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Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre presents all things Greek mythology June 27-28

Tue, 2018-06-19 12:54

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 19, 2018) — “The Illiad, The Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less” will be performed by the Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre (SCT) Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 28 at Scottsdale Community College.

The play, by Jay Hopkins and John Hunter, submerges the audience into ALL of Greek mythology by a hustling band of actors eager to tell all tales. Zeus, Hera, Hades and all your favorite Olympians will make appearances in this fast-paced farcical fable directed by Maren Maclean-Mascarelli and assistant director Eric Mitchell. It promises to make heads spin with history.

The humorous performances are open to the public and free to attend with an Eventbrite registration. Visit to rsvp.

The performances will be in the school’s Performing Arts Center starting at 7:30 p.m. both days.

About SCT: Now in its 31st year, the Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre is a six-week summer intensive offering skills, exploration and opportunities for Acting and Technical Theatre artists to earn college credit while studying with professionals working in the field. The intensive summer “boot camp” is held at Scottsdale Community College.

If you go

When: Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 28, 2018.

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. To rsvp, go to

*Cellphones/photography/video/audio recordings of this performance strictly prohibited.


President Gehler announces retirement effective Aug. 3

Fri, 2018-05-04 10:10

After 10 years as the leader of Scottsdale Community College, Dr. Jan Gehler announces her retirement, effective Aug. 3, 2018. She sent the following message to the campus community:

“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” – Barbara Bush

Dear Colleagues,

This quote from former First Lady Barbara Bush, who recently passed away, has always resonated with me, but more so lately, particularly after a recent trip to Germany to visit our son Drew, his wife Rosa and our three exceptional grandchildren.

Through our long flight home, during which I did some serious soul searching, I unplugged from my favorite tunes for a moment, turned to Bill, and said, “So this is how it is; we get to see them once a year?”

Realistically, we could go visit more often. But, while we can afford the plane fare, I can’t be away from the college and my role for long stretches. And, even when I’m physically away, I am on constant SCC alert — thinking, problem-solving, planning, etc. Educational administrative positions demand 24/7 energy and focus. It’s what is expected, and it is what I’ve gladly given for these past ten years to SCC and Maricopa.

It hasn’t been an easy decision, but, after pondering the ‘what ifs,’ consulting with and getting agreement from Bill and our children, I have decided it’s time to take the next step. Once the two SCC VP hires were completed last week, I tendered my notice of intent to retire to Chancellor Harper-Marinick, with August 3 as my last day of work for Maricopa.

Simply put, I have given my best to my work over many years and want to spend whatever emotional, intellectual and physical energy I have remaining on my family. Bill and I will return to Alaska, live in our home of 38 years, where we’ll be very close to two of our adult children. With this move, we’ll also be free to roam the country and the world to see our two other children and their families.

I will miss you all terribly. Our time at SCC and in the wonderful Scottsdale community has been excellent. We could not have asked for a warmer welcome, nor better experience, than we found here at Artie’s home. I hope you know that, throughout these past 10 years – during the ups, the downs, the good days and not-so-good days – I have always put the best interests of faculty and staff, students, the communities we serve and this wonderful institution as the most important factors in any decisions I have made, without question.

There is always much talk about the SCC ‘culture’ – an ethos of deep caring for our students and profound respect for one another. I believe firmly that if you all continue to care, as has been the tradition over these past 48-plus years, our culture will endure no matter who sits in the President’s chair. It always has.

The Chancellor will announce plans for an interim president in the near future, so stay tuned.

My heartfelt thanks goes to to each and every one of you for making my time as SCC’s leader so very special, and for your ongoing support of me and our student-first mission.

I remain forever grateful.


Culinary Arts offers summer Kids Cooking Camp for youth ages 11-15

Thu, 2018-05-03 10:02

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 3, 2018) — Scottsdale Community College’s Culinary Arts program is offering a Culinary Kids Camp starting in June.

Six sessions of the camp will be available to youth ages 11-15, with the first one starting June 4.

