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2015 September 27 - 12:19 am

Around Campus

A look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges

Miami Dade College (Fla.) inaugurated the Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) at the Wolfson Campus. The first facility of its kind at a public higher education institution in Florida and one of only a handful in the nation, MAGIC will be a gamechanger for animators, gamers, filmmakers, health care professionals and many others, serving as a training center in the bourgeoning area of 3-D animation used in so many industries and fields. MAGIC will introduce an associate in science degree in Computer Programming and Analysis with concentrations in Animation and Game Art, or Game Development and Design. Students will learn to tell a story visually and develop skills in modeling, lightening, motion and sound.

Front row: Taylor Powers, Jasmine Scott, Jazzy Montgomery, Stephanie Hand. Middle row: Brad Newman, Kala West, Allison Palmer, Nathan Jameson. Back row: Tyler Daly, Chris Desmarais.

Lake-Sumter State College (Fla) Foundation, Inc. received more than 23 applications for the Student Ambassador Program and recently selected three new students Student Ambassadors for the 2015- 2016 academic year: Stephanie Hand, Nathaniel Jameson and Taylor Powers of Oxford. They will join the current student ambassadors: Tyler Daly, Chris Desmarais, Brad Newman, Allison Palmer, Jasmine Scott and Kala West, who have all assumed their responsibilities for the program. The mission of the program is to provide LSSC with student leaders who participate in an official capacity at special events throughout the year.

This program, which brings together students from various academic disciplines and cultural backgrounds, serves to enrich and enhance leadership and communication skills, personal growth, and professional development for its membership while creating long lasting ties with their future alma mater. The student ambassadors act as liaisons between LSSC and the community. Their activities are varied and include conducting campus tours, participating in special campus events, speaking to community leaders, and assisting during fundraising activities.


The University of Hawai‘i held its first classes at Plamanui, Hawai‘i Community College’s new branch campus in Kona amid unusually grey and rainy weather. The ocean view from P lamanui is typically sunny and blue. About 400 students in the area were projected to begin either Hawai‘i CC classes or distance-learning classes offered by other UH campuses. The $27-million first phase of the Plamanui campus includes 24,000 square feet of learning space, comprised of classrooms, teaching kitchens, science labs and a nursing lab. The campus plans to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification. Among the planned features of the new campus are photovoltaic canopies over the parking lot and a Living Machine natural wastewater recycling system.

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