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now for beginning through advanced level students. Day classes are held Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to noon and night classes are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Coastal Bend College Lott-Canada Facility, located at 900 W. Corpus Christi St (U.S. Hwy 59 West) in Beeville. ESL classes are also offered in Taft. For more information, contact Roxann Gleason at (361) 3626095 or email@example.com.
Child care slots open in Beeville Join the community band in Beeville Did you play an instrument in high school? Do you want to join a band? The Beeville Community Band is recruiting for the 2011-2012 performance season. Anyone with musical experience and a
Coastal Bend College Child Development Center is accepting applications for children 18 months to 5 years of age. The CDC is located on Charco Road in Beeville. For more information, call Taah Treadwell at (361) 358-0421.
adults 17 years of age or older who are deﬁcient in reading and English skills. Call Pete Martinez at (361) 354-5335 if you or someone you know would beneﬁt from literacy tutoring or if you would like to give the gift of literacy by serving as a tutor.
CBC Testing Information website Students in the LAC will have quick access to testing information by clicking on the desktop icon which is on all computers in the Learning Assistance Center. Students not using the computers in the LAC can reach the testing site by going to the following URL address: http://www. coastalbend.edu/testing/. The website contains information about each exam offered in the testing department and practice exams. For additional information, contact Roberta Kreis at (361) 354-2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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love of playing can join. The band meets on Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Building at Coastal Bend College. For more information, contact Gene Stephenson at (361) 3542305 or email@example.com.
Register now for ESL classes Coastal Bend College provides FREE ESL (English as a Second Language) courses for those interested in improving their reading, writing and speaking skills. Applications are being accepted
TRiO SSS accepting applications Coastal Bend College TRiO Student Support Services is recruiting. The program’s mission is to increase retention and graduation rates of college students by offering academic and personal support. For more information, please feel free to contact the TRiO SSS ofﬁce at (361) 354-2718.
Adult Literacy in Beeville The Bee County Adult Literacy Council is seeking volunteer tutors now to commit at least one hour a week to help
Coastal Bend College is expanding the course offerings in continuing education to include a wide variety of classes to meet the needs of the community. There is a need for more qualiﬁed instructors. If you can teach courses such a cake decorating, cooking, dancing, music, art, health-related topics, send your resume to Glynis Strause, Continuing Education, 3800 Charco Road, Beeville, TX 78102 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online courses offered CBC Continuing Education offers local face to face classes or online courses through Ed2Go, Gatlin, 360 Training or TicketSchool.com (in case you need insurance reduction, proof of training of a driving class for your job, or to “ﬁx” a ticket!”) Please call (361)362-2366 if you have questions.
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Dr. Jimmy Goodson takes helm as interim president Coastal Bend College (CBC) Board of Trustees brought in Dr. Jimmy Goodson to serve as CBC Interim President at the resignation of Dr. Thomas Baynum, effective at the close of the fall sememster. Goodson, former Dr. Jimmy L. Goodson president of Victoria College, will serve the college until a new president comes on board. Goodson retired from Victoria College in 2008 after 19 years of service. He is past president of Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, where he served from 1982 to 1989. He was also vice president, dean of instructional services and taught history and government during his 21-year tenure. Goodson holds a Doctorate Degree in Education from Texas A&M University – Commerce and a Master of Arts Degree from Sam Houston State University, where he also earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He is a longtime educator. “One of the things that appeals to us about Dr. Goodson is his experience with two colleges similar in size to our own,” said Paul Jaure, CBC Board Chairman. “He brings a lot of experience and is familiar with building a good, successful foundation. That is
important to us right now.” Goodson is a civic leader in Victoria and serves on two college governing boards. He serves in leadership roles on committees within Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Texas Association of Community Colleges. He has served as a board member for Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Victoria Economic Development Board, and DeTar Hospital in Victoria. Goodson was named Victoria Rotary Club Distinguished Citizen in 2008. Goodson is an avid gardener and enjoys reading and travelling. He and his wife, Michelle, reside in Victoria. They have two daughters – Kristen Clark and Meredith Hairell, and four grandchildren – Kaitlyn and Haleigh Clark, and Kelly and Zane Hairell. “During an interim period, you don’t start new initiatives, but you don’t let existing initiatives fall through the cracks,” Dr. Goodson said. The goal is to have the presidential search, already in progress, wrapped up by the end of the spring semester, he told a group of faculty and staff members during the collegewide convocation last December. CBC Board of Trustees contracted with the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), a Washington D.C.-based organization with expertise in selecting college chancellors and presidents. ACCT has completed successful searches across the country, including, in Texas, College of the Mainland (Texas City) and Lone Star College System Tomball College (Tomball). Baynum left the college for a position as president of Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill. Before leaving, he addressed staff and faculty, saying, “Where you connect with students, the community, and your professions is where you are successful. All of the great accomplishments during my time at CBC happened in the classrooms and at the front desks of this institution.”