Students will learn practical cooking techniques for basic meals in the school’s Culinary Arts kitchen. SCC is located at 9000 E. Chaparral Road in Scottsdale.

The camp will be led by Chef Trena Jones, who will guide the campers in preparing breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

“Each camp session will have a strong focus on healthy cooking techniques the students can use at home,” said Chef Jones.

Camp sessions are offered in morning and afternoon blocks. The first camp runs June 4-7, followed by camps June 11-14 and June 18-21. Camp classes are non-credit.

The registration cost will be $225 per camper. Students will receive a logo apron, chef’s hat, printed recipes and experience preparing food in a commercial setting. Each camp session is limited to 15 students so enroll soon.

To enroll, visit the SCC Admissions office. Or call (480) 423-6100 for more information on how to register for classes.

For more camp details, visit or contact Darlene Hoeg at (480) 423-6578 or


Theatre Arts presents 6th Annual WriterzBox Showcase April 20-21

Fri, 2018-04-13 15:28

Scottsdale Community College Theatre Arts presents the 6th Annual WriterzBox Playwriting Showcase, a collection of students’ original scripts performed and staged in short play formats.

The showcase features storytelling through two original musicals, award-winning poetry, photography and plays that embrace snapshots of modern life and futuristic cultures. The scripts range in length from 4 to 10 minutes. Caution: Some of the scripts contain adult themes.

The performances are open to the public and free to attend with reservations. To reserve, go to In search box, type in Writerz Box. Seating is limited.

The collection features the work of 14 playwrights. It will be performed April 2o-21 in the Black Box Theatre, which is within the school’s Performing Arts Center. SCC is located at 9000 E. Chaparral Road in Scottsdale.

The student-based production is under the mentorship of E.E. Moe, Artistic Director of The Playwrights WriterzBox, and produced by the collaborative Playwriting/Acting, Directing/Design and Technology programs of SCC’s Theatre Arts division within the Scottsdale School of Film + Theatre.

Since the showcase began six seasons ago, playwrights have received main stage productions as well as prestigious awards from the Vortex publication, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Maricopa MCLI Artists and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, both nationally and regionally.

if you go

When: Friday, April 20 and Saturday April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Additional 2 p.m. matinee showing April 21; Dress preview April 20 at 2 p.m.

Where: Black Box Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale.

Admission: Free with reservation. Seating limited. Go to and type in Writerz Box. For more information, call (480) 423.6356.

*Some scripts contain adult themes


Vortex Awards set for Thursday, May 3

Fri, 2018-04-06 11:09

Scottsdale Community College’s Creative Writing program will celebrate student excellence in creative writing and art at the annual Vortex Awards Reception, Thursday, May 3, 2018.

The event recognizes and celebrates notable student works in art and creative writing, from short stories and poetry to personal essays and play/scripts. Art students also are recognized in various categories.

Hosted by Sandra Desjardins, SCC’s Creative Writing program director, the annual awards reception is open to the public. Students are encouraged to bring family and friends. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained prior to the event at the SCC Cashier’s Office, Language Communications Building front desk or by phone at (480) 423-6148. Tickets will not be available at the door.

The event runs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort at 5001 N. Scottsdale Road.

A light fare, including dessert, will be served.

Tax-deductible donations to the program can be made with the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation at (select Scottsdale Community College – Vortex Student Publication).

if you go

When: Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m.

Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Cost: $25 per ticket. 

Culinary student receives Gilman Scholarship for study abroad

Mon, 2018-04-02 08:58

Scottsdale Community College student Kelli Barr’s dream to travel abroad and see how other people live outside the U.S is on track to become reality after the Culinary Arts student received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship earlier this semester.

The scholarship will allow her to take classes in Liège, Belgium, and travel to several other countries during the one-month program beginning July 1. In addition to Belgium, she will travel to France, Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg.

“I want to see how other people live their lives and see if it is completely different than ours,” said Barr, who is on track to  graduate from the Culinary Arts program in December. “I also hope to gain more courage to start conversations.”

