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Not Just a Man’s World Anymore


“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform,” author Diane Mariechild once stated, and her words could not be truer. Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) celebrated Women’s History Month on March, 2014 I decided to interview two women in two different fields, one in nursing and the other one in film editing.

Building Strong Communication Skills

Valerie De La O

Motivational teachers are the backbone to students’ success—they aid in paving the road for students’ career paths, and showing them the way when times get tough.

All teachers have different styles of teaching - some are more visual teachers, while others prefer lectures. One teacher at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) has her own unique spin on teaching.

Frank Hernandez: A Living Legend

Political Science Instructor Frank Hernandez

Frank Hernandez was born in Saginaw, Michigan during the 1930s. He experienced racism and discrimination first hand throughout his youth and young adulthood. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He has attended, and taught at prestigious universities.

Outside of teaching, he has also worked for the government in many different capacities over the years. He is a husband, father of three, and grandfather of two. And all of these things inform and enhance his teaching of Political Science at EMCC.

HES100: Encouraging People to Care

HES100 Instructor Annann Hong

According to the Center for Disease Control, "Health is more than the absence of disease; it is a resource that allows people to realize their aspirations, satisfy their needs and to cope with the environment in order to live a long, productive, and fruitful life. In this sense, health enables social, economic and personal development fundamental to well-being."

Well-being is a crucial part of our lives and in an effort to recognize the importance of student health, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) offers a course called Healthful Living 100.

Hands On Learning

Journalism 201 students interviewing event organizers.

Part of growing up comes from your education. You learn from your mistakes.  You also further your knowledge by attending school and learning from your parents or mentors. Teachers have been known to present boring dialog while thinking it will be automatically tattooed to the student's brain.

At Estrella Mountain Community College, professors are encouraged to focus on teaching from various modes, including auditory, kinesthetic, and visually to help students to learn.

Lifelong Learning: The Key to Happiness

History Instructor John Frasure (right)

History classes are stereotyped to be boring and sometimes the teacher is as well; unless of course, you enroll in a history class with John Frasure at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC).

Passionate about history, Frasure’s excitement about obtaining knowledge is contagious.

While most are still unsure of the career they want to pursue even as adults, Frasure claims he has known that he wanted to be a teacher ever since he can remember. Even as a young child in elementary school in Garrett, Kentucky, it interested him to learn about past history.

Teaching the Future

Economics Instructor John Donahue

Educators are everywhere. Everyone has something to teach you. According to Merriam Webster’s online dictionary, an educator is someone who is “skilled in teaching.” As students we encounter teachers that change our outlook on life. We consider these teachers to be so good at what they do that we will recommend these teachers to anyone that is willing to take their class. A prime example of this kind of teacher is Estrella Mountain Community College’s (EMCC's) John Donahue, an economics teacher.

A Closer Look at the Study of Psychology at EMCC

Psychology Studies at EMCC

Today, psychology is a popular field of study. According to, psychology ranked number two on its list of “Top 10 College Majors,” second only to Business Administration and Management/Commerce.

Psychology is the applied, or cognitive, approach to studying mental functions and behaviors in an academic setting. In this field, some psychology majors may choose to conduct field research. Others decide to use their knowledge for the benefit of people around them by entering a clinical setting or having a private counseling practice.

Alexander Andrews: Not A Typical Professor

Movement and Meditation Practice During English Class

Imagine sitting in a room, eyes closed, and a soothing voice directing you to breathe slowly, to inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. A rhythm soundtrack plays gently in the background. With each inhale you grow more conscious, more aware; each exhale pushes your stresses and anxieties away. Slowly you open your eyes, stand up, and walk around the room. The dreamlike state you feel is reflected on the faces around you. The music changes, becomes more energetic. You feel awake. Where are you?


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