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Things are getting bigger and better at DCCCD, and we’re officially movin’ on up in the social media world! We will still be sharing all kinds of great information about the Dallas Community College District, but from now on, you can find us at blog.dcccd.edu.

 

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RecycleMania: Our Colleges Are Crazy-Good at it

RecycleMania 2015 logoNorth Lake College took home the top prize nationally in the waste minimization category of the 2015 RecycleMania Tournament. Waste minimization is the least overall waste per person. NLC’s per-person amount was 3.3 pounds. The win marks North Lake’s fifth national championship in waste minimization.

Other colleges that participated in RecycleMania also did well:

  • Cedar Valley College placed 15th in the waste minimization category with 15.124 pounds per capita
  • Eastfield College placed fourth in the waste minimization category with 3.290 pounds per capita
  • Mountain View College placed eighth in the waste minimization category with 9.294 pounds per capita
  • Richland College placed fifth in the grand champion category with 80.316 percent recycling rate. RLC placed 17th in the waste minimization category with 17.386 pounds per capita. Richland was 13th in the paper recycling category with 11.396 pounds per capita.

Almost 400 colleges and universities competed in RecycleMania this year. Schools are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect over two months.

Find out the complete results of the RecycleMania tournament.

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Five Reasons Summer School is a Great Idea (And a Few Reasons It Might Not Be)

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The decision to register for summer classes is not an easy one. Students struggle with the choice between taking a relaxing hiatus from their studies or using the summer to get ahead (or catch up).

Here are a few advantages and disadvantages of signing up for Summer term. As you read through these, keep in mind there are many other factors not listed here that could be important in your decision.​

The Pros:

    • Short classes. Summer school programs are typically only four weeks in length. This allows you to really focus in on a topic, which can be difficult during a regular semester that lasts 13-15 weeks.
    • A simplified syllabus. Time constraints mean professors have to pare down the course material. You will only have to do a portion of the assignments that Film Appreciation students had to do last semester!
    • Less waitlisting. Courses that are hard to get into during the Fall or Spring semester are often offered over the summer to meet high demand. Seize this opportunity to take that class you’ve been dying to try, like Oceanography or Advanced Photoshop.​
    • A relaxed atmosphere. Summer courses are usually less formal and provide a relaxed learning environment. This often translates into more hands-on activities and increased discussion.
    • Smaller classes. Taking a hard class to get it out of the way? Thanks to smaller class sizes during summer term, professors are able to give more individualized attention to students.

The Cons:

    • ​Less time to tan. Because summer classes are condensed into four weeks, they meet much more frequently (often daily) and require a fair amount of studying outside the classroom. This means less free time during your summer for things like an internship or time at the pool.
    • Procrastination is not an option. It simply won’t fly in summer school! One missed class, test or reading can cause a domino effect where you quickly fall behind.
    • Lots of reading. If you struggle with reading, you may want to save Introduction to Shakespeare, or any class with a large amount of reading homework, for the Fall semester. It would be a shame to fall behind because you have too much reading and too little time.
    • College at warp speed. A fast-paced course can be an advantage or disadvantage, depending on your perspective. Professors will cover a lot of material in a short amount of time. You may have a quiz, a lab and a midterm in the same week.

Students weigh in:

“Register early so you get the classes you want.” – Andrea M.
“Don’t expect professors to be nicer just because the weather is nicer. You still have to study.” – Matt B.
​”Final exams are easier for me in the summer. The material is still fresh.” -Maya R.
“If you’re going to take more than one Summer class at a time, make sure one is an easy class. Like, don’t register for organic chemistry and calculus. That’s way too intense.” -Daniel T.

Note: Enrollment for summer classes​ is now open at all seven colleges of the DCCCD, including classes on campus and classes online.

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Learning the History of Nazi Germany Through Andrea Carrizales’ Eyes

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This post is written by Andrea Carrizales, a spring student blogger and Eastfield and Richland college student.

Nazi history secrets unveil before my eyes: I learn about military strategies and political philosophies, along with many names that helped change history, forever.

This semester I’m taking Western History Honors as one of my electives. This class has an emphasis on Nazi Germany. Under the instruction of Professor Michael Noble, this is by far my favorite class this spring because it doesn’t just cover a boring list of facts. So far, we have talked of art, music, propaganda, military strategies, international policy, coup d’états… even fashion! We have watched documentaries, Hollywood movies, and there was a day we watched the Looney Tunes “What’s Opera, Doc?” to understand the influences of Wagner’s operas on German nationalism.

Professor Noble is a great reason why the class is so interesting. His profound knowledge on the subject and his ability to recall dates, facts and German names out of a hat is very impressive and of great use whenever a student has a question.

My classmates in that class come from all different backgrounds and walks of life. Some are students right out of high school; others are full-time workers who already have their associate degree. Some others are military veterans — they always get the military strategies much better than I do — and others have different cultural or religious backgrounds, and care about a variety of different things. This great diversity makes class discussions very enjoyable, and every time we have them I am able to learn something that had not even crossed my mind.

