Lions Perspective - EMCC Campus /tags/emcc-campus en Free Perks & Discounts for EMCC students /beyond-campus/volume-3-issue-1/free-perks-discounts-emcc-students <div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Lindsey Minton</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-topic field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topic:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/beyond-campus" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Beyond Campus</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/beyond-campus/244-studentdiscounts.jpg?itok=_8iCv7ed"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/beyond-campus/244-studentdiscounts.jpg?itok=_8iCv7ed" width="480" height="320" alt="Special discounts for MCCD students" title="There are special discounts for MCCD students" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-body field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Being a Maricopa Community College student gets you many services for a discounted fee. One in particular is free!! Yes, free.</p> <p>As a Maricopa Community College student you<strong><a href="https://login.microsoftonline.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> get Microsoft Office 365 free of charge</a></strong>. Office 365 is the latest version of Microsoft’s productivity suite and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, and more. It is available for offline and online use to best prepare you for class. As long as you are currently a student at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges, you’ll be able to use this software for free. You may benefit from this because you are able to install this service on up to five compatible computers as well as on five mobile devices, such as an iPad.</p> <p>To download and access your Microsoft Office, follow the appropriate steps. Note you will need your Maricopa student email account to sign in. You should verify that your MEID account is working and that you can log in to your Online Student Center or student Gmail account before you attempt to download the software.</p> <p>For new students who have just created their MEID (or for those who have reactivated it) there is a delay which can last from one to three hours after the MEID is activated before they can use it to download Office 365.</p> <p>Another advantage of being an Estrella Mountain Community College student is that you are able to get discounts at the YMCA.<a href="http://www.estrellamountain.edu/fitness-wellness/students-employees" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong> There are four different membership types to choose from:</strong></a></p> <p>1. Adult: for a fee of $70 per semester. This membership only includes one adult student.</p> <p>2. Couple: for a fee of $85 per semester. The couple membership includes an adult student and an adult living in the same household.</p> <p>3. Family I: for a fee of $100 per semester. This membership includes a student plus a child younger than 18 years of age living in the same household.</p> <p>4. Family II: for a fee of $150 per semester. This membership includes an adult student, plus another adult, and a child under the age of 18 living in the same household.</p> <p>Some other YMCA discounts/ benefits include:<br /> • $100 joining fee waived for Estrella Mountain Community College students.</p> <p>• Reduced rates for child care/youth sports.</p> <p>• Membership valid at all 16 YMCA branches.</p> <p>• Must sign up at the Southwest Valley Family YMCA (2919 N. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear, AZ 623-935-5193)</p> <p>• Present photo ID and a copy of your current class schedule</p> <p>If you are a big coffee or tea drinker you may be interested to know that at the ECO Café in Mariposa Hall, you play less for a refill if you bring your own cup or tumbler!</p> <p>Lastly, if you bring your student ID to the movie theaters you get to buy your ticket at a discounted price.</p> <p>Being a college student gets you some extra advantages, so don’t be afraid to ask around, and save some money!</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/emcc-campus" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">EMCC Campus</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/student-engagement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Student Engagement</a></div></div></div> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:37:38 +0000 MARDH70971 244 at What's in a Name? Don't Ask Roary, The Estrella Mountain Lion /profiles/volume-3-issue-1/whats-name-dont-ask-roary-estrella-mountain-lion <div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Joshua Sand</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-topic field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topic:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/profile" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Profiles</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/profiles/228-e.png?itok=vue77jGJ"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/profiles/228-e.png?itok=vue77jGJ" width="380" height="347" alt="EMCC Mascot, Roary the Estrella Mountain Lion" title="Roary the Estrella Mountain Lion" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-add-images field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/lions-logo-color-777.jpg?itok=z1WkEna9" width="198" height="220" alt="EMCC Lions" title="Lions or mountain lions? This logo emphasizes &quot;Lions&quot;" /></div><div class="field-item odd"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/graph_1.png?itok=U7yslF9c" width="220" height="210" alt="Survey" title="Results of the informal poll" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-body field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Since 2009,<a href="http://www.estrellamountain.edu/students/student-life/mountainlions" rel="nofollow"> the official mascot of Estrella Mountain Community College</a> has been the “Estrella Mountain Lion.” The name, though, leaves some ambiguity on whether the mascot is the “<em><strong>Lion </strong></em>of Estrella Mountain” or the “<em><strong>Mountain Lion</strong></em> of Estrella.” Since our mascot is never referred to as the “Estrella Mountain Mountain Lion,” there is some inconsistency as a result.