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Music Dept. showcases student talent with free concerts in December

Home Page - Fri, 2017-11-17 12:39

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 17, 2017) — The Scottsdale Community College Music Department showcases its musical chops with concerts featuring its talented students and faculty in December.

All events are free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Holiday Pops featuring SCC Concert Band

Sunday, Dec. 3, 3:30 p.m.

Chaparral High School Auditorium

6935 E. Gold Dust Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Jazz Showcase featuring singer Dennis Rowland

Monday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.

SCC Performing Arts Center

9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Guitar Ensemble

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

SCC Performing Arts Center

9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Concert Choir, Jazz Vocal Ensemble & Artichoke Acapella

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

SCC Performing Arts Center

9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ

SCC Orchestra

Thursday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

SCC Performing Arts Center

9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ

For more information, contact Eric Rasmussen at eric.rasmussen@scottsdalecc.edu.

Dance Program presents fall concert Dec. 1-2 in Performing Arts Center

Home Page - Tue, 2017-11-14 12:25

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 14, 2017) — The Scottsdale Community College Dance Program presents Images in Motion, a dance concert performed by SCC’s three resident companies, Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.

In the tradition of inspiring productions, SCC dancers will demonstrate their artistic and physical excellence through a variety of dance styles. The all-ages concert offers a thrilling evening of entertainment. The shows are free to attend and open to the public (donations graciously accepted).

The performing companies will be:

  • Instinct Dancecorps, performing works by faculty members Angela Rosenkrans and Jenny Gerena, as well as guest choreographers David Marchant, Leandro Damasco, and Jordan Daniels
  • SCC Moving Company, performing works by faculty members Karryn Allen and Lisa Thorngren, and guest choreographer Elizabeth Rhodes
  • Scottsdale Arizona Jazz Ensemble (S.A.J.E.), performing works by faculty member Jennifer Rhea McKusick and guest choreographer Jenna Lyn Myers

The SCC Dance program is the largest among all Maricopa Community Colleges. Each year, SCC Dance attends the prestigious collegiate American College Dance Association Conference where it has been selected for the final gala performance numerous times since 2000.

If you go

When: Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2

Both shows begin at 8 p.m.

Where: Scottsdale Community College Performing Arts Center

9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Reservations are not required.

Press interested in obtaining photos should contact Lisa Thorngren at lisa.thorngren@scottsdalecc.edu.

Film + Theatre Open House

Home Page - Mon, 2017-11-13 13:13

SCOTTSDALE SCHOOL OF FILM + THEATRE HOSTS OPEN HOUSE

Camera equipment options for students in the Scottsdale School of Film + Theatre at SCC

The Scottsdale School of Film + Theatre at SCC is hosting an open house for prospective students on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 5:30 p.m.

Learn about the many program choices, tour classrooms and creative space, check out the equipment, meet knowledgeable faculty and staff and enjoy some light refreshments!

If you go:

SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
AP Building (North East side of campus, Lot H)
9000 E. Chaparral Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85256

For more information, call 480.423.6076

Images in Motion

Home Page - Mon, 2017-11-13 13:02

The Scottsdale Community College Dance Department presents Images in Motion, a dance concert featuring the artistic and physical excellence of SCC dancers. Dec. 1 and 2, 8 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center.

All performances are free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Contact: sccdance@scottsdalecc.edu

Images in motion will capture your imagination and leave you in awe.

 

Sculpture Department hosts annual “KOJI XIII Fall Iron Pour” Sat., Nov. 11

Home Page - Wed, 2017-11-08 12:36

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 7, 2017) — Scottsdale Community College’s Sculpture Department presents its annual “KOJI XIII Fall Iron Pour” Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.
The event runs throughout the day and into the evening but the pour and accompanying visual spectacle starts at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

It features SCC students collaborating with sculpture artists from around the country as they pour molten iron ore into their own original sculpture molds. The pour will occur on the north side of the Arts Building. Those wishing to take photos are encouraged to be there at 4 p.m. when the pour begins. A limited number of scratch blocks will be available for $10. The scratch blocks allow visitors to create and cast their own unique tiles. Those wishing to purchase and design a scratch block are encouraged to get there early enough to design their block before the pour begins. Proceeds for this event benefit the SCC Sculpture Program. Cash or checks accepted. SCC is located at 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ. For a campus map, go to:http://bit.ly/1eQk5m0.

