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Teacher training program celebrates 15th cohort

Wed, 2017-05-24 16:56

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 24, 2017) — Twenty students in the Scottsdale Teacher Education Partnership (STEP) received their completion certificates Wednesday, May 24, at Scottsdale Community College. They became the 15th cohort of students to go through the program.

STEP is designed for persons who want to teach elementary or middle school students and who already have a bachelor’s degree. STEP students spent the last year gaining teaching experiences with a field-based approach. It included internships and volunteer assignments, along with classroom work.
Most, if not all, the certificate holders will be teaching in public schools this fall.

“Every one of these candidates expressed to me that they needed to make a difference and that’s why they wanted to go into teaching,” said Mary Ellertson, STEP program director.

During the past year, each student completed more than 300 hours of internships, 12 weeks of teaching and spent Monday and Tuesday evenings doing in-class work.

By the end of the program, students earned teacher certification courses credits and are well prepared for the Arizona Education Teacher Exams.
“My goal is to be a junior high math teacher,” said Jennifer Koval, who already has her undergraduate degree and a master’s of business administration. “This program is helping me reach my goal.”

STEP is designed to honor the life experiences of prospective teachers as it helps them land a teaching job at these grade levels. The one-year program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Education.

Certificate earners are immersed in school classrooms during the fall and spring as interns and volunteers, working side by side with master teachers.
STEP students also take courses taught by professional educators well versed in what it takes to be a successful teacher.

The internship experience and career guidance usually leads to teaching jobs and greater teacher retention rates once they start teaching, says Ellertson.

The students also develop bonds among each other that last well beyond the STEP experience. “They stay together once they are out in the field and support each other,” said Ellertson.

STEP student Melissa Licudine plans to teach first- or third-graders. “The staff was incredibly helpful and insightful,” she said. “Their thoughts and comments influenced us and gave us realistic view of what to expect.”

For more information on the program, send an email to step@scottsdalecc.edu. Or visit http://bit.ly/2rBEjvV.

“Kindertransport” play closes out GAW

Thu, 2017-04-13 16:54

Scottsdale Community College’s School of Film+Theatre presents the play “Kindertransport” to close out the school’s Genocide Awareness Week programming.

The play will be staged Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 at Two Waters Circle Amphitheater. Both shows start at 6:30 p.m. The performances are free to attend and open to the pubic. Due to mature themes, it is not recommended for children 10 and under.

The 1993 play by Diane Samuels depicts the agony of separating a child from her parents, and the consequences later in life, when the child is an adult. It does so through the story of 9-year-old Eva Schlesinger, a fictional composite drawn from interviews with surviving “kinder” interviewed by Samuels. “Kindertransport” means child’s transport in German.

The play is based on the evacuation of 10,000 Jewish children under age 17 from Germany to England between 1938 – barely a month after Kristallnacht, a two-day pogrom against German Jews that became known as the “Night of Broken Glass” – and the declaration of war in 1939.

The Scottsdale presentation is directed by Annie Dutoit and Randy Messersmith, with Matthew Dameron serving as assistant director. Cast members are Erika Garcia (Helga), Erin Hurley (Eva), Annie Dutoit (Evelyn), Gabrielle Klobucar (Faith), Kathleen Piersons (Lil, 1980s), Abigail Garlow (Lil, 1930s-40s), and Matthew Dameron (Ratcatcher, SS Officer, et al.).

If you go

When: Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. Both shows start at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Two Waters Circle Amphitheater, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Cost: Free admission; no RSVP needed.

*Due to mature themes, not recommended for children 10 and under.
**Photography, video and/or video or cell phone recording of show prohibited.

“Kindertransport” play closes out GAW

Wed, 2017-04-12 16:52

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 12, 2017) — Scottsdale Community College’s School of Film+Theatre presents the play “Kindertransport” to close out the school’s Genocide Awareness Week programming.

The play will be staged Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 at Two Waters Circle Amphitheater. Both shows start at 6:30 p.m. The performances are free to attend and open to the pubic. Due to mature themes, it is not recommended for children 10 and under.

The 1993 play by Diane Samuels depicts the agony of separating a child from her parents, and the consequences later in life, when the child is an adult. It does so through the story of 9-year-old Eva Schlesinger, a fictional composite drawn from interviews with surviving “kinder” interviewed by Samuels. “Kindertransport” means child’s transport in German.