</p> <p>A small informal poll of 31 people around campus evidenced some of this mascot confusion. When asked “What is our school’s mascot?” a majority of students responded “Mountain Lions,” and close to a quarter responded “Lions.”</p> <p>None of the students polled responded with the official “Estrella Mountain Lions,” and four gave a different name altogether.</p> <p>Part of this confusion can be attributed to the emphasis of the word “lions” in the name of some of the school’s associated programs (like the name of this magazine, <em>The Lion’s Perspective</em>) and in some of the school’s promotional images and banners.</p> <p>While the illustration of the mascot depicts a mountain lion without the flowing mane and other characteristics of “normal” maned lions (like the mascots of the <a href="http://www.detroitlions.com/youth-programs/roary-mascot.html" rel="nofollow">Detroit Lions </a>and several U.S. colleges), the sizing and placement of the words brings “LIONS” to the forefront.</p> <p>One person polled in the Student Union said our mascot was the “Lions” when asked, and added that he wouldn’t have been able to answer that if a poster of it weren’t on the back wall.</p> <p>Karen Harbin, Coordinator of Marketing and Public Relations, offered to clear things up:</p> <p>“The official mascot of EMCC is the Mountain Lion.”</p> <p>She went on to add, “We are the Estrella Mountain Lions, which is a ‘play’ on words since it would obviously be redundant to be the Estrella Mountain Mountain Lions. Additionally, there are times when the word Lion is used separately for abbreviation and emphasis, depending on the context. The Lion's Perspective is a good example.”</p> <p>“Collectively, we are the "Mountain Lions," but when referencing a single student or athlete, they would be called a ‘Mountain Lion.’” So there you have it.</p> <p>The student-voted name of our costumed mascot is “Roary,” like "Roary the Lion," the costumed mascot of the Detroit Lions. </p> <p>In the EMCC case, though “Roary” is troublesome and misleading because mountain lions are unable to roar... although, according to the National Park Service,  they are known  to<a href="http://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/mountainlion.htm" rel="nofollow"> "vocalize a penetrating scream."</a></p> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/emcc-campus" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">EMCC Campus</a></div></div></div> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:44:00 +0000 MARDH70971 228 at Cut your Losses; Park in Underused Lots /editorials/volume-3-issue-1/cut-your-losses-park-underused-lots <div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Josh Sand</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-topic field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topic:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/editorial" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Editorials</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/editorials/243-hires.jpg?itok=FMGsHUpB"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/editorials/243-hires.jpg?itok=FMGsHUpB" width="480" height="441" alt="We have around 2,500 parking sports on campus_Getty Images" title="We have around 2,500 parking spots on campus" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-add-images field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/emcc_parking_lot.gif?itok=DXwHyC8P" width="220" height="175" alt="" title="Be smart and park on underused lots" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-body field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Estrella Mountain Community College is growing, but the lanes on the parking lots are not. While the completion of the new Performing Arts Center has freed up more parking spaces, it doesn’t solve basic difficulties caused by the bursts of traffic made by the growing number of full-time students.</p> <p>Every morning and midday passing period is marked by a line of cars clogging the roads, hesitant attempts to pull out of a parking space, botched U-turns, and inconveniently spaced pockets of pedestrians. Combine all that with students pulling in for new classes and stopping traffic to wait for someone to pull out of a desirable spot, and you have the College Parking Lot Experience.</p> <p>In spite of all this, the <a href="http://www.estrellamountain.edu/locations/emcc" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>EMCC parking lot </strong></a>is up to code—in fact, well above requirements, with 900 more parking spaces than necessary. Randy Naughton, EMCC’s director of facilities planning, said to The Lion’s Perspective in an email, “We currently have about 2,500 parking spaces on campus. Whenever we construct a new building for projected student growth there are formulas used in design for parking. There should be a parking space for every 5 students. FTE [full-time equivalent students] is at about 8,000 so that would equate to 1,600 parking spaces. Of those spaces, 72 are designated ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] parking only.  We well exceed the requirements for ADA parking. Estrella has always tried to go well beyond minimums when it comes to ADA accommodation.”</p> <p>However, while the school is above-standard in the amount of parking spaces available, there are other factors that can make a parking lot difficult to get in and out of. Take the layout of narrow one-way roads and add the hoard of drivers that want to park as close to their class as possible, and conflicts arise.