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Coastal Bend College Lott-Canada Facility provides free GED® preparation courses for anyone interested in earning a high school equivalency diploma (GED®). Classes are offered in reading, writing and mathematics to adults seeking to improve the basic skills necessary to function effectively in their personal and family lives, in the workplace, and in the community. Applications are being accepted now through Jan 6 for the next quarter, which begins on January 9. Orientation for this quarter will be held January 10-12 at the following times and locations: Beeville: [Day Classes] Jan 10 and 11, 8:30 a.m. – noon and [Night Classes] Jan 10, 6-9:30 p.m. at LottCanada Facility, 900 W. Corpus Christi St. (U.S. Hwy 59 West), Beeville George West: Jan.11, 6 p.m., George West High School, Room 402 (Science Annex), George West Ingleside: Open enrollment, Tuesday and Wednesday
nights at 6 p.m., Ingleside High School, Room 11, Ingleside Taft: Open enrollment, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 6 p.m, Taft High School, Parent Education Room, 400 College St, Taft Sinton: Open enrollment, Monday-Thursday at 9 a.m., 104 N Sehorn, Sinton (behind State Farm) Those interested in attending GED® or adult education classes must attend the orientation to be enrolled. During orientation, students will be given a skills test that determines their classroom placement. Students who are 16 years old must have a court order from a judge to register and 17-year-olds need to have parental consent and documented withdrawal from the last school they attended. ESL classes are also available year round in Beeville and Taft for English language learners. For more information, contact Roxann Gleason at (361) 362-6095 or email@example.com.
Falfurrias High School senior wins $500 scholarship Falfurrias High School senior, Diana De Los Santos, was presented a $500 Coastal Bend College scholarship by Dr. Janet M. Cunningham, Executive Director of Citizens for Educational Excellence/Coastal Bend Partners for College and Career Readiness during the recent Ready For College and Career (R4C2) event held at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi. De Los Santos is planning to major in nursing and attend classes next year on either the Kingsville or Alice campus. The event was held for area high school seniors who are undecided about their plans for the future, according to their school counselors. Representatives from Coastal Bend College, Del Mar College, Craft Training Center, Texas A&M University – Kingsville and Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi were on hand to assist students in mapping out plans for higher education and future careers. De Los Santos is the daughter of Michael and Sylvia De Los Santos of Premont.
Dr. Janet Cunningham, left, presents a $500 scholarship to Diana Del Los Santos of Premont on behalf of Coastal Bend College.
Walking trail project complete A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the re-opening of the walking/fitness trail on the Beeville campus. CBC Board of Trustees Chairman Paul Jaure cut the ribbon. Board members and staff, from left, Gloria Rincon, Ruth Cude, Dr. Bruce Exstrom, Glenda Garza, Velma Elizalde, Laura Fischer, Dr. Thomas Baynum, Dr. Patty Candia, Victor Gomez, Jaure, Dr. Jimmy Goodson, Louise Hall, Donna Atkins, Doug Arnold, J. Estevan Vasquez, Carroll Lohse, Glynis Holm Strause; and chamber members Joy Burkhardt of KRXB, Isabel Ramirez of Beeville Chamber of Commerce and Jesse Mendoza of Park-Breidenbach Real Estate cut the ribbon. Work on the 1.5-mile track is not quite completed, but the trail is open to the community. The $182,000 project, approved by the Board of Trustees last August, included regrading, resurfacing and hydromulching the track. The trail was installed in December 1986, according to college records. Trail features follow. Graded trail One and a half mile track
Shaded pathways Fitness stations
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The work of Jan Westâ€™s Watercolor I and II students was featured in an art exhibit at Coastal Bend College -- Alice Campus.
