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2008-2009 Awards & Recognition
Patrick Finn Published in Clackamas Literary Review

CGCC English faculty Patrick Finn had his short story, "From the Darkness Right under Our Feet" published in the May 2009 edition of the Clackamas Literary Review.



Journalism, Communications Faculty Patti Johnson Retires

Patti Johnson, a 25 year veteran of the Maricopa Community College District will retire this spring. Patti has been teaching courses in Human Communication, Mass Communication and Journalism full-time at Chandler-Gilbert Community College for the past seven years.

Prior to that, she had a 25-year career in higher educational management, including positions as Dean of Administrative Services and Director of Public Relations and Marketing at CGCC; Manager of Employee Benefits and Assistant PR Director for MCCCD; and she was the birth mother of the District publication “ed cetera.” She has taught at CGCC, Rio Salado Community College and Prescott College. She is remembered as “Bat Girl” for safely capturing and freeing a bat during a CGCC graduation ceremony at the Chandler Center for the Arts.


Curriculum Tech Sandra McLaws Retires

Sandra McLaws, a 21 year veteran of the Maricopa Community College District will retire this spring.

Sandra McLaws began her MCCCD career in 1988, as a Curriculum Technician at Mesa Community College where she earned her A.A.S. degree in Office Automation. She co-chaired, with Kathy Hawkins of South Mountain, the District Scheduling, Allocating, and Monitoring System Committee for Curriculum Technicians/Class Schedulers. She worked at MCC for 15 years and transferred to CGCC in 2003 as the Curriculum Technician. She worked closely with the Division Chairs to build the class schedule and to desktop publish the printed schedule every semester. The year 2008 marked her 20th year with the Maricopa County Community College District.


Ernie Chavez Receives Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Advisor Award

Ernie Chavez received the Phi Theta Kappa Distinguished Advisor Award presented each year to 40 outstanding advisors nationally. Award-winning advisors are those who make significant contributions to the growth of the individual members, serve as the chapter's advocate on campus, and encourage the chapter to be involved on the local, regional and/or international level of the organization. Ernie’s many years of dedication to the ideals of Phi Theta Kappa and his willingness to serve countless hours to assist CGCC’s Alpha Sigma Nu chapter with recruitment, inductions, and orientations, and the planning and implementing of so many scholarship and community service programs has been exceptional.


CGCC Receives 2009 Diversity Advisory Council Award of Excellence

Congratulations to the CGCC Language & Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences Divisions for receiving the MCCCD 2009 Diversity Advisory Council Award of Excellence for their Peace Poles project.

In January 2008, the Language and Humanities division at purchased the college’s first peace pole, which includes the message of peace in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Arabic. The decision by the Language and Humanities division to purchase the peace pole was based in the belief that the poles were in keeping with the college’s recently established global learning outcomes:

  • Understand and appreciate the complexity and richness of diverse cultures around the world
  • Acquire interdisciplinary knowledge of the world's social, environmental and economic problems
  • Develop a heightened sense of global interconnections and interdependence
  • Explore the historical legacies that have created the dynamics and tensions in the world
  • Learn how to engage in deliberative dialogue about global issues, even when there might be a clash of views
  • Engage in actions to sustain and preserve communities and the environment for future generations

Following this initial step taken by the Language and Humanities division, the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division purchased the second peace pole, and then members of both divisions wrote an Innovative International & Intercultural Education (I&IE) Grant Proposal for five additional poles, which were funded in the Spring of 2008.

The poles were planted in places throughout the Pecos campus where they would integrate most effectively with the campus environment and community, serving as sites for ceremonies and places where students congregate for activities and informal gatherings. The Peace Poles were dedicated on September 11, 2008 in a campus-wide ceremony, in which faculty, staff, and students gathered around each pole in a celebration of peace.

The Peace Pole project's efforts in supporting diversity and inclusion efforts within the Maricopa District and throughout the world was recognized at the Diversity Forum at Gateway Community College on April 15, 2009.  

English & Communications Faculty Published on Washington Center Website

David Finley, Robert Soza, Dr. Heather Horn, and Vanessa Sandoval’s integrative learning communities assignments will be published for world-wide access on the web as part of the National Project on Assessing Learning in Learning Communities at the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education.

This participatory research project aimed to strengthen the national learning community movement by developing collaborative assessment practices that focus on the quality of student learning made possible by learning communities. Among the products from this research project are a series of integrative assignments, developed and used by learning community faculty from around the country, including the work of David, Robert, Heather, and Vanessa. 


Dr. Bill Guerriero Named Outstanding Doctoral Student

Congratulations to CGCC Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Bill Guerriero, who was recently chosen by Northern Arizona University to receive the award for Outstanding Doctoral Student in Educational Leadership for the 2008-2009 year.

NAU honored Bill for his advocacy for students, staff, and teachers and his commitment to nurturing student-centered environments.


