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Christensen Sends Latest Message from Siemens Training Program

Greetings from Berlin, Germany!

I have now completed three weeks of training at the Siemens Technik Akademie (STA) here in Berlin, Germany. This week, I started Level 2 training and no longer am the sole American here.  This new class is a mixture of electrical and mechanical engineers including five from the United States (two from Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tenn., one from Motlow Community College in McMinnville, Tenn., one from Western Nevada College in Carson City, Nev., and me), two from South Eastern Regional College in Northern Ireland, two from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and two from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ont., Canada.  The course content has shifted from active engagement teaching strategies to hands-on technical aspects of teaching mechatronics, and we spent several days this week learning how to teach Programmable Logic Circuit (PLC) programming and how to assess and optimize factory operations. Continue Reading

Building Y Electrical Panel Under Repair

The transformer that feeds electricity to Building Y (Learning Resource Center) will be disconnected at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 20, so that a new electrical panel can be installed. It is anticipated that repairs will be made throughout the day and perhaps into Friday, but they should be completed by the weekend.

Limited library services will be available on Thursday. Services for research and Internet needs will be available in Building G, Room 103. Student Support Services/TRiO staff will temporarily relocate and post signage on their offices directing visitors to their location. eLearning staff will relocate to the IT department to prevent any disruption with D2L. The Tutoring and Learning Center will not be impacted since Enrique Ramos has finished his classes and there are no services at this time. Dr. Chris van der Kaay, Chuck Hemler, and Melanie Jackson are working together to make sure the temporary transition runs smoothly for everyone.

For more information, email Glenn Little or call ext. 7218.




AVID Site Team Attends Summer Institute

According to Courtney Green, the AVID site team rustled up high engagement strategies at the Summer Institute in San Antonio, Texas, last week. Karla Respress, Dr. Theresa James, Alex Aguilar, and Mary Ann Little learned new teaching strategies by attending the High Engagement Strategies strand.  Michele DeVane and Dr. Maday Leon attended the Teacher Preparation Institute, and… Continue Reading

EnVision – VSP Vision Care’s July Newsletter

VSP(R) Vision CareIf your looking for the latest eye health information you’re in the right spot. VSP Vision Care’s  July online newsletter can help you develop a healthy lifestyle. It features eye health, answers to popular questions asked by VSP members, light-reactive lenses, and how to care for watery eyes.

SFSC Athletic Department Honors Student Athletes

SFSC coaching staff with Panther of the Year, Emily Swenson, center.

On May 1, SFSC celebrated the academic and athletic achievements of its Panther student athletes at an afternoon ceremony and reception.

The athletes, their families, and well-wishers gathered in SFSC University Center Auditorium on the Highlands Campus to watch the baseball and women’s softball, volleyball, and cross country coaches hand out awards to student athletes who excelled in the classroom and at play. Continue Reading

July 25: Janet Wheaton
July 28: Bonnie Newland
July 29: Cherie Stevens
July 30: Kim Crawford
July 31: Lamar Simpson



Monday, July 24

  • Camp Adventure continues through July 28, “Celebrate Good Times,” (Community Education) Highlands Campus
  • McCracken Farms Produce Cart, 11:30 – 1 p.m., Parking Lot D, Entrances 3 and 4, (SFSC Wellness Committee), Highlands Campus

Wednesday , July 26

  • Fire Program Graduation, 5 p.m., SFSC University Center Auditorium, Highlands Campus

Thursday, July 27

  • Exam Week for summer term and second summer flex session
  • GPS New Student Orientation, 9 a.m., Building B, Highlands Campus
  • Practical Nurse Pinning, 6 p.m., Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts, Highlands Campus

Friday, July 28

  • Energy-Saving Friday: College Closed

Monday, July 31

  • Last day of classes for summer term and second summer flex session
  • Grades due in the Office of the Registrar by noon
  • Paramedic Graduation, 6:30 p.m., SFSC University Center Auditorium, Highlands Campus





Wednesday , July 26

  • Tips and Tricks Online Gradebooks, 1 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • GPS TEI: Advanced Evaluation and Assessment in Online Learning, 2:30 p.m., G-103, Highlands Campus


Kelly’s Korner

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., order off the menu.  Closed on Fridays.

* Cafeteria will be closed July 31 through August 11. They will resume normal hours for Convocation Week starting on Monday, Aug. 14.

Hotel Jacaranda Summer Menu

Hotel Jacaranda is open for lunch, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., serving its soup and salad bar, sandwich platters, and daily specials.

The Grand Buffet is available on Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., serving its hot bar, soup and salad bar, and dessert.

College employees get a 10 percent discount.



Subway is closed for the summer May 3 through late August.