Welcome to Fall Semester 2009
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Record Enrollment for 2009 Campus Reads Wallace State Open House Celebrates Improvements Scholarship opportunities Student Travel All of the information you need to make this a successful year
Upcoming Events Tuesday, September 15 9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 10:30am -BCM Sent Small Group 7:00pm -Community Concert 8:00pm -Journey College Bible Study Wednesday, September 16 9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 11:00am -BCM True Life Small Group 12:25pm -BCM Devotion/Prayer Time 6:00pm -Wallace State Volleyball vs. Northwest Shoals and Lawson State Thursday, September 17 9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 10:00am -BCM Authentic Relationships Small Group 12:25pm -BCM Devotion/Prayer Time 2:15pm -BCM Habitudes Small Group Friday, September 18 4:00pm -WSCC Soccer at Union University Saturday, September 19 8:00am -High School Volleyball Tournament Monday, September 21 9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 12:20pm -BCM Sent Small Group Tuesday, September 22 All day First Stafford Loan Disbursement Checks 8:00am -Stafford Loan Disbursement
9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 10:30am -BCM Sent Small Group 6:00pm -Wallace State Volleyball vs. Bevill State 8:00pm -Journey College Bible Study Wednesday, September 23 All day -Last day to withdraw from Mini Term I 9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 11:00am -BCM True Life Small Group 12:25pm -BCM Devotion/Prayer Time Thursday, September 24 9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 10:00am -BCM Authentic Relationships Small Group 12:25pm -BCM Devotion/Prayer Time 2:15pm -BCM Habitudes Small Group 3:30pm -WSCC Soccer vs. Bethel College 6:00pm -Wallace State Volleyball at Jeff Davis Friday, September 25 All day- Wallace State volleyball at Panama City, Fla. Tournament Saturday, September 26 All day -Wallace State Volleyball at Panama City, Fla. Tournament 12:00pm -WSCC Soccer at Covenant College JV
A Letter From the Editor Fall semester 2009 has begun and Wallace State is bustling. This is an exciting semester for our college, as our enrollment has reached a record high, the Burrow Center for the Fine and Preforming Arts nears completion, and many instructors are finding themselves back home in the Tom Bevill Health Building. With all of the changes to the campus comes a fresh outlook for students who are coming back to Wallace as well as to our newly enrolled students. As our campus continually grows, I would like to encourage each student to become involved in the various activities that take place at our college. There truly exists an opportunity for everyone to find an organization that interests them at Wallace State-- be it Campus Ministries, SGA, The Mane Issue or one of the many others. Ask around, I guarantee that you will find one that suits your interests. If not, why not charter your own? There is no better way to meet your peers while you greatly broaden your educational horizons than becoming involved in one of these organizations. Wallace State students are constantly recognized for the contributions they make to the community. This is something that we, as students, should recognize as a sign of our potential to changing the world. If you are unable to think of any good reason to become involved in one of our campus organizations, do it for no other reason than to simply make a difference. Think of it as just another way of finding your passion and pursuing it to the fullest potential. What else is there to life? As always, thank you for reading “The Mane Issue.” Sam Rolley Editor
Monday, September 28 9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 12:20pm -BCM Sent Small Group 5:00pm -Wallace State Volleyball at Faulkner University JV Tuesday, September 29 9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 10:30am -BCM Sent Small Group 3:30pm -WSCC Soccer vs. Hinds (Miss.) 6:30pm -PTK Induction 8:00pm -Journey College Bible Study Wednesday, September 30 9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 11:00am -BCM True Life Small Group 12:25pm -BCM Devotion/Prayer Time 6:00pm -Wallace State Volleyball at Southern Union/Faulkner State Thursday, October 1 8:00am -Day of Champions 9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 10:00am -BCM Authentic Relationships Small Group 12:25pm -BCM Devotion/Prayer Time 2:15pm -BCM Habitudes Small Group Friday, October 2 3:30pm -WSCC Soccer vs. Meridian (Miss.) CC
Monday, October 5 9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 12:20pm -BCM Sent Small Group Tuesday, October 6 All day -End of Mini Term I 9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 10:30am -BCM Sent Small Group 6:00pm -Wallace State Volleyball at Gadsden State 8:00pm -Journey College Bible Study Wednesday, October 7 All day -Registration for Mini Term II 9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 11:00am -Freshman/Faculty Luncheon 11:00am -BCM True Life Small Group 12:25pm -BCM Devotion/Prayer Time Thursday, October 8 All day -Late Registration, Drop/Add Mini Term II All day -Mini Term II Begins 9:30am -Campus Ministry's Food Closet 10:00am -BCM Authentic Relationships Small Group 11:00am -Oktoberfest Buffet served by the Culinary Arts Program 12:25pm -BCM Devotion/Prayer Time 2:15pm -BCM Habitudes Small Group 3:30pm- WSCC Soccer at Meridian, Miss.
