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Cougar Volleyball Team Earns AVCA Academic Award

Posted by on Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 in News Releases | Comments Off on Cougar Volleyball Team Earns AVCA Academic Award

The 2018-19 South Mountain Community College volleyball program ­– finishers as a top 5 team in the nation after their amazing run to the National Championships ­– have earned one more incredible accolade, but this time for their work in the classroom, and not on the court.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association released their Academic Awards for teams that carried a cumulative 3.30 GPA or better. The SMCC Cougars were one of just 21 community college programs nationwide to earn the honor, and finished as a Top 5 program in that category as well, as the only two-year program to be added to the AVCA Honor Roll.

This is the second consecutive year that the program as earned the AVCA Academic Award. Additionally, the Cougars also reached their Dig Pink fundraising goals, in support of breast cancer research.

The Cougars finished their record setting year with a record of 25-8, their highest win total, and the team’s first trip to nationals in more than 20 years.

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NJCAA Names SMCC Golfer Leon D’Souza 2018-19 Male Athlete of the Year

Posted by on Thursday, July 11th, 2019 in News Releases | Comments Off on NJCAA Names SMCC Golfer Leon D’Souza 2018-19 Male Athlete of the Year

The NJCAA announced that SMCC two-time men’s golf national champion Leon D’Souza has been named the 2018-19 David Rowlands Male Student-Athlete of the Year for excellence both on the course and in the classroom.

D’Souza, a 2019 graduate from South Mountain with an associate’s degree in business became the first individual back-to-back NJCAA DII Men’s Golf Champion since 1993 and led the Cougars’ charge to the team national title in 2019. D’Souza becomes the first South Mountain student-athlete and the first-ever NJCAA Men’s Golf student-athlete to earn the David Rowlands Male Student-Athlete of the Year award.

Read the full article here!

Congratulations Leon and Go Cougars!


South Phoenix Oral History Project Wants to Capture Your Memories

Posted by on Thursday, June 20th, 2019 in News Releases | Comments Off on South Phoenix Oral History Project Wants to Capture Your Memories

The memories are alive in the minds of residents about a South Phoenix that once was.

Lush, citrus groves and the smell of fresh fruit.

Colorful fields of flowers that stretched for miles.

Ostrich farms.

Cruising Baseline.

While many of these things may never be real again, the students and faculty of the South Mountain Community College history program and Storytelling Institute are partnering with the South Phoenix Oral History Project to capture those memories from residents before they are lost to time.

The college, in particular, is looking for residents and community members who may have attended SMCC as a student in the early days or worked at the campus as a faculty or staff member. The college began operations in 1980 and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020.

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The college is also interviewing anyone who has memories to share about South Phoenix or the surrounding neighborhoods.

The project is especially interested in collections of family and local history that may include photographs, awards, newspaper articles, etc.) about the college and surrounding community.

“These types of physical documents are so easily lost,” says Summer Cherland, chair of the South Phoenix Oral History Project and history professor at SMCC. “Fires, floods, a move to a new city – maybe family members received them as a keepsake when someone passes on, but the younger generation doesn’t have the same emotional connection, so they discard them. You never know.”

Each document or photograph lost is a tiny piece of the collective history that can never be recovered. But by contributing it to the project, it can be added to the larger, digitized archive and, in turn, create a more complete history of the area, which can be researched and enjoyed for decades to come.

Change is coming at such a rapid pace to Phoenix,” said Cherland. “It’s more important than ever to take the time to gather this information.”

Are you interested in being interviewed? Or do you have documents or materials you would like to share? Please contact Summer.Cherland@southmountaincc.edu to collaborate.


South Phoenix Oral History Project Wants to Capture Your Memories

Posted by on Thursday, June 20th, 2019 in News Releases | Comments Off on South Phoenix Oral History Project Wants to Capture Your Memories

The memories are alive in the minds of residents about a South Phoenix that once was.

Lush, citrus groves and the smell of fresh fruit.

Colorful fields of flowers that stretched for miles.

Ostrich farms.

Cruising Baseline.

While many of these things may never be real again, the students and faculty of the South Mountain Community College history program and Storytelling Institute are partnering with the South Phoenix Oral History Project to capture those memories from residents before they are lost to time.

The college, in particular, is looking for residents and community members who may have attended SMCC as a student in the early days or worked at the campus as a faculty or staff member. The college began operations in 1980 and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020.

SMCC old

The college is also interviewing anyone who has memories to share about South Phoenix or the surrounding neighborhoods.

The project is especially interested in collections of family and local history that may include photographs, awards, newspaper articles, etc.) about the college and surrounding community.

“These types of physical documents are so easily lost,” says Summer Cherland, chair of the South Phoenix Oral History Project and history professor at SMCC. “Fires, floods, a move to a new city – maybe family members received them as a keepsake when someone passes on, but the younger generation doesn’t have the same emotional connection, so they discard them. You never know.”

