2012 News Release Archives

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BPCC GOSPEL CHOIR SUPPORT TOYS FOR TOTS

Release date: December 18, 2012

For the second consecutive year, Bossier Parish Community College’s Gospel Choir collected toys for the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys-for-Tots program.

“We are excited to be able to brighten the holidays for children in need in the local community,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, Bossier Parish Community College Gospel Choir Advisor.

SSGT Michael G. McGee, assistant coordinator for Bossier City Toys for Tots program, appreciated the choir’s generous donation. “We greatly appreciate the toys and especially the bicycle donated by the BPCC Gospel Choir. These gifts will definitely place a smile on a child Christmas morning.”

For more information on Bossier City Toys-for-Tots Program, call 318-747-0795.

BPCC Gospel Choir Advisor Dr. Cindy Darby presents SSGT Michael McGee with the bicycle donated by the choir.

BPCC Gospel Choir Advisor Dr. Cindy Darby presents SSGT Michael McGee with the bicycle donated by the choir.

BPCC CAVALIER BASEBALL TEAM SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER AT SUTTON’S

Release date: December 18, 2012

The Cavalier baseball team recently spent the afternoon visiting and spreading holiday cheer to children and their families at Sutton’s Children’s Hospital, Shreveport, LA. They gave autographed baseballs and posed for pictures with the children.

The children were delighted to see the baseball team in their jerseys and several of them challenged the players in a game of catch.

Cavalier Head Coach Aaron Vorachek plans to make the visit a regular community outreach for current and future team members. “Not only was this a treat for all the kids, the players enjoyed putting smiles on the kids’ faces,” said Coach Vorachek.

The Cavalier baseball team visits Sutton’s Children’s Hospital recently

The Cavalier baseball team visits Sutton’s Children’s Hospital recently. (Coach Aaron Vorachek – left; Coach TJ Forrest – right)

One patient grins from ear to ear as he receives a baseball autographed by the Cavalier baseball team.

One patient grins from ear to ear as he receives a baseball autographed by the Cavalier baseball team.

BPCC SOFTBALL HOSTED FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL SHOWCASE

Release date: December 13, 2012

Area softball college coaches got a glimpse of local high school softball players in action last Saturday at Bossier Parish Community College’s Fast Pitch Softball Area-wide Bayou Showcase held at Meadowview Park in Bossier City, LA.

More than 100 area softball players showcased their skills to college coaches from the Ark-La-Tex. The nine colleges included: UT Tyler, LSU-Alexandria, BPCC, Trinity Valley Community College, Kilgore, East Texas Baptist University, Louisiana College, East Mississippi Community College, Ouachita Baptist University. The event consisted of 3 sessions: pitching/catching; infield/outfield fielding; and hitting.

This year marks the fifth year the showcase was held in Bossier City. Lady Cavalier Head Softball Coach Ashley Grisham was pleased with the participation at the showcase. “This was a great opportunity for us to offer this event for local softball players,” says Coach Grisham. “We had a great turnout and we got to see some of the best softball players in the area.”

BPCC Lady Cavalier softball players worked the event by shagging balls, pitching and cheering on all the attendees.

The Lady Cavs begin their spring season January 26, 2013 against Angelina College in Lufkin, TX.

Area high school softball players wait for their turn to bat at the BPCC Fast-Pitch Softball Showcase last Saturday.

Area high school softball players wait for their turn to bat at the BPCC Fast-Pitch Softball Showcase last Saturday.

BPCC Lady Cavalier softball players Mookie Allison, Chelsea Ivy, Ashley Hoecker, Kacie Franklin and Robin Capps pose for the camera after the softball showcase.

BPCC Lady Cavalier softball players Mookie Allison, Chelsea Ivy, Ashley Hoecker, Kacie Franklin and Robin Capps pose for the camera after the softball showcase.

bpcc’s fall 2012 graduation makes history

Release date: December 11, 2012

bossier parish community college’s Fall 2012 graduation is set to be another for the history books. Not only is this commencement the largest fall graduation in the College’s 45-year history, it also:

  • yields the first student to graduate with an associate of science in engineering
  • includes the first group of LPN to RN transition students (6 out of the 30 nursing graduates in bpcc’s 2nd nursing graduating class). These transition students are those who have been licensed practical nurses and have chosen to advance their career by becoming RNs.

Credentials will be awarded to 326 graduates, making this fall’s graduation the largest fall graduation on record. Fall 2011 awarded 307 graduates with credentials.

“The two words that drive everything that we do at bpcc are access and success,” said Chancellor Jim Henderson. “At the beginning of each recent semester, we have announced record enrollment. Today, we are proud to announce record completions. Each of these graduates is now prepared for success in the workforce or at the next level of education. As a result, the future quality of life in our community looks brighter, and the competitive advantage our employers enjoy in the form of developed talent has never been stronger.”

bpcc will hold two ceremonies for fall graduation on Friday, December 14, 2012:

  • 9:30 a.m. - divisions of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics AND Science, Nursing and Allied Health
  • 2:30 p.m. – all other academic divisions

The graduation ceremonies will be held in bpcc’s Health & Physical Education Complex, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

In the 9:30 a.m. ceremony, Jacquelyn French will receive bpcc’s first associate of science in engineering degree. French is excited to be receiving her degree and has been offered an internship with a Shreveport engineering firm. “I am weighing my options as whether to take the internship now or to transfer to Louisiana Tech University as a junior in industrial engineering,” says French.

French, a graduate of Captain Shreve High School, began her college career at La Tech; however, due to financial issues, she had to come back home. “As I drove past bpcc on my way back and forth to Tech, I remembered hearing about bpcc’s engineering program. So, I decided to check it out. I found out that I was only a few classes shy of receiving my associate’s degree.”

With a full load of classes this semester – two engineering courses: statics and circuits; one physics course; and one management course – French feels the difficulty level of these courses are the same as those at 4-year schools. “Even though bpcc is a two-year school, the courses challenge you just as much and sometimes even more than those at 4-year schools,” says French. “What I liked about the bpcc’s engineering program were the smaller classes. The smaller classes allow the professors to give you more one-on-one attention.”

During the graduation ceremonies, students will be awarded associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and technical competency areas in each of bpcc’s academic divisions.

bpcc Paramedic program director Jeff Anderson will be the guest speaker for both commencement ceremonies.

bpcc holds pinning ceremony for fall 2012 nursing class

Release date: December 11, 2012

bossier parish community college will hold the pinning ceremony for its second graduating class of nursing students at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2012 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the bpcc campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The pinning ceremony is often more personally meaningful for the student than the graduation ceremony. It signifies the student’s official initiation into the brotherhood and sisterhood of nurses.

“The pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in nursing,” says bpcc Nursing Program Administrator Sharon Turley, MSN, RN. “Its history can be traced back to the Crusades of the 12th century when the Maltese cross was adopted by Crusaders to wear on their habits as a symbol of service. Over the years, the symbol was modified and eventually was given by the hospital school of nursing to students to identify them as nurses who were educated to serve the health needs of society.”

Turley adds, “The more modern ceremony dates back to the time when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George in recognition of her tireless service to the injured during the Crimean War. To share the honor, she, in turn, presented a medal of excellence to her graduates. Following this, the pinning of new graduates was standard throughout the United States.”

The bpcc Nursing Program is proud to be graduating this second class of registered nurses on Friday, December 14, 2012. Thirty (30) students will graduate which includes six LPN to RN transition students. These students have been licensed practical nurses and have chosen to advance their career by becoming RNs.

This second class follows a very successful first class of nursing graduates from Fall 2011. The College’s inaugural nursing class included 18 graduates and all passed the nursing licensure exam (on their first attempt) and received accreditation by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission. The bpcc nursing faculty feel confident the licensure pass rate for this group will once again meet national accreditation standards.

bpcc Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Date/Time:
Thursday, December 13
6:00 p.m.

Location:
Performing Arts Theatre
bossier parish community college
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, Louisiana

Participants:
bpcc Chancellor, Dr. James B. Henderson
bpcc Dean of Science, Nursing & Allied Health, Carolyn Burroughs
bpcc Nursing Program Administrator, Sharon Turley, MSN, RN
bpcc Nursing Faculty:

  • Terri Durel, MSN, RN
  • Carole Jorstad, MSN, RN
  • Katie Salley, MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC
  • Melanie Petchak, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
  • Amy Williams, MSN, RN

bpcc 2012 Nursing Class President, Nick Koury
bpcc 2012 Nursing graduate, Matt Gullett

bpcc to hold fall PTK honor society induction ceremony

Release date: December 6, 2013

The Alpha Rho Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at bossier parish community college announces its fall 2012 members. The members will be inducted at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7 at the bpcc Theatre, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

“These students exemplify excellence in academics, leadership and service,” says Chancellor Jim Henderson. “We are privileged that these students chose bpcc as their institution for higher learning, and whether they decide to advance to the next phase of higher education or choose to enter the job market, these students will possess the qualities necessary to be great leaders and role models.”

A student is invited to join the Alpha Rho Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at bossier parish community college if he/she is enrolled at the College in at least 3 credit hours, has earned at least 12 credit hours of degree course work, and has maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average. Benefits of joining Phi Theta Kappa include the right to wear honors regalia at graduation and access to more than $37 million in transfer scholarships to four-year universities throughout the world offered only to Phi Theta Kappa members.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges, particularly community and junior colleges. Headquartered in Jackson, MS, the society has more than 1,250 chapters worldwide and more than 2 million members, including Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise, country musician Trisha Yearwood, entrepreneur and former presidential candidate Henry Ross Perot and Emmy Award winning actress Sela Ward.

As stated in its mission statement, “the purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.”

Citizens National Bank donates to bpcc

Release date: December 6, 2013

Citizens National Bank representatives recently presented Chancellor Jim Henderson and bpcc Foundation President Hedy Hebert with a $10,000 donation for student scholarships.

A stalwart supporter of bpcc’s scholarship program for more than 15 years, Citizens National Bank has contributed more than $150,000 to both bpcc academic and athletic programs. Their generous gifts have assisted hundreds of students by removing barriers and granting them access to college classes that they might not have had the opportunity to afford.

Chancellor Jim Henderson acknowledged the support and generous donation given by Citizens National Bank. “Citizens’ generosity is a true investment in the futures of our students. We value the partnership with Citizens National Bank—a partnership dedicated to changing lives for those in our community,” says Henderson.

bpcc is truly grateful for the partnership with Citizens National Bank and its commitment to investing in our community.

Citizens National Bank donates to bpcc

(l to r) Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation President and bpcc Foundation Board Member David “Rocky” Rockett; bpcc Chancellor Jim Henderson; Citizens National Bank Vice President and Business Banker David P. McConathy; CNB Marketing Director Cindy Aubrey; Benefit Consulting and bpcc Foundation President Hedy Hebert; VIP Family Counseling and bpcc Foundation Board Member Jeff Darby; bpcc Staff Senate President Lynda Dickson; and AEP and bpcc Foundation Major Gifts Campaign Chairman John T. Hubbard.

bpcc now accepting applications for the spring 2013 term

Release date: December 6, 2013

bossier parish community college is now accepting applications for the Spring 2013 term. Anyone interested in applying to the College can do so by applying online at www.bpcc.edu/applynow.

General on-site registration is scheduled for Wednesday, January 9, 2013; however, those interested can apply early in order to register for classes prior to on-site registration. Registering early gives individuals a better opportunity for classes or times they may desire.

As the fastest growing community college in the nation, bpcc’s most recent accomplishments include:

  • Fall 2012 enrollment reached 7,900 – highest in 45-year history
  • Cyber program – accredited with all six CNSS certifications as well as designated a National Center of Academic Excellence 2-Year Education
  • Transfer agreements with 4-year schools – allowing for seamless transfers for students
  • (i.e. engineering graduates can transfer to Louisiana Tech as a junior into any of Tech’s engineering programs)
  • Named to 2013 Military-Friendly Schools list – one of top 15% of schools to make list
  • Named lead in a $14.7 million grant to promote the development of programs in healthcare information technology and cyber security/networking

bossier parish community college will be soon home to a new $22 million training facility for Benteler Steel/Tube of Germany’s--Louisiana plant to be located at The Port of Caddo-Bossier. This facility will house bpcc’s programs in manufacturing, oil and gas, engineering, energy and construction.

bpcc offers associate degrees in six academic divisions: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; Science, Nursing and Allied Health; and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Technical diplomas, certificates and technical competency areas are also available in each of these divisions.

For more information on any of the College’s programs contact the Office of Public Relations at 318-678-6031.

bpcc becomes one of select few awarded all six CNSS certifications

Release date: November 28, 2012

bossier parish community college joins a select group of community colleges nationwide to achieve all six of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) standards certifications. With the approval this week of the final two CNSS standards certifications, bpcc now holds CNSS 4011-4016 certifications as well as the designation of CAE2Y (Center of Academic Excellence for Two-Year college).

“These accreditations are prestigious, mainly being held by universities such as the United States Air Force Academy, Georgetown University, and the Naval Postgraduate School,” said Associate Professor for Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Chris Rondeau. “Only a few two year colleges in the United States carry these certifications.”

CNSS 4015 (NSTISSI 4015 National Training Standard for System Certifiers) and CNSS 4016 (National Information Assurance Training Standard for Risk Analysts) round out a three-year process by bpcc’s Cyber faculty for achieving all six of the CNSS certifications.

“These certifications and credentials serve to help our students in our Cyber Information Systems programs become more marketable to businesses and government agencies that require a higher level of security systems training,” explained Rondeau.

In the email from ICAE (Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation) notifying the College of the accreditations, the bpcc Cyber program was lauded as a program to be commended:

“…. The lab assignments utilize real world scenarios in their lab assignments which provide the students exposure to these types of incidents but also are designed to assist the students prepare for and sit for the COMPTIA Network+ exam and the Security+ certifications. There are some notable achievements including their internship program, the launch of their Cyber Information Technology curriculums supporting the local Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) and National Cyber Research Park (NCRP) efforts and there was an excellent ethical document entitled, “Network Security & Networking Tracks Code of Conduct Contract” which is signed by the faculty and students. Nicely done.”

For more information on these certifications, visit: www.cnss.gov.Will open new browser window or tabFor more information on bpcc’s Cyber programs, contact Chris Rondeau at (318) 678-6317 or crondeau@bpcc.edu.

Sophomore solo recital set for bpcc music program

Release date: November 27, 2012

The bpcc Music Program has scheduled its Fall 2012 Sophomore Solo Recital for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 3, in the bpcc Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The recital is free and open to the public.

As partial fulfillment of their music degree requirements, music majors are required to perform a formal sophomore solo recital after four semesters of study on their major instrument. As sophomores, it is customary to place several students on one evening’s performance.

The students performing their Sophomore Recital will be Gavin McCoy, percussion; Todd Heard, tuba; and Juyon Kim, voice. Assistant Professor Gulnara Chandler will serve as accompanist. Music selections for the recitals will consist of standard repertoire for voice, percussion, and tuba.

For more information on these events or the bpcc Music Program, contact Dr. Michael D. Hart at 678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

bpcc Certified Nurse Assistant program holds fall 2012 graduation

Release date: November 26, 2012

bossier parish community college’s Certified Nurse Assistant program recently held its Fall 2012 graduation. The five graduates received certificates of completion and pins during the ceremony. As graduates of the program, they are recognized as Certified Nurse Assistants in Louisiana.

The Fall 2012 graduates are Brooke Baucom, Unok Brown, Michelle East, Samantha Lowery and Carolyn Loyd.

The bpcc CNA program prepares students to work with long-term care patients and instruction includes medical terminology, health care safety, patient care lecture, patient care studies, practice lab situations and on-site clinicals.

bpcc’s Spring 2013 CNA program will begin February 26, 2013.

For more information or to register, contact bpcc Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 318-678-6015.

bpcc Fall 2012 CNA graduates

bpcc Fall 2012 CNA graduates

Christmas Music Faculty Concert Scheduled at bpcc

Release date: November 19, 2012

The Music Program at bossier parish community college will present a Christmas Music Faculty Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 6 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the bpcc campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The performers for the evening’s recital are Gulya Chandler, Joy Ratcliff, and Mary Cunningham, piano; William Bond, Jr., Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, Janice Aiken, and Steve Aiken, voice; Bob Maynard, saxophone; Philip Wade, classical guitar; and Dr. Michael Hart, trumpet.

“This is the fifth year in which the bpcc Music Program has presented a faculty Christmas concert” said Dr. Michael Hart, Music Program Director. The evening’s program will feature Christmas classics and popular holiday favorites that are known and loved by children of all ages. This Christmas Music Faculty Concert concludes the Fall 2012 Music Program Concert Series.

For more information on this concert and the Music Program at bossier parish community college, call the bpcc Music Program at 678-6146.

bpcc Music Program Schedules Fall Band Concert

Release date: November 19, 2012

The bpcc Concert Winds will present its Fall Concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, November 30 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the bpcc campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Shreveport, LA. The Concert Winds, under the direction of Dr. Michael D. Hart, will take the stage to perform popular selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The Concert Winds will perform Marche de Parachutistes Belges by Pierre Leemans; Nilesdance, an aggressive and percussive composition by David R. Holsinger; Always with Grace, an undulating variation on Amazing Grace by Gary P. Gilroy; Metroplex – Three Postcards from Manhattan, a descriptive piece by Robert Sheldon; and Dusk by Steven Bryant. The program will end with a double holiday encore.

“This is the second and final concert of the semester for the ensemble,” stated Dr. Michael Hart, Music Program Director and the ensemble’s conductor. Earlier in the term, the Concert Winds presented a Fall Pops concert featuring an evening of light and popular music. Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are full-tuition music scholarship recipients. Music scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and are full-time bpcc students.

For more information about this concert or to arrange for a music scholarship audition, contact Dr. Hart at 678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

bpcc and City of Bossier City to host 21st annual Christmas show for community

Release date: November 12, 2012

bossier parish community college, in collaboration with the City of Bossier City, is proud to present the 21st Annual Christmas Show slated for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29, at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and admission is free to the community. Canned good donations for The Northwest Louisiana Food Bank are welcome.

Since 1992, this “gift to Bossier City” has been entertaining children of all ages, and we, once again, welcome the community for yet another adventure! This year’s show, The Runaway Christmas Toys, will be a treat for everyone.