Dr. Lori Girshick Published in The Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence

CGCC sociology faculty, Dr. Lori Girshick had four articles published in The Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence this year. The articles were entitled, "Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence," "Legislation, Hate Crimes," "Homophobia," and "Hate Crimes, Anti-Gay


Marketing & Public Relations Receives Paragon Award

Congratulations to Marketing & Public Relations, who recently received a Paragon Award from the National Council of Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) for the cover design of the college handbook, which was created by Magdalena Soto.

NCMPR's prestigious Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community, junior, and technical colleges. It's the only national competition of its kind that exclusively honors excellence among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges.


WLG Honors Jeanne Canham as "Woman of Distinction"

Congratulations to CGCC math faculty, Jeanne Canham, who was honored with the Women's Leadership Group 2009 "Woman of Distinction" Distinguished Achievement Award, which will be presented to her at the group's 11th Annual Women's Leadership Luncheon in April.

Jeanne's nomination read as follows:

Jeanne Canham is highly revered by her mathematics students as well as by her colleagues. She has served tirelessly in a variety of college and district leadership roles, including the Chair of CGCC’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation, President and Secretary of the CGCC Faculty Association, Honors Coordinator, Chair of the Developmental Education Committee, AIMES Outreach Coordinator, and Chair of the District Assessment Committee, to name just a few. She is frequently named by both male and female students as an outstanding mentor and motivator at the CGCC Emerging Science and Mathematics Scholars Awards Banquet. Jeanne is kind and generous and always there to encourage others.

 Technology Tuesdays@ CGCC Named 2008-09 Innovation of the Year

Congratulations to 2008-2009 CGCC Innovation of the Year award winners, Dr. Mary McGlasson, Economics Faculty (CGCC); Linda Zehr, Economics Faculty (CGCC); Julie Magadan, Instructional Designer (PC); Juliane Roybal, Creative Pathway Intern (PC); with support from Dr. Heather Horn, Faculty Development Co-Chair (CGCC), for Technology Tuesdays @CGCC a.k.a. Funky to Fabulous Fridays@PC (A Collaborative OneMaricopa Production).

Technology Tuesdays and Funky to Fabulous Fridays (TT/FFF) help faculty at CGCC and PC connect with their Net-Generation students. These powerful and extremely successful workshop series were designed to bring free, simple-to-use, high-impact instructional technologies to faculty in a regular series of bite-sized pieces, minimizing the “fear factor” so often associated with learning new technology. The result: an enriched learning environment for CGCC and PC students.

Web 2.0 tools provide a multitude of ways to keep students engaged in the course content, even when not in a face-to-face setting. Workshop participants report that students enjoy the additional interactivity and personalization that comes from using these technology tools. Faculty can now collaborate and interact with students in more meaningful ways regardless of time or location.

Pictured (l to r): Juliane Roybal, Creative Pathway Intern (PC); Linda Zehr, Economics Faculty (CGCC);Dr. Mary McGlasson, Economics Faculty (CGCC); and Julie Magadan, Instructional Designer (PC).


Ruth Romano Recognized as Chandler Chamber Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Director of Continuing Education/Workforce Development Ruth Romano, who was recently recognized as the Chandler Chamber of Commerce "Volunteer of the Month."

Ruth has been an active member of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for five years, participating in the Chamber's Public Policy Committee and chairing the Education Committee. Ruth also helped to develop the Chamber's Business Center as well as sharing CGCC's classes, programs, and ideas for workforce development programming with the Chamber.  


CGCC named to the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Chandler-Gilbert Community College has been named for the third year in a row to the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Of the 635 colleges and universities recognized, CGCC was one of just 83 who were named as Honor Roll with Distinction members.

The college engaged more than 2,100 students and staff in more than 83,000 hours of service during the 2007-08 academic year. In addition to students participating in academic service learning related to their curricula ranging from biology to English, many clubs and organizations such as Phi Theta Kappa and the HEAT Club (the Hands-0n Environmental Action Team) also devoted hours to their community engaged in various fund service projects.

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

Thanks to the many faculty, staff, and students who have been involved in CGCC service learning and community service programs for their significant contributions to our community.


President Hesse Honored by Chandler Education Foundation

President Maria Hesse, along with other outstanding women of Chandler, including Becky Jackson, Camille Casteel, and Mary Lou Fulton, were honored on Friday, February 6, by the Chandler Education Foundation at an event entitled "Heart to Heart: A High Tea Celebrating Chandler's Great Women." All four women were recognized for helping to shape our community and state through their leadership, contributions, mentorship, and experience.

This event also served to raise awareness about women and heart disease, while supporting the programs of the Chandler Education Foundation.


CGCC Student Takes 1st Place in MCCCD Writing Competition

CGCC creative writing student Cassandra Anderson received the First Prize in Fiction Award in the 2008-2009 MCCCD Creative Writing Competition for her short story "Life on Death Row."