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One decision you will probably have to make once you’re in college is where to live. When you are ready to decide whether to live on or off-campus, think about the pros and cons of both and don’t make your decision lightly. No matter whether you’re living in a residence hall or an apartment, chances are you will have one or more roommates. Living with people you’ve never met can be a challenge. But if you use common courtesy and have respect for each other’s wants and needs, you’ll be fine. Here are a few tips to help you manage:
DON’T: Have unplanned social gatherings. Your roommate may not be the social butterfly or party animal that you are.
DON’T: Bring everything you own with you to college. You won’t need it and you won’t have room for it.
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DO: If you have to share things like the teleivsion or stereo, be courteous and ask to make sure your roommate doesn’t have plans to use them and keep the volume at a reasonable level.
DON’T: Borrow anything without asking. If you
DO: Get to know each other early. Communicate your likes and dislikes to prevent future misunderstandings.
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borrow something, make sure you give it back promptly and in the same condition in which you received it.
DON’T: Worry if you don’t become best friends. Even the best roommates don’t always hang out together outside of the room or apartment.
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Nature, rhythm explored in upcoming gallery show Coastal Bend College inaugurates the spring gallery schedule with “Transformations,” featuring the works of Colleen McCulla-Thomas and Caprice Pierucci. A Reception and Gallery Talk will be held on Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Simon Michael Art Gallery of the Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. “This is a break out show for me,” McCulla-Thomas said. After raising children, building houses and working as a commissioned stone artist, McCulla-Thomas is doing her first gallery show in years. “I was inspired at an early age by sculpture while residing and traveling in Europe, Asia and Africa. The stirring impact of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Oracle of Apollo, the Byzantine mosaics of Constantinople, influenced me to search into the meaning of images and their relationship to Man; while simultaneously, stimulating my contemplation and understanding of beauty as expressed through the visual arts,” McCulla-Thomas explained.
The exhibit showcases the artists’ stone and paper cast sculpture, including a nine-panel, full wall cast paper piece. Each individual panel is a contemplative piece within itself, McCulla-Thomas explained, but they work together as a complex, meditative work. “I focus on universal concepts, in contrast to a narrow or more literal understanding, and try to place them in a modern context by playing on words to indicate a deeper interpretation,” she said. “I have discovered something deeply beautiful and truthful that is impossible to quantify but somehow keeps you wanting to come back for more. This is, for me, the ultimate litmus test for art.” She has interned in Texas and New Mexico, perfecting her wood and stone carving skills, including a recent internship in granite carving with Jesus Morales of Rockport. She was part of the team that restored the Elissa, a three-masted, iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1877 and restored by Galveston Historical Foundation. McCulla-Thomas’ work has been exhibited at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center in Austin, The Children’s Museum of Houston, Texas State University in San Marcos and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. McCulla-Thomas is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpting and Painting. She currently works for Texas State University as a woodshop technician and
“I have discovered something deeply beautiful and truthful that is impossible to quantify.” -- Colleen McCulla-Thomas
teaching assistant while studying for a masters degree with an emphasis in special education. McCulla-Thomas said she is constantly growing as an artist and focusing on words, wood, stone and paper. Pierucci, who works primarily in wood, is inspired by her mother. The late Louise Pierucci Holeman, who lived in Corpus Christi as a young woman, was a pioneer professional fiber artist in the late sixties and seventies. “Sinuous repetition of form, texture, progressive rhythms, and linear abstractions are the images I was surrounded by as a child,” Pierucci said. “Originally the wood was used as a support or armatures for my fibers and paper. Eventually the wood became the more expressive way to define the images in my head.”