The Cavalier Players will join with the Cavalier Choir, the bpcc Jazz Ensemble, the bpcc Concert Choir, the bpcc Gospel Choir, Jennifer McMullen, Isaac Saxton and Jordan Miller, the Cavalier Cheerleaders, and the Ladies in Gold for the annual show. This year, our MC will be Bradley Silman and, as always, Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will be reading the Christmas favorite – “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

For more information, please call Jim Boyter, Performing Arts Manager at 318-678-6021 or email: theatre@bpcc.edu.

bpcc Music Program to Present Fall Jazz Ensemble Concert

Release date: November 9, 2012

The bpcc Jazz Ensemble will present its Fall concert at 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 15 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the College campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The bpcc Jazz Ensemble is comprised of both music and non-music majors. Many students in the ensemble are on full-tuition music scholarships. The Fall concert will include a variety of jazz related styles including swing, blues, ballads, and jazz standards – Sammy Nestico’s Queen Bee; All the Things You Are arranged by Michael Sweeney; Birdland” by Josef Zawinul; Nat Adderley’s Jive Samba; The Coffee Queen by John Mastroianni; Horace Silver’s Filthy McNasty; and Honk a romping rock tune by Jeff Jarvis.

“The bpcc Jazz Ensemble has been very active in the community in recent semesters,” says Dr. Michael Hart, the ensemble’s director. “We’ve performed for the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux and most recently were the featured entertainment at the Builders Supply Company’s annual employee appreciation dinner.”

For more information about this free concert or music scholarships at bpcc, please call 678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu

bpcc Gospel Choir to host concert of Thanksgiving at Broadmoor Library

Release date: November 7, 2012

The bossier parish community college Gospel Choir, in collaboration with Shreve Memorial Library-Broadmoor Branch, will host a Concert of Thanksgiving at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 8 at Shreve Memorial Library-Broadmoor Branch, 1212 Captain Shreve Drive, Shreveport, LA.

The Concert of Thanksgiving is free and open to the public. Toiletry items will be accepted and donated to the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to support homelessness prevention.

For additional information, contact Maria Colon, Broadmoor Branch Manager at (318) 869-0120.

bossier parish community college hosts screening of energy documentary “Switch”

Release date: November 6, 2012

bpcc is proud to be one of the few colleges nationwide to host the screening of the energy conservation documentary Switch, a “multi-prong effort designed to build a balanced national understanding of energy,” at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 14 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the College campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

“This is such an amazing opportunity for our faculty, staff, students, and community to learn about engineering technologies and the reasons we teach energy education,” says Linda Sonnier, bpcc Energy Programs Director.

Free and open to the public, this award-winning film is brought to the community locally by the Shreveport Geological Society, bpcc Student Oil & Gas Organization (SOGO), LSU-Shreveport and Louisiana Oil & Gas Organization (LOGO).

According the Switch Energy Project’s website, “energy visionary, Dr. Scott Tinker, explores the world’s leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels. Switch is the first truly balanced energy film, embraced and supported by people all along the energy spectrum – fossil and renewable, academic and environmental.”

Dr. Scott W. Tinker is the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the State Geologist of Texas. He is also the acting Associate Dean for Research, and a Professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin.

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bpcc Celebrates Veterans Day With Colonel Andrew J. Gebara

Release date: November 3, 2012

bossier parish community college welcomes the community to its annual Veterans Day Commemoration at 11:00 am on November 9 in the bpcc Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Colonel Andrew J. Gebara, commander of the 2nd bomb wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, will be the speaker for the commemoration honoring our veterans both past and present. Colonel Gebara, a distinguished graduate of Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, served as a command pilot with more than 3,400 flight hours.

The Veterans Day program, organized by bpcc’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations, will include the bpcc Gospel Choir and Airline High School’s Junior ROTC, who will present the nation’s colors.

“bpcc faculty, staff, and students as well as the local community will have the opportunity of esteeming genuine heroes---the service men and women who have served or those presently serving to defend our freedoms,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, bpcc’s Director of Diversity and Multicultural Relations.

For more information, contact bpcc Public Relations at 318-678-6031

bpcc Music Program Schedules Guest Artist Series Performance

Release date: November 1, 2012

“The Trom-Uba-Phone-Experience-Too,” under the direction of Dr. Joe L. Alexander will present their Octubafest 2012 concert at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, November 7 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the bpcc campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The ensemble’s repertoire will include “Quartet No. 1 in C minor” by Kenyon Wilson; “In nomine Iesu omne genuflectatur” by Josquin Desprez; “Prelude and Fugue #3” by Clara Schumann; “Music 4 Tubas” by John Stevens; and “Summer Time: A Suite for Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble” by Joe L. Alexander. The students in the low brass ensemble are enrolled at both bpcc and Louisiana Tech University.

“This is the second time we have hosted the low brass ensemble on our campus,” stated Dr. Michael Hart, bpcc Music Program Director. “Our Guest Artist Series has become quite popular and the fact that such talent is showcased for free is indeed a benefit to our community.”

For more information about this concert or music scholarships and auditions, please contact the bpcc Music Program at 678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu.

bpcc Concert Choir To Present Fall Seasonal Concert

Release date: November 1, 2012

The Concert Choir, under the direction of Mr. William Bond, Jr., will present their Fall Concert at 7:30pm on Saturday, November 10 in the bpcc Performing Arts Theatre on the college campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The ensemble’s repertoire will include both traditional choir repertoire and seasonal selections. Included in the evening’s performance will be “I Carry Your Heart With Me” by Z. Randall Stroope; “Kyrie” by Steve Kupferschmid; “Ubi Caritas” by Ola Gjeilo; and “The Winter’s Night” by Nicholas Myers. Seasonal selections include “Amen” arranged by Jester Hairston; “Carol of the Bells”; “The Joyful Bells Are Ringing”; and “How Sweet the Sound”. Student Conductor Gabrielle Brumley will direct “Winter Wind” by Douglas Wagner. Assistant Professor of Music Gulya Chandler is the choir accompanist.

Many of the students enrolled in the Concert Choir have earned music scholarships. Music scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.00 GPA, and are full-time bpcc students. Auditions for bpcc music scholarships are held several times throughout the year.

“In addition to the end of the semester performances on campus each year, the Concert Choir has a Pops Concert planned for next spring,” says Dr. Michael Hart, Music Program Director.

For more information about this concert, music scholarships and/or auditions, please contact the bpcc Music Program at 678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu.

Cavalier Players announce the fall festival of one-act plays

Release date: October 24, 2012

The bossier parish community college Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce the 2012 Annual Fall Festival of One-Act Plays. The performance is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 13 in the bpcc Theatre, Building C, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

bpcc’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of seven student directors. Jasey Gilbert is seeking the Associate of Arts in Theatre degree. The other directors - Tuquisha Adams, Elise Birmingham, Essence Doyle, Jesse Kortus, Amber Mattingly, and Sindy Simms - are seeking the Associate of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Concentration) degree. The Fall Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will mark the theatre program’s thirteenth season of student-directed work.

The performance is free and open to the public. Generally, the one-act festival is rated M for adult audiences.

For more information or for directions to the theatre, please contact Jim Boyter, bpcc Communication and Performing Arts Manager, at 318-678-6021.

bpcc Workforce Development and Continuing Education brings courses to Ringgold, La

Release date: October 24, 2012

bossier parish community college Workforce Development and Continuing Education is now offering professional and personal enrichment writing and communication classes in partnership with The Write Place, 2370 Mill Rd. Ringgold, LA.

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For more information, contact bpcc Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 318-678-6015 or register online.

bpcc’s Communication and Performing Arts Division call For scripts

Release date: October 23, 2012

bossier parish community college’s Communication and Performing Arts Division is now accepting film scripts for its 11th Annual Film Script Competition.

Scripts should be family-orientated and easily produced in Northwest Louisiana. The script must not have been previously optioned, produced, or purchased, and kept to less than 90 minutes running time. For more information on the guidelines, please see the submission guidelines.

If you have written a script and desire to see it produced, please send the script and its treatment on a CD or by email before November 15 to:

Stella Thompson

Program Coordinator, Division of Communication and Performing Arts

bossier parish community college

6220 East Texas St.

Bossier City, LA 71111

sthompson@bpcc.edu

bpcc to host Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs’ Student Veterans Statewide Outreach Tour

Release date: October 19, 2012

bossier parish community college is pleased to be one of the colleges in the state to host the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs’ (LDVA) statewide student veterans outreach tour.

The LDVA will visit colleges and universities across Louisiana in “an effort to connect with student veterans.” The LDVA mobile outreach vehicle will be available to student veterans from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24 in the front drive to Building A on the College campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

"Student veterans are an important part of every Louisiana college and university population," says Lane A. Carson, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. "LDVA wants to make sure every student veteran has the information about the benefits he or she earned through their military service to be successful in their educational pursuits."

“Named a 2012 military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs, bpcc is pleased to serve the educational needs of both veterans and active-duty personnel and their families all over the world,” says Susan Stakes, bpcc’s school-certifying official for veteran education. “Being a host to the statewide outreach tour ensures our student veterans that we are dedicated to not only providing them knowledge in the classroom but knowledge on how their benefits and programs can best serve them.”

LDVA representatives will be on hand to provide information regarding a number of veteran benefits and programs such as:

  • GI Bill
  • VRAP and On The Job Training Programs
  • VA Work Study Program
  • Changes to TOPS Qualifications Regarding Veterans
  • VA Benefits
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Center

The mission of LDVA is to provide comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana’s veterans and families with regard to health care, education, disability benefits, long term care and burial honors. For more information about LDVA programs and services, please call toll free 1-877-GEAUX-VA (1-877-432-8982) or visit www.vetaffairs.la.gov.Will open new browser window or tab

For more information about LDVA, please contact Robin Keller at 225-281-7833 or robin.keller@la.gov.

Storer Equipment Services donate to bpcc

Release date: October 12, 2012

Three generations of the Storer family — Aaron Storer, Bud Storer (Storer Services founder and chairman) and Craig Storer (president) — presented bpcc Foundation President Hedy Hebert and bpcc Chancellor Jim Henderson with a $150,000 pledge toward bpcc’s proposed Center for Integrated Engineering Technologies (CIET) building.

The Center will house the Oil and Gas Technology, Engineering, Construction, and Advanced Manufacturing/Industrial Technology programs.

“Demonstrating technologies ranging from advanced energy solutions to building control monitors and advanced safety practices, this facility will be a model for providing integrated learning – a critical component of job-preparation for careers in these high-demand fields,” according to bpcc’s Director of Energy Programs Linda Sonnier, in describing the Center’s paradigm.

Chancellor Jim Henderson acknowledged the support and generous donation given by Storer Services. “Storer’s investment in the bpcc Center for Integrated Engineering Technologies will help make bpcc's Technology and Engineering programs truly world class,” said Henderson.

bossier parish community college is proud to be community partners with Storer Services.

Storer Equipment Services check presentation

(l to r) Aaron Storer, Bud Storer, Craig Storer, bpcc Foundation President Hedy Hebert, Chancellor Jim Henderson, Dean of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Laura Goadrich and bpcc Foundation Capital Campaign Chairman John Hubbard.

bpcc100 fundraiser brings in $46k+ in student scholarship funds

Release date: October 12, 2012

The totals are in and the 4th Annual bpcc100 Go-Kart race presented by Encana Oil and Gas, Inc., brought in more than $46,000 for bpcc student scholarships, bringing the combined total of each year’s race proceeds to $128,000.

This event has become an annual tradition for local businesses. “The funds raised help grant access to deserving students in the form of scholarships that will be awarded next spring and fall to help offset the cost of tuition and fees.” said bpcc Foundation Director Stephanie Rogers.

Nearly 20 teams participated in the event which was represented by local businesses, community agencies and campus groups. Teams competed for top bragging rights for having the fastest car to the best looking team, as well as having the fastest pit crew. AEP SWEPCO–Texarkana Team took home the checkered flag and the 1st place trophy as 2012 bpcc100 Champs.

The 5th Annual bpcc100 will be held next fall and promises to hold lots of excitement. Team-sponsored, customized go-karts zip around a race track competing for trophies and bragging rights. Teams also compete for prizes in various categories: Best Looking Car; Best Dressed Pit Crew and Fastest Pit Crew.

For more information on the bpcc100 or to reserve your team spot, contact bpcc Foundation Director Stephanie Rogers at 318-678-6185.

BPCC 100

bpcc Chancellor Jim Henderson; bpcc Foundation Chairman Hedy Hebert; 2012 bpcc100 Champs – AEP SWEPCO –Texarkana team; Tommy Clark, BHP Billiton Petroleum Manager, External Affairs, Haynesville Production Unit (in orange); and bpcc Homecoming Queen Victoria Dallas celebrate with the winning trophy at the 4th Annual bpcc100 Go-Kart race presented by Encana Oil and Gas, Inc.

bpcc supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Release date: October 10, 2012

As part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, bossier parish community college (bpcc) celebrated Lee® National Denim Day on October 5 in support of the American Cancer Society’s® breast cancer programs. For a $5 donation, bpcc students, faculty, and staff joined together for “casual Friday” and wore jeans and pink apparel.

This nationwide program has raised more than $86 million for the fight against breast cancer.

“Every person knows someone who has been affected by some type of cancer,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator for Diversity & Multicultural Relations. “My aunt passed away from cancer several weeks ago so I made a donation in her honor.”

According to statistics, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. “Most people don’t pay attention until a face is put on it – a mother, sister, brother, daughter, aunt, cousin, or co-worker,” said Darby. “People need to be proactive about their health through education, prevention, regular breast self examinations, early detection, and yearly wellness exam,” Darby said.

bpcc Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce dates for upcoming musical

Release date: October 8, 2012

The Performing Arts of bossier parish community college and the Cavalier Players announce the production of the Tony award-winning musical, Avenue Q, slated for October 18 through October 28 in bpcc’s Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the bpcc Campus at 6220 E. Texas Street in Bossier City. Avenue Q features music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, with the book by Jeff Whitty.

The first show of bpcc Theatre’s 25th Season, Avenue Q is a gut-bustingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show; a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned.

Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of bpcc’s Communication and Performing Arts division, serves as the director and music director for the play which features the talent of bpcc theatre students, faculty, and staff. Performing are Chance Dale, Jasey Gilbert, Kevin Hippler, Jesse Kortus, Luke Digilormo, Gabby Brumley, Allison Miller, Mya Martin, Linda Robinson, Grady Savant, Elise Birmingham, Bruce Wilson, Robin Carlisle, and Lari Leber. Denise Dalton will stage manage; David White will design sets; Keith Bruce will design lights; Rose Clayton will design props; and Rona Leber will design costumes for the show.

The official website for Avenue Q says, “Adults love Avenue Q, but they seem a little, er, fuzzy on whether it's appropriate for kids. We'll try to clear that up. Avenue Q is great for teenagers because it's about real life. It may not be appropriate for young children because Avenue Q addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. It's hard to say what exact age is right to see Avenue Q - parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children. But we promise you this - if you DO bring your teenagers to Avenue Q, they'll think you're really cool.”

Avenue Q opened off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in March 2003. After extending performances four times, the show won the 2003 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding New Musical. Premiering on Broadway on July 31, 2003 at the Golden Theatre, Avenue Q ran for just over six years, closing on September 13, 2009.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on October 18-20, 25-27; and at 2:00 p.m. on October 21 and 28. Reservations may now be made online or by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at 318-678-6021.

Reserved ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, military, and students.

Please note: that this “M- Mature” comedy is for grown-ups and contains adult situations and language. It is not suitable for children.

For more information on the Theatre Program, call the Communication and Performing Arts Division at 318-678-6038 or email: theatre@bpcc.edu.

“Sweetly satiric and surprisingly fresh!” – The New York Times

“The Tony Award-winning musical remains as sharp and funny as ever!” - Theatermania

Avenue Q

Chance Dale, Bruce Wilson, Jasey Gilbert

 

Avenue Q

Kevin Hippler , Jesse Kortus

 

Avenue Q

(front) Jasey Gilbert, Bruce Wilson, Chance Dale

(back) Kevin Hippler, Jesse Kortus

bpcc offers eight-week 3-D computer drafting course

Release date: October 4, 2012

bossier parish community college’s Division of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TEM) announces an 8-week 3-D computer drafting course from 6:30pm - 9:30pm October 11 through December 6, 2012. The course is open to both credit or non-credit students.

This unique course, SolidWorks 3-D Modeling, offers students the opportunity to learn how to create computer generated three-dimensional models of virtually any design project through application of one of the premier software packages used by local businesses and industries.

“This is just one of the broad varieties of engineering graphics courses offered by BPCC for preparing graduates to enter the field of CAD drafting and design,” says BPCC Assistant Professor Ed Chopin. “For individuals currently working in the field, the course will supplement their CAD skills, and make them more valuable employees.”

In addition to learning how to use the 3-D software, students will also be able to print their drawings in three-dimensions through the use of the department’s new Dimension Elite 3-D Printer. The printer uses a plastic material to do rapid prototyping of 3-D objects up to 8”x 8”x12”.

Interested individuals can register for this course as either a credit earning or a non-credit continuing education course.

The SolidWorks course and 3-D printer supplement the wide variety of computer-aided drafting courses currently offered through BPCC’s Division of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology (AASIT) degree program allows students to complete their AASIT-Engineering Graphics Concentration at BPCC and then, transfer to Northwestern State University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering technology with two (2) additional years of study.

For more information about the SolidWorks 3-D drafting class, the AASIT degree plan, or any of the engineering graphics courses at BPCC, contact Edward Chopin, Program Director at (318) 678-6092 or email echopin@bpcc.edu.

For more information on non-credit registration and fees, contact BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 318-678-6015.

bpcc Career Services hosts fall job fair

Release date: October 4, 2012

BPCC’s Career Services department hosts its Annual Fall Job Fair from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 12 in the Emmett E. Cope Student Services Building (Building F) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

“This is a great place to gather career information and secure employment interviews with area employers,” says BPCC Career Services Coordinator Kathy Busch. “Full-time, part-time, and seasonal employment opportunities are available.”

This job fair is open to current students, alumni, and the public.

