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Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009 11:00 pm

Pulitzer winners, news anchors and Arpaio headline Cronkite Speakers Series

Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, a National Public Radio correspondent, three TV news anchors, the former editor of The Washington Post and Sheriff Joe Arpaio will headline a Monday night speakers series this fall at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

The Must See Monday series will begin at 7 p.m. Mondays Sept. 21 to Nov. 30 in the First Amendment Forum of the Cronkite building on the downtown Phoenix campus.

Cronkite Night at the Movies, featuring journalism-themed films in the forum, are under way and start at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 2.

The events are free and open to the public.

Details: Must See Mondays Speakers Series - http://cronkite.asu.edu/events/speaker; Cronkite Night at the Movies - http://cronkite.asu.edu/events/movie; and Cronkite Conversations - http://cronkaward.personal.asu.edu.

 

ASU ‘leading the pack’ in U.S. News ranking of innovative schools

Arizona State University is ranked fifth among 77 colleges and universities that are “leading the pack in improvements and innovative changes” in academics, faculty, students, campus life and facilities.

For the second year in a row ASU has been named as one of the “schools everyone should be watching” in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” The ranking of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” is based on the peer assessment of college presidents, provosts and admission deans.

Additionally, ASU for the third year in a row is named one of the “Best National Universities,” ranking 121, the same spot as last year. There are more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the country and U.S. News surveyed approximately 1,500 for its rankings.

 

Reunion planned for DV’s 1st graduating class

The Desert Vista High School Class of 1999 will have its 10-year class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Rustler’s Rooste. More details will be available soon.

For information, e-mail reunion committee members at DVHSreunion1999@gmail.com or visit them on mySpace and Facebook. 

 

SMCC teams with St. Mary’s for monthly discount food box distribution

South Mountain Community College employees and students are once again helping their neighbors by packing and selling discounted boxes of high-quality food for the St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance throughout the 2009-10 school year.   Monthly sales events will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 in front of the SMCC Performing Arts Center at 7050 S. 24th St.

This is not a government program or a handout, and anyone is welcome to purchase the food. St. Mary’s Food Bank purchases the food at a reduced price from area grocers and passes the savings along to consumers. There is no paperwork, and all purchases must be in cash.

For additional information and purchasing options, call (602) 305-5830.

 

SMCC offers G.E.D. high school equivalency testing

South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St., is offering G.E.D. testing for individuals who do not have a high school diploma and are seeking to earn a high school equivalency diploma.

Candidates must be at least 16 years of age. Those under 18 must bring a notarized letter of consent from a parent or guardian, along with an official letter of withdrawal from their last school attended. The G.E.D. testing fee is $75, with a $15 re-test fee for each subject area. Testing is by appointment only, and pre-registration is required prior to testing. Pre-registration takes place on Monday afternoons between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Testing takes place on Wednesdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tests are available in English, Spanish and large-print. Special accommodations are available for examinees with documented disabilities.

For more information, call (602) 243-8188.

 

SMCC offers certified fiber optics networking classes

The South Mountain Community College Guadalupe Center will offer three industry-recognized and certified fiber optics networking classes during the week of Oct. 5 to 11.

The courses, presented in association with BDI DataLynk, will include the following: Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT), Oct. 5 to 7; Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance (CFOS/T), Oct. 8 and 9; and Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist, Oct. 10 and 11. Each class session runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The SMCC Guadalupe Center is located at 9233 S. Avenida del Yaqui (Priest Drive south of Guadalupe Road) in Guadalupe.

To enroll or get more details, visit http://my.maricopa.edu or call (602) 243-8217.

 

Artist, author to address CGCC students, community members

Artist and author Dylan Scholinski will address students and community members at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Performing Arts Center at 2626 E. Pecos Road in Chandler.

Scholinski’s art exhibit, Sent(a)Mental Project: A Memorial to GLBTIQA Suicide, will be on display in the CGCC Library Gallery beginning Oct. 6. The exhibit is a collection of creative works - about, by, or for individuals or groups affected by suicide. The project also includes a section for survivor stories. A reception with Scholinski will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the CGCC Library Gallery.

Born Daphne Scholinski, as a young girl growing up in the Chicago suburbs, she played first base in Little League and preferred drawing to playing with dolls. When she was 15, she was locked up in a mental hospital, diagnosed as “an inappropriate female,” and spent the rest of her high school years undergoing extreme femininity training. After transitioning and living as a man, 37-year-old Dylan Scholinski is a distinguished artist, author (The Last Time I Wore a Dress: A Memoir), and public speaker. His work not only portrays the anguish of his hospital years but also his ultimate triumph.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Lori Girshick at (480) 857-5536.

 

3rd grade art requested for 2010 Valley Metro calendar

The fifth annual Cool Bus STUFF contest kicks off with an invitation to all Valley third graders that love to draw. With the theme, “Valley Metro: Go Smart. Go Transit.”, Valley youth are encouraged to demonstrate their artistic ability by showing how transit can be fun, safe and help the Earth!

Winners will be featured in the Valley Metro Transit Education 2010 calendar and receive fun prizes.

Entries will be accepted until Oct. 9. Entry forms and contest details are available at www.ValleyMetro.org.

Judging is based on successfully illustrating one of the three themes, as well as creativity and neatness. For more information about the contest, contact Dolores Nolan at (602) 262-4001.

 

Kennedy to emcee Seton After Dark

Terry Kennedy of Catholic Athletes for Christ will emcee Seton Catholic Preparatory High School’s Seton After Dark Annual Dinner Auction Nov. 21.

Kennedy is a former All-Star Major League Baseball catcher who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1978-80), San Diego Padres (1981-86), Baltimore Orioles (1987-88) and San Francisco Giants (1989-91). He is the son of former Major League player and manager Bob Kennedy.

This year’s Honorary Chairpersons are Dwayne and Carol Dobson.

The school is located at 1150 N. Dobson Road in Chandler. For questions, call Becky Sanchez at (480) 963-1900, ext. 2006, or e-mail at BSanchez@SetonCHS.org.

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