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News Service

September 27, 2007

Contacts:
Suzanne Higgins suzanne.higgins@gcmail.maricopa.edu 623.845.3808
Patricia Vogel pr.vogel@gcmail.maricopa.edu 623.845.3014

Mark Your Calendars for Huge Career Expo, Oct. 6

A consortium of educational institutions and businesses will sponsor a mammoth Career and Technical Education Career Expo Sat., Oct. 6, 2007, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium (formerly Cardinals Stadium). The Expo is free and open to the public. Students, parents and community members will learn about job opportunities and the skills needed for career success. More than 220 exhibitors representing educational institutions, business, industry and community organizations will present information. Activities will include education and employer information booths, demonstrations and presentations. Two major sponsors of this event are the Maricopa Community Colleges and West-MEC, a joint technical education district formed in 2002 to partners with school districts across the West Valley. Visit www.ctecareerexpo.org for more information.

Magdalen Hsu-Li to Give Concert at GCC, Oct. 11

The community is invited to hear speaker, songwriter and singer Magdalen Hsu-Li at Glendale Community College on Thurs., Oct. 11 at noon in the GCC Student Union. A program that combines social consciousness and great music, it is free and open to the public. Hsu-Li performed to a standing-room-only crowd at GCC three years ago. She will speak on the challenges of growing up as an Asian-American, a woman and a bisexual in the US South. Following her presentation, she will perform the energetic, thoughtful, exciting music that enchanted her audience the last time she was at GCC. As she says, "My ultimate goal as an artist is to break through the glass ceiling in the American music industry so that Asian-Americans, women and diverse musical voices become accepted, recognized and heard." GCC is located at 6000 W. Olive Ave. in Glendale.

GCC Presents "Latino Contributions in the Defense of the U.S.", Oct. 16

As part of its Hispanic Heritage Month activities, Glendale Community College is pleased to offer a free, public program "Latino Contributions in the Defense of the U.S." The program will be held on Tues., Oct. 16, at 1:00 p.m. in the GCC Student Union. The speaker is Dr. Christina Marin, Arizona State University (ASU) Adjunct Faculty Associate and Curator, Archivist and Historian of the Chicano/a Research Collection at ASU's Hayden Library. Latino troops have made major contributions in every war involving the U.S. During World War II, it is estimated that 250,000 to 500,000 Latino troops served, representing 3 to 5% of all the persons who served. This service record is true of all America's wars, but may not be widely known. Marin will give an overview and highlights. She is a proud native of Globe, Arizona, and is the recipient of numerous academic honors and awards, including the 2003 Outstanding Faculty Award from the ASU College of Extended Education. She belongs to academic and professional organizations in her field, including the Society of Southwest Archivists, and is the author of countless journal articles and books on Latino themes and topics. Her most recent book was Latinos in Museums: A Heritage Reclaimed. GCC is located at 6000 W. Olive Ave. in Glendale.

Two Former GCC Students Win National Awards for Creative Writing

Students of all ages thrive at Glendale Community College, and two former non-traditional students recently won awards in a nation-wide writing contest. This time last year, two GCC students were enjoying creative writing classes. Frances Thomas, 59, of Sun City was taking "Creative Writing" and John Haaheim, 62, of Sun City West was enjoying a similar class. Both students entered a regional writing competition sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College. Thomas submitted a poem, "Silence Dark and Deep," and Haaheim entered his essay "The Goose." Both won first place prizes and, months later, their works were submitted in the 2006-2007 national writing contest, also sponsored by the League for Innovation. Recently, Thomas, Haaheim and GCC were notified that Thomas's poem had taken third place nationally in the poetry category and Haaheim's essay had taken third place in the essay category. Thomas's poem recounted a true and terrifying night she experienced while driving her car through a horrible storm. Haaheim's essay was a slightly fictionalized account of the death of an eccentric friend from his high school military academy days. Thomas and Haaheim have both taken several classes at GCC and plan to do so again. GCC is located at 6000 W. Olive Avenue in Glendale. Visit www.gccaz.edu for information.

Hispanic Heritage Month Events at GCC

From a film series on Hispanic topics to an outdoor evening performance of lively Latin music, Glendale Community College will enjoy a rich month of Hispanic Heritage Activities. GCC is located at 6000 W. Olive Ave. in Glendale. All events are free and open to the public.

Entertainment on the Green: Banda Tres
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Campus Mall
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Bringing music from around the world, Banda Tres has a repertoire that includes sambas, reggae beats, bossa nova and French ballads combined with the improvisation and spontaneity of jazz. Vocalist Salomé is joined by Caji on guitar and vocals, and jazz keyboardist Beth Lederman. Rounding out the ensemble is a rhythm section composed of bass, drums and percussion.

Make Ofrendas with the Glendale Bead Museum
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Student Union (SU-104D)
10:00-11:30 a.m.

The Glendale Bead Museum will present a workshop on "Honoring Boxes. Ofrendas or "offerings" are used during the fall harvest or Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration as a way to remember and honor ancestors. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own ofrendas by decorating small wooden boxes with paints, beads, fabric, flowers and images. Visit http://beadmuseumaz.org/ to learn more about the Bead Museum.

Speaker José Mendoza
Monday, Oct. 15, 2007
Student Union (SU-104E)
12:00 p.m.

José Mendoza, long-time Coordinator of GCC's Multicultural Affairs office, will speak on "The Chicano Experience: A Destiny Denied."

Speaker Dr. Christina Marin
"Latino Contributions in the Defense of the U.S."
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007
Student Union
1:00 p.m.

Latino troops have made major contributions in every war the U.S. has been involved in. During World War II, it is estimated that 250,000 to 500,000 Latino troops served, representing 3 to 5% of all the persons who served. This service record is true of all America's wars, but may not be widely known. Dr. Christina Marin will give highlights and an overview of the subject. She is an Arizona State University (ASU) Adjunct Faculty Associate and Curator, Archivist and Historian of the Chicano/a Research Collection at ASU's Hayden Library.

Film Series Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Student Union Building - Palm Court Room (SU-104)
FREE and open to the Public

The Motorcycle Diaries
Wednesday, September 19 - 12:00 noon
Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna
Mia Maestro, Mercedes Moran
Focus Features; Directed by Walter Salles
Rated R; 128 minutes; 2004

Based on his journal, this film follows the journey of Che Guevara and his best friend Alberto Granado in their motorcycle journey across South America in the early 1950's. This trip profoundly affects the adventurous duo and eventually inspires Che to become a leader of the Cuban revolution, impacting an entire continent.

Frida
Tuesday, September 25 - 12:00 noon
Miramax Films; Directed by Julie Taymore
Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Antonio Banderas, Edward Norton
120 Minutes; 2002

The amazing life story of painter Frida Kahlo is explored in this acclaimed bio-pic. This film follows her marriage to famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera, their journeys to America and showcases the outrageous personalities that made them legends. Kahlo was an incredible force of a woman even after her right leg was crippled by polio in her youth and later was in a bus accident that almost ended her life.

Walkout
Thursday, October 4 - 12:00 noon
Alexa Vega, Efren Ramirez, Marisol Chrisostomo
HBO Pictures; Directed by Edward James Olmos
Not Rated; 110 minutes; 2006

Based on a true story: student activist and Mexican-American Paula Crisostomo sees disparity in treatment of Hispanic students and stages a peaceful walkout in five East Los Angeles high schools in 1968. With the help of her teacher Sal Castro, Crisostomo brought the injustice of the public school system to the public eye during the heart of the Civil Rights movement of the 60s.


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