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Sunday, June 24, 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 and Fall 2018 registration open

Register now for Spring/Summer and Fall 2018 classes at Washtenaw Community College. Spring/Summer classes begin May 7 and Fall classes begin August 27.

WCC graduate wins national dental assisting scholarship

Carmen Jongsma, a graduate of Washtenaw Community College’s Dental Assisting program, was recently selected as one of eight national scholarship recipients by the American Dental Assistants Association and the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.

WCC Community Enrichment classes offer something for everyone

Washtenaw Community College is dedicated to improving students’ lives through education and career preparation through its for-credit academic programs. The college’s Workforce Development department also works diligently with local organizations to ensure it’s creating the labor pool Washtenaw County and southeastern Michigan need to thrive in a global economy.

WCC Surgical Technology program recognized for student success

Students who graduated from Washtenaw Community College’s Surgical Technology program achieved a 100-percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination during the 2016-17 academic year, according to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

WCC, U-M collaborate to share programming course

A unique collaboration among faculty at Washtenaw Community College and the University of Michigan School of Information will share an open-source course with the goal of encouraging more students, particularly those underrepresented in STEM fields, to consider a U-M Bachelor of Science in Information (BSI) degree.

WCC students invited to Fall 2017 Welcome Day

Come for the fun and games, leave with important information about the wide range of programs and services available to Washtenaw Community College students.

WCC to rename building in honor of retiring VP Damon Flowers

In what may be the most ardently supported decision it has made, the Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved the renaming of the college's Plant Operations Building to the Damon B. Flowers Building in honor of the retiring Vice President of Operations and Facilities.

President's statement on the passing of John W. Barfield

WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca sent the following statement to college faculty and staff:

WCC students, faculty, staff and alumni to share talents at Bravo 52 on Oct. 29

Artwork, dance, poetry and musical acts of all genres will be among the talents shared during “Bravo 52: The Art of Performance” at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium.

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.”

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