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SLCC Spring 2020 Alumni Newsletter

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Ben Carrero

Officer Ben Carrero was recently featured in ABC4 Utah’s “Behind the Badge” series, which highlights how Utah’s law enforcement professionals protect their communities. In describing his daily patrols of Summit County, Carrero states, “I try to keep everything as calm as I can. But when I need to flip that switch, typically it’s someone’s life that’s in danger or my life in danger.”

Read more about how Carrero survived a precarious situation on the road »

Robert Hunter

Robert Hunter, an indigenous artist and filmmaker, is in his final year as a cinematography fellow at the American Film Institute; he is currently working on his thesis film. In explaining his devotion to his art, Hunter says, “As a cinematographer, I consider myself a service provider. First and foremost, I am in service to the story, and therefore the community. Our lens has the power to influence our current society’s views and opinions.”

Kur Kuath

Kur Kuath, Photo Credit: Kyle Phillips, The Norman Transcript

Kur Kuath,
Photo Credit: Kyle Phillips,
The Norman Transcript

Former SLCC Bruins basketball player Kur Kuath is now a forward at Oklahoma University, where he recently scored 17 points and eight rebounds in one game. These performance numbers—which include four dunks in the first five minutes of play—are career bests for this SLCC alum. Former SLCC head coach Todd Phillips predicts Kuath will continue to succeed, stating, "I think he’ll have even more growth.”

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Miki’ala Maio

Miki’ala Maio, Photo Credit: Michael Smyth, Tahoe Onstage

Miki’ala Maio,
Photo Credit: Michael Smyth,
Tahoe Onstage

During Miki’ala Maio’s two seasons playing basketball for SLCC, she helped the Bruins win 51 games and claim back-to-back Region 18 titles. Now, she’s continuing her winning streak as a guard at the University of Nevada; she’s tied for fourth on the team in scoring. According to her coach, Amanda Levens, Maio is “an unselfish player and knows how to make the right play.”

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Dental hygiene students’ research presentation
crowned best in state

SLCC’s dental hygiene students recently took first place at the Utah Dental Hygienists’ Association’s 2020 Poster Session competition. As part of this annual event, hygienists from across Utah meet and share their latest research; SLCC’s students presented findings about the relationship of sleep patterns and patients’ oral health.

With 100 percent job placement and board exam passing rates, the college’s dental hygiene program graduates are considered to be the most sought-after professionals in their field. The program, which was begun in 1995 and culminates in an associate of applied science degree (AAS), is based at SLCC’s Jordan Campus.

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Pictured left to right: Kristen Hall (assistant professor, 2nd year clinical coordinator), Lupe Portillo, Beth Lin, Renee Mendenhall (associate professor, program coordinator), Dorothy Spencer, Dorothy Ilada.

SLCC’s Promise Program receives high praise
SLCC Promise: We help pay for college. It's that simple

A recent Salt Lake Tribune article called SLCC’s Promise program, which provides tuition funding for eligible students, “probably the single best thing to happen to higher education in Utah in years and has opened the door to a college education for some 2,000 students.” To read columnist Robert Gehrke’s full story, which outlines steps to reform Utah’s higher education system, click here.

Bruin Athletics update
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Spring is here, but summer is just around the corner. You’re just in time to check out SLCC’s summer sports camps! SLCC has volleyball camps scheduled for June 2020 that are available for individuals and teams; please see our website for more information.

SLCC’s softball and baseball teams have kicked off the spring portion of their schedules, so find some time to go and support the Bruins! The full schedule can be found here.

Alum does good globally
Davis Smith

Davis Smith

You’ve probably heard of Cotopaxi, the Utah outdoor recreational products retailer that donates a portion of its profits to charitable causes. But did you know that the company’s CEO Davis Smith is an SLCC alum? You can read about Smith’s philanthropic efforts and much more in the latest issue of the award-winning SLCC Magazine.

Hit refresh on your career prospects
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Are you looking for new employment opportunities? Then you’ll want to check out the Utah Association of Colleges and Employers (UACE) Statewide Alumni Career Fair. Here are the details:

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place: SLCC’s Lifetime Activities Center, Redwood Taylorsville campus (4600 South Redwood Road)

For more information about this year’s fair, and to see a list of employers that have participated in previous years’ events, check out UACE’s website.

Think a pro writing coach is out of reach?
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Whatever you’re writing—whether it’s a résumé, scholarship application or short story—SLCC’s Community Writing Center is here to help you. Established in 2001 with the philosophy that everyone can write, the CWC offers a wide variety of low-cost workshops and free personal coaching sessions. "We want to make sure that every writer who participates feels welcomed and supported as they pursue their own goals," CWC director Melissa Helquist explains.

Visit the CWC to see how their dedicated coaches can help you with your writing and editing projects.

You’ve earned alumni benefits. Are you using them?
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As an SLCC alum, you have access to several benefits, including a 33 percent discount on tickets to SLCC’s Grand Theatre productions. This spring, SLCC is proud to host the regional premiere of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, currently running on Broadway and featuring a script by Oscar and Emmy winner Aaron Sorkin. The play runs from March 26 to April 11; to purchase tickets at the discounted rate, contact the ticket office at (801) 957-3322.

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