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The sound of giggling along with deep concentration emerges from the kitchens at Scottsdale Community College (SCC). It’s not the latest coeds, but kids 11-15 years old enrolled in the college’s wildly popular annual summer Simply Cooking Camp for Kids. Here, aspiring young culinarians create a series of made-from-scratch meals. Campers prep and produce items they can recreate at home with a strong focus on healthy cooking techniques and ingredients.
“One of the best ways to teach kids about eating right is to actually get them into the kitchen preparing healthy, delicious meals themselves,” said Mark Dow, SCC’s Culinary Arts program lead. “Having a fun, positive experience with healthy foods is important to setting kids up for choosing good nutrition throughout their life.”
SCC offers three skill levels for camp: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Parents can enroll their kids for one or all three for a summer of fun and food. Camp sessions are offered in morning and afternoon blocks. Camp classes are non-credit.
The registration cost is $225 per camper. Students 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.
All camp classes are held at SCC in the Applied Sciences Building, Culinary Arts Kitchen at 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (Use Entrance 4 and Park in Lot H).
For camp details, including dates and times, please contact Donna Medina at 480-423-6578 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To enroll, visit the SCC Admissions office or call 480-423-6100.
View the Junior Chefs Camp flyer.
To view SCC’s extensive Culinary Arts degree programs and courses, click here.
Two SCC Students Named as 2019 Recipients of the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation’s CIS Network Operations and Security Scholarship
In 2016, the Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department at Scottsdale Community College (SCC) was awarded a $700,000, multi-year grant from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation. This grant included the construction of a new, state-of-the-art Virtual Data Center, and the renovation of the adjacent classroom space. This new learning environment was intended for hands-on instruction, lab work, and experimentation in computer networking, virtualization, and cloud computing. This virtual environment will also serve as the platform used for the CIS Department’s Cyber Security Program.
In addition to funding the capital expenditures for new construction and cutting-edge computer systems, $250,000 was earmarked for CIS student scholarships and internships. The first two of these scholarships were awarded this January.
The CIS Department at SCC is excited to announce that Gary Krainz, along with fellow SCC CIS student David Brown, have been named the 2019 recipients of the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation’s CIS Network Operations and Security Scholarships. Each was awarded $2,500 for the Spring 2019 semester.
When asked how this scholarship will impact his learning experience, Gary Krainz (pictured top right), SCC CIS student responded, “I want to put it as bluntly as possible. This scholarship, to me, is the sun shining through a cloudy day, the snow one sees at the top of an Arizona mountain, the glimmer of hope that helps stop the walls from caving in!”
Gary continues, “Personally, I’ve felt that technology and knowledge go hand-in-hand. Technology is a never-ending process that requires the individual to be a lifelong learner.” Gary is an ASU graduate who returned to SCC and will earn an Associate in Applied Science in Network Administration in Spring 2019. “Knowledge has been one of the few things I’ve found myself constantly seeking,” he remarked. “It helps my mind focus and gives me direction.”
David Brown (pictured bottom right), the second scholarship recipient, adds, “It means the world to me that I’m viewed as someone who can help make a difference in the world. I plan on using this gift of a scholarship to see where this academic year takes me.”
Both students are truly eager to complete their CIS degrees and make an impact on the world.
The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation’s CIS Network Operations and Security Scholarships will be awarded each semester.
To learn more about this scholarship,
Professor Ron Monroig
Occupational Program Director
Visit the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation to learn more about scholarships available to Maricopa Community College students.
(Scottsdale, Ariz.) When Wilson Okwuobu enrolled in Scottsdale Community College’s Business School, he was not expecting to be the winner of $20,000 in cash and business services two months later. That’s exactly what happened when Okwuobu won The Big Pitch.
The Big Pitch is a student entrepreneurship program run by the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), a business incubator located on the GateWay Community College Campus. One of the program’s goal is to help one student from MCCCD launch their business and get into revenue. In addition to cash and business services Okwuobu earned access to CEI’s business advisers, investors, private events, and facilities.
The Big Pitch competition was open to all Maricopa Community College students across the district. Each college sent a representative to the competition. Okwuobu will represent Scottsdale Community College and the District at state-wide competition where additional cash and business services are prizes. Okwuobu, who hopes to transfer to Arizona State WP Carey School of Business, credits his faith, family and SCC for the opportunity.
