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School of Film+Theatre offers up “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” in March

Home Page - Thu, 2018-02-15 11:06

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 9, 2018) — Scottsdale Community College’s School of Film+Theatre presents the stage play “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” by Steven Adly Guirgis, March 2-3 and 9-10.

The play, directed by Bill True, co-chair  of the School of Film+Theatre, reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most infamous and unexplained sinner. The courtroom drama is set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell.

“Two thousand plus years later and we’re still grappling with how we feel about Judas Iscariot,” said True.  “On one hand, he’s the ultimate betrayer and the most vilified character in the New Testament. On the other hand, some have taken a much more forgiving view.”

Lead student actors in the play are Andy Cahoon as El-Fayoumi, Mary Townsend as Judge Cunningham, and John Hull as Judas.

Performances are FREE to attend with a reservation and open to the public. To reserve a spot, visit LastDaysOfJudasSCC.eventbrite.com.

Please note the play contains ADULT CONTENT and is NOT suitable for children.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., with matinee performances on March 3 & 10.

if you go

When: March 2-3 & 9,

7:30 p.m.

March 3 & 10

2 p.m.

Where: Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Admission: Free with eventbrite registration: LastDaysOfJudasSCC.eventbrite.com.

*Contains adult content, not suitable for children.

Scholarship Writing Workshop

Home Page - Wed, 2018-02-14 16:02

Come learn how to prepare your college scholarship application essay Thursday, Feb. 22, in LIB463.

Representatives of the Maricopa Community College Foundation office will offer valuable strategies for writing the essay. The event runs from noon to 2 p.m. but feel free to stop by for a few minutes if you cannot stay for entire session.

For more information, contact the Welcome Center at 480-423-6700.

 

Jazz great George Benson to appear at Music Showcase Feb. 10

Home Page - Thu, 2018-02-08 16:10

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 7, 2018) — Scottsdale Community College’s Music Department presents its Annual Music Showcase, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in the school’s Performing Arts Center.

The event, which is free to attend and open to the public, features an eclectic menu of musical performances from students and music faculty. Jazz singer/guitarist George Benson will be on hand to award the George Benson Scholarship to this year’s top music student.

“We’re featuring collaboration between students and faculty and highlighting the broad musical genres and influences that make up our Music Department,” said Eric Rasmussen, SCC’s director of instrumental music. “Performances will feature bluegrass, 80s inspired singer-songwriter music, jazz meets hip hop and classical genres.”

This year marks the seventh year the Benson Scholarship has been awarded. Joseph Thomas, who plays the saxophone, will receive $1,500 to pursue his studies.

Thomas plays in various SCC jazz ensembles and bands and carries a 3.8 grade point average. He expects to graduate this May.

“Attending Scottsdale Community College has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” he said. “All my mentors here have changed my life.”

if you go

When: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

7 p.m.

Where: Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Admission: Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Donations graciously accepted.

Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist visits SCC

Home Page - Thu, 2018-02-08 16:04

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 6, 2018) — Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel will play with the Scottsdale Community College Jazz Orchestra at The Nash, Wed., Feb. 21, as part of the SCC Music Department’s artist-student collaboration series.

Wendel, who has enjoyed a successful career as a performer, composer and producer, also will participate in a workshop at school’s Music Department earlier that day. The workshop brings him together with students and other musicians from the community.

Wendell’s career includes touring with artists such as Ignacio Berroa, Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Sanchez, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland, Taylor Eigsti, Snoop Dogg and the late artist formerly known as Prince. He also is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated group Kneebody.

The improvisation/composition workshop and rehearsal will give students and members of the school’s Jazz Orchestra a chance to interact with Wendel, who was born in Vancouver, raised in Los Angeles and who currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. It is open to the public.

The SCC Jazz Orchestra performs under the direction of Eric Rasmussen, director of Instrumental Music in the school’s Music Department. The orchestra offers a unique mix of contemporary big band music as well as jazz big-band favorites. Orchestra members feature both promising young Valley musicians and several of the area’s most seasoned jazz veterans.