It will be the first time she’s traveled abroad, other than a short trip to Mexico a decade ago.

During the program, she will earn six credits, taking classes in world politics and intercultural communications.

Tuition and airline travel will be covered by the Gilman Scholarship. She plans to use other funds to help cover living expenses while there.

The Gilman Scholarship is named after retired Congressman Benjamin Gilman, who served in Congress for 30 years and chaired the House Foreign Relations Committee before retiring in 2002. It offers up to $5,000 to recipients who participate in a study abroad program that lasts at least four weeks. Eligible students also must receive federal Pell Grants.

A graduate of Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Barr moved to Chandler last July. She chose to attend SCC to pursue Culinary Arts. Her interest in Culinary Arts was spurred in part by a small business she started, working out of her home making cupcakes, cakes and other baked goods.

She’s done well at SCC, carrying a 3.78 g.p.a. She’s still figuring out her next professional move after graduation.

“I’m not sure if I’ll pursue culinary,” she said. “I’m also looking into becoming a flight attendant.”

As part of her application requirement, she is working on a marketing plan to publicize the Gilman Scholarship program. Her ideas are to work with the Center for Civic and Global Engagement to put out information on TV monitors and other communication platforms around campus.

She’s also planning to visit to high schools to speak to students.

“At this point, it’s really not about me traveling abroad but about helping other people do it too,” she said.

In 2014, former SCC student Donald Meeks received a Gilman Scholarship, the first SCC student to receive one.

More than 25,000 students have received Gilman Scholarships since the program was established in 2001. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education.

For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, contact Jen Sydow at

6th annual Genocide Awareness Week in April offers hope in remembering 

Thu, 2018-03-29 11:59

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 29, 2018) — The 6th annual Genocide Awareness Week, April 9  ̶  14, 2018, at Scottsdale Community College, has grown to become one of the largest conference of genocide studies in the nation. This event brings together a vast array of speakers, survivors, activists, artists, humanitarians and members of law enforcement to discuss how we confront collective violent actions as a global society and address ongoing threats and past periods of genocide.

The lectures, exhibits and storytelling are open to the public and free to attend.

New this year is a community kick-off event on April 4 at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, Virginia G. Piper Theater. Concert pianist Mona Golabek will perform her mother’s story of survival based on her book “Children of Willesden Lane,” the story of her mother’s escape from Nazi-controlled Austria on the Kindertransport at age 14 and her new life at the Willesden Lane Orphanage in England. She went on to become a classically trained concert pianist.

“This year it feels different in a good way,” said John Liffiton, founding director of Genocide Awareness Week (GAW) and SCC English professor. “We’re getting more recognition and support of our event as one of the largest – if not the largest – conference of genocide studies. That has allowed us to expand our partnerships.”

Opening day includes a return visit from Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch, whose story of survival and triumph has inspired many of today’s youth. Opening night (April 9) includes a reception, sponsored by Sacks Tierney, P.A., and presentation by retired Ambassador John Evans, who publicly broke from U.S. government policy to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

GAW has traditionally added to the complexity and nuance of Holocaust history by tackling subjects often less examined. Several speakers will recount the Holocaust’s impact in other countries such as France and Italy. On Thursday, April 12, James Palmer, founder of the Mondex Corporation, will discuss his work to help clients recover fine art, assets and unclaimed estates looted during WWII.

Other periods of genocide also will be featured. Carl Wilkens, the only American to remain in Rwanda during the 1994 slaughter, will discuss his work to bring food, water and medicine to orphan groups during that period.

Also, activists, lawyers and academics will present on acts of genocide and human rights abuses against Native Americans and indigenous peoples throughout the Americas, both present day and historically. Jennifer Denetdale from the University of New Mexico will discuss “From Genocide to Navajo Governance and Revitalization.”

One of four exhibits to be displayed throughout the week includes the work of award-winning artist Robert Sutz, whose masks and sculptures of Holocaust survivors are aimed at getting future generations to connect with people and their experiences.

