It is Never Too Late to Finish Your Education

Luana GossAfter serving in the military for 11 years, Luana Goss decided to finish her education at Glendale Community College. Returning to college has been a challenge and a dream for Goss. Juggling her time as a student, wife, and mother of two, Goss has learned that hard work pays off. In fact, Goss felt that by continuing her education many doors have opened for her. “I went from being an unemployed student and military veteran, to having more than one job offer,” said Goss.

For Goss, going back to GCC was a very challenging transition. But as she began her classes, Goss felt more comfortable because of the time spent on her by the instructors at GCC. “I am very grateful for what GCC has done for me. The first class I took was CIS 105. Even though it was very fast-paced, it was very rewarding,” said Goss.

Goss has two daughters who are currently in high school.  From the hardships and life lesson’s Goss has been through, she and her husband are teaching their children the importance of higher education. “My daughters see how difficult it is to attend college as a working mother, so they are planning their future wisely,” said Goss.

By being awarded with a scholarship, Goss will be able to continue her education as well as her daughter is able to begin hers. “Without the scholarship I will not be able to finish my degree,” said Goss.

Luana Goss was awarded the Dr. Joe Griego Scholarship from Glendale Community College. By being awarded this scholarship, Goss will be able to avoid taking out a student loan.


Wildcat Wednesday

By: University of Arizona
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Time: 1pm-3pm
Location: SU 104 A, B & C
For Maricopa County students, Wildcat Wednesdays are the best way to get a taste for The University of Arizona’s campus without leaving the Phoenix area.  We are excited that you are taking the next step in your academic career and are interested in finding out more information about transferring to The University of Arizona.  For Maricopa County students, Wildcat Wednesdays are the most convenient way to get a taste for campus right here in your backyard.  Our next Wildcat Wednesday is around the corner and will feature presentations on: Continue reading

GCC’s “Splitting Issues” Provides Side-Splitting Comedy

After a Valentine’s Day filled with overpriced chocolates and forget-me-nots, it can be easy to become momentarily blinded by the silly issues brought on by even the dearest romantic relationships.

A comedic glimpse at the absurdities and trivialities of human relationships was brought to Glendale Community College courtesy of the Theatre Arts department’s production of “Splitting Issues (And Several Other Noteworthy Concerns)” this Feb. 22- March 2.

Written by Sam Brobrick and directed by GCC’s David Seitz, this comedy included nine short scenes varying in degree of romance, hilarity and outlandish situations.

From a frustrated couple arguing over the prominence of dip at a dinner party, a restaurant server flustered at the presence of a greedy ex-wife to a not-so-gentle-man who dwells in art museums to pick up women—this series of vignettes brought many issues to the eyes of audience members.

The cast was comprised of  fifteen GCC students who took on multiple roles, playing drastically different characters.

Actor JJ Hansen played the role of Wayne, a tricky neighbor, in “Dinner With Friendly Neighbors” as well as the role of Richard inside of a dimly-lit bar scene called “Purgatory.”

“My favorite scene to be in was  ‘Dinner with Friendly Neighbors.’ I got to play an outrageous, over-the-top Texan cowboy, so that one was really fun for me,” said Hansen.

One scene that stood out in its intelligent wit and humor was “Bingo-Bango,” which was a brief interaction between a woman who goes to art museums to admire the work and a man who scouts museums for attractive, single women. The interactions between the characters of Rosalind and Fred, played by Bailey Hall and Jared Queen, were quick-witted and surprising with each exchange of dialogue.

“My favorite scene to watch was ‘Bingo-Bango.’ Jared was amazing in that and so was Bailey; they worked that script to their fullest advantage,” said Hansen.

Having the same actors play multiple roles provided a variation of characters to be entertained by while seeing familiar faces. Often, noticing the same actor go from one colored wig to another became just as exciting as the new personality traits presented onstage.

“You get to experience everyone’s acting on a wider scale. Everyone pulls together a bit more because they are in more than one scene. It’s more of a team effort,” said Hansen.

For Hansen, “Splitting Issues” was not only entertaining; it was a learning experience.

“One of the good things about community college theatre is since its educational, our director will point out to us when we’re improving. It’s good for us to see the difference between opening night and closing night. We just constantly improve,” Hansen said.

The youngest members of the audience consisted of college-aged students, who remained most responsive throughout the comedic events within the play. With a hint of suggestive jokes and raunchy humor, “Splitting Issues” presented itself as a play for mature audiences.

Since the scenes within “Splitting Issues” did not follow one specific plotline, some audience members found it challenging to enjoy.

“People weren’t quite sure what to think because they are not used to vignettes. Some were thrown off by the whole thing, but other people found it really creative and great,” said Hansen after hearing some of the audience’s reactions.

The play took place within a small stage space, similar to the up-close, personal approach of a black box theater. One unique aspect of the set design was the digital background used throughout the play. Along with furniture and props, each vignette had a different background to enhance the atmosphere of the scene.

“Since we’re a community college, we have a lower budget yet we’re still able to make the best out of it with that budget. We can be creative with the stage set-up, and all the designers were able to adapt to it,” said Hansen.

In “Bingo-Bango,” a digital image of an art museum hallway was used to create a hyper-realistic portrayal of the environment. For not having opulent, large sets, this minimalistic approach worked very well in letting the audience focus more on the comedic interactions between characters.

“Some people were inspired by the fact that even though we had a small space and low budget, we were still able to put that much work into it and bring it to its fullest potential. Overall, the audience was really impressed with us,” Hansen said.

“Splitting Issues” presented everyday human interactions in a successful way by letting the audience see how absurd and comedic relationships can be. With vignettes, the audience was able to see a variety of situations, all with the same common thread of laughable instances that people can relate to.

Altogether, “Splitting Issues” granted the audience two hours of being able to laugh at common eccentricities and imperfections—making it a successful comedy based on the absurdity of relationships in the human experience.

Faculty Art Exhibition Offers a Glimpse of Creativity on Campus

Chinatown, New York City

Sharon Forsmo, “Chinatown, New York City”, oil on hardboard

This spring, the art department of Glendale Community College will be giving students an opportunity to discover art outside of the classroom.

From March 4 to March 28, the fine art professors of GCC will be hosting a Faculty Art Exhibition within the Student Union.

The exhibition will contain artistic works, such as painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture, from various fine art professors on GCC’s campus.

“In the case of the faculty show, we all contribute work and are pretty thoughtful in regards to presenting it,” said art professor Susan Forsmo. Continue reading

Former School Teacher Seeks New Degree in GCC Nursing Program

Adam LeonAdam Leon will soon earn his second degree in May. Leon was a math and science school teacher for five years, and soon after he realized that he had a greater passion for helping others in the medical field. Leon began his medical career path through the nursing program at GCC two years ago.

“I have always been interested in the science field and the human body,” said Leon.

Leon has a passion to provide care for those in need. And by doing so, his main goal is to become a nurse practitioner. “I want to have a profound impact in the community,” said Leon.

The word scholarship is not a foreign word to Leon. In fact, he has been a past recipient for the Mikus Memorial Scholarship and Victor L. Boel’s Nursing Scholarship. Leon will be a recipient this year for the Shirley Vail Nursing Scholarship. Leon plans to use the scholarship to purchase essential tools that are necessary for him to be a successful nursing student.

Throughout his stay at GCC, Leon was the Vice President of the Glendale Associate of Student Nurses, buddy mentor for students in previous blocks, and has done other various volunteer activities throughout the community.