A Summary Listing of Faculty Activities at Colleges Around the Nation
Riverside City College’s (Calif.) Will Kim, associate professor of art, has been selected to participate in auditions for South Korea’s “Show Me the Money,” a TV show for aspiring rappers. First produced in 2012, the program selects a group of promising rappers from auditions, eventually narrowing the field. Contestants’ survival is dependent on a group of experienced rappers who also serve the contestants as mentors. Eventually, the rappers compete head-to-head with the live studio audience deciding who advances in the competition. This is the fifth season for the show, where anyone with a passion for hip-hop can compete. The show’s first season produced Loco, aka Kwon Hyuk-woo, a South Korean rapper who was signed to Above Ordinary Music Group, an independent South Korean record label. Last year more than 7,000 contestants auditioned for a spot on the show. Kim was selected after filling out an on-line application and providing a 15-second demo. Kim said he has been rapping for fun since the fifth grade, but over the last few years the hobby has become more serious. “I want to prove myself I can achieve my dream whenever and however I can as long as I don’t stop learning and dreaming,” said Kim, who is also a renowned illustrator, having worked on awardwinning documentaries as well as showing his artworks regularly. “My life philosophy is to never say no to challenges, competitions, obstacles, and journeys because the moment I say no to any of those, I lose my motivation and goal.” Kim says, as much as he sincerely wants to go to the second round, he isn’t worried about getting rejected from the competition. “Life is a learning process,” he said. “The moment you stop learning you’ll realize you’re not doing the right thing.” The show is scheduled to air in Asia in May.
Recognized as a global leader in using technology to transform education, Mary Jo Slater, professor of office technology at Community College of Beaver County, (Pa.) joined more than 5,600 educators worldwide as part of the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Program. Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educator experts to share ideas, try new approaches, and learn from each other through a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology.
“I am excited to have this opportunity to collaborate with and learn from educators all across the globe as well as bring CCBC the designation of leader in increasing student success through technology,” said Slater. “I am already learning from others and sharing with educators across the world how I successfully use Microsoft in my own classes.” Slater is already seeing her students’ success translate from the classroom into their work environments. “After learning how to use Microsoft’s OneDrive to collaborate in real-time with anyone across the country and even world, one of my students showed her employer how to use the software and they are now using it to save time and money. On top of that, the student also received a raise. She was so thankful for what she had learned at CCBC,” explained Slater. As an MIE Expert, educators build their capacity for using technology in both the classroom and curriculum to improve student learning, advise Microsoft and educational institutions on how to integrate technology in pedagogically sound ways, and be an advocate at conferences, events and trainings for how Microsoft technology can improve learning.