Monday, February 29, 2016

East Valley Mayors' Prayer Breakfast

Join us for a morning of inspiration, reflection and collaboration with business and community leaders. Faith leaders from across the east valley will lead us in prayer, and our featured speakers will share their personal stories of community leadership and involvement. You won't want to miss this community event Chandler is hosting this year.

2016 Host:  Chandler Mayor, Jay Tibshraeny
Master of Ceremonies:  John Prothro
Leaders of Faith Lifetime Achievement Award - Roc Arnett

Date: March 16, 2016
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM MST
Location: Chandler-Gilbert Community College
The Coyote Center
2626 E. Pecos Rd.
Chandler, AZ  85225

$40 per person, $750 table of 10 sponsorship
Click here to Register.

The Psychology Club's Brown Bag Lecture Series

This Spring the Psychology club will be hosting the following lecture series:

Brown Bag #1 on Hypnotherapy—Friday, March 25, from 12-1p in IRN 120.
Is hypnosis just for magicians? Enjolie Lafaurie, Ph.D., is a mental health counselor and certified
hypnotherapist trained at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. Enjolie has an M.S.Ed. in Counseling. Psychology from the University of Southern California and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University. She will be introducing the concept of hypnotherapy and its clinical benefits.

Brown Bag #2 on Human Trafficking—Friday, April 15, from 12-1p in IRN 120.

Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, M.S.W., Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert on human trafficking and associate professor in Social Work at Arizona State University. In addition to her research, Dr. Sepowitz is a mental health clinician and currently work with Esuba, a residential treatment program for adolescent girls who have been sexually exploited. She will discuss her research work spanning the prevention, detection, identification, and treatment of sex trafficking victims.

Additional Club Events for Extra Credit

Club meetings: Weekly on Wednesdays, from 2:30-3:30p in IRN 231. (No extra credit provided.)

Monday, April 4 from 2:30-3:30p, IRN 120: Dream Interpretation with Dr. Steven Fox.
Dr. Fox has over 20 years of experience in private practice and is trained in cognitive and
dynamic therapies. Dream interpretation often leads to deeper insights which are then
collaboratively integrated into your life. The wealth of internal personal information is tapped
from your unconscious by working out the meaning of dream themes in your life.

Monday, May 2 from 2:30-3:30p, IRN 120: Stress Release Workshop.
Club advisor, Dr. Z, will present psychology-based study tips and relaxation techniques for
students. Refreshments and goodie bags may be provided courtesy of the Office of Student Life
and Leadership. Come to relax and get prepared for Final Exam week!

Verification of Attendance forms will be provided for the lectures/workshops above to those
interested in earning extra credit (if applicable).

All events are open to students, faculty, and staff. We hope you can join us this semester!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hermanas Conference Promotes STEM Careers to Latina High School Students

Last Friday, over 150 Latina high school students gathered at the Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) Pecos Campus for the Hermanas: DiseƱa Tu Futuro (Design Your Future) Conference sponsored by CGCC and the Intel Corporation. Students participated in a day of discovery in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The conference, which promotes STEM careers as a viable option for young Latinas, was broken out into career workshops, a town hall meeting and a college fair.  The workshops focused on topics such as chemistry, solar and bioengineering and provided an atmosphere for participants to learn about the subject matter and career paths that may correspond in that area.  The town hall allowed Latina professionals in STEM careers to interact with a room full of inquiring students by both answering questions and sharing their stories. 

"The goal of the Hermanas Conference is to introduce the opportunities available in STEM careers so students have an understanding of what it takes to be an engineer, scientist or a technical professional," said Maria Reyes, Dean Career and Technical Education at CGCC. "Many of the participants are first generation high school students and are not aware of such careers. We want students to leave this conference feeling inspired about STEM and the many opportunities related to its professions.” 

The college fair placed students in front of participating school representatives as an opportunity to learn about programs offered after high school and to begin building a network into key institutions.  These institutions included Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University and the Phoenix Science Center among others. 

“We certainly pack a lot into one day, but we make an effort to approach STEM from many different angles in order to give these students every opportunity to make a connection with this rich subject matter and potential career path,” explained Reyes.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Sustainability Day at CGCC

Save the date for Sustainability Day on Apr 21, 2016 at Chandler Gilbert Community College!
Location: Environmental Tech Center (ETC)
Time: 9 AM to 12 Noon

Get Involved

The CGCC Sustainability Day is a great opportunity for students to showcase their work on sustainability projects with respect to social, economic and environmental issues. Participate by presenting posters, papers, multimedia projects, give a short presentation, etc. Set up is at 8.30 AM
Tables will be provided for your students to showcase their work.