This original work of fiction was one of 57 entries for the fiction category. Congratulations to Cassandra Anderson!


Lois Bartholomew Awarded Emeritus Distinction

Congratulations to former CGCC Vice President of Student Services, Lois Bartholomew, who was awarded Emeritus Distinction by the Maricopa Community College District Governing Board in January 2009.

Lois' recommendation for emeritus status included the following justification:

Lois Bartholomew has been a dynamic leader within the Maricopa Community College District since 1980. Her leadership at Mesa Community College as the Director of Student Activities and Services and most recently as Vice President of Student Affairs at Chandler-Gilbert Community College has been valued by faculty and staff throughout the Maricopa District. No one is more devoted and committed to serving students and the diverse communities from which they come than Lois Bartholomew.

Her leadership has contributed to the inception and success of a variety of programs at CGCC, including Service Learning; Early Alert, Retention, and Student Success; and the Women’s Resource Circle and Support (WoRCS) club, to name a few, many of which have been replicated within the District and across the country. Her mentorship of many employees earned her the CGCC Woman of Distinction Award in 2008.

She has served at the district, state, and national levels on professional committees, panels, boards, and organizations including being elected as the two-year college representative on the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Board of Directors. In 2000, she received the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a student affairs administrator.

Her dedicated service warrants the designation of emeritus status.


Pushpa Ramakrishna Named Higher Education Sustainability Fellow

Pushpa Ramakrishna, CGCC Biology faculty, was recently named a Higher Education Sustainability Fellow by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

As a Fellow, Pushpa will have two primary roles. First, as an experienced sustainability practitioner, she will be assisting the AACC with their sustainability projects, including public speaking and mentoring interested AACC constituents. Second, she will be part of a group of Fellows that together will share information and resources and collaborate on cross-association possibilities. The Fellows experience is structured to promote learning from each other in order to better work across higher education associations and societal sectors with the goal of increasing the scale of national sustainability efforts.

The Fellows Program is facilitated by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC).


Randy Wright Receives Excellence in Music Administration Award

Congratulations to CGCC music faculty Randy Wright for receiving the "Excellence in Music Administration" award given at the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) "Hall of Fame" luncheon on Friday, January 9, 2009.

The Excellence in Music Administration Award is given in recognition of demonstrated leadership concerning music instruction within schools. Nominations for this award are made by the AMEA general membership.


Marybeth Mason and Chris Schnick Publish "SEE Your World" Case Study

Dean of Community Affairs, Marybeth Mason, and English Faculty, Chris Schnick, published a case study entitled, “SEE Your World,” in the monograph, First-Year Civic Engagement: Sound Foundations for College, Citizenship and Democracy, published by The New York Times, The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, and the University of South Carolina.


Patrick Finn's Short Story Named Among the 100 Distinguished Stories of 2008

CGCC English faculty Patrick Finn's short story "In What She Had Done, and in What She Has Failed To Do," was named among the 100 Distinguished Stories of 2008 in Houghton Mifflin's Best American Short Stories 2008, Edited by Salman Rushdie.


Dr. Lori Girshick Published in The Encyclopedia of Gender & Society

CGCC sociology faculty, Dr. Lori Girshick had two articles published in The Encyclopedia of Gender & Society this year. The articles were entitled, "Matthew Shepard," and "Homophobia."


Dr. Bill Mullaney Published in Obsidian: Literature of the African Diasopora

CGCC Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Bill Mullaney had his article, "Her Eyes Were Watching Katrina: Unnatural Deaths in a Natural Disaster" in Obsidian: Literature of the African Diasopora, Zora Neale Hurston Special Edition, Volume 9, Issue 1 (2008).


Sandra Rath Publishes "Peace By Piece: A Story of Survival and Forgiveness"

CGCC adjunct communications faculty Sandra Rath recently published a book entitled Peace By Piece: A Story of Survival and Forgiveness as told by Holocaust survivor Peter Loth.


Veronica Pantoja Published in Stories of Mentoring: Theory and Praxis

CGCC English faculty Veronica Pantoja has been published in a new book, a collection of essays titled Stories of Mentoring: Theory and Praxis. Veronica co-authored Chapter 13, entitled, "Graduate Student Writing Groups as Peer Mentoring Communities."

Stories of Mentoring: Theory and Praxis defines the current status of mentoring in the field of composition and rhetoric by providing both snapshots and candid descriptions of what that mentoring means to those working in the discipline. Seventy-eight contributors offer a wide array of evidence and illustrations in an effort to define what mentoring entails, its important benefits and consequences, and its role in creating the future character of the field.

Information on the book can be found at


Dr. Camille DiScala Publishes Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab Manual

CGCC science faculty, Camille DiScala, MD, recently published a book entitled Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab Manual through the Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

This manual is currently used in Anatomy & Physiology (BIO160) classes.

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