The SCC Jazz Orchestra has performed with world-renowned guest artists, including Marshall Gilkes, Lee Konitz, Donny McCaslin, Chris Cheek, Karrin Allyson, Alan Ferber, Ralph Alessi, JC Sanford, and Miguel Zenón.

if you go

When: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018

7:30 p.m.

Where: The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix

Admission: $25 for the general public and $15 for students. To order tickets online, visit www.thenash.org.

Jazz great George Benson set to appear at Annual Music Showcase

Home Page - Wed, 2018-02-07 16:19

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 7, 2018) — Scottsdale Community College’s Music Department presents its Annual Music Showcase, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in the school’s Performing Arts Center.

The event, which is free to attend and open to the public, features an eclectic menu of musical performances from students and music faculty. Jazz singer/guitarist George Benson will be on hand to award the George Benson Scholarship to this year’s top music student.

“We’re featuring collaboration between students and faculty and highlight the broad musical genres and influences that make up our Music Department,” said Eric Rasmussen, SCC’s director of instrumental music. “Performances will feature bluegrass, 80s inspired singer-songwriter music, jazz meets hip hop and classical genres.”

This year marks the seventh year the Benson Scholarship has been awarded. Joseph Thomas, who plays the saxophone, will receive $1,500 to pursue his studies.

Thomas plays in various SCC jazz ensembles and bands and carries a 3.8 grade point average. He expects to graduate this May.

“Attending Scottsdale Community College has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” he said. “All my mentors here have changed my life.”

if you go

When: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

7 p.m.

Where: Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale AZ

Admission: Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Donations graciously accepted.

Grammy-nominated jazz sax player visits SCC Feb. 21

Home Page - Tue, 2018-02-06 15:02

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 6, 2018) — Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel will play with the Scottsdale Community College Jazz Orchestra at The Nash, Wed., Feb. 21, as part of the SCC Music Department’s artist-student collaboration series.

Wendel, who has enjoyed a successful career as a performer, composer and producer, also will participate in a workshop at school’s Music Department earlier that day. The workshop brings him together with students and other musicians from the community.

Wendell’s career includes touring with artists such as Ignacio Berroa, Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Sanchez, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland, Taylor Eigsti, Snoop Dogg and the late artist formerly known as Prince. He also is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated group Kneebody.

The improvisation/composition workshop and rehearsal will give students and members of the school’s Jazz Orchestra a chance to interact with Wendel, who was born in Vancouver, raised in Los Angeles and who currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. It is open to the public.

The SCC Jazz Orchestra performs under the direction of Eric Rasmussen, director of Instrumental Music in the school’s Music Department. The orchestra offers a unique mix of contemporary big band music as well as jazz big-band favorites. Orchestra members feature both promising young Valley musicians and several of the area’s most seasoned jazz veterans.

The SCC Jazz Orchestra has performed with world-renowned guest artists, including Marshall Gilkes, Lee Konitz, Donny McCaslin, Chris Cheek, Karrin Allyson, Alan Ferber, Ralph Alessi, JC Sanford, and Miguel Zenón.

if you go

When: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018

7:30 p.m.

Where: The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix

Admission: $25 for the general public and $15 for students. To order tickets online, visit www.thenash.org.

Equine Science student chosen for prestigious internship

Home Page - Tue, 2018-01-23 15:27

At age 5, Stephanie Malleo dreamed about working with horses. Now, at 21, the Scottsdale Community College student is taking a big step to realize that dream.

In November, she became one of 29 students from across the world chosen to participate in the prestigious Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI). Of the college students selected, she was the only one from a community college.

The six-month internship will expose her to opportunities within the horse industry while being in the heart of horse country.

The internship also fulfils Malleo’s final requirement to earn her Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Equine Science from SCC.

“I never thought this (internship) would actually happen,” said the graduate of Willow Canyon High School in Surprise, Ariz. “The lesson here is don’t doubt yourself because it could happen.”

Malleo began the six-month internship Jan. 2. She is currently living near Lexington, Kentucky, where she is shadowing and working with veterinarians and a foaling manager in a foaling barn. (Foaling refers to the period when a mare gives birth until the baby horse reaches about one year old.)