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Back to School 2009 Campus News Wallace State biology students team up with Cullman County’s SWCD Water Quality Technician Bob Keefe to assess Thacker Creek
In any particular field, the best learning tool is a hands-on approach. Wallace State students in Connie Briehn’s biology classes in Hanceville used practical experiences to complement class work recently by teaming up with Cullman County Soil and Water Conservation District Water Quality Technician Bob Keefe to test the water and quality of life in Cullman County’s Thacker Creek. It’s become an annual tradition for Briehn’s students to use their spare time out of class to help Keefe with his bio-assessment of Thacker Creek, which flows approximately 10 miles from Wallace State’s campus. It’s located near Highway 91 between Hanceville and Interstate 65. “I’m a firm believer that the love of biology isn’t complete without a field experience and something that helps you engage with nature,” said Briehn. “The foundation starts in the classroom, but the love and passion for nature occurs outside.” Keefe monitors 18 creeks in Cullman County
and takes pleasure in associating and working with the Wallace State students during their Stream Quality Assessment. “I really enjoy it. It’s important to teach people and students about the tremendous biodiversity in our state. Alabama is the second best state in the country for biodiversity. We’re only behind Florida,” Keefe said. “It’s a good way for the biology students to take what they have learned in class and apply it to real life. Most of them who have lived around here are very surprised what they find in Cullman County creeks. It’s just so rich in biodiversity.”
Briehn’s classes have helped This WSCC Principals of Biology Class posed for a photo following their Keefe test the quality of living for stream assessment of Thacker Creek. macro-invertebrates at Thacker Creek. Macro-inverteThat wasn’t the case when Briehn’s first class visited brates are organisms without the creek with Keefe. Thacker Creek was once an backbones which are easy to extremely polluted stream where living conditions spot by the naked eye. were not suited for many organisms. It once was The Wallace State students deemed impaired by the Alabama Department of spotted and identified organisms Environmental Management (ADEM) due to the like stoneflies, mayflies, snails, strong pollutants. crawfish and worms. The stuA team effort turned Thacker Creek’s fate dents separated into groups around. throughout the process. Some “The biggest problem was battling bacteria captured the organisms by castspun off from man-made pollutants,” said Keefe, who ing the nets, while others identireceived the Mike Mullen Award in 2008 for submitfied and filled out the appropriate ting the most water chemistry records (164) in one forms for the assessment to year. “Local farmers have also taken steps to prohibit reach its final stages. livestock from as much interaction with the creeks. In The results of the Thacker fact, all farmers have become more conservationCreek assessment came back as minded over the last 10 or 15 years and that’s helped excellent and, as a recovering all creeks maintain a better quality.” Bob Keefe, center, helps Wallace State students identify the macro-invertecreek, it’s an adequate location brates they captured during their project at Thacker Creek. for macro-invertebrates to inhabit.
What if Everyone on Campus Read the Same Book? Common Read to Help Students Find Common Interests By: Sam Rolley ” During the fall 2009 semester students and faculty members will embark on a college-wide literary journey spanning the pages of Mitch Albom’s critically acclaimed novel “Tuesdays with Morrie.” The new initiative is known as “The Common Read.” The implementation of a campus-wide reading program has been developed through a committee of the college’s faculty and staff members who are intently focused on enhancing learning across the curriculum. “Deeper learning occurs when students are presented with an opportunity to reinforce that learning in a variety of settings,” said Wallace State President Dr. Vicki Hawsey. “We have also implemented learning communities and paired courses that provide similar opportunities for active learning. I applaud our faculty for being learning-centered and student-focused .” “Tuesdays with Morrie” is a chronicle of Albom’s time with his former college professor, Morrie Schwartz, during the last months of the older man’s life. Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, rekindling the professor-student relationship they had in college and resulting in one final "class": lessons on how to live. Albom’s book, first published in 1997, spent more than four years on the bestseller list before being published in paperback. It was later produced as a television movie starring Jack Lemmon and as an off-Broadway play. The Common Read committee has planned to implement the novel into as many aspects of Wallace State’s campus life as possible. Instructors will utilize it in classroom discussions, finding various ways to supplement English, philosophy,
speech, psychology, and other curriculums with its life lessons. Each year the Common Read Committee will choose a book to be read campus wide. But Common Reading is more than just reading a book--it is an initiative that fits hand-in-hand with the college’s mission statement,” said committee chair and English instructor Dr. Mary Barnes. “It is student centered, it is learning centered, it is community based, it involves diversity, and it inspires lifelong learning. However, it requires engagement and involvement from everyone.” Students are encouraged to read the work even if it does not fall under the requirements of their course curricula. Meetings will be set up by the Common Read committee over the course of the semester to discuss and to share ideas as the novel is read across the campus. The college has also asked students to set up meetings among friends and acquaintances for the same purpose. The committee believes this will be not only an invaluable learning experience but also a wonderful opportunity for individuals across campus to meet new people and to form lasting friendships. Members of the Common Read Committee include chairperson Barnes, adjunct English instructor Dana Barnett, theater director Lauren Cantrell, library staff person Clay Cobb, transitional learning instructor Heather Congo, history instructor Leigh Ann Courington, speech instructor Mona Hopper, English Department chair Dr. Beth Johnson, human services and sociology instructor Susan O’Rear, student activities and recruiting staff member Whit Rice, and bookstore staffer Courtney Walker. Copies of “Tuesdays with Morrie” are already available in the Wallace State bookstore.