Music Dept. stages “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”

Home Page - Thu, 2017-10-26 12:35
Scottsdale Community College’s Music Department stages musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 26, 2017) — The Scottsdale Community College Music Department presents “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” the musical based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Shulz and lyrics by Clark M. Gesner.

The two-act musical will be staged in the school’s Performing Arts Center, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Nov. 9,11 and 16-18. The shows are open to the public and free to attend. For best seats come early. The SCC adaptation is directed by Polly Chapman, with musical direction from Beth Livingston-Hakes. if you go When: Nov. 9, 11 and 16-18.
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 11. Where: Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. Cost: Free to attend and open to the public. Cell phone, photography, video/audio recordings of performances strictly prohibited.

Former SCC nursing student joins the Nursing faculty

Home Page - Thu, 2017-10-26 10:10

Jessica Bruhn’s passion for nursing and teaching came full circle earlier this year when she became the first Scottsdale Community College Concurrent Enrollment nursing alum to become a full-time faculty member at the school.

The Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) offers nursing students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree while pursuing their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree of nursing at one of the eight Maricopa Community College’s Nursing Programs.

Being part of the CEP certainly helped her reach her goals sooner than what it would have taken without it. “Many hospitals require nurses to have a BSN,” she said. “It certainly opened doors for me.”

Bruhn, who graduated from SCC’s CEP in 2013, started pursuing a nursing career after a 12-year career as a medical assistant. As part of the inaugural CEP class, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northern Arizona University and AAS in nursing from SCC at the same time. Seven months later she decided to further her education and began a Master’s degree in nursing education from Grand Canyon University, which she completed in February 2016.

The challenge of starting her nursing career in her 30s while married with one child was daunting, she recalled. But with the support of her family, she was up to the task. “I remember struggling in microbiology and my husband said I could quit. But I really wanted to do this for my family. I wanted my son to have a good example.” Her dedication, commitment and focus are evident in the degrees and accomplishments she has earned.

During her Master’s program, Jessica completed a 16-week teaching internship at SCC. This opened the door to teach block one clinicals for SCC as an adjunct faculty member. In the spring of 2016, a nursing faculty position opened at SCC. She interviewed for the position but was not offered the job. Although she was disappointed, Jessica continued to work as adjunct faculty. In December of 2016, another nursing faculty position at SCC opened up. Jessica interviewed for the second time. “I was nervous, but felt that I was much better prepared this time around,” she said.

She was offered the position and began her career as a nursing professor in January 2016.

Now she’s busy teaching her students in both the clinical and didactic setting, keeping intact SCC’s strong record of producing nursing graduates capable of passing the state licensure test on the first try. In the most recent board licensure exams, SCC nursing students had a 100 percent passage rate. The national average is 84 percent.

Her days consist of teaching, preparing lectures, putting together schedules and syllabi and making sure course content is up to standards. “It’s a lot of work and hard work,” she says. “It’s like nursing itself — you have to love what you do or you’re not going to be good at it.”

Bruhn also has maintained a desire to keep pursuing her nursing education. Now she is considering pursuing a doctorate in nursing education.

She offers straightforward advice to those considering a nursing career. “Nursing is an honor and a privilege. There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. You have to be committed. It’s a large commitment not just for you, but for your family…. having a strong support system will keep you motivated. It’s going to be rocky and bumpy, but it is certainly worth it.”

SCC nationally recognized for excellence in student voter engagement

Home Page - Fri, 2017-10-20 15:48
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 19, 2017) — Today, at the first-ever ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Scottsdale Community College and Mesa Community College each received Best in Class Awards for having the most improved student voting rate among all two-year institutions as well as within the medium and large, two-year institution categories. More than 30 awards were announced at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. A full list of award winners can be viewed here. “We are pleased to receive this national recognition for increasing student engagement and voting,” said SCC President Dr. Jan Gehler. “Our Center for Civic and Global Engagement was instrumental in leading this effort to raise awareness among students about the importance of having a voice in local and national elections.” “We work across disciplines to prepare our students to be engaged citizens,” said MCC Interim President Sasan Poureetezadi. “One of the ways MCC’s Center for Community & Civic Engagement promotes excellence in teaching and learning is through encouragement of civic leadership, which includes active participation in local and national election processes.” Student participation in elections has increased in the past few years. A recent report, “Democracy Counts: A Report on U.S. College and University Student Voting” from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy in Higher Education, shows that between the 2012 presidential election and the 2016 presidential election, student voting went from 45.1% of eligible voters in 2012 to 48.3% in 2016 – a 7% improvement. SCC’s data reveals that the College’s overall student body voting rate increased by 6.5 points and the rate among registered voters increased by about 10 points to about 73%. “I am proud to honor Scottsdale Community College and Mesa Community College with an ALL IN Challenge award in recognition of their dedication, hard work, and achievement,” said Zaneeta E. Daver, director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “SCC and MCC are not only ensuring that a more representative population participates in our nation’s democracy, but is educating students to be civic-minded. They are an example to be emulated.” The All IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and make democratic participation a core value on their campus. By joining the Challenge, campuses commit to:
  • Convening a campus-wide committee that includes members from academic affairs, student affairs, and the student body, as well as any other relevant stakeholders;
  • Developing and implementing an action plan to improve democratic engagement;
  • Participating in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) in order to measure student voting rates; and
  • Sharing their campus’ action plan and NSLVE results in order to be eligible for a recognition seal and/or awards.
Nearly 300 campuses, enrolling more than 4 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.

