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Do you have a great, original idea but don’t know how to get it going? Worried it’s not good enough? Did you know that some of the greatest innovations of modern times came from small business entrepreneurs? Here are 5 examples of innovations that came from humble beginnings by individuals that were largely self-funded.

1. The FM Radio- Invented by Edwin Armstrong who was working in a basement laboratory at Columbia University (patented in 1933).
2. The Artificial Heart Valve- Invented by a young surgeon, Dr. Alex Starr, and an engineer, Lowell Edwards in the 1950s.  Starr was the son of Ukrainian immigrants and enrolled in Columbia at the age of 16.
3. The Helicopter- Developed by Igor Sikorsky, a Russian born immigrant, in the late 1930s.
4. Insulin- Developed by Dr. Frederick Banting, an unkown surgeon, in the 1920s. He had to beg for his initial funding and many leading diabetes experts didn’t think his ideas would go anywhere.
5. The Jet Engine- Dr. Hans von Ohain and Sir Frank Whittle are both recognized as being the co-inventors of the jet engine. They worked separately, without knowledge of one another’s progress, and both were granted a series of patents in the 1930s and 1940s. Both required private funding.

*For more information on small businesses or small business entrepreneurs, please contact the Honors Department and ask about John Gibson’s GBS151: Intro to Business (Honors).
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​5  Things Yoga Can Do For You

1. Increase flexibility. Bend down and put your shoes on, or better yet, live your life more comfortably.
2. Increase strength. Upper body strength means you can put your carry-on bag in the overhead bin without asking for help.
3. Improve posture. Lose 10 years and 5 lbs by standing up tall!
4. Become aware of breathing. Calm yourself down at the dentist or in front of a full classroom.
5. Make your heart happy. Yoga lowers blood pressure and heart rate. Use it to battle high blood pressure and heart disease.  

Join YogaEvolved at GCC. $99 for unlimited yoga classes. Register for FIT500 39483. Classes start on Tues., Sept. 2. For more information, visit http://www2.gccaz.edu/academics/departments/fitness-wellness/yoga-evolve
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3-D, that is! CAD Technology students have access to the cutting-edge technology of 3-D printing. Students use 3D printing to fabricate solid 3D objects and prototypes, allowing them to explore a product before it is built. Want to learn more about GCC's CAD Technology program? Contact Susan Campbell at 623-845-3164, susan.campbell@gccaz.edu.
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Brendan Regan, art and photography instructor for GCC's new Photography Certificate program, provided these 5 great tips:

1.  Buy a tripod!   One of the biggest problems is out of focus photographs due to hand movement at slower shutter speeds.  A tripod corrects this and opens up a whole new world for photographers through long exposures.   

2.  Get to know your 50mm lens.  Most cameras come with a zoom lens but a 50mm lens is considered normal, or similar to how our eyes see the world.  Learning to compose at this point of view will be a big advantage in your growth as a photographer.  Make sure you check your manual to determine what to set your lens at to get a true 50mm due to sensor size.  

3.  Light!  Photography means “drawing with light” so make sure you have good lighting.  Many times what separates a mediocre photograph from one that has potential is how the photographer considered light.

4.  Carry your camera in an old bag when traveling.  While there are a lot of cool bags out there for camera equipment but they can stick out like a sore thumb when traveling.  Using a worn, old bag doesn’t draw attention to expensive camera equipment you are carrying.

5.  Put the camera on “Manual”.  Why let the camera make decisions for you?  Take complete control by moving off other exposure modes. Take a class, have some fun, and really get to know what’s in that 150-page manual.
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She's a professor and assistant chair/eCourses Coordinator for the English Department. She is taking on yet another role as the new CTLE Faculty Director. But did you know these 5 things about Alisa Cooper? She:
1. Coached high school and college cross country and track for 13 years. And she coached a high school state champion in cross country, two runners-up teams, a NJCAA national championship women's track team (CAC), an individual NJCAA cross country champion and a 10k track champion at Phoenix College.
2. Was a track athlete and was an All-American 6th Place Nationals heptathlete at Phoenix College, and ran middle distance and hurdles at the university level. She is a product of MCCCD.
3. Became an English teacher, not because she loved English literature (her degree), but because she wanted to be a coach and her advisor said she had to be a teacher to be a coach. She learned to love literature and teaching after the fact.
4. Rides a Yamaha V-Star 1100 motorcycle, and has been riding since senior year of high school (over 30 years).
5. Been on Twitter for 7 years and 27 days. That's 87.4% of its existence and longer than 99.9% of all other Twitter users.
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What's 6?

Would you believe...it's the number of months Nanette Espinocilla has spent as mentor in the One2One@GCC mentoring program. The program connects students to the resources they need to succeed. Nanette describes her experience as inspiring. "I was inspired by how a student, who is a single parent, was able to overcome her difficulties and complete the semester with good grades.  She couldn't have done it without the help of her GCC community and her family."
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What's 106?

Would you believe...it's the number of hours per month that the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs spends just on training, planning, or attending meetings for Maricopa Priorities; traveling and attending meetings at the District Office; and working on SSE, Deans Council, Common Pages, Standard Complaint process.
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She’s the Personal Training program director at GCC, and a real “mover and shaker” on campus. But did you know these 5 things about Louise So? She:
1. Almost made the Irish Olympic Swim Team.  Twice.  And she held the US Masters Swimming World Record in the 200-meter breaststroke in 1994 for 6 months! 
2. Holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism & Mass Communications, minors in French & Nutrition, and a Masters in Fitness & Wellness. She loves teaching Fitness and Wellness and believes exercise is medicine.
3. Can do the “curly lip.”
4. Has 3 children under the age of 5, no spare time, a great sense of humor, a positive outlook, & uses regular physical activity to stay in balance. 
5. Has had pets - dogs, cats, hamsters, Guinea pigs, frogs, terrepins and goldfish – with awesome names like Bruce, Jesse, Dude, Sweet, Kippy, Una, Elizabeth, Terry-Pin, Pablo, Summer, Tinker and Lance. 
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Hey GCC employees, can you name at least 3 places on campus where you can get acquainted with coffee?
1. Grounds for Thought coffee bar in SU,
2. Green Bean Cafe in LS,
3. Palms Cafe in SU,
4. Vending machines around campus sell Starbucks coffee in the can,
5. Coffee is sold at concessions during games or events,
6. Coffee plants are growing in the Life Science greenhouse.
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Welcome to Gaucho Plus, the new internal news system for Glendale Community College! Here you'll receive tips and tricks for using the Google+ platform, be informed of any new community news choices that may come your way and be the first to know about any changes or maintenance to the system. To subscribe to your news and get started, please fill out this form (you'll need to be logged in through your @gccaz.edu email address). A Gaucho+ administrator will set you up and email you a confirmation within seven days.
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