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THIRD ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARENESS NIGHT DECEMBER 5 ON VERDE CAMPUS

Dozens of available college scholarships to be discussed with parents and students–Everyone welcome

The Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County and the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona have partnered with Yavapai College and multiple community groups to present the third annual Cash for College Scholarship Awareness Night. In the Verde Valley, the Scholarship Awareness Night will be held Tuesday, December 5, from 5 to 6:30 PM in building M on the Verde campus.

The purpose of the event is to provide students and their families and local educators with information about post-secondary scholarships. The scholarships are available for traditional students.

Through the Arizona Community Foundation’s online scholarship system, students are matched with more than 90 scholarships for which they may qualify.  Requirements for scholarship assistance will be explained during the event the Arizona Community Foundation is the largest private provider of scholarships in the state of Arizona.

A similar event will be held on the Prescott campus Monday, December 4, from 5 to 6:30 PM at the Yavapai College gymnasium, 111 E. Sheldon St., building 2.

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WAS SIGAFOOS “MANSPLAINING” AT OCTOBER BOARD MEETING?

 

Responding to Sigafoos’ persistent questioning of her during the October Board meeting, Representative McCasland said:  “I feel a lot of intimidation from you.”

“Mansplaining is a blend of the word man and the informal form splaining of the verb explaining and means “to explain something to someone, characteristically by a man to woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing”.  Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mansplaining.

For some who attended the October 24 Yavapai Community College District Governing Board  meeting, the exchanges between Chair Ray Sigafoos and Representative Deb McCasland created an atmosphere that was less than pleasant.  The exchanges took place over more than an hour.  Ms. McCasland eventually told Sigafoos that she “felt a lot of intimidation” from him. 

The Blog believes that the treatment of McCasland by Sigafoos fits the classic definition of “mansplaining.”

At one point during the exchanges, a member of the audience, Ms. Ruth Wicks, got up and left the meeting room.   When interviewed, she told the Blog that she could no longer stomach what she perceived as the unfair attack being waged by Sigafoos on Ms. McCasland.

McCasland, who is perceived by the Blog as having been a target for Sigafoos’ efforts at intimidation since she was elected, stated to the Blog she was not fazed by the fieriness of Sigafoos’  effort to demean or embarrass her.

Below is a four-minute clip (out of more than an hour of back and forth exchanges) that  exemplifies what the Blog believes is a classic example of mansplaining.  Review it and see if you don’t agree.  You may also view the entire Governing Board meeting and all of the exchanges on Video by clicking here and going to the College Governing Board website.

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DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Meeting begins at 1:00 PM at Rock House, Prescott Campus

The District Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting on the Prescott Campus on November 14, 2017 beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Rock House on the Campus.  It is located at  1100 E. Sheldon Street Prescott , AZ 86301. You may review the complete agenda for the meeting  by clicking here.

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NJCAA DIVISION I MEN’S SOCCER NATIONAL TOURNAMENT BEGINS MONDAY NOVEMBER 13

Exclusive Prescott/Prescott Valley event with all matches at Mountain Valley Park

For the second time in three years, Yavapai College is hosting the NJCAA Division I Men’s Soccer National Tournament beginning today (Monday). The 12-team tournament is held at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley. National semifinals will take place on Friday, November  17 with the national championship game scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18.  

No events were scheduled for the East side (Sedona/Verde Campus)  of the County.

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COLLEGE SALUTING VETERANS ON VERDE CAMPUS TUESDAY, NOV. 14

Celebration features information about community resources for veterans, a student art display, food, beverages, and more

Yavapai College will salute veterans with a pair of special events this month.  On Tuesday, November 14 the first celebration will take place on the Verde Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in Building M, room 203.

The College says the celebration will feature information about community resources for veterans, a student art display, food, beverages, live music and a chance to read and reflect on the names of Arizona servicemen and women who have lost their lives serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The celebration  is free and everyone is welcome.

A similar celebration will be held on the Prescott Campus the following day, Wednesday  from 4 to 7 p.m. in Building 19, Room 147, 1100 E. Sheldon St.

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SOLDWEDEL FAMILY GIVES $143,000 TO YAVAPAI COLLEGE

Includes cash for immediate use and permanent and perpetual endowment funds

 Yavapai Community College announced November 7 that  it had received a gift of $143,000 from the Soldwedel family.  The gift includes an endowment for the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center (FEC), the early childhood education center located on the Prescott campus. Kelly Soldwedel is a member of the FEC board of directors. Her 2-year-old daughter, Lake Thornhill, has been an FEC student since infancy. The $143,000 contribution also endows scholarships for all students in the District.

The Soldwedel family owns WNI, the parent company of The Daily Courier, Prescott Valley Tribune, Chino Valley Review, Verde Independent and the Camp Verde Bugle, among other media outlets across Arizona.

You may read the College’s announcement of the gift by clicking here

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MCCASLAND WANTS VERDE VALLEY TO HAVE A YAVAPAI COLLEGE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER TO MATCH PRESCOTT FACILITY

“It’s my vision for the future”

In an interview with Zachary Jernigan that appeared in the Cottonwood Journal Extra October 31 Governing Board Second District representative Deb McCasland gave her full support for a Career and Technical Education Center in the Verde Valley that would match the Prescott facility.  She told Jernigan that she felt it will require the Governing Board to prioritize it over projects in the Prescott area.

The full interview by Mr. Jernigan can be read on the Journalaz.com web site by clicking here.

 

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SCAMMERS MAKING FAKE YAVAPAI COLLEGE CALLS

Scammers have managed to acquire College owned phone numbers

Yavapai College is warning residents that scammers have acquired college owned phone numbers and are using them to make nuisance calls. Yavapai College chief information security officer, Sean Hagan, said: “It appears that someone was spoofing our telephone numbers and attempting to impersonate College employees. We are aware of five instances related to the scam so far. Given the design of the public telephone system, there’s not much we can do about it beyond collecting evidence and getting the police involved, which we are doing now.”

Yavapai College Financial Aid Director Diana Dowling said that “Yavapai College will never call you to tell you that you need to speak to a loan officer.”

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ON PRESCOTT CAMPUS ADDRESSES BUILDING INDUSTRY EMPLOYEE SHORTAGE

Similar meeting scheduled for December 11 on Verde Campus

More than 50 building industry representatives met on the Prescott Campus October 24 to help craft a plan to develop and retain a strong workforce to meet long-term industry needs. The meeting was organized in response to a perceived workforce shortage in the building trades.

It is thought that during the recession that many in construction change careers and never returned. The industry needs workers and is apparently struggling to recruit them.

The College has scheduled a similar workforce development discussion on this topic to be held from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Friday, December 15 in building M, room 137 of the Verde Valley campus. Representatives from the building trades who would like to attend the lunch must RSVP by December 11 by contacting Billy Norris, 928-717-7170 or email billy.norris@yc.edu.

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COLLEGE ANNOUNCES NEW WEEKLY RADIO SHOW

Kim Kapin to act as host

Yavapai College announced that it has partnered with Prescott Valley broadcasting for a weekly one-half hour talk show focusing on college activities. The Saturday show will be hosted by the Director of Marketing and Communications, Kim Kaplin.

The first show aired Saturday, November 4 at 12:30 PM. It is carried on KQNA am at 11:30 AM, 99.9 FM in Prescott and Chino Valley. It is also carried on 95.5 FM in Prescott Valley and Cottonwood. It will be  available via live streaming on kqna.com.

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