“I am extremely excited to have made my family and SCC Business School proud. I am also thankful to all who made this possible and especially my adviser” said Okwuobu.
Lisa Farmer, Okwuobu’s adviser and faculty at SCC’s business school, was impressed with his idea. “Wilson’s innovative business concept, progressive entrepreneurial spirit, and strong work ethic made him the stand-out candidate in the Big Pitch Competition. I am so proud of his effort and determination.”
Scottsdale Community College’s Business School currently offers degrees and certificates in Accounting, Business Administration, Management, Marketing, Retail Management, Real Estate and Social Media Marketing. Future programs include Entrepreneurial Studies, Tax Preparation and Human Resources.
Scottsdale Community College is nationally recognized for its quality academics, service learning & leadership, civic engagement and innovative educational programs, which include university transfer, undergraduate research, career and technical programs and workforce development. The college serves about 10,000 students annually, offering more than 80 degree and certificate programs. SCC is one of 10 colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District.
CONTACT: Lisa Farmer, Faculty
Scottsdale Community College Business School
Last Saturday, the SCC Robotics team competed at the Southwest VEX U Regional Tournament in Prescott, AZ. The competition included Arizona teams from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, ASU Polytech, Grand Canyon University, as well as teams from Colorado, California, and South Dakota. SCC placed as very respectable 4th. This result was particularly notable this year, since very few community colleges have been able to compete on the national level due VEX mandated hardware/software updates and rule changes (the big guys simply have more available resources).
The SCC members included: Renee Sailus, Judith Rosenke, Adam Leidinger, Julio Acosta, and Mamali Saranjam. If you see them on campus, congratulate them.
More pictures/videos will be posted on: https://www.facebook.com/SCCRoboticsClub
After a successful flyby of Pluto three and a half years ago, the New Horizons Spacecraft had a close encounter with Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, otherwise known as “Ultima Thule” on New Year’s Day, 2019.
This presentation will discuss the New Horizons mission, its results and the latest from the Ultima Thule flyby, including just released information about Ultima Thule, and featuring special music by Brian May, guitarist for the rock group Queen, professor of Astrophysics and New Horizons science team collaborator.
When: March 9, 2019, 11:00 a.m.
Planetarium shows are free by reservation and are open to anyone 9 to 99 years old. The Planetarium is in room NS-400, on the Northeast side of the SCC campus.
Reservations can be made at the Eventbrite website here:
Students are invited to attend and engage our Chancellor in meaningful dialogue about Maricopa Community Colleges.Date/Time
March 5, 2019
Scottsdale Community College
The Turquoise Room (SC164)
9000 E. Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
To RSVP or ask questions, please email: email@example.com
This competition is open to all SCC students. Please share the information with any student who might be interested.
The deadline is 11:30 p.m. March 8th. Each student has one submission that can include up to 3 entries in art and one submission that can include up to 4 entries in writing. Students can edit or change their entries until the deadline by deleting their entries and resubmitting them. Contest guidelines are online at https://weba.scottsdalecc.edu/forms/vortexcontest.
Writing: Students may submit 1 entry in each genre
Creative Non-Fiction (Essay) – 3,000 word maximum
Poetry – All forms
One Act Play/Screenplay – 3,000 word maximum
Short Story – 3,000 word maximum
This year, the Scottsdale branch of the National League of American Pen Women will give a $500 award to the author of the first place Creative Non-Fiction entry.
Art: Students may submit 3 pieces of art.
Two and Three Dimensional Art
Computer Graphics & Digital Photography
Art must be submitted in JPEG format sized at least as a 5”x7” (or as large as possible) with 300 dpi.Native Voices and Visions
Native students can submit one submission in art and one in writing (the instructions are the same as for the writing and art above). For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A $500 scholarship will be awarded in each genre.
The deadline is March 8th.
Written by Liz Duffy Adams, the play follows the adventures of Zetta Stone, a traveling performer, and her companion Dog (a young man undergoing a voluntary species demotion) as they wander through the former northeastern United States. Zetta, Dog and their little troupe are on their way to a gig in China, assuming they can find it…and survive the journey. A theatrical, darkly comic variation on the classic doomsday genre, with five original songs.
