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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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Redesigned WCC Website Launches With Improved Navigation

WCC launched the first phase of a redesigned website today that features easier navigation and lays the groundwork for more improvements over the coming months.

New Video Spotlights WCC’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences

A new video on WCC’s website introduces potential students to programs offered by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Registration for Spring/Summer 2009 Semester Starts March 18

Registration for WCC’s Spring/Summer Semester starts Wednesday, March 18, for current and readmitted students. Registration for new students starts one week later on Wednesday, March 25.

WCC’s Green Initiatives Dovetail With New Federal, State Policies

In recent weeks, reducing global warming and increasing the use of renewable energy have become top agenda items in Washington, D.C., and Lansing.

Learn About Transfer Opportunities March 4

WCC students who want to transfer to a four-year college or university can meet with representatives from more than 30 institutions at the 14th Annual Transfer Fair on Wednesday, March 4.

WCC Seminar Looks at In-Demand Jobs Feb. 18

Although Michigan is losing jobs at an alarming rate, some industries are hiring—and paying good wages. Find out about them at the “Highway to High Paying Jobs Seminar” at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Morris Lawrence building at Washtenaw Community College. A light luncheon at 11:30am will precede the event, which is free and open to the public.

Seminar at WCC Focuses on Helping Area Businesses Grow

“Helping Employers Thrive & Grow,” a seminar aimed at connecting employers with local support services and resources that can help them in a tough economy, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Towsley Auditorium in Washtenaw Community College’s Morris Lawrence building. There’s no charge for the seminar, which runs from 8:00am to 1:00pm, but employers are asked to register by Feb. 12.

WCC Hosts Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads with Author Timothy Ferris

Timothy Ferris, the author of “Seeing in the Dark: How Amateur Astronomers are Discovering the Wonders of the Universe,” will discuss his book Thursday, Jan. 29, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm in Towsley Auditorium, which is located in the Morris Lawrence building at Washtenaw Community College. His talk is part of the sixth annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program.

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