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 www.cgc.edu/arts.



CGCC’s Keiran Faulkner Receives Arizona Livestock Honors

We sat down and chatted with Chandler-Gilbert Community College student Kerian Faulkner about her recent Arizona National Livestock award and her new role as a livestock ambassador. Faulkner, an agribusiness sophomore, has spent more than half her life raising and showing market lambs on the local, state and national stages. In this interview, she shares her background in livestock and the important role it plays in her life.

Connection: Keiran, congratulations on your recent Arizona National Livestock Award. We are so excited for you! We want our readers to get to know a little bit about you and your passion for livestock. Describe your background in the livestock industry and its importance in your life.

Keiran: I have been raised in this industry and I can't ever remember a time in my life where Livestock wasn't involved. I began raising sheep in 2007 when I was 8 years old. I joined the Yuma Moos 4H group to begin showing lambs for Jackpot shows and the Yuma County Fair. As I continued my journey of showing lambs, I began showing at the Arizona State Fair, the Arizona National Livestock Show, and at shows all around Arizona through the Southern Arizona International Livestock Association (SAILA). When I entered high school, I became a member of the Cibola Future Farmers of America chapter through my high school agriculture program, which gave me the opportunity to submit my financial records to win awards through my sheep projects.
The livestock industry has had a massive impact on my life. In my years of state-wide travel to shows, I have met friends who have become family, and made memories that will last a lifetime. Through my years of raising and showing lambs, I have learned so many valuable life lessons. Raising livestock teaches young people the importance of financial record keeping, the responsibility of caring for a life besides your own, and the value that can be found in hard work and dedication. All of which make our youth ready for life in the real word.

Connection:
How did you get involved in livestock shows?

Keiran: My family has been involved in the livestock industry for over 50 years; we have had everything from cattle, to sheep, to hogs, and even goats. My personal involvement in livestock shows began when I got my first lamb, Blueberry, back in 2007. I showed her at the Yuma SAILA and the Yuma County Fair. I will admit that while raising Blueberry, I was very much against showing after that year, but when fair time came around, I was fortunate enough to win Grand Champion Market Lamb at the County Fair, and I decided "hey, showing isn't so bad after all." From then on, I found a love in showing lambs, and continued to attend more and more livestock shows to better my skill and become more involved.

Connection: Describe the AZ National Livestock Show award and what it means to be an ambassador?

Keiran: As the Arizona National Livestock Show ambassador, I will be traveling across the state and country to promote the show to potential exhibitors. I will be attending county and state fairs, SAILA shows, and even a national show sometime in the fall. I will also attend meetings with the board that makes ANLS possible. Being selected as the ambassador also comes with being awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship which I will use towards my studies this year.

Connection: What, if any, future plans do you have in livestock shows?

Keiran: I don't have any specific plans set yet for future my involvement in stock shows, but I do want to be around this industry for the rest of my life. I know as I eventually have a family of my own, that I hope to raise my own children at stock shows, just as I was. I would definitely be interested in working for a major livestock show if the opportunity were to arise.

Thank you for sharing your story Keiran, and congratulations on your recent achievements! We at CGCC are proud to have you represent our college as a 2017 Arizona National Livestock Ambassador. We wish you much success in your role.

Delta Airlines Announces Partnership with CGCC to Promote Growing Airline Career Field

Chandler-Gilbert Community College School of Aviation is proud to announce a partnership with Delta Airlines to promote its Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) training program. CGCC was one of 38 AMT schools nationwide to be selected by the airline to help meet the growing demand for highly qualified AMTs in the airline industry. AMTs keep aircraft in safe flying condition by servicing, repairing and overhauling aircraft and aircraft components while following detailed federal regulations set by the Federal Aviation Administration.

