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Thursday, June 21, 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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Spring/Summer Enrollment Hits All-Time High at WCC

Like many colleges around the country, Washtenaw Community College is experiencing a surge in students this spring. When Spring/Summer Semester began May 8, 8,135 students were enrolled. That’s a 16 percent increase over last year.

WCC Visual Arts Students Showcase Job Skills

Mark Dull’s stop-action photographs could easily grace the pages of Sports Illustrated. And Cindy Borsvold’s kaleidoscopes might be the next bestselling toy at any Target store.

All-Female Welding Team Preparing for National Competition

When members of WCC’s welding and fabrication team arrive in Kansas City in late June to compete in the national SkillsUSA Championships, they’ll draw plenty of stares.

WCC Formalizes New Nursing Transfer Agreement With EMU

WCC nursing students who transfer to Eastern Michigan University will be able to apply more credits toward their EMU bachelor’s degrees starting this fall under a new articulation agreement signed by the two schools.

WCC Website is Finalist for National Awards

WCC’s redesigned website is a finalist for the two most important awards in a national contest for college and university websites. The awards are sponsored by eduStyle, a website for web design professionals in higher education.

Technology and Job Demands Lead to Program Changes at WCC

Because of changes in technology and the job market, Washtenaw Community College will add some degree and certificate programs and discontinue others starting this fall. The academic areas most affected are computers, computer-aided drafting, and architecture.

WCC Students Building Custom Car for Charity Raffle

Want a chance to win one of the most popular cars in movie history? Then get your tickets now for a charity raffle of a car that WCC’s Custom Cars & Concepts program is building.

WCC Honors Peg Talburtt With 2009 Award of Merit

The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees has named Ann Arbor nonprofit executive Margaret (Peg) Talburtt as recipient of the College’s highest honor, the 2009 Award of Merit. Talburtt will receive her award at WCC’s Commencement on Saturday, May 16.

Annual Scholarship Luncheon Celebrates Infinite Opportunities

How often do you see the direct results of your donation? Or get a chance to shake the hand of the person whose life you changed? At the Annual Scholarship Luncheon hosted by the WCC Foundation on April 17, donors and scholarship recipients got a chance to do just that. With over 150 guests, the room was full of heartwarming stories, well-wishers, and a sense that WCC was the place that makes great things happen.

WCC Student Wins Winter Biking Contest

It was one of the coldest and snowiest winters in recent memory, but two of WCC’s own jumped on their bikes every morning and rode to school. Student Matt Yost took first place in the Winter Commuter Challenge sponsored by Ann Arbor’s Wheels in Motion bike shop. Dale Petty, an electronics instructor and environmental committee member, placed fifth.

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