Each document or photograph lost is a tiny piece of the collective history that can never be recovered. But by contributing it to the project, it can be added to the larger, digitized archive and, in turn, create a more complete history of the area, which can be researched and enjoyed for decades to come.

Change is coming at such a rapid pace to Phoenix,” said Cherland. “It’s more important than ever to take the time to gather this information.”

Are you interested in being interviewed? Or do you have documents or materials you would like to share? Please contact Summer.Cherland@southmountaincc.edu to collaborate.


SMCC Hosting Tools 4 School Backpack Drive

Posted by on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 in News Releases | Comments Off on SMCC Hosting Tools 4 School Backpack Drive

Arizona’s Largest Backpack Drive to Impact over 10,000 in the Community with School Supplies

7th Annual ‘Phoenix Tools 4 School’ Also Provides College Readiness Workshops to Students

In an effort to support local families with the cost of their kids returning to school, the HeroZona Foundation will host their 7th Annual ‘Phoenix Tools 4 School’ on Saturday, July 27, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix (7050 South 24th Street).

“Our goal is to make sure that Arizona students focus on getting a good education, instead of worrying about how to purchase the basic supplies necessary to start the year,” says U.S. Army Desert Storm Veteran and Co-Founder of the HeroZona Foundation, Alan “AP” Powell. “Through providing the resources necessary for their school year, we are investing in our future leaders and building stronger communities.”

Phoenix Tools 4 School was voted the Best Annual Charity Event for the 2019 Best Of Our Valley Awards with Arizona Foothills Magazine. In just six years, the Phoenix Tools 4 School annual event has impacted over 40,000 students and family members by providing them with supplies needed for their education, such as book bags, notebooks, writing utensils and more. The event will also host college prep workshops, games and a free breakfast.

The event is free and open to the public and this year’s event is expected to draw an estimated 15,000 attendees. This event is open to all students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. Supplies are limited, so attendees are encouraged to show up early.

For the second year in a row, Phoenix Tools 4 School will offer workshops from Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University for 7th and 8th grade students to prepare them on their path to higher education.

The event will have a carnival atmosphere with attractions and games for the kids and their families after they pick up their backpacks. Special guest appearances will be made by Baxter, the mascot of the Arizona Diamondbacks; Sparky, the mascot of Arizona State University and the Phoenix Suns’ Gorilla.

This year’s event is supported by community partners such as APS, UPS, Bank of America, Crescent Crown Distributing, Maricopa Community Colleges, ASU and Artisan by Santa Barbara Catering will provide the students with the free breakfast. Other event partners include Roosevelt Elementary School District No. 66, Laveen School District, Phoenix Suns, Cesar Chavez Foundation, water delivery by Fry’s, and discounts from Dollar Days. They will also have media partners on-site such as Mega 104.3, The Beat 101.1 and La Campesina 101.9.

On Thursday, July 25, the HeroZona Foundation, community partners and Valley volunteers will begin prep for the event by packing the backpacks for the event at South Mountain Community College. Those interested in volunteering should go to HeroZona.org/volunteer. For more information about the Phoenix Tools 4 School event on July 27, visit herozona.org. Visit the Facebook event listing here.

Download the flyer in English here.

Descarga el folleto en español aquí.


South Mountain Community College Men’s Golf Team Claims 2019 National Championship

Posted by on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 in News Releases | Comments Off on South Mountain Community College Men’s Golf Team Claims 2019 National Championship

The South Mountain Community College men’s golf team capped a remarkable 2019 season that saw the Cougars win all 12 tournaments in which they competed by claiming a National Championship at Swan Lake Golf Resort in Plymouth, IN on May 24. This marks the seventh time the program has won a national title since 2004. Returning NJCAA champion and SMCC sophomore Leon D’Souza claimed the individual championship for a second straight year – the first time an individual has repeated as champion since 1993.

In a 4-day tournament that saw the team in second place by six strokes after Round Two, the Cougars dominated the second half, including posting a tournament-record matching 279 team score in the final round to claim the championship by 19 strokes.

With D’Souza leading the field, teammate Brandon Meyer finished strong in fourth while Jonathan Walters finished eighth. All three were named First Team All-American. Jeffrey Miller and Jacob Smith rounded out the team, and finished the season as All-American Honorable Mention

All five players finished in the Top 25 in the tournament.

D’Souza and Meyer are also finalists for the 2019 Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year Award.

Final Tournament Results


SMCC Noted for “Genuine Effort” in HLC Quality Initiative Report

Posted by on Monday, April 29th, 2019 in News Releases | Comments Off on SMCC Noted for “Genuine Effort” in HLC Quality Initiative Report

Entering into its accreditation year in 2020, South Mountain Community College has already received early positive feedback as the Higher Learning Commission announced this week that it has accepted the college’s Quality Initiative Report Guiding Pathways and Strategic Scheduling and confirmed SMCC’s “genuine effort” on this project.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) expects that institutions are always engaged in quality improvement and requires an institution to designate one major improvement effort it has undertaken as its Quality Initiative for reaffirmation of accreditation. In this project, it encourages colleges to take risks and innovate, meaning that while failure is acceptable in the eyes of the commission, what is not acceptable is not making a genuine attempt at success.

