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2016 May 9 - 08:46 pm

Around Campus

A look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges


HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, made history on April 21, with its first-ever “Day of Giving!” fundraising event. The college raised about $64,000. This total surpasses the original goal of $51,000, which was symbolic and represented the 51 years that the college has been in existence. The funds raised from the Day of Giving will support the four priorities established in the HACC Foundation’s comprehensive fundraising campaign called “Invest. Impact. Inspire. Campaign for HACC.” These priorities include the Cooper Student Center renovations, the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, the President’s Fund for Excellence and HACC Foundation scholarships. The Day of Giving website will be updated throughout April and May, and individuals are encouraged to visit the site to track HACC’s continued fundraising progress.

The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, N.J. presents “Lilia!” Written and performed by actress Libby Skala, the play is a deeply personal celebration of her grandmother’s life in the theatre. Buoyed by a resolute faith, Austrian stage actress Lilia Skala flees the Third Reich and labors in a New York zipper factory before working her way back to Broadway and the silver screen. Her determination is rewarded, and she eventually collects Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe award nominations.

Randolph Community College (N.C.) was among 10 community colleges who successfully launched high altitude balloons during the second annual North Carolina Community College High Altitude Balloon Payload Competition on Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory. The event was sponsored by NASA-funded North Carolina Space Grant. Although all the teams successfully launched, the launch period was not without mishap due to the gusty winds that day. Edgecombe Community College, the third team to launch, lost control of their balloon in a particularly strong wind gust and the payload bounced hard on the pavement, nearly hitting a videographer, before taking off. The CVCC team lost a balloon to the rafters of the Tarleton Center gymnasium while it was being inflated. A second balloon helped them achieve a successful launch. The Guilford Technical Community College team’s balloon came loose from the payload at launch, and the team had to inflate a second balloon. The second launch was successful. Randolph Community College, scheduled to be the ninth team to launch, pulled off a successful, but nail-biting takeoff. The gusting wind blew the payload into a tree on the edge of the CVCC parking lot and the payload was dragged up through the tree before clearing and soaring into the bright Carolina blue sky. RCC’s team unfortunately lost GPS contact with their balloon, and they were unable to track its flight. Luckily, a farmer near Kenansville, N.C., spotted the payload after it landed and called the contact number.

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