Her ultimate goal is to become a vet specializing in equine sports medicine.

Despite longshot odds of getting into the KEMI program, Malleo moved forward with her application and the mindset that if she didn’t get into the program this time, she would keep trying.

“When she commits to something, she does it,” said Julie Begonia, Malleo’s SCC advisor and a one of her instructors in the SCC equine program. “She has a tremendous amount of perseverance.”

Begonia added, “She’s coming very well prepared for this internship. She’s had a lifetime of working with horses. One of nice things about Stephanie is it doesn’t matter what needs to be done, she’ll do it. For her, it’s all integral in the care of horses.”

Prior to leaving for her internship, she had been a pharmacy tech at a CVS and had been riding colts in Dewey, Ariz. Malleo became a certified Emergency Medical Tech at age 18 and worked in the field for several years.

“People with EMT training are very well qualified in dealing with the less glamorous side of emergencies,” Begonia said. “They are not offput by injury and illness. That is important in this internship.”

Malleo said she enjoyed her time as an EMT but decided horses were her passion.

She currently plans to enroll at Texas A&M University in the fall to earn her bachelor’s degree. Eventually, she’d like to go to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville for veterinarian school. She has ties to both states. Her mother currently lives in Texas and her family is originally from Nashville before they moved to Arizona when she was a toddler.

Malleo said attending SCC and being a part of the Equine Science program provided a supportive environment to pursue her professional goals.

“The professors showed a lot of interest in us as students and as horse professionals,” she said. “We met a lot of industry professionals. That opened doors for us.”

Jay Clements, director of SCC’s Equine Science pogram, said she hopes Malleo is the first of many SCC equine students to get accepted into the KEMI program.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for students who are pursuing a career in equine,” she said. “They do a lot of things hands on, but still keep it focused around academics.”

 

VITA program offers help preparing/filing taxes

Home Page - Tue, 2018-01-23 08:45
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 18, 2018) — Need help filing your taxes but can’t afford to hire an accountant or tax filing firm? For the fourth consecutive year, certified volunteers organized by Scottsdale Community College will help eligible taxpayers file income taxes free of charge by the tax filing deadline. SCC has been designated an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site for the 2018 tax season. IRS-certified student and community volunteers will help qualified taxpayers with free tax preparation and electronic filing. Qualified taxpayers include those with annual income less than $54,000, persons with disabilities, older adults, and individuals with limited English speaking ability. Volunteers will be available every Thursday from Jan. 25 through April 14, and every Saturday from Jan. 27 through April 16 in Room LIB-463. “The VITA tax preparation program touches every part of our mission,” said SCC Business professor Jim Simpson, who coordinates the VITA project. “We are enabling our accounting students and community volunteers to use skills they learned in class to provide a service to other students and the community, while gaining real-world experience.” Taxpayers should bring all applicable documents, such as the following: -Proof of identification (photo ID) -Social Security card and SS cards for all dependents or ITIN -Birth dates for all dependents -Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc) from all employers -Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099) -A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available -Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check -To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-jointly tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms -Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number, if applicable -Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements If you would like to file your own taxes and you make less than $62,000, you can use free tax software at www.myfreetaxes.com. The IRS VITA site at SCC is sponsored by A New Leaf, a community non-profit that provides services to people and families in crisis. If you go When:  Every Thursday from Jan. 25 through April 14 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; Every Saturday starting Jan. 27 through April 16, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Room LIB-463, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E.  Chaparral Road, Scottsdale AZ 85256. Park in Lot D. For campus map, visit http://bit.ly/1eQk5m0.

