A look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges
Alvin Community College (Texas) celebrated the 40th year of the annual Fall Festival on Oct. 24 on the college campus. The event included games, arts and crafts and food booths sponsored by local businesses and campus clubs and organizations. “The ACC Fall Festival has been a Halloween tradition in Alvin for 40 years,” Student Activities Coordinator Amanda Smithson said. “We are so excited to continue providing a fun and safe Halloween experience to the families in our community. “The Fall Festival featured a costume contest, hosted by the Alvin Nursing Student Association. The contest is open to kids of all ages. Prizes were awarded in numerous age categories and one for best overall. The ACC Softball team again hosted the 5K Zombie Blood Run during the Festival. Also included this year was Halloween Story Time in the Theatre. Originally created to provide an alternative to trick-ortreating on Halloween, the ACC Fall Festival has become the college’s largest event of the year. It is estimated that over 7,000 kids and family members attend each year.
The Panola College (Texas) rodeo team traveled to Uvalde, Texas for the 2nd Southern Region rodeo. The women’s team continued their hot streak by finishing second overall. The men’s team struggled a little bit, but was able to put enough points on the board to stay in the top five of the men’s team in the Southern Region. Bailey Plaisier made a bareback ride good enough to finish in sixth place, and get some team points on the board for Panola College. The Canadian bareback rider is a single event cowboy attending his first year at Panola College. Breakaway roping is a very fast and competitive event. Two sophomore girls showed their skills by winning points in Uvalde. Nicole Reeves and Sarah Anne Broussard, who are both Louisiana cowgirls, where on top of their game.
Nicole posted a 2.1 second run winning first and second, while Broussard posted a 2.5 second run for 5th place finish. Taylor Gooch helped the women’s team with an 8.5 second goat tying run. She is a sophomore and is working on her degree in Petroleum Technologies. The Johnson Twins struck pay dirt again in the team roping. Laramie and Colton Johnson were able to post a time of 7.4 seconds, to win fourth in their event. The brother and sister team are tied for 2nd and 3rd in the overall Southern Region standings. The most dangerous event in rodeo by far is the bull riding. Braden Richardson captured the victory with a 70 point ride.
Raritan Valley Community College, (N.J.) in partnership with the Rotary Club of Branchburg, broke ground on an Enabling Garden at the college’s Branchburg Campus. The Rotary Club of Branchburg Foundation provided $3,500 of “seed money” for the 5,000- squarefoot garden. The Enabling Garden is one of several such gardens in Central New Jersey created as part of a partnership between Rotary International District 7510 and Rutgers University and its entities, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) and Cooperative Extension. At RVCC, the project will feature a variety of plants providing sensory stimulation.. Based on seasonal availability, plants could include: Wild Geranium, Large Beard-tongue, Foxglove Beardtongue, Fall Phlox, Sweet William, Creeping Phlox, Turk’s Cap Lily, Swamp Milkweed (to host Monarch butterflies), New England aster, Switchgrass, Big Bluestem grass, Black-eyed Susan, Jewelweed, Woolly Ragwort, Blue Waxweed, Purple Tridens grass, spearmint, peppermint, oregano, and sage.