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IT chief resigns

Amarillo College Vice President of Information Technology Lee Colaw has resigned from his position effective April 12. Terry Kleffman, assistant chief information … Keep Reading

Jackson Street Presents Episode 9 South of the Sun

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Amarillo rock band South of the Sun joins host David Lovejoy for Jackson Street Presents.

Calling all computer enthusiasts

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Written By | Randi Riggs | A new club was added to Amarillo College in the fall. It is called Bash Script Crazy. The club offers many activities, all revolving around technology. Bash Script Crazy is home to geeks, nerds, cyclones and computer enthusiasts. Bash Script Crazy is conveniently headed by two AC employees: Andrew Flores, the program chairman, and Sarah Bruce, the treasurer and secretary. It already has more than 50 members registered online. “You don’t have to be a computer geek to want to expand your knowledge in technology,” Flores said. Bash Script offers many things, including upcoming events to get students ready for the work force with mock interviews, putting together a resume and having local professionals come up and talk to the students. Besides just helping students get prepared for the work world, they also have workshops. The most recent one was a photo booth software workshop where students will be taught how to use their XBOX connect to apply different backgrounds to images. The next step will focus on how to automatically post the images to Twitter, “the type of thing to get students engaged,” Flores said. Besides workshops, the computer club also participates in activities such as the upcoming HACKDFW April 16-17 in Dallas. There will be more than $30,000 in prizes, 2,000 attendees from around the world and world-class judges and companies. It is completely free. Coming up in October, AC will host the AITP Competition on campus. More than 300 students and professionals are expected to attend from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico. “This will be one of the largest IT events, and if it does well, AC may get the opportunity to host it every year,” Flores said. Students can find out more about the computer club on the Web page and also can register to be members. “Joining a club allows students to obtain experience that could be listed on a resume,” Bruce said. “It allowed me to make bonds Read more [...]

Embracing new technology era

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Kenbyrei Freeman, a sociology major, uses a laptop to complete schoolwork.
Written by | Tristan Pinter | Technology is a beautiful tool but sometimes our worst enemy. We are currently in the information age. It’s an age when personal knowledge is not as useful as the ability to search through a seemingly bottomless information pit that is the Internet. Some would say the Internet is our greatest tool because it allows us to search specific topics at the click of a button. Others would say the Internet is our greatest enemy because it pressures us to be completely transparent in our social lives and persuades us to forgo our privacy in favor of more communication. That being said, the older generation has begun to resent technology while the younger generation embraces it. The older generation definitely has reason to resent technology because they have been the ones forced through the most changes at the hands of technology, which has caused a lot of adapting as well as confusion on their part. The younger generation has been much more tolerant of technology because most of it has been around long before we were born. Because of that, technology is seen as a tool to be manipulated and less of an amazing feature compared to our older counterparts. What young people want the older generation to understand is that we use technology every single day. and because of its longstanding relationship in our lives, we have incorporated it into almost every aspect of our everyday routines. Whether it is to look up a word’s definition or to settle a fight over which celebrity has died most recently, it has become a huge staple of almost every millennial’s life. It is time for the older generation to begin to understand this. It is time for us to be allowed to type notes on our phones, laptops and tablets in class. It is time for us to be able to use our technology during tests. Tests should be based on application rather than memorization. Unfortunately, the bare-minimum philosophy has infiltrated many schools across America, Read more [...]

Miles for meals

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Written by | Maggie Tonco | The Amarillo College Wellness Committee has returned with the No Excuses Challenge walk for the Miles for Meals initiative. The program began March 28 and will end May 6. Students, staff and faculty can participate. Registration fees are $5 for students and $10 for faculty and staff. Trent Oneal, a sports and exercise instructor and chairman of the Wellness Committee, said he thinks the walk is a good way to improve the school’s wellbeing while helping raise funds to help people with insufficient food. “We wanted to emphasize the wellness of AC and do that by improving the fitness levels of exercising like walking and help benefit the food pantry with the proceeds of all registration fees,” he said. Oneal said the committee welcomed the chance to encourage exercise and help the food pantry. “Every time an organization can help, AC is jumping on board and doubling the effort,” Oneal said. The committee helps by donating perishable foods such as meats, cheese and many other foods that have a shorter shelf life. Oneal said that last year, the committee was able to provide United Supermarket gift cards to buy the products. The AC Foundation also offers a chance to win a $500 scholarship for students who participate. Other drawing prizes include a Kindle Fire for staff and faculty and a $125 gift card for students, staff and faculty. FM90 employee and mass media major Tyler Williams said he thinks it’s a great way to give students a chance to pay for college. “It really gets students motivated to walk, especially when there is a scholarship involved, because most students have a hard time paying just for books and such,” Williams said. First Year Seminar mentor Alexxus Thompson said, “It’s good for each individual, because they’re doing that goal for themselves and helping out for a good reason benefit.” “Get out there and start walking; start competing, because a $500 scholarship is an awesome Read more [...]

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.”

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