Contact: Jim Simpson, (480) 423-6257 or jim.simpson@scottsdalecc.edu

Math/Science Field Day for h.s. students set for Jan. 10

Home Page - Thu, 2017-12-21 15:50
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Dec. 21, 2017) – More than 250 students from 17 Valley high schools are expected to spend a day at Scottsdale Community College Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, to participate in the 22nd annual Math/Science Field Day. Coordinated by the SCC’s Math and Science divisions, the event brings together students to celebrate math and science knowledge. Students also are encouraged to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. “Competitors who have frequented the event in the past have said the event is the most fun and challenging of any they have attended,” said Patricia Dueck, one of the lead organizers of the event and SCC math faculty member. “It’s an event for both students and teachers. And SCC faculty love working with and hearing the experiences of the high school faculty.” When the arrive in the morning, students will be treated to a Science and Math carnival in Two Waters Circle. The carnival will feature exhibits staffed by SCC instructors. Displays and demonstrations will be held in a broad range of areas, including robotics, chemistry, wildlife management, biology and forensics. Following lunch, students will gather in the Performing Arts Center to participate in or observe a science and math competition among school teams. That will be followed by a Q&A competition. Top finishers will take home modest scholarships and gift cards as will students who scored highest on competency exams given earlier in the day. Attendance is limited to registered participants. Media coverage of this event is welcomed. All students have signed media release forms allowing them to be filmed or photographed. Interested media should contact Jonathan Higuera at (602) 540-9453 or jonathan.higuera@scottsdalecc.edu

TechTalks 2018 coming Feb. 2; series of inspiring of 18-minute talks

Home Page - Fri, 2017-12-01 09:35

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 30, 2017) — A morning of inspiring, entertaining and informative stories showing how technology and education together have the power to change student success outcomes is slated for Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at Scottsdale Community College.

TechTalks 2018 features presenters giving 18-minute talks on educational technology and the teaching/learning process. The format is similar to the acclaimed TEDTalks.

The event is free to attend and open to the public with registration. Register athttps://mcli.maricopa.edu/mcli-calendar/events/techtalks-2018 Topics include:
  • Creating an Accessible Learning Environment for Students
  • Empowering Student Voice
  • Virtual Reality and Journalism: The New Frontier
  • Making: Students Learn!
  • Virtual Manipulatives for Mathematics: A Collaborative Journey
  • Creating an EdTech Startup in College
  • Saving Time: A Hacked Life
The event will be in SCC’s Performing Arts Center, 9000 E. Chaparral Road. The program starts promptly at 8:30 a.m., with continental breakfast available from 8-8:30 a.m. The last presentation is scheduled to end at 12:30 p.m. TechTalks 2018 is presented by SCC’s Instructional Strategic Technology Advisory Committee and sponsored by the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction. For more information on the speakers and their topics or to view videos from TechTalks 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 go to: http://showcase.scottsdalecc.edu/scctechtalks/ If you go When: Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 8 a.m. continental breakfast, 8:30 a.m. program Where: Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256 Admission: Free to those who register in advance. https://mcli.maricopa.edu/mcli-calendar/events/techtalks-2018. Seating is limited.

School of Film+Theatre stages “Wellesley Girl” Dec. 8-9

Home Page - Fri, 2017-12-01 09:32

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 29, 2017) — Scottsdale Community College’s School of Film+Theatre presents “Wellesley Girl,” by Brendan Pelsue, which premiered at the 2016 Actors Theatre Of Louisville 40th Anniversary Humana Festival of New American Plays.

The performances, which are free to attend with registration, will be Dec. 8-9 in the Black Box Theatre in the school’s Performing Arts Center. Seating is extremely limited. Registration link:https://wellesleygirl-brendan-pelsue-scc.eventbrite.com

The year is 2465 in a small walled Massachusetts citadel where 435 survivors are all members of Congress with one woman representing the Supreme Court. It’s snowing, Barbarians are encroaching and all members must vote to determine diplomacy or a preemptive strike in order to survive. Uncertainty prevails in a water fragile environment. Through bright energized dialogue, irony, wit and suspense, Pelsue creates a landscape that challenges sensibilities and the extremes of political commentary. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on both days. The student-directed play is produced by the collaborative Acting and Directing, Design and Technology programs of SCC Theatre Arts and by special arrangement with Rachel Viola, United Talent Agency. The all-student cast is directed by SSFT student Adam Cadena. If you go When: Dec. 8-9 2 p.m. matinee, 7:30 p.m. Where: Black Box Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ Admission: Free with registration

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.