March 3, 2017

What is your ecological footprint?

By Megan Leonard

An ecological footprint is the amount of biologically productive land and water needed to indefinitely supply the people in a country or area with renewable resources. Scientist say the world is exceeding this by 30%. In the United States, scientists say we are exceeding the ecological footprint by 88%.

One way to help with this issue is for each person to check their ecological footprint. In calculating a ecological footprint, an attempt is made to determine the area of productive space that is required to support activities that are part of that person’s habit overall. This influences the amount of land or water area that is needed to maintain a person’s individual lifestyle, or in other words, putting a number behind your effect on the world around you.

Ryan Welch, math/science instructor at Clinton Community College, has his environmental science students calculate their own ecological footprint, giving students an idea on how they are affecting their renewable resources in the Clinton community. Welch said, “We don’t realize what effect we have in our day to day lives: choices we make like cooking a meal, what’s in the meal, to paper products we use and what car we drive.”

Welch has his students ask themselves about their food consumption. Meats, dairy, fast food, and other snacks can affect a footprint. Students then answer questions about their personal housing, the

February 16, 2017

Updates are finished in the Clinton Community College library

By Megan Leonard

The fireplace and lounging area are available to all students for reading and relaxation.

          The Clinton Community College library has finished its construction and updates just in time for the new semester in January of 2017. This is the first update to the library since the 1980’s. The school has not only improved the look of the library but also added a few special areas. Charlotte Darsidan, who has been working in the Clinton Community College library for over 24 years, says there are a “zillion things to like” about the new updates.
The traveling graphic arts area is a new addition. The art shows will be changing frequently throughout the year and will be traveling to each community college in Iowa that is wishing to participate. The first display which was shown until February 3, was the ICCADI, Iowa Community College Advertising and Design Invitational. This was a display of the winners of 2016 graphic design programs in all the Iowa community colleges based off of the students art concept, creativity, innovations, functionality, execution, and effective delivery. 
The traveling graphic arts area will rotate art exhibits by different artists. 


Robyn Smith, CCC art instructor, stands with works
by Pat Cheak in the traveling graphic arts area. 


The next display will be from Pat Cheak, Clinton Community College graphic arts instructor, who will be showing glass sculptures and photography. There will be a reception to meet the artist on February 27.  It is expected that the library will have a showing of Iowa high school students and also our own Clinton Community College students later this year.
          Another exciting new area is the three new study rooms. These rooms are a great place for students to focus on school work or to get together with a group or organization. To reserve a study room, students may schedule a time at the library desk or call the school switchboard and ask for the library. If a student finds a need for a room and has not made an appointment, they are free to use the room as long as it is open. 





          Brand new computers are available as a student resource and for printing school work. As the year progresses, there is an expectation for new technology. Books that range from nonfiction to fiction are available, as well as many DVDs for check out or for students to read while sitting next to the new electric fire place. Sally Myers, assistant dean of library services, said, “Stop in regularly to check out the new books and DVDs.”


February 10, 2017

Clinton Community College adds three new advisors

By Zac Gainer
    
Due to staff leaving for other job opportunities, Mat Endress, Emily Clausen, and Rob Schadt have joined the CCC staff as new academic advisors.
      Rob Schadt says he decided to come to Clinton Community College because of its reputation as a good school to attend. He wanted to stay in higher education so he chose CCC and will be doing academic advising and career services.  He holds a Master’s degree in organizational management.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2006 and his master’s degree in 2015.  Schadt started working at Clinton Community College on January 3 and plans to stay here for at least a few years.  Prior to coming to Clinton Community College, Schadt worked as an advisor at Ashford University, where he also worked in the registrar department, reviewed applications, and evaluated transcripts.
Rob Schadt

                Schadt said, “I’m excited to be here working with the students.  My door is always open if anybody needs to talk.  I am looking forward to getting to know as many students as possible.”  About CCC he said, “Everyone has been very welcoming.  It seems like a tight knight family.”
                If you’re a Clinton native and are taking online classes, you might be familiar with Mat Endress who is also one of the new advisors. Endress also worked at Ashford as an advisor and is very interested in community colleges.  Endress is a career advisor with an emphasis in online classes.  He attended Morrison High School and then Sauk Valley Community College for two years, where he earned an AA degree.  He also attended Augustana College to earn his Bachelor’s Degree with an English major.  After the closing of Ashford, he came to Clinton Community College after a year where he supervised student testing at the help desk which he said helped “get my foot in the door”.
               
Mat Endress
Endress said, “Students can always come talk to me. I would encourage them to join the board game club and to get involved with student activities.”  He said he likes CCC because “the staff here is knowledgeable.  Everyone here is a team player with great experience.”
                 Emily Clausen has joined CCC as well as a student advisor and student success coordinator.  Clausen earned her Associate of Arts degree from Clinton Community College in 2000, her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Psychology in 2002 from the University of Northern Iowa, and her Master’s degree in business administration in 2007 from Ashford University.  Clausen joined us on September 15th of 2016.  She graduated from Camanche High school and previously worked in admissions, management, registrar, and quality assurance at Ashford University.
Emily Clausen

     Clausen said, “I look forward to working with students, to help them learn how to study and how to meet their goals.  I want them to know I can help with transfer opportunities and I love having a direct impact on students by reviewing degree audits and what their goals are.” 

