Guest post by GCC instructor Bonnie Saunders
There’s a good chance that I taught the very first course on the Vietnam War, way back in 1984 (yes, I’ve been doing this for a while). I have no personal connection to the Vietnam War but I have had strong opinions about it, opinions that have mellowed over the years to a much more rational stance than in the past!
Throughout the teaching of this course I’ve invited Vietnam veterans to talk to my class about their experiences- everyone from the veteran who finally won the court case against the Pentagon for his injuries from Agent Orange, to a nurse who worked in a M.A.S.H. unit, to soldiers who couldn’t tell the difference between a regular peasant and a Viet Cong insurgent.
Despite the terrible consequences Vietnam veterans live with, many have returned to Vietnam to help the Vietnamese people. Some have relocated there permanently and spend all of their time doing humanitarian work. Despite the length of the Vietnam War and the bitterness that followed it, many American tourists now take spectacular vacations to that country.
In HIS273 I teach students to explore why and how the U.S. become involved in the Vietnam War, to examine the consequences, and to ask what we have learned from the experience. One of the most interesting exercises is a written dialogue assignment to write letters between two veterans, one from the Vietnam War and one from either the recent Iraq or Afghanistan wars (real people or invented veterans created from readings and research). Most importantly, I ask them to think about its relevance today, especially as we mark, in 2015, the 40th anniversary of the end of the conflict.
I enjoy teaching and discussing this subject, and I welcome any comments or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Dr. René Díaz-Lefebvre
In a few weeks thousands of Arizona students will be embarking on one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of their lives, beginning a journey through the world of higher education. Exciting, daunting, challenging, and downright stressful may be adjectives permeating the thoughts of those seeking an avenue to pursue vocational dreams and become productive members of society. They will attend a community college, a public or private university, or other educational/vocational choices. Having worked with many students who have successfully maneuvered and completed college, I am often asked by parents and students for advice and recommendations in preparation for this life-changing opportunity. In this day of instantaneous information (e.g., Internet, Facebook, Twitter, apps, etc.), it is tempting to suggest to them that they review various websites and apps available for information and orientation on college and university life. Even college catalogs are a thing of the past. If you want your own copy of a catalog, you can download it from the institutions official website. Continue reading
At the start of each semester there’s a unique feeling on campus – a mixture of excitement and anxiety – from new students enrolling for the first time, and current students looking to create the perfect class schedule. For both groups, we offer the following ideas for fun, unique and sometimes unusual 2013 summer and fall classes:
If you’d like to use these classes for program requirements, we recommend you first check with a GCC advisor.
When you’re ready to enroll, go to your Student Center at my.maricopa.edu. You can also call 623-845-3333 or stop by the Enrollment Center during open hours of operation.
NINE SUMMER CLASSES Continue reading
By: University of Arizona
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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