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Monday, June 18, 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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New WCC Parking Structure Opens January 9

WCC students, employees, and guests have waited patiently this year for the opening of the College’s new parking structure. The wait ends January 9, 2012.

WCC Employees and Students Lend a Helping Hand

Each year before the long-awaited break between fall and winter semesters, WCC employees and students focus their attention on families and individuals less fortunate than themselves. Here are some of the things they’re doing this year.

WCC Photo Showcase Features Student Work

A semester’s worth of hard work will be on exhibit when WCC’s Gallery One opens its doors to a one-day showcase of student photographs on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Students Encourage Students to Finish Their WCC Degrees

WCC’s Beta Gamma Alpha chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is encouraging students to take a pledge to finish college. Students can make pledges during Completion Day, an event PTK is sponsoring on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from noon to 3:00pm on the second floor of the Student Center building.

Businesses Turn to WCC for Specialized Training Needs

By Nancy Clay

WCC Car Floors Them at 2011 SEMA Showcase

Showing a car at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas, rebuilt from the frame up by WCC students and faculty, is beyond compare. Having that car singled out by Motor Trend magazine as one of the “sweetest cars” there is beyond words.

Employer Perspective is Important to WCC Programs

If you’re an employer, would you like a say in what your current and future employees learn in a college classroom? You can have such input if your workers graduate with a vocational/technical certificate or degree from WCC. Those disciplines benefit from the College’s industry-related advisory committees.

Thanksgiving Meal Prepared By WCC Students

Thanksgiving came early for WCC culinary arts students this year. On Thursday, Nov. 17, they prepared and served a full Thanksgiving feast to over 200 families at the Perry School gymnasium in Ypsilanti as part of an annual Thanksgiving community dinner.

Begin a Health Care Career In a Few Weeks

Also see the related story: "WCC Prepares Nurses for the 21st Century."

WCC Prepares Nurses for the 21st Century

Also see the related story: "Begin a Health Care Career in a Few Weeks."

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