Campus Connections, Top News, Jan. 26

SMCC to hold Community Café, gather ideas in shaping futureStrategic-Planning-Logo-smaller

Come one, come all! Students, faculty, staff and community partners are invited to give their ideas and input in helping shape SMCC’s future.

The college is holding a college-wide Community Café from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday Feb. 13 in the HUB gymnasium. All classes will be suspended and all offices will be closed during those hours to allow people to participate.

“Your participation is critical to SMCC’s future and to the success of tomorrow’s students and communities,” said SMCC President Ron Cantor. “We’re taking an unprecedented approach to developing our strategy for the years ahead.”

The college is seeking ideas in “co-creating SMCC’s future” as it builds a new strategic plan.

SMCC students to test their culinary IQ

Quick – what type of tree does chocolate come from? What is the French term meaning to cut meat into slivers? What’s the largest size a potato can be to be marketed as a “new potato”?

Four SMCC culinary students will be answering similar questions when they compete in an upcoming “Jeopardy”-style competition testing their culinary knowledge.

The Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl will take place at the American Culinary Federation’s regional conference in Baltimore on Feb. 15-17. In all, 11 teams of culinary students will compete. Regional winners will go on to the national competition in Orlando this summer.

Representing SMCC are students Marissa Turmenne, Michelle Zang, Jason McDougal and Kayla Palmer. Their coach is Culinary Arts Chairman Geoff Boardman.

For those with culinary curiosity, the answers to the above questions are cacao tree; emince; and 1½ inches.