"Caught Ya!" - April 25, 2012

Compliments from Colleagues

I think Chase Mitchell deserves a ton of credit for the smooth transition to Canvas. The fact that online courses have gone smoothly this semester demonstrates how effective his work has been.
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Please acknowledge Mike Duncan and his crew for preparing the softball field and making it look really nice for the spring 2012 season. Also Doug Johnson does the softball stats for us and spends a lot of his free time helping the softball team. Please acknowledge him as well.
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Major thanks to the efforts of Alex Peterson along with Becky Adams, Dennis Faatz, Kris Juncker, Rachel Keller and all those that made such a terrific effort to contribute to and participate in the 2012 International Food Festival. Several people commented that it was the best they've attended, and it doesn't happen without the hard work and participation of those mentioned.
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It is amazing to me how effective our fire wall is and what potential damage Ron Bradley is able to prevent. The statistics are incredible to me!
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Great job to Coach Natalie Visger and the Lady Badgers. A first time ever trip to the tournament is a big deal. Click here to read a great article featuring Coach Visger. Great out-of-class successes are happening with our students everywhere - clubs, forensics, athletics. It is fun to be a part of this.
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Spring break is a time when staff is able to catch up on work or take a little time off. It is a time that Danon Jones can take vacation because there normally are no tests that need to be taken. Before the week she checks with instructors, double checking just to make sure no tests will need to be taken. From classes taught online as well as independent study, to her knowledge no tests were scheduled. Boy was she surprised when she received a call from Cathy Beal explaining that a young man had driven all the way from Nephi to take a test. He was doing his best to complete a class because his wife was expecting a little one. He was very discouraged to find out the testing center was closed for the week. But after Cathy heard his story, she called Danon who dropped everything she had planned to come over. Between the two they were able to help this young man with his planned test get one step closer to his goal. This is yet another great example of two more employees that put the students first here at Snow College. Thank you.
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Much gratitude is expressed to Cless Young for providing ten judges for our Deseret News KSL Sterling Scholars of Central Utah judging held March 20, 2012, in Richfield. We simply couldn't operate the program without the assistance of these professors to review portfolios of region student nominees and then interview and score them. Mr. Young coordinated the judges from Snow College and also served as a judge as he has done the past several years. Please convey our thanks to your faculty. Faculty judges include the following great volunteers: Melanie Jenkins, Sandy Cox, Beckie Hermansen, Terri Carr, Michelle Olsen, Bill Jensen, Brad Taggart, Tiffany Tree, and Mel Jacobson.
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As part of Small Business Week the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes individuals in several categories of business-related success. In November, I nominated the Ephraim Co-op (actually Sandra Lanier, president of the Ephraim Co-op) in the category of “Home-based Business Champion of the Year” award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. This category recognizes people whose efforts (outside of their paid employment) have advocated for home-based business development. We recently received word that she was selected not only on a state level but also on a Region VIII (MT, ND, SD, WY, CO, and UT) level! Brief mention of this award was made in an article in the Salt Lake Tribune on April 4. So, our “congratulations” goes out to her!
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(Please send a quick note to Marci to recognize your peers. We want to let others know of the many good things our employees do each day. Thanks so much!)

Giving Prizes for Good Deeds

Last month's "Caught Ya" winner: Jay Olsen * $25.00 Bookstore Shopping Spree

May 4 and 5 - Commencement Details

Please plan to participate in Commencement again this year. For Ephraim faculty and interested staff, the processional march will leave the Noyes Building at 9:30 on Saturday, May 5. A light breakfast will be available for you at 8:30 in the Heritage Room of the Noyes Building, and you are invited to join students and their families for a reception on the lawn east of the Student Center immediately following the ceremony. The Alumni Association will also be giving all graduates a gift at that time.
The Richfield Campus ceremony will be held on May 4. Employees should plan to line-up in the Administration Building at 12:30. The refreshment buffet will be served on the arena concourse following commencement, and graduate gifts can also be picked up at the advancement table on the arena concourse after the ceremony.

Spring Break 2013 Date is Changed

Next year, Spring Break will be held March 25-29. This is different than originally published; updates will be posted here. Hopefully this coordinated effort with local school districts will benefit students taking both College and high school courses.

Grant Money Received to Kick Off Industrial Programs

Snow College has received a $350,000 grant through the Department of Labor to help with the development of Industrial Technology programs. These programs, which will be administered by the CTE division and led by Mike Medley at the Richfield campus, will train students for careers in manufacturing technology and industrial mechanics. Local businesses and industries helped shape the curriculum by indicating the skills they are seeking in future employees. Students who enroll in these programs will be able to receive a one-year certificate and/or an A.A.S. degree and will be prepared for careers in manufacturing, industrial mechanics, agricultural mechanics, and similar fields.

New Academic Programs Approved, More in the Works

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Certificate/A.A.S. in Industrial Mechanics and the A.S. in Nursing. Both proposals will now go to the State Board of Regents for consideration. The Regents approved the A.A.S. in Natural Resource Technology, and the B.S. in Commercial Music is on their May 18 agenda. That meeting will take place in Ephraim. Also, the Outdoor Leadership and Entrepreneurship Certificate/A.A.S. is progressing.

2012 Fall Assembly is Scheduled

The dates for our 2012 Fall Assembly, which will be held on the Ephraim Campus, are below. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. More details will be distributed as the dates get closer.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - Faculty meetings
Thursday, August 16, 2012 - College-wide meetings
Friday, August 17, 2012 - Division meetings

Branding the College - The Process Continues

The Board of Trustees voted to add orange (to the current Badger Blue) as an official school color. The press release announcing the change can be read here. With this decision made, the committee is finalizing the new logo and hopes to have the "new look" finished within a few weeks. Updates will be emailed and posted on-line.