The following businesses will provide job information to those attending:

  • AdvoCare
  • AFLAC-Wimer and Associates
  • Barksdale Credit Union
  • Best Buy
  • Boomtown Casino
  • Bossier City Police Department
  • Christus Schumpert Health Care
  • Century Rehab and Staffing
  • Circle K
  • El Dorado Casino
  • Elite Health Solution, L.L.C.
  • Ensco
  • Gordan, Inc.
  • Harrah’s Louisiana Downs/Horseshow Bossier
  • Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites
  • Kelly Services
  • LA Department of Labor
  • Legal Shield
  • Neff Rental
  • Ocean Dental
  • Pizza Hut/Yum Brands
  • Sam’s Town Casino
  • Shreveport Job Corps Center
  • Software and Services
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • The Radio Group of Shreveport
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Vector Marketing
  • Vintage Realty
  • WellNecessities

For more information, contact BPCC Career Services Coordinator Kathy Busch at 318-678-6084 or email her at kbusch@bpcc.edu.

bpcc Communication Media goes to Red River Revel

Release date: October 3, 2012

Students, faculty and staff from BPCC’s Communication and Performing Arts Division’s Communication Media department will be on hand this year at the 37th Red River Revel, October 6-13, 2012. BPCC’s Communication Media will provide personal media coverage of all artists, vendors and musical guests.

“Students will gain the invaluable experience of scheduling, interviewing and videoing artists, entertainers and food vendors,” says Denise Chambers, BPCC’s Communication and Performing Arts Project Director. “They will learn how to use the skills they are perfecting in a remote location with unforeseen challenges. It is going to be exciting, educational and fun for everyone.”

All of BPCC Communication Media’s daily television programs, such as COFFEEBREAK, News, and Homework Hotline, will be produced on-location from the Revel’s Metro PCS Social Media tent, behind The Depot Stage near the Spring Street Bridge and aired through normal outlets as well as the Revel’s YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/redriverrevel. This is the first year YouTube® and closed-circuit television will be used to promote artists, entertainers and food vendors at the Revel. Students, faculty and staff in Communication Media will produce the information that is seen on closed-circuit television throughout the Red River Revel.

For more information on BPCC’s Communication Media at the Revel, contact Denise Chambers at 318-678-6091 or for more information regarding BPCC’s Communication Media department, contact Stella Thompson at 318-678-6560.

bpcc Theatre announces 25th anniversary season

Release date: October 1, 2012

bossier parish community college and the Cavalier Players announce their 2012-2013 theatre season.

Avenue Q (the musical)

October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m.

October 21 and 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Henny Penny and the Little Red Hen (for children)

February 15 and 22 at 6:00 p.m.

February 16 and 23 at Noon

February 17 and 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Dark of the Moon (drama)

April 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m.

April 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Barefoot in the Park (romantic comedy)

July 26, 27, and August 2, 4 at 7:30 p.m.

July 28 and August 4 at 2:00 p.m.

“We are very eager to present our 25th anniversary season of theatre at BPCC,” says Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, BPCC’s Dean of Communication and Performing Arts and Professor of Theatre. “It is important to us that, in addition to training our students, we also present our audiences with entertaining as well as exciting and diverse theatre productions. With the titillating adult-themed puppet musical, Avenue Q ; the delightful children’s fable, Henny Penny; the edgy back-woods drama, Dark of the Moon; and the classic Neil Simon comedy, Barefoot in the Park, we offer something for everyone of a variety of ages and tastes.”

Avenue Q

Heading up this year’s season, Avenue Q is a gut-bustingly hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned. Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

The official website for Avenue Q says, “Adults love Avenue Q, but they seem a little, er, fuzzy on whether it's appropriate for kids. We'll try to clear that up. Avenue Q is great for teenagers because it's about real life. It may not be appropriate for young children because Avenue Q addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. It's hard to say what exact age is right to see Avenue Q - parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children. But we promise you this - if you DO bring your teenagers to Avenue Q, they'll think you're really cool.”

Crawford will direct Avenue Q, which will be presented October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m. and October 21 and 28 at 2:00 p.m., at BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City. Reserved Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, military, and non-BPCC students.

Henny Penny and The Little Red Hen

In February, the Cavalier Players will please children and their child-like parents with a Stephen W. Slaughter-original children’s theatre adaptation of the delightful story, Henny Penny and The Little Red Hen. The fairy-tale parable is set for February 15 and 22 at 6:00 p.m.; February 16 and 23 at Noon; and February 17 and 24 at 2:00 p.m. All performances are at the Performing Arts Theatre. Admission is $5.00 for children of all ages.

Dark of the Moon

Crawford will also direct Dark of the Moon. This perennial favorite is based on the haunting folk ballad of "Barbara Allen." Employing a large cast and imaginative settings in the Smoky Mountains, it recounts the story of John, a strange "witch boy" who upon first beholding the beautiful Barbara Allen immediately falls in love. He is given human form to woo and marry her on the condition that she remains true to him. The marriage is consummated and Barbara gives birth to a witch child whom the townspeople destroy in a superstitious frenzy. During a religious revival Barbara is led to betray John thus breaking their spell of love. As she dies, he returns forever to the world of the mountain witches.

"Gusto, vitality, humor, and a natural and easygoing way of introducing folk songs that adds up to an engaging evening on Broadway. There's a swing and spirit to the best scenes that had some of the audience tapping its feet and humming."-New York Post

Performances for this eerie classic at the Performing Arts Theatre are April 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m., and April 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, military, non-BPCC students and children.

Barefoot in the Park

Crawford will direct the final production of the season, Barefoot in the Park. Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He's a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she's a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find-too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn't understand Corie, as she sees it. He's too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous, running "barefoot in the park" would be a start...

"A bubbling, rib-tickling comedy."-The New York Times

“Critic weeps joyfully...I don't think anybody stopped laughing while the curtain was up last evening."-New York Daily News

Performances are scheduled for July 26 and 27 and August 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m.; and July 28 and August 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Theatre.

Lagniappe Productions

The Christmas Show

The Cavalier Players will join with the Cavalier Choir, The Cavalier Show Band, the Cavalier Cheerleaders and Ladies in Gold and other BPCC performance groups to present the annual Bossier City/bossier parish community college Christmas Show at the Bossier Civic Center. This year’s show is The Runaway Toys, a treat for children of all ages slated for Wednesday and Thursday, November 28 and 29 at 7:00 p.m. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free to the community. Canned good donations for The Northwest Louisiana Food Bank are welcome.

Fall and Spring Festivals of One-Act Plays

BPCC Theatre offers two bonus events for the community--the Fall and Spring Festivals of One Act Plays. These student-directed evenings of theatre will be presented Tuesday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m., and Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Theatre. Each Festival presents a selection of individual short plays. Although the play titles are not available at this time, normally the One Act Festival is more appropriate for mature audiences. Admission to the festival is free.

For more information about the season or BPCC Theatre, please contact us at 318-678-6021 or theatre@bpcc.edu.

25th Season posterPDF File

bpcc Guest Artist Series presents “Operatizer” performance

Release date: September 24, 2012

The Music Program at bossier parish community college will present a Guest Artist Series performance featuring the 2012-2013 Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 5, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the College campus, 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

This Guest Artist Series performance is free and open to the public.

The evening’s presentation will include opera repertoire selected from “Rigoletto” by Verdi; “Edgar” by Puccini; “The Tales of Hoffman” by Offenbach; and Broadway musical repertoire selected from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Guys and Dolls”, and Les Misérables.

This “Operatizer” is meant to serve as a musical appetizer for those who enjoy opera as well as those who would like to know more about opera, the daily lives of opera performers, and some of the inner workings and history of the art form.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our students, the College, and the community at large to experience professional level opera for free,” says Dr. Michael D. Hart, BPCC Music Program Director. “We expect this collaboration of providing a free and truly cultural event to the public to continue for years to come.”

The Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence (also known as SOX – Shreveport Opera Xpress) are Kelly Curtin, Soprano; Audrey Grieme, Mezzo-Soprano; Adrian Rosales, Baritone; and Jacob Watson, Tenor. They will be accompanied by Irina Nedelcu, Pianist and Music Director for SOX.

The Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence are the featured performers of the current Shreveport Opera season which opens with Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” on October 27, and continues with “I Pagliacci” in February, and “Rigoletto” in April 2013. The Shreveport Opera performs in the Riverview Theatre.

For more information on this free Guest Artist Series performance or the Music Program at BPCC, contact Dr. Michael D. Hart at 318-678-6146.

Operatizer

bpcc Workforce Development and Continuing Education department offers program on Medicare information

Release date: September 21, 2012

Need help understanding Medicare for you or your loved ones? Tamara Crane, Executive Director of Bossier Council on Aging, is providing a program entitled, “Medicare: What is it? Do you need it?” from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 29, at BPCC, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Participants will gain a better understanding of Medicare benefits and receive education on healthcare options including Medicare guidelines: Original, Advantage and Part D and what Medicare covers in the hospital, nursing facilities and at home.

This will be the ONLY course offering before Medicare’s open enrollment in October 2012.

For more information, contact bpcc’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 318-678-6015 or register online.

bossier parish community college leads consortium to $14.7 million national TAACCCT grant award

Release date: September 20, 2012

Officials of bossier parish community college were notified Wednesday the college has been awarded a $14.7 million grant as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative. This national initiative promotes skills development and employment opportunities in fields such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and health care, as well as science, technology, engineering and math careers through partnerships between training providers and local employers. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.

bossier parish community college, along with consortium members from nine other community colleges in Louisiana and Mississippi, was awarded $14,710,837 of the $500 million in community college grants to expand job training through local employer partnerships.

Lisa Wheeler, BPCC’s Director of Institutional Research and Grants and Consortium Lead on the grant project, is looking forward to the impact this award has for the Louisiana/Mississippi region. "This award is the largest ever received by bossier parish community college, but more importantly, it's one of the greatest opportunities to serve workers and employers in our communities.

Wheeler adds, “Each community college, four in Louisiana and five in Mississippi, will develop and offer a new, core foundational information technology curriculum in a completely new format. It's called IBEST - a model that integrates basic skills instruction with technical training so students move through more quickly, earn their credentials sooner, and are ready to enter the workforce with their new skill set earlier. Graduates of our programs will be among the most competitive because the training is built around the most rigorous of industry standards."

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson echoes Wheeler’s statements and also applauds the world-class faculty and staff at each of the consortium colleges. "We share this award with our workforce, business, and community partners because of their contributions of insight and experience. And we recognize that we could never innovate and offer these ambitious projects without the collaborative effort of the dedicated staffs at the nine colleges. It's a great time to do business with community colleges."

Consortium members include bossier parish community college (leader), Delgado Community College, Northeast Louisiana Technical College, South Louisiana Community College, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Meridian Community College, Mississippi Delta Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Pearl River Community College.

The colleges will implement the evidence-based IBEST model and with the Accelerating Opportunity initiative's technical support, each college will develop and implement pathways that feature a new, core foundational information technology curriculum that integrates basic skills instruction with technical training to accelerate academic achievement and credential attainment. The common IT foundational curriculum leads to a marketable entry-level certification and lattices into multiple in-demand IT specialty pathways and certifications in health informatics, cyber security and industrial IT.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced the $500 million in community college grants in Florida Wednesday at St. Petersburg College, which also received $15 million in funds to lead a consortium of community colleges across the state.

For more information regarding the grant program and a list of grantees by state, including project descriptions, visit the U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT web site.Will open new browser window or tab

For more information on the bossier parish community college and consortium team grant, contact Lisa Wheeler at lwheeler@bpcc.edu or 318-678-6206.

Guest artist series at bpcc to feature cornetist and clarinetist

Release date: September 18, 2012

Philip BradburyBPCC will present a chamber music recital at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the College campus at 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA, as part of the Music Program’s Guest Artist Series. Cornetist Bruce Downs and Clarinetist Philip Bradbury will be the soloist for this afternoon recital performance.

The recital will include pieces by Mozart, Ravel, Balay, and Hüe. Bradbury will also perform one of his own compositions. Downs will be accompanied by Adele Shafferman and Bradbury by will be accompanied by Liz West.

Bruce DownsDowns is a graduate of Susquehanna University where he studied trumpet with Victor Rislow and Seymour Rosenfeld. He is an active member of the North Louisiana Trumpet Ensemble based at Louisiana Tech University. Bradbury is a native of New Orleans and received a master of music in Theory/Composition and Performance in 2008 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). He freelances as a composer for video games and is an active classical and jazz performer.

This concert is free and open to the public.

For more information about this concert or the Music Program at BPCC, contact Dr. Michael D. Hart at 318-678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

bossier parish community college awarded Military Friendly Schools® title from Victory Media, Inc.

Release date: September 17, 2012

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named bossier parish community college to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows bossier parish community college’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Sean Collins. See complete survey methodology.Will open new browser window or tab

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website,Will open new browser window or tabfeature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson said of the announcement, "We view serving those who have so ably served this nation as an honor and a privilege. Barksdale is a vital part of this community and a tremendous partner to BPCC, but we have a large contingent of reserves, National Guard, and veterans from all branches of our military. They all deserve our best."

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2013 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. See the full list of board members.Will open new browser window or tab

A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The Guide and associated media will also be featured at the Carrier Classic college basketball game on Nov. 9, between Ohio State and Marquette on the deck of the USS Yorktown. Both participating schools are on this year’s list of Military Friendly Schools®.

Open house and ribbon cutting for LSU Shreveport information office at BPCC

Release date: September 17, 2012

bossier parish community college will host an open house and ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 20, for the new LSU Shreveport Information Office to be located in Building D, Room 112 on the College campus at 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The information office at BPCC will assist students with a seamless transfer to LSUS. Students will receive assistance with degree and academic planning, transfer equivalencies, LSUS financial aid questions, and any other questions related to gaining admittance to LSUS.

The information office will be open this fall semester on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Participants:

Dr. Jim Henderson, Chancellor, BPCC

Dr. Stan Wilkins, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, BPCC

Dr. Paul Sisson, Interim Chancellor, LSU Shreveport

Julie Lessiter, Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Services, LSU Shreveport

Date/Time:

Thursday, September 20

10:30 a.m.

Location:

Outdoors - Building D - Portico, southwest entrance (next to Room 112)

bossier parish community college

6220 East Texas Street

Bossier City, Louisiana

BPCC fall 2012 enrollment another record breaker

Release date: September 14, 2012

bossier parish community college’s Fall 2012 enrollment reached 7,900 students, an increase of 11.63% over Fall 2011. For the 4th fall semester in a row, BPCC has reached its highest enrollment in the school’s 45-year history.

Chancellor Jim Henderson attributes the enrollment increase to a number of factors. “"As we continue to invest in programs that meet employer needs and student demands, our growth will only accelerate. This market can easily support a BPCC student population of 10,000."

Based on 14th class day credit enrollment figures, BPCC’s enrollment increased 823 students from Fall 2011.

Henderson adds, "Even more exciting: our growth in the number of graduates outpaces the 70% growth in enrollment over the past four years. These successful students have a competitive advantage whether they enter the job market or continue their education."

Some of the College’s latest accolades which attest to how BPCC graduates have this competitive advantage include:

  • NURSING: 100% of BPCC’s first nursing class passed the National Council on Licensure Exam on their first attempt!
  • CYBER SECURITY: BPCC has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. BPCC is one of only 13 schools across the nation that has been awarded this honor.
  • DEBATE: BPCC Debate Team captured its second consecutive national championship at the International Public Debate Association’s National Championship Tournament. The team earned the honor of Season-Long Community College National Champions.
  • PERFORMING ARTS: BPCC’s Theatre Program’s productions of the psychological drama, Echoes, and the musical, The Spitfire Grill, were honored with awards at the Louisiana Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Both Echoes and Spitfire Grill won a top honor of “Respondent’s Choice Award.”

Guest artist series at BPCC to feature Janice Aiken, soprano

Release date: September 13, 2012

Janice Aiken will present a soprano voice recital at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, as part of the Music Program’s Guest Artist Series.

The recital will include pieces by Handel, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Strauss, Weill, and Rogers and Hammerstein. Aiken will be accompanied by Gulya Chandler, Assistant Professor of Music at BPCC.

Aiken currently teaches Private Voice, Diction for Singers, and Class Voice at bossier parish community college, and Private Voice at Centenary College. For the past three years, she has directed one of the two children’s operas that tour the schools of the Ark-La-Tex each year.

As a singer, Aiken has performed numerous operatic and musical theater roles for regional companies across the country. Her performances include the off-Broadway premiere of Rasputin by Terry Quinn and a 2007 tour of Michael Ching’s Corp of Discovery.

Aiken’s concert credits include appearances as a featured soloist with the Memphis Symphony, Festival Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the New Jersey Pops Orchestra’s Music on the Pier. In 2003, she appeared with renowned soprano, Kallen Esperian, on a Memphis benefit concert and, in 2004, was a featured recital artist in Kashima, Japan.

Aiken received her bachelor of music degree from College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, and her master of music degree from The University of Memphis.

This concert is free and open to the public.

For more information about this concert or the Music Program at BPCC, please contact Dr. Michael D. Hart at 318-678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

Walt Disney Enternainment audio engineer and former BPCC student comes back to share with others

Release date: September 13, 2012

Former BPCC student Mike Ehmcke, an audio engineer for Walt Disney Entertainment at Walt Disney World, will be sharing information about his work at Disney with performing arts students at 2:00p.m. on Friday, September 14 in the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Ehmcke will give students a first-hand account of his role at Walt Disney World where he “mixes” 5 shows-a-day for British Revolution in the United Kingdom Pavilion at EPCOT. He has spent 27 years working in the audio industry, with the last 14½ years being spent at Walt Disney World.

BPCC Interim Theatre Program Director Mark Kirk is looking forward to Ehmcke’s visit. “This is a great opportunity for our students to hear firsthand how our programs develop new talent in the industry,” says Kirk.

Ehmcke’s love of theatre and audio had him attending schools such as Carnegie Mellon University, Shenandoah University and bossier parish community college. In the fall of 1992 while attending BPCC, he worked on productions such as Dark of the Moon where his sound design talents were put to use. His talents contributed to BPCC’s Cavalier Players procuring the Shreveport Times drama award that year for Best Technical Performance. Ehmcke received his degree in 1997 from Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts in Winter Park, FL, one of the premier art, music, and film schools in the world.

For more information on programs in BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts, contact Jim Boyter at 318-678-6246.

Encana Oil and Gas presents 4th annual BPCC 100 go-kart race

Release date: September 13, 2012

Encana Oil and Gas and the BPCC Foundation present the 4th annual BPCC 100 Go-Kart Race from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 22, on the bossier parish community college campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. This annual event raises money to help support the student scholarship fund at BPCC.

Team-sponsored, customized go-karts zip around a race track as they compete for trophies sponsored by BHP Billition. Teams also compete for prizes in various categories: Best Looking Car; Best Dressed Pit Crew and Fastest Pit Crew.