SCC salutes military veterans with Veterans Day recognition ceremony Nov. 9

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(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 19, 2017) —  Scottsdale Community College invites veterans, students and the community to a recognition ceremony for current and former military members as part of its Veterans Day celebration Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

Veterans will be saluted with honor, respect and gratitude from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Two Waters Circle Amphitheater. The celebration is open to the public and free to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Retired U.S. Army Major Michelle Bravo will be the featured guest speaker. SCC holds the distinction of being a “Military Supportive Campus” from the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Last year, it was named to the annual Military Friendly School list by GI Jobs magazine. SCC is located at 9000 E. Chaparral Road in Scottsdale. For a campus map, go to http://bit.ly/1eQk5m0. For more information, contact Michelle Dew at michelle.dew@scottsdalecc.edu.

The 2017 Alli Ortega Empty Bowls fundraiser set for Thursday, Nov. 29

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(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 19, 2017) — Scottsdale Community College will host the annual “Alli Ortega Empty Bowls 2017” fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, to raise money to fight local hunger and bring awareness to food scarcity issues.

The community event, which is free to attend and open to the public, sells handmade ceramic bowls and a modest meal for $10, with proceeds going to Vista del Camino Social Services, which assists Scottsdale residents in crisis with basic needs and relief for economic and emotional stress. Cash, check, credit and debit accepted for payment.

This year’s event in the school cafeteria will feature handmade bowls made by middle-school and high school students in the Scottsdale Unified and Paradise Valley Unified school districts, Scottsdale Senior Centers, Delta Kappa Gamma and local artisans. In addition to SCC and the school districts, community partners involved in the event are:
  • City of Scottsdale Human Services Department
  • Scottsdale Community Partners
  • Scottsdale Human Services
  • Scottsdale Arts
  • Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club
Dedicated to the spirit of volunteerism, this program is named in memory of Ortega, who was a local artist, City of Scottsdale employee, and loyal Empty Bowls volunteer. A brief program begins at 12:30 p.m. It will include remarks from representatives from partnering organizations and the Ortega family. Food will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or as long as quantities last). Ceramic bowls will be sold until 6 p.m. Specially prepared pasta will be provided by the SCC Culinary Arts program and sponsored by the school’s Center for Civic & Global Engagement. To donate, visit scpaz.org/donate.

If you go

When: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (food served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Where: SC Cafeteria, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.See campus map Cost: $10 for most bowls (includes food if bought from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Specialty bowls will be priced as marked. For more information, call 480.423.6590.

Charlie Brown and Friends Come to SCC Main Stage

Home Page - Fri, 2017-10-13 15:38

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown is coming to the PAC, Main Stage, at Scottsdale Community College Nov. 9,11 and 16-18, 2017, presented by the SCC Music Department.

The musical is based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts,” by Charles M. Schulz. Book, music and lyrics by Clark M. Gesner.

Directed by Polly Chapman with Music Director Beth Livingston-Hakes.

Production dates:

November 9, 7:30 p.m.

November 11, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

November 16, 7:30pm

November 17, 7:30pm

November 18, 7:30pm

Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. Seating is first come, first served.

William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead

Home Page - Tue, 2017-09-19 16:18

Shakespeare and Zombies come together at the PAC, Main Stage, at Scottsdale Community College Oct. 20-21 and 27-28, 2017, with the production of William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead-A True and Accurate Account of the 1599 Zombie Plague, by John Heimbuch.

