A look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges
The Wallace State Theatre Department is presenting Oscar Wilde’s satire, “The Importance of Being Earnest” at the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre on the campus of Wallace State Community College (Ala.). This classic work by Wilde tells the story of Jack, Algernon, Cecily and Gwendolen as they navigate the often-absurd societal expectation of Victorian England. As the tale unfolds, secrets and true identities are revealed, providing moments of love, lies and levity. The cast includes River Shadix as Jack, Duke Cleghorn as Algernon, Julie Newton as Gwendolen, Emma Denson as Cecily, Scarlet Dickinson as Lady Bracknell, Trawick Lowe as Dr. Chasuble as Missy Hargove as Miss Prism, Zach Lindsey as Lane and Austin Barnett of Hanceville as Merriman. Other supporting actors and understudies include Lacey Barrett, Megan Melton, Hannah Stringer, Marissa Hilton and Tanner Muncey.
Second-year students in the Laser and Photonics Technology Program at Central Carolina Community College’s (N.C.) Harnett Campus recently attended the 2016 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 1,300 companies presenting and over 22,000 professionals attending. Attending from the program were students Katie Hall, Nishal Patel, Jeremiah Roberts, Joshua Roberts, and Nathanael Turley, all from Harnett County, David Pope from Wake County, and Laser program lead instructor Gary Beasley. Touring exhibits at Photonics West, they were 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 (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Labs (LLNL) in Livermore, Calif. At NIF, research is ongoing to create selfsustaining 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.
Guilford Technical Community College (N.C.) will host its annual astronomy festival, TriStar, on its Jamestown Campus. The event gathers astronomy enthusiasts, from novice to professional, for a full day of lectures, displays and observing. It is free and open to the public. TriStar kicks off with a lecture, “Asteroid Threats to Earth: How You Can Make Discoveries!” by Patrick Miller, professor of mathematics at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Miller appears at TriStar through the Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureship Program of the American Astronomical Society, a program that provides two-day visits by professional astronomers who bring the excitement of modern astronomy and astrophysics to North American colleges of all types, especially those not offering an astronomical degree. Miller also teaches astronomy at community colleges and universities at the undergraduate and graduate level and conducts astronomy research methods courses at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and National Radio Astronomy Observatory.