 “This partnership with Delta will give our program recognition as one of the top schools in the nation and will enhance the quality of student education,” said Eric Snyder, Aviation and Applied Technology Division Chair at CGCC. “Working with Delta Airlines will let students and the industry know we are a top player in training aircraft mechanics. Our instructors and lab techs bring a lot of experience to our program and are committed to providing students with a stellar education.”

This partnership will benefit CGCC aviation students by gaining Delta as a resource for continuous improvement of the AMT program along with Delta’s assistance with marketing the program to prospective students to help each new cohort be full of the best and brightest. Additionally, partnering with Delta will broaden access to the benefits of AMT careers available within the global aviation industry.

“We are honored Delta selected CGCC as one of their AMT partners and look forward to our growing partnership,” said Snyder. “We take pride in our program and the knowledge we offer students to help them gain employment with an airline and have successful careers.”
For more information on CGCC’s AMT program visit us on the web at http://www.cgc.maricopa.edu/Academics/aviation  or email us at askamechanic@cgc.edu

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CGCC’s David Muñoz Receives Alberto Ríos Literacy/Arts Award


The Victoria Foundation to honor Muñoz for his literary contributions

Chandler-Gilbert Community College is pleased to announce that Dr. David Muñoz, Residential Philosophy and Religious Studies faculty member has been named the recipient of the Albert Ríos, Outstanding Literacy/Arts award by The Victoria Foundation. This 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.”

Dr. Muñoz will be honored at The Victoria Foundation’s 8th Annual Arizona Higher Education Awards event on September 6th at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.

 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Greetings Coyote Family!


Hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of your summer break. Before you know it, you will be back on campus at CGCC meeting friends, filling your brain with knowledge and making new strides towards accomplishing your academic goals.
As the fall semester approaches, we wanted to share a few important reminders to ensure you have a smooth back-to-school transition.

Class Schedule

The first official day of classes is Saturday, August 19; however, many of you will start classes on Monday, August 21. If you have questions about your current class schedule or simply need to make a change to your schedule, there are many options to do so.
Click on our online registration page, visit our campus registration offices located inside the Coyote Center on the Pecos Campus and Bluford Hall on the Williams Campus or contact a representative by phone at 480-732-7320.

Parking
Also, if you are new to CGCC this fall and plan to park a vehicle on campus, you must register your vehicle with the CGCC Public Safety office and secure a parking decal.

Per campus policy, all CGCC students, faculty and staff are required to obtain and display a MCCCD parking decal while parking on campus. Failure to comply with the parking policy will result in ticketing and possibly towing of your vehicle. Parking lots are patrolled daily by campus security, so please act soon and secure your proper credentials.
CGCC Pride

Don’t forget to stop by our campus bookstores to purchase books, school supplies and the latest CGCC gear. The bookstores sell a variety of CGCC branded items including t-shirts, sweatshirts, notebooks and water bottles. Purchasing these items is a great way to showcase your Coyote school spirit. Beginning this week, the bookstores will extend their hours to accommodate students back to school shopping needs. Visit the campus bookstore website for locations and hours of operation.
Celebrate

Lastly, we are excited to announce that this October marks the 25th anniversary of Chandler-Gilbert Community College! There will be a campus celebration event on the evening of October 12th. Save the date and more details will follow.

We can’t believe it’s been 25 years since we opened our doors. On behalf of the faculty and staff at CGCC, we want to thank you choosing CGCC as partner in your education. We are truly grateful and humbled to share in your academic journey and we look forward to celebrating this wonderful milestone with all of you.

That’s all for now. We look forward to seeing you on campus, and enjoy the rest of your summer break.

Go Coyotes!