Presented by the Scottsdale School of Film + Theatre at SCC, and directed by Theatre Faculty Randy Messersmith.

Described as a true and accurate account of the 1599 Elizabethan zombie plague, both Shakespeare and horror nerds will enjoy this bloody Elizabethan production of epic proportions, taking zombies into new and exciting terrain.

Production dates: October 20th 7:30pm

October 21st 2pm and 7:30pm

October 27th 7:30pm

October 28th 2pm

 

Center for Native and Urban Wildlife’s Fall Plant Sale set for Oct. 11-12

Home Page - Mon, 2017-09-18 13:29

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 18, 2017) — Scottsdale Community College’s Center for Native and Urban Wildlife (CNUW) is holding its Fall Plant Sale Wednesday, Oct. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at the SCC Greenhouse. Sale times will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on both days.

The general public is welcome. The proceeds benefit CNUW, a non-profit started by the SCC Biology Department to serve as a resource for students and others to learn about the biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert through conservation, education and research opportunities. Cacti, trees/shrubs, house plants, exotic succulents will be on sale as well as custom pot arrangements, wildflower seeds and bee poles. Buyers can also receive care and planting tips from CNUW experts. Plant prices will range from $3 to $20. Only cash and checks accepted for payment. SCC is located at 9000 E. Chaparral Road in Scottsdale. The greenhouse is located on the north side of campus. Enter from Entrance 4 and head to Parking Lot I. See map. For more information, call Edward Weigand at (480) 423-6731 or  edward.weigand@scottsdalecc.edu. if you go When: Wednesday, Oct. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. both days Where: Greenhouse, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale. Enter from Entrance 4, proceed to Parking Lot I. See map. Cost: Plant prices range from $3 to $20. Cash and checks only.

Scottsdale Community College production earns four ariZoni Award nominations, including “Best Musical”

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(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 7, 2017) — The Scottsdale Community College theatrical production of “Avenue Q” has earned four ariZoni nominations — including “Best Musical.” The ariZoni Awards recognize excellence in local theater productions.

The winners will be announced during the 27th Annual ariZoni Theatre Awards for Excellence Monday, Sept. 25 at the Tempe Center for Performing Arts.

The student cast also will perform “For Now,” the closing song from “Avenue Q,” at the awards show. In addition to “Best Musical,” other nominations were:
  • Beth Livingston-Haykes for Best Musical Direction
  • Luke Ottinger for Best Supporting Actor (role of Nicky)
  • Shawn Patti for Best Supporting Actor (role of Trekki Monster)
“These kids work so hard,” said Avenue Q Director Polly Chapman. “The students had to learn puppets as well as their lines and dance routines. It really allowed them to bond and I think the audience saw that commitment, talent and energy onstage.” The SCC production ran in April at the school’s Performing Arts Center. For ticket information to the awards show, visit the Tempe Center for the Arts home page.

SCC celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with screening of short documentary

Home Page - Mon, 2017-08-21 14:48

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 21, 2017) — In 1984, a team of Mexican-American reporters from the Los Angeles Times won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a groundbreaking 27-part series on Southern California’s Latino communities. The prize validated the team’s vision and storytelling skills with stories that offered a broader window into the lives, history and contributions of the region’s Latino residents.

It also countered the distorted, narrow reportage that characterized the paper’s previous coverage of Latinos. The series is considered a milestone in enhancing inclusion in news coverage. The efforts of the 17-member team were chronicled in a 20-minute documentary by filmmaker Roberto Gudino, who produced and directed the film as a University of Arizona student. Executive producer Olga Briseño, of the university’s Media Democracy and Policy Initiative, collaborated on the project. Gudino, now a professor at Scottsdale Community College’s Scottsdale School of Film + Theatre, is an award-winning media producer, Fulbright scholar, and filmmaker. As part of school’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the documentary, “Below the Fold: The Pulitzer that Defined Latino Journalism,” will be screened Thursday, Sept. 28 in the school’s Performing Arts Center. It will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Gudino and Frank Sotomayor of Tucson, co-editor of the Latino series and one of the LA Times journalists featured in the documentary. SCC Communications Coordinator Jonathan Higuera, a longtime journalist, will moderate the discussion. Sotomayor, who retired in 2006 after a 35-year career at the Times, has written an online book about the series (http://bit.ly/PulitzerLongShot) provides the back story on how the project came to fruition. In his account, Sotomayor writes, “Until publication of our series, such coverage had often been undervalued and derided as ‘the taco beat.’ Our series signaled to the journalism world the rich value of explanatory journalism about all the people in our communities.” The event is open to the public and free to attend with an Eventbrite registration. www.btf-doc.eventbrite.com The evening will start with a reception (light appetizers) at 6 p.m., followed by the screening at 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by SCC’s Inclusiveness Council, the Latino Student Association and the Center for Civic and Global Engagement. When: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 6 p.m. reception; 6:30 p.m. screening Where: Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Admission: Free with registration (www.btf-doc.eventbrite.com)

