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High school students get peek at AC

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Sneak Peak
April 26, 2012 By Brooke Self | Ranger Reporter   Sneak Peek   Area high school seniors got an inside look at Amarillo College campus life last week. Sneak Peek took place April 19 on the Washington Street Campus along with the Student Government Association’s spring event, Badgerama.   Sneak Peek gave students who will graduate from high school in May a chance to see what AC has to offer incoming freshmen.   Tyler Wedell, a Caprock High School senior, said he was not too sure about going to AC at first, but after being able to get a look around the college, he plans to register for AC’s fall semester.   “I don’t know what I will major in,” Wedell said. “But it will most likely have something to do with music. I love to entertain people.”   According to Amber Brookshire, AC recruitment coordinator, students who previously signed up for Sneak Peek picked a program they were interested in, and some of the programs were “clumped” together.   “They were able to tour the programs they were interested in,” Brookshire said. “For instance, if they were interested in nursing, they got to see a presentation all about the nursing program at AC.”   Because Badgerama and Sneak Peek are two separate events put on at the same time, high school students had a chance to mingle with AC students and partake in the fun and games. It also gave incoming students an opportunity to see what clubs AC has to offer and, if they were interested, students could sign up for a club for the fall semester.   “The students from Sneak Peek were able to merge with the Amarillo College students and kind of get a chance to see what college life is like,” said Trena Rider, intramurals coordinator.   Students who attended Sneak Peek enjoyed free food, games and activities and a live concert. Those who were interested or had any questions about AC were able to talk with Read more [...]

AC tackles gender equality issue within specific fields

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April 19, 2012 By Brooke Self |Ranger Reporter THE TERM “gender equity” can be defined in numerous ways, but every definition has one thing in common: they all, in one way or another, have something to do with equality of the sexes. It once was a significant issue in America. Women were meant to stay home with the children, doing housework, and men were destined to work outside the home for most of their lives. In modern times, has the imbalance in male-female ratios in the workforce leveled out? According to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall male-female ratio in the workforce nationwide is fairly balanced. Forty-seven percent of all employees in the United States are women, according to a report released last month. While the overall employment ratios are almost balanced, some fields have been socially classified as pink-collar, or female-dominated, and other professions are considered to be “men’s work.” Statistics from the Women in Male-Dominated Industries and Occupations in the U.S. and Canada Catalyst released earlier this year show that only 32 percent of physicians and surgeons and 6 percent of mechanical engineers are female. On the other hand, women make up for 86 percent of all paralegals and legal assistants, 95 percent of all dietitians and 91.1 percent of all registered nurses. Other female-dominated fields include secretaries and administrative assistants, childcare workers, receptionists and information clerks, teacher assistants and bookkeepers, accounting and auditing clerks. Top male-dominated fields include brick/stone masons, logging workers, tool and die makers, structural iron and steel workers and crane and tower operators. According to statistics, more than 98 percent of workers in each of those fields are male. Because of those numbers, Amarillo College’s Susie Wheeler is in her third year of working on securing Perkins grants for the school. Perkins grants are federal funds provided Read more [...]

New collaboration stations on Washington St. Campus improve student interaction

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April 11, 2012 By Brooke Self | Ranger Reporter Amarillo College students have a new way to interact with one another. Collaboration Stations were installed on the Washington Street Campus last week and are expected to become a big hit among AC students, according to Cara Crowley, director of the Title V Project. “We hope it will be a big hot spot for the students,” Crowley said. The new stations accommodate several students at once. A total of five Collaboration Stations are located on the first floor of the Lynn Library on the Washington Street Campus.  Two of them can accommodate up to four users each, two have the ability to hold six users each, and AC has one that as many as 10 students can use at once. “The Collaboration Station became available for students’ use, and I have already seen some using them this morning,” Crowley said April 5. The idea that AC should get some of the technologically driven work stations was presented by Mark Hanna, director of Lynn Library and the Learning Center. Hanna saw a story about the Collaboration Stations that the University of Pennsylvania had installed and decided that AC should have them, so he and Crowley began seeking funding. “Our funding came from two different sources,” Crowley said,  “one of them being the Title V project grant, and the other was the Perkins Basic State Grant.” Developed by Steelcase, a technology provider, the Collaboration Stations were developed so students can work simultaneously with one another on their projects on a shared big screen by simply plugging in their laptops.  The only other thing students need to access the work stations is a Google account. “Students who do not have a laptop available for their own use may check out a laptop from the Help Center, which is a part of the Center for Teaching and Learning, located here on the first floor of the library,” Crowley said. The stations do several things, including allowing students to Read more [...]

Midterm stress: Keep calm and study on

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February 29, 2012 By Brooke Self | Ranger Reporter   Students may begin feeling stressed and overwhelmed as the semester carries on. Studies have shown that college exams, especially important ones, cause some students “test stress.” Because midterms are right around the corner, there are some things to know about stress, how to deal with it and how to get study help. Undergraduate students are more likely to experience hopelessness and even thoughts of suicide, according to the American Psychological Association. According to, suicide is the leading cause of death in students, and the leading cause of suicide is untreated depression. Depression stems from stress, but  things can be done to avoid getting to the point of stress in the first place. “Students need to realize that a test is not a panic situation,” said Margaret Vitale, a senior advising associate. “As long as you have kept up every week with the assignments, you review and you practice and are thoroughly prepared, it shouldn’t be a big deal.” Some students may have midterms in only one or two classes, while others may have a test in every class. There are several things students can do to prevent stress and certain things that can be done to help prepare for a test. “What I would say to most students is just remember you’re not going to die from this test,” Vitale said. “Deep breathing will also help you relax before a big test.” Vitale suggested that students who are experiencing stress visit for solutions to stress and for several relaxation techniques. “Students should also make sure to get plenty of sleep the night before a test and eat a healthy breakfast the day of the test so they aren’t thinking about how tired or hungry they are and will have an easier time focusing,” Vitale said. She said the best thing a student can do is be well-prepared for a test. For some students, that Read more [...]
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