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MCCCD Creative Writing Contest

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 9:41am

Each year, the Maricopa Community Colleges sponsors a district wide competition to encourage and recognize student writers as well as to promote literary excellence. Each year’s publication showcases originality in essay, fiction, one act-play/script, and poetry.

Deadline:  Sunday, November 18, 2018

Entries may be submitted in the categories of essay, fiction, one act-play/script, and poetry.  Entries not meeting guidelines and entry requirements will not be accepted.  Entries from each of the four categories will be blind reviewed by a panel of experts in the corresponding discipline. Winners in each of the categories will be showcased in Passages, a Maricopa Community Colleges annual publication dedicated to the competition. Winners are honored at an annual creative writing awards dinner.

Requirements, Criterion, Submission Deadline, and How to Submit Entries Please visit the CaFE site for Competition Requirements, Criterion, and Submission Deadline:
  • Type “Maricopa” in the Keyword field and click on the “Go” button
  • Click on “View More Info” link to view application requirements, criterion, and submission deadline

Please follow these steps to submit your entries (you may wish to print these instructions).  ALL entries must use the CaFE online application system.   

  • Access the website at:
  • Create a CaFE account to submit entries.
  • Click “Register Here” button and follow instructions to create account
  • Return to CaFE home page and click on “Apply to Calls” button
  • Type “Maricopa” in the Keyword field and click on the “Go” button
  • Click on “View More Info” link to view application criterion
  • To submit a student entry, click on “Apply to This Call” link 
  • Log in and follow prompts
  • Record or print out confirmation code
  • Note you should receive a confirmation email

Alli Ortega Empty Bowls fundraiser at SCC is Nov. 28

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 10:24am

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 23, 2018) — “Alli started every day with a smile, and lived a life of kindness, volunteerism and generosity,” said David Ortega, father of Alli Ortega, who passed away at age 31 in 2014. Continuing her spirit, the annual Alli Ortega Empty Bowls event raises funds to fight local hunger and brings awareness to food scarcity issues. For more than 20 years, Scottsdale Community College has hosted the event.

This year, it is Wed., Nov. 28, in the Student Center Cafeteria.

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

This year’s event will feature handmade bowls made by middle-school and high school students in the Scottsdale Unified and Paradise Valley Unified School Districts, Scottsdale Senior Centers, Delta Kappa Gamma and local artisans.

In addition to SCC and the school districts, community partners involved in the event are:

  • City of Scottsdale Human Services Department
  • Scottsdale Community Partners
  • Scottsdale Arts
  • Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club

Dedicated to the spirit of volunteerism, this program is named in memory of Alli Ortega, who was a local artist, City of Scottsdale employee, and loyal Empty Bowls volunteer.

A brief program begins at noon, with remarks from Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, representatives from partnering organizations, and the Ortega Family.

Food will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or as long as quantities last). Ceramic bowls will be sold until 6 p.m.

If you’re not able to attend the event, we encourage you to donate at

If you go

When: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (food served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Where: Scottsdale Community College Cafeteria, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. See campus map

Cost: $10 for most bowls (includes food if bought from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Specialty bowls will be priced as marked.

Scottsdale Community College’s Council of Student Leaders presents “Don’t Guess When You Vote” Oct. 18

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 10:31am

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 27, 2018) — Partnering with Scottsdale Coalition of Today and Tomorrow (SCOTT), the Council of Student Leaders (CSL) at Scottsdale Community College will host the Scottsdale City Council Candidate Forum Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, from 5 – 7 p.m.

“Don’t Guess When You Vote” is CSL’s goal to educate their peers and the Scottsdale community on better understanding who the candidates are and their plans for the future of Scottsdale. The event will be in Turquoise Room (SC-164) at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256.

CSL hopes everyone can attend and listen to Bill Crawford, Kathy Littlefield, Linda Milhaven, David N. Smith, and Solange Whitehead.

Please RSVP to to reserve a seat. For more information, call (480) 423-6590.

Spirited Greek mythology tale featured in Scottsdale Community College fall theatre production Oct. 19-27

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:33am

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 19, 2018) — Argonautika, an adaptation of the Greek mythology story of Jason and the Argonauts, will be the fall theatre production from Scottsdale Community College’s School of Film+Theatre Oct. 19-27, 2018.

Written by Mary Zimmerman, the play transforms Greek mythology into an array of daunting challenges as Jason’s crew embarks on their first voyage of the world. The journey illustrates the unpredictability, inspiring and overwhelming breadth of emotion from the characters along with lessons on failure and loss with bursts of humor and fantastical creatures.

Center for Native and Urban Wildlife at Scottsdale Community College hosts Fall Plant Sale Oct. 17-18

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 10:19am

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept 18, 2018) — It’s that time of the year again!

The Center for Native and Urban Wildlife (CNUW) at Scottsdale Community College will hold its Fall Plant Sale/Fundraiser Thursday, Oct. 18 and Friday, Oct.19, 2018 at the school’s Greenhouse.

Come pick out your favorite succulents, cacti, trees/shrubs, house plants, aquatic plants, bee poles and wildflower seeds. CNUW experts also will be on hand to offer care and planting tips.

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

Plant prices range from $3 to $25. Only cash and checks accepted. 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 northeast 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, Oct. 18 and Friday, Oct. 19
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.

SCC announces Hispanic Heritage Month programming

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 1:05pm

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 29, 2018) — Scottsdale Community College proudly announces its programming for Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the college’s Inclusiveness Council presents a documentary film screening of “Dolores.”  It is the amazing story of Dolores Huerta, one of the most important, yet least known, civil rights leaders in U.S. history. She co-founded and worked side by side with civil rights leader César Chávez to help impoverished farmworkers assert their rights for better wages, living conditions and treatment. The screening will be in the school’s Performing Arts Center. A panel discussion featuring Latino community advocates will follow. Panelists are Pita Juarez, an award-winning multimedia journalist, José Patiño, Campaigns Director with Aliento, a community healing arts organization aimed at undocumented immigrants and their families, and author Stella Pope Duarte, whose latest book is a biography of civil rights leader Raúl Yzaguirre. The panel will be moderated by SCC Inclusiveness Council co-chair Jonathan Higuera. SCC President Chris Haines will offer welcoming remarks and SCC Film Faculty member Roberto Gudino will introduce the documentary. The event starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments followed by the screening at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with an RSVP to On Monday, Oct. 8, the Phoenix Fridas will visit the school to share arts and crafts featuring Latinx arts and culture. The event in the school cafeteria runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Phoenix Fridas are a group of local Latina creatives who use their arts and crafts to support each other and celebrate the spirit of the late Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter. The collective has held events throughout the Valley celebrating Kahlo’s birthday and legacy. They will share special arts and crafts projects with SCC students. On Thursday, Oct. 11, the school’s Creative Writing program hosts its weekly Retro Muse Thursday event, an open mic mosaic of musicians, singers, poets and spoken word artists. The theme of the day will be LatinX experiences. Retro Muse starts at 12:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Language Communications Building at SCC. Sponsors of these events are the SCC Inclusiveness Council, SCC Information Studies, SCC Creative Writing program, and the Center for Civic & Global Engagement. For more information on these events, contact Jonathan Higuera at (480) 425-6637 or Michelle Dew at (480) 423-6544.