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Students spend weekend learning leadership skills

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Students prepare to hear Greg Clark speak on leadership.  
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One hundred students from 10 Amarillo College clubs and organizations gathered this weekend at the Talon Point Conference Center near Channing for the annual AC Student Leadership Retreat. During the retreat, which began Friday evening and ended Saturday afternoon, the students enjoyed the grounds at the center, attended a dance and participated in leadership and team-building exercises led by Greg Clark of Clark Expeditions. “The students (this year) did great,” said Heather Atchley, student life director. “I was really excited because it was twice the number of students that signed up (previously).” Atchley said organizers try to rotate speakers each year so students who attend multiple times will get a different experience each time. It was the fourth time AC has teamed up with Clark Expeditions for the retreat. Clark said the exercises, which included physical and mental challenges, are designed to make participants feel comfortable with the hope that it will spur even the quietest of the group to share ideas. “Sometimes, there’s a student waiting to be heard, but no one’s listening to them,” Clark said. Atchley said all first-year students and student leaders from clubs and organizations are invited to attend. The event gives them a chance to meet other students and bond, something that can be difficult on a commuter campus like AC, Atchley said. “It really makes a difference in their experience at AC,” she said. A large portion of the group included members of the Student Government Association. Brandon Garcia, a mass media major and SGA member, said he gained leadership skills, more patience and of course, new friends in addition to those with which he attended the retreat. “I feel like it’s good to have close friends you already have, but making new friends is good, too,” Garcia said. Other students said the retreat gave them a chance to experience a unique college experience while learning new skills. “I liked meeting Read more [...]

PHOTO CONTEST: Why is your club the best?

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Do you love your AC club or organization?

Prove it!

Take a picture of you and your club or organization members doing something that proves you all are the best. Then, post the picture online and tag The Ranger in it. The best three pictures will be chosen by The Ranger staff. Winners will recieve a $5 Roasters gift card. The winners will be announced Oct. 24.

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Students create art with film club

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February 15, 2012 By Trey Holt| Ranger Reporter Amarillo College’s Film Production Club is up for a busy semester. The film club initially was started as a sanctuary for creative students who are interested in creating films or who want to practice acting on-camera. This year, on top of  the projects they have in the pipeline, they are planning a film contest to take place in April. Club President Alex Fairbanks is particularly excited about the endeavor. “It’s a great opportunity to seek out new and creative local talent in the community,” he said. As for the club’s projects this semester, Fairbanks is planning a film project called It’s Always Windy in Amarillo, a parody of the popular television show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Vice President Trevor Alonzo said he is excited about the upcoming projects. “I’m happy to be working on new projects this semester,” Alonzo said. “We have a Friday the 13th fan film planned as well as this one we call Music Video of Violence, both of which we have trailers up for now on our YouTube channel.” Many ideas are being pitched at the moment. Alan Smithee has been a member since last year and is planning his directorial debut this semester. “I’m writing a comedic parody of the club’s dynamics,” Smithee said. “The idea for it is still in progress, but wheels are in motion.” Club Recordkeeper Emily Rickert compared the club to a safe haven for media-inclined students to let out their creative frustrations. “We’re like a family,” she said. “We work together to see our video ideas become a reality and support one another’s goals and ambitions for the future.” The club has weekly meetings from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays in room 106 of the College Union Building. The room is next to the bookstore. The meetings are open for anyone to sit in and share ideas. One problem facing the club is lack of members, and recruitment is one of the priorities Read more [...]

VIDEO: AC SGA Street Signs

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SGA hosts personalized street signs event for students

Various clubs, organizations offer students chance to get involved

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Psychology Club, Veterans of Amarillo Club, Amarillo College Engineering Society among more than 40 By Nikki Larkan Numerous clubs and organizations are available at Amarillo College to help students get involved with classes while connecting to the community. They range from religion to politics to design and more. Psychology Club The Psychology Club meets at noon Tuesdays on the Washington Street Campus in 203 Durrett Hall. Dr. Alan Kee, a psychology professor, co-sponsors this organization with Dr. Deborah Harding and Dr. Beth Rodriguez. Kee said anyone who has curiosity about their behavior or is seeking understanding should join. "I want it to be a supportive environment, where they can get to know each other, help each other study and support each other," Kee said. "That's one of the most important aspects of it." He said it is for anyone who is interested and wants a place to talk about ideas. Members discuss psychology topics, including disorders, behavior and suicide. Dr. Thomas Ellis, a psychiatry professor at Baylor University and director and professor at the Menninger Clinic, is scheduled to visit St. Stephen United Methodist Church on Oct. 7. Ellis will present a workshop for social workers, counselors and anyone else who wants to attend. One of the main focuses of the workshop will be suicide prevention. "I'm bringing him in through another organization, but I'm wanting to get my club connected to that event," Kee said. Veterans of Amarillo College Veterans of AC is sponsored by Joe Gandy, an aviation maintenance instructor. "It's centered around the veterans themselves," Gandy said. "Any veteran that has been in the military service is definitely a voting member of the club." Gandy said spouses and children also can join but do not have voting rights in the club. VAC has not elected officers yet but will at the next meeting. VAC meets at 3:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month and at 1:30 p.m. Read more [...]

Vets get support

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The VAC provides help and opportunities to 400-500 veterans By Chris Major Some veterans come back from active duty looking to rebuild their lives, continue their education and start on new paths. The Veterans Assistance Office helps give about 400 to 450 veterans the opportunity to return to class and seek their degrees. Veterans have several opportunities to receive financial aid, including the Montgomery GI Bill and the Hazelwood Act. Kelly Murphy, veterans representative and graduate specialist at Amarillo College, said the aid is not only for veterans but also for their families. "Now there are also programs for their dependents to receive benefits as well," Murphy said. Money isn't the only thing returning vets need. Veterans often need a support system as they make the transition back into normal life. The AC Veterans Club, led by Marine veteran Angel de la Cruz, offers veterans a chance to meet and talk to others they can relate to. The club began for post-World War II veterans in 1946. Discontinued during the Vietnam War, the club was revitalized by De la Cruz. "We're there to support each other emotionally, or even if their car breaks down," he said. "We help each other." Club secretary Norman Bearden said the club is useful for veterans because of the resources they have access to. "We have representatives from all major branches, which gives us a lot of aid," Bearden said. "It provides a network of help for veterans, whether it's employment, textbooks or financial situations."The club has many events, such as a veterans luncheon on Friday and the Air Force birthday celebration on Sept. 19. VAC has joined with the Student Veterans of America, which allows members to communicate with veterans all over the nation and take advantage of more scholarship opportunities. The club is constantly active and looking for more recruits. Bearden said there has to be interaction with social media if they want the club to grow. "We're Read more [...]
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