In addition to the car races, there are multiple food vendors at the Brookshire’s Food Court and a children’s play area: Kids Pit Stop – sponsored by Chesapeake and Simple Church.

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Event chairpersons this year are Don and Hedy Hebert. BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson will serve as the official host for the event.

Major sponsors this year are as follows:

  • EnCana Oil and Gas (USA), Inc.
  • BHP Billiton
  • Cumulus Broadcasting
  • KTBS Channel 3

The event is free to the whole family. For more information, call 318-678-6010 or visit www.bpcc100.org.Will open new browser window or tab

This event is not affiliated with NASCAR.

BPCC’s Donna Service Gallery hosts first one-person art show for first exhibition of fall semester

Release date: September 12, 2012

Sierra Pearcebossier parish community college announces an art show featuring one of its own staff members, Sierra Pearce, on display now through October 19 in the Donna Service Gallery, located in Building A, on the College campus, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. The art exhibition is the first of the 2012 fall semester in the Gallery.

Pearce’s exhibit is the Gallery’s first one-person art show and consists of a variety of media—ceramics, prints, drawings, and paintings.

BPCC Art Instructor Kelly McDade describes of Pearce’s unique work. “The body of work has a unified visual vocabulary that speaks to the beauty of nature. The ceramic vessels are particularly outstanding with their highly, textured surfaces.”

McDade adds, “We hope many students, faculty and community members will join us on campus to celebrate this fine work."

Born in San Bernardino, CA, Pearce was raised in several cities in Northern Louisiana including Minden, Shreveport, Grambling, and Ruston. In 2011, she received her bachelor of fine arts degree in Studio Art from Louisiana Tech University. While attending LA Tech, she studied art history abroad for a month in Paris, France. She was also a recipient of Louisiana Tech University’s Top 15 Outstanding Art Students in 2006.

Pearce speaks of her interest in creating organic forms based on biology and nature. “Through the years, I have been drawn to the beauty of nature and science,” says Pearce. “In my work, I try to recapture that beauty and create familiar forms or surroundings in order for the viewer to connect with my work. Most of my work refines itself through repetitive shapes.”

Pearce is currently employed in the Institutional Research and Grants Division at bossier parish community college. While continuing to pursue art as a career, her future plans also include teaching art to youth. Pearce’s websiteWill open new browser window or tabalso gives a glimpse of her artistic talents.

A reception for her exhibit will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20 at the Gallery.

The Donna Service Gallery is free and open to the public from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Donna Service Gallery at bossier parish community college, named in honor of an art instructor who taught at the College and passed away in 2004, houses student art work in all forms—portraits, paintings, sculpture, and photography. While at BPCC, Service taught Introduction to Fine Arts, Art History, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Art for Elementary Teachers. She encouraged her students to interact with the broader art scene in Shreveport-Bossier by involving them in projects such as Arts in the Edge - a month long art showcase with local and regional artists in downtown Shreveport.

BPCC music program schedules fall pops band concert

Release date: September 10, 2012

The BPCC Concert Winds will present its Fall Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The Concert Winds, under the direction of Dr. Michael D. Hart, will take the stage to perform popular selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages.

The Concert Winds will perform “The Billboard March” by John Klohr; “Colonel Bogey March” by Kenneth Alford; “Amber Waves of Grain” by James Curnow; “Selections from Chicago the Musical” arranged by Ted Ricketts; “A Salute to American Jazz” arranged by Sammy Nestico; and the original orchestration of “American Patrol” by F. W. Meacham and arranged by Andy Isca.

The inaugural BPCC Music Program Pops Concert was presented last spring when the Concert Winds and Concert Choir shared the stage for an evening of light and popular music. This year, the Concert Winds will perform for the fall event and the Concert Choir has its Pops Concert date scheduled for the Spring 2013 term.

Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are full-tuition music scholarship recipients. Music scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and are full-time BPCC students. Auditions for BPCC music scholarships for the Fall 2013 term will be held in the Spring of 2013 in March, April, and May.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information about this concert or to arrange for a music scholarship audition, please contact Dr. Hart at 318-678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

bossier parish community college premiere sponsor for DigiFest South

Release date: September 6, 2012

bossier parish community college will be one of the premiere sponsors for DigiFest South 2012, an annual digital arts festival and technology career fair, scheduled for September 7-9, 2012 at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA.

Presented by the Bossier Arts Council, the event includes a digital art exhibition by students and independent artists, and a career fair featuring the most cutting edge companies and educational institutions in the region.

BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts and Division of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will both be participating in DigiFest South.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the technology our students not only learn but master,” says BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts Project Coordinator Denise Chambers .

BPCC’s faculty and staff in Communication Media will present demonstrations in photography, non-linear editing with Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer, Computer Animation with Maya and sound recording using Pro Tools.

BPCC’s Division of Technology, Engineering and Math will present hands-on demonstrations in computer networking, interactive programming applications and use of cutting edge hardware.

For more information on DigiFest South 2012, visit their web site.Will open new browser window or tab

For more information on BPCC’s Communication Media Department, contact Denise Chambers at 318-678-6091. For more information on BPCC’s Division of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, call 318-678-6329.

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course begins Tuesday

Release date: September 6, 2012

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education’s next Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program begins at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 11, with an orientation to the program.

The Certified Nurse Assistant program prepares students to work with long-term care patients, such as those in nursing homes and home health care. Instruction includes medical terminology, health care safety, patient care lecture, patient care studies, practice lab situations, and on-site clinicals.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be recognized as a Certified Nurse Assistant in Louisiana. Tuition for the program is $849. Split payment option is available.

For more information or to register, call 318-678-6015.

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department offers courses for businesses

Release date: September 5, 2012

Part 1: Understanding the Sales Cycle and How it Fits Into Your Business

9/18/12 -- 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Identify your market and what types of products you sell (tangible or intangible), learn the 4 steps of the sales cycle and how they fit into different types of companies and products. Discuss the difference between long and short sales cycles.

Part 2: Prospecting Customers and Understanding Their Expectations

9/25/12 -- 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Learn the process of prospecting and how to establish a practice for your business. Instruction includes determining customer needs, identifying customers and territories, planning, organizing and managing your time. Learn how to build a 30/60/90 day prospect list, how to begin a sale, and discuss the “numbers game” of sales.

Part 3: Identifying Buying Influences, Asking Questions and Handling Objections

10/2/12 --9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Discover how to increase your probability of success by understanding the customer’s role in the sales cycle. Explore what “buying influence” is, how to use it to your advantage and what are the right questions to ask. One of the most difficult parts about sales is learning how to handle customer objections. Learn how the most successful sales professionals do it and how objections can be opportunities.

Part 4: Using the Features, Advantages, Benefits Technique and Closing the Sale

10/9/12 -- 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Learn how to best demonstrate and/or describe your product through the Features Advantages Benefits (FAB) Technique: “Because of… You Can…Which Means…” Customize FAB to use in your business. By far, the most important component of a sale is to close the deal and get the customer’s commitment to buy. Explore the negotiation skills and closing techniques used by the most successful sales professionals. Learn how to properly use the Top Down Selling method. Explore pricing models, common sense commission plans, how to best compete with your competition and develop an action plan to implement for your business.

Each course is $39. Participants can sign up for all 4 and receive a discount.

For more information or to register, contact BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 318-678-6015.

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department offers journeyman electrician exam prep

Release date: September 5, 2012

bossier parish community college’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education will offer a Journeyman Electrician Exam Prep course, as part of its fall 2012 non-credit course schedule:

Journeyman Electrician Exam Preparation

9/24/12-11/7/12

6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. M, W

Participants will review codes and test-taking strategies for the journeyman electrician exam. The course provides an assisted self-study approach with emphasis on reasoning, analyzing and solving problems relative to the exam.

The Journeyman Electrician Exam Prep course is $379.

For more information or to register, contact BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 318-678-6015.

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education department hosts free alzheimer’s seminar

Release date: August 30, 2012

The Alzheimer’s Association of North Louisiana presents a FREE seminar, “Alzheimer's Disease: Facts You Need to Know” from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8 in Building D, Room 226 on the bossier parish community college campus at 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The seminar will explain facts every caretaker or patient needs to know about Alzheimer's disease. Information about dementia, memory loss, warning signs of the disease, etc. will be discussed along with the most recent updates concerning legislation and public policy related to Alzheimer's disease.

There is no tuition fee for this seminar. For more information, contact BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department at 318-678-6015.

BPCC to host Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs’ student veterans statewide outreach tour

UPDATE: LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS HAS CANCELLED STUDENT VETERANS OUTREACH ROAD TOUR DUE TO POSSIBLE WEATHER ISSUES

Release date: August 23, 2012

bossier parish community college is pleased to be one of 13 colleges in the state to host the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs’ (LDVA) statewide student Veterans outreach tour.

The LDVA will visit colleges and universities across Louisiana in “an effort to connect with student Veterans during the first weeks of the 2012 fall semester,” according to the press release issued by LDVA. The LDVA mobile outreach vehicle will be available to student Veterans from 9:00am – 1:00pm on Tuesday, August 28 in the front drive to Building A on the College campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

"Student Veterans are an important part of every Louisiana college and university population," says Lane A. Carson, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. "LDVA wants to make sure every student Veteran has the information about the benefits he or she earned through their military service to be successful in their educational pursuits."

“Named a 2012 military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs, BPCC is pleased to serve the educational needs of both veterans and active-duty personnel and their families all over the world,” says Susan Stakes, BPCC’s school-certifying official for veteran education. “Being a host to the statewide outreach tour ensures our student veterans that we are dedicated to not only providing them knowledge in the classroom but knowledge on how their benefits and programs can best serve them.”

LDVA representatives will be on hand to provide information regarding a number of Veteran benefits and programs such as:

  • GI Bill
  • VRAP and On The Job Training Programs
  • VA Work Study Program
  • Changes to TOPS qualifications regarding Veterans
  • VA benefits
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Center

The mission of LDVA is to provide comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana’s Veterans and families with regard to health care, education, disability benefits, long term care and burial honors. For more information about LDVA programs and services, please call toll free 1-877-GEAUX-VA (1-877-432-8982) or visit www.vetaffairs.la.gov.Will open new browser window or tab

Auditions set for BPCC’s production of Avenue Q

Release date: August 16, 2012

The Performing Arts at bossier parish community college will hold auditions for the cast of the hit Broadway “puppet musical” AVENUE Q written by Jeff Whitty with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. Auditions will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday and Friday, August 23 and 24 at the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC Campus, 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City, LA.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will direct this gut-busting, hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show; a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

The musical has a singing/acting ensemble of 8-10 puppeteers and three humans, and all roles are open for casting. Those auditioning should prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue and a short musical selection. Please bring sheet music. Readings and singing selections will be provided for those who do not bring their own. Scripts are available for overnight checkout at the BPCC Theatre Program. Contact Jim Boyter, Performing Arts Manager, for more information at 318-678-6021 or by email at theatre@bpcc.edu.

Show dates for AVENUE Q are October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and October 21 and 28 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for senior citizens, military, and non-BPCC students.

BPCC Fall Registration - August 15

Release date: August 7, 2012

bossier parish community college will hold registration for its fall 2012 term from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Students can meet with advisors and select classes from a variety of fall sessions.

Find detailed information regarding registration, tuition costs and deadlines in the BPCC Fall Bulletin online.

BPCC to hold summer graduation ceremony on Tuesday

Release date: July 26, 2012

bossier parish community college will hold its summer graduation ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 in the Health and Physical Education Complex, BPCC, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Students will be awarded associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and technical competency areas in each of BPCC’s academic divisions.

“Each of these graduates is now prepared for success in the workforce or at the next level of education,” says Chancellor Jim Henderson. “As a result, the future quality of life in our community looks brighter, and the competitive advantage our employers enjoy in the form of developed talent has never been stronger.”

Guest speaker for the sixty-first commencement ceremony is BPCC Staff Senate President Lynda Dickson.

BPCC Chancellor serving on national workforce and economic development team

Release date: July 26, 2012

bossier parish community college Chancellor Jim Henderson is one of sixteen national community college leaders serving on the American Association of Community Colleges’ implementation team on workforce and economic development. “The group met July 20 in Washington, DC, to discuss ways to implement recommendations outlined in the association’s report Reclaiming the American Dream,” according to Community College Times.

The report is a culmination of the efforts of the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges.

"The AACC strategic conversation in support of the 21st Century Report was a good first step to meeting the workforce challenge,” says Henderson. “America's future economic viability is dependent on developed talent. No entity is better positioned to deliver that resource than the community college."

Henderson adds that by providing education and training opportunities for our regional economy, BPCC serves as a leader among community colleges on both the state and national level. “BPCC is a great example of a market responsive community college,” states Henderson. “Our business model focuses on delivering value to students and employers."

The AACC implementation team consists of the following leaders from throughout the country:

  • Walter Bumphus, president and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges
  • Matthew Bell, president, Corporate College of Ivy Tech Community College (Indiana)
  • Keith Bird, senior policy fellow for workforce and postsecondary education, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
  • Lou Anne Bynum, vice president of economic and workforce development, Long Beach City College District (California)
  • Kenneth Ender, president, Harper College (Illinois)
  • Katharine Eneguess, president, White Mountains Community College (New Hampshire)
  • Ed Franklin, executive director, Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges
  • Linda Head, associate vice chancellor for workforce education and corporate partnerships, Lone Star College (Texas)
  • Jim Henderson, chancellor, bossier parish community college (Louisiana)
  • Jana Kooi, president, Open Campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Brian Mann, vice president and executive director of Florida Coast Career Tech, Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Michael McCall, president, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
  • Andrew Meyer, vice president for workforce development at the League for Innovation in the Community College and executive director of Global Corporate College
  • Susan Muha, executive vice president for workforce and economic development, Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio)
  • Rod Nunn, vice chancellor for workforce and community development, St. Louis Community College (Missouri)
  • Dan Phelan, president, Jackson Community College (Michigan)
  • Camille Preus, commissioner of the department of community colleges and workforce, Oregon Board of Education
  • Thomas Snyder, president, Ivy Tech Community College (Indiana)
  • Federico Zaragoza, vice president for economic and workforce development, Alamo Colleges (Texas)
  • Anthony Zeiss, president, Central Piedmont Community College (North Carolina)

The AACC’s report can be downloaded at www.aacc.nche.edu/AboutCC/21stcenturyreport.Will open new browser window or tabFor more information on the group’s efforts, see this link.Will open new browser window or tab

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 13 million students. AACC promotes community colleges through five strategic action areas: recognition and advocacy for community colleges; student access, learning, and success; community college leadership development; economic and workforce development; and global and intercultural education.

BPCC Camp Cavs Pet Education Project (PEP) camp teaches youngsters how to care for their pets

Release date: July 16, 2012

Parents, ever wish there was a class to show kids what it takes to have and take care of a pet? If so, you’re in luck!

BPCC’s Camp Cavs Pet Education Project (PEP) camp will do just that!

Campers will have fun with some furry guests each day of the week-long camp learning how to properly take care and love the animal. The 5 components of care: food, water, shelter, care, and love will be discussed. (There will be live animals brought in each day for a short time – mostly, hospitality-trained dogs. Not recommended for you with animal allergies.)

The camp will be divided into two camps for different age groups:

Ages 5-7 July 23-27 8:00 am-11:00 a.m.
Ages 8-11 July 30-Aug 3 8:00 am-11:00 a.m.

Pet Education Project is hosting the camps. More information can be found at their website www.ilovepep.org.Will open new browser window or tab

For more details on the camp or to register, call BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education department at 318-678-6015 or register online at www.bpcc.edu/continuingeducation.

Domestic/Dating Violence seminar recently sponsored by BPCC

Release date: July 13, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College Human Resources Department recently sponsored a seminar on domestic and dating violence. The professional development seminar was held in collaboration with the Shreveport Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit.

Detective Michael Tyler with Shreveport Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit was the featured speaker. Tyler discussed preventive interventions to reduce domestic violence as well as multiple type and common characteristics of batterers. “The key component to reducing domestic violence in communities is through a coordinated network of care with diverse, individual, public, private stakeholders, and service providers,” said Tyler. In addition to Tyler’s 17 years of law enforcement experience, he teaches recruit classes at the Shreveport Regional Police Academy, and he has taught courses on domestic violence to clergy.

Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator of BPCC’s Diversity and Multicultural Relations, added that the expertise of Detective Tyler was a valuable resource for participants.

“Domestic violence can occur to upper, middle, or lower classes, any time or any place,” said Dr. Darby. “Students also need to be cautious about the messages they post or share on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.”

Brenda Woods, an assistant professor in the BPCC’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, felt that she will use information she learned at the seminar in her course planning. “I wanted to incorporate a seminar on domestic/dating violence into the classroom for a while,” stated Woods. “This seminar was ideal."

Dr. Darby added that many students attend BPCC live and work in the Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area. “We hope that finding innovative ways to connect students with the community through police-community partnerships, public awareness campaigns, and community engagement will provide them with beneficial information on many topics,” Dr. Darby said.

The BPCC Cavalier Players announce summer production

Release date: July 13, 2012

The Performing Arts of Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the production of the charming play, Almost, Maine, slated for July 27 – August 5 in BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus at 6220 E. Texas Street in Bossier City. Almost, Maine was written by John Cariani.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford directs the play which features the talent of BPCC theatre students Elise Birmingham, Jesse Kortus, Jasey Gilbert, Chance Dale, Sam Condon, and BPCC Alumnus Victoria Chavis. The show will be produced by Theatre Program Director Stephen W. Slaughter; stage manager, Robin Carlisle; set designer, David White; lighting designer, Keith Bruce; and costume design, Rona Leber.

The story is set on a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter. All is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful, midwinter night’s dream.

Almost, Maine was originally developed by The Cape Cod Theatre Project in 2002 and received its world premiere production at the Portland Stage Company in 2004 and opened at the Daryl Roth theatre in New York City in 2006.

According to Crawford, Almost, Maine was chosen as the summer production for a number of reasons. “First of all, a number of our full-time students are pursuing summer theatre work outside of Shreveport/Bossier or are participating in local community theatre summer productions, so we needed a small-cast show,” explains Crawford. “Also, the playwright has provided beautifully-drawn characters and magical situations in Almost, Maine for our students to experience.”

In addition to the BPCC performance dates, in late August the BPCC show will travel to Michigan City, Indiana, for a weekend of performances in a co-sponsored production with the Canterbury Summer Theatre, a professional non-Equity summer stock theatre in the Chicagoland area.