</p> <p>Lots A and C are two of the most desirable parking lots on school due to their proximity to Montezuma, Estrella, and Komatke Hall, and yet they have the school’s most relatively difficult layout with one-way roads and the inability to pull through parking spaces. Persistent drivers will circle the one-way roads until a spot opens up, creating an artificial traffic that would not exist if everyone gave up after one circle through the one-way lanes.</p> <p>In defense of the current parking lot, parking is free, and the lots are never overflowing. There are spots available; it’s often just a matter of how far one has to drive to find them. So far no one has to park at nearby locations and cross the street to get to class. Most of the inconveniences can be avoided through personal accommodation. It will have to remain that way, because, as Randy Naughton tells  The Lion’s Perspective: “As far as expansion of parking, we are at the end of our bond projects so we won't be adding any new buildings or parking lots in the near future.”</p> <p>Since the parking lot isn’t going to change, it’s best to learn how to use it effectively. Naughton offered the following advice: “Use the Thomas Rd. exits during busy times versus the Dysart exit. Look in lots G and H [see map] for parking when closer lots appear full. We have enough parking number-wise, but that includes the use of parking lots G/H.”</p> <p> </p><p>Here are some more tips for handling the parking lot traffic:</p> <p>• If you’ve just got out of your last class, chances are you’re not the only one. Hang around and do some homework or go online for ten minutes until the traffic clears, instead of idling in your car at the light for the same amount of time.</p> <p> • There’s always at least one spot in the far west parking lot (by Ocotillo and Mariposa Hall) and the far northwest parking lot (west of the Public Safety building). If it’s nearing class time, it may be faster to cut your losses and park far away instead of snaking through the one-way lanes trying to find a close spot.</p> <p> • Find some morning routines you can do when you’re already at school so you can drive to school earlier and save yourself from last-minute parking stress—without having to wake up any earlier! Things like last-minute homework, ritual morning email/Facebook/news browsing, and eating (within reason) can all be easily done after getting to school, without making your morning any longer.</p> <p> • Remember, things could be worse: we could have GCC’s parking lot.</p> <p> • Overall, be kind to other drivers! Everyone just wants to go home.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/emcc-campus" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">EMCC Campus</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/students" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Students</a></div></div></div> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:00:07 +0000 MARDH70971 243 at EMCC Bids Farewell to Beloved Administrator /campus-life/volume-3-issue-1/emcc-bids-farewell-beloved-administrator <div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Shea Huffman</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-topic field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topic:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/campus-life" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Campus Life</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/campus-life/236-briantippettcompositebyaustinsheppard.jpg?itok=JFYfEQjQ"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/campus-life/236-briantippettcompositebyaustinsheppard.jpg?itok=JFYfEQjQ" width="480" height="319" alt="Brian K. Tippett" title="EMCC&#039;s Black History Month Committee paid tribute to Dr. Brian K. Tippett&#039;s service to the campus community by emailing EMCC employees this photograph along with a quote attributed to Tippett" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-body field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Estrella Mountain Community College is mourning the passing of Bryan K. Tippett. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tippett died on February 25, 2015; he was 57 years old.</p> <p>He served as EMCC’s vice president of academic affairs, a position he held since 2000.</p> <p>EMCC president, Ernest Lara shared the bad news with the campus community through an email message, which sated, in part: “In so many ways, he was the soul of EMCC – always lifting our thoughts beyond the day-to-day operation of the college to the higher purpose of education. We will never forget his dedication to students, his soaring oratory, and his irreplaceable humor.”</p> <p>A week earlier, on February 19, 2015, the college announced Tippett had suffered from a serious medical emergency. No other details on the specifics of his medical condition were released to the public. "As we continue to offer support and prayers for Bryan, it is also important that we move forward and support his priorities: student success, faculty and staff, and the learning college," stated Lara. </p> <p>Consequently, Lara has asked Clay Goodman, vice president of occupational education, to assume control of all the instructional duties of the college.</p> <p>Meanwhile, friends and colleagues rallied to support Tippett and set up a <a href="http://www.gofundme.com/bryantippett" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Go Fund Me</a> campaign to help with medical expenses.</p> <p>The campaign homepage describes Tippett as someone who “has dedicated his life to making a positive impact on the lives of his family, friends, and colleagues, and the innumerable students whose futures have been transformed by his commitment to learning. From time spent working in healthcare and higher education, to his current journey to complete his law degree, Bryan's infinite caring, inspiration, humor, and spirit continue to touch all of our lives.”</p> <p><em><strong>“This is crazy with a K!”