On March 25 and 26, 2015, during the spring semester, Estrella Mountain Community College held its third annual Student Success Fair, an open house fair that is free to students and the public. The fair was conceived in the hopes that it would promote student success here on campus and beyond, such as at a university or on the student’s career path. This was the third year that EMCC hosted the fair, and students raved that this was the best one yet. Not only was it entertaining and helpful to those students who needed it, but it also had a large impact on them as well.
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To celebrate Black History Month, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) presented an art exhibit entitled “Civil Rights in America” at the beginning of the year. The exhibit featured seven photos and nine photomontages by Stephen Marc.
On February 2014, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) participated in the global “One Billion Rising” dance campaign to raise awareness and to end violence against women and young girls.
The “One Billion Rising” campaign created a choreographed dance to “break the chain.” The purpose of the dance is for women to figuratively “break off the chain” their abuser has on them.
Worldwide, violence against women happens often. One of the event coordinators, Dr. Sandy Zetlan stated, “One out of three women in the world are beaten or raped one time in their life.”
“It is the perfect weather to be out here today! So many great opportunities and a positive vibe,” said student Analise Soto at the Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) Student Success Fair held this past March.
In February, students and faculty of Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) showed their appreciation for American history by celebrating Black History Month.
All month long the college was hosting events to celebrate and educate the community on the achievements and contributions African Americans have made to American culture. Events featured cultural exploration, commemoration of prominent leaders, and various educational workshops and lectures.
Earth Week attracted students who wanted to get into the “green” spirit with activities and movies.
People may think that all they need to do to contribute to Earth Week is to recycle their plastic soda bottle or pick up a piece of trash on the side walk. Certainly recycling and collecting trash is helpful, but there is a larger goal behind living green.
The Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) Juried Art Show caught students’ attention as they passed through the Estrella Hall south entrance. One piece in particular, created by 19 year old student artist Monica Nguyen, was striking.
Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) invited artistic expression during Women’s History Month. Students could attend short events to watch artists demonstrate what Women’s History is all about.
One event that stood out was the performance of slam poetry. Marc Smith created this form of poetry in a Chicago lounge during the early 1980s. Slam poetry as a deep expression of emotion spoken out loud. The concept of each poem depends on what the artist is trying to convey. Some try to inspire the audience, while others compete against their peers.
Women’s History Month provides a time to remember the strides women have made while acknowledging that women still have a long way to go before reaching equality. The Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) campus celebrated Women’s History Month with a variety of events, including a poetry slam, mask making, the second annual Women’s Conference, a showing of the film series “Stop Calling me Girl”, a performance of “The Vagina Monologues”, and a political art display of “humannequins.”
At the end of the spring semester, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) hosted the 2013 Student Conference, which featured 60 students from five different Maricopa community colleges.
According to Heather Ortiz, the event coordinator, the total number of student participants increased significantly from last year. “The student conference gives the students a chance to learn how to do effective research using multiple methods,” said Ortiz.