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Wallace State’s New Lion Card Aimed at Student Safety and Convenience By: Sam Rolley A new card system adopted recently by Wallace State is making services a little more convenient for students on campus. The Lion Card, as it has been named, is similar to the Action
card used by students of the University of Alabama and will offer many of the same services including the ability to load funds onto the card and then use the card for cashless purchases on and off campus. It is also a safety measure, providing a means of identification for students and employees, as well as serving as a library card, and allowing admittance to athletic events and other campus functions. This multi-purpose system was implemented last fall as a scanable means of student identification, and many of its additional functions are being added throughout the course of this academic year. The ability for students to pay for meals in the college's cafeteria and to make vending machine purchases was added this summer. Using the card to pay for the cost of printing in computer labs on campus and to make bookstore purchases will be implemented soon. Starting as early as this fall, students will also be able to make purchases at some restaurants and businesses in the area. Blackboard, the card system adopted by the college, already has agreements with corporations like CVS and Dominos for the potential to accept the card for purchases. Local businesses and restaurants may also join the program. According to Director of eLearning, Bruce Tenison, the details of those agreements and services are being worked out now. Eventually, the card may even serve as a key card for controlled entrance to dorms and other buildings on campus, providing an added element of safety. Students have been very receptive to the idea of having a school identification card. Last year���s efforts to provide everyone with a card proved successful and many began putting their cards to good use around campus immediately. Alex Chaney, a University of Alabama student who is attending Wallace State this summer, said that using his Action card had become an integral part of his experience at the University. “I think it is great that Wallace is implementing this ID card system,” said Chaney. “The Action cards that we use at UA make life so much easier and definitely eliminate some confusion around the campus.” Kiosks located in the library and the Bailey Center may be used to add funds to the card. Students and parents may also load funds in the Cashier's Office, or by making a deposit into the student's online account. “One of the prime reasons that we have implemented card system is to make student life more convenient,” said Dr. Tomesa Smith, Vice President for Students. “It is going to be a great addition to our campus as it will increase safety and speed things up in many of the offices where student services are offered. Our main goal is to always strive to improve the student experience at Wallace State.” A valid photo ID is required in order to receive a Lion Card. The first card is free, and replacement cards are $10. Students who are now enrolled for Wallace State’s fall 2009 semester are required to have a Lion Card.
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An Interview with Miss Wallace State: Ashley Garcia
By: Michelle Wilder Ashley Garcia is the current Miss Wallace State, and she recently participated in the Miss Alabama pageant. I had the privilege of speaking with Ashley and asking her a few questions regarding the pageant and her experience. Michelle Wilder: So, Ashley, tell me about your experience with the Miss Alabama pageant. Ashley Garcia: It was exciting! When I got to meet all of the girls in the pageant they were all so close knit and good friends. It was a lot of fun. Everyone was very helpful and encouraging. All in all it was a lot of fun.
and to prepare for the pageant was Suzanne Harbin. She was constantly helping me stay on top of things that needed to be done for the pageant. While I was there she would call me to check on me and see how things were going. She was there every night, and those tickets are not cheap! She was so amazing. She and Rob Metcalf, my cheerleading coach, were tremendous supporters during my experience. Between the two of them and Ashley Lamar at Just for Looks, everything I needed was taken care of, and they were all so amazing. MW: What have you gotten to do with the title of Miss Wallace State? Have you had many opportunities? AG: There are tons of opportunities. I have gotten to do the Arts Banquets, and I was an ambassador for the school which allowed me to attend events like basketball games.
MW: Would you do it again if given the chance? AG: Oh, yes. I’m trying to get into the Birmingham preliminary which is in October. I definitely want to go back and try again.