Please contact Pushpa Ramakrishna at for the logistics and details.
We are also seeking activities and demos that students can showcase to third graders from Humphrey elementary school. Honor students, please consider presenting your projects at the sustainability day.


Save the date! Come learn about fellow classmates sustainability projects.

As Mahatma Gandhi once said, "I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass through this way again." Sustainability is all about improving the quality of life without jeopardizing the future for future generations.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony for Cooper Hall

Members of the Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) administration and faculty joined Interim President Guerriero and Gabor Lorant Architects Inc. on February 4th for the groundbreaking ceremony of Cooper Hall at CGCC’s Williams Campus.  This latest addition to the constantly evolving college grounds is a multi-use facility that will boast 11,820 square feet for general classrooms, engineering and applied technology labs, faculty offices and meeting spaces.
Cooper Hall’s emphasis on engineering, science and technology is only appropriate given its namesake’s legacy.  United States Air Force Colonel Leroy Gordon “Gordo” Cooper Jr. (March 6, 1927 – October 4, 2004), better known as Gordon Cooper was an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot and one of seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States.
“CGCC is thrilled to help preserve the accomplishments of Gordon Cooper to engineering, science and to our country through Cooper Hall while drawing inspiration and motivation from Col. Cooper’s relentless pursuit of the next horizon,” remarked William Guerriero, Interim President CGCC. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

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

Chandler-Gilbert Community College, in partnership with Intel Corporation and Arizona Public Service, will host more than 200 Latina high school students for the Hermanas: Disena Tu Futuro (Design Your Future) conference on Friday, February 19th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pecos Campus, Community Room in Chandler. Students from Arizona College Prep, Basha, Casteel, Hamilton, Higley, Perry and Williams Field high schools will participate in the one-day conference which promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to underrepresented Latina middle school students.

The Hermanas Conference provides a supportive environment in which young women can interact with successful Latinas in STEM careers, explore technological careers, receive encouragement to finish school, attend college and to pursue their goals.  "Many young Latinas are not aware of the opportunities available in technology, or what it takes to be an engineer, scientist or a technical professional," said Maria Reyes, Dean Career and Technical Education at CGCC. "All too often, there is the perception that these professions are not considered “traditional careers” for Latinas. The Hermanas conference is aimed to educate young Latinas about careers in STEM, as well as to prepare these women to be successful in education and the workforce."
The one-day conference introduces students to various engineering disciplines, provides hands-on experiences to build their problems-solving and teaming skills, and includes informational sessions on preparing for academic and professional success in an interactive environment.  Participants engage in hands-on activities in chemistry, math, physics and bioengineering hosted by CGCC STEM faculty.

About Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Chandler-Gilbert Community College is one of ten Maricopa County Community Colleges, the largest community college system in the country. CGCC serves the higher education needs of over 19,000 students at four locations in the Southeast Valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area - the Pecos Campus in Chandler, the Williams Campus in Mesa, the Sun Lakes Center in Sun Lakes and at the Communiversity in Queen Creek. CGCC offers degrees and certificates in a variety of fields, university transfer, workforce development programs, and continuing education, along with nationally recognized programs in service learning, learning communities, and civic engagement. For more information, visit or call 480-732-7000.

Friday, February 5, 2016

CGCC Students Rise Up To End Violence Against Women

2016 ‘One Billion Rising’ events continue the revolution for systematic change

Students at Chandler Gilbert Community College (CGCC) are once again joining the global One Billion Rising campaign through campus events designed to raise awareness of and put an end to violence against women.  Events will take place at the Williams and Pecos campuses and will offer a forum for self-expression, spirited dialogue and solidarity in achieving a new consciousness – where violence against women is resisted until it is unthinkable.  

One Billion Rising, a global campaign, is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history.  The campaign began as a call to action in 2012 based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. The 2016 campaign will escalate the call for revolution, the 2015 mantra.  This escalation will focus on the most marginalized women and girls in order to achieve long-lasting change. 