“Each summer, we co-produce with the Canterbury Summer Theatre the final production of the theatre’s summer stock season,” says Crawford. “This year, we are excited to continue that tradition by taking our students in this production to complete this year’s season at Canterbury, providing a professional venue for a BPCC production and a professional opportunity for our students.”

Crawford adds, “As artistic director of the Canterbury, I am able to provide an additional quality production for the theatre’s audiences while at the same time provide a showcase for BPCC’s Theatre Program. With the small cast and minimal set requirements, Almost, Maine is a perfect choice for traveling to Indiana—adding to an eight-year tradition that has earned much recognition for BPCC Theatre with award-winning productions of such shows as The Woman in Black and The Star-Spangled Girl.”

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on July 27, 28 and August 3, 4; and at 2:00 p.m. on July 29 and August 5. Tickets for the production go on sale Monday July 23 and are available by calling The Performing Arts Box Office at (318) 678-6021. General admission ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military, and students. Please note that this “PG-13” comedy contains adult situations and may not be suitable for children.

For more information or to reserve tickets, please call The Theatre Program at 318-678-6021.

BPCC hosts 3rd Annual “Icing on the Cake” competition

Release date: July 12, 2012

Quota Club of Shreveport’s 3rd Annual Icing on the Cake Competition will be held Saturday 21, 2012, at Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. This charitable event will feature works of art by cake artists from around the region. This year’s theme, “Southern Charm,” is sure to amaze those attending.

The contest is open to the public for general viewing from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Building F on the College’s campus. Tickets are $5 for general admission, or $20 for an all-access pass to all the shows and classes of the day.

Registration is underway for bakers of all skill levels, from amateur to professional, in a variety of categories, including wedding, theme, special occasions and all buttercream. Those who register by Friday, July 13 will get a discount on their entry fees. Registration is open until the morning of the event.

Food Network Cake Champion Bronwen Weber, along with other prominent cake professionals, will bring their talent to the Icing stage. A number of activities will be offered throughout the day, including basic cake decorating, gumpaste flowers, ice sculpting and working with isomalt.

New this year is a live decorating competition where four teams of experienced bakers go head-to-head in a timed contest, using only items concealed in a mystery box to be opened right before the competition. The live contest begins at 11:00 a.m. and will last about 2-1/2 hours.

Lunches will be available, as well as vendors who will have lots of creative tools and tasty treats on display.

Sponsors include Conco/Reinhart Food Service, BPCC, SWEPCO, Boomtown Casino, SagePoint Financial, Little Realty Inc., Barksdale Federal Credit Union and Cal Java International.

For more details, to register or for ticket information, visit www.QuotaIcingOnTheCake.com.Will open new browser window or tab

BPCC receives 2012 Not-for-Profit/Education Emergenetics Best Practices Award

Release date: July 10, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College has recently been named one of two recipients of the 2012 Not-for-Profit Emergenetics Best Practices Award. As a Best Practice Award recipient, BPCC Institutional Research and Grants Director Lisa Wheeler will present a WORLDWIDE webinar to company associates July 23 on the implementation of Emergenetics at BPCC.

Emergenetics, a brain-based psychometric assessment that highlights individual thinking and behavior styles, provides a clearer understanding of how people live, work, communicate and interact. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Geil Browning and Dr. Wendell Williams, Emergenetics provides organizations with the ability to analyze and value their workforce and better capitalize on human assets—whether in terms of productivity, leadership, decision-making, attitudes, or teamwork. The central piece of Emergenetics is the Emergenetics Profile, a 100-question assessment that scientifically measures thinking and behavior.

Emergenetics International has profiled hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world and the BPCC model has been recognized for its “depth and integration with other concepts.”

“Emergenetics is in use in public schools, community colleges, and universities across the U.S. and now around the world. Our newest efforts are in Thailand and Singapore,” states Harold Suire, Emergenetics Vice President of Education and Emergenetics Master Trainer. “Among all of those, we consider the implementation at BPCC to be exemplary, the most unique and far reaching of any to date, in terms of quality and volume.”

Wheeler describes the implementation of the BPCC model. “When we initially implemented Emergenetics, we were the first community college to do so on the scale that we did—more than 1,000 surveys administered to date,” says Wheeler. “Since then, other community colleges and four-year institutions have begun implementation on their campuses, too.”

The BPCC proposal, headed by Wheeler, is entitled “Student Success at BPCC and Beyond” in which Wheeler stated “we had three goals in implementing Emergenetics principles across our campus:

For administration:

  • to understand the value in working collaboratively,
  • to understand how Emergenetics principles relate to leadership styles, and
  • to use the principles in visioning and planning processes.

For faculty and staff:

  • to understand the importance of seeing students as individuals,
  • to use Emergenetics principles in the classroom to maximize student interactions that will lead to increased student retention/success,
  • to educate faculty/staff on the spectrum of thinking preferences and behavioral attributes they represent, and
  • to understand how their personal profile impacts faculty and staff communication with each other and their customer service with students and their families.

For students:

  • to prepare students to be successful not only as a college student but also in the workplace--beyond their experience at BPCC, and
  • to empower students to strengthen study skills, time management techniques, and interpersonal skills.

With student performance and retention a top priority among colleges and universities, Wheeler feels Emergenetics is an effective tool to motivate, remediate, and elevate student performance.

“For BPCC as a whole, Emergenetics is a tool to inspire excellence, foster collaboration, and optimize the way we serve the surrounding communities. We believe that when students have knowledge about themselves--how they think, learn and communicate—it can translate into wise decisions now and in their future.”

The Emergenetics associates webinar will be held Monday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m. CDT.

For more information on Emergenetics, visit www.emergenetics.com.Will open new browser window or tabFor more information on the BPCC Emergenetics Implementation or the Best Practices Award, contact Lisa Wheeler at 318-678-6206.

BPCC’s Young Chefs Camp sure to add a little spice to traditional summer camps

Chef Liz works with campersRelease date: June 26, 2012

A new addition to Bossier Parish Community College’s Camp Cavs youth summer camps’ lineup this year is the Cavalier Young Chefs camp – taught by BPCC’s very own, and nationally-known, Chef Liz Dickson.

Campers, ages 7-11, develop their love of cooking by incorporating recipes, basic nutrition and age-appropriate culinary skills. The camp is held in the BPCC Culinary Arts Department kitchen and campers get to experience first-hand an industrial, teaching kitchen.

Each day of the camp this week, the young chefs will have a different “theme” day. The schedule includes:

  • Monday: Making Cookies and Learning the Kitchen
  • Tuesday: Mexican Day
  • Wednesday: Italian Day
  • Thursday: Louisiana-themed Day
  • Friday: American-theme Day

Chef Dickson plans to not only teach kids cooking; she hopes the camp is educational for the kids.

“I want to teach the kids that cooking is fun and easy to do,” says Dickson. “It’s also a way to reinforce basic math skills.”

BPCC’s Chef Dickson has been recognized as Outstanding Woman in Business/Culinary Arts by

LA Legislative Women’s Caucus 2009-2010 & was named the recipient of NISOD Teaching Excellence Award 2010.

For more information, contact BPCC Camp Cavs Program Coordinator Natasha Melder at 318-678-5409.

 

 

 

BPCC launches Discover BPCC series: free mini-lectures to provide college classroom experiences

Release date: June 20, 2012

As the fastest growing community college in the nation, Bossier Parish Community College continues to push the innovation button. With the launch of “Discover BPCC,” anyone anywhere can have access to the college classroom and get a sampling of real BPCC professors in action.

Begun as a coordinated effort between faculty and staff, led by English instructor Allison Martin and Blackboard administrator Gary Ware, Discover BPCC is another new and creative way to show the community what BPCC does every day.

"A major reason we're the fastest growing community college in the nation is because our faculty connect with their students,” says Martin. “Now, the community can sample what our students experience everyday: great instructors doing what they do best."

Discover BPCC is a series of mini-lectures, varying in length anywhere from 2-14 minutes, on courses such as English, math, art, biology, business administration, and reading. The series is designed to offer the community a little taste of the college classroom experience—wherever they are. The mini-lectures can be viewed free of charge and with no obligation by clicking on the Discover BPCC web banner on the BPCC website at www.bpcc.edu or typing the url address www.bpcc.edu/discover.

Chancellor Jim Henderson called the initiative another piece of the access puzzle.

“We have thousands in this region who could benefit immensely from BPCC’s education offerings,” Henderson said. “Hopefully, this taste of our product will help some of the undecideds understand BPCC is an embracing institution and a smart investment.”

Henderson lauded the efforts of Martin, BPCC Educational Technology Specialist Gary Ware, and the faculty who participated in the initiative.

“Discover BPCC is a testament to the ingenuity and dedication of a world class team of faculty,” Henderson said.

Martin was excited to have nine professors agree to participate in the initial launch of Discover BPCC. “It’s a true testament of the dedication these professors have to education,” says Martin. “By volunteering their time and expertise, they are giving the community a sampling of what their students witness every day in hopes that someone will see that college just might be for them.”

The video lectures are produced in cooperation with BPCC’s Division of Education Technology, uploaded to YouTube® and linked to the College’s website. Martin hopes to continue to add to the series with more topics and more professors.

Instructors participating in Discover BPCC mini-lecture series are

  • Rachel Basco, Science, Nursing and Allied Health
  • Becky Turbeville, Business
  • Dawn Young, Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Kelly McDade, Fine Arts
  • Raymond Gaines, Business
  • Cammie Emory, Science, Nursing and Allied Health
  • Stacey Black, Mathematics
  • Yolanda Cooper, Reading
  • Cieltia Adams, English

Energy Camp Louisiana Media Day to be held

Release date: June 18, 2012

When:
Thursday, June 21, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Where:
Bossier Parish Community College in Building D, Room 207

You’ll have an opportunity to meet NASA Space Center Engineer Jason Dugas (1:00-2:00 p.m. Room 210), some of our other camp sponsors and see what Energy Camp Louisiana is all about!

Local high schoolers learn from nasa engineer

Energy Camp Louisiana is enjoying our newest partner, NASA! Johnson Space Center Engineer, Jason Dugas, who has been involved with projects including the design and testing of spaceflight hardware currently onboard the International Space Station, is showing our campers how energy is used in the human space flight. “The most interesting thing I learned from the NASA Engineer was that water (not smoke) comes out of a rocket as it launches off because of the H and O2 atoms,” according to one local camper.

This is Energy Camp Louisiana’s third year providing free camps to high schoolers throughout Northwest Louisiana and we continue to grow! Thanks to dedicated companies like Platinum sponsors, Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc., and Shell Oil Company we have been able to expand to five, week-long camps, allowing us to reach out to even more students. “We are thrilled to see Energy Camp Louisiana’s growth each year,” said Steve Short of Encana. “This camp is extremely important for Encana and Louisiana educators as it jumpstarts a lifelong interest in energy and natural resources for these students.”

“Shell is very proud of the way energy is not only being harnessed in the Energy Camp classrooms, but in the surrounding community. It is very exciting to have new partners join the collaboration as it validates the importance of exposing today’s youth to math and science” said James Blanton, Operations Manager Shell Exploration and Production Company. “This year we had the opportunity to host two Energy Camps at our Mansfield Office Complex which our employees definitely look forward to and enjoy, one of the highlights is making root beer floats out of dry ice.”

Our goal is to expose high school students to the exciting and vital role the energy industry is playing in Northwest Louisiana. Students from Caddo, Bossier, Red River DeSoto and Natchitoches Parishes are eligible to attend. These camps involve fun, hands-on activities as well as field trips that educate and energize local youth about fossil fuels, alternative energies and energy efficiency and conservation. Energy Camp Louisiana is a joint effort of CERT, the Consortium for Education, Research and Technology of North Louisiana along with our platinum sponsors plus the United Way of Northwest Louisiana, the City of Shreveport, American Electric Power Foundation and CenterPoint Energy.

The remaining three of this year’s five camps are June 18-22 and June 25-29 at Bossier Parish Community College and July 9-13 at Northwestern State University.

BPCC enrollment continues to grow: summer 2012 is, once again, school’s highest summer enrollment

Release date: June 14, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College’s summer 2012 enrollment reached 2,851, an increase of 4.6% over summer 2011, and marks the 4th consecutive summer with record enrollment in the school’s history.

Based on the 7th class day credit enrollment figures, BPCC’s enrollment increased 126 students from 2,725 students in summer 2011.

“BPCC's tremendous growth is a result of a total team effort to find innovative ways to expand access to students,” says Chancellor Jim Henderson. “The state's current fiscal challenges require a new business model for delivering solutions to our employers, and we continue to deliver.”

One of the innovative ways BPCC continues to expand access to students is by providing a variety of online courses.

“This summer, we are offering 132 online course sections,” says Kathleen Gay, Dean of Educational Technology. “Because more students want the flexibility to schedule their classes around balancing work, home, and family, the numbers continually are growing. BPCC does a great job meeting students where they are in their lives right now. E-Learning is contributing in a big way to improving the overall quality of education.”

Of the 2,851 students enrolled this summer, 406 students are taking at least one online course and many are taking more than one.

For more information on online learning, contact the Division of Educational Technology at 318-678-6023.

BPCC students and staff member selected to attend global seminar in Austria

Release date: May 21, 2012

Two students and a staff member from Bossier Parish Community College have been selected to represent the College at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. The International Study Program is sponsored by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) and funded by a grant from AT&T Foundation.

BPCC students Katylyn Remedes from Stonewall, LA, and Raylyn Rist from Mooringsport, LA, will travel with a group of 15 other LCTCS college students to Salzburg next week for a week-long international study program. They will meet with other college students from across the world to explore issues of worldwide concern. During the seminar, students will develop tools to understand what it means to be “global citizens.”

BPCC Director of Student Life Marjoree Harper has been selected to accompany the group as advisor. “It is a great honor to be chosen to attend the Salzburg Global Seminar with a wonderful group of students from throughout Louisiana,” says Harper. “The best part will be the exposure to the differences in culture, food, history; and the exploration of issues of worldwide concern.”

Remedes, a nursing major, is also a BPCC Cavalier cheerleader. Rist is a physical therapy assistant major and a member of the Maroon Jackets, a student organization who act as official host of the College.

The Salzburg Global Seminar is an intensive global studies program conducted for community college students and faculty to expand the world view of two-year students who typically do not have the opportunity for international studies. With the support of the AT&T Foundation, the LCTCS Foundation has adopted the Salzburg Global Seminar as a signature initiative, sending one or more LCTCS colleges to participate in the program every year. For more information on the Salzburg Global Seminar, visit the website at www.salzburgseminar.org

For more information, contact Marjoree Harper, Director of Student Life, at 318-678-6144.

Community college mission at risk in state budget

Release date: May 16, 2012

Louisiana’s workforce development mission, principally delivered in the state’s community and technical colleges, is at risk in the current version of House Bill 1, according to college officials. Lawmakers amended the budget bill to remove so-called one-time money, directing the Commissioner of Administration to make cuts in several broad areas. As a result, nearly $41 million is slated to be cut from community and technical colleges, roughly 29% of the state funds allotted to the schools. The state’s budgetary structure essentially protects $22 billion of the $25 billion budget ensuring cuts disproportionately affect higher education and healthcare.

Dr. Joe D. May, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, explains what the impact these cuts mean for those across the state.

“Over the past several years Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges have focused on aligning programs with the needs of the local workforce in all regions of the state,” May said. “While the proposed reductions of approximately $42 million touch all sixteen of the state’s community and technical colleges, they will disproportionally affect technical education and workforce programs. This comes at a time when employers throughout the state are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers. Because these proposed budget reductions are in addition to cuts that have occurred over the past three years, they will result in fewer educational opportunities for students, employers, and communities across the state.”

Bossier Parish Community College is slated for a $2.8 million reduction, putting the rapidly growing college at less than half of the state support provided just three years ago. BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson expressed concern the cuts would hamper the college’s ability to prepare students for the workforce.

“Over the past few years, we have embraced the challenges emerging from the new fiscal reality by creating a consumer-driven, talent development enterprise,” Henderson said. “We are a creative, resilient team, but we’ve reached the tipping point. The proposed funding level will severely impact our ability to serve students and support this regional economy.”

Henderson credits the college’s growth and success during the period of budget reductions to BPCC’s faculty and staff.
“With no new financial support from the state, we have created and grown programs essential to economic growth,” Henderson said. “Our team understands the importance of our mission to this community and has delivered at a level that far exceeds any reasonable expectation.”

During the period of budget reductions, BPCC has managed to create and grow programs to support critical economic sectors. The college has developed and expanded programs in the fields of healthcare, information technology, energy, and engineering.

“We consider ourselves to be more than just another college,” Henderson said. “We are a market responsive, economic engine for Northwest Louisiana.”

In recent weeks, BPCC has received a number of accolades. The Department of Homeland Security designated the college a National Center of Academic Excellence. Community College Week recognized BPCC as the nation’s fastest growing community college in its category. The college’s debate team won its second consecutive national championship and 100% of BPCC’s first graduating class of registered nurses passed the national licensure exam on the first attempt.

The Performing Arts at BPCC honors students at annual awards banquets

Release date: May 10, 2012

The Performing Arts at Bossier Parish Community College held its annual awards banquets on April 28 for the Music Program and on May 5 for the Theatre Program. Both events took place in The Performing Arts Theatre on the College’s campus.

Each program honored its top student as a recipient of the Tom Carleton Award for Student Excellence in Performing Arts. The award began in 2009 in honor of former BPCC Chancellor Tom Carleton (1994-2009) who was a staunch supporter of the BPCC’s Performing Arts. The award is given each year to a music student and a theatre student who have shown all-around excellence in his or her chosen discipline.

This year’s music recipient is Gavin McCoy. McCoy is a percussion major and member of the BPCC Concert Winds percussion section. He also plays piano in the Jazz Ensemble and has been a music scholarship recipient for two years. Upon completing the Associate of Arts in Music at BPCC, he plans on transferring to LSU Baton Rouge to complete a music education degree. He is also holds the youth musician position at his church.

"Gavin has been an exemplary music major and member of our ensembles. We will miss him when he graduates and moves on with his academic career," stated Dr. Michael D. Hart, BPCC Music Program Director. McCoy plans to return to the Shreveport/Bossier area to be a high school band director upon completing his musical studies at LSU.