For SMCC, this improvement work centered on guided pathways, and implementing processes that help streamline a student’s experience at the college. Making it all work also involves creating a process for strategic scheduling that is aligned with both pathway maps and budget constraints. Together, this allows for the college to create a tailored class schedule that helps student succeed without wasting time and money on unnecessary classes.

The report summarizing the college’s efforts was submitted to the HLC on April 12, 2019, and the findings indicated that the college demonstrated its seriousness in its undertaking, that the initiative had scope and impact, that the college was committed to the work, and that it had provided adequate resources to make it successful.

For SMCC, guided pathways has long been an important part of its transformation efforts. In fact, as an early adopter of guided pathways, SMCC is now sharing its materials and insights with colleagues at all of the other Maricopa colleges.

As the review concluded, “the SMCC Guided Pathways QI Project will significantly inform and shape the direction of the District.”

SMCC is up for accreditation in 2020. This year, the college will submit an assurance argument, supported by detailed artifacts or evidentiary documents, to the HLC. On February 10-11, 2020, the college will host HLC representatives as they engage in a campus visit to verify claims and validate the college’s continued accreditation.


SMCC Cyber Team Takes 4th in Network Battle

Posted by on Friday, April 19th, 2019 in News Releases | Comments Off on SMCC Cyber Team Takes 4th in Network Battle

South Mountain Community College’s Networking and Cyber Security Program Coordinator Mark Lierley worked with Adjunct Faculty member Jesse Huizar to lead a team of SMCC students in a Network Battle competition on April 13, and successfully took home a fourth place overall award for their efforts. Student team members included Steven Kaloczi, Francisco Alcala, and Taylor Maxey.

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The event was held at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, and was sponsored by TechData and Cisco Systems. The event was open to teams from two- and four-year colleges and universities in the Phoenix Metro area, and included teams from GCU, Evit, SCC, MCC and UAT.

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Event teams competed in a simulation that tested real-world networking, security, and consulting skills and were challenged to deploy a network solution for a simulated customer. Responsibilities included the design and implementation of a secure network at the remote site to support the connectivity of an IOT endpoint that will need to communicate with the customer’s data center infrastructure. Design and implementation will include IPv4 addressing, Layer-2 and Layer-3 networking, WiFi, WAN connectivity, and general security best practices.

The SMCC’s 4th place win came from  successfully building a simulated oil well network that allowed headquarters to connect to and communicate with a remote drilling site.

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Week of the Young Child

Posted by on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 in News Releases | Comments Off on Week of the Young Child

CHILDREN HEAD TO COLLEGE EARLY TO CELEBRATE THE WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD™

South Mountain Community College hosts its own celebrations in honor of National Week of the Young Child™ with movies and a family festival!

PHOENIX, AZ – South Mountain Community College (SMCC) – Early Education students and faculty are taking our program to the next level with a week full of free events dedicated to young learners! Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to recognize the importance of early learning, early literacy, and to celebrate the teachers and programs that launch children on the path to lifelong learning and education success.

SMCC will be celebrating with a movie marathon leading to a Family Fun Saturday in conjunction with the City of Phoenix and Tree of Life Preschool Academy. Family Fun Saturday will feature a bike rodeo among other activities, engaging parents, children and educators in a one-of-a-kind celebration.

“The Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is an excellent opportunity for our students to stand up for our youngest learners. At SMCC, we proudly embrace and advocate for all children and their families, and acknowledge their right to high-quality inclusive equitable early learning experiences that honor children, their culture and their uniqueness. Our Teacher Education programs prepare teachers who make a meaningful difference in our communities,” said Alicia Smith, SMCC Early Education Faculty and Program Coordinator.

“The Week of the Young Child™ is an optimal time for all of us to recognize that the Early Years are Learning Years® for all young children” added Alicia Smith, to emphasize this is a way to honor and celebrate education for young children. Program students and faculty invite families to the following events:

Wednesday, April 3

11:30 – 1:30 PM | South Mountain Community Library Room 162

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical version of Cinderella (rated G)

6:30 – 8:30 PM | North Campus Complex (NCC) Room 132

Under the Same Moon, (rated PG13)

Thursday, April 4

11:30 – 1:30 PM | South Mountain Community Library Room 162

Rabbit-Proof Fence (rated PG)

Saturday, April 6

Family Fun Saturday

9:30 – 11:30 AM | North Parking Lot off S 24th St, between Southern and Baseline.

Events are free and open to the public.


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.

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