Thursday, January 11, 2018

Dr. Scott Adamson Keynote Speaker at The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Conference

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Mathematics Faculty encourages problem-solving in the classroom

Dr. Scott Adamson
Dr. Scott Adamson, mathematics faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, was the keynote speaker at The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) annual conference on Nov. 9-12, 2017 in San Diego. In his speech, Adamson encouraged making problem-solving central to the classroom experience.

Adamson’s presentation, “Is it 1957 or 20217?” challenged the nearly 1,500 mathematics professors in attendance to consider how mathematics is currently being taught. He argued that teaching students to solve problems by hand was necessary in 1957, but may not be as vital in 2017 due to accessible computing tools.

Adamson encouraged his fellow professors to consider the importance of helping students make sense of problems and creating mathematical models of real-world situations. He also encouraged professors to develop professional relationships with students and to support them in their efforts to become proficient problem solvers.

AMATYC is an organization devoted to providing a national forum for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college. AMATYC provides professional development opportunities for educators through an annual conference, webinars, traveling workshops, publications, and projects.

CGCC Biology Professor Dr. Pushpa Ramakrishna Appointed Program Director of National Science Foundation

Biology professor will advance STEM in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Pushpa Ramakrishna

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Biology Professor Dr. Pushpa Ramakrishna is acting as Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) until September 2018. She was appointed the prestigious role earlier this year, and relocated to Washington D.C. in September 2017.

DUE programs are intended to strengthen STEM education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, diversity of students and faculty, and collaborations.

As Program Director, Dr. Ramakrishna will be working on the Advanced Technology Education program, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program, NSF Scholarships in STEM program, and the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program.

We wish Dr. Ramakrishna the best of luck and cannot wait to hear more about all of her exciting projects.

New Year, New You!

Health and Well-Being Tips From the CGCC Fitness Center 

Join the CGCC Coyote Fitness Center for $25.00 a semester and let us help you to get "Coyote Strong". CGCC wants to help you achieve all your health and fitness goals, so sign up for one of our amazing Group Exercise classes; we offer, Pilates, Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Stretch and Relax, Zumba and Boot Camp. Visit this CGCC Group Exercise Link to get more information.

There are many things you can do to improve your daily health and wellness. Here is a list of 10 easy basic tips to a healthier day!

1. Create a daily personal intention, something that really speaks to your passions, and then find one action, song, story or journal about it. Write it down so you can see it during the day.
2. Go to school/ work 10 minutes early and walk the campus, do the same thing over lunch and right before you go home take one last stroll (That's 30 minutes right there) Maybe you can even convince a family member to take a 10 minute walk after dinner.
3. Take a stretch break during your day.
4. Join the CGCC Fitness Center for $25.00, we are here to help you!
5. Take a credit Activity Class ( Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Boot Camp) and get moving.
6. Buy a specific water container and keep track of how much water you are drinking/day.
7. Meal plan for your week and bring healthy snacks and lunches.
8. Let go of what you can't control and learn to breathe (Stress Management).
9. Take a 3-5 minute mental break every 1.5 hours, get up and walk around say hello to someone (Get away from your computer).
10. Laugh....laugh a lot! Laughter is the best medicine!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

CGCC Annual Veteran Expo Serves Local Vets

Chandler-Gilbert Community College hosted its 9th Annual Veterans Resource Expo on Thursday, November 9 for student and local veterans.

The event featured a resource Expo with over 30 college and community groups serving veterans along with the display of the “In the Eye of the Soldier” World War II exhibit courtesy of CGCC, the City of Chandler, and the East Valley Jewish Community Center.

The extraordinary exhibit features scanned photos taken by World War II Army veterans Emmett Sturgill and Donald Ornitz in April of 1945. The photos display the heroism of U.S. soldiers as well as the realities and experiences they faced when U.S. forces liberated more than 20,000 individuals from the concentration camps near Linz, Austria.

Attendees had the opportunity to network with local businesses about job opportunities and learn about veteran resources and services offered by CGCC and community groups.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

CGCC Alumni News

Chandler-Gilbert Community College alumni Derek Lull and Martine Garcia are making local headlines for their service to their communities and commitment to academics.

Derek Lull


Derek, a graduate of CGCC’s Law Enforcement Training Academy, currently works as a police officer in Coolidge serving the safety needs of his community.





Martine Garcia
Martine, a dual master’s degree graduate in management and legal studies from Arizona State University is passionate about people, community and education and has spent the past year and a half applying these passions by mentoring and advising student leaders at Arizona State University's Changemaker Central.




Read more about Derek and Martine’s journey after CGCC.

Power Paws Seeking Student Volunteers to Raise Service Dogs

Last week, Power Paws, a local service dog organization came to Chandler-Gilbert Community College to recruit student volunteers to serve as puppy raisers and trainers. The organization signed interested individuals up to participate in their puppy training programs in 2018. Power Paws trains Golden and Labrador Retriever service dogs to assist children and adults with a variety of disabilities including mobility impairments, Type I Diabetes, and people affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Mobility Dogs are skilled to do many tasks that are difficult for those with mobility impairment, including: turning light switches on and off, opening and closing doors or drawers, retrieving items that have been dropped, untying shoelaces, removing gloves and socks, providing love and companionship. Dogs trained to assist in cases of PTSD can calm their handler, help them deal with a stressful situation, or wake them from a night terror. Diabetic Alert Dogs are trained to alert diabetic adults and children to changes in their glucose levels.

For more information about Power Paws, visit their website today to learn more about their wonderful programs.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Dr. Scott Adamson Keynote Speaker at The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Conference

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Mathematics Faculty encourages problem-solving in the classroom

Mathematics Professor Scott Adamson
Scott Adamson, mathematics faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, was the keynote speaker at The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) annual conference on Nov. 9-12, 2017 in San Diego. In his speech, Adamson encouraged making problem-solving central to the classroom experience.

Adamson’s presentation, “Is it 1957 or 2017?” challenged the nearly 1,500 mathematics professors in attendance to consider how mathematics is currently being taught. He argued that teaching students to solve problems by hand was necessary in 1957, but may not be as vital in 2017 due to accessible computing tools.

Adamson encouraged his fellow professors to consider the importance of helping students make sense of problems and creating mathematical models of real-world situations. He also encouraged professors to develop professional relationships with students and to support them in their efforts to become proficient problem solvers.

AMATYC is an organization devoted to providing a national forum for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college. AMATYC provides professional development opportunities for educators through an annual conference, webinars, traveling workshops, publications, and projects.