MW: How long have you been involved in pageants? AG: My first pageant was probably 1st or 2nd grade. I’ve been doing them a while. My first big pageant was for the Peanut Festival. Pageants build confidence. My mom kind of threw me in there because I was shy when I was younger. She wanted me to make friends.
MW: So you can be in the pageant as many times as you want? AG: You can do the pageant as many times as you want until you “age out” which is at the age of 24. I am 20 now so I have plenty of time to continue pursuing the title of Miss Alabama.
MW: Do you encourage younger girls to get involved in pageants? AG: I do. A lot of people think pageants are based on how pretty a girl is or, if it’s a scholarship pageant, how smart they are. Not only do pageants build confidence, but they make you more personable and outgoing. They definitely help girls in the future. Having so much interview experience from pageants has helped me to be more prepared for interviews in the job market.
MW: What was the best experience from the Miss Alabama pageant? AG: The best experience has to be working with the Children’s Miracle Network. We all know that there are cancer patients, but it doesn’t hit you how real it is until you see firsthand what they are going through. They come up to you and color with you and that’s when it hits you. That’s when you realize that the pageant is MW: Pageants have been beneficial Ashley Garcia is Miss Wallace State 2009-2010 not just about looking nice and to you in many ways then. impressing a set of judges, but it’s AG: They have benefited me a lot. Not about helping others and using your title to help others, especially chilonly have they helped me to be more personable and outgoing, but they dren. That is what Miss Alabama stands for. have also benefited me financially. Pageant winnings have paid for, and are still paying for, my expenses in school. MW: So you stand by that as well? AG: Oh definitely. I love working with the children. My platform now is Ashley Garcia will be enrolled in the criminal justice program at breast cancer awareness, but if I won the Miss Alabama pageant I would Wallace State this fall, with plans upon finishing the program to transfer to also have a platform based on the Children’s Miracle Network. the University of South Alabama. She will continue her duties as Miss Wallace State 2009 until she crowns her successor at the next Miss MW: So what are you doing now to prepare for the next pageant you will Wallace State Pageant on November 22, 2009. be in? AG: Well I am mainly going to school now studying forensics, but I have For more information about the Miss Wallace State Pageant, contact also been preparing for the Miss Birmingham preliminaries by perfecting Suzanne Harbin at 256/352-8144 or firstname.lastname@example.org. my talent and somewhat combining platforms so I can change it up a little. MW: After participating and winning the Miss Wallace State pageant did you feel prepared for the Miss Alabama pageant? AG: Definitely. The person who helped me the most during the pageant
Michelle Wilder is majoring in public relations at Auburn University. She was enrolled as a transient student at Wallace State this summer, where she is interning in the Office of Communications and Marketing.
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Fall 2009 Means Record Enrollment for Wallace State Wallace State marked the beginning college,” she said. Leighton, has close friends who recommendof the fall semester with a record enrollment Enrollment is up at Wallace State in ed Wallace State to him as the place to of more than 6,000 students who are all divisions and has steadily increased for begin his academic career. Jackson heeded embarking on their path to “A Life Less about the last five years as its reputation for the advice and as he sat in a college class Ordinary.” innovation and excellence has earned the for the first time Wednesday already has a Parking lots were filled to capacity, college and its students and staff national solid academic plan laid out. restaurants and businesses around the recognition. “I want to get my associate (degree) school were bustling and a consistent in computer networking and then flow of students trickled into the James work on my bachelor’s degree in C. Bailey Center to secure student ID cyber securities,” Jackson said. cards and tie up loose ends as they “Wallace State feels like home to began the first day of classes. me. It means a life less ordinary “I was a little nervous and a little because it offers people a lot of excited to start the day,” said Caycee alternatives, especially since the Privett, 18, a freshman from West Point economy isn’t sound. You need High School who experienced her first strong determination and ambition day in a college setting. “I’ve been surto get a strong education.” prised with the huge number of people The launch of the fall semester on campus.” is an exciting one for Wallace State The record enrollment at Wallace beyond the record enrollment figState is approximately a 14 percent ures. The school is set to unveil the increase compared to last fall according new Evelyn and Ottis Burrow to Wallace State President Dr. Vicki Center for the Fine and Performing Hawsey. Students waiting in the JBC lobby as they complete registra- Arts this fall. “We are excited about the surge tion requirements. The Burrows, for whom the in enrollment this semester. It is a testibuilding is named, were lifelong mony to the quality of education offered at The college is attracting students from collectors of fine and decorative ar. Ottis Wallace State by its outstanding faculty, and across the state and beyond. Burrow was instrumental in securing the the college continues to be reputed for its J.D. Harcey moved to Cullman from Mobile location for the college. Evelyn Burrow, tradition of excellence. It has been a banner less than a year ago in order to join the avia- Wallace State’s greatest benefactor, donated year for Wallace State despite the chaltion/flight technology program at Wallace her $9.5 million art collection to the college lenges of proration,” Hawsey said. State. and established a $1 million charitable “We will showcase the extensive ren“Wallace State seems to be the best remainder trust for the school’s Future ovations that have occurred throughout our place in the state to fulfill everything I need Foundation in 2004. The Burrow Center will campus at our Open House on Sept. 3 with in accomplishing my goal,” Harcey said. be the center point for Wallace State’s “Year Congressman Robert Aderholt as our hon“The instructors and staff here care a lot of the Arts” programming in 2010. ored guest. Then, on Sept. 24, we will host a about you. That’s one way this place is makmeeting of the Alabama State Board of ing my life less ordinary.” Education. It truly is an exciting time for this Acire Jackson, an 18-year-old from
Candid Shots: Dorm Move-In Day Wallace State’s Student Government Association and Campus Ministries chapter aided students in moving into their dorms as the fall semester began. As the dorms come back to life and the campus again becomes busy, the smiling faces of helpful students can be observed everywhere at Wallace State.
