2014 February 3 - 12:00 am


Faculty Spotlight

  • Potter Bill Clover, working on a bowl.

    Pensacola State College
    (Fla.) visual arts Professor Bill Clover recently received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for contributing more than 7,000 hours of volunteer service to Manna Food Pantries. Clover was recognized for his work in creating about 6,500 hand-crafted bowls over the last seven years for Manna’s fundraising events at PSC: Pick a Bowl held each October and Fill a Bowl held each January. He also donates all the clay used to make the bowls. Signed by President Obama, the award inscription states in part: “Thank you for your devotion to service and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great nation.” Manna Executive Director DeDe Flounlacker surprised Clover with the award presentation at a PSC Board of Trustees meeting. As an award-winning artist known across the country for his pottery, Clover produces each year about 900 sought-after bowls that are earmarked for the Manna events. He works year-round on the bowls, often arriving at 5 a.m. to fire the kilns at the PSC Visual Arts Department before classes begin.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Andy Simpson plays his bagpipes.

    If you want to start off the year by learning something completely different, check out the introduction to bagpiping course at Cape Fear Community College. (N.C.) This class is offered at the Burgaw Center and is being taught by Andy Simpson, a veteran piper with over four decades of experience. Simpson was a member of the 1st Battalion of Scots Guards and has played all over Scotland. While stationed in London, Simpson played at Buckingham Palace and played at the funeral of Winston Churchill. After moving to North Carolina, Simpson founded the Port City Pipes and Drums in 1990. You won’t have to buy a whole set of bagpipes for the class. All you’ll need for class is a chanter in order to learn the proper finger positions. Information about how and where to purchase a chanter will be provided on the first night of class.

Faculty Spotlight

  • The Tallahassee Community College (Fla.) Fine Art Gallery is hosting Valerie S. Goodwin’s art quilt maps exhibit. Goodwin is an associate professor of architecture at Florida A&M University. As an artist, she creates fiber art inspired by realistic and abstract imagery of maps. Goodwin is an outstanding designer who incorporates her life experiences, her rich educational background, her immense talent and her gentle humanity into works of art that are not only beautiful but also speak to the heart and soul of her patrons. In Goodwin’s work, warm summers spent in rural Alabama with loving grandparents blend with architectural degrees from Yale and Washington University. She is an accomplished architect and professor who combines the needle and thread with traditional media to produce 21st Century works of art.
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