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Great American Eclipse Viewing Party at Chandler-Gilbert Community College


Experience one of America’s greatest celestial wonders by attending The Great American Eclipse viewing party at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC). The CGCC Physical Sciences and Engineering Division, and the Astronomy Department, is hosting a viewing party for students and the local community on Monday, August 21st. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience this rare astronomical moment by viewing the total eclipse through specialty telescopes while learning about its significance from CGCC astronomers. In addition to the viewing party, CGCC will live stream the eclipse on the campus Facebook page for viewers alike.
“This event is important to the CGCC community as it puts us in contact with multiple parts of our history, and of the development of astronomy as a science and the beautiful nature of this cosmic alignment,” said Ángel G. Fuentes, CGCC Astronomer and faculty member. “Students, staff, and the community will have a chance to take a closer look at the sun in a safe manner. They will be able to see sunspots (if any are visible), and slowly see the moon moving in front of the sun.”

The Great American Eclipse, is a total solar eclipse stretching across the United States going from Oregon through the heartland of the U.S., all the way to South Carolina. This type of eclipse has not been seen for almost 100 years. The last total solar eclipse that was visible in the U.S. from coast-to-coast was on June 8, 1918. Totality of the eclipse will only be visible in the path of the umbra, the darkest part of the eclipse’s shadow, which includes Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina. The eclipse will appear as a partial eclipse everywhere else in the continental U.S.
A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, the moon, and the earth align. Sunlight hits the moon, and the moon casts its shadow into space. As the moon, and the earth move in their respective orbits, the shadow of the moon moves over specific parts of the surface of the Earth. This creates the eclipse. “This eclipse is also special because its totality will only be visible from American soil,” said Prof. Fuentes. “Eclipses have been an important part of the history of our civilization, and have come to mean different things to different cultures. Eclipses have particularly special meaning to Native tribes, Mesoamerican, Aboriginal, Celtic, and Greek cultures, just to name a few.”

Event attendees will have the opportunity to view the eclipse in a safe manner through telescopes equipped with certified sun filters making it safe to look at the eclipse. There will also be demonstrations on how to build a pinhole camera which is another safe, easy option to view the eclipse. “It is important that people never look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse,” said Prof. Fuentes. “There are many easy options people can use to view the eclipse such as a homemade pinhole camera, a pasta strainer, number 14 welder’s glasses or certified eclipse glasses. Never ever use a telescopes or binoculars to look at the sun without a properly certified filter.”

The Great American viewing party will take place on Monday, August 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in front of Ironwood Hall on the Pecos Campus, by the Grounds for Thought coffee shop. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the eclipse visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Honors 2017 Teal & Silver Recipients

Community leaders recognized for their contributions to CGCC!

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) honored their 14th Annual Teal & Silver award recipients during a breakfast event at the college's Williams Campus on Tuesday, May 9. Ten winners were recognized for their dedication and support of CGCC students, employees, programs, services and the college community.
The 2017 Teal & Silver Award recipients are:   
• Bill Rotondo, Chandler Christian Community Center-Community Organization Partner
• City of Chandler & East Valley Jewish Community Center-Community Organization Partners
• Cynthia Nannetti, CGCC Law Enforcement Training Academy Instructor-Community Leader
• Diane Fernichio, Step Up Schools Mesa-K-12 School Colleague
• Dinah Guy, Highland High School-K-12 School Colleague
• Orbital ATK-Business Partner
• Rosanne Shaw, Chandler High School-K-12 School Colleague
• Southwest Airlines-Donor Partner
• Troy Rundle, ASU Vet Success-University Partner
• Violet Nelson, Chandler High School-K-12 School Colleague