Do you live a “Life Less Ordinary?” Check out the Life Less Ordinary pageon Wallace State’s website- where you will find videos of students just like you, whose passions today will change the world tomorrow. Find the page at www.wallacestate.edu
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The H1N1 Virus: A Letter from Wallace Stateâ€™s Administration On July 29, 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations on flu immunization for the coming year. The CDC is concerned that the novel H1N1 flu virus (Swine Flu) could make the coming year a particularly severe flu season. Regular flu vaccine will be available as early as August in some areas and the novel H1N1 flu vaccine is in production for projected release in the fall. The current recommendation is that people get both vaccines. While there is not predicted to be a shortage of either vaccine, availability and demand are always unpredictable. In case of a shortage, the CDC has issued priorities for H1N1 immunization. These priorities are based on patterns of infection and complications. College age students have been given priority for immunization. Wallace State Community College is committed to the health and safety of students.
We have been and will continue to monitor official information as time passes. I encourage you to continue following all recommendations for prevention of influenza. Good handwashing and isolating yourself when sick are invaluable in preventing the spread of both types of flu. I further encourage you to take advantage of your priority status and get both flu vaccines as soon as they become available. This action is even more critical for students in the Health Science Division as we have received some early information that hospitals, based on CDC recommendations, may not allow unimmunized students into their facility for clinical rotations. The college will issue additional updates as new information becomes available. Both the Alabama Department of Public Health and the CDC have websites that provide up to date official information. These sites are available to the public at the web addresses below. Alabama Department of Public Health â€“ http://www.adph.org/H1N1Flu. Centers for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu. -Dr. Vicki P. Hawsey President
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Wallace State Plans Trip to Greece Wallace State is planning a trip to Greece in May 2010. The tour will depart May 20 and return May 28, with an optional three-day Greek Isle Cruise extension returning May 31. The trip is open to anyone interested. Travelers will visit the essential sites of ancient and modern Greece, learning about Greek philosophy, mythology, history, politics, art, architecture, and other elements of Greek culture. The itinerary will include an extended stay in Athens, with stops in Delphi, Patras, Olympia, Argolida, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Cape Sounion, and other places along the way. Visits to the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Plaka District, Olympic Stadium, and the Temples of Zeus, Athena Nike, and Poseidon, are among the many sites included on the itinerary. Optional excursions during the nine-day itinerary include a Saronic Gulf cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra; and an evening immersed in Greek cuisine, music and dance. The three-day Greek Isle Cruise extension will travel to the celebrated Greek islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Crete, and Santorini. The cruise extension also visits Turkey, docking at Kusadasi with an optional excursion to Ephesus. The cost of the trip begins at $2,498 for individuals under the age of 23 with rooms booked in tripleor quadruple-occupancy, and at $2,833 for individuals age 23 and over with rooms booked at double occupancy. All-inclusive insurance and single rooms may be added. Payment plans are available. The price includes roundtrip airfare from Birmingham, seven overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms, breakfast and dinner each day, a fulltime tour guide, ground transportation, guided tours, and admission costs for included attractions. The Greek Isle Cruise extension includes accommodations for three nights, and three meals daily. Optional excursions are offered through the cruise line at ports of call. Tour arrangements will be made through educational tour provider EF Tours. For more information, contact Kristen Holmes at 256/352-8118(email email@example.com), or stop by the Communications and Marketing Office on the 11th Floor of the Bailey Center.
