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PTK’s Ainsely Chapman Named Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar

Posted by on Friday, March 8th, 2019 in News Releases | Comments Off on PTK’s Ainsely Chapman Named Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar

SMCC student Ainsely Chapman has been named a 2019 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar and will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”

Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service. Chapman is dual majoring in biology and mathematics and also plans to transfer to ASU to continue her goals of obtaining a doctorate and becoming a research scientist. She is the Fellowship and Membership Officer for SMCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. In the Fall of 2017, she was also awarded the Paul Fannin leadership award, which goes to students who exhibit outstanding leadership qualities amongst their peers.

Coca-Cola Academic Team members will be recognized in both local and statewide ceremonies and will also be recognized internationally during Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, PTK Catalyst, April 4-6 in Orlando, Florida.

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for recognizing these student leaders and for investing in their futures,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “Scholarships like these are integral to the success of these students in reaching their educational and career goals.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at ptk.org.

Chapman, Ainsley


Recognize Success – Nominate Someone for an Award!

Posted by on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 in News Releases | Comments Off on Recognize Success – Nominate Someone for an Award!

The South Mountain Community College Annual Spring Awards Ceremony Planning Committee is inviting nominations for the 2018-2019 academic year. The nominations are for individual students, employees, or community members who support student success initiatives through diversity, leadership, and inclusive efforts. The deadline to submit your nomination(s) is Friday, March 22, 2019. 

Your nominee will be invited to attend the Annual Spring Awards Ceremony and be recognized for their exceptional achievements at South Mountain Community College at a reception in their honor on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Student Union Building Room 100ABC.

For the full list of categories click here

For questions contact the office of Student Life & Leadership at 602-243-8065.


SMCC Increasing Employability in Students and the Community

Posted by on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 in News Releases | Comments Off on SMCC Increasing Employability in Students and the Community

South Mountain Community College is guiding a path in the art of job interviews to support the community in professional opportunities. With brand new students starting their college education and others preparing to graduate to join the workforce, SMCC is taking an active role to provide students the tools to start a successful career.

The SMCC Library will host the Spring 2019 Mock Job Interview Clinics in their effort to prepare students to join the job market. Once again, providing best practices for students and the community in South Phoenix.

The clinics focus in customizing mock interviews to various jobs, helping student deal with anxiety in interviews and training others who want to move up in their workplace, receiving practical training for job interviews.

The Mock Job Interview Clinics are offered every semester to help students practice and show their best self to professionals in the field, increasing job placement opportunities. This semester, the clinics will hosted during the following dates:

SMCC Library

Room | SMCL 162 – 163

March 26 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

March 27 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The SMCC Library is helping the community at South Mountain start a successful career with great interviews. Becoming an open resource to students, faculty, staff and community members to maximize employability. Helping develop skills that will help you personally and professionally.

For questions about the clinics, connect with Lora Largo at lora.largo@southmountaincc.edu or call 602.243.8345.


SMCC’s Dr. Jerome Garrison Honored by Elevate Phoenix at Recent Suns Game

Posted by on Monday, February 11th, 2019 in News Releases, PAC Gallery | Comments Off on SMCC’s Dr. Jerome Garrison Honored by Elevate Phoenix at Recent Suns Game

As part of Black History Month and in recognition of his efforts in supporting Elevate Phoenix, a local nonprofit which works to support the educational goals of teens and young people, South Mountain Community College faculty member and Division Chair Dr. Jerome Garrison was honored at the February 2 Phoenix Suns game.

Specifically, Dr. Garrison was noted for his work with Elevate’s R.I.S.E. program, which support at risk urban youth by introducing them to a variety of educational and cultural enrichment opportunities, as well as connecting them with financial aid and advisement resources.

Congratulations Dr. Garrison! And be sure to support Dr. Garrison and SMCC’s own efforts to raise funds for scholarships at the upcoming STARS Gala and Fundraiser on April 5, right here at SMCC!

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 2: The Phoenix Suns host the Atlanta Hawks on February 2, 2019, at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

PHOENIX, AZ – FEBRUARY 2: The Phoenix Suns host the Atlanta Hawks on February 2, 2019, at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)


Katherine Alcazar, Ainsley Chapman named to SMCC All Arizona 2018-19 Academic Team

Posted by on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 in News Releases | Comments Off on Katherine Alcazar, Ainsley Chapman named to SMCC All Arizona 2018-19 Academic Team

South Mountain Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has selected students Katherine Alcazar and Ainsley Chapman for the All Arizona 2018-19 academic team. Alcazar and Chapman will also move forward as All USA nominees.

Alcazar is majoring in Biomedical Engineering, with the eventual goal of transferring to ASU to continue studying in that field, and one day earning her doctorate degree. Born and raised in Arizona, she initially chose SMCC as her first step – and for her, “the right step” – because she wanted to become better prepared and more confident before attending ASU. Alcazar has thrived in SMCC’s easily navigable campus setting and smaller class sizes, while also complimenting the level of support from the college’s “amazing faculty.” Besides being an honors student and honors award recipient, and an All Arizona nominee, Alcazar has also received the Chicanos Por La Causa scholarship for the past two years, which is awarded to outstanding Latino students attending Arizona colleges and universities who have demonstrated commitment to making positive changes to their communities and their selected fields of study. Academic excellence also seems to run in the Alcazar family, as Katie follows her sisters Isabel, who was the All Arizona nominee in 2017, and Emily, who was the All Arizona nominee in 2015.

