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Thursday, October 30, 2014

WCC Foundation raises $8M

Community supports WCC more than ever before

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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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WCC Board of Trustees extends contract of President Rose Bellanca, Ed.D.

Washtenaw Community College’s academic achievement, State of Michigan evaluation against metrics measuring community college performance, a historic fund-raising initiative and steady student enrollment were plenty of reasons for the College’s Board of Trustees to vote unanimously yesterday to extend the contract of President Rose Bellanca, Ed.D. through 2017.

“Dr. Bellanca’s leadership has been remarkable in helping to move forward Washtenaw Community College in a strategic and highly effective manner,” said Board Chair Stephen J.

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New beginnings for adult students

Encore means to bring back, and for many attendees of the inaugural Encore Career Open House, it was the first time they had been on a college campus in years.

The Sept. 4 open house was a success, drawing many members of the community to Washtenaw Community College’s campus. It was designed to appeal to adults who are considering new career options or need additional skills or credentials in their current careers.

A wide array of WCC’s academic departments and support services were represented at the event.

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WCC’s budget reflects growth, student needs

In June, the Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees approved the 2015 budget that reflects investments in new academic programs, student counseling, academic advising, campuswide technology improvements and student enrollment and retention efforts.

When presenting the new budget at the June Board meeting, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bill Johnson described the challenges that many higher education institutions like WCC are facing, including enrollment declines, tightening budgets and increasing demands from the public.

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Photography Class Travels to Morocco

(Note: WCC photography instructor Terry Abrams led a trip to Morocco by his Digital Photography Abroad class from May 15-25, 2009. The following is a first-person account of the trip by Mike Wilkinson, a student).

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 Art Gallery Showcases Student Designs

WCC shines the spotlight on commercial art May 3-28 when the vision and creativity of WCC graphic design students goes on display in the College’s Gallery One. An artist reception will be held Wednesday, May 12, at 5:30pm in the Gallery, which is located on the first floor of the Student Center building.

Instructor’s Passions Range From Bikes to Bees

If there is a true Renaissance man on WCC’s campus it may well be motorcycle instructor and department chair Shawn Deron, 36. He is a self-described carpenter, plumber, mechanic, electrician, computer geek, philosopher, avid reader and learner, tool connoisseur, farmer, botanist, etymologist, photographer, entrepreneur, and teacher. But most of all he loves anything to do with speed and bees.

Pellston Trip Features Lots of Water—Some Unwanted

Editor’s note: The following story about a trip sponsored by Student Activities to the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston is by Mike Wilkinson, a WCC staff member.

Art Exhibit Examines the Human Figure

When you step across the threshold of WCC’s Gallery One now through Feb. 24, you are struck with the unsettling feeling that a subtle layer of humanity has been deftly peeled away. That feeling draws you farther into a labyrinth of three-quarter walls and oddly shaped spaces, as you pause thoughtfully at the striking pieces of artwork on display.

Artist Susan Skarsgard Finds Her Muse in the Alphabet

Many artists must work outside their passion to pay the bills, but there are those who reside contently at the crossroads. That’s Susan Skarsgard. She’s an esteemed graphic designer in the automotive industry who is respected worldwide for her original fine art and work in design and calligraphy.

Ceramics Show Features Works Created in New Studio

Works created by students and faculty members in WCC’s new ceramics studio will be exhibited at the College’s Gallery One from June 15 through July 17. The show is titled “New Beginning: Ceramics at Washtenaw Community College.”

If Only the Walls Could Teach…

On the first floor of the Crane Liberal Arts and Science building, a group of students is standing around, sketchpads in hand, studying a row of very large and colorful pictures of prehistoric animals. Geology students? Maybe. Biology class? Could be. But this particular group is an illustration class closely examining the styles of the various artists who contributed to this exhibit.

WCC Offers Wide Range of Student Activities

For some WCC students, Welcome Day in September is their first introduction to life on campus. Usually held shortly after classes begin, Welcome Day showcases a host of activities on campus that are open to everyone. A Welcome Day for Winter Semester will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27.

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Today’s Events

  1. All day The Clay Gallery: Expanding Edges
  2. 10:00am–1:30pm Spring Arbor University Visit
  3. 10:00am–1:00pm University of Michigan-Dearborn Visit
  4. noon–1:30pm Interview Skills Workshop
  5. noon–4:00pm Eastern Michigan University Visit
  6. 2:00pm–4:00pm Madonna University Visit
  7. 3:00pm–6:00pm Entrepreneurship Center Open House
  8. 4:00pm–5:00pm Book Club - Eat, Drink, Vote: an Illustrated Guide to Food Politics

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