Alberto Ríos, is truly a representation of not only the Chicano community, but also the immigrant Hispanic community living in the state of Arizona, at the beginning of the 21st century. I am humbled to receive this award from my peers and to represent Chandler-Gilbert Community College.”

Dr. Muñoz’s literary and academic career spans more than 40 years. A native of Mexico City, he began his college career at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico in the department of Philosophy and Letters. Following graduation, he migrated to the United States in 1975, where his academic journey continued. He obtained several degrees in numerous fields including an associate degree in Theatre Arts from Southwestern College; a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Grand Canyon University; two master's degrees, one in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and the other in Hispanic Literature, from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Theological Seminary.

Along with his passion for education, Dr. Muñoz also has a passion for Hispanic/Chicano writing and sharing his devout culture with his readers. He is a bilingual writer, and has written in several genres, short stories, chronicles, essays, and a number of textbooks. His works include: “Insanities, Soundness, and Reality: A collection of short stories told perhaps by the same person,” “Editorial Garabatos,” “El Santo Don Patricio,” and “México de mis recuerdos,” to name a few. He also founded “Peregrinos y sus letras,” an internet bilingual magazine platform for authors from around the world to share their works.

Dr. Muñoz came to Chandler-Gilbert Community College in 1994 as an adjunct professor in religious studies and philosophy. He gained residential faculty status in 1997. Since becoming a member of the CGCC community, Dr. Muñoz has inspired thousands of students through his teachings and love of writing. Each year he introduces students in his class to the literary works of renowned Hispanic/Chicano writers such as those from Stella Pope Duarte, Sandra Cisneros
and Lucha Corpi. He also works effortlessly to bring these authors to the campus of CGCC to engage with students in dialogue about their literary contributions.

“This award gives me the opportunity to see that my work has not been in vain,” says Muñoz. “Because all us, as a community, continue to improve ourselves and will maintain our effort, to always present an accurate image of what it means to be Chicano, Mexican-American and or Hispanic, in the United States of America.”

Friday, August 18, 2017

CGCC Announces Fall Performing Arts Lineup

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) announces its 2017 fall performing arts season that will include a variety of theatrical productions, dance performances, music concerts and comedy shows.

The theatrical season kicks-off with “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” by Don Zolidis October 12-14. This 110-minute show features two narrators’ attempt to recreate all 209 Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a wild, fast-paced extravaganza. To make it more difficult, they attempt to combine them into one gigantic fable using Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and other more obscure stories like Lean Lisa and The Devil's Grandmother.

Also making its debut on the CGCC stage this fall is “Tribes” November 16-18. “Tribes” tells the story of a boy named Billy who was born deaf into a hearing family. He is raised inside its fiercely idiosyncratic and politically incorrect cocoon. He adapts brilliantly to his family's unconventional ways, but they never bother to return the favor. It's not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood.

“We are excited to bring a well-rounded repertoire of drama, comedy and musical acts to the stage this fall”, said Randy Wright, Division Chair for Communication and Fine Arts Director at CGCC. “We invite the public to come out and support the talent and hard work of our students and to learn more about our performing arts program by attending one or more of our shows.”

This year's Performing Arts lineup also features a variety of vocal and instrumental music concerts.  The Orchestra Concert on October 24 starts a week of music followed by the Band Concert on October 25 and the Fall Choral Concert on October 26.  Jazz Night, the very popular event featuring the CGCC Jazz Combo, Big Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will be happening on October 30. For something different, sit outside the amphitheater and join the Jazz Combo for some Midday Jazz at 11 am on October 18 and November 29.  For those of you who love guitar and percussion sounds, the Strum and Drum Concert on November 6 will be right for you.

If you’re looking for a night of fun and laughter, attend a Comedy Improv show. These free events feature the fresh and funny talents of student comedians looking to show off their skills September 22 and November 3. If comedy isn’t your thing, maybe dance is. See a variety of dance styles choreographed by creative dance faculty at the Faculty Choreographed Dance Showcase on November 17 and 18 or see the choreographic talents of students at the Student Dance Showcase on December 8 and 9.

Highlighting the holiday season is the popular musical “Fiddler on the Roof” November 30-December 2. Norman Jewison’s award winning musical production tells the life-affirming story of Tevye (Topol), a poor milkman whose love, pride and faith help him face the oppression of turn-of-the century czarist Russia. 

Also in December is the Student Actors Showcase and Marimba Concert on December 8. On December 9, the CGCC Concert Choir is proud to be the featured choir with the Symphony of the Southwest Orchestra in a holiday celebration at the Mesa Arts Center Ikeda Theater. Closing out the fall season will be the Winter Sampler Music Concert on December 11. This is a great opportunity to enjoy sounds of the holidays by talented student groups followed by the Broadway Solo Recital on December 13.

All shows are open to the public and most are free.

For ticketed events, tickets can be purchased online or at the CGCC Box Office located on the Pecos Campus. The box office window opens one hour before show time. Attendees can purchase available tickets or pick up reserved tickets from Will Call. Student prices are offered to those with a valid student ID. Doors open a half hour prior to the performance. For additional information, further assistance or a complete calendar of events, please call the box office at 480-732-7343 or visit