Alcazar, Katie

Another Arizona native, Ainsley Chapman is dual majoring in biology and mathematics and also plans to transfer to ASU to continue her goals of obtaining a doctorate and becoming a research scientist. Currently only 17, Chapman has been homeschooled since the third grade, and began taking courses at SMCC as a way to supplement her educational experiences. She had such a good experience in the college’s CHM 107: Chemistry and Society class, that she kept taking college courses, including recently finishing CHM 235: Organic Chemistry. She credits the support she has received from friends and family, as well as from the faculty at SMCC who welcomed a younger – although obviously incredibly capable! – student into their classes. Besides being the All Arizona nominee, Chapman is the Fellowship and Membership Officer for SMCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. In the Fall of 2017, she was also awarded the Paul Fannin leadership award, which goes to students who exhibit outstanding leadership qualities amongst their peers.

Chapman, Ainsley

Congratulations to these two outstanding students!


DECA Students Take Awards

Posted by on Monday, November 26th, 2018 in News Releases | Comments Off on DECA Students Take Awards

On Saturday, November 3rd, South Mountain Community College Collegiate DECA sent 6 members to the Fall Leadership Conference at Grand Canyon University. At the conference, the students attended business related workshops and participated in case study competitions against 7 other colleges and universities. At the conference South Mountain Community College Collegiate DECA students brought home awards.

Roberto Urrea, 2nd place in Accounting, Adrian Trujillo, 3rd place in Hotel & Lodging, Carlos Arellano, 2nd place in Human Resource Management

Roberto Urrea, 2nd place in Accounting, Adrian Trujillo, 3rd place in Hotel & Lodging, Carlos Arellano, 2nd place in Human Resource Management

The SMCC Collegiate DECA students will compete again at the Arizona Career Development Conference on Saturday, February 23rd at Gateway Community College.

If you are interested in learning more about Collegiate DECA, contact Barbara Gonzalez at barbara.gonzalez@southmountaincc.edu.


ASU’s Massive “Walk on Mars” Map to be Displayed as Part of Hermanas Conference at South Mountain Community College

Posted by on Thursday, November 8th, 2018 in News Releases | Comments Off on ASU’s Massive “Walk on Mars” Map to be Displayed as Part of Hermanas Conference at South Mountain Community College

Since 2001, Arizona State University’s THEMIS camera has been taking infrared images of Mars, collecting more than 200,000 pictures over 17 years. The Mars Space Flight Facility has taken the best images, cropped and stitched and blended them together, and printed out a global map of the red planet at full resolution.

It’s the size of a basketball court.

But that’s the point of ASU’s “Walk on Mars” map: for future explorers to be able to walk and explore the hills and valleys of Mars themselves, and visitors will have their chance to do that on November 30 when the map will be displayed as part of the Hermanas Conference at South Mountain Community College.

The conference, hosted by SMCC in partnership with ASU, Intel and the Maricopa Community College District, is focused on introducing Latina girls and young women to careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, and inspiring them to envision and pursue a career in a technical field.

“Many young Latina girls don’t know what opportunities are available in technology, or what it takes to pursue that career,” said Rosalinda Cota, Director of Early College Programs at SMCC. “They don’t even realize its an option. Combine that with the perception that these professions are not ‘traditional’ for Latinas, and this growing segment of our population is at the most risk of not being prepared to enter the workforce of the future.”

The conference, which runs from 9am-2pm, is designed for middle and high school Latinas, and will feature:

  • Hands-on workshops focused on problem-solving, teamwork and creativity
  • A Latina Town Hall, with an opportunity to learn from and speak with successful Latina professionals and learn about their educational and professional journey
  • A resource fair, featuring educational institutions from across the valley
  • Time to explore ASU’s “Walk on Mars” map
  • Raffles, prizes and much more.

For more information about the Hermanas Conference, including how to attend, call the Early College office at 602-243-8333 or email early-college@southmountaincc.edu


The Future is Written in Code!

Posted by on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 in News Releases | Comments Off on The Future is Written in Code!

Maricopa Community College students now have the opportunity to learn to code thanks to a new partnership announced with Galvanize Inc.

The Denver-based data science and software engineering school and the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) have launched a new program allowing students to earn academic college credit at South Mountain Community College for completing the Galvanize Web Development Immersive (WDI) program.

Through this partnership, students who complete the WDI program can earn up to 12 credits (nearly a full semester of academic credit). Students can then choose to enter the workforce immediately, continue pursuing their education or begin working while saving up to enroll in a four-year university.

Read the full story on the Maricopa Community College District site by clicking here!

