Study Abroad programs offer cool adventures

In its sixth year, the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Study Abroad Program offers amazing opportunities to live and study in the heart of Prague. The first of a series of information sessions will be held 6 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at Glendale Community College in the Student Union’s Royal Palm room. If you cannot make this session, two more opportunities will be offered at Gateway Community College (see below). Studying abroad in Prague is a no brainer. What is hard is choosing from the eight programs of study.

Those interested in traveling May 31 to June 28 can choose from the following four-week programs: Art History, Contemporary Cinema, Introduction to the Holocaust or International Business.

Those interested in traveling July 2 to Aug. 2 may choose from Digital Photography, Introduction to Multiculturalism, Psychology of Religion or World Religion. Past participants claim the classes and excursions exceeded their expectations.

Classes are held in a modernized sixteenth century building. A short distance away, double room dorm style accommodations are comfortable and participants share a community kitchen and living room on each floor. The price of $2,664 covers all lodging, classes, excursions and local transportation. Airfare, food, and spending money are not included in the price of the four-week programs. While your friends and relatives battle the summer heat at home, you’ll be enjoying Prague’s cool, mid-seventy degree weather.

The Study Abroad program is open to the public. Come for college credit or simply for the adventure. GCC English Professor and adjunct professor at Gateway Community College, Dr. Ruth Callahan is GCC’s contact for the Prague Study Abroad program. Please visit Dr. Callahan’s web site for more information. Registration is through Gateway Community College.

In addition to the GCC information session, two other sessions will be held at Gateway Community College from 3 – 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, and from 6 – 7 p.m., Monday, March 19, in Gateway Community College’s Main Building.

Please visit the GCC Study Abroad website for more information. And if you’re strapped for cash but passionate about going on one of these excursions, be sure to look for the information about a possible scholarship grant.


Nationality, Nature & Nuance

Time is running out to reserve seats at an exclusive event for faculty, staff and students of the Maricopa District Colleges to hear special guest speaker Ambassador Shabazz 10 – 11:30 a.m., Monday, February 6 at South Mountain Community College. Ambassador Shabazz, is a producer, writer, speaker and the oldest daughter of Malcolm X.

Ambassador Shabazz will speak on “Nationality, Nature and Nuance”. This event is sponsored by the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Diversity Advisory Council in conjunction with Black History Month.

Seating is limited to 300 and reservations are recommended.

Reservations recommended by Feb 3. and can be made online.

Speaker: Ambassador Shabazz
When: 10 – 11:30 a.m., Monday, February 6, 2012
South Mountain Community College, Performing Arts Center
7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix

REVIEW: Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3

On January 20, 2012 I took my children to see “Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3” at US Airways arena, it was such an amazing trip for my children. First, we jumped on the lightrail at Christown Mall and rode it all the way downtown to the US Airways Arena. While on the light rail my son was so excited to see us zooming past the cars, he kept saying “look Dad we’re passing that car now.”  My daughter was so amazed to see all the people getting on and off the train, and kept asking “Dad is it our turn to get off,” I had to keep saying not yet.  Once we arrived at the arena and entered the building they saw the stand with all the Toy Story character toys (which they wanted one!) so my wife and I bought our children one each.  My son wanted a spinning “Woody” toy, while my daughter got a “Jesse” princess wand.

We finally got to our seat (which was in the upper deck area) and the kids were playing with their new toys when the lights shut off and the play began.  Cheers and clapping rang out all over the stadium when the characters were being introduced.  They were so happy to be able to see all the characters from the Toy Story 3 movie.  Both my children would yell as loud as they could at each character that came out, trying to get their attention to look up at them (unfortunately they couldn’t hear my kids).  During the show the characters made it a fun and entertaining atmosphere for all the children that were at the event.  The characters would say things and do things to make the kids laugh, and for the children that were able to sit down close to the ice, some of the characters got up close and personal to the fans.  Sometimes interacting with them making the kids feel welcomed at the play.  It was a great event to take the kids to and I’m not going to lie it was even entertaining for the adults, if you are into the whole Disney movies like I am.

I would recommend for anyone that loves Disney movies or have children, if there is an event that comes to a stadium near you take your children it is well worth the money and experience.

I have come to learn that there will be a few representatives from Disney itself here on campus on February 9, 2012 if you are interested in learning more about the company and how things are ran.  They will also be talking about how they will be accepting applications for anyone interested in an internship with the company.  I will be attending this event myself so when I go and get more info on the event I will be sure to post it for everyone, just in case you are not able to make it out.

Audition for “Working”

Auditions for singing and non-singing roles are being held 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3 at the Glendale Community College Performing Arts Center for “Working,” from the book by Studs Terkel, adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso. Songs are by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor. Callbacks will follow at 2 – 5 p.m. “Working” will be onstage April 13 – 21. For more information, contact David Seitz by email at

“Working” is the 1970’s nonfiction book that tells the stories of Americans with jobs in fields ranging from acting to gas meter reading. Studs Terkel is a Pulitzer prize winner for his writing and the play adaptation is sure to delight!

Men and women ages 18 and older should bring a picture and résumé. Singers should prepare a one-minute a cappella song. Actors may prepare a one-minute monologue or cold read from the script. A perusal script and possibly a reference recording are available at the GCC Library Circulation Desk.

NAU partners with GCC Business Personal Computers/Computer Information Systems Advisory Council

NAU @ GCC representative, Margaret Kirkland, attended the November 2011 Glendale Community College BPC/CIS advisory council meeting both to gain knowledge and to learn more about the needs of GCC Business and Computer Science students, particularly in regard to bachelor completion options.

Margaret presented the council, which includes faculty, staff, administrators and local employers, information about NAU’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Administration and the BS/BA 90/30 degree in Technology Management. These transfer programs are designed with these business-oriented student groups in mind and are offered onsite at Glendale Community College.

NAU and GCC are excited about their partnership to bring these bachelor completion programs to Glendale Community College. Local employers applaud this cooperation that gives Business and Technology students the training and management skills they need to advance and succeed in their careers.
For more information contact Margaret Kirkland at