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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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Training Expert Shares His Insights Feb. 8

WCC welcomes corporate consultant and former Hard Rock International trainer Jim Knight to campus for a seminar about energizing corporate culture.

Intramural sports offer something for everyone

Whatever your sport or level of athletic ability, WCC’s intramural sports program has an upcoming chance for you to play.

WCC Names William Johnson New VP of Finance

The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the nomination of William Johnson as the college’s new Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at its June 25 meeting. As a member of President Rose B. Bellanca’s executive leadership team, he will oversee the fiscal responsibilities of the college, which include financial planning, budgeting, and accounting.

Check out your transfer options

If you’re thinking about transferring to a four-year school after you graduate from WCC, you’ll want to attend the Fall Transfer Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Two WCC students awarded Jack Kent Cooke scholarships

Two WCC students are among the 73 selected nationwide for a 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. WCC President Rose B. Bellanca delivered the good news personally to Susannah Spence and Fatouma Abdoulaye.

WCC Hosts Transfer Fair Feb. 19

Fifty-five representatives from four-year colleges and universities will be on hand to talk to WCC students at the Winter Transfer Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The free event will be held from 10:00am to 3:00pm on the second floor of the Student Center building. If WCC cancels classes for Feb. 19, the fair will be held Thursday, Feb. 20.

WCC Helps Pilot Cyber Range Program

WCC has partnered with Ann Arbor-based Merit Network to launch the first pilot program of the new Michigan Cyber Range. WCC network security students now use the new online environment as a seamless extension of their classroom.

Art exhibit focuses on reclaimed wood

WCC’s GalleryOne and the Urbanwood Project of Ann Arbor are collaborating on an art exhibition to showcase the beauty and utilitarian quality of recycled wood. The exhibition, “Built, Carved, Turned: Ten Approaches to Urbanwood,” features the work of 10 local artists and artisans. It will be on display in GalleryOne, which is on the first floor of the Student Center building, from Aug. 28 to Oct. 18.

WCC students win three Emmys

Five WCC digital media students received Michigan Emmys for their work at the 35th Emmy Gala on June 15. This is the second consecutive year WCC students have returned to campus with Emmys in hand.

Winter Transfer Fair Feb. 17

More than 55 representatives from colleges and universities throughout Michigan and beyond are attending WCC's Winter Transfer Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The event takes place from 10:00am to 3:00pm on the second floor of the Student Center building. It's free to students interested in learning more about their college transfer options. The public is also welcome.

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