A look at campus life at various community and junior colleges
American Repertory Ballet performed at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, N.J. The presentation, part of the Theatre’s Major Artists series, featured an evening of ballets inspired by the 20th Century works of Sergei Diaghilev’s revolutionary Ballets Russes. The ambitious program featured the premiere of Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s Firebird, set to a compelling score by Stravinsky; Martin’s Rite of Spring, also set to music by Stravinsky; and Kirk Peterson’s Afternoon of a Faun (L’après-midi d’un faune), set to Debussy’s provocative score.
Second-year students in the Laser and Photonics Technology program at Central Carolina Community College’s Harnett Campus (N.C.) recently attended the 2015 SPIE Photonics West Convention in San Francisco. SPIE is an international society promoting an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. Photonics West is one of the world’s largest photonics exhibitions with more than 1,000 companies presenting and more than 20,000 professionals attending. CCCC students attending were Chris Baggett, Colt Dudley, Carlos Salas Moreno,
Alex Voytik and Chris Loehr and laser program lead instructor Gary Beasley. Touring exhibits at Photonics West, the group was able to observe the latest technology in the laser and photonics industry. At each booth, companies would spend time discussing their new products in great detail, explaining how it worked and how it could be used. While in San Francisco, the group also took time to tour the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Labs in Livermore, Calif. At NIF, research is ongoing to create self-sustaining fusion energy using 192 laser beams housed in an area the size of a football field. The 192 laser beams focus on a target smaller than a BB-gun pellet to create the fusion energy. Central Carolina Community College has a student chapter of SPIE in its photonics curriculum.
Chinh Vuong, a Houston Community College (Texas) interior design student, was recently hosted by the Houston delegation of NEWH, The Hospitality Industry Network, at the NEWH Leadership Conference and Product Showcase in Dallas. The two-day event kicked off with the Product Showcase followed by inspirational speakers, immersive panel discussions, a roundtable session and strategic networking events. NEWH is an international non-profit organization with a mission to raise scholarship funds for deserving students pursuing careers in the hospitality industry in areas of interior design, architecture, culinary arts and hotel and restaurant management. The Leadership Conference is NEWH’s attracts hundreds of leading hospitality professionals from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.