</strong></em></p> <p></p> <p>News of Tippett’s medical emergency and death have been met with sadness and confusion over the lack of information. Privacy laws, however, prevent college officials from releasing the specifics of its employees’ health.</p> <p>“My reaction action was shock; I just thought “no way” I just saw him not too long ago and he looked perfect!” says Celeste Silvas, who works at EMCC's Student Union. She remembers Tippett’s contagious smile: “he was coming by to get popcorn and I was serving it. I remember he said that he enjoyed seeing staff giving service with a smile. He automatically fit in, and was very friendly with students."</p> <p>Reached via email, EMCC mathematics faculty and faculty senate president Luvia Rivera talked about what an incredible man Tippett was. Trustworthy, humorous, caring, inspiring and committed were among a few of the words she used to describe him. “Bryan was that person everyone wanted to talk to because he always made us feel special and truly cared about us as human beings,” Rivera stated. “He took every opportunity to validate our talents.  He shared himself in a very authentic way, and his contagious humor and smile were loved by everyone who he came in contact with on a daily basis.”</p> <p>Rivera’s loving and thoughtful parting words with a dear friend say a lot of the relationship Tippett had with EMCC faculty: “Bryan, we love and will miss you everyday.  Thank you for sharing of yourself wholeheartedly everyday”.</p> <p>The sentiment expressed by Rivera was echoed at a Celebration of Life event held on March 4, 2015 at the Estrella Conference Center, where current and former campus employees<a href="https://vimeo.com/emcc/review/121378947/aacd4271a8" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> paid tribute to the beloved administrator</a>. <a href="https://vimeo.com/emcc/review/121378947/aacd4271a8" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">This photo montage </a>created for the occasion, describes Tippett as a "loving partner, a champion of access to higher education, a dear friend, and a caring family member."</p> <p>Tippett made his mark with students, too. </p> <p>A larger, district-wide memorial is being planned where people from all the Maricopa Community Colleges, students, alumni and the community at large will be invited to partake. </p> <p>Joanna Tic, a student ambassador at EMCC, remembers the administrator's signature smile: “Whenever Dr. Tippett was in a room he always had a smile and showed interest in the students. He never brushed off a question when a student showed interest or concern at Estrella.”</p> <p> “I am in complete shock,” she added.</p> <p>Jacqueline Sandoval, an EMCC alumna now working at the Arizona House of Representatives, shared with TLP a memorable moment:  years ago, she was working at the college and Dr. Tippett had a hectic day. He made a comment about how crazy the day had been. Sandoval remembers it well:  “I said to him, ‘Crazy with a K’ and he burst out a laughing and said –‘Yes, Jackie, Crazy with a K!’”</p> <p>Crazy indeed.</p> <p> </p> <p>(Dr. C. Rosales contributed to this article)</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/emcc-campus" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">EMCC Campus</a></div></div></div> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 21:37:17 +0000 MARDH70971 236 at StoriEstrella /campus-life/volume-3-issue-1/storiestrella <div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">By Katelyn Wiley</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-topic field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topic:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/campus-life" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Campus Life</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/campus-life/208-storiestrella.jpg?itok=wnc4QbrY"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/campus-life/208-storiestrella.jpg?itok=wnc4QbrY" width="480" height="320" alt="Fine and Performing Arts Week" title="Fine and Performing Arts Week at EMCC" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-body field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>As part of Fine and Performing Arts Week, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) held “StoriEstrella”, a storytelling concert where past and current students where able to put their new skills to the test in front of their fellow students, family, and friends of all ages.</p> <p>One student who got to perform a story was Mariesa Rojas. Rojas told a story entitled “Angelita and the Giants,” which is like Snow White but is a Brazilian tale. One fun fact about her tale is that instead of a poisoned apple, there are poisoned slippers that cause the princess to fall into a deep sleep.</p> <p>To most people, performing in front of their peers is nerve racking, but Rojas says it wasn’t all that bad, “My mouth was dry and my hands were sweaty, but once I started it was easy.” Rojas also said she enjoyed the event and thought it went smoothly, “I was impressed. I would do it again.”</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/emcc-campus" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">EMCC Campus</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/student-engagement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Student Engagement</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/cultural-celebration" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cultural Celebration</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/art" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Art</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/educating-community" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Educating the Community</a></div></div></div> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:12:11 +0000 SELCB60601 208 at EMCC’s Computer Commons /focus-learning/volume-3-issue-1/emccs-computer-commons <div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"> By Karla