Scottsdale Community College hosts international exchange participants as part of State Dept. program

Home Page - Thu, 2017-08-17 15:50

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 17, 2017) — Scottsdale Community College is pleased to be one of ten campuses across eight states to welcome international exchange participants to its campus during the 2017-2018  academic year as part of the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program.

The U.S. Department of State’s CCI Program is administered by Northern Virginia Community College on behalf of the Community College Consortium. The program provides participants with a one-year, non-degree academic program in workforce development fields at a U.S. community college.

The CCI Program is designed to build participants’ technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency.  The program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community engagement activities to build relations between U.S. citizens and other countries. While at Scottsdale Community College, participants will focus on study in the fields of Film, Journalism, Business and Computer Information Systems. After completing the CCI Program, participants return home with a deeper understanding of U.S. culture and with improved technical and vocational skills to contribute to the economic development of their home communities. SCC has hosted eight cohorts of CCI participants, with more than 120 participants during that time.The program has generated more than $1 million in tuition for Maricopa Community Colleges. In 2016-2017, independentsector.org reported that CCI participants contributed nearly $1.3 million in service to local U.S. communities. CCI participants also contribute to their U.S. host communities by helping to internationalize U.S. community colleges. This year marks the CCI Program’s 10th anniversary. Since 2007, the CCI Program has hosted more than 2,800 participants from 21 countries. This year, CCI participants are from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey. The CCI Program recruits participants from underserved and unrepresented communities, particularly women. For further information, please contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at eca-press@state.gov.

Kathleen Kelly reaches the finish line

Home Page - Mon, 2017-08-14 11:54

By Jonathan J. Higuera

It took a little longer than expected but Kathleen Kelly reached her goal of getting a college degree this summer.

The 78-year old mother of six starting taking classes at Scottsdale Community College in 2011 and persisted until she had degree in hand with her last class this summer. As a full-time legal assistant and office manager for a one-person law firm here in Scottsdale, she made time to take one or two classes a semester until she finally reached the finish line.

Along the way, she lost her mom, who passed away in 2014 at age 94. She also didn’t let some advisement slip ups keep her from gettng the degree, although it led to retaking a couple of classes.

When she passed her final exam July 22, the journey was complete – she earned her Associate of General Education. She focused on Women’s Studies and Political Science in her coursework.

“It gives you a purpose and keeps your brain expanding,” said Kelly of her academic pursuits. “It also helps your critical thinking and makes you not so easily influenced.”

She wishes her mother were still alive to see her get the degree but she can tell her children – now ranging in age from 45 to 55 and her seven grandchildren – that their mom and grandmother is a college graduate.

“She was persistent and didn’t give up,” noted SCC Advisor Andrea Khalife. “Any hiccup that came up she was willing to work through. She was very open and wanted to get it done.”

Kelly’s higher education foray came after a full life before even moving to Arizona. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in nearby Lakewood, Ohio, she got married at age 20 and moved to Bedminster, N.J., with her then husband. The couple had six children – five girls and one boy. When she and her husband at the time divorced in the late ‘80s, Kelly asked her mom if she wanted to move to Arizona.

“I got up one morning and looked at all the snow and decided ‘I don’t want to shovel it anymore,’ ” she recalled.

She and her mother chose to live in Fountain Hills, where she still lives today. “It was the most beautiful area of all the ones we looked at when we got here,” she said.

Kelly says her interest in Women’s Studies started with her involvement trying to get the Equal Rights Amendment added to the U.S. Constitution in the mid-1990s. Although it is still not part of the U.S. Constitution, her efforts to get it passed fomented her passion for women’s rights and equality.

She also got involved in a national organization called Business and Professional Women in 1996. She went from local president to state president to being a national legislative committee member and chairing the National Equal Rights Amendment Task Force.

“I met so many inspiring women in the women’s movement,” she said.

Now she’s the one inspiring others to truly make learning a lifelong endeavor.