              

January 25, 2017

70 years at CCC: Phi Theta Kappa students speak with alumni to help celebrate college's 70th

By Jarrod Isbell
           
            For those students at CCC hoping to stand out from the crowd, the college offers an opportunity to prove your excellence as a student. Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society widely recognized by many colleges all across the state. To be accepted into PTK, you must first acquire at least 12 credit hours of any 100 level class. You must also hold a grade point average of at least a 3.5 or higher. Being a member of PTK looks great on resumes, and many colleges offer reduced tuition for being a member.
            Clinton Community College is celebrating its 70th year as a college, and the members of PTK have honored this by choosing to do a project on nostalgia, based on the history of our school. Webster’s dictionary defines nostalgia as: “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.” Members of PTK explored the feeling of nostalgia by interviewing alumni of CCC. Some of these former students include present teachers at our school, but most were members of the community.
            The alumni shared information on a variety of topics, including their favorite memories and technology changes at the college through the years. Kimberlee McMichael, the vice president of Clinton’s PTK chapter, said that her favorite parts of the project include interviewing Dr. Karent Vickers, president of CCC, and learning about nostalgia. McMichael said she found out that nostalgia is good for you, because it is a good way to keep your brain healthy and it can prevent depression.
            Students interested in learning more about joining and participating in Phi Theta Kappa can visit one of the group advisors at CCC – Jane Marlowe, Shirley Turnis, or Gina Bielski – or visit www.ptk.org to learn more.

            

November 8, 2016

Students get active in the election season

By Jarrod Isbell
            September 26 marked the day of the first showdown between our two major presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, as they battled for votes.
            In order to get students active in the election process, the college hosted a debate watching party in which everyone was invited. Students, teachers, and even kids piled into the auditorium to watch the big screen.
            Steven Barleen, a history teacher at the college, promoted the debate throughout multiple classes and was rather successful at it, calling it the “debate of the century” in the emails sent out. He even went as far as offering extra credit to students who attended.
            This is not the first event the college has put together to watch the debates. During the earlier part of the election, students were encouraged to meet and watch the Democratic primary debate as Hillary Clinton squared off with Bernie Sanders.
            Barleen said, ”We set up the viewing party to help students gain an interest in paying more attention to politics, and to encourage them to vote this November.” He estimated that between 50 and 60 people were in attendance the night of the debate, which he thought was a large turnout.
            Tyler Lawrence, a student at CCC, attended the debate. Lawrence said, It was fairly calm but every now and then students would get riled up at something one of the candidates said.” While it remained civilized, a few students did engage in political arguments, according to Lawrence, although nothing got out of hand.
            The U.S has set a new record, with more than 200 million voters registered to vote on November 8th. 


It’s Madden season

By Tavian Schurbon
 
On The Rollout: Moving outside of the pocket causes the defenses to react according to how the players would react in real life.

            Madden Football has been a successful gaming franchise for over 25 years now. This year’s iteration in the series keeps the tradition of sports gaming alive with brand new features and even more exciting gameplay than the previous Madden.
            Madden has a variety of different game modes, designed to keep each game new and fresh.  Returning this year is the Gauntlet mode, where the challenges keep growing as the player progresses in level.
Also returning this year is Draft Champions mode, where the player builds up their base team through a fifteen round draft, full of current players, coaches and even a few legends thrown in for

Study Abroad: CCC Students prepare for a trip to Ireland

By Brigita Wilson
            Opportunities like this only happen every so often. CCC is offering a chance to study abroad in Ireland for 12 days, which means a chance to explore your education and travel the world.
            Instructor Shawn Hamerlinck is chaperoning this trip as well as teaching the two required courses for the trip. One course is a three credit hour course, as well as a one hour credit class. This is a “zoom” class on Wednesday and Friday mornings.
            The trip will take place from June 1st to June 13th this summer. The total cost is $2,800. A $500 deposit is required after being accepted, and there are opportunities for you to fundraise and apply for scholarships.
            Students will visit four different locations throughout the trip: Stonehenge, Lochness Monster Lake, and Belfast. Which is actually located in Great Britain. A guide will lead each day’s activities.
            Students will stop at various places such as the Irish Parliament, and they will take part in activities such as eating lunch at a Guinness Brewery or watching soccer, rugby, and hurling. There will be an opportunity to find your Irish roots and family history.

            A chance to study abroad only happens so often, so take some time to learn more about this trip. Talk to Shawn Hamerlinck at CCC or visit the website eicc.edu/Ireland for more information.