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

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

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

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 at 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: 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. Seating is limited.

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

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:

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

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

Dance Program presents fall concert Dec. 1-2 in Performing Arts Center

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

Film + Theatre Open House

Mon, 2017-11-13 13:13


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:

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

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.


Images in motion will capture your imagination and leave you in awe.


Sculpture Department hosts annual “KOJI XIII Fall Iron Pour” Sat., Nov. 11

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:

Music Dept. stages “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”

Thu, 2017-10-26 12:35
Scottsdale Community College’s Music Department stages musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 26, 2017) — The Scottsdale Community College Music Department presents “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” the musical based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Shulz and lyrics by Clark M. Gesner.

The two-act musical will be staged in the school’s Performing Arts Center, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Nov. 9,11 and 16-18. The shows are open to the public and free to attend. For best seats come early. The SCC adaptation is directed by Polly Chapman, with musical direction from Beth Livingston-Hakes. if you go When: Nov. 9, 11 and 16-18.
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 11. Where: Performing Arts Center, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. Cost: Free to attend and open to the public. Cell phone, photography, video/audio recordings of performances strictly prohibited.

Former SCC nursing student joins the Nursing faculty

Thu, 2017-10-26 10:10

Jessica Bruhn’s passion for nursing and teaching came full circle earlier this year when she became the first Scottsdale Community College Concurrent Enrollment nursing alum to become a full-time faculty member at the school.

The Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) offers nursing students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree while pursuing their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree of nursing at one of the eight Maricopa Community College’s Nursing Programs.

Being part of the CEP certainly helped her reach her goals sooner than what it would have taken without it. “Many hospitals require nurses to have a BSN,” she said. “It certainly opened doors for me.”

Bruhn, who graduated from SCC’s CEP in 2013, started pursuing a nursing career after a 12-year career as a medical assistant. As part of the inaugural CEP class, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northern Arizona University and AAS in nursing from SCC at the same time. Seven months later she decided to further her education and began a Master’s degree in nursing education from Grand Canyon University, which she completed in February 2016.

The challenge of starting her nursing career in her 30s while married with one child was daunting, she recalled. But with the support of her family, she was up to the task. “I remember struggling in microbiology and my husband said I could quit. But I really wanted to do this for my family. I wanted my son to have a good example.” Her dedication, commitment and focus are evident in the degrees and accomplishments she has earned.

During her Master’s program, Jessica completed a 16-week teaching internship at SCC. This opened the door to teach block one clinicals for SCC as an adjunct faculty member. In the spring of 2016, a nursing faculty position opened at SCC. She interviewed for the position but was not offered the job. Although she was disappointed, Jessica continued to work as adjunct faculty. In December of 2016, another nursing faculty position at SCC opened up. Jessica interviewed for the second time. “I was nervous, but felt that I was much better prepared this time around,” she said.

She was offered the position and began her career as a nursing professor in January 2016.

Now she’s busy teaching her students in both the clinical and didactic setting, keeping intact SCC’s strong record of producing nursing graduates capable of passing the state licensure test on the first try. In the most recent board licensure exams, SCC nursing students had a 100 percent passage rate. The national average is 84 percent.

Her days consist of teaching, preparing lectures, putting together schedules and syllabi and making sure course content is up to standards. “It’s a lot of work and hard work,” she says. “It’s like nursing itself — you have to love what you do or you’re not going to be good at it.”

Bruhn also has maintained a desire to keep pursuing her nursing education. Now she is considering pursuing a doctorate in nursing education.

She offers straightforward advice to those considering a nursing career. “Nursing is an honor and a privilege. There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. You have to be committed. It’s a large commitment not just for you, but for your family…. having a strong support system will keep you motivated. It’s going to be rocky and bumpy, but it is certainly worth it.”