The student cast is led by guest director Jodie Weiss, who works at Childsplay where she has been: an actor, a teaching artist, a director, and is currently their Special Events/Volunteer Coordinator.
Jodie has directed and acted with a variety of theatres around the Valley including; Stray Cat Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Scottsdale Community Players, Greasepaint, Childsplay, Phoenix Theater, and the Hale Theater Center – Elsewhere at The Globe, San Diego Rep, La Jolla Stage Company, Oregon Cabaret Theater, and Starlight Musical Theater.
The play is open to the public and free to attend with an Eventbrite reservation.
NOTE: PLAY CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE AND MATURE CONTENT: NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.
if you go:
When: March 1, 2, 8 — 7:30 p.m.
March 2, 9- 2 p.m.
Where: Performing Arts Center, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Admission: FREE with Eventbrite.com registration.
Who is Eligible? IRS-sponsored, FREE Tax Preparation is available to those generally with income less than $55,000, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
Scottsdale Community College
9000 E. Chaparral Rd.
Mondays & Tuesdays
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
January 28 – April 5, 2019
Closed March 11 & 12
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
February 2 – April 13, 2019
Closed March 16
- 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-joint 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
- Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements
IRS Vita Flyer: /news/files/2019/01/IRS-VITA-Flyer-20190130.pdf
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m Black History Mobile Museum (Copper Room)
10:30 a.m. Lecture by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Professor Griff (Turquoise Room)
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Chat with Us (Leadership Lounge)
12:00 p.m. SCC Jazz Ensemble (Cafeteria)Thursday, February 21
12:30 p.m. Retro Muse Celebrating Black Literature (LC Courtyard)Wednesday, February 27
11:30 a.m. I AM ROOT Collective spoken word poetry (Cafeteria)
Mark your calendar to stop by the Black History Mobile Museum in the Copper Room on February 5th to see hundreds of Black History memorabilia, artifacts, photographs spanning from slavery to Hip Hop. Please support these inclusiveness events sponsored by the SCC Inclusiveness Council, MEN and Women Rising. See you there!
The Time Management and Goal Setting Workshop is open to all those who would benefit from creating a positive action plan for the semester. Students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to attend.
Thursday, January 31
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, February 1
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Workshops will be held in the Student Center SC-106.
RSVPs are appreciated, but not required:
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Thank you very much for your support!
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: https://www.callforentry.org
- 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: https://www.callforentry.org
- 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
(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 scpaz.org/donate.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
(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 Laraine@scottsdale.com 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
(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
(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 email@example.com.
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.
(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 https://dolores-doc.eventbrite.com. 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.
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 10, 2018) — Scottsdale Community College is pleased to welcome 16 international exchange students to contribute to our vibrant campus community during the 2018-2019 academic year as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative (CCI) Program.
The CCI Program will provide 146 participants from underserved global communities with a one-year non-degree academic program in workforce development fields at nine U.S. community colleges in eight states.
This year, CCI participants studying at Scottsdale Community College are from Bangladesh, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Turkey.
Media photo opportunities:Sat., August 18, 6 p.m. — Welcome Party & American BBQ, participants will present the cultures of their countries in traditional native dress at 27021 N. 64th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85266. Saturday, Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m. — International Fashion Show at the Student Leadership Workshop for Scottsdale high school students involved with Scottsdale Sister Cities at Scottsdale Community College, Turquoise Room, 9000 E. Chaparral Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85256 About CCI program: The CCI Program is designed to build participants’ technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency. The program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community engagement activities to build relations between U.S. citizens and other countries. During the 2017-2018 program year, CCI participants contributed nearly $1 million in service to local U.S. communities through volunteering and unpaid internships, as calculated by independentsector.org rates for volunteer hours. CCI participants also contribute to their U.S. host communities by bringing diverse, global perspectives to classrooms, campus life and local organizations. After completing the CCI Program, participants return home with a deeper understanding of U.S. culture and with improved technical and vocational skills to contribute to the economic development of their home communities. Since 2007, the CCI Program has hosted more than 2,900 participants from 21 countries. The U.S. Department of State program is administered by Northern Virginia Community College on behalf of the Community College Consortium. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(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 https://bit.ly/2tffLrm 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 https://bit.ly/2tffLrm
*Cellphones/photography/video/audio recordings of this performance strictly prohibited.
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
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.