The event at Williams Campus will take place on Wednesday February 10th and will have a survivor story, a speaker from Streetlight (anti-sex trafficking organization), a spoken word poet (Roanna Shebala) and then students will lead others in the dance Break the Chain. The event at Pecos Campus on Thursday, February 11th will include Kawambe Omowale, (African drumming and dance) survivor story, a speaker from Streetlight, spoken word poetry and the same student-led dance.  Both events will include valentines making and videotaped statements from students about a revolution to stop violence against women and girls. There will also be area agency tables/booths with information and resources.

Dance and the arts are an integral part of the One Billion Rising campaign.  Dancing in particular is a common thread through all events due to its collective, connective power to bring people together and how it effectively amplifies the urgency and complexity of this important issue.  When the campaign was first created in 2012, choreographer Debbie Allen gifted her choreography for “Break The Chain” to One Billion Rising. Since then, activists have been doing the original dance and interpreting it; making it their own. Others have created their own new choreography and incorporated into their events.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

CGCC Honors Alumnus for Major League Debut

Last Friday, January 29th Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) baseball program honored alumnus and current New York Yankees pitcher James Pazos for his Major League Baseball debut and CGCC athletic accomplishments. A sign with Pazos’ name was hung on the on outfield fence during a pre-game recognition ceremony attended by the local community.

Pazos, a 2009 graduate of Highland High School in Gilbert, pitched one season for the Coyotes in 2010 before transferring to University of San Diego where he pitched for an addition two seasons. He was drafted in the 13th round of the Amateur Major League Baseball® (MLB) draft in 2012 by the New York Yankees.

"James had an immediate impact on our program as a freshman.  From day one he had foundational belief in himself and an unending willingness to work," said Russell Luce, Head Baseball Coach at CGCC. "He was an amazing teammate and leader in his time with CGCC, and we are proud of him and his accomplishments. We are excited about his baseball MLB future."

While at CGCC, Pazos posted a 9-4 record with a 1.94 ERA helping the team earn runner-up honors in the Region I playoffs. He also threw a no-hitter against Salt Lake Community College on February 17, 2010 walking three and striking out nine players in a 2-0 win. Pazos made his MLB® debut in 2015 with the New York Yankees against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Faculty Members Gordon & Sally Jesse Receive Emeritus Distinction

Sally and Gordon Jesse, Performing Arts Faculty at CGCC
On January 26th, The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) governing board awarded Emeritus Distinction to two CGCC Performing Arts faculty members and power-couple, Gordon and Sally Jesse, for their distinguished service to the college. Having served Chandler-Gilbert Community College for a combined 58 years, the Jesses’ accomplishments both individually and together make them most deserving of this distinction. 

Gordon Jesse began his career at CGCC in 1986 and began working toward his first milestone here, founding the Performing Arts department.  He was instrumental in developing four performance spaces at the Pecos Campus, the largest of which is the Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center.  Gordon’s “chair-ity” work includes chair of the MCCCD Fine Arts Development Committee, chair of the CGCC Communication and Fine Arts division, division chair council and Faculty Association.  Over three decades, Gordon earned many accolades that underscore why he has now earned emeritus distinction, but chief among them is his unwavering advocacy for the Performing Arts and for CGCC.  In fact, so ardently did Gordon lobby for the Performing Arts and CGCC, that he jokingly says feels lucky to have kept his job for 31 years in view of how many board members, chancellors, vice-chancellors and presidents he annoyed over the years!

Sally, perhaps the more graceful of the pair, joined CGCC as our first residential dance faculty in
1988.  And if Gordon founded the Performing Arts Center, Sally certainly filled it with performances, directing and choreographing over 40 musical theater productions and directing more than 50 dance concerts in her 27-year career at CGCC.  Weaving such rich experiences into the fabric of CGCC was made possible by Sally’s effort to revise the MCCCD dance curriculum in 1991 moving it from a physical education activity to a performing art.  Not only did Sally bring the art of dance and musical theatre to CGCC, she exported CGCC to the world by establishing the original CGCC dance company which toured dancers to the American College Dance Festival for over two decades.  Sally, like Gordon, was a great promoter of the performing arts during her time at CGCC, serving as chair of CGCC’s Communication and Fine Arts division and as president and secretary of the CGCC Faculty Association, not to mention contributing to statewide committees including Arizona Dance Standards, Dance Arts Alliance, Dance Educators Association, and Arizona Dance Coalition. 

Considering all that Gordon and Sally have achieved individually, it is no wonder that they have also done outstanding things together.  This is exemplified by their co-direction of the San Tan Arts Festival, a three-day community arts festival that ran for 13 years at the college, for which they received CGCC’s prestigious Innovation of the Year Award.