A look at campus life at various community and junior colleges
Arkansas State University- Mountain Home recently received a collection of paintings depicting scenes along the White River, thanks to a donation from Jim and Brenda Dugan, owners of Dally’s Fly Shop in Cotter. The River White Art Collection consists of a suite of 45 original watercolor paintings by Duane Hada, a well-known local artist and angler. Each of the paintings was executed en plein air (on-site) along the route of the river, using Winsor Newton paints with water from the river on pressed watercolor paper. Hada attributes his “life-long passion as artist and angler to being raised close to nature in the rural Ozarks’ Buffalo and White River country.” ASUMH will house the collection in the Trout Nature Center, located inside the Vada Sheid Community Development Center.
Like so many community college students, Christina Rumbold put her dreams on hold in order to take care of a family. When the time was right, however, she enrolled at Central Carolina Community College (N.C.) where she was able to master the skills required to become a labor and delivery nurse. Since graduating from the Nursing Program last May, Rumbold says she is right where she wants to be—helping physicians bring newborns into the world and assisting expectant and post-partum mothers. As an RN in Labor and Delivery at Central Carolina Hospital, Rumbold’s responsibilities include monitoring mothers in labor, assisting physicians and midwives with delivery of newborns, working in the newborn nursery and Intensive Care Unit, administering post-partum care, working as a circulator during Cesarean section procedures and triaging mothers with a variety of pregnancy related ailments. Additional duties include assessing patients and diagnosing nursing needs in response to the patient’s stage of pregnancy or related medical conditions such as hypertension, pre-term labor, or fetal intolerance of labor. Rumbold credits CCCC with helping her to learn a multitude of skills in a relatively short time.
While most college students simply focus on getting through the semester, Rowan College at Gloucester County (N.J.) sophomore Gianna Rose Ritz looks to the future. As an artist, she has already started making a name for herself. One bold step she took was creating a piece of artwork for one of her role models, journalist and talk show host Meredith Vieira. Ritz painted a picture of Vieira’s dog, Jasper, and brought it to the Meredith Vieira Show in October to give to Vieira. Once the show was over, she gathered the courage to ask Vieira — who like Ritz is a dog lover — if she received it. To Ritz’s surprise Vieira said it was already hanging in her dressing room and began crying as she thanked her. In December, Ritz returned to the show and mentioned the painting. Vieira began to tear up, grabbed Ritz’s hand, took her down to the set and then to her dressing room to see where the painting was displayed.