“The community leaders and businesses honored with a Teal & Silver award provide Chandler-Gilbert Community College and its students with vital support that improves their experience and contributes to their success,” said William Guerriero, Chandler-Gilbert Community College Interim President “Whether through direct interaction, funding for scholarships, or support for the college and its’ programs, we are truly grateful for their involvement and dedication.”
The Chandler-Gilbert Community College Teal & Silver Awards program was created to recognize the contributions of individuals who support Chandler-Gilbert Community College through various efforts. Recipients positively impact the college by assisting with the program or service improvements, supporting creative and innovative ideas, improving the quality of the college experience, support the delivery of instruction, providing resources or assisting with cost-saving measures and advocating for the college in media, with elected officials and in the community.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s 14th Annual Teal & Silver recipients were honored May 9 at celebration breakfast event at the college’s Williams Campus in Mesa.
Back row from left to right: Leah Powell, City of Chandler, Mike Miller, Southwest Airlines; Rick Kettner, Orbital Sciences; Bill Rotondo, Chandler Christian Community Center-Community; Diane Fernichio, Step Up Schools Chandler Hadassah Baldinger, East Valley Jewish Community Center; Dinah Guy, Highland High School; Violet Nelson, Chandler High School and Troy Rundle, Arizona State University Veteran’s Success Program.
Front row from left to right: Rabbi Michael Beyo, East Valley Jewish Community Center; Nachie Marquez, City of Chandler; Niki Tapia, City of Chandler; Cynthia Nannetti, Chandler-Gilbert Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy and Rosanne Shaw, Chandler High School.

Monday, May 8, 2017

CGCC Men’s Golfers are Headed to Nationals


Congratulations to Coyote men’s golfers Michael Marreel (sophomore) and Tommy Sullivan (freshman) for their achievements on the course this season. Both golfers recently qualified for nationals and will represent Chandler-Gilbert Community College at the National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Golf Championship tournament May 23-26. The event will be held at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa.  Results can be found at www.golfstat.com under the men's golf results and schedules tab.
Michael was named second team all-conference this year with a scoring average of 73 while Tommy lead the Coyotes with an average scoring of 75. Both golfers will compete for a national championship title alongside some of the best collegiate golfers in the nation.
On behalf of the entire CGCC community, congrats on your accomplishments and good luck at nationals. Go Coyotes! 

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CGCC Women’s Golf Members Qualify for Nationals

The Coyote women’s golf team is headed to nationals! Three of the four members qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Golf National Championship May 15-18. The tournament will be held at the Chateau Elan Golf Course in Duluth, Georgia north of Atlanta.

Second year players Mariola Szmit and Emily Reader along with freshman Taryn Simmons will be representing CGCC and Arizona for the national event. Anahi Buck came up just short in her attempt to make nationals by just nine one hundredth of a point.

All four team members have made tremendous strides on the golf course leading CGCC to its most successful season yet! “I couldn’t be more excited for our team and the success they’ve had on the course this season,” said Coach Mark Underwood. “I look forward to nationals and hopefully bringing home a championship title to CGCC.”

On behalf of the entire CGCC community, congratulations on your accomplishments and good luck at nationals. Go Coyotes!

CGCC to Recognize Teal & Silver Recipients

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) will honor the 14th Annual Teal & Silver award recipients during a breakfast event on Tuesday, May 9th at 7:30 a.m. at Higley Room, Williams Campus.

Eleven winners will be recognized for their efforts and support of CGCC students, employees, programs, services and the college community. The 2017 Teal & Silver Award recipients are:

  • Bill Rotondo, Chandler Christian Community Center-Community Organization Partner
  • City of Chandler & East Valley Jewish Community Center-Community Organization Partners
  • Cynthia Nannetti, CGCC Law Enforcement Training Academy Instructor-Community Leader
  • Diane Fernichio, Step Up Schools Mesa-K-12 School Colleague
  • Dinah Guy, Highland High School-K-12 School Colleague
  • Orbital ATK-Business Partner
  • Rosanne Shaw, Chandler High School-K-12 School Colleague
  • Southwest Airlines-Donor Partner
  • Tel Tech Network-Technology Partner
  • Troy Rundle, ASU Vet Success-University Partner
  • Violet Nelson, Chandler High School-K-12 School Colleague

The CGCC Teal & Silver Awards Program was created by former president, Dr. Maria Hesse, to recognize the contributions of individuals who support Chandler-Gilbert Community College through various efforts. This year's recipients positively impact the college by assisting with the program or service improvements, supporting creative and innovative ideas, improving the quality of the college experience, support the delivery of instruction, providing resources or assisting with cost-saving measures and advocating for the college in media, with elected officials and the in the community.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CGCC Student Takes Aim and Wins National Archery Championship

Twenty-two-year-old marketing major Nathan Yamaguchi represented Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) with precision and pride at the 2017 US Indoor National Championships placing first in the Collegiate Sr. Male Recurve division.  Nathan was one of about 140 collegiate archers competing on March 4-5 and he pulled from a quiver full of experience to come out on top again. 

