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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.”

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?

Profile: Landis Elliott, Internship Manager

Landis Elliott, Internship Manager

Landis Elliott, Estrella Mountain Community College’s Internship Manager, has a lot on her plate. She helps students gain experience by finding internship opportunities for them that provide valuable career experience while students are still in college.

Elliott attended Northern Arizona University and earned an Undergraduate Degree in Small Business Management as well as a Master’s in Business. She started working at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) with the Workforce Development Department where she saw a need to help students develop their career skills.

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