Villarreal</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-topic field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topic:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/focus-learning" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Focus on Learning</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/focus-learning/200-computer.jpg?itok=tWQJ9698"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/focus-learning/200-computer.jpg?itok=tWQJ9698" width="480" height="341" alt="student working on computer" title="Student working in Computer Commons, photo: J. Henriquez " /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-body field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>College can be very overwhelming, especially when you have a busy schedule. Sometimes finding a quiet place to study or getting individual help can be very difficult. Many students in college experience stress, but Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) has several resources designed to aid in student success.</p> <p>EMCC’s Computer Commons, remodeled in the spring of 2013, is one of these resources. This department includes computers, work areas, vending machines, and a scenic view of the campus through glass windows.<br /> Leeoni Long is a 19-year-old college student. She just finished her first year at EMCC and has always loved the assistance at the Commons. She also likes the calm environment. When she is in a hurry she feels it is a great spot to be.</p> <p>“The EMCC support staff is always helpful and makes you feel welcomed by offering one-on-one assistance. One thing that I enjoy here is that there are study rooms which we can reserve twice a week for two hours and actually spend time doing homework. Not to mention, the computers are always updated with the latest software,” said Long.</p> <p>Long feels that the Computer Commons is very helpful to people who cannot afford computers or cannot get fast access to the Internet. She also believes the fact that the Computer Commons staff offers help with computer courses makes it even better.</p> <p>Jerry Happ and Daniel Morales, are both computer lab technicians at the Computer Commons and have assisted students here for many years. Happ feels the Commons is a very useful resource. He said, “It is better than a public library because of the free help offered with class assignments.”</p> <p>“About 25 percent of the people who come to the Commons stay over an hour logged on to the computers working on school work. There are a total of 800 unique loggings each day. Not including the study rooms computers, there are 120 computers,” said Happ.</p> <p>Morales expressed that “Students are not numbers, they’re individuals. Real help is offered to students and they don’t just occupy a chair. A really cool thing that we offer is 11 study rooms with a two-hour time limit twice a week. You can fit up to about 7 people in the rooms and work on school-related assignments as a team,” said Morales.</p> <p>For more information, please go to http://<a href="http://www.estrellamountain.edu/students/computer-common" rel="nofollow">www.estrellamountain.edu/students/computer-common</a>s.<br />  </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/emcc-campus" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">EMCC Campus</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/employees" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Employees</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/student-support" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Student Support</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/technology" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Technology</a></div></div></div> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 22:44:18 +0000 MARDH70971 200 at A Beautiful Campus /focus-learning/volume-3-issue-1/beautiful-campus <div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">By Ernesto Oliva</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-topic field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topic:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/focus-learning" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Focus on Learning</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/focus-learning/198-landscaping.jpg?itok=JhnVqwsY"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/focus-learning/198-landscaping.jpg?itok=JhnVqwsY" width="480" height="360" alt="EMCC campus" title="Beautiful landscaping impacts students&#039; learning in positive ways." /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-body field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Have you ever thought about how beautiful, positive, and sanitary Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is?</p> <p>If you have, then have you ever wondered who and how much work it takes to maintain a college so clean? But if you have not put much thought to this notion then please, let us take a moment to shine some light on the people who make it all happen.</p> <p>The custodians, grounds team, and maintenance team are responsible for why EMCC is such a clean environment. There is a lot of work that they do at EMCC that affects how students learn.</p> <p>Providing a clean and beautiful environment indirectly motivates students to want to attend EMCC and earn an education. Students like Karina Orabuena feel proud to attend a school like EMCC because of how well maintained the campus is.</p> <p>Seeing colorful flowers helps Orabuena because it puts her in a content mood. “One of the reasons why I enjoy attending EMCC is because of all the gorgeous flowers around the school. It brightens up my day a little and makes me happier to go to class,” said Orabuena.</p> <p>There are three teams that divide up the work. The custodians are primarily in charge of cleaning the inside of EMCC.</p> <p>The grounds team does all of the yard work on campus early in the morning. No one ever sees the grounds team because they do most their work from 5 a.m. until 7 a.m..