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The Academic Advising Office will be closed all day on Friday April 11, 2014 for professional development activities.

The advising office will resume normal business hours on Monday April 14, 2014


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As a traffic control measure during NCAA Men’s Final Four activities happening in Downtown Dallas, parking meters on the following streets will be hooded Friday, April 4, 2014, at 6:00 AM through Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 11:59 PM .  There will be no metered parking on these streets during this time.  
  • All meters  – Elm St. (from Cesar Chavez Blvd. to Houston St.)
  • All meters  – Commerce St. (from Cesar Chavez Blvd. to Houston St.)
  • All meters – S. Houston St. ( from Elm St. to Young St.)
  • All meters  – Young St. (from Houston St. to Ervay St.)
  • All meters  – Main St. (from Houston St. to Cesar Chavez Blvd.)
Once meters are hooded, the Dallas Police Department will implement the following compliance process:
  • On Friday, April 4 at 10:00 AM, any vehicle parked at a hooded meter will receive a parking citation without warning and without exception.
  • Between Friday, April 4 at Noon and Sunday, April 6 at 11:59 PM, any vehicle found parked at a hooded meter will be towed at the owner’s expense without warning and without exception.
Hooded Meters Map: http://www.dallasspecialevents.com/events/downtown-meters-hooded/ 
When and Where
Sunday, May 18th, 2014 at 3:00pm
Ellis Davis Field House in the Jesse Owens Complex
9191 South Polk
Dallas, TX 75232

Cap and Gown will be sold at the El Centro College bookstore (214-698-0461) beginning Monday, April 7, 2014. The cost is $29.50 plus tax.

Commencement Participation Deadline - April 25, 2014

*Students who have submitted a graduation application and are eligible to participate in the ceremony, will receive a Commencement Participation Form by e-mail.

February 19th
2:00-3:00 PM
Performance Hall

Women that Rock
Officer Alicia Colon is the guest speaker, presenting "A Woman's Strength". Hosted by Sister 2 Sister, ECC Female Mentoring Program and the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education. For more information contact lwooden@dcccd.edu

February 24th
12:30-1:30 PM
Student Center

Spoken Word Club Open Mic
Join the newest club on campus as our members share spoken word pieces about Black Identity. Sponsored by ECC Drama Program. For more information or to sign up to perform, contact vtaylor2@dcccd.edu

February 25th
11:30-12:30 PM
Performance Hall

400 Years of African American History (1619-2014): The Living History of Rufus Bonner

Who Turned 100 Years Old on Dec 9, 2013, A Message to us all! Join us for this very special presentation where history comes to life. Explore the past with our guest, Rufus Bonner as he takes us from Slavery to Hip Hop. Featuring a skit created by Officer Alicia Colon and the ECC Black Student Union. Sponsored by ECC Drama Program and ECC BSU. For more information contact vtaylor2@dcccd.edu

February 27th
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Performance Hall

Black History Month Program: "The History of Black Women in America"
with Special Guest Speaker Dr. Constance Hilliard from The University of North Texas. Featuring excerpts from 'For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf.

February 27th - March 5th
7:00 PM
Performance Hall

Join us for our Spring Drama Production! For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange, directed by Vanessa Mercado Taylor. This choreopoem explores issues African American women face and addresses topics such as domestic violence, depression, rape and abortion. February 27 and
28, March 1,3,4- and 5 at 7pm. Special March 1st fundraiser is $10, all other performances are FREE!

"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Office of Student Life will be open Saturday,  February 8, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please encourage evening and weekend students to stop by (room B-270) and pick up their student ID during these hours.  Students will need to provide us with a copy of their paid/payment plan fee receipt and a photo ID.

Please contact us if you have any questions.
Thank you,
ECC Student Life

Fall Semester 2013, 1,211 El Centro full- and part-time students received Grade Point Averages (GPA) between 3.5 and 4.0. We list the names of these President's Honor_Roll, Vice President's Honor Roll, and Academic Recognition List students on the El Centro Web site as a way of publicly honoring this outstanding achievement by so many of our students. (Students who have restricted their directory information are not listed.)

Inclusion here serves as an official recognition of the hard work, dedication, and pursuit of excellence these students have demonstrated at El Centro College. It also provides an opportunity for our faculty, and staff to extend their warmest regards for this extraordinary accomplishment.

President's Honor_Roll - students were enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours of academic (college-level) courses during the semester and completed the semester with a cumulative (all college-level courses taken) 3.8 to 4.0 GPA.

Vice President's Honor Roll - students were enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours of academic (college-level) courses during the semester and completed the semester with a cumulative (all college-level courses taken) 3.5 to 3.79 GPA.

Academic Recognition List - part-time students (enrolled in less than 12 credit hours) who completed a minimum of 6 credit hours of academic (college-level) courses with a cumulative (all college-level courses taken) 3.5 or higher GPA.