Nathan was eight-years-old when he first picked up a bow and arrow and quickly showed prominence on a national stage.  “I won my first National title when I was 13, and then won my second at 14,” he recounted.  “I have been a member of multiple national teams and a few Youth World Championship teams. Most recently, I won a silver medal at the Jr. World Field Championships in 2014.”  The tournament win this March is Nathan’s first National Champion title since the age of 14 and he is thrilled to have done it at CGCC.

When asked why he is so passionate about this more obscure sport, Nathan shared that “archery is great because I can control how I perform, and cannot blame anyone else for it. I am responsible for my own performance and no one else’s.” 

If baseball is a game of inches, archery is a game of millimeters. Archers shoot at a 40-cm target, which is divided into 10 scoring rings at 18 m (about 60ft). At the competition, they shoot a total of 120 arrows over the course of two days with each arrow being scored out of a possible of 10 points.

Nathan recently switched to the Collegiate Sr. Male Recurve division from the Sr. Male Recurve division once he started at CGCC. This division is for those individuals who are 20 and older and attending college full time.  “My focus has been heightened in this division since I am also in school,” explained Nathan. “With less time for everything, every minute counts more.  As a result, my performance has sharpened and that is partially what I credit for this win

Tips to help you ace finals!

We know finals week can be stressful. Don’t worry, we are here to help! Here are some helpful tips to ace your finals:

1. Ask for help.
The CGCC Learning Center offers tutoring services on a drop-in basis for select courses. This is a great way to get primed for your toughest exams. Check out locations, hours and more information here.
2. Create your own study guide.
While many teachers provide a study guide, creating your own can help you understand the material better. Outlining the important information you need to learn can be very helpful.
3. Ask questions.
Your teachers are there to help! Ask them questions regarding the material and the exam so that you’re prepared when exam time arrives.
4. Attend the review session.
Review sessions offer vital information on exam format, what will be on the exam and key concepts you should be focusing your studies on.
5. Take breaks.
You won’t be able to memorize or comprehend all the material at once. Balance is key – ensure that you reward learning with break times to recharge and relax.

Remember to get a good night's rest the night before your exams and eat a healthy breakfast the morning of. Breakfast fuels the body! All the best on your finals.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CGCC Faculty Member & Local Author Hosts Live Reading Event

Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s (CGCC) Creative Writing Department proudly presents their very own David Muñoz in a unique storytelling event featuring his newest book "Insanities, Soundness, and Reality: A collection of short stories told perhaps by the same person” on Tuesday, April 25. During the event, Muñoz, a Philosophy & Religious Studies faculty member at CGCC, will read highlights from his book and discuss inspirations for his stories and characters.
“Insanities, Soundness, and Reality” is a collection of contemporary short stories spanning several years of Muñoz’s writing into lessons and humor about identity, sexuality and the quest for belonging. It is a manuscript about an alcoholic Irishman, a dying man, a woman with postpartum depression, and all of it, with a signature of authenticity, that makes the reader think very carefully about the subtitle of the book: A collection of short stories told perhaps by the same person.

Following the reading, books will be available for sale for $10. The event will be held inside the Cholla Hall Room 110 on the Pecos Campus from 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. We hope you can join us at this unique event!

Monday, March 27, 2017

CGCC Concert Choir Hosts Fundraiser for Carnegie Hall Trip

Help make the CGCC Concert Choir dream performance come true by attending a fundraiser performance featuring John Rutter's "Requiem” tomorrow at 7 pm at the Velda Rosa United Methodist Church in Mesa. Funds raised at the event will benefit the choir’s upcoming performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall April 3-7.

