5 types of people that should learn ASL

bigstock-Sunshine-Ok--5033496Using one’s hands to speak is not just reserved to over animated storytellers, rather it is an entire language all its own, allowing everyone, especially those that are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate effectively.

American Sign Language uses hand signs combined with specific facial expressions and body language as a form of communication for the deaf or hard of hearing communities. ASL is the main language for those that are deaf in North America, and some other countries across the globe.

Though ASL is loosely based on spoken English, it is in fact a completely distinctive language. It has its own nuances, grammar and usage. Though body language is often employed in spoken languages, it is merely an accentuation, rather than a major factor in understanding. ASL uses body postures along with signs to signify words, or ideas. For example, when asking a question, the signs will be accompanied by raised eyebrows, a tilted body posture and widened eyes. Continue reading »

Posted in Communication & English, Diversity

“Tres Vidas” celebrates Hispanic culture through three lives

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Cristina Isabel Lucas as Frida Kahlo

In America, September 15 to October 15 marks the observation of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The tradition started in 1968 with Hispanic Heritage Week and in 1988, President Reagan expanded it into a month-long celebration of the history, culture and contribution of those American citizens whose ancestors came from Mexico, Spain, Central and South America. The performance of “Tres Vidas” aligns perfectly in the celebratory month, and will unite art, culture and the struggle in one piece.

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Community College of Aurora’s School of Liberal Arts and Office of Student Life will be presenting a production of “Tres Vidas” on October 6, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. in the Larry D. Carter Theater (16000 E. Centretech Parkway, Aurora). The production will celebrate the lives of three influential Latina women: Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Storni, all of whom will be portrayed by Cristina Isabel Lucas. Music will be provided by The Core Ensemble, specifically through cello, piano and percussion instruments. Continue reading »

Posted in Fine Art, Student Life, Theatre

Mastering balance: 4 tips for students with lives

bigstock-Scale-14540582Life itself can be quite the balancing act. With work, friends, family and home it can sometimes seem like too much – throw school in the mix and it’s quite possible to just let everything drop. You don’t have to be a master juggler to manage a productive life; you just need the right tools, some planning and a little guidance.

Manage your stress
One of the biggest productivity and health killers is stress, and when you’re a busy person, stress will pop up at the most inopportune times. Learning to manage and minimize stress is key to enhancing overall quality of life, and believe it or not, it doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Everyone deals with stress differently and identifying your stress relievers is an individual task. Some common de-stressers include: exercise, yoga, meditation, personal reading, gardening, or just about anything that you may consider soothing. Making time for activities that will minimize stress levels is a must, but sometimes finding the time is hard, which leads us to the next tool. Continue reading »

Posted in Academic Support, Student Life

A CCA internship can shape your future

An InterviewAt CCA we believe that a solid education is essential to truly excelling in a career, but the truth is, an education isn’t the only thing needed to succeed. Internships serve as a student’s first on-the-job experience that will provide hands-on training in their chosen field. This initial experience will accompany an education, making a well-rounded and desirable candidate. CCA’s formal internship program ran for the first time in the 2014 spring semester and is gearing up to offer this vital experience to any interested and motivated students.

CCA’s Internship Coordinator, Barbara Young is eager to help students obtain the skills they need to grow into a valuable employee. Beyond the typical work related experience an internship can provide, Young emphasizes the “understanding of those soft transferable skills, such as professional communication, dress, and how to network” which can ensure success in the workplace. Continue reading »

Posted in Academic Support, Career Services

Understanding the writing process

Young Man Doing Homework And Studying In College LibraryAs a sociologist, I’m fascinated by people. We’ll never know what it’s like to truly see the world from another’s point of view (unless we are Professor X), but well-written fiction and nonfiction has the power to challenge our perceptions. US Today recently found that the ability to write well is also an important job skill employers are increasingly looking for in candidates.

As an undergraduate student, I received the best writing advice I’ve ever heard – advice I still use today to organize my writing and lectures. I attended a special session on college writing during which the teacher summarized his writing advice in six words: “Tell me, show me and conclude.”

There you go! You are now magically better at writing! You’re not? Well okay, let me elaborate on how I’ve come to understand writing as a skill and where “Tell me, show me, conclude” fits into improving your writing. Continue reading »

Posted in Academic Support, writing