SCC nationally recognized for excellence in student voter engagement

Fri, 2017-10-20 15:48
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 19, 2017) — Today, at the first-ever ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Scottsdale Community College and Mesa Community College each received Best in Class Awards for having the most improved student voting rate among all two-year institutions as well as within the medium and large, two-year institution categories. More than 30 awards were announced at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. A full list of award winners can be viewed here. “We are pleased to receive this national recognition for increasing student engagement and voting,” said SCC President Dr. Jan Gehler. “Our Center for Civic and Global Engagement was instrumental in leading this effort to raise awareness among students about the importance of having a voice in local and national elections.” “We work across disciplines to prepare our students to be engaged citizens,” said MCC Interim President Sasan Poureetezadi. “One of the ways MCC’s Center for Community & Civic Engagement promotes excellence in teaching and learning is through encouragement of civic leadership, which includes active participation in local and national election processes.” Student participation in elections has increased in the past few years. A recent report, “Democracy Counts: A Report on U.S. College and University Student Voting” from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy in Higher Education, shows that between the 2012 presidential election and the 2016 presidential election, student voting went from 45.1% of eligible voters in 2012 to 48.3% in 2016 – a 7% improvement. SCC’s data reveals that the College’s overall student body voting rate increased by 6.5 points and the rate among registered voters increased by about 10 points to about 73%. “I am proud to honor Scottsdale Community College and Mesa Community College with an ALL IN Challenge award in recognition of their dedication, hard work, and achievement,” said Zaneeta E. Daver, director of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. “SCC and MCC are not only ensuring that a more representative population participates in our nation’s democracy, but is educating students to be civic-minded. They are an example to be emulated.” The All IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program. The Challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active and informed citizenship, and make democratic participation a core value on their campus. By joining the Challenge, campuses commit to:
  • Convening a campus-wide committee that includes members from academic affairs, student affairs, and the student body, as well as any other relevant stakeholders;
  • Developing and implementing an action plan to improve democratic engagement;
  • Participating in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) in order to measure student voting rates; and
  • Sharing their campus’ action plan and NSLVE results in order to be eligible for a recognition seal and/or awards.
Nearly 300 campuses, enrolling more than 4 million students, have joined the Challenge since its launch in summer 2016.

SCC salutes military veterans with Veterans Day recognition ceremony Nov. 9

Fri, 2017-10-20 15:44

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 19, 2017) —  Scottsdale Community College invites veterans, students and the community to a recognition ceremony for current and former military members as part of its Veterans Day celebration Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

Veterans will be saluted with honor, respect and gratitude from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Two Waters Circle Amphitheater. The celebration is open to the public and free to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Retired U.S. Army Major Michelle Bravo will be the featured guest speaker. SCC holds the distinction of being a “Military Supportive Campus” from the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Last year, it was named to the annual Military Friendly School list by GI Jobs magazine. SCC is located at 9000 E. Chaparral Road in Scottsdale. For a campus map, go to For more information, contact Michelle Dew at

The 2017 Alli Ortega Empty Bowls fundraiser set for Thursday, Nov. 29

Fri, 2017-10-20 15:41

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 19, 2017) — Scottsdale Community College will host the annual “Alli Ortega Empty Bowls 2017” fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, to raise money to fight local hunger and bring awareness to food scarcity issues.

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, which assists Scottsdale residents in crisis with basic needs and relief for economic and emotional stress. Cash, check, credit and debit accepted for payment.

This year’s event in the school cafeteria 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 Human Services
  • Scottsdale Arts
  • Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club
Dedicated to the spirit of volunteerism, this program is named in memory of Ortega, who was a local artist, City of Scottsdale employee, and loyal Empty Bowls volunteer. A brief program begins at 12:30 p.m. It will include remarks from 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. Specially prepared pasta will be provided by the SCC Culinary Arts program and sponsored by the school’s Center for Civic & Global Engagement. To donate, visit

If you go

When: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (food served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Where: SC Cafeteria, Scottsdale Community College, 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. For more information, call 480.423.6590.

Charlie Brown and Friends Come to SCC Main Stage

Fri, 2017-10-13 15:38

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown is coming to the PAC, Main Stage, at Scottsdale Community College Nov. 9,11 and 16-18, 2017, presented by the SCC Music Department.

The musical is based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts,” by Charles M. Schulz. Book, music and lyrics by Clark M. Gesner.

Directed by Polly Chapman with Music Director Beth Livingston-Hakes.

Production dates:

November 9, 7:30 p.m.

November 11, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

November 16, 7:30pm

November 17, 7:30pm

November 18, 7:30pm

Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. Seating is first come, first served.