Last fall, the CGCC Concert Choir was invited to attend the Mid-America Productions Spring Festival Chorus at the distinguished in Carnegie Hall in New York City.  As one of only four choirs in the nation to receive an invite, this honor arguably places CGCC among the leading concert choirs in the U.S.

Since receiving the invitation, choir members have been diligently raising funds to pay for the cost of the $72,000 trip. Last month, Southwest Airlines donated round trip airfare for each choir member making them one step closer to achieving their goal.

We hope you can join us for this wonderful event. The Velda Rose United Methodist Church is located at 5540 E Main Street Mesa, AZ  85205.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Edgar Allan Poe’s Stories Come to Life in CGCC’s Production of "Nightfall"

CGCC Performing Arts Department invites you to attend this weekend’s production of “Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe,” a student led production based on the eerie writings of renowned writer Edgar Allan Poe. The play retells four of Poe's most famous works: “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” through different styles of storytelling.

“Edgar Allan Poe's work is some of the best-known horror ever written; and after reading Eric Coble’s “Nightfall,” I experienced the desire to bring the material to the stage in a unique way,” said Shaylnn Reynolds, play director and CGCC theater professor. “The cast worked exceptionally hard on preparing for this unconventional production and we hope the audience enjoys our show.”

“The Raven,” the most poetic of the four tales, is told using interpretive movement, shadow play and gloving. “The Fall of the House of Usher” is recounted in the style of 1930-40's black and white horror movies mixed with film noir. “The Tell-Tale Heart” presents a whole new outlook when viewed through the lens of Dr. Seuss.  And “The Pit and the Pendulum” explores the interior of the human brain when the id and subconscious separate and gain sentience.

Immerse yourself in “Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe” and check your heartbeat at the door! We hope to see you there.

Show Details:
“Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe”
Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center - 2626 E. Pecos Rd. in Chandler.
Performance Schedule:
• March 23, 24 & 25 at 7:30 pm
• March 25 at 2 pm

Tickets:
Ticket can be purchased for $10-$12 online at www.cgc.edu/arts or at the box office by calling (480) 732-7343.

CGCC Student Leaders Attend National Hispanic Conference


 
Ten members of Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Hispanic Student Organization (HSO) had the distinguished honor of representing Arizona at the 35th Annual United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) National Conference in Chicago February 16-19. Freshmen Isabelle Rosales and Dalia Prado were among the CGCC representatives to join over 6,000 attendees for the unique cultural experience and educational opportunity.

The annual conference was held at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel in downtown Chicago and featured representatives from 40 states including the 10 representatives from CGCC. Conference attendees had the opportunity to meet with recruiters, influential Hispanic leaders, national policy-makers and potential future employers. The conference theme ¡La Luche Sigue! Core Values Never Give Up inspired attendees to inspire positive change in the Hispanic community.

“This conference was so much more than just a networking opportunity for me,” said Prado. “I was inspired, empowered, and motivated to be an activist in my community and work harder in school. The workshops and speeches given at this conference empowered me in finding out more about my identity as a Hispanic woman in this country.”

HSO students participated in workshops on a variety of topics including professional development, diversity and community empowerment; and they attended career and graduate school expos throughout their two-day visit. The students also had the opportunity to participate in discussions about taking pride in their heritage and the importance of unifying as a culture. 

“I will always remember the many themes of this year’s conference and apply them to our community in hopes of bringing us closer together,” said Rosales. “As Chandler Gilbert Community College approaches becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution, I will apply the lessons of empowerment to fellow Hispanic students to encourage them to continue to further their education and be a force of change within our community...because Si Se Puede!”