“Sinuous repetition of form, texture, progressive rhythms, and linear abstractions are the images I was surrounded by as a child.” -- Caprice Pierucci
Pierucci earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburg and her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been featured in over 90 exhibitions and Pierucci has earned numerous awards. Her work is also included in some prestigious collections such as Westinghouse, Morgan Stanley and the Rockefeller collection. “My most recent work is about eternity and time. The undulating rhythms in the forms speak to me of our mortality and the huge expanses of time that lead to one particular moment of beauty. I want the work to be beautiful, but to also have a deeper underlying place to reflect,” she said. The Simon Michael Art Gallery exhibit closes on Feb. 16. For more information, contact Jayne Duryea, at (361) 354-2322 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Other gallery shows follow. Feb. 22 -- Gallery Opening: “CBC Visual Arts Division High School Art Competition,” Reception and Gallery Talk, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Simon Michael Art Gallery, Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Closes March 11. March 21 -- Gallery Opening: “Wissinger & Wissinger” Reception and Gallery Talk, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Simon Michael Art Gallery, Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Closes March 23. April 25 -- Gallery Opening: “Student & Faculty Art Exhibition,” Reception and Gallery Talk, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Simon Michael Art Gallery, Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Closes May 6 April 25 -- Student Art Sale-: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building. Closes May 6
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Tree planted in memory of Celia Reyes Hector Reyes of Beeville honored his mother, Celia F. Reyes, a longtime Beeville resident and artist, with a memorial plaque at the tree donated by the Beeville Garden Club on the grounds of Coastal Bend College. He recently visited the Beeville campus to install a brass and concrete plate at the base of the Crepe Myrtle, which can be seen from several windows in the Frank Jostes Visual Arts Building, where Reyes studied. Celia Reyes was a CBC student and took several art courses under the instruction of the late Simon Michael. She took china painting workshops at the college for more than 20 years. She did not live far from the college and spent many of her days engaged in lifelong learning, her son explained. Reyes was also a member of the garden club and local art guild. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Beeville. Reyes died in September 2010. She was married to the late Lucas Reyes for 63 years. Their three children are Joel Reyes of Red Oak, Texas; Alma Reyes of Houston; and Hector Reyes. Alma is a 1976 graduate of Coastal Bend College (then Bee County College).
2012 Performing Arts Schedule Jan. 29 -- Susan McDonald, a native Texan known as the â€œGuitar Goddessâ€? (described as the first woman to follow in the footsteps of Segovia), presented by the CBC Cultural Arts Committee, partially funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts, free admission, 3 p.m. Feb. 9 -- Circa Paleo, Rhythms and Melodies of Global Folk Music, presented by the Beeville Concert Association, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 -- San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, presented by the Beeville Concert Association, A.
C. Jones High School, Admission, 7:30 p.m. March 4 -- Su-Ryeon Ji, organist, presented by the Beeville Concert Association, admission, St. Philips Episcopal Church, 3 p.m. March 23 -- Dance Team, James and Kathy Taylor, Presented by the Beeville Concert Association, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. March 31 -- Talent Show, presented by the Beeville Community Chorus, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. April 26 -- Evening of One Act Plays presented by the CBC Drama Department, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m. April 27 -- Evening of One Act Plays presented by the CBC Drama Department, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m.
April 28 -- Evening of One Act Plays presented by the CBC Drama Department, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m. April 29 -- CBC Music Department Recital, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 3 p.m. April 30 -- CBC Continuing Education and Music Department presents Guitar Extravaganza, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 p.m. May 1 -- Beeville Community Chorus Spring Concert, admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. May 3 -- Beeville Community Band/CBC Concert Band, Spring Concert, free admission, Gertrude R. Jones Fine Arts Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
2012 Womenâ€™s Softball Schedule DATE OPPONENT Feb. 4 Our Lady of the Lake University Feb. 10-11 Cow Town Classic Tournament Feb. 24-25 Temple College Tournament
PLACE San Antonio Fort Worth Temple
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NJCAA Region 14 Crossover Tourney Blinn College San Jacinto College Lamar State College Angelina College Galveston College Alvin Community College San Jacinto College Blinn College Angelina College Lamar State College Alvin Community College Galveston College
