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2018 February 12 - 03:45 pm

Around Campus

A Look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges

The University of Arkansas Cossatot announced that its cutting-edge textbook program enabled students to save an estimated $500,000 since 2015. UA Cossatot was the first in the state to move away from the traditional campus bookstore and implement its own textbook rental program, combined with a faculty-driven move to Open Education Resources (OER). UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole is pleased to see that many other colleges around the state have seen the success of the UA Cossatot program and are now adopting programs similar to the one UA Cossatot initiated two years ago. “It is a point of pride that UA Cossatot was the very first college in the state to offer this type of program for students,” he said. Some UA Cossatot courses still require traditional textbooks. Those books are purchased by the college and rented from the college for $30 per course, although students are allowed to purchase or rent elsewhere if they wish. Courses without traditional textbooks are built using OER, a system that compiles relevant materials into an adaptable, current format designed by the individual instructor. Those materials are free to the student. Course quality is overseen by a chancellorappointed board, which reviews materials.

UA Cossatot Director of Educational Resources Relinda Ruth believes academic quality is increased with OER, in part because the flexible design allows up-to-the-minute content revisions. “Textbooks often become obsolete in a year’s time, but Internet and databases are updated moment by moment,” she said.

After two years of operation, the program is on solid ground and serves as a model for other colleges seeking to save money for their own students, while increasing the quality of their courses through the addition of OER materials.

What’s for dinner tonight? How about a record-breaking 215.5-pound pierogi made at the Hospitality Management Center of Excellence at Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio). More than 20 students and chef instructors worked from morning to night producing the cheese-andpotato-packed monster. The dumpling measured roughly 42 inches long, 20 inches wide and 5 inches high. The team made the record-breaking pierogi for the opening night of Tri-C’s Cleveland Eats Culinary Festival, which is taking place on the Mall B outdoor event space above the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Tri-C organized the festival to showcase the hospitality industry’s impact on Northeast Ohio while highlighting the College’s role in training the skilled workers needed to continue the region’s restaurant renaissance. The pierogi symbolizes just how big Cleveland’s culinary scene has grown. It easily topped the 123-pound pierogi now recognized as the world’s largest by the Guinness World Records. That appetizer was made in Pittsburgh in 2014. Tri-C intends to submit documentation to have its pierogi verified as the record holder. A van hauled the new heavyweight champ to the festival to serve to the hungry crowd just after 8 p.m. — or more than 12 hours after the students and chefs arrived at Tri- C’s Hospitality Management Center on Public Square to start cooking.

The Panola Rodeo Team dominated the rough stock events at the first Southern Region Rodeo of the year, which was hosted by Panola College. (Texas). “It was a great start to the year for our team. Our team has cowboys and cowgirls that will be competitive for the CNFR in each event. This weekend the roughstock guys showed out a little. The livestock was very challenging and gave each rider an opportunity to win the event. I am very excited about the whole team and we should be seeing more names than just the ones from this weekend because we have a lot of depth and very talented,” says Panola Rodeo Coach Jeff Collins. Sophomore Logan Cook, of Alto, Texas, picked up right where he left off last year at the College National Finals. Cook continues to prove why he is one of the best hands in the country as he won the saddle bronc with an impressive ride that had the whole arena on their feet hollering. He also tallied points in the team roping as he and his partner Colton Johnson of Shreveport, La., finished sixth. Cook is now tied for second place in the Men's All-Around Competition with 195 points after the first rodeo. In the bareback competition, they saved the best for last as sophomore, Travis Chapman, from Woodville, Texas, excited the crowd with a powerful and exciting ride that stole the victory away from the defending National Champion from Sam Houston State Lane McGeehee, and two CNFR top 10 qualifiers last year Zach Hibler and Paden Hurst. Panola teammate, Tyler Johnson, a freshman from Athens, Texas, took 7th in the bareback riding to add to the points for the team.

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