This is Wallace State’s fifth annual spring break trip to Europe, pending approval by the Alabama State Board of Education. Previous Wallace State tours visited Paris and Barcelona, England and Scotland, Italy and Ireland.
The Trip’s Schedule Day 1 Flight
Day 3 Athens
Day 6 Patras • Argolida
Guided sightseeing of Athens • An expert local guide introduces you to the antiquities of Athens. Climb the Acropolis to view the majestic Parthenon, perhaps the world’s greatest architectural feat. See the Temple of Athena Nike, which once housed a gold statue of the goddess (her wings were clipped to keep her from ever deserting the city). Athens is named after Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom. After seeing the Presidential Guard in their traditional costumes, pass the stadium where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896, as well as lively Omonia and Syntagma squares. During free time you may have later, use your ticket from this morning’s sightseeing to explore other sites in Athens. Visit the Agora, ancient Athens’ political, economic and commercial center, which holds the remains of the Temple
Guided sightseeing of Olympia • Visit Olympia, site of the first Olympic Games almost 2,800 years ago. According to legend, Hercules proposed the idea of the Olympics, which were intended as a means of honoring Zeus. The ancient Olympic Games were contested every four years for a thousand years until Emperor Theodosius outlawed them in A.D. 393. The modern Olympic Games began in 1896 in Athens, and the Olympic flame is still lit by a reflection of sunlight at the restored stadium in Olympia. The stadium also hosted the men’s and women’s shot-put competition when the Olympics returned to Greece in 2004. Also peruse the Olympia Archaeological Museum, which houses artifacts of bronzes, terracottas and sculptures, as well as a collection from the Olympic Games. Transfer to Argolida • Continue to Argolida. Home to Greece’s first capital, the peninsula is dotted with orange and olive groves. Together with the Isthmus of Corinth, Argolida forms the Saronic Gulf, known for its sailing and charters due to its proximity to Athens.
Day 7 Argolida • Athens Guided sightseeing of Epidaurus • Visit the ancient site of Epidaurus, famous for its open-air theater (dating from the 4th century B.C.), the best-preserved in all of Greece. Guided sightseeing of Mycenae • You’ll also tour legendary Mycenae, founded by Perseus with the help of the Cyclops. From here, Agamemnon began his campaign against Troy. Transfer via the Corinth Canal to Athens • Then go by way of the Corinth Canal (Oedipus spent his childhood in Corinth) en route to Athens.
Day 8 Athens
of Hephaistos, begun in 449 B.C. You might also visit the Athenian Cemetery, a who’s who of Ancient Athens. It contains impressive tombs, where statesmen, warriors and authors were laid to rest.
Day 4 Athens Optional Saronic Gulf cruise • Opt to participate in a full-day journey through the islands of the Saronic Gulf. Your first port of call is ancient Aegina, already well-known in the days of the pan-Hellenic Games. Then it’s on to Poros, site of the Temple of Poseidon. Finally, stop at Hydra, whose inhabitants figured prominently in the Greek War of Independence. (Greece was a part of the Ottoman Empire until 1821.) You’ll also enjoy an included lunch during the cruise.
Day 5 Athens • Patras
Overnight flight to Greece
Day 2 Athens Arrival in Athens • Touch down in Athens, Cradle of Democracy and birthplace of Western civilization. After clearing customs, you are greeted by your EF Tour Director, who will remain with you throughout your stay. Walking tour of Athens • Get acquainted with the endearing Plaka district. Stroll past Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, which was built beginning in 515 B.C. to honor the most powerful of all Greek gods.
Guided sightseeing of Delphi • As you tour Delphi, ponder the mysteries of what lies in your future, as did Greece’s ancient military leaders, who left gifts for the Oracle in hopes of good fortune in battle. Then visit the Temple of Apollo where, according to legend, the god communicated with mortals. Your visit concludes with a stop at the Delphi Museum, whose collection boasts many artifacts dating back to 550 B.C., reminiscent of the mythical past of ancient Greece. Transfer to Patras • Spend the night in Patras, capital of the Peloponnese
Guided excursion to Cape Sounion • Journey to Cape Sounion and view the Temple of Poseidon, located on a promontory overlooking the Aegean Sea. Optional Greek Evening • Tonight, opt to experience Greece’s unique and colorful culture during an evening of traditional entertainment and cuisine. Enjoy an authentic meal composed of typical dishes at a specially selected taverna. Watch an enthralling belly-dance performance and witness the fancy footwork and twirling bravado of traditional Greek dancing, while musicians perform on bouzoukis, stringed instruments unique to Greece. Musical instruments, which date from the Bronze Age in Greece, have long played a central role in Greek tradition, as have regional dances. Experience firsthand this thrilling element of Greek culture.