This year’s theatre recipient is Jasey Gilbert. Gilbert, a sophomore from Benton, LA, is scheduled to graduate this fall with an Associate of Arts in Performing Arts-Theatre. She has been a theatre scholarship recipient for two years. Gilbert has excelled in theatre as an actress and stage manager. As an actress, she was a regional nominee for her role as Percy in BPCC production The Spitfire Grill at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition last February in Norman, OK. As a stage manager, she toured last summer and fall with the BPCC production of Echoes to the Canterbury Summer Theatre in Michigan City, IN, and to the state KCACTF competition in Lake Charles, LA. Gilbert has also excelled as a scenic technician and a leader in the student theatre organization, the Cavalier Players.

During the banquet, the Music Program also presented awards to its choir and band members. The Concert Choir honored students with the following: Director’s Choice-Jordan Vance; Outstanding Soprano-Venessa Huggins; Outstanding Alto-Julianna Davis; Outstanding Tenor-Cody Hamann; Outstanding Bass-Paul Whitman; Dedicated Performers-Morgan Woods, Rebekah Sims, Juyon Kim, and Benjamin Jamison; Superb New Choir Members-April Cole, Brent Lodrini, and Jordan Miller; and Noteworthy Performances-Heather McDade, Morgan Woods, and Markus Templeton.

The Concert Winds honored students with the following: Outstanding Woodwind Player-Jeff Frazier; Outstanding Brass Player-Joshua Waldrop; Outstanding Percussion-Gavin McCoy; Outstanding Freshman-Travis Cole; Outstanding Sophomore-John Hastie; Outstanding Music Major-Joshua Waldrop; Most Improved Bandsman-Sarah Jones; and Gung-Ho Gregarious Bandsman-Todd Heard.

The Jazz Ensemble honored students with the following: Outstanding Brass Player-Josh Waldrop; Outstanding Reed Player-Jeff Frazier; Outstanding Rhythm Section Player-Benjamin Sullivan; Outstanding Soloist-Jeff Frazier; and Most Valuable Player-Stacey Ballard. The Program also honored two non-students for their contributions: Mrs. Karen McCoy was recognized as Honorary Band Mom and David White was recognized as a Music Program Supporter.

The Cavalier Players, the student organization for theatre supporters, recognized the following students for their contributions this past year: Best Female Actor-Jasey Gilbert as Percy Talbot in The Spitfire Grill; Best Male Actor-Kevin Hippler as Cornelius in The Matchmaker; Best Supporting Female Actor-Elise Birmingham as Effie in The Spitfire Grill; Best Supporting Male Actor-Jesse Kortus as Ambrose in The Matchmaker; Best Actor in a Minor Role-Simon Crader as The Visitor in The Spitfire Grill; Best Male Actor in a Children’s Show-Jesse Kortus and Cody Allums; Best Female Actor in a Children’s Show-Scout Pittman; Best Female Actor in a One Act Play-Gladys Jackson as Vivien in “The Passion of Merlin and Vivien”; Best Male Actor in a One Act Play-Cameron Merell as Lenin in “Do Not Collect $200”; Best One Act Play Direction-Jori Jackson for “Family 2.0”; Outstanding Female Celebrity Impression for LCTCS-TuQuisha Adams as “Whoopie Goldberg”; Outstanding Male Celebrity Impression for LCTCS-JaQuarius Drew as “Ray Charles” and Thomas Woodruff as “Charlie Chaplin”; Outstanding Stage Manager-Cody Allums for The Spitfire Grill; Best Technical Theatre Student-Alex Rogers; and Academic Excellence Award-Kevin Hippler. A special Cavalier Players Star Award was presented to Sara Archer for her contributions to costuming.

BPCC Music and Theatre programs are separate concentrations within the Associate of Arts in Performing Arts degree under the Division of Communication and Performing Arts. Students receive hands-on training in their fields of study and preparation for either advent into professional work or transfer into a four-year degree program. The division also offers an Associate of Applied Science in Communication Media (formerly Telecommunications), which includes the concentrations of Mass Communication, Sound and Music Recording, Graphic Arts/Computer Animation, Photography, and Digital Media. The division also houses the Speech Program.

The Carlton Award winners Gavin McCoy and Jasey Gilbert with faculty from BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts.

The Carlton Award winners Gavin McCoy and Jasey Gilbert with faculty from BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts.

BPCC set to graduate highest number of graduates to date

Release date: May 10, 2012

Once again, Bossier Parish Community College not only records the highest spring enrollment in its forty-four year history, the College is set to graduate its highest number of students during two graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 11 in the Health & Physical Education Complex at 6220 E. Texas St.

Credentials will be awarded to 372 graduates, making this spring’s graduation the largest on record. Spring 2011 awarded 344 graduates with credentials.

“The two words that drive everything that we do at BPCC are access and success,” said Chancellor Jim Henderson. “At the beginning of each recent semester, we have announced record enrollment. Today, we are proud to announce record completions. Each of these graduates is now prepared for success in the workforce or at the next level of education. As a result, the future quality of life in our community looks brighter, and the competitive advantage our employers enjoy in the form of developed talent has never been stronger.”

Students will be awarded associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and technical competency areas in BPCC’s six academic divisions. Students in the Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health will graduate in the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. The 2:30 p.m. ceremony will include those students in the divisions of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; and Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Commencement speaker for the Science, Nursing, and Allied Health graduation ceremony is U.S. Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. Karen Musgrove, Director of Public Relations at BPCC, is the commencement speaker for the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.

BPCC holds spring PTK honor society induction ceremony

Release date: May 9, 2012

The Alpha Rho Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Bossier Parish Community College announces its spring 2012 members. The members were inducted in a ceremony held May 4 at the BPCC Theatre, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The newly inducted members are: Michelle Berard, Joseph Kelly, Ashley Brown, Treychel Bryant, Heather Buford, Blair Burlison, Tiffany Christopher, Simon Crader, Adonya Dryden, Dana Dunkin, Shannon Gilbert, Alan Glover, Teri Godfrey, Cindy Grant, Justin Green, Nicole Gunter, Kaylynn Henry, Mary Hinton, Kevin Hippler, Jordan Holst, Michael Jennings, Brenda Johnson, Joanna Kresge, Taylor Linto, Terri McCoy, Adam McCullough, Richard Pacheco, Kelli Park, Talisa Price, Aronn Riepe, Alicia Rivers, Stephanie Sanders, Kali Sexton, Hilary Shirley, Tanquanika Shyne, Carolyn Sisk, Jonathan Sisson, Drury Sweetser, Solomon Waddles, Kelli Watson, Louis West and Andrew Winters.

A student is invited to join the Alpha Rho Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Bossier Parish Community College if he/she is enrolled at the College in at least 3 credit hours, has earned at least 12 credit hours of degree course work, and has maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average. Benefits of joining Phi Theta Kappa include the right to wear honors regalia at graduation and access to more than $37 million in transfer scholarships to four-year universities throughout the world offered only to Phi Theta Kappa members.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges, particularly community and junior colleges. Headquartered in Jackson, MS, the society has more than 1,250 chapters worldwide and more than 2 million members, including Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise, country musician Trisha Yearwood, entrepreneur and former presidential candidate Henry Ross Perot and Emmy Award winning actress Sela Ward.

As stated in its mission statement, “the purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.”

Students are inducted into the Alpha Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Bossier Parish Community College. Chancellor Jim Henderson addresses the inductees at the Alpha Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Bossier Parish Community College.
Students are inducted into the Alpha Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Bossier Parish Community College. Chancellor Jim Henderson addresses the inductees at the Alpha Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Bossier Parish Community College.

BPCC hosts the 31st Annual Congressional Artistic Discovery Student Art Show and Local Congressional District Awards Presentation

Release date: May 2, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College is honored to host the 31st Annual Congressional Artistic Discovery Student Art Show on display now in the Donna Service Art Gallery at Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City. This art exhibition honors the best in artistic talent from high schools throughout Northwest Louisiana.

On Friday, May 4 at 9:30 am, the winners will be announced by Congressman John Fleming in a special presentation in the BPCC Theatre. The Best of Show winner’s artwork will be on display in the Cannon Tunnel in Washington, D.C. during the year.

Each spring, the Congressional InstituteWill open new browser window or tabsponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. The competition provides an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of local artists in each district select the winning entries, which are then displayed for one year at the Capitol.

Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

BPCC’s Donna Service Gallery is open from 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

BPCC Gospel Choir gives back with community concert at West Shreveport Memorial Library

Release date: April 26, 2012

The BPCC Gospel Choir recently hosted a community concert under the direction of Music Director Leeonnas Richardson at the West Shreveport Memorial Library at 4380 Pines Road, Shreveport.

In addition to providing the concert, the Choir presented new children’s books to the library. “I felt that it was particularly important for the students to collect and donate new children’s books to inspire literacy among local school-age children and ensure children have books to read,” said BPCC Gospel Choir Advisor Dr. Cindy Darby. “Reading is definitely the most important skill adolescents need to learn and this was a great opportunity for BPCC Gospel Choir students to make a difference in the local community. BPCC provides various opportunities for students to explore beyond the classroom, give back, and serve in their surrounding communities.”

Richardson encompasses a variety of contemporary and traditional gospel music, spirituals, and gospel anthems. “We enjoy performing and being effective as a college ministry with messages of inspirational power to share with our audience,” said Richardson. “The purpose of the gospel choir is to sing and minister a wide range of choral genres of gospel music in an environment that celebrates diversity.”

The gospel choir is open to full-time students with a cumulative 2.00 grade point average. Auditions are held during both the fall and spring semesters. For additional information, contact BPCC Gospel Choir Student Advisor Dr. Cindy Darby at 318-678-6111.

BPCC leads workforce partnership for new energy occupations training

Release date: April 25, 2012

Energy careers for unemployed and underemployed adults will be the focus of a new grant program at BPCC beginning in May. This program will provide both college certificates and industry-recognized credentials to graduates of the programs in only fifteen months – including getting necessary preparatory courses completed and learning the skills required for college success.

Energy Services Student“These programs are a direct response to technical job openings in Northwest Louisiana now,” said Linda Sonnier, BPCC Energy Programs Director. “Employers have outlined the job requirements, and BPCC is using the grant funding to prepare workers for these high compensation jobs as quickly as possible.”

Graduates of the program should expect to earn $13–$18/hour upon program completion, and up to $26/hour at mid-career.

"This partnership is extremely important to our area as well as the energy industry,” said Cristi Hay, recruiting specialist for Halliburton Energy Services. “Working with employers such as Halliburton will allow customization of the Oil and Gas Program so that students receive applicable hands-on training.”

Dean Laura Goadrich of BPCC’s Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division adds, “One of the most positive outcomes for these graduates is that these certificates ladder to further education and training. There is an established plan for those who would like to continue attending college to earn an associate degree or even a bachelor degree.”

The grant that makes these new programs possible is provided through the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, and is funded by NFWS (National Fund for Workforce Solutions) initiative and its investors, JFF (Jobs for the Future) and SIF (Social Innovation Fund). Northwest Louisiana Technical College will partner with BPCC to provide the training.

“This grant will provide innovative support for students to insure successful completion and placement in well-compensated careers,” adds Patti Trudell, Executive Director for the Consortium for Education, Research, and Technology of North Louisiana, who coordinates both the new Energy and Healthcare workforce partnerships with area colleges.

There are limited openings. Interested adults (18 or over) should contact Linda Sonnier at 318-678-6524 or email her at lsonnier@bpcc.edu. Applications will be accepted through May 15.

Fourth Annual 8th Grade Educational and Career Expo “Opportunities and Choices” scheduled

Release date: April 20, 2012

For the fourth year, Bossier Parish Community College will partner with area businesses, colleges, and technical schools in hosting two days of career and educational exploration opportunities for 8th grade students in Caddo and Bossier. The expo will be held from 8:30am-1:00pm on Wednesday, April 25 for Caddo Parish students and from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 26 for Bossier Parish students. Both days’ event will be at the Bossier Civic Center.

Students attending the expo will be provided information and hands-on demonstrations from participating sponsors as they are introduced to career pathways for planning their educational goals. They will also be exposed to high demand career areas, starting salaries, required training and experience, and educational options.

Studies show that middle school students are at the optimum age to begin exploring career opportunities or to drop out of school. Therefore, the community has stepped in to form a consortium to make this expo an annual event.

Participating sponsors of the expo are:

  • North Shreveport Business Association – Title Sponsor
  • Bossier Parish Community College and The City of Bossier City – Platinum Sponsors
  • Chesapeake Energy and Willis-Knighton Health System – Gold Sponsors
  • Barksdale Federal Credit Union and CERT–Consortium for Education, Research and Technology of North LA – Silver Sponsors

For more information, contact Sherrie Johnson or Shelli Ulrich at 318-678-6172 or 318-678-6358, sjohnson@bpcc.edu or sulrich@bpcc.edu.

BPCC Office of Student Life Sponsors a “Week of Caring”

Release date: April 20, 2012

BPCC Office of Student Life and BPCC Caring Cavaliers group will sponsor a “Week of Caring” next week Monday, April 23 through Saturday, April 28. The focus of next week’s activities will consist of three aspects—“Caring for Others; Caring for Our College; Caring for Our Community.”

“Caring for Others” activities will take place all week with different food/supply drives set up in each building on campus:

  • Building A – Children’s Book Drive – donation to local elementary schools
  • Building B – First Aid Supplies Drive – donation to Providence House
  • Building C and D – E-waste Collection (electronics, cell phones) – donation to STS Electronic Recycling
  • Building E – Baby Supplies Drive – donation to Crisis Pregnancy Center
  • Building F – Food Drive – donation to Northwest LA Food
  • Building G – School Supplies Drive – KTBS Operation A+

In observance of National Arbor Day on Friday, April 27, the “Caring for Our College” activities will include on short program about Arbor Day at 12:30pm in the Quad, followed by tree planting near Building C. After the trees are planted, the BPCC Caring Cavaliers group will pick up trash and clean the BPCC campus. Trees for this event are donated by the BPCC Foundation and the Cavalier Athletic Foundation.

The group will conclude the week with a “Caring for Our Community” activity. They will participate in a work day at Community Renewal’s Allendale Garden of Hope and Love from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 28.

For more information on the week’s activities, contact Marjoree Harper, BPCC Director of Student Life, at 318-678-6035.

BPCC instrumental ensembles to present spring concerts

Release date: April 20, 2012

The Jazz Ensemble and Concert Winds, under the direction of Dr. Michael D. Hart, will present their spring concerts on Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27, respectively. Both events will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The Thursday night Jazz Ensemble concert will feature standard jazz band repertoire including “Brown Baggin’ It” dedicated to Les Brown and the Band of Renown by Dave Wolpe; “Zsa Zsa Queen”, a reggae piece by Matt Harris; the funk tune “Fatback and Greens” by Jeff Jarvis, “Metro Wail” and “Beantown Blues” by Lennie Niehaus; and “The Looking Glass” by Matt Harris that features Jeff Frazier as the tenor sax soloist.

The Friday evening Concert Winds performance will feature a variety of repertoire including ”Hosts of Freedom” a standard march Karl King; “First Suite in E Flat” by Gustav Holst; “Hoe Down” by Aaron Copland; “When Angels Weep” by David Shaffer; “Emperor Waltz” by Johann Strauss, Jr.; and “España Cañi” by Pascual Marquina.

Many of the students enrolled in the instrumental ensembles are music scholarship recipients. “Music Scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and are full-time BPCC students. Auditions for BPCC music scholarships are held several times throughout the year,” said Hart.

These concerts are free and open to the public. For more information about these performances or music scholarships and auditions, please contact the BPCC Music Program at 318-678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu

BPCC Certified Nurse Assistant program holds spring graduation

Release date: April 18, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College’s Certified Nurse Assistant program held its spring 2012 graduation recently. The ten graduates received certificates of completion and pins during the ceremony. As graduates of the program, the graduates are recognized as Certified Nurse Assistants in Louisiana.

The BPCC CNA program prepares students to work with long-term care patients. Instruction includes medical terminology, health care safety, patient care lecture, patient care studies, practice lab situations and on-site clinicals.

CNA instructor Cindy Sprute, R.N., said these students worked very hard in a fast-paced program. “After training in our CNA lab, the students trained in a clinical setting at a local nursing home, exhibiting compassion and caring for each of the residents. I know each one of them will be a valuable member in the field of certified nursing assistants.”

The spring 2012 graduates are Bizuayehu Beka, Ricarda Cartisle, Kimberly Davis, Jamie Duchesne, Kenneth Fulmer, Miranda Gray, Debra Haire, Whitney Self, Laura Self, Laura Simpson and Caitlin Waterfallen.

The BPCC summer 2012 CNA program begins June 5. For more information or to register, contact BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 318-678-6015.

CNA Spring Graduates

BPCC officials host turkmenistan delegation studying the community college system

Release date: April 17, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Jim Henderson and other BPCC officials will host a group of educational professionals from Turkmenistan, Russia as part of the Open World Program, a professional exchange program funded by the U.S. Congress to facilitate learning opportunities for professionals from the former Soviet Union. This year’s delegation is tasked with studying the theme of “Education Reform,” a pertinent subject as Turkmenistan’s government begins planning for significant reforms to its secondary schooling and higher education systems.

The Turkmenistan Youth and Civic Values Foundation is coordinating the delegation’s visit and was established in 2006 by former Peace Corps Volunteers who had served in Turkmenistan for more than 2 years.

This year, the delegation includes a member of Turkmenistan's Parliament, a University President and Vice-President as well as University Professors who are keenly interested to learn about our system of community colleges. They will meet with BPCC officials and tour the Nursing Simulation Lab and the Oil and Gas Lab.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Location:
Building A-230
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts music program features Shreveport Opera artists-in-residence

Release date: April 17, 2012

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts Music Program presents a Guest Artists Series: An Operatizer--an Opera and Broadway concert featuring Shreveport Opera Artists-in-Residence. The performance will be at 7:30 pm Thursday, April 19 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The performance is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jim Boyter, BPCC Communication and Performing Arts Manager, at 318-678-6021.

BPCC debate team wins second consecutive national championship

Release date: April 16, 2012

The Bossier Parish Community College Debate Team captured its second national championship at the International Public Debate Association’s National Championship Tournament hosted by Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, April 12-15.

The team earned the honor of Season-Long Community College National Champions. The team was led by Team Captain Tashara Williams, who finished the season as the top-ranked community college student in the novice division. Williams finished the year with a win-loss record of 34-13. BPCC’s Zach Bennett finished the season as the top-ranked community college student in the varsity division with a record of 18-14. Also contributing to the team’s success were Katie Ulrich, Danica Hobley, and Ryan Perry--who combined to earn 24 wins over the season.

