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Making a difference | Speech instructor Marcie Robinson tells her story

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Written by | Mikaela Chavez | There is one speech communication in- structor who sticks out at Amarillo College. Marcie Robinson has been a student at AC as well as holding many jobs at the college. She has worked at AC for 16 years and started in the speech department in 2013. “I lost my vision in 2005,” she said. “I had an infection and then a retina detachment, and I was told by doctors that the question was not if I would lose my vision, because they knew I would, the question was when. I have spent my entire adult life at AC, and I have had the best experiences as a student. The people at AC are amazing.” Robinson said AC gives you a good foundation, and she is proud of that. “When my husband was driving me to the doctor’s office I couldn’t see, and I was just thinking to myself, ‘OK, this is it, this is what they told me was going to happen, and this is the time,’ but even being prepared for it to happen, I still could not overcome it. It was a very hard and trying time. I felt like I couldn’t take care of myself, and the self pity of ‘why me’ had set in. I am completely blind. “When I first lost my vision, I was frustrated and hard- headed. I didn’t want any help. I didn’t want to feel like a bur- den on anyone, and I very much wanted to be independent. I didn’t do the things I was sup- posed to at the beginning. It was a huge thing to happen in my life, and now it’s a huge part of my life and who I am.I had to learn a lot of things, not only about my disability, but about myself in the process. Change can happen at any time, and I had to learn that in order to become a better me and who I want to be. I was going to have to change and adapt to my dis- ability.” Robinson worked with her husband, Dale Robinson, at the KACV television station at AC, and they were a close pair. “My husband got sick and was diagnosed with brain cancer,” she said. “He died the summer of 2013. It was another life-changing moment Read more [...]

Bow tie breakdown

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Bow Tie Breakdown is a forum for Amarillo College President Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart to connect with readers of The Ranger. Each edition, he sits down with The Ranger to give insight on what’s happening at AC. It’s a deeper, more exclusive look into the mind of the man behind the bow tie.

Here’s Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart’s viewpoint on the importance of the arts (media, theater, music, fine and visual arts) at AC and his personal opinion on their importance in our culture.

“The arts have changed my own personal life. They’ve changed the lives of my children, who are highly involved in their artistic endeavors, be it music, or theater or art.”

“I have a son who is a professional actor. I have a 14-year-old who plays basketball, and that’s all he thinks about, but he also plays oboe. I also have a daughter who eats, drinks and sleeps theater and musical theater.”

“My family is defined by the arts. My own personal journey has been defined by music and theater. I found my confidence and my voice through those endeavors, and I want our students to have the same experience.”

“The arts at Amarillo College are really important, and we need to broaden students’ scope and influence. Right now a lot of our artistic opportunities for students are really limited to students who have a professional interest or major interest in the field.”

“I would like for us to have a theater club and a community choir for students. With those you can engage in those artistic endeavors and build community around them, but not necessarily see that as your professional endeavor.”

Art matters | School of Creative Arts designation gives needed recognition

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Amarillo College’s decision to create the School of Creative Arts is music to our ears. This news may cause you to wonder: What designation were the creative arts degrees under previously? They didn’t already have their own separate division? The answer? No. AC’s School of Creative Arts is a brand new division that encompasses music, mass media, theater and visual arts. The collaboration of these programs undeniably will strengthen them and provide the students with insight into the variety of opportunities the creative arts offer. “The new School of Creative Arts not only symbolizes our continued community-wide support of the arts but also underscores our real commitment to building those programs within the college and encouraging their growth,” according to Dr. Deborah Vess, vice president of academic affairs. AC has a vast history of supporting the arts throughout our community, and the establishment of this division reinforces that. More important, the move calls attention to the significance of these programs. This distinct division provides a call for action — a call for these programs to be seen as valuable and necessary to AC, because they are. The degree programs that lead to the best job placement or highest salaries often receive the most recognition. We do not deny the need for nurses and technicians in our area or the incredible job AC does starting students toward futures in engineering and medicine, but the arts are equally important. Indeed, the programs housed in this division encompass all that makes us human. As poet and former National Endowment for the Arts Chair Dana Gioia explained, “Art is an irreplaceable way of understanding and expressing the world. There are some truths about life that can be expressed only as stories, or songs or images. Art delights, instructs, consoles. It educates our emotions.” Furthermore, studying art, design, music, theater and media boosts problem-solving and communication skills and increases Read more [...]

