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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 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”

Home Page - Wed, 2017-09-13 11:35

(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 ( 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. 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 (

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, 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

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.

Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre presents Pulitzer Prize-winning saga “The Kentucky Cycle” June 28-29

Home Page - Tue, 2017-06-13 11:07

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 13, 2017) — “The Kentucky Cycle,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning story about three families from Appalachia in eastern Kentucky, will be performed by the Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre (SCT) Wednesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 29 at Scottsdale Community College.

The works, by Robert Schenkkan, is a sweeping epic of three families and spans over 200 years of American history, from 1775 to 1975.

The performances are open to the public and free to attend with an Eventbrite registration ( The original production is made up of nine one-act plays. SCT will present three of the nine. Pamela Fields, Marcelino Quiñonez and Don Williams each direct an act. Now in its 30th year, the SCT is an intensive summer “boot camp” for actors, aspiring actors and backstage technicians, hosted at Scottsdale Community College. The performances will be in the school’s Performing Arts Center starting at 7:30 p.m. both days. If you go When: Wednesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 29, 2017. Both performances start at 7:30 p.m. Where: Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256. Admission: Free with reservation. Go to For more information, call (480) 423-6356.