Note: To be listed as a honor roll student of El Centro College, a minimum of 6 credit hours must have been taken at the college during the semester.
Vines and wines: A delicious glass of wine depends on an excellent crop of grapes, and a process prompts millions of people around the world to raise their glasses and toast many types of occasions in their lives.

“Vines and Wines” also is the name of a course at El Centro College taught during the fall 2013 semester that will return in the spring, taking students around the world (from their seats and online) to vineyards and wineries from almost every continent. They will learn how to identify types of wine grapes, wine-growing regions and wine varieties that the wine grapes produce. They also will discuss the history of wine production, explore storage procedures for different types of wines and learn to recognize equipment and proper serving techniques.

“The course is a study of the growing regions, production, processing and distribution of domestic and international wines,” explained Gus Katsigris, emeritus professor of food and hospitality at El Centro College, who teaches the course, which will be offered as both a credit course and a continuing education class. “This is a hybrid course. Much of the material is online, and classroom participation involves sensory evaluations of wines.” All 50 seats were filled in the fall class with students who wanted to learn more about making, tasting and presenting wines.

He added, “We again will host guest speakers — wine merchants and wine makers — who will present wines from each region we cover. Producers, wholesalers and retailers of wines, as well as wine writers, will share their expertise and products with our students, who will learn first-hand about the industry.”

Katsigris has taught this type of course since the late 1990s at both El Centro and until 2010 at the University of North Texas; he wrote and field-tested the textbook this fall. He will combine classroom sensory evaluations (tastings) and guest presentations during each class, in addition to online coursework and an outside project.

The course is $156 for both credit and continuing education students during the spring 2014 semester (Jan. 24 to May 15); it will be held every Thursday evening from 7 to 8:50 p.m. both online and on the downtown campus of El Centro College, located at Main and Lamar streets in Dallas.

DCCCD students who already are enrolled at one of the seven colleges in the system can sign up now for the three-hour credit course, RSTO 1319. Registration for continuing education students begins on Dec. 15. All students who sign up for the course must be 21 years of age by the first day of class, in compliance with state law, and proof of age will be kept on file for the course.

From wine to champagne, students will taste and learn about wines from regions of the world that include the United States (regional, Pacific Northwest, California and Texas); France (Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Alsace, Loire, Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon) — both wine and champagne; Italy (Piedmont, Tuscany); Germany and the Iberian Peninsula; South America and Mexico; and Australia and New Zealand.

Katsigris is excited to offer this class, which is an opportunity for students to learn more about viticulture and oenology — growing grapes and making wine. Classes, guest presentations, sensory evaluations, course work and individual projects will help students learn new skills.

Speakers will include: Lee Fuqua, Fuqua Wines; Jim Flemming, Sigel’s Elite; Landry Honeycutt, Tony Pecoraro, Amela Zeba-Sarac and Alfonso Cevola, Glazer’s Distributors; Jeff Siegel, Wine Curmudgeon; Jonathan Gibbons, Ambiente; Gregg LaBlanc, thewinefrog.com; Bill Stowe, PrestigeWineCellars.com; and Beat Kotoun, Kobrand.

He added, “When students finish this course, they will be familiar with the processes of how wines are evaluated by taste. They will be able to read and understand labels from wines around the world, and they also will understand how wines should be stored — along with inventory techniques associated with storage. In addition to learning the techniques and methods used by wine professionals to present and serve wine at the table (using the proper wine glasses and table settings), they will do it themselves in ‘mise en place’ activities.

“Finally — like the students in the fall 2013 class — students will have fun and enjoy this course, which will take them around the world as they learn about wine,” said Katsigris.

For more information, contact Katsigris at gkatsigris@dcccd.edu.

Due to the inclement weather on Friday, Dec. 6 through Monday, Dec. 9, the DCCCD colleges were closed.  In class finals that were scheduled for those days will be rescheduled.
For Friday, Saturday and Sunday in-class finals that were missed: please check with your instructor to see when and how your exam has been rescheduled.  If you have already been notified by your instructor, follow their new exam schedule.
For Monday in-class finals that were missed: Friday, Dec. 13 has been scheduled as a possible make up final exam day.  If your Monday in-class final exam is rescheduled to Friday, Dec. 13, it will follow the exam schedule for Monday, Dec 9.  Please check with your instructor to see how and when your exam has been rescheduled.  If you have already been notified by your instructor, follow their new exam schedule.
In the event of severe weather conditions, please listen to local radio or television stations for information concerning official closing of El Centro College.

You can also call El Centro’s Weather Hotline at 214-860-2701 and check for updates on the http://www.elcentrocollege.edu/ website.
Priority registration (for returning students)  continues through Sunday, Nov. 24. Open Registration will be from November 25 – January 15, 2014. This is for all new and returning students who have not registered.
For more information about registration, visit http://www.dcccd.edu/AdmissionChecklist.


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801 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214.860.2000
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Bill J Priest Campus

1402 Corinth Street
Dallas, TX 75215
Phone: 214.860.5900
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West Campus

3330 N Hampton Rd
Dallas, TX 75212
Phone: 972.391.1400
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