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College students face numerous obstacles before they step into the classroom and then again when their academic careers begin. As such, the decline of student retention and success threatens the health of universities across the nation. Universities are challenged by declining enrollments, reduced financial resources, and an increased demand for accountability. Additionally, these institutions face pressures to compete internationally, as they struggle to meet the demands of an ever-advancing technological age. Now more than ever, college students make critical decisions about their classes based upon interactions with faculty and their own learning expectations, which are evolving as quickly as the technologies they use.
Born out of experimental education tactics, For Students’ Sake! Bold Solutions for the College Retention Crisis explores the strategies and results of personalized learning. After 22 years of teaching college students, Carmen R. Allen realized that a large number of her students were failing, dropping the course, or simply disappearing. Her passion for student success pushed her to learn more about how to meet student needs, including early intervention tactics and personalized communication approaches, in order to create higher levels of student success. She experienced great success with her work and is optimistic that others will implement her strategies in order to better support their own students and positively impact them.
Garnish features a diverse array of recipes from numerous countries and cultures, and uniquely highlights the wide range of programs and talent at LLCC. The recipes, provided over a number of years by students, college employees and community members, were originally collected for LLCC’s annual Multicultural Fest.
Throughout, Garnish features the talents of LLCC students and faculty. Recipes in Garnish were tested by LLCC Culinary Arts students, under the direction of instructor Denise Perry, to ensure quality and accuracy of ingredients. Nicole Denby, a student in Professor Thom Whalen’s graphic design class, designed the book’s cover and layout. Color photographs of several dishes appear throughout the book, each taken by students from LLCC instructor Emily Thompson’s digital photography courses. Instructors from the LLCC Arts and Humanities department encouraged students to write essays or design artwork for the book centered on the theme of food and culture. Color images of drawings, graphic designs and paintings accompany the recipes and showcase students’ talents in a multitude of formats.
From the back cover of Garnish: A Celebration of Food and Culture
“Food serves as an essential component of culture, and the recipes and art work contained in this collection highlight the rich diversity of our shared human experience. They remind us of how our diverse and personal heritages work together to unite and strengthen our culture and community. While these recipes offer opportunities to experience other cultural cuisines, they may also inspire us to start new traditions with family and friends.”
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