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Educating the Community

MCCCD Raises Tuition

MCCCD Tuition Increased

Following in the wake of a dramatic reduction in state funding, the cost of tuition for Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) students was raised $5 per credit hour, taking the cost of a credit from $76 to $81. The 6.5 percent increase was passed almost unanimously by the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) governing board.

Blomstrand Inspires Students Through Active Learning

EMCC Faculty Erin Blomstrand

Erin Blomstrand’s class offerings at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) include Banned Books and Censorship (ENH 295) and Shakespeare on Film (ENH 256), unique classes for a teacher who has had a unique background herself. 

Blomstrand has taught at EMCC since 2004. In addition to being a teacher, she is a feminist, activist and daughter. She draws on her experiences to help students learn more than what’s inside a college textbook.

Professor Tsoudis Shares Activism and Travel with Students

EMCC Faculty Olga Tsoudis Volunteering in Africa

This summer, Dr. Olga Tsoudis, residential faculty for Sociology at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), traveled to Tanzania to volunteer at an orphanage with the Make a Difference (MAD) NOW organization, a nonprofit using a family and sustainability model to work with a select group of orphaned and vulnerable children by paying their school fees through college in a matching funds partnership with the schools the children attend.

The Green Team

Burrowing Owls Living on Campus

On a campus where students are constantly rushing from class to class, the efforts of people who keep the school environmentally friendly can get lost.

Estrella Mountain Community College’s (EMCC) Sustainability Team, co-chaired by Eric Huntsinger and Nadine Johnson, is responsible for finding ways to make the campus “greener.”

Changing Women’s Lives with Slam Poetry

Poet Azteca

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.

The Humannequin Project: Rethinking Gender in a Global World

Humannequin Displays on Campus

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.”

Sonia Shah: The Body Hunters

Sonia Shah

Sonia Shah, a critically acclaimed, prize-winning investigative journalist and author presented her expose on the pharmaceutical drug industry as part of the Honors Forum series, “The Culture of Competition,” this spring.

The audience listened attentively as Shah, wrought with conviction explained how the multinational corporate pharmaceutical industry exports drug experimentation to developing countries and the consequences thereof. 

MLK Celebration Helps EMCC Students Remember

MLK Luncheon

Many students instantly attribute the phrase, “I have a dream,” to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but while they know King’s infamous hope, they might not be as aware of the history of segregation in America, and the depth of King’s activism against segregation.  To celebrate King’s life and achievements, the Student Life and Leadership Department held the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon during Black History Month.

One Billion Rising Against Domestic Violence

Students and Faculty Dancing

Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) faculty and students drew awareness against domestic violence by taking part in the One Billion Rising campaign.

The Valentine’s Day celebration is known as the biggest global action to end violence against women and girls in the history of humankind, according to the One Billion Rising website. This year marked the 15th celebration of its kind.  It was organized by EMCC biology faculty Sandy Zetlan and Marsha Segerberg, and sociology faculty Olga Tsoudis.


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