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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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WCC instructor wins Distinguished Writing Award from Army Historical Foundation

Washtenaw Community College social sciences faculty member Dr. David Fitzpatrick was honored with a 2017 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award at the organization’s annual meeting this week in Arlington, Virginia.

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Two WCC photography students selected for Documenting Detroit

Two Washtenaw Community College photography students have been selected to participate in Documenting DETROIT, a juried community photojournalism fellowship that showcases emerging and early-career photographers’ work.

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WCC student's painting sells for $11,500 at charity auction

When Therese Basha Jarjoura won first place at the Washtenaw Community College Student Art Show in March, she received inquiries from people interested in purchasing her prize abstract painting, titled “Bridging.”

Too self-effacing to place monetary value on her own work – which to that point had only been a personal hobby – Jarjoura instead replied that the work was not for sale. Many fledgling artists face the same dilemma, which is why the WCC Arts and Sciences Division teams with the Entrepreneurship Center on campus to offer art students “Pricing Your Art” workshops.

Jarjoura didn’t attend that workshop, but received a lesson in value months later at a charity auction. It was there that enamored bidders established a monetary value for her work themselves. And it was higher than she anticipated.

“Not a little higher,” she says. “A lot higher.”

Her 30-inch by 40-inch acrylic on canvas abstract painting titled “Mary’s Well” went up for bid at the Arab-American Friends of Nazareth Gala Auction in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. That work was similar in style to her art show-winning painting.

The opening bid: $1,200. The winning bid: $11,500.

Along with being appreciative with the winning bidder’s admiration of her art, Jarjoura was delighted the money will benefit Saint Vincent de Paul hospital in her hometown of Nazareth, Israel. Mary’s Well is an iconic location in Nazareth.

Jarjoura studied architecture and dabbled with painting before moving to Ann Arbor five years ago, at the age of 45, after her second marriage. She saw painting as a way to become involved in her new community.

“I used to do some art overseas, but just for fun,” she said. “When I got here, I took some classes and then decided to start taking it more seriously. I thought that if I was going to spend time and money, it should be toward a degree. Now, WCC has become like a second home for me.”

Jarjoura is pursuing an Associate of Art in Fine Arts Degree at WCC, a transfer degree designed to be the first two years of a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree.

To see examples of Jarjoura’s work, follow @therese_basha on Instagram.

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Registration Starts March 14 for Spring/Summer 2012 Semester

Even though you still may be wearing heavy coats, scarves, and mittens, Spring/Summer 2012 Semester is just around the corner.

Washtenaw Economic Club Announces Luncheon Speakers

Prominent economists and business executives will be the featured speakers for the Washtenaw Economic Club’s spring 2012 luncheon lecture series.

Women Featured in WCC Film Series

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the English department at WCC is hosting two movie screenings in March. Each film examines unique issues facing women today.

WCC Launches New Mentorship Programs

Sage advice comes from experience. And experience is what WCC values and celebrates in two new mentorship programs.

Regional Science Fair Returns to WCC March 9-10

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WCC Partners With SPARK to Identify and Address Training Needs

The WCC Workforce Development department and Ann Arbor SPARK have joined forces to identify and address the training needs of area businesses in new and innovative ways. 

His Chicago Commute Takes Seconds

Working from home is fairly common these days. And WCC graduate Javan Makhmali demonstrates daily how successful that arrangement can be.

Six WCC Students Awarded ADDYs

Six WCC students were recognized for their graphic design skills and creativity at the 2012 ADDY Awards, sponsored by the Ann Arbor Ad Club.

WCC Makes It Easier To Apply

WCC has rolled out a new admissions application that makes it easier than ever before to apply to the College.

WCC Volunteer Fair Set for Feb. 21

WCC is helping area nonprofits increase their number of community volunteers. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the WCC Student Development and Activities department will host a Volunteer Fair from 11:00am to 1:00pm on the second floor of the Student Center building. The event is free and open to the public.

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