Friday, January 24, 2014

CGC Bookstore rewards generosity and kind spirit

The Chandler-Gilbert Community College Bookstore, run by Follett, presented Imke Standbridge with a $50 gift card in December for taking notes for a fellow student in Patti Johnson’s Media in Society class. Standbridge is an international student attending CGCC on an F-1 student visa from Holland.

Standbridge volunteered without thought of compensation to provide notes for a classmate who was physically unable. Typically, a $75 stipend is provided for this service, but Standbridge was not eligible because of her international student status and part-time employment with the college. Johnson wanted to reward Standbridge’s generosity and kind spirit and contacted the CGC Bookstore to ask if there was something they could do.

“Imke’s generous offering of her time and willingness to go above and beyond to assist a fellow student was heartwarming,” said Kristen Anson, assistant manager of the bookstore.  We wanted to show appreciation for her desire to work toward another student’s success.”

Johnson presented Standbridge the gift in class at the end of the semester.

“I was happy to take notes for another student and was surprised when Professor Johnson gave me the giftcard in a holiday card. It was completely unexpected,” said Standbridge “Professor Johnson is the real hero here; she went out of her way to show me appreciation.”

Standbridge is working toward her associate degree in broadcast journalism and plans to transfer to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in 2015

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Student heading to Harvard following graduation

ABC15 news and the East Valley Tribune covered the story of Chandler-Gilbert Community College sophomore Maria Romero-Morfin who was accepted into Harvard for the second time in two years. She'll be headed to the ivy league university to study kinesiology following her graduation in May. Read more.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Crawford to emcee at Gilbert's MLK celebration

William Crawford III will serve as master of ceremonies for Gilbert's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Monday, Jan. 20 at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts. The program begins as 9 a.m. and will feature gospel vocalist Joyce Bailey and Calvin Terrell, founder and lead facilitator of Social Centric.

"I'm very honored to be serving as emcee for the Town of Gilbert's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," said Crawford, vice president of Student Affairs at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. "Dr. King has played such an important role in the evolution of civil and human rights in the U.S. for all people. It's important that we continue to celebrate his legacy and recognize the contributions and sacrifices he made that helped bring this country to where it is today."

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

CGCC women's basketball player Williams named player of the week

Chandler-Gilbert Community College women’s basketball player Malarie Williams was named Player of the Week for Jan. 6 by the Arizona Community College Athletics Conference. Williams averaged 25.5 points per game in CGCC's two wins, including 30 against Glendale. She also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals per game.

Everett recognized as paramedic of the year

Scottsdale Healthcare recognized Tarynn Everett, a Scottsdale firefighter and Chandler-Gilbert Community College EMT and fire science coordinator, as Paramedic of the Year in early December. The annual award is presented to only one medic serving the geographic areas that bring patients to their hospitals, including Scottsdale, Salt River, Paradise Valley and Cave Creek.

Everett was nominated by the Scottsdale Police Department for his response to an accident. The nomination states:

While moving from one training site to another, (Everett) self-deployed to a man that was struck on the Loop 101 freeway at Chaparral. This individual had one of his legs severed below the knee among other significant injuries. In true SWAT medic form, he did not hesitate and jumped into action. Everett stabilized the man and controlled his injuries until on-duty medics arrived on scene. I truly believe that Everett saved this man’s life with his medical expertise and commitment to duty.
- Scottsdale Police Department Sergeant Ruscitti

Everett is a member of the Scottsdale Fire Department but also devotes his off-duty time as a member of the Scottsdale SWAT team.

Chandler Early College wins festival mural award

The award-winning mural designed by Chandler Early
College students and participants.
Chandler Early College, a non-traditional high school housed on the Pecos campus of Chandler-Gilbert Community College, won the Phoenix Festival of the Arts Youth Mural Project.

Participants worked together on brainstorming, planning and designing a mural that echoed this year's festival theme: “Placemaking.”As winners, they will have an artist come out every Friday for a month to present and work with students.

Operated through the Chandler Unified School District, Chandler Early College was designed for students who are motivated and driven to obtain a college education. CEC offers the ability to take high school and college courses at the same time, determine a program of study, and complete the first year of an associate degree while still in high school.

Weaver to be considered for emeritus distinction

The governing board of the Maricopa County Community College District will review David Weaver, Chandler-Gilbert Community College physical sciences and engineering faculty, for emeritus distinction at their Jan. 28 meeting.

Weaver was submitted for consideration by Physical Sciences and Engineering Division Chair Brad Bates. In the nomination he states, “David Weaver has been an exceptional instructor, educational leader and innovator his entire career at Maricopa. David’s professional objectives have always been to improve numeracy and scientific thinking locally and globally. He has had a remarkable career and has earned the honor of emeritus distinction.”

Weaver, who retired in December, taught college physics, electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, study skills, computer programming, computer art, and a general studies capstone course over the last 32 years.

He also worked with K-12 teachers to improve their abilities to teach math and science and he has given hundreds of lectures and workshops to colleagues locally, regionally and nationally on a wide range of topics including active learning strategies, project-based physics, computational physics and uses of instructional technologies.

Weaver has served as a division chair, occupational program designer and director, occupational dean, faculty senate president, member and chair of the Williams Campus Instructional Technology committee, chair and co-chair of district-wide instructional technology initiatives, curriculum design facilitator, staff development coordinator, district-wide chair of the physics instructional council, president, vice president, two-year college representative, and section representative of the Arizona section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, chair of the Two Year College Committee of the national AAPT, among other positions.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Former student receives Maricopa's Officer of the Year award

Officer Arielle Cohen, who received the Officer of the
Year award, shakes the hand of Maricopa Police
Department Commander James Hughes.
Photo by Kyle Daly.
Officer Arielle Cohen, a graduate of Chandler-Gilbert Community College's Law Enforcement Training Academy, received the Officer of the Year award from the Maricopa Police Foundation last year. The event was reported by online news site Read the full article.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Williams Air Force Base collection at CGC going online

The Arizona Republic ran a front-page feature on the digitizing of the Petersen Collection of Williams Air Force Base memorabilia owned by Chandler-Gilbert Community College and housed at the Williams Campus. The East Valley Museum Coalition, led by its Chandler component, is working to make the archived collection of stories, historical pictures and documents accessible online. Read the article.