If you are interested in learning more about the Hispanic Student Organization at CGCC contact the organization’s advisor Greg Wojtovich at greg.wojtovich@cgc.edu or 480-857-5213.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Four students from CGCC named to All-Arizona Academic Teams

Recognized for academic achievements and distinguished leadership

CHANDLER, Ariz. –  March 20, 2017 --Four Chandler-Gilbert Community College students were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and distinguished leadership at the 2017 All-Arizona Academic Recognition Ceremony on March 9 at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa Hotel. Students Yessica Avitia, Danielle Jones, Adrian Ruiz and Rachel Torne joined 22 other Maricopa Community College District students to be honored for their success.

“Congratulation to Yessica, Danielle and Adrian and Rachel’s on being named to the All-Arizona Academic Team,” said William Guerriero, interim president at CGCC. “We commend you on your hard work and determination needed to receive this distinguished honor. We are honored to have you as part of the CGCC community and know you will go on to achieve great success in your academic and professional careers.”

To be considered for an All-Arizona Academic Teams, students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, be in good academic standing, be working on an associate degree, demonstrate leadership and be involved on campus and/or volunteer in their communities.

In addition, Phi Theta Kappa, American Association of Community Colleges, Arizona Community Colleges, Arizona Board of Regents and USA TODAY help these exceptional students reach their educational goals by awarding scholarships and issuing tuition waivers to Arizona’s three universities: Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

Judging to select the recipients consisted of three rounds. In the first round, a group of local businesses, civic, education and government leaders reviewed applications and chose the recipients of the award. Only two students are selected from each college campus. The selected recipients’ applications were then forwarded to Washington, D.C., for second and third rounds of judging and scoring by representatives from various federal agencies and national education associations. Those scores were used to rank the students for first, second or third state teams. First Team members receive a $1,000 scholarship, Second Team members a $750 scholarship and Third Team members a $500 scholarship to one of Arizona’s state universities.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Williams Campus

Danielle Jones - Third Team
Transferring to: Arizona State University -- Major: Power Plant Engineering
Jones plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in power plant engineering at Arizona State University. Her 12-year commitment career goal is to earn the Designated Engineering Representative (DER) certification through the Federal Aviation Administration.
 
Adrian Ruiz - Second Team
Transferring to: Arizona State University -- Major: Nursing
Ruiz plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Arizona State University and become a registered nurse at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and later continue his service to the military and veteran community as a registered nurse at the Phoenix VA Healthcare System.

Chandler Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus

Yessica Avitia Santos - Second Team
Transferring to: Arizona State University -- Major: Business
Avitia plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in business at Arizona State University and become a CEO of an international company while continuing to volunteer for organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs and StreetLight USA.

Rachel Torne - Second Team
Transferring to: Arizona State University -- Major: Early Childhood Education/Special Education

Torne plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and special education
at Arizona State University and become an early childhood teacher for kindergarten-third graders or for an early childhood autism program. Torne plans to simultaneously earn her master’s degree, endorsements for her teaching certificate and be highly involved in the education community.

Monday, March 6, 2017

CGCC Women’s Golf Continue Momentum on the Golf Course

The Coyote women’s golf team continue to make major strides on the golf course. The golfers led by freshman Taryn Simmons placed second in the Estrella College Invitational on February 27 & 28 at Tres Rios Golf Course in Goodyear. Simmons, a graduate of Queen Creek High School, shot rounds of 87/86 for a fourth placed medal finish. Sophomores Mariola Szmit placed seventh while Anahi Buck and Emily Smith tied for eleventh to secure the Coyote’s team finish. “I am very proud of our team and the success we are having this season,” said Coach Mark Underwood. “It will be a golf filled Spring Break for the team as they play back to back tournaments on March 12, 13, 14 and 15!” On behalf of everyone at CGCC, good luck in your upcoming tournaments. Go Coyotes!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Women’s Golf Tees Off Strong

The Coyotes women’s golf team placed 3rd in their second tournament of the season on February 13th and 14th at Hillcrest Golf Course in Surprise.  The team placed third as well in their first tournament at Dobson Ranch Golf Couse in Mesa earlier this month making this a strong start for the CGCC women’s golf program.