As in the past, an educator workshop will be offered on Saturday, this time coordinated by the USC Shoah Foundation.

For the complete schedule of presentations, events and art and photo displays, visit

if you go

When: April 9-14. Daily, starting at 9 a.m., and evening presentations starting at 6 p.m.

Where: Turquoise Room, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road. See campus map.

Admission: Free and open to the public

For more information: Contact John Liffiton at (480) 423-6447 or



Inclusiveness Month celebration starts in April

Wed, 2018-03-28 09:33

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 27, 2018) — Scottsdale Community College will celebrate Inclusiveness Month in April with events, exhibitions and entertainment aimed at sharing the college’s commitment to inclusiveness, sustainability and cultural awareness.

Now in its fifth year, the programming for Inclusiveness Month has grown from a day of events to a month-long recognition.

All programs and events are free to attend and open to the public. SCC is located at 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ.

April 2-27: Inclusiveness Display, SCC Library

The library hosts an exhibit that highlights SCC’s commitment to inclusiveness. It will include posters, photos and memorabilia.

April 5: Diversity Leadership Alliance Workshop, Turquoise Room, 8 a.m. – noon

SCC partners with the DLA to offer a workshop on Native people, their history and current experiences. “Freeland: From Massacres to Mascots” seeks to dispel myths and misconceptions about American Indian history. Register at

April 5: Retro Muse, LC Courtyard, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

This open mic forum lets SCC artists share their writing, poetry, music, acting and other talents. The theme is “Expressions of Inclusion.”

April 5: Racism: Winners and Losers?, Turquoise Room, 1:30- 3 p.m.

This Dialogue Across Differences event is coordinated and initiated by the Council of Student Leaders and moderated by Jacque Starks from the Maricopa Office of Diversity, Equty, Inclusion & Engagement.

April 9-14: 6th Annual Genocide Awareness Week

The sixth annual Genocide Awareness Week program will feature presentations, exhibits and displays throughout the week examining genocides committed throughout history and present day.

April 11: Film screening, LC383, 6 p.m.

“Los que se quedan” – Those Who Remain – reflects the impact of migration on families and villages left behind by those who traveled north for work.

April 19: The In Thing, Cafeteria/SC East Patio

The In Thing is the signature festival event of the month. It includes:

– Student club and cultural fair and activities

– Earth Day and sustainability displays and activities

– Mr. and Miss Indian SCC performance and blessing

– Indigenous Enterprise Dance Troupe performance

Salsa and cumbia dance lessons

– SCC Dance Department performance

Inclusiveness Month is sponsored by the school’s Inclusiveness Council, Sustainability Action Council, Center for Civic and Global Engagement and the MCCCD Office for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Engagement.

For more information, visit



Dance program presents concert April 27-28

Tue, 2018-03-27 08:57

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 26, 2018) — The Scottsdale Community College Dance program presents Kinetic Connections, a dance concert performed by SCC’s two resident companies, Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, 2018.

In the tradition of exciting SCC productions, Kinetic Connections will offer works in a variety of dance styles that showcase the artistry and physicality of SCC dancers. The all-ages concert is open to the public and free to attend.

The performing companies will be:

  • Instinct Dancecorps, performing works by faculty member Shauna Meredith and guest choreographers Kathryn Alter, Carley Conder, Jenny Gerena and Diane McNeal Hunt.
  • Fusion Dance Ensemble, performing works by faculty members Karryn Allen, Jennifer Rhea McKusick, Lisa Thorngren and guest choreographer YNOT.

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, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, 2018

Both shows begin at 8 p.m.

Where: Scottsdale Community College, Performing Arts Center,

9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Admission: Free (donations graciously accepted)

No reservations required.

