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VIDEO: Common Reader author visits

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Quintin Marquez reports.


Author spends day on campus: Hendley discusses humanitarian efforts around the world


Doc Hendley signs books for students after his lecture at the Amarillo Globe-News Center for Performing Arts.
By Perla Arellano and Amanda Castro-Crist Ranger Editors Almost 800 million people in the world do not have access to clean water. According to figures from the U.N., 3.5 million people die each year as a result. This week, Amarillo College students and staff and members of the local community had a chance to hear how one person took it upon himself to change those numbers. Doc Hendley, the 2013 AC Common Reader author of Wine to Water, spoke at multiple events Tuesday, first at AC and then at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Hendley discussed his book, which details his mission to bring clean water to parts of the world that need it most. “Maybe for the first time in my life, I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing,” he said. Students were able to interact with Hendley at the taping of a Panhandle PBS segment and at a reception at the Amarillo Museum of Art. At each, they were able to ask questions about his experiences and how they could get involved at local  and international levels. People don’t have to join the Peace Corps and go across the world, Hendley said. It’s about the common relationships one makes throughout life. “There’s going to come times when life sucks,” he said. “On those days surround yourself with people who believe in you more than you believe in yourself so that one day you can look back and smile.” For video coverage of Doc Hendley's presentation, click here. Hendley also spoke of getting his start, like many of those in attendance, as a student at a community college. “The best grades I ever made were at a community college,” said Hendley, adding that he thrived off atmosphere of smaller classes and additional engagement. “The teachers that I met, they loved that particular setting just as much as I did.” Selena Mendoza, an education major, said the Hendley lecture was touching and that she enjoyed that he wasn’t afraid to show his feelings. “You Read more [...]

Wine, water urge readers to action

Doc Hendley Photo, credit Paul Sherar(1)
From bartending in North Carolina to digging water wells in developing countries, Doc Hendley’s influence is shown in Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World. Each year, Amarillo College officials choose a Common Reader. Hendley’s book was chosen due to its influences that urge students to get involved. “We look for books that are inspiring and challenge us to be better people,” said Courtney Milleson, an assistant professor of advising and counseling. “We look for books that we can do events with. It’s a very multifaceted process.” Hendley’s book focuses on his experience with the water crisis in developing countries. The author will visit campus Nov. 5 to discuss his book. He also will speak to the community and sign books at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. To raise awareness of the water crisis, students and faculty can participate in a competition known as the watermark program. “Judges will look at all the different events that have been hosted on campus, and the winning group gets a 30-minute Skype conversation with Doc Hendley after he’s already been to campus,” Milleson said. “And they also get dinner on us.” Rochelle Fouts, an instructor in the child development associate degree program, said she uses Hendley’s novel in her First Year Seminar class. “In my FYS class, they’re using it for their enrichment activity requirement,” Fouts said. “They’re planning a watermark event, and it’ll be a campuswide activity. I’m just looking forward to what the students do with it and see how they get involved.” Along with classroom participation, student groups such as the Presidential Scholars will be involved in the watermark program. The scholars will host events, and 20 members will travel to Cambodia after May commencement. The scholars will be accompanied for 11 days by Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, AC vice president of academic affairs, and Honors Program Read more [...]

Student artists interpret Common Reader. Lynn Library exhibit features winning competition entries

Don Caviness' first place winning entry
February 8, 2012 By CHAD FEWELL| Ranger Reporter Winning and finalist entries in Amarillo College’s inaugural Common Reader Visual Arts Competition are on display in a special exhibit on the first floor of Lynn Library. The student competition was organized by Rene West, a photography instructor, to work hand-in-hand with AC’s 2011-2012 Common Reader selection, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer. “The rules of the competition were to respond to the book literally, emotionally or through their own experiences, which leaves the book open to interpretation,” West said. Thirteen finalists and four winners were selected from dozens of entries in the competition. “We had $500 worth of rewards to distribute among the student winners,” West said. Don Caviness, a photography student, won first place. He said he worked directly from the book, taking notes as he read and picturing the image he wanted to create in his mind before setting up his photo in PhotoShop. “There was a lot to draw from in the book,” Caviness said. He said he is inspired most by learning new things and trying new techniques he learns in class. “So much art is being mass produced that it is hard to come up with new ideas, but I do what I like to do,” Caviness said. “My art is just for me, and if others happen to enjoy it, then that’s great.” Second place went to Ashley Bea Miller, third place went to Zachery Metzgar, and Amber Morgan got an honorable mention. “The number of projects was not as large as I was expecting when I heard about the show,” said Mike Pilkington, a graphic design major. “But I like all of the various ways the artists had to interpret the book.” Some of the other artists displayed in the show are Jesse Ontiveros, Jaclyn Sellinger, Jessica Alweine, Jason Romero, Ethan Laseter and Lily Eager. “Several of our competitors were first-semester photography students,” West said. Jurors Read more [...]