</p> <p>Then there is the maintenance team who is in charge of fixing things like broken doors. Also, they are responsible for setting up for events that occur on campus.</p> <p>“It is really amazing how much work the teams put in. They never fail to amaze me,” said Courtney Bourgeous, the office coordinator for Facilities Management at EMCC.</p> <p>Kim Jordan, the maintenance supervisor for Facilities Management, speaks passionately about his job, co-workers, and EMCC. “I believe that a clean environment sets the tone for the campus,” said Jordan.</p> <p>The National School Boards Association found that a “positive school climate was the critical variable differentiating between schools with high and low rates of delinquency, behavioral disturbance, attendance, and academic attainment.”</p> <p>The appearance and atmosphere of a school is impactful. This fall the college won the Crescordia Award. It is a prize awarded by Arizona Forward, an organization that “brings business and civic leaders together to improve the environmental sustainability and economic vitality of the place we call home.”</p> <p>According to EMCC’s website, “The success of the landscape reveals that even with an extremely modest budget, if coupled with a critical understanding of microclimate, plants, materials and detail can create meaningful and engaging learning settings.”</p> <p>The grounds team, maintenance, and custodians help make all this happen without students ever realizing it. It is because of them that EMCC looks the way it does every single day.</p> <p>So if you walk around campus and happen to see a custodian or maintenance worker, then do not hesitate to give them a thank you.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/emcc-campus" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">EMCC Campus</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/employees" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Employees</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/educating-community" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Educating the Community</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/student-achievement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Student Achievement</a></div></div></div> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 22:37:20 +0000 MARDH70971 198 at Black History Month Art Display /campus-life/volume-3-issue-1/black-history-month-art-display <div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">By Kayt Ludi</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-topic field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topic:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/campus-life" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Campus Life</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/campus-life/190-blackhistorymonth.jpg?itok=khJhoyU2"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/campus-life/190-blackhistorymonth.jpg?itok=khJhoyU2" width="480" height="320" alt="Black History Month" title="EMCC Black History Month Celebration" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-body field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>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.</p> <p> The images encompassed important events, figures, and landmarks in the context of Black history and the civil rights movement in the United States. Some of Marc’s pieces depicted President Obama on the campaign trail, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, activist Angela Davis, and a montage of different sites involved in the tragedy of Emmett Till.</p> <p> Another montage showed marchers here in Phoenix commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, with the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C. as a backdrop. And hovering in the ‘sky’ of the montage was an image from an 1864 issue of Harper’s Weekly, entitled “Emancipated Slaves, White and Colored.”</p> <p> According to Austin Shepard, Director of Academic Enrichment at EMCC and who was instrumental in organizing the display, “Stephen Marc was a great choice for the Black History Month Art Display because of his strong interest in Black History and student success.”</p> <p> Stephen Marc is a professor of art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Marc describes himself as “a photographer/digital montage artist engaged in weaving together, and bringing to life, the places and remnants of the African Diaspora, with an emphasis on United States history.” Marc describes his work as “an interpretative relocation of, and commentary on the limited representations and accounts of the black experience, into the early years of the 20th century, that were usually defined from outside the community.”</p> <p> To learn more about the artist and see samples of his work, please visit: <a href="http://ihr.asu.edu/origins-art/marc" rel="nofollow">http://ihr.asu.edu/origins-art/marc</a></p> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/campus-event" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Campus Event</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/emcc-campus" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">EMCC Campus</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/cultural-celebration" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cultural Celebration</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/educating-community" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Educating the Community</a></div></div></div> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 22:06:47 +0000 MARDH70971 190 at Student Success Fair at EMCC /campus-life/volume-3-issue-1/student-success-fair-emcc <div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">By Ernesto Oliva </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-topic field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topic:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/campus-life" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Campus Life</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/campus-life/186-studentsuccessfair.jpg?itok=2mL0qzI5"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/campus-life/186-studentsuccessfair.jpg?itok=2mL0qzI5" width="480" height="320" alt="Student Success Fair" title="EMCC&#039;s Student Success Fair" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-body field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>“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.