There is not a lot of writing in this class, which is good if you’re always busy like me, but there are a couple of books you need to read to prepare for discussions.

This semester has been full of revelations; much of the history I knew has been challenged by further and deeper learning. With all its twists and turns, the history of Nazi Germany is an extremely interesting topic.

If you will be at Eastfield next year, look for this class. It is an elective that truly draws you in, and that you will deeply enjoy.

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DCCCD Graduation Ceremonies for Spring 2015

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It’s almost that time of year: graduation season! We can’t wait to celebrate your accomplishments as you walk across the stage. Obviously you’ve probably already added the date to your calendar, written it down and are simply counting down the days, but in case there’s any question, here’s each commencement date by college:

Brookhaven College

Thursday, May 14
Alfred J. Loos Field House
3815 Spring Valley Rd.
Addison, TX 75001
Ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

Cedar Valley College

Thursday, May 14
Inspiring Body of Christ Church
7701 South Westmoreland Road
Dallas, TX 75237
Ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

Eastfield College

Saturday, May 9
Curtis Culwell Center
4999 Naaman Forest Blvd.
Garland, TX  75040
Ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m.

El Centro College

Sunday, May 17
Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center Arena
650 South Griffin Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Ceremony begins at 3 p.m.

Mountain View College

Wednesday, May 13
Jesse Owens Memorial Complex
9191 S. Polk Street
Dallas, TX  75232
Ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

North Lake College

Thursday, May 14
Irving Convention Center
500 West Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039
Ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

Richland College

Thursday, May 14
Curtis Culwell Center
4999 Naaman Forest Boulevard
Garland, Texas 75040
Ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m.

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  • Haven’t applied for graduation yet? Check with your college’s Admissions/Registrar’s Office for information on how to do so. Please note that some application deadlines may have already passed depending on the college.
  • Don’t forget to purchase your cap and gown! They should be available for sale at your college’s bookstore.
  • Last but not least: don’t forget to use the #dcccdgrad hash tag on Twitter and Instagram!

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Meet Akber, Radiologic Sciences Student of the Week

Headshot of Akber Madhani, Brookhaven AlumnusAkber A. Madhani studied Radiologic Sciences at Brookhaven College, where he continued his education after earning double bachelor’s degrees from the University of Houston.

As our current student of the week, he credits his success as a radiologic technologist at Methodist Regional Hospital to the excellent experience he received during the academics, clinicals and other training through Brookhaven.

Akber says, “I wouldn’t be able to do my job so well and be recognized by doctors and managers without having been through the Brookhaven program.

“I really learned the dedication and persistence necessary to be able to do my job well. I would recommend this program to others if you can handle the workload and be committed to being one of the very best in the field.”

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DCCCD Round-Up: Stories From Around the Metroplex

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Welcome to the first edition of the DCCCD Round-Up! We’ll be gathering up stories periodically to showcase some of the latest happenings at each of DCCCD’s campuses. Let’s get started:

Brookhaven

Brookhaven College received an Award of Excellence recently for the new Community College Safety Planning and Leadership category at the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Awards of Excellence Gala in San Antonio. The college’s investment in leadership, infrastructure and ongoing training has resulted in 1,185 students and contacts receiving help.

Cedar Valley

After joining the American Association of Community Colleges‘ Voluntary Framework of Accountability, Cedar Valley College was recently recognized for its tracking of student progress and workforce outcomes. The college enlisted the help of staff, faculty and students to help promote college completion efforts.

Eastfield

Eastfield College will unveil the Arts Collective on Thursday, April 23, with dance, singing and jazz performances from 5 to 8 p.m. in the lower courtyard. Dance begins at 5:15 p.m., a voice and music production will start at 5:30 p.m. and a jazz ensemble will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

El Centro

El Centro College will host a live interview with alumnus and award-winning designer Levi Palmer of Palmer//Harding Friday, April 24. He’ll sit down with DFW Style Daily Founder Lisa Petty at 11 a.m. for a “conversation on fashion, society and style” at El Centro.

Mountain View

Mountain View College’s Sustainability Series continues through the end of April in tandem with the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment to become a carbon-neutral campus. Activities include an Earth Day event April 24 and a screening of the documentary Disruption. Climate. Change. April 27.

North Lake

North Lake College’s journalism students recently won 42 awards for various publications in categories relating to story content, page design, reporting and more. Read the full listing of awards and categories.

Richland

Independent engineering consultant and Richland College alumnus Alex Kretov spoke to CBS DFW recently about something of interest to all of us: how to stay young. Said Kretov, “If you are studying for a long time, your brain is active. If you keep your brain active, your brain and body will be kept young.”

Got the scoop on a DCCCD story you think might belong in a future Round-Up? Contact socialteam@dcccd.edu.

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