Campus Connections, Top Stories, April 19


Leadership award nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted for SMCC’s annual student leadership awards. But hurry, the deadline is fast approaching.

The entire SMCC community — students, faculty, and staff — is encouraged to make nominations for the awards, which recognize students, faculty and organizations for their accomplishments during the year. The winners will be announced at the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership’s Leader of the Pack awards ceremony on April 28.

Award nominations are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. Full details and requirements can be found by clicking on this link:

The awards are:

  • Leader of the Pack Awards. These students actively participate in campus and community events, exemplify positive qualities and are role model for other students. They have done something outstanding that has impacted the campus or community.
  • Emerging Leader Awards. These awards honor students who are new to the college or taking on leadership roles for the first time and have positively influenced a program or organization with a positive attitude and commitment to excellence.
  • Outstanding RA. This award honors a Resident Assistant who is a role model, has strong leadership skills, and has had a positive impact on resident halls and the college community.
  • Organization of the Year. Student organizations can nominate themselves for this award, which comes with $250 credited to the organization’s account.
  • Advisor of the Year. Student organizations can nominate their advisor for this award. The winner receives lunch for two at the Culinary Arts dining room.
  • Program of the Year. Student organizations are encouraged to nominate an event, trip or other project for this award. The winning organization will receive $250 credited to its account.

Interested in museums and art galleries? Check out this class (and others)

If you have an interest in working in a museum or art gallery, SMCC’s new Museum Skills Training (ARTH 179) course is for you.

The intensive course, being launched this summer, will teach students industry-standard operations used in museums and galleries. Through hands-on workshops, site visits and lectures, students will learn how to pack, handle, and move artwork; study practices of exhibition design and installation; and examine the management structure and day-to-day operations of commercial and nonprofit arts venues.

After taking the course, students will have the requisite knowledge and experience for employment in art museums and galleries. The class meets 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for two weeks beginning May 17.

Other courses worth considering, based on faculty recommendations, are listed below. Full class descriptions, schedules and book requirements can be found on the MySMCC student portal.

  • Woody Plant Identification (HORT 110): This course focuses on trees, shrubs, groundcovers and vines in northern New England. Offered Summer and Fall.
  • Herbaceous Plant Identification (HORT 200): This course focuses on herbaceous landscape plants in northern New England. Offered Summer and Fall.
  • Soils and Soil Fertility (HORT 130): This introductory soil science course investigates the various properties of soils and the relationships between plants and soil. Offered Fall.
  • Introduction to Information Technology (CMIT 100-Online): This online course introduces concepts encountered in IT work and provides an overview of computer organization and hardware, operating systems, computer networks, security and more. Offered Summer and Fall.
  • Project Management (CMIT 270): This course gives students the skills necessary to guide a project from start to finish. Offered Fall.
  • Human Diversity (BHHS 145): This course explores the many aspects of human diversity including race, culture, class, gender, age and sexual orientation. Offered Summer.
  • Social History of the Civil War and Reconstruction (HIST 165): This course explores the causes of the Civil War, the experience of the conflict in the Union and Confederacy, and the contested legacies of the war through Reconstruction and beyond. Offered Fall.
  • Intro to Peace, War and Insecurity (POLS 212): This course will examine the military, economic, political and cultural factors that lead to peace, look at the changing nature of war, and set out a framework for looking at security on a national, as well as local, level. Offered Fall.
  • Psychology of Gender (PSYC 235): This course focuses on how gender influences behavior and personality, and how women and men are influenced by social, psychological, and biosocial constructions of gender. Offered Fall.
  • CAD Graphics (AEDD 105): This course will involve the production of 2D technical drawings that meet industry standards using AutoCAD software. Offered Summer and Fall.
  • Genome Research (BIOL 122): Students in this class, which is being run in cooperation with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Alliance, will conduct a yearlong research project on the isolation and identification of a novel bacterial virus.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month events on tap

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CeSIL) has organized a Take Back the Night rally and two showings of an acclaimed documentary film about the incidence of sexual assault on college campuses. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States, the goal of which is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

At SMCC, a Take Back the Night rally will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in front of the Campus Center.

The documentary, “The Hunting Ground,” will be shown at 5 p.m. Monday, April 25, and again at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Jewett Auditorium.