Debate team coach Bob Alexander said, “At the awards banquet, the top five community colleges in the nation are recognized. As they went through the list, from five to one, it was virtually a sweep for the programs from the Pacific Northwest; not only were we excited for our program to come out on top, but we were proud to be the only community college from this part of the country to make it to the top five.” The team finished ahead of Washington’s Lower Columbia College (2nd place), Idaho’s College of Western Idaho and College of Southern Idaho (3rd and 4th respectively), and Oregon’s Mount Hood Community College (5th place).

This marks the second consecutive national championship for the BPCC Debate Team. Alexander continued, “Last year’s team definitely raised the bar in terms of performance. This year’s team featured only one returning competitor from that team, and I’m proud to see how this group of students rose to the challenge before them. The dedication and work ethic of these students have helped to set the standard for what we expect of this program going forward, and I’m honored to be associated with this group.”

The BPCC Debate Team is open to any student, and no prior experience is required. For more information, contact Bob Alexander at 318-678-6460 or email him at balexander@bpcc.edu.

Katie Ulrich, Tashara Williams, and Ryan Perry

BPCC debate team members (left to right) Katie Ulrich, Tashara Williams, and Ryan Perry at the 2012 IPDA National Championship Tournament hosted by Sam Houston State University.

BPCC designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education (CAE2Y)

Release date: April 16, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education (CAE2Y) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This designation covers academic years 2012 through 2017.

As stated in the notification letter, BPCC received praise for its cyber security programs. “Your ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure. The Presidents’ National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, 14 February 2003 and the International Strategy for Cyberspace, May 2011, addresses the critical shortage of professionals with these skills and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s cyberspace. ‘Like all nations, the United States has a compelling interest in defending its vital national assets, as well as our core principles and values, and we are committed to defend¬ing against those who would attempt to impede our ability to do so.’ Education is the key to promoting these ideals.”

The letter also stated that one reviewer remarked, “Bossier Parish [Community College] has strong outreach to the community and 1st responders. Wide technology, good labs and good opportunities are offered.”

BPCC is one of only 13 schools across the nation that has been awarded this honor.

Chancellor Jim Henderson contributes the honor to BPCC’s world-class cyber programs and faculty. “The National Center of Academic Excellence designation attests to the quality of our cyber programs. BPCC's team of educators in this field are extraordinarily innovative and dedicated to providing the best learning experience possible to our students.”

Henderson adds, “This designation enhances the value of our offerings and will deepen the impact of our collaborative work with Cyber Innovation Center.”

Chris Rondeau, program director of security with BPCC’s Division of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, echoes Chancellor Henderson’s remarks. “BPCC’s being awarded CAE2Y is proof positive that the team in CIT has been working hard to make a program that is nationally recognized for its quality of education and content. This is a true honor for us; only about a dozen schools nationwide have achieved this honor.”

The CyberWatch websiteWill open new browser window or tab also states the importance of the award. “Becoming a Center of Academic Excellence 2-Year (CAE2Y) is a new reality and opportunity for community colleges. This institutional award is established by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and CyberWatch. Community colleges that have established a robust information assurance (IA) program, and have successfully mapped their security courses to two of the Committee on National Security Systems training standards, CNSS 4011 and one other, are now eligible to apply for the coveted status of CAE2Y.”

Cyberwatch also states, “The CAE2Y designation represents an expansion of Centers for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) program for two year institutions which was previously established for four-year schools. The benefits to a CAE2Y/CAE and CAE-R institution are significant: recognition of the quality of the program by industry, professional associations, and academia; seamless program articulation with CAE universities; better job placement and/or transfer opportunities for students; opportunities for collaboration with other CAE2Y and CAE institutions; improved institutional standing in the local, regional, and professional community.”

Certificates will be presented during the 16th Annual Conference of the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education on June 11, 2012.

For more information on the award and BPCC’s cyber programs, contact Chris Rondeau at 318-678- 6317.

The Division Of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce the Spring Festival of One-act Plays

Release date: April 10, 2012

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce the 2012 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays. The performance will be at 6:30 pm Tuesday, April 17 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of seven student directors, three of whom are scheduled to graduate this May with BPCC’s Associate of Arts in Theatre degree. The graduating directors are Simon Crader, Jori Jackson, and Sarah Jones. Other directors include Cody Allums, David Coston, Jasey Gilbert, and Ashley Waters. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will mark the theatre program’s thirteenth season of student-directed work.

Generally, the one-act festival is rated PG for adult audiences. The performance is free and open to the public.

For more information or for directions to the theatre, contact Jim Boyter, Communication and Performing Arts Manager, at 318-678-6021.

BPCC Concert Choir to present spring concert

Release date: April 10, 2012

The Concert Choir, under the direction of Mr. William Bond, Jr., will present its Spring Concert on Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre. This concert is free and open to the public.

The ensemble’s repertoire will be selected from “The Beatles in Revue,” a medley of 15 of the Fab Four’s biggest hits; “Shenandoah” arranged by John Purifoy; “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel” arranged by Roger Emerson; “And This Shall Be for Music” by Mary Lynn Lightfoot; “Set Me As a Seal” by Rene Clausen; and “You Raise Me Up” arranged by Roger Emerson. Assistant Professor of Music Gulya Chandler serves as the choir accompanist.

Many of the students enrolled in the Concert Choir have earned music scholarships. Music scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.00 GPA, and are full-time BPCC students. Auditions for BPCC music scholarships are held several times throughout the year. “In addition to the end of the semester performances on campus each year, the Concert Choir performed as part of the Spring Pops Concert this past March,” stated Dr. Michael Hart, Music Program Director.

For more information about this concert or music scholarships and auditions, please contact the BPCC Music Program at 318-678-6146 or email: mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC Gospel Choir performs at Colonial Oaks

Release date: April 9, 2012

The BPCC Gospel Choir performed recently for residents at Colonial Oaks Guest Care Center, LLC in Bossier City and donated socks to the seniors.

BPCC Gospel Choir performs at Colonial Oaks “Every semester, the Gospel Choir members perform and give back through a community service project,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, the student advisor for BPCC Gospel Choir. “Individuals in nursing care centers rarely have the opportunity to attend cultural activities in the community,” Darby continued. “The students enjoy entertaining the residents and bringing BPCC to the community.”

Warren McShan, a member of the choir and Digital Media major at BPCC, enjoyed the experience to perform. “The positive reactions we received from the residents, family members, and staff when we performed really brightened my whole day.”

For additional information about the BPCC Gospel Choir, contact Dr. Cindy Darby, Student Advisor at 318-678-6111.

BPCC Gospel Choir to hold auditions for Fall 2012

Release date: April 9, 2012

The BPCC Gospel Choir will hold auditions for fall 2012 at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 in Building F, Room 203 in the Emmett E. Cope Student Services Building at Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Membership to the Gospel Choir is open to full-time students, incoming freshmen, or transfer students. Students must maintain a cumulative 2.00 grade-point average in order to receive a Student Service Talent Scholarship. Students must be prepared to sing one gospel music selection at the audition and must bring a completed Student Service Talent Scholarship Application.

For more information, please contact Dr. Cindy Darby, Student Advisor, at 318-678-6111 or visit www.bpcc.edu/studentlife to download an application.

BPCC student art show in campus’ Donna Service Gallery

Release date: April 5, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College announces a Student Art Show on display through April 25th in the Donna Service Gallery, located in Building A, on the College campus, 6220 E Texas St. The art exhibition consists of various mediums by BPCC’s art students.

BPCC Fine Art instructors, Kelly McDade and Danny Williams, have selected art work from students that represent four disciplines -- ceramics, drawing, design, and painting. The art exhibition showcases a variety of works and mediums such as traditional works from ceramics, drawings, paintings, and mixed media collage work. One non-traditional piece in the show is a personal “shrine” created by design students.

BPCC art student Tiffany Jackson feels honored to be chosen to display her artwork in the show. “Art has always been a big part of my life, and it always will be,” says Jackson. “I can express myself and feelings through art when words are difficult to do so.”

Open from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. daily, the Donna Service Gallery at Bossier Parish Community College’s will also host one more exhibition this spring semester -- the 31st Annual Congressional Art Show from April 27-May 4.

The Donna Service Gallery at Bossier Parish Community College was named for a deceased art instructor at the College. The gallery houses student art work in all forms—portraits, paintings, sculpture, and photography. While at BPCC, Service taught Introduction to Fine Arts, Art History, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Art for Elementary Teachers. She encouraged her students to interact with the broader art scene in Shreveport-Bossier by involving them in projects such as Arts in the Edge - a month long art showcase with local and regional artists in downtown Shreveport.

For more information on the Fine Arts program at Bossier Parish Community College, contact the Liberal Arts Division at 318-678-6041.

Tuition-free AutoCAD training offered by BPCC Continuing Education

Release date: April 4, 2012

Grant-funded AutoCAD training for the following classes will be offered by BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department. For more information and to register, visit www.bpcc.edu/continuingeducation or call 318-678-6015.

Beyond the Basics with AutoCAD 2012
4/24-5/24 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tu, Th
Class also meets Saturday 5/5 and 5/19 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Expand on the lessons learned in the Basic Computer Drafting with AutoCAD 2012 course. Participants are introduced to complex objects and editing methods as well as styles to manage text, dimensions and leaders, and in depth training on commands and putting together projects.

Basic Computer Drafting with AutoCAD 2012
5/7-6/11 6:30-9:30 p.m. M, W
Class also meets Saturday 5/26 and 6/2 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

General overview of the AutoCAD software package. The course will include basic theory for using CAD, setting up projects and basic commands. Upon completion of the course, participants will have the knowledge necessary to create a project in AutoCAD from beginning to end.

BPCC Occupational Therapy Assistant students celebrate OT month with visit to Sutton Children’s Hospital

Release date: April 3, 2012

April is Occupational Therapy Month and to celebrate the 2012 Occupational Therapy Assistant class from Bossier Parish Community College is hosting an Easter celebration at 1:00pm on Friday, April 6 at Christus Sutton Children’s Medical Center in Shreveport. The students will provide candy and baskets to the patients and their families for a fun afternoon of Easter egg hunting.

Service projects like this allow the BPCC OTA students to give back to the community. “As future occupational therapy assistants, the students will be involved in common occupational therapy interventions including helping children with disabilities participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recover from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes,” says Kelly Brandon, BPCC OTA Program Director. “Opportunities like this allow for the students to foster an attitude of compassion and broaden the students’ knowledge of needs and opportunities for partnership within our community.”

Each year in April, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students host a month-long celebration showcasing the importance of Occupational Therapy. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person.

If you would like to make a donation to the Easter celebration, contact Jessica Bolyer at 318-932-3259.

For more information about the BPCC OTA program, contact Kelly Brandon at 318-678- 6471. Find more information on the benefits of occupational therapy by visiting www.aota.org.Will open new browser window or tab

BPCC OTA students prepare Easter baskets

BPCC OTA students (l to r) Lauren Brian, Kim Wyatt, Fran Bates and Latresia Coleman prepare Easter baskets for the children at Christus Sutton Children’s Medical Center. The students will deliver the baskets at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6.

BPCC OTA students:
Jessica Bolyer- Coushatta, LA
Fran Bates- Jamestown, LA
Bailey McMellon - Shreveport, LA
Kim Wyatt - Haughton, LA
Pamela Combest - Haughton, LA
Lauren Brian - Shreveport, LA
Latresia Coleman - Homer, LA

BPCC and other regional colleges and universities to host career fair

Release date: March 20, 2012

The fourth annual Louisiana Regional College Career Fair, now known as the ARK-LA-TEX-MS College Career Fair, will be held from noon – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Bossier Civic Center. This event is hosted by the career services offices of Bossier Parish Community College, Centenary College, East Texas Baptist University, Grambling State University, Jarvis Christian College, Kilgore College, LeTourneau University, Louisiana Tech, LSU Shreveport, Millsaps College, Northwestern State University, Ouachita Baptist University, Southern University at Shreveport, University of Louisiana Monroe, University of Phoenix, University of Texas at Tyler.

The career fair is open to all college students and alumni from any accredited higher education institution in the United States. Professional attire and a resume are required for admission to this annual event.

Over the past three years, this Career Fair has drawn an average of 500+ students/alumni in attendance. Exhibitors will include local, regional, state, federal and graduate schools. Participants will gain knowledge of career opportunities, part-time jobs, internships, full-time jobs, and graduate schools.

Employers and graduate schools interested in exhibiting at this event may contact Kathy Busch at Bossier Parish Community College at kbusch@bpcc.edu.

For more information, visit the ARK-LA-TEX-MS Career Fair home page.Will open new browser window or tab

BPCC's Camp Cavs: summer camps for kids announces Summer 2012 offerings

Release date: March 20, 2012

Camp Cavs,PDF FileBPCC’s summer program for kids, will be held in the months of June and July 2012. Camps are 3 or 4 hours and are scheduled Monday-Friday, unless otherwise noted. Camps are available for ages 5-18 and will include baseball, softball, basketball, BMX, bowling, cheer, dance, guitar, theater/drama, Glee, painting, drawing, sculpture, comics and illustration, book publishing, cooking, CSI, sewing, and pet care. All campers will receive T-shirts.

Registration for Camp Cavs is open, and camps will be held at Bossier Parish Community College campus, UNLESS otherwise noted. There may be additional supply fees associated with certain camps. For more information or to register, contact BPCC’s Workforce and Continuing Education Department at 318-678-6015. Campers must complete a release form prior to participation.

BPCC Communication and Performing Arts to hold auditions for its tenth feature film

Release date: March 19, 2012

BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts will hold auditions for its tenth feature film entitled “A Very Tough Course” from 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 on the third floor of Building D. Bring resume and a head shot, if possible.

This current day murder-mystery feature takes place on a golf course where several neighbors are suspects, but only one is the killer. Lieutenant Finder, a homicide detective, and his partner Sergeant Jones set out to find the killer. Casting includes several males and females between the ages of mid 20s – late 40s.

For more information, contact Paula Kaszuba at 318-678-6177 or pkaszuba@bpcc.edu.

100% of BPCC’s first nursing graduating class passes NCLEX

Release date: March 19, 2012

College officials at Bossier Parish Community College announce 100% of the 18 graduates from its first nursing class passed the National Council on Licensure Exam.

BPCC Nursing Program Director Sharon Turley explains what this means to the BPCC nursing program. “It is really an achievement to start a new program, receive full approval by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, earn accreditation by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission, and have a 100% pass rate in the first eighteen months of the program.”

Those first 18 graduates completed the nursing program at BPCC in December 2011.

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), is an examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States. NCLEX examinations are developed and owned by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN). NCSBN administers these examinations on behalf of its member boards which consist of the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. NCLEX examinations are designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry-level.

Turley adds, “The test is extremely important. If students do not pass this national exam, they do not get a license and they cannot practice nursing.”

BPCC Nursing graduate Reagan Enevoldson explains how her education at BPCC prepared her for both the exam and the workforce. “When it comes to NCLEX, everything you strived for culminates into one word: PASS. Looking back, BPCC'S Nursing Program began preparing us for that victory from day one. From computerized tests that integrate alternate format questions to instructors who genuinely care about your success and challenge your critical thinking skills, the nursing program encompasses everything you need to successfully pass NCLEX.”

Enevoldson is currently employed as a RN in the ICU department at Willis-Knighton-Bossier.

In 2010, Bossier Parish Community College received approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and the Board of Regents to offer the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. Since that time, more than 600 students have declared nursing as their major course of study.

Chancellor Jim Henderson expresses the College’s enthusiasm for this achievement. “This tremendous accomplishment is a testament to the talent of our graduates, the quality of our nursing program, and the dedication to excellence of our faculty and program administrators. The Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health is home to a number of world class programs, providing unparalleled opportunities for our students and giving our employers the human capital they need to compete and grow.”

For more information on the BPCC Nursing Program, contact the Division of Science and Allied Health at 318-678-6080.

For more information on NCLEX, visit National Council of State Boards of Nursing.Will open new browser window or tab

BPCC journalism students attend Associated College press convention

Release date: March 16, 2012

Journalism students from Bossier Parish Community College recently attended the Associated Collegiate Press 28thAnnual National College Journalism Convention in Seattle, Washington.

The students who are also staff members of the Kaleidoscope, BPCC’s student newspaper, gathered with other students from around the country to hear knowledgeable and successful media professionals. “It made me realize how much hard work and passion journalists put forth into creating articles that are not necessarily just for shock value, but for readers to be aware of news happening everywhere,” said Kaleidoscope staff member Lanny Buenviaje.

Candice Gibson, assistant professor of English at BPCC and advisor to the Kaleidoscope, felt the students represented the College well. “I am proud of our students for not only attending sessions, but intellectually contributing to the dialogue during the discussions,” said Gibson.

The Kaleidoscope, established in 1972, contains campus news, editorials, student views and advice, student government events, and sports schedules.

Kaleidoscope staff at press convention

Kaleidoscope Staff—(back-l to r) Sha Smith, Advisor Candice Gibson, Lanny Buenviaje (front) Khali Turner

BPCC and Northwestern State sign academic agreements to complete two-year effort

Release date: March 14, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College and Northwestern State University signed academic agreements that will conclude a two-year effort to articulate ALL of NSU’s baccalaureate degrees with a BPCC associate degree.

“Bossier Parish Community College is pleased to be the first community college in Louisiana to establish a seamless link of all of the baccalaureate degrees from Northwestern State University to a BPCC associate degree,” stated Dr. Stan Wilkins, BPCC Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

The two institutions have worked together over a two-year period to formally complete these articulation agreements.

“Northwestern and BPCC have a long, productive working relationship that is beneficial to students,” said Lisa Abney, Provost and Vice President for Academic/Student Affairs at NSU. “Agreements of this type help students by giving them a degree plan they can follow from BPCC to Northwestern without losing any credit hours. That saves them time and money.”

The following lists the final group of academic programs for which the two colleges are signing agreements:

BPCC NSU
AA in Performing Arts Bachelor of Music
AA in Performing Arts BS in Theatre
AS in General Science BS in Health and Physical Education K - 12
AS in General Science BS in Health and Exercise Science
AAS in Computer Information Systems BS in Computer Information Systems
AS in General Science BS in Radiologic Science
A in General Studies  B in General Studies
AS in Nursing BS in Nursing
AAS in Respiratory Therapy BAS in Allied Health
AAS in Physical Therapy Assistant BAS in Allied Health
AAS in Pharmacy Technician BAS in Allied Health
AAS in Paramedic  BAS in Allied Health
AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant BAS in Allied Health
AAS in Medical Assistant BAS in Allied Health

Dr. Lisa Abney Jim Henderson sign the articulation agreements.

