Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CGCC's Fall Performance Arts Schedule

Our fall Performing Arts schedule is out! Make sure you take some to browse this semester's schedule of performances and mark your calendar to attend a show...or two! Attending a show is a great way to show your support to the student performers who spend countless hours preparing for their performances. It is also a great opportunity to learn about the art form. This semester students will perform a variety of highly anticipated shows including: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (October 15-17), a Fall Band Concert (October 28), a Comedy Improv Show (November 6) and Man of La Mancha (December 2-5), among several others. All shows are open to the public.

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 or further assistance, please call the box office at 480-732-7343. For a full overview of the 2015 Fall Performance Arts Schedule, click here.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Agave Hall Fully Renovated To Accommodate Performing Arts Students

Agave Hall, one of the original buildings on campus, has been fully transformed into a modern looking, multi-purpose, environmentally friendly building for the college's performing arts program. The 39,000-square-foot building is now a space for performing arts instruction and rehearsal for students participating in band, choir, dance, orchestra and theater.
Originally constructed in 1986 on the Pecos Campus, the newly renovated Agave Hall features a music library, instrument repair room, two professional level dance rooms, state-of-the-art record control booth, multiple rehearsal classrooms and a large community meeting space. General purpose classrooms along with faculty offices provide an instructional hub that is flexible and adaptive to changing curricular needs of CGCC’s students.  The large community room complement's these by accommodating supporting events and activities as well as providing space for multiple classes to participate in joint instructional activities.

"From a performing arts aspect, Agave Hall is creating incredible energy and excitement for our students," said Randy Wright, Communication and Fine Arts Director of Instrumental Music at CGCC.  "Agave offers numerous new opportunities for student performers at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, taking our program to a new level."

The Agave Hall renovation was also designed to meet the needs of the college's ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability. In fact, Agave is the first 100% LED lighting building in the Maricopa County Community College District. Additional examples of sustainable operations include: a new efficient roof, bottle fill stations, energy efficient air conditioning units, high performance glass to keep heat out and let natural light in, new insulation and stucco on the south side of the building and 100% reclaimed water used for irrigation.

"This was more than just your average remodel, it was complete transformation of one of the oldest buildings on campus," said Charlie Poure, Director of College Facilities Planning and Development at CGCC. "Agave is unlike any other building on campus. Not only from a sustainability perspective, but also from a design perspective. Agave has the first true community room on campus, a newly designed and constructed walkway leading to the Performing Arts Center and an outdoor living space that students can take advantage of year round."

The building renovation started last December as its previous residents (student affairs, student services and the fitness center) relocated to the new Coyote Center and was completed this August. The $6 million renovation was completed in August as part of the public's approval of the 2004 General Obligation Bond Funds.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Career Services Can Help Plan Your Future

Student Success
Having trouble deciding on a major? Our Career Service advisors can help point you in the right direction. Schedule a career assessment with an advisor today! Career assessments can be used as a source of information to help you confirm your interest in a career or help you identify and explore possibilities. When considering careers, it is important for you to consider your values, personality, interests and skills. Work and life style can also be considered when planning a career.

Career Services can also help students find employment and internship opportunities on or off campus. They also host a variety of resourceful events on campus to help educate students on proper business etiquette and important job skills. Events such as: job fairs, workshops and themed luncheons help expose students to real life career settings. For more personalized assistance, please call the Career Services Office at 480.857.5211 or visit them online.

Monday, September 21, 2015

CGCC to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Chandler-Gilbert Community College is hosting a Hispanic Heritage Festival on Thursday, October 15 from 11 am to 1 pm inside the Student Pavilion. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature samples of Hispanic foods, entertainment and information about local Hispanic community organizations.

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 is sponsored by the Hispanic Student Organization, Office of International Education Program and Student Life.

For more information on the event or CGCC's Hispanic Student Organization, please contact Greg Wojtovich at 480.857.5213.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Dr. Bill Guerriero Named CGCC Interim President

Dr. Bill Guerriero, who has been Vice President of Academic Affairs at Chandler-Gilbert Community
College since 2003, has been named the college’s interim president effective September 15. A national search for CGCC’s fourth president will take place during this academic year.

Dr.  Guerriero came to CGCC from Monroe County Community College, Monroe, Michigan, where he was the Vice President of Instruction. Dr. Guerriero's experience in higher education administration includes three years as Dean of the Business Division at that college, as well as a variety of senior executive positions during 16 years of service at Great Lakes Junior College (now part of Davenport University in Michigan).

Dr. Guerriero also has taught a variety of courses at the postsecondary level including Management, Business Communications, and Psychology. Dr. Guerriero earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and an M.S. in Administration from Central Michigan University. 

“Dr. Guerrero’s extensive experience at CGCC will serve him well as he guides the institution during this transitional period,” said Maricopa Chancellor Rufus Glasper.

Former CGCC President Dr. Linda Lujan has been named Maricopa’s New Ventures Officer. She served as president of CGCC for six years. Her new position, dealing with the development of new ventures and strategic initiatives for the district, began Sept. 14.

Dr. Lujan has a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University, an M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from the George Washington University, a B.A. in Human Resource Management from Colorado Christian University, and an A.A.S. in Management Information Systems from Arapahoe Community College. She has recently been accepted into the October 2015 Harvard’s School of Public Health’s program for Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

CGCC James Pazos Called Up To Major Leagues

James Pazos,  CGCC
James Pazos who pitched for the 2010 Region 1 runner up team at CGCC, has been called up to the big leagues.
James transferred to the University of San Diego from CGCC and was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2012 draft in the 13th round.

Congratulations to James and his family!

See the announcement here. 

Visit New York Yankee Player Profile.