SGA lends helping hand

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Provided photo | Student Government Association members prepare sandwiches for sack lunches that will go to the homeless.
Written by | Jazmin Herrera | The Student Government Association partakes in many community service activities throughout the year. This month they decided to help the less fortunate. The students worked together to make 160 sack lunches, then proceeded to personally deliver them to the homeless in different areas of Amarillo. The activity was meant to focus on personal engagement, a goal to directly affect the community. About 15 to 20 SGA members helped with the making and dispersing of the sack lunches, which took place earlier this month. “I think the best part was when Lauren, one of our club members, prayed with a homeless man that was sick,” said Hagen Smith, community relations chairman. “It was a strong and very moving moment,” Smith said. Smith has only recently begun his position on the elected board, but he said being in the forefront always is fun. Smith’s idea of feeding the homeless in the spring came from seeing that once the holidays have passed, activities to support the homeless tend to be disregarded. Once the plan was carried out, Smith received a considerable amount of support to make the idea come to life. “Preparing all the meals and feeding the homeless made me feel really good,” said Emily Henriquez, a social services major. “You get an instant connection with these people. It lightens up their faces.” Henriquez said it was “special and personal” to go out and give sacks lunches to the homeless. For many members, the activity involved more than just completing a community service task. Coming to terms with an understanding of the difficulties that are experienced by the homeless shaped how they see life outside of college. One student took time to explain how there are some people who are for the most part ignored by society. He said overlooking the homeless or choosing not to concentrate on issues involving them can be a selfish thing. “It’s good to go out and connect to that part of society so Read more [...]

Dental hygiene program offers to clean your teeth for free

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The Dental Hygiene program at Amarillo College is offering dental preventive services for free to students and staff that cannot afford to see a dentist.  The clinic is located at the Amarillo College West Campus, 6222 W. Ninth Ave.
Written By | SALVADOR GUTIERREZ | The Dental Hygiene program at Amarillo College is offering dental preventive services for free to AC students and staff that cannot afford to see a dentist. Program Director Donna Cleere said that services are provided by the students of the Dental Hygiene Department under the direct supervision of the clinical dentists and dental hygiene faculty and are limited to preventive dental procedures. These include teeth cleaning, dental prophylaxis, diet and home-care instructions, topical fluoride applications and rinses, oral cancer screening, blood sugar tests and dental radiographs. Most of the services are about disease prevention. The services are provided for Amarillo College students, faulty and staff for free. The clinic also is open to the public, but a fee of $35 dollars will be charged. AC students have to take their ID to make an appointment. Students must also provide a medication list. New patients will have a preliminary exam and X-rays as an evaluation. Cleere stated that this program also help the students of the dental program gain experience in the dental field. They posses one of the best facilities to learn and practice. Today the dental clinic services program has 18 thousand patients on its database. Student Amber Bragg said that as a student she had a lot of guidance, excellent professors and hands-on experience. Patients and students can call to the 806 354 6050 to make an appointment or they can walk in. The clinic is located at the AC West Campus, 6222 W. Ninth Ave. Read more [...]

Creative arts come together to form division

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Written By | ALMA BUSTAMANTE | Editor-in-chief | Amarillo College has consolidated all the arts under a new division as of March 21. The School of Creative Arts includes the music, theater, mass media and visual arts and design programs. Dr. Deborah Vess, vice president of academic affairs, decided to create the new school to highlight the arts in general. “Our arts programs have a very fine reputation in the state as well as locally, and in some cases nationally,” Vess said. “It’s just really time to refocus our efforts with the arts, because they were in a division with many other kinds of programs. They weren’t really receiving the kind of attention that we need to give them.” In addition, Vess said she hopes that with the change, enrollment will increase in those areas. Vess appointed Victoria Taylor-Gore as dean of the School of Creative Arts and Jill Gibson as associate dean. “Vicky is a famous artist; she has a national reputation,” Vess said. “Vicky was the best person for the job, and I think that was clear to everyone.” Vess also highlighted Gibson’s abilities and said the partnership will bring in new ideas. “Jill is an incredibly creative and very talented person,” she said. “She was selected because of the leadership ability that she has demonstrated in the past and her ability to lead programs that we already have. “She and Vicky Taylor-Gore have had a partnership across different departments for quite some time. Now they are together, and they are able to do things that they weren’t able to do before.” While the arts may get a reputation of something that is not needed, Taylor-Gore said they are an important part of a well-rounded education. “Any of these disciplines create creative and critical thinkers, because we solve problems,” she said. “We think out of the box. The creative energy is important.” Primarily, Taylor-Gore and Gibson said they want to get the word out about their programs and Read more [...]
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