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5 Life Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There is probably no other American ﬁgure that epitomizes the qualities of leadership and self-sacriﬁce in the face of overwhelming odds more than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Let’s look back at some of the most important events in his life. From them, there are plenty of lessons we can apply in our own lives - both personal and professional. #1 Knowing What’s Possible Comes From Asking “Why Not?” It’s easy to see archival footage of Dr. King’s stirring speeches or the stark black and white images of him in thought and forget that no man is born wise and with all the answers. In reality, Dr. King used his many interactions and experiences with people from all different walks of life to inform his world view. Prior to entering Morehouse College in 1944, the then 15-year-old King left the South for the ﬁrst time to work on a tobacco farm in Connecticut. This experience proved revelatory, and he noted in letters to his parents that he never knew that “... a person of my race could eat anywhere.” By being exposed to different ways of living, his perspective that segregation was something more than just an annoying fact of life was forever changed. The experience would stay with him through his schooling and ultimately inﬂuence his decision to enter the struggle for civil rights. Beyond seeking out different ways of living, Dr. King stretched his perspective by searching out answers from other people who had been engaged in similar struggles. After studying the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi during Seminary, and well after his successful role in the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, Dr. King traveled to India to learn even more about the practice and techniques of nonviolent social change. What can we learn from this? The answers to our problems are often only available after we learn from others - other people, other cultures, other places - what the right question is. Dr. King exempliﬁed the beneﬁt of always pushing past what is to what could be. #2 Change Is Constant -
It’s Your Reaction That Matters Just because Dr. King was mostly an agent for great social change doesn’t mean that change came easily for him. Rising to leadership in an often fractured coalition of church and social organizations led to a number of shifts and changes that he could have never anticipated. In 1963, the famous “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” was held in Washington D.C. While Dr. King was initially opposed to the original, more confrontational idea of the march, he still agreed to participate. Looking past his fears that the large public march would hamper the passage of civil rights legislation, he wound up crafting one of the most electrifying and impactful messages of the struggle - no doubt winning over ignorant, but open minds, that would have otherwise remained closed. This is just one instance where Dr. King was thrown off course or ran into conﬂict with an ever changing movement that he was a player in. By adjusting to the latest development, always maintaining dignity and composure, and reacting in a way that would contribute rather than detract, he navigated over near insurmountable obstacles on the road to freedom. #3 Something In Your Way? Sometimes You Have to Go Around Instead of Through We all know that the cornerstone of Dr. King’s approach to the civil rights struggle was non-violent civil disobedience, but what does that actually mean? Likewise, we’re all aware of the tale of Rosa Parks, who was arrested after refusing to move to the back of the bus. But how does one arrest result in a non-violent movement? Time and pressure. The resulting Montgomery Bus Boycott, began in late 1955 and lasted an astounding 385 days. During that time, King’s organization arranged carpools to shuttle boycotters to and from work and church and encouraged black cab drivers to discount their fares to match the typical bus fare of the day. The boycott took over a year, but effectively crippled Montgomery’s economy through sheer collective will, and the resulting pressure resulted in the 1956 federal
district court decision that desegregated Alabama’s bus system. Though it might have been more satisfying to preach direct action and even advocate violence, as some of his contemporaries did, by taking the more indirect approach of demonstrating a collective will and buying power he was able to effect long-lasting change instead of harsh reprisal. Understanding this very simple, yet very difﬁcult to carry out, principle made Dr. King and his followers more powerful than any riot. #4 When Faced With Setbacks, Will You Stop or Move Forward?
#5 No Man Is An Island - You’ve Gotta Have Friends Though he is remembered as a shining star and motivating force in the ‘60s civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was never alone in the struggle. By effectively harnessing student organizations, church groups, and a considerable network of politicians and celebrities sympathetic to the cause, Dr. King was able to transform a sense of injustice into an actual movement. From forming bonds with the family of Gandhi to understanding the principles of non-violence, to willingly softening his messages out of respect to President John F. Kennedy, Dr. King demonstrated how one can use their connections and learn from them to further their goals. So What Can You Learn?
Dr. King was arrested upwards of 20 times, his home bombed, and he was subject to a near constant stream of harassment and violence. Despite this, he used every setback and threat as an opportunity to reﬂect and act. In 1963, following racially-motivated church bombings in the city, Dr. King shifted his focus on Birmingham. Leading demonstrations that resulted in police brutality against the non-violent protesters, King quickly realized that he’d be arrested in an attempt to break the movement. Conceding to arrest, and after one horrible evening in solitary conﬁnement, he spent the nine days of his imprisonment crafting the “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Instead of wallowing in the unjust arrest, or being frightened into giving up his cause, Dr. King’s 20-page response became a populist battle cry against injustice. Turning on phrases like “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws,” Dr. King parlayed his own personal setback into a greater motivator for an entire social cause. What’s even more exceptional is how he continued to move forward, despite having to do so against a constant tide of opposition.
Beyond the lasting impact of Dr. King’s contribution to our society, his methods and reactions linger as important lessons that can be applied in any challenging situation. From confronting difﬁcult relationships with peers to challenging accepted social norms to even overcoming personal tragedy, we can take the lessons of his legacy and apply each in our own lives. This article originally appeared on MonsterCollege.
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Published on Jan 1, 2012
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