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor, Al Rosabal, Galvanize, Inc. CEO, and Dr. Shari Olson, South Mountain Community College President at the signing ceremony on the SMCC campus, October 25, 2018.

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor, Al Rosabal, Galvanize, Inc. CEO, and Dr. Shari Olson, South Mountain Community College President at the signing ceremony on the SMCC campus, October 25, 2018.


South Mountain Community College “Excelling” in Serving Hispanic STEM Students

Posted by on Monday, October 22nd, 2018 in News Releases | Comments Off on South Mountain Community College “Excelling” in Serving Hispanic STEM Students

 

Demand for student success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields has never been higher, and South Mountain Community College has made serving students pursuing careers in STEM fields a top priority.

Those efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL), has identified SMCC as “excelling” in its support for Hispanic STEM students, and to learn more about the college’s programs, OCCRL will be making a site visit to SMCC on October 23-24.

Formed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989, OCCRL’s mission is to use research and evaluation methods to improve policies, programs and practices to enhance community college education, and support the transition to college for diverse learners at the state, national and international level.

As part of its visit, OCCRL will examine the college as part of a case study for a National Science Foundation grant: Hispanic-Serving Community College STEM Pipelines. OCCCRL looks for success in specific criteria such as enrollment and completion numbers, and degrees and certificates awarded, and the college must meet specific minimums as indicated by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), including:

  • Overall institutional minimum enrollment of 5000
  • Minimum 30% Hispanic enrollment
  • Number of Hispanic awards/degrees conferred of at least 50
  • Ratio of Hispanic STEM completion to enrollment of at least .90
  • Ratio of Hispanic completion to enrollment of at least .90

During the visit, OCCRL will interview STEM faculty, student services staff, and academic officers, as well as students themselves.

“I am thrilled that the office has recognized South Mountain Community College for its work,” said SMCC President Dr. Shari Olson. “This is such an important focus for local students who want to compete in the global marketplace.”

SMCC is federally recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. More than half of SMCC’s student body is Hispanic, and 52 percent of the certificates and degrees awarded last year at SMCC were earned by Hispanic students. Approximately 30 percent of students attending the college are enrolled in STEM programs, with completion rates of nearly 90 percent.


Imposter Syndrome: SMCC Professor to Speak About Overcoming that Little Voice that Tells You You’re a Fraud

Posted by on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 in News Releases | Comments Off on Imposter Syndrome: SMCC Professor to Speak About Overcoming that Little Voice that Tells You You’re a Fraud

“This is crazy,” you think. “I shouldn’t be here. They’re going to find me out, and I’m going to get fired.”

Or thrown out of the building.

Or laughed off the stage.

If these types of thoughts have ever crossed your mind, you’re not alone. It’s called Imposter Syndrome, and South Mountain Community College geoscience professor Dr. Sian Proctor believes that it’s a nearly universal phenomenon that we all have experienced at one time or another. She will be speaking about overcoming it in her upcoming TED talk, “Imposter Syndrome: Overcoming the Voices Within,” as part of the TEDx event “Voices” taking place on Oct. 13 at the South Mountain Community Library, on the SMCC campus.

At its core, Imposter Syndrome refers to an individual’s concern at being discovered a “fraud,” despite their own real success or expertise. Many of the world’s most successful and famous individuals have talked about their own experience with Imposter Syndrome, including actors Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, authors Maya Angelou and Neil Gaiman, and Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

“Society and social media are already constantly pressuring everyone to be the best, or to be the smartest or most amazing person in the room,” said Proctor. “But Imposter Syndrome is different, in that you’ve already been chosen and invited to be on the stage as an equal with all these other experts, and you still feel as if you have no right to be there.”

Proctor herself has struggled with these thoughts, despite a stunning resume that includes being a finalist for NASA’s astronaut training in 2009, being featured in the PBS Series Genius by Stephen Hawking, and a current side gig on the Science Channel’s TV show Strange Evidence as the science demonstration expert – not to mention a master’s degree in geology and a Ph.D. in science education she puts to regular use as part of the faculty at SMCC.

Proctor believes that Imposter Syndrome is particularly hard on women and minorities, as they increasingly and successfully navigate their way into experiences that had previously been inaccessible.

“It’s often when you are trying something new or trying to achieve a goal in a brand-new way,” said Proctor. “Your inner voice is telling you that you don’t deserve to be there, even though others have obviously identified you as someone that is engaging and unique, and has something to contribute.”

Proctor believes that one of the keys to overcoming Imposter Syndrome is trying to focus on what you bring to the table.

“We can be our own worst enemies, but we have to also be our own best cheerleaders,” said Proctor. “We have to remind ourselves of our own unique experiences, backgrounds and prospective, and say to ourselves, ‘Clearly, I am special, and I was chosen and I belong, and I am on the right path.’”

Proctor can be seen at the tedx event on October 13, and also as a speaker at the Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurship conference, October 4-6, hosted by Arizona State University.

SMCC Geoscience Professor Dr. Sian Proctor

SMCC Geoscience Professor Dr. Sian Proctor