The play is based on the evacuation of 10,000 Jewish children under age 17 from Germany to England between 1938 – barely a month after Kristallnacht, a two-day pogrom against German Jews that became known as the “Night of Broken Glass” – and the declaration of war in 1939.

The Scottsdale presentation is directed by Annie Dutoit and Randy Messersmith, with Matthew Dameron serving as assistant director. Cast members are Erika Garcia (Helga), Erin Hurley (Eva), Annie Dutoit (Evelyn), Gabrielle Klobucar (Faith), Kathleen Piersons (Lil, 1980s), Abigail Garlow (Lil, 1930s-40s), and Matthew Dameron (Ratcatcher, SS Officer, et al.).

If you go

When: Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. Both shows start at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Two Waters Circle Amphitheater, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Cost: Free admission; no RSVP needed.

*Due to mature themes, not recommended for children 10 and under.
**Photography, video and/or video or cell phone recording of show prohibited.

DJ program hosts Ableton Live workshop

Wed, 2017-04-12 16:50

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 12, 2017) — Scottsdale Community College will host a stop for this year’s Ableton Live campus tour Thursday, April 27 in the school’s Music Building.

Ableton AG is a Berlin-based music software company that produces and distributes the production and performance program Ableton Live used by the DJ community and electronic music producers.

Ableton certified representatives will lead a workshop that includes hands-on demonstrations, presentations and performances. The goal is to inspire users to get creative with Ableton software.

The workshop will be in Recital Hall MB115.

The public portion of the workshop runs from 6-7:30 p.m. It is free to attend but registration required. Go to http://bit.ly/2o6ZMqK to register.

Vortex Awards coming May 4

Tue, 2017-04-11 16:48

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 11, 2017) –Scottsdale Community College’s Creative Writing program will celebrate student excellence in creative writing and art at the annual Vortex Awards Reception, Thursday, May 4, 2017.

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 in person at the Language Communications Building front desk or at Ezticketlive.com/scc.

The event run 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 4, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $25 per ticket. Tickets must be purchased before the day of the event (www.ezticketlive.com/scc or in person at the LC Building at SCC). No tickets will be available at the door.

Theatre stages 5th Annual WriterzBox Showcase April 21-22

Wed, 2017-04-05 16:46

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 5, 2017) — Scottsdale Community College Theatre Arts presents the 5th Annual WriterzBox Playwriting Showcase, a collection of students’ original scripts performed and staged as readings.

The performances are open to the public and free with reservations. Go to wwww.eventbrite.com. In search box, type in WriterzBox. Seating is limited.

The collection features the work of 12 playwrights, 6 directors, 20 actors and 6 design tech students. It will be performed April 21-22 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 scripts range in length from 4 to 10 minutes.

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.

“The scripts are an excellent display of creativity and spirit reflecting existential questions, current social issues, suspense, myths and legends, and intrigue,” said Moe.

Since the showcase began, 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 most recently a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 8 honor for Best Short play.

Caution: Some of the scripts contain adult themes.

if you go

When: Friday, April 21 and Saturday April 22, 7:30 p.m.
Additional 2 p.m. matinee showing April 22; Dress preview April 21 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 WriterzBox. For more information, call (480) 423.6356.

*Some scripts contain adult themes

Dance presents concert April 28-29 featuring resident companies

Wed, 2017-03-29 16:44

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 29, 2017) — The Scottsdale Community College Dance Program presents Kinetic Connections, a dance concert performed by SCC’s three resident companies on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, 2017.

The all-ages shows are free to attend and open to the public. No RSVP needed.

In the tradition of exciting productions, Kinetic Connections will offer works in a variety of dance styles that showcase the artistry and physicality of SCC dancers. This all-ages concert will be an inspirational evening of entertainment.

The performing companies will be:

  • Instinct Dancecorps, performing works by faculty member Shauna Meredith, as well as guest choreographers Carley Conder, Joy Davis, Jenny Gerena, Chad Michael Hall and Jessica Rajko
  • SCC Moving Company, performing works by faculty members Karryn Allen and Lisa Thorngren, and guest choreographer Steve Conrad
  • Scottsdale Arizona Jazz Ensemble (S.A.J.E.), performing works by faculty member Jennifer Rhea McKusick and guest choreographer Grace Gallagher

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 13 times since 2000.

If you go

When: Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, 2017
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 (480) 423-6600 or lisa.thorngren@scottsdalecc.edu.

