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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WCC Foundation raises $8M

Community supports WCC more than ever before

Honors Students

The Washtenaw Community College Foundation has raised over $8 million over the past 18 months in cash gifts and pledges to support students at Washtenaw Community College. This represents the largest amount of funds ever raised in a collective effort at the college.

Campaign chairs Tim and Laurie Wadhams made the announcement at a celebration ceremony on Oct. 27 at Washtenaw Community College. In attendance were WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, campaign committee members, WCC Foundation Board of Directors, WCC Board of Trustees members, WCC faculty and staff, alumni and community members.

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Late start? Great start!

Although WCC’s Winter Semester started Jan.12, we still have plenty of classes available that begin later in January and also February and March.

Payment is due for these classes by 10:00pm on the day you register.

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Blackboard Mobile App Free for WCC Students

This semester, be sure to download the Blackboard Mobile App, available now for your smartphone and tablet.

The app sends push notifications when professors post grades and announcements. You can also post to discussion threads, respond to journal and blog posts and more.

It’s available for free to WCC students, faculty and staff. Simply download the app and type in “Washtenaw Community College” when prompted.

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Fall enrollment beats state average

On average, Michigan’s community colleges are experiencing a six percent decline in student enrollment in comparison to last year. That’s a sizable loss.

But at WCC, the story is different. WCC’s enrollment has stayed almost flat, with just a .2 percent decline in headcount.

“We’ve exceeded our budget goals for enrollment,” said Dr. Evan Montague, associate vice president of recruitment and student enrollment.

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WCC DJs Passionate About Music and Orchard Radio

It’s 2:45 on a Wednesday afternoon and Stephanie Mae is reminding her 450 Facebook friends that she’ll be on the air at Orchard Radio in 15 minutes. Mike Pickett and his buddy, Matt Gilson, are on the mics behind her rehashing the Tigers’ heartbreaking loss the day before and the controversy surrounding star slugger Miguel Cabrera. They are surrounded by posters of Led Zeppelin, Rob Zombie, and Pillar of Autumn, among others, and are oblivious to the parade of students, faculty, and staff walking past the half-wall windows that give them a birds-eye view of the Student Center first floor.

Lecture Reflects on Berlin Wall 20 Years Later

On Nov. 9, 1989, the world watched as the Berlin Wall, that impenetrable symbol of the Cold War, fell when East Germans flooded through an opened checkpoint. WCC art history instructor Elisabeth Thoburn, who lived behind the Iron Curtain for 25 years, will give a lecture at WCC on that historical event and its impact on Dresden, the town where she grew up.

WCC’s Oldest Building Celebrates 40 Years of Learning

As you look down the pristine halls of WCC’s Technical & Industrial building and beyond the students walking briskly to class, you can almost feel the excitement that heralded its inaugural semester 40 years ago in January 1970. Today, TI is a thriving new environment for a diverse array of disciplines and non-traditional learning programs.

WCC Student Journalists Honored by Press Association

The Michigan Press Association honored WCC student journalists with 23 awards in this year’s collegiate newspaper contest. The Washtenaw Voice won firsts for general excellence and overall design and third place for headline writing, and 14 staff members won individual awards for writing, editing, design, and photography.

College Transfer Fair Set for Oct. 7

People interested in learning about their educational options beyond WCC are invited to attend the College’s Fall Transfer Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 10:00am to 3:00pm on the second floor of the Student Center building. The event is free and open to the public.

Making News: 16 Empty Pages and a Race Against the Clock

(Editor’s Note: The following article is by Addie Shrodes, editor of The Washtenaw Voice, WCC’s student newspaper).

Lectures Tackle Environmental Issues

What do home energy conservation, strip mining, Native American culture, and poetry all have in common? Far more than you’d guess, and WCC’s Second Annual Environmental Series will show you why.

Culinary Students Get New Retail Space and Kitchens

Over the summer, the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management department got a sweet new retail space and some much-needed kitchen renovations.

WCC Welder Joe Young Takes Silver in International Competition

Last fall, state welding champ and WCC student Joe Young missed the cut to compete for a world title when he placed fifth in the SkillsUSA national welding competition. Though he felt that his welds had hit their mark and were worthy of at least third place, the Las Vegas judges saw it differently.

Car and Motorcycle Show Roars Into WCC

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Tom Gents of Illinois, the new owner of the Dream Machine. The Dream Machine raffle raised about $25,000 each for two charities: the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and The Salvation Army's Staples Family Center.

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Today’s Events

  1. 10:30am–1:00pm UM Community College Summer Research Fellowship Program Visit
  2. noon–1:30pm Interview Skills Workshop
  3. 1:00pm–5:00pm Eastern Michigan University Visit

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