Day 9 Home Return home • The tour director assists with the transfer to the airport, where you’ll check in for your return flight home.
EXTENSION Days 9–12 Island Cruise Cruise extension • Stay for a three-day cruise of the beautiful whitewashed isles of Greece. Your ports of call include picturesque Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi, Santorini and Crete. The cruise line offers special optional excursions at these ports, such as a visit to Ephesus in Kusadasi, where you will explore the ruins of Ancient Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary, where it is said she lived her last years. In between, there will be time to enjoy life on board the ship. Freetime options while you’re at sea include shopping, games, fitness activities, swimming and sunning.
FALL 2009 Graduation Applications are due in the Cashier’s Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2009
Student Travel Opportunities
Wallace State presents a new series of learning opportunities this fall – Wallace State Adventures. These field trips are open to students and to the community. On Friday, September 18, participants will visit the North East Alabama Craftsman Association Annual Fall Craft Show and Heritage Quilters of Huntsville Quilt Show at Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville. Travelers will depart WSCC at 9 a.m. and, upon arrival, take part in a 30-minute guided tour of some of the most unusual, finest, and special quilts in the Heritage Quilters of Huntsville exhibit. More than 150 quilts will be on display along with quilting demonstrations and vendors. Upon conclusion of the tour participants will be free to visit the quilt show and the craft show at their leisure. The craft show will feature more than 225 craftsmen with handmade items for sale including woodworking, pottery, ceramics, stained glass, paintings, jewelry, dolls and fabric arts including crochet, knitting, smocking, and sewing and much more. The tour returns to campus at 2:30 p.m. A registration fee of $9 for students and $12 for others includes transportation and admission to the quilt and
craft shows. Lunch, not included in the registration fee, may be purchased from local restaurants or at the show concession stands. Students enrolled in ART 100, ART 203, and ART 204 courses will receive extra credit for participating in this activity. WSCC Adventures travels to Auburn on Friday, September 25, for an Auburn University Campus Tour and Information Session. Participants will depart the Wallace State campus at 7:15 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. During the bus tour, recruiters will discuss the history and current uses of University buildings, inform visitors of school traditions, and students will provide their own views and perspectives of the Auburn student experience. An information and transfer session will be presented by an admissions advisor. Students and parents are encouraged to participate as some scholarship and admission deadlines occur in December. Time will be allotted for lunch and a quick stroll around campus. The registration fee of $12 per person includes transportation and a $6 Tiger Card that may be used for on-campus dining. A visit to the University of Alabama Campus, including a Campus Tour and Information Session, is scheduled for Friday, October 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. With a University of Alabama student as guide, the campus bus tour gives prospective students and their families the opportunity to see the campus first-
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hand, learn about UA history, and discover the many opportunities the University has to offer. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend an information and transfer session presented by an admissions counselor. Time will be allowed for lunch and a quick stroll around campus. The $10 registration fee includes transportation and a $5 Bama Dining Card for lunch. The Birmingham Museum of Art is the destination for WSCC Adventures on Wednesday, October 21. In addition to the permanent collections, participants will view the “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery” exhibit. This special exhibit is a celebration of our nation’s heritage and history through 250 years of American masterpieces. The registration fee of $8 for students and $12 for all other participants includes transportation and admission to the museum. Participants will depart Wallace State at 12 p.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. Students enrolled in ART 100, ART 203, ART 204, HIS 201, and HIS 202 courses will receive extra credit for participating in this activity. Space is limited. To register, call 256-352-8243. For more infor-
mation about WSCC Adventures, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wallace State Hosts Open House
WIRED Initiative Awards Wallace State Over $30,000 in Scholarship Funding for 2009-2010 Wallace State Community College in Hanceville has been awarded more than $30,000 in scholarship funding for the 20092010 academic year through the Tennessee Valley Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Initiative. From these funds, approximately 30 scholarships will be issued for fall semester 2009, and 30 scholarships will be awarded for spring semester 2010 – each in the amount of $500 – to be used for tuition and fees. The WIRED scholarships support degree-seeking students from the 23 counties in the Northern Alabama/Southern Tennessee region who are majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) fields. The Tennessee Valley WIRED region includes Cullman, Blount, Winston and Morgan counties in Wallace State’s immediate service area, as well as Madison, Marshall, Jackson, Lawrence, Limestone, Colbert, Lauderdale, Dekalb, Marion, and Franklin, and nine counties in Tennessee. Students must designate one of the science (including health sciences), technology, engineering or math disciplines as their major program of study. Related
transfer programs also qualify. Additionally, successful high school applicants must present a minimum GPA of 3.0, and eligible college students must have maintained a GPA of at least 2.75. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents and have a Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) on file. Preference will be given to students from middle class families, according to FAFSA results, who are not eligible for full Federal Pell grant funds. An application packet is available in the Financial Aid Office or on the Financial Aid page of the Wallace State web site at www.wallacestate.edu/finaid. For more information or to apply for the WIRED scholarship, contact Jennifer Smith in the Wallace State Financial Aid Office at 256/352-8092.
