Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's time to think about summer and fall classes - Contact your advisor today

The summer schedule of classes is due to be posted on Webadvisor in the next couple of days. Have you started thinking about YOUR summer plans?

Now is the time to contact your academic advisor to discuss summer and/or fall classes. Summer priority registration begins on April 7. Priority dates are set by the number of completed credit hours. Check your ConnectMail for your opening registration date.

While the fall schedule is not available yet, you and your advisor can plan ahead and discuss course options for you. If you see your advisor now, you can avoid the hassle of meeting with someone over the summer.

You don't know who your advisor is? Your advisor's name and contact are listed in your Webadvisor account. Go to My Profile and scroll down to the name.

How should you contact your advisor? Each advisor has different preferences for the best way to contact him/her. You can email or call to make an appointment. Many advisors post a sign up sheet on their office door. Some advisors also use an online signup system. If so, they usually have instructions posted on their office door for how to access the signup. You can just stop by, but understand that it is best to make an appointment so you're sure to have the time and attention you need to get your questions answered. Depending on the advisor's time, s/he may be able to see you on the spot or s/he may need to ask you to schedule a time to meet. Please understand that, just as you have a class/work/family schedule, advisors have demands on their time as well and may not be able to see you without an appointment.

How should I prepare for my advising session? Think about what courses you want to take. Your advisor will probably also ask you about your future plans to help make sure your courses set you up for success. If you have recent test scores, AP scores, transcripts, etc that might not be recorded in our system yet, bring copies of those. This will help us know if you've met pre-requisites for courses you want to take. Finally, bring any questions you have. Your advisor may not have all the answers, but s/he can help direct you to the right people on campus.

"Contemporary Poets" Poetry Hour - Wednesday, March 25, 2:00 p.m.

Join English instructor Stephanie Whetstone in a lively discussion about contemporary poets at the March Poetry Hour, Wednesday, March 25, at 2:00 p.m. in Phillips 325. We hope you can join us!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Free screening of "Las Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity" - April 29, 6:30 p.m.

And a Q&A with the producers (in English)
Wednesday, April 29
6:30 p.m.
ERC Auditorium
(Durham Technical Community College, Main Campus,
1637 E. Lawson St., Durham, NC)

Las Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo in Argentina are committed to finding their lost grandchildren, stolen, they believe, by the government of their country some 30 years ago. At least 10,000, and some estimate, as many as 30,000 dissidents of the military dictatorship were kidnapped, tortured and killed during Argentina’s Dirty War (1976-1983). They became known as Los Desaparecidos – the disappeared. Some of the women were pregnant or were new mothers when they were captured, and the infants ended up in the homes of government officials and others sympathetic to the regime. Those new parents changed the babies’ names, birth dates and everything about them. Today, Las Abuelas has located more than 100 of the missing children, many of whom had no knowledge of their past nor of their true identities. Some 400 still remain.

The documentary film Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity tells the story of the grandmothers’ 35-year search for their missing grandchildren. The film premiered in Chapel Hill, NC and has been screened throughout the country.

For more information, visit our website and Facebook page,
or find us on Twitter @SFIdocumentary.

Admission is Free! Community members are welcome!

Attendance coupons will be presented to students needing to verify their attendance at the end of the film discussion. For more information, contact Sara Juarez, Director of Translation and Interpretation Programs, Center for the Global Learner;

ASUT Night at Panera Bread (Southpoint) - Monday, March 30, 4-8 p.m.

Meet your classmates and instructors at Panera and help support the ASUT Program Fund

The Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer Department will host a fundraising night at the Panera Bread bakery-cafĂ© at Southpoint Mall (6702 Fayetteville Road, Durham 27713) on Monday, March 30 from 4 – 8 p.m.

Bring your colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family out for a delicious meal! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the ASUT Enhancement Fund; however, you must present the attached flyer in printed or electronic form for your meal to count! 

Students who turn in their receipt and contact information to Toni Brown (Phillips 313) or JaNel Moore (White 72) will be eligible for a drawing to win a $100 gift card to Follett Bookstore!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Zelda Lockhart, an author talks about writing - Monday, March 23, 1:00 p.m.

We are very fortunate to have author Zelda Lockhart on our faculty. The Final Draft club has invited her to talk about her work and to give us tips about how to improve our own writing. If you love hearing great fiction, please join us next Monday, March 23, in the TLC at 1 pm. This should be a lot of fun!

Science Seminar "Vaccine Production in Plants" - Wednesday, March 18, 3:30 p.m.

Come learn about the science behind vaccine production and some intriguing new methods.

Dr. Todd Talarico from Medicago Inc., a vaccine production company located in RTP, will be speaking on “Vaccine Production in Plants.”

Wednesday, March 18
3:30 p.m.
Collins 278

Medicago is using a cousin of the tobacco grown in NC to make influenza vaccines.  Dr. Talarico will highlight how the influenza vaccine you may get every year is currently made and then describe a new method for vaccine manufacture that is being developed by Medicago.  There are a couple unique scientific attributes to the production process that will be described, such as using a bacterium to coax the tobacco plants into making the protein used in the vaccine.  In addition, a discussion of how a plant based process differs from more traditional processes will be discussed.  The talk will be down to earth and all questions on how and why research is done at Medicago are welcome.

You may download the flyer as well.

Vive/Viva the Arts performance in April - "Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till"

Vive/Viva the Arts is excited to bring Mike Wiley's play "Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till" to campus next month.  This is an extremely powerful performance.    

Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till
starring actor Mike Wiley

Thurs. Apr. 9 
2:00 - 3:00 pm
ERC Auditorium

Here is a link to more information and a 3 minute video excerpt:

Sponsored by the Durham Technical Community College Foundation

March Transfer Times - available now!

What is the Lloyd International Honors College’s 15th Annual Undergraduate Honors Symposium at the University of North Carolina Greensboro? And what does it have to do with Durham Tech?
Who is going to Vanderbilt University?

Who will be transferring to NC State University in the Fall to study Aerospace Engineering?

Find out the answers to these questions by reading the March Transfer Times found at