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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 wwww.eventbrite.com. 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 www.eventbrite.com 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 https://foundation.maricopa.edu (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 jen.sydow@scottsdalecc.edu

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 www.scottsdalecc.edu/genocide.

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 john.liffiton@scottsdalecc.edu.

 

 

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 www.diversityleadershipalliance.net

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 https://bit.ly/2IaDAXn.

 

 

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 lisa.thorngren@scottsdalecc.edu.

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 https://www.eventbrite.com/o/scc-musical-theater-and-culinary-arts-15925016212 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: www.modernphoenixweek.com

“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 www.modernphoenixweek.com

“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: www.modernphoenixweek.com

For more information on other Modern Phoenix Week activities, visit http://www.modernphoenix.net/hometour/

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 edward.weigand@scottsdalecc.edu.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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