</p> <p>The purpose of the fair, according to Christina Izaguirre, one of the organizers, is “to celebrate students’ success and help them achieve their personal and academic goals.” “Overall, I am excited to see the constant flow of interaction between students, faculty and staff here at the Student Success Fair,” said Izaguirre. Students received a tri-fold graduation passport that encouraged them to learn about their campus and resources while knowing how to prepare for their individual graduation date.</p> <p>The passport cover contained room for a date, which the students filled out after they visited the zones and determined their graduation date. The passport also contained a map of the campus and key zones the students needed to visit for their passport stamps. There were four zones, which consisted of the green enroll zone, blue discover zone, red learn zone, and purple lead zone. The passport was completed with a black stamp when students took a picture with Rory, the school’s mascot.  </p> <p>Once students completed their graduation passport they received a free EMCC T-shirt that could be personalized with their graduation date. In addition, the fair gave students the opportunity to learn more about the different clubs and organizations at EMCC. “The students who opened up to me about their goals in life were really amazing. It felt like I was making a difference in their lives,” said Ursula Jackson from the Culinary Club.   </p> <p>Jackson shared the story on how she found her calling in culinary arts and wanted to do the same for others. By sharing her story with students, she felt it would inspire them to seek opportunities for themselves. Another highlight for many students was all of the food being handed out. “I think it is really neat that EMCC is offering all of this free food. I mean, who doesn’t love free food?” said student Sam Roybal. Roybal explained that she previously attended Glendale Community College and was surprised at how EMCC showed so much care for their students.  “I feel proud and privileged to attend EMCC because the school puts on so many events to help me with my educational goals”.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/student-achievement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Student Achievement</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/student-support" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Student Support</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/campus-event" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Campus Event</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/emcc-campus" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">EMCC Campus</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/emcc-programs" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">EMCC Programs</a></div></div></div> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 21:44:57 +0000 MARDH70971 186 at Help Along the Way /focus-learning/volume-2-issue-2/help-along-way <div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">By Valeria Flores</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-topic field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Topic:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/focus-learning" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Focus on Learning</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/focus-learning/169-tutoringservicesrw.jpg?itok=ssS5qCoS"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/articles/focus-learning/169-tutoringservicesrw.jpg?itok=ssS5qCoS" width="480" height="320" alt="Student Success Center at EMCC" title="Student Success Center at EMCC" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-body field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>“Help,” according to dictionary.com is defined as “to provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need.”  It is good to ask for help. At school, tutors are there to help you make your life that much easier.</p> <p>At Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), tutoring comes in various forms and many subjects. There is tutoring for math, biology, writing, as well as chemistry and other subjects. For students Samantha Sunderland, Lacey Holstein, and Elaina Pettit, tutoring is an effective tool that they use whenever they need help.</p> <p>Samantha Sunderland is a 20-year-old college student. She said she goes to tutoring for math.<br /> “Well, actually, my boyfriend helps me almost every day so he is kind of like my personal tutor,” Sunderland said.</p> <p>Sunderland said that she always gains something when she goes to tutoring. If she could choose a personal tutor over a public tutor, she would pick a personal one.</p> <p>Elaina Pettit on the other hand, does not use the math success part of tutoring, but she uses the Writing Success Center to help her with her papers. She said that the class she has to write the most papers in is English.</p> <p>“The Writing Center has helped me with making my papers better and I realize what I do wrong with my writing. They also do not judge me when I go there and, therefore, I do not feel bad in seeking their help,” Pettit said.</p> <p>EMCC hosts up to 15,000 students annually. Not all students are always on campus, but when there are a lot of students present, the Writing Center can get set back.