Media interested in obtaining photos should contact Lisa Thorngren at (480) 423-6600 or

Music Dept. brings the laughs with Monty Python’s “Spamalot: The Musical”

Tue, 2018-03-13 13:52
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 13, 2018) — Scottsdale Community College’s Music Department wants you to get your “Grail” on and come out to see Monty Python’s “Spamalot: The Musical,” April 5-7 and 12-14 in the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC). The musical, written by Eric Idle with music by John DuPrez and Idle, retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the round table. Described as “lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” it promises to be silliness personified. Besides featuring killer rabbits, cows and French people, the performances abound in singing, dancing and laughs. For this production, the Music Department has teamed up with the school’s Culinary Arts program to offer theatergoers a chance to have dinner or enjoy an hors d’oeuvres cocktail reception prior to the show at the Outdoor Music Amphitheater next to the PAC. For more information on ticket prices and menu options, visit The SCC production is directed by Polly Chapman with musical direction from Beth Livingston-Hakes. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. except on Saturday, April 14, when the only matinee of the run will be staged at 2 p.m. The show is open to the public and absolutely free to attend. Donations are graciously accepted. if you go When: April 5-7 and April 12-14. 7:30 showtimes except for the 2 p.m. matinee performance April 14 Where: Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Admission: Free and open to public. For best seating come early For more information, call (480) 423-6333. Recording of any kind strictly prohibited.

Interior Design program hosts Modern Phoenix Week Expo March 24

Fri, 2018-03-09 09:39

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 8, 2018) — Scottsdale Community College’s Interior Design program and the student club of the American Society of Interior Designers are hosting the 2018 Modern Phoenix Week Expo at Two Waters Circle, Saturday, March 24.

The expo, which is free and open to the public, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Attendees will get a chance to take a workshop and hear from speakers about what’s new in modern architecture, interior design and home renovation in metro Phoenix. Contemporary artists, interior designers, furniture designers, green builders, realtors, material showrooms, vintage furniture showrooms, accessory dealers, paint manufacturers, and local historic preservation groups will staff exhibit booths.

Events include a theater performance, a workshop on hanging macramé planters and an informative talk on mid-century school architecture. Workshops include “How to research a historic property” and “Why Historic Homes Matter.”

In addition, the SCC culinary team will be selling street tacos.

Several events require registration:

“Words on Fire”

SCC Amphitheater

10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Theater students Nick Loope and Dorothy Kalmick perform “Words on Fire: The Letters of Rose Pauson and Frank Lloyd Wright.” The one-act play is based on the colorful correspondence between client and architect. Experience the original flame wars, 1940s style! Register at:

“Macramé is Back!”

SCC Copper Room

1:30 p.m.

Macramé is making a huge comeback in interior decor. Learn the basic knotting techniques to make your own take-home hanging macramé planter from Interior Design Department chair Chuck Cooper. $25 fee includes all materials. Register at

“Schools of the 60s”

SCC Turquoise Room

3 p.m.

Are the Valley’s midcentury era schools doomed or can they be reused and rehabilitated? Roger Brevoort and members of the Postwar Architecture Task Force of Greater Phoenix will discuss midcentury school buildings in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Register at:

For more information on other Modern Phoenix Week activities, visit

CNUW Spring Plant Sale coming up March 22-23

Wed, 2018-03-07 15:20

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 7, 2018) — The Center for Native and Urban Wildlife (CNUW) at Scottsdale Community College will hold its biannual Spring Plant Sale/Fundraiser Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23, 2018 at the school’s Greenhouse.

Cacti, trees/shrubs, house plants, succulents, hanging pots, aquatic plants, bee poles and wildflower seeds will be for sale. CNUW experts also will be on hand to provide care and planting tips.

The proceeds benefit CNUW, a non-profit started by the SCC Biology Department to provide  students and others an opportunity to learn about the biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert through conservation, education and research opportunities.

Plant prices will range from $1 to $25. Only cash and checks accepted for payment. Checks are payable to SCC.

Sale times will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on both days.

SCC is located at 9000 E. Chaparral Road in Scottsdale. The greenhouse is located on the north side of campus. Go to Entrance 4 and head to Parking Lot I.

For more information, call Edward Weigand at (480) 423-6731 or

if you go

When: Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23,

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 $1 to $25. Cash and checks only. Make checks payable to SCC.