Many other scholarships are available throughout the year for current Wallace State students and for those looking to transfer to a four-year college or university. Stop by the Financial Aid Office for details.
The community was invited to attend an open house at Wallace State on Thursday, September 3, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event showcased facility improvements at the Tom Bevill Health Education Building, the Drafting and Electronics Building, the Fred Shockley Automotive Technology Center, and the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Building. The open house began on the Bevill Building lawn with a ribbon cutting ceremony and presentations of resolutions authorizing the naming of the Fred Shockley Automotive Technology Center and the Rebecca Branch Residence Hall. Following the ceremony, programs located in the newly renovated buildings were open for tours and demonstrations. Congressman Robert Aderholt, Alabama Community College System Interim Chancellor Joan Davis, local dignitaries and legislative delegates from the college’s service were among those in attendance.
Wallace Invites Students to Participate in Survey `Wallace State Community College invites the students to participate in a survey about its marketing efforts. A link to the 2009 marketing survey is located on the homepage of the Wallace State web site (www.wallacestate.edu) under the Fall 2009 heading. Responses to the survey will help the college to measure the effectiveness of its outreach and current “A Life Less Ordinary” campaign, and to plan for future campaigns. This survey should take approximately 5 minutes. Answers are completely anonymous. The deadline to respond is September 30, 2009. For more information, call 256-352-8118 or email email@example.com.
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Students Attend Constitutional Reform Luncheon On Thursday, August 27th, two Wallace State students were invited to attend a luncheon hosted by the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform, an organization dedicated to revising Alabama’s constitution. Joel Ferrel and Mason Holmes, both members of the college’s Student Government Association, traveled to Huntsville’s Von Braun Center to learn more about ACCR and their goals regarding the revision of the state’s constitution. The keynote speaker at the luncheon was Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Bragg who is a native of Alabama and a proponent of constitutional revision. He spoke about the current condition of Alabama’s economy and also made remarks about the state’s image. “I learned a great deal about efforts to reform our state constitution,” Said Ferrel. “It was a great experience and one that has given me a new perspective about Alabama’s governance.” The ACCR is a not for profit, grassroots, public interest group whose dedication lies in drafting a new constitution for the state of Alabama. The organization grew out of a rally that took place in Tuscaloosa in April of 2000 and has been working toward a more practical state constitution since. Their mission states that the goal of the organization is to draft a constitution that unites, rather than divides, citizens of the state of Alabama.
Don’t Forget to Join in Wallace State’s “Common Read” October 7 - The Common Read Freshman/Faculty Luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Woody’s Grill – Theatre Director Lauren Cantrell will present a skit based Tuesdays with Morrie at 12 p.m. Nov. 3 - The Common Read Freshman/Faculty Luncheon 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Woody’s Grill – Tuesdays with Morrie the movie will be shown to students. Freshman/Faculty Luncheon - Sept. 1 and Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Woody’s Grill)
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Wallace State Celebrates the United States Constitution The Preamble to Our Constitution: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
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“There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower
inside wscc sports In the next issue, readers will find the return of full coverage of the most exciting events in Wallace State sports. The Volleyball and Soccer seasons have recently begun. The Volleyball team is off to a 7-0 start with a game at home on Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. against Lawson. The Soccer team is off to a 2-2-1 start with the next home game against Bethel College on September 24 at 3:30 p.m. See the calendar of events for more dates. Fan support makes a tremendous difference. Come out and support the Wallace State Lions!
Do You Know Your Bill of Rights? The Bill of Rights The first ten Amendments (Bill of Rights) were ratified effective December 15, 1791. Amendment I: Freedom of religion, speech, and the press; rights of assembly and petition Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Amendment II: Right to bear arms A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Amendment III: Housing of soldiers No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. Amendment IV: Search and arrest warrants The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Amendment V: Rights in criminal cases No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any
person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation. Amendment VI: Rights to a fair trial In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense. Amendment VII: Rights in civil cases In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law. Amendment VIII: Bails, fines, and punishments Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Amendment IX: Rights retained by the people The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. Amendment X: Powers retained by the states and the people The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Wallace State will join the rest of the nation on 17th in the celebration of the U.S. Constitution. A copy of the U.S. Constitution will be on display in the student center. Information about our country’s Constitution will be distributed to students throughout the day. Be sure to join your peers for a cookout that will be held from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the gazebo near the college’s Student Center.