</p> <p>“Each time I have been to the Writing Center, they helped me right away, but I have heard of times where students wait a long time before being helped,” Pettit said.</p> <p>Tutors need to have advanced degrees in their area of expertise to be hired by the Success Center. “Each tutor that has helped me out has gotten straight to the problem of my paper and told me what I needed. The tutors also help me find what is wrong with my paper. They teach me in that sense,” Pettit concluded.</p> <p>Lacey Holstein has used tutoring for her chemistry class. “Tutoring has helped me understand some areas that I had trouble with,” Holstein said.</p> <p>The atmosphere that is created in all of the tutoring areas is one that is approachable. Being comfortable in an area is very important because it allows for a student to keep going back to it. “I do feel comfortable going there if I find myself in a tricky situation in class,” Holstein said.</p> <p>Being the tutor is completely different from being the person getting help. It takes a person with patience and good people skills as well as a good sense of knowledge to be able to do this. Tom Domek, tutor at the Writing Center, is the type of person who makes you feel comfortable while he helps you.</p> <p>“Helping the students get comfortable is important because it all depends on how you speak to people. I have worked with people before and it takes practice in how you talk to them. It is also easier to get the students to talk about what their context is about in the paper,” Domek said.</p> <p>That is not all. Domek has a journalism degree as well as being a published author and being a lecturer. Although tutoring is only a part-time job, Domek has a background that allows him to go into different paths. “I have a degree in journalism as well as in creative writing. I would want to become a full-time teacher at Estrella and the paths that I would be able to follow are because of my background is journalism, creative writing and literature,” he said.</p> <p>It seems that when you are a tutor, you have to worry about a lot of things. Not only do they have to worry about making the student comfortable in the subject that they are in but also do they have to help them understand what it is they were doing. Writing does not come easily to some people, but others have the gift of writing.</p> <p>“I always enjoyed writing and it felt natural. I have no anxiety when I write but when you help a student get less anxiety when writing, then that means that we have helped them,” Domek said.</p> <p>In comparison, Catherine Luse is a full-time tutor for the Writing Center. She does not want to teach classes and prefers the one-on-one tutoring. “There are different rules that apply to different paper types so it is almost like knowing a different range of subjects,” Luse said.</p> <p>There are different formats of papers that the Writing Success Center helps to edit, including the American Psychological Association (APA), Modern Language Association (MLA), American Chemical Society (ACS), and the Associated Press (AP) styles.</p> <p>Luse has been a tutor for five weeks. “When you tutor someone, you really understand the person and it is easier to help them,” Luse said.</p> <p>EMCC also has the online Writing Center. That is where the students can turn in their papers online and the tutors edit those papers. There is a downside to online editing though.</p> <p>“Online, we can’t spend a lot of time editing a paper. We have to give edits in a short amount of words so that the student can understand us in order to be clear about what needs to be done. When we do the one-on-one tutoring, we are allowed to give more feedback and if the students have a question, they can ask us,” Luse said.</p> <p>For some reason, sometimes students do not learn crucial things in high school. “Students are able to learn here and sometimes we teach them things that they didn’t know before. It makes classwork that much easier,” Luse said.</p> <p>Chelsey Peterson is an EMCC student. Peterson goes to the Writing Success Center. “I don’t go there very often, but when I have a big paper to write, I go there for help,” Peterson said.</p> <p>It takes practice to become good at something. “Personal tutors are a little more, well, personal, but school tutors seem to have a little more experience depending on the environment,” Peterson said.  “They help me improve my writing and how to think about structures I can use for my next work,” she added.</p> <p>The Writing Success Center is one of the few places that students can go to when they need help editing a paper but it is not the only resource that they have at their disposal. The Math Success and the Science Success Centers are available as well to help students with their homework.</p> <p>For more information, please go to <a href="http://www.estrellamountain.edu/students/tutoring" rel="nofollow">http://www.estrellamountain.edu/students/tutoring</a>.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/active-learning" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Active Learning</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/emcc-campus" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">EMCC Campus</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/learning-styles" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Learning Styles</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/student-achievement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Student Achievement</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/student-challenges" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Student Challenges</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/student-engagement" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Student Engagement</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/student-support" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Student Support</a></div></div></div> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 ERIXL33951 169 at