Media panel tackles social media, fake news April 6

Tue, 2017-03-28 16:42

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 28, 2017) — The Inclusiveness Council at Scottsdale Community College is launching its Inclusiveness Month programming with a panel discussion on the impact of social media and fake news on newsgathering in the Internet age.

The panel discussion, which is free to attend and open to the public, will be Thursday, April 6 in the school’s Turquoise Room. It begins at 1:30 p.m.

JJ Hensley, digital content editor for azcentral.com, Jessica Pucci, who leads social media and analytics for Cronkite News at Arizona State University, and former SCC student Jeremy Beren, former editor-in-chief of the Scottsdale Chronicle and a millenial podcast host, will discuss how the digitally inspired changes in the news industry have changed the ground rules for reporting the news.

The panel, which will be moderated by Jonathan Higuera, SCC’s communications coordinator and a former journalist at The Arizona Republic and The Washington Times, also will delve into the impact of Fake News on today’s news industry and society.

“The panel topics cut right to the heart of what’s happening in our news media industry today,” said Higuera. “Traditional media, and by extension the First Amendment, face an onslaught of challenges, whether it’s how the news is reported, the credibility of the news reporter or what exactly constitutes news in this era of technological change.”

The panel is one of many events and activities slated for April as part of the school’s Inclusiveness Month celebration. For a full listing of events, visit http://www.scottsdalecc.edu/sites/default/files/pdf/inclusiveness_month_poster_2017_final_nc.pdf.

SCC celebrates Inclusiveness Month in April

Fri, 2017-03-24 16:40

Scottsdale Community College will celebrate Inclusiveness Month in April with a variety of events, exhibitions and entertainment highlighting the college’s commitment to inclusiveness, sustainability and cultural awareness.

Now in its fourth year, the events to commemorate Inclusiveness Month have grown from a day of programming to a month-long celebration with various events around campus.

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

April 6: Workshops, Media Panel and Film Festival

Inclusiveness Month kicks off in the Turquoise Room at 8 a.m. with a diversity workshop, “Building Powerful Relationships in a Diverse Society” by the Diversity Leadership Alliance. to register, visit http://www.diversityleadershipalliance.net/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=275215. Following the workshop, a Media Panel starting at 1:30 p.m. will discuss social media’s impact on traditional news gathering and the growing problem of fake news. Panelists include JJ Hensley, digital content editor for AZCentral.com, Jessica Pucci, professor of practice at the Cronkite School, specializing in data analytics and audience engagement, and Jeremy Berens, editor of the Scottsdale Chronicle and co-host of a podcast focused on millennials. The day will conclude with a Multicultural FilmFest featuring short films and documentaries – in English and Spanish. It starts at 3 p.m.

April 8: American Indian Program Social Gathering

SCC’s American Indian Program Community and the Sun Earth Alliance Indian Club will host its third annual Social Gathering to celebrate Native American culture and community. The Saturday event will be in the school’s Mercado area north of the Fitness Center. http://www.scottsdalecc.edu/sites/default/files/pdf/ab_social_gathering_2017_flyer.pdf

April 10: Student Inclusiveness Leadership Team

SCC’s student leadership team will present a campus wide dialogue on tolerance, civil discourse and unity in the Turquoise Room from noon to 1:30 p.m.

April 17-22: Genocide Awareness Week

The fifth annual Genocide Awareness Week program will feature presentations, exhibits and displays throughout the week examining genocides committed throughout history. To view the full lineup, go to http://www.scottsdalecc.edu/promo/genocide-awareness-week-2017.

April 20: The IN Thing

The IN Thing, the signature festival of Inclusiveness Month, will include:
– Student Cultural Fair including Country celebration, and service-learning projects related to our diverse community
-Earth Day and Sustainability displays and activities
-Native American blessing by Miss and Mr. Indian SCC
-Performance by Indigenous Enterprise, a cultural education dance team representing tribes from across the country and Canada
-Tango and Paso Doble dance lessons
-Jazz performance by SCC’s Dance Department
-Campus club activities

To view the month’s activities, visit http://www.scottsdalecc.edu/sites/default/files/pdf/inclusiveness_month_poster_2017_final_nc.pdf.

Inclusiveness Month is sponsored by the SCC’s Inclusiveness Council, Student Inclusiveness Leadership Team, Sustainability Action Council, Center for Civic and Global Engagement and the MCCCD Office for Diversity and Inclusion.