The four-member golf team is made up of freshmen Taryn Simmons and  and returning sophomores Emily Smith, Anahi Buck, and Mariola Szmit.

At Hillcrest, Simmons led the way for the golfers shooting 89/89 for a ninth-place individual finish at 178 with Smith and Buck shooting 199 and 211 respectively.  At Dobson Ranch, Szmit finished in fourth place individually shooting an impressive two-day total of 161 while Simmons finished just two strokes shy of sixth place for the lady Coyotes.

"With the talent on this year’s team we have an excellent chance of qualifying all girls for the National Junior College tournament in Georgia in May if we continue to improve,” predicts Women’s Golf Coach, Mark Underwood.  “Mariola played in the national tournament last season; and with Taryn, Emily, and Anahi we are much more competitive this year.”

Coach Underwood’s annual goals include winning conference tournament events and medaling individuals in the top six in each tournament. He also aims to qualify CGCC for nationals and/or qualify individual girls to get them on the recruiting radar for play at the next level after completing their eligibility at CGCC.  Keep up the great work coach and team!

Southwest Airlines Surprises CGCC Choir with Free Airfare to NYC

Airline helps students make final approach to Carnegie Hall

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) Concert Choir received quite the surprise this week, free airfare to New York City! On Tuesday, February 8, the Southwest Airlines Celebration Squad surprised the 44-member concert choir with complimentary round trip airfare to attend their upcoming Carnegie Hall performance in New York City.

The choir was diligently rehearsing for the performance when a Southwest Airlines pilot, flight attendant, employees and members of the local media interrupted their rehearsal session for the surprise. Following remarks from Southwest Airline representatives, choir members unwrapped a jumbo-sized boarding pass revealing free airfare for each choir member to New York City. Students were shocked by the surprise and grateful to the airline for their generosity to help make their once-in-a-lifetime dream come true.

“As incredible as it was to receive this invitation,” explained Marcus Denton, Director of Choral, Vocal and Piano Music Studies at CGCC, “it was only to happen if the choir could raise the funds for the trip.  If not for the generosity of partners like Southwest Airlines this would not have been possible.  We are all very grateful for their support of these students, this program and of the performing arts.”

Last fall, the CGCC Concert Choir was invited to attend the Mid-America Productions Spring Festival Chorus at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City April 3-7, 2017.  As one of only four choirs in the nation to receive an invitation, this honor arguably places CGCC among the leading concert choirs in the U.S. In addition to performing, the students will attend workshops hosted by Dr. J. Edmund Hughes, renowned choral conductor and composer and they will study one of the most revered choral works of the 20th century—John Rutter’s Requiem.

Donations for the Carnegie Hall trip are still being accepted. Anyone interested in sponsoring a student can visit www.mcccdf.org/carnegie and follow the simple instructions to make your donation. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CGCC Celebrates Black History Month

Chandler-Gilbert Community College campuses have a full lineup of programs and activities this month to celebrate the rich intellectual and cultural contributions made by African Americans in the United States. We have everything from performances and special guests to a gallery reception and poetry reading. See a list of our events below. All events are free and open to the public. Hope to see you there





Friday, January 27, 2017

Take Control of Your Education, Attend a Student Success Fair



Chandler-Gilbert Community College is hosting two upcoming Student Success Fairs to celebrate student success and promote graduation. Events will be held at the Pecos Campus on Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday, February 8 from 9 am to 1 pm.

The Student Success Fair is a popular campus event designed to help students achieve their academic goals by providing direct access to information and resources that enhance and nurture the college-going experience. During the fair students, can connect, engage, and learn from CGCC faculty and staff representing nearly 20 different campus services. We encourage all students to join us. Students who engage with all four fair zones will receive complimentary lunch and are eligible for a free CGCC t-shirt.