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Tuesday, June 19, 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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WCC Journalists Win Big at State Conference

WCC’s student newspaper, The Washtenaw Voice, won the General Excellence Award for best overall newspaper at the Michigan Community College Press Association conference in Mt. Pleasant in April. Student journalists from WCC also won 36 other awards, including 13 first-place honors.

WCC Demystifies College for Middle Schoolers

When you’re in eighth grade, the last thing on your mind is college—or even finishing high school, for that matter. At that age extracurricular activities and friends often overshadow schoolwork. So getting eighth graders to refocus on learning can be a challenge.

Thousands Flock to Events at WCC

WCC’s Conference Services, housed in the Morris Lawrence building, might be one of the most popular hosts in Washtenaw County. Each year more than 80,000 people visit the campus to attend activities that it plans and organizes.

Film Festival to Showcase Student Work

Since 2002, WCC’s digital video production program has gone through a lot of changes: more students, new full-time faculty, upgraded facilities including an editing lab and a green screen, and new top-of-the-line cameras, light kits, and software. One thing that hasn’t changed is the end-of-the-year Digital Video and Animation Festival, where the best of the students’ work is judged before an audience.

Livingston Centers Shorten Commute for Students

How long is your commute to class? Two miles? Ten? Some WCC students from Livingston County drive up to 60 miles roundtrip to take a class on campus. However, others have shortened their commute by taking classes at one of two WCC extension centers in Livingston County.

Student’s Film Shown at Ann Arbor Film Festival

For someone who enrolled in WCC’s digital video production program on an impulse, John Inwood is doing all right. He was nominated for an Emmy for one of his films, and his latest short film was recently shown at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Former WCC Trustee Richard Bailey Passes Away

WCC is saddened at the passing of its longest-serving trustee, Richard W. Bailey, on April 2.

Help is Available for GED Preparation

By Janet Miller

WCC Trains Driving Instructors

For decades, WCC has worked with area businesses to train their employees in quality practices. This April, instructors who train drivers for area roadways will be the recipients of Washtenaw’s expertise.

You Did the Work, You Deserve the Credit

By Janet Miller

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