Dr. Lisa Abney, provost and vice president for Academic/Student Affairs at NSU, and BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson sign the articulation agreements.

2012 Ms BPCC and Miss Tiny Cavalier chosen

Release date: March 13, 2012

Courtney Elizabeth Stahl was named Ms. BPCC and Karmen Jayde Harrison was selected Miss Tiny Cavalier at the 2012 Ms. BPCC Pageant held recently at the College campus.

Stahl, a freshman business administration major, is the daughter of Tommy Souter and Suzette Beene. Harrison, age 6, is the daughter of Richard and Christina Jones.

Ms. BPCC first runner-up was Kathleen Elise Birmingham, a freshman performing arts major and daughter of Robert and Karen Birmingham. Victoria “Tori” Anne Kemp, age 5 and daughter of Scott and Christine Kemp, was Miss Tiny first runner-up.

The Ms. Congeniality award was a tie between Courtney Elizabeth Stahl and Victoria Arisuan Dallas, a sophomore digital media major and daughter of Kenneth and Erica Early.

The Ms. BPCC contestants are judged on leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to the College, poise, personality, and personal attractiveness. Miss Tiny Cavalier contestants are judged on beauty/appearance, personality, projection, and poise. Various prizes are awarded including a full-tuition scholarship plus books for the Ms. BPCC titleholder.

Ms. BPCC represents Bossier Parish Community College as a spokesperson and community ambassador. The pageant is held annually.

Ms BPCC, Miss Tiny Cavalier, and court

From L to R:

Miss Tiny Cavalier: Karmen Jayde Harrison
Ms. BPCC 1st Runner-Up: Kathleen Elise Birmingham
Ms. BPCC and Ms. Congeniality (Tie): Courtney Elizabeth Stahl
Ms. Congeniality (Tie): Victoria Arisuan Dallas
Miss Tiny Cavalier 1st Runner-Up: Victoria “Tori” Anne Kemp

BPCC announces cast and crew for The Matchmaker

Release date: March 13, 2012

The Performing Arts of Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the cast for Thornton Wilder’s comedy, The Matchmaker. Performances of this classic comedy will be March 22 - April1 at BPCC's Performing Arts Theatre located in Building C at 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will direct this hilarious comedy which later became the story for the musical Hello, Dolly! Stephen Slaughter will produce the play with Rona Leber designing costumes, Keith Bruce designing lights and sound, David White designing scenery, and Rose Clayton designing properties. Jasey Gilbert is Stage Manager with Deb Webb and Chance Dale serving as Assistant Stage Managers.

Samuel French, Inc. describes the play as follows: “A certain old merchant of Yonkers is so rich in 1800 that he decides to take a wife. He employs a matchmaker—a woman who subsequently becomes involved with two of his menial clerks, assorted young and lovely ladies, and the headwaiter at an expensive restaurant where this swift farce runs headlong into a series of hilarious complications. After everyone gets straightened out romantically and has his heart's desire, the merchant finds himself affianced to the astute matchmaker herself. He who was so shrewd in business is putty in the hands of Dolly Levi. He is fooled by apprentices in a series of hilarious hide-and-seek scenes, and finally has all his bluster explode in his face.”

The cast will feature many of BPCC’s theatre students and include some of the Cavalier Players’ veteran performers. Principle roles include Keith Bruce as Horace Vandergelder, Kim Webb as Dolly Levi, Jesse Kortus as Ambrose, Kevin Hippler as Cornelius, Lari Leber as Ermengarde, Robbie Oliva as Malachi, Cody Allums as Barnaby, Scout Pittman as Mrs. Malloy, and Elise Birmingham as Minnie Fae. The large cast will also include David White as Joe, Sarah Jones as Gertrude, Kenny Loggins as Cabman, Simon Crader as Rudolf, Chance Dale as August, Jori Jackson as Miss Flora Van Hussen, and Jasey Gilbert as The Cook.

Performances are slated for March 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 at 7:30 p.m. Also, matinee performances will be March 25 and April 1 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for The Matchmaker will go on sale March 19, 2012. Reserved ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military, and non-BPCC students.

For more information call the Theatre Program at 318-678-6021 or email: theatre@bpcc.edu.

Reservations may now be made online at www.bpcc.edu/performingarts.

BPCC’s Donna Service Gallery hosts local young artists show

Release date: March 7, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College announces the Caddo Parish Talented Arts Program Exhibition on display today through March 23rd in the Donna Service Gallery, located in Building A, on the College campus, 6220 E Texas St.

The Caddo Parish Talented Arts Program (TAP) is celebrating its ninth year in Caddo Parish schools. “Students in TAP are recommended by their schools and auditioned into the program through a formal evaluation process,” explains Rhonda Glass, Talented Arts coordinator. “They participate in specially-designed lessons taught by state-certified Talented teachers. Currently, there are 500 students enrolled in all three disciplines in classes for grades K-12, and approximately 110 of these are high school visual art students.”

Art work on display for the exhibition is produced by students taught by Erinn Buteau (Captain Shreve High School), Vicki Jacobsen (Woodlawn Leadership Academy), Arden Kennedy (Caddo Magnet High School), Thomas Little (Northwood High School), and Gerald Ortego (C. E. Byrd High School). The students completed a semester unit on additive sculpture in fall 2011 and are currently undertaking a study of the human form. It is the mission of the TAP Program to bring enriched and accelerated arts lessons to identified talented students enrolled in classes in visual art, vocal music, instrumental music, and theatre arts in schools throughout the parish.

BPCC is extremely excited to have students from the Caddo Parish TAP program display their work in the art gallery. “I am thrilled that BPCC can provide a location for these talented high school art students to display their work,” said Kelly McDade, BPCC Liberal Arts instructor. “It is also wonderful to have an opportunity to introduce these students, their family and friends as well as the TAP instructors to what BPCC offers in the area of visual art.”

Open from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. daily, the Donna Service Gallery at Bossier Parish Community College will also host other exhibitions this spring semester. These exhibits include:

  • BPCC Student Exhibition - March 27-April 25
  • 31st Annual Congressional Art Show - April 27-May 4

The Donna Service Gallery at Bossier Parish Community College was named for a deceased art instructor at the College. The gallery houses student art work in all forms—portraits, paintings, sculpture, and photography. While at BPCC, Service taught Introduction to Fine Arts, Art History, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Art for Elementary Teachers. She encouraged her students to interact with the broader art scene in Shreveport-Bossier by involving them in projects such as Arts in the Edge - a month long art showcase with local and regional artists in downtown Shreveport.

Auditions to be held for BPCC Communication and Performing Arts Division's feature film

Release date: March 7, 2012

The Division of Communication and Performing Arts of Bossier Parish Community College will be holding auditions for its 10th feature film from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, March 13 and 15. The auditions will be held on the third floor of Building D on the college campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, Louisiana. People wishing to audition should supply a resume and a head shot, if possible.

Several males and females between the ages of mid 20s – late 40s are needed for various roles.

For more information contact Paula Kaszuba at 318-678-6177 or pkaszuba@bpcc.edu.

BPCC and Northwestern State to sign academic agreements

Release date: March 7, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Jim Henderson and Northwestern State University President Randall Webb will sign academic agreements that will conclude a two-year effort to articulate all of NSU’s baccalaureate degrees with a BPCC associate degree.

Participants:
Jim Henderson, Chancellor, BPCC
Dr. Stan Wilkins, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, BPCC
Dr. Randall Webb, President, NSU
Dr. Lisa Abney, Provost and Vice President for Academic/Student Affairs, NSU

Date/Time:
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
3:30 p.m.

Location:
Building A-230
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

BPCC Performing Arts announces music scholarship audition dates

Release date: March 2, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College Performing Arts music scholarship audition dates have been set for the fall 2012 term. Those dates include March 17, April 14, and May 12. Music scholarships at BPCC are full-tuition scholarships. They do not cover fees or books. Students must have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 and be enrolled as a full-time student to be eligible for a music scholarship.

"Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Jazz Ensemble members are eligible for music scholarships and those scholarships are renewable for up to six semesters," stated Dr. Michael D. Hart, Music Program Director. "If tuition rises, so does the scholarship," Hart added.

Students do not need to be music majors to receive a music scholarship at BPCC. Students who have participated in their high school music programs typically have the skills that the music program is seeking. Current music scholarship recipients include band and choir members from Airline High School, Bossier High School, C.E. Byrd High School, Benton High School, Northwood High School, Haughton High School, and Parkway High School.

To schedule a music scholarship audition date and time, or for more information on the Music Program at BPCC, please contact the BPCC Music Program at 678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu. Music scholarships are highly competitive, and there are a limited number of music scholarships available for the fall 2012 semester.

BPCC hosts Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament

Release date: February 27, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College will host the 4th annual Eddy Shell Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament on March 2-4, 2012 in Building F on the college campus at 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The tournament is expected to have entries from approximately 200 students representing 15 colleges and universities from throughout a six state region (Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee). In the three previous years, the tournament has attracted more than 400 students from 24 colleges and universities.

During the competition, students will compete in 2 different forms of Debate Events (1-on-1 and 2-on-2) and 11 different forms of speech competitions including Public Address Events (8-10-minute original prepared speeches to persuade, inform, entertain, or analyze); Limited Preparation Events (7-minute impromptu or extemporaneous speeches) and Oral Interpretation Events (8-10 minute performance by one or two individuals of a selection or selections of prose, poetry, drama, or combination).

BPCC Debate Sponsor Bob Alexander explains the importance of these competitions to not only the participants but the community as a whole. “Former Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who was a member of the LSU debate team in graduate school, once said that 'Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent and debate.' When we look to the students entered in this competition, we're seeing the leaders of tomorrow,” says Alexander.

He adds, “These students use academic speech and debate competitions to hone their skills of advocacy that they will then take into their careers and communities as they make a difference in the world of tomorrow. While this tournament will determine winners, the true focus is on more than the brilliant luster of success in competition and instead is directed at the broader goal of sowing the seeds of freedom that Vice President Humphrey once talked about."

The Eddy Shell Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament is named in memory of the late Dr. Edwin T. “Eddy” Shell—a speech instructor at BPCC for forty years who passed away in 2008 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

BPCC debate students will serve as administrators for the tournament. The BPCC’s Debate Team, currently the top-ranked community college in the International Public Debate Association rankings, is led by student Tashara Williams. Williams is ranked the top community college student nationally in the novice division and is 18th overall among all college and university students.

For more information on the tournament or BPCC Debate Team, contact Bob Alexander at balexander@bpcc.edu or 318-678-6460.

BPCC sponsors Louisiana Region I Science and Engineering Fair 2012 at Bossier Civic Center

Release date: February 27, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College, Kilpatrick's Rose-Neath Funeral Home, and The City of Bossier will sponsor the 2012 Louisiana Region I Science and Engineering Fair March 1-3, at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA.

The 2012 Region I Science and Engineering Fair marks the 38th year BPCC has served as host. The Fair includes students in grades 4-12 from a 5-parish area: Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, Red River, and Webster. More than 500 students compete annually and are judged by 135 professionals from throughout the area.

BPCC Science Professor and Fair Director Bob Boykin is always amazed at the talent shown at the Region I fair. “Sometimes I worry about the United States falling behind in science and then I attend local, state, regional, and international science fair competitions,” says Boykin. “I am truly awed by what our students are capable of. Our goal is and will continue to be to reward the best and encourage the rest.”

The Region I Fair begins Friday, March 2 with judging from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Public visitation is from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Friday and from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, with the awards ceremony scheduled from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

With more than $3,000 in cash and other awards, first place winners in Division B (middle school grades 6-8) and Division C (high school grades 9-12) qualify for the Louisiana State Science Fair in Baton Rouge March 25-27.

In addition to hosting the Region I Science & Engineering Fair, Bossier Parish Community College also sponsors 2-3 students each year for the International Science and Engineering Fair. The ISEF will be held May 14-18 in Pittsburg, PA. BPCC faculty members have also participated at ISEF as judges, advisory council and display and safety committee members.

For more information on the Region I Science and Engineering Fair, visit www.bpcc.edu/sciencefair or contact Bob Boykin at 318-678-6067.

Faculty art show in BPCC’s Donna Service Gallery

Release date: February 20, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College announces a Faculty Art Show on display through March 2nd in the Donna Service Gallery, located in Building A, on the College campus, 6220 E Texas St. The art exhibition consists of various mediums by BPCC’s art faculty.

Danny Williams, associate professor in BPCC’s Liberal Arts Division and one of the exhibitors, explains the concept behind the establishment of the faculty show. "The faculty show is rather a tradition in the college setting,” says Williams. “College students rarely get to know the work which a faculty member creates in his or her studio. I have always thought the opportunity for dialogue created by this type of show is a valuable experience for both students and faculty."

Open from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. daily, the Donna Service Gallery at Bossier Parish Community College will host four other exhibitions this spring semester. These exhibits include:

  • Caddo Parish Talented Arts Program Exhibition - March 6 - 23
  • BPCC Student Exhibition - March 27 - April 25
  • 31st Annual Congressional Art Show - April 27 - May 4

The Donna Service Gallery at Bossier Parish Community College was named for a deceased art instructor at the College. The gallery houses student art work in all forms—portraits, paintings, sculpture, and photography. While at BPCC, Service taught Introduction to Fine Arts, Art History, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Art for Elementary Teachers. She encouraged her students to interact with the broader art scene in Shreveport-Bossier by involving them in projects such as Arts in the Edge - a month long art showcase with local and regional artists in downtown Shreveport.

List of Artworks

  1. Danny Williams, Wages, Computer Generated Imagery- Digital, 2011
  2. Danny Williams, Transformation, CGI - Digital, 2004
  3. Danny Williams, Deathcar, CGI - Digital, 2005
  4. Danny Williams, The Evangels, CGI - Digital, 2005
  5. Diane Dufilho, Tree in Spring, India ink on paper, 2011
  6. Diane Dufilho, Tree in Windstorm, India ink on paper, 2011
  7. Diane Dufilho, Tree in Fire Storm, India ink on paper, 2011
  8. Diane Dufilho, Tree in Bloom, India ink on paper, 2011
  9. Kathy Brodnax, Lily Rose, Acrylic on Board, 2011
  10. Kathy Brodnax, Sasanqua, Acrylic on Board, 2011
  11. Kathy Brodnax, Mal Maison, Acrylic on Board, 2011
  12. Mark Charleville, Burning Cane, Digital Print
  13. Mark Charleville, Canebrake Guard, Mixed Media on Masonite
  14. Mark Charleville, The Thief of Muscadine Bluff, Mixed, Acrylic on Masonite
  15. John Waggoner, Buddhavista, Acrylic Paint
  16. John Waggoner, Totem, Acrylic Paint
  17. John Waggoner, Roman Head, Acrylic Paint
  18. John Waggoner, King Tut, Acrylic Paint
  19. John Waggoner, Drooping Frame, Acrylic Paint
  20. Kelly McDade, Gaudy Artemis, Mixed Media, 2012

BPCC receives major gift from Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc.

Release date: February 17, 2012

Encana Oil and Gas Company (USA) Inc. is investing in the future of the energy industry in Northwest Louisiana with a contribution to Bossier Parish Community College’s Capital Fund. The $425,000 donation will help jumpstart the building campaign for the new Center for Integrated Engineering Technologies (CIET) Building. The new structure will house the Oil and Gas Technology programs, the Engineering program, the Construction programs, and the Advanced Manufacturing/Industrial Technology programs.

Don McClure, Vice President, Government, Stakeholder Relations and Legal for Encana Oil and Gas, presented the donation to Chancellor Jim Henderson Thursday at the BPCC campus. Also present was Steve Short, Group Lead, Field Operations for Encana’s Louisiana operations. Steve is also Chairman of the OandG Technology Advisory Board at BPCC.

McClure stated, "Encana Oil and Gas is pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with Bossier Parish Community College by investing in oil and gas technology programs for current and future students in Louisiana. These future technicians, geologists, and engineers will be tomorrow's leaders and help secure our nation's energy future."

Chancellor Jim Henderson acknowledged the support and generous donation given by Encana. “Encana's financial support enabled BPCC to launch the Oil and Gas Technology Program,” said Henderson. “Their generosity in sharing knowledge and expertise enabled us to make the program high quality. Today's investment from EnCana in the BPCC Center for Integrated Engineering Technologies will help make BPCC's Technology and Engineering programs truly world class.”

The Energy Skills Lab will:

  • replicate real-world, real-work settings with hands-on learning on standard and automated energy production and processing equipment
  • embrace new technologies for applied learning of fossil fuels, alternative energy, energy efficiency, and conservation
  • allow students to monitor and analyze energy production and usage within the building
  • meet the increasing demands for skilled employees in the Energy, Oil and Gas Technology field

The Construction Skills Lab will:

  • equip newly-degreed professionals with the education, training and technical tools to move the region towards twenty-first century building practices
  • provide hands-on experimentation and practice in material properties, statics and strengths of materials, construction equipment, construction methods, building codes and safety

The Engineering Skills Lab will:

  • utilize emerging technology to educate students in the fields of engineering, mathematics and physics within a cohort laboratory experience
  • facilitate the highest degree of learning in how to design the fundamental elements of an engineering system, components and processes, with a clear understanding of associated safety, quality, schedule and cost considerations

The Advanced Manufacturing Skills Lab will:

  • provide a dedicated lab space for students to master automated manufacturing skills using the combined technologies of design engineering, engineering graphics and applied graphics
  • master the advanced manufacturing skills of rapid prototyping and direct manufacturing

The Materials Handling and Vertical Ascent Corridors will:

  • function as skill builders, by providing applied learning in proper rigging, lifting and hoisting, ladder and scaffolding practices

The Energy Management and Sustainability Control Rooms will:

  • allow students to practice the skills of monitoring energy production, HVAC and lighting requirements
  • manage energy optimization strategies for the facility

The Energy and Engineering Technology Center will:

  • provide a complete Remote Operations Control Center for all equipment and processes used in other areas of the facility with view windows and remote communications system
  • integrate industry software training into the skills preparation for students
  • make each adjoining laboratory space visually connected providing a class/lab experience

The Solar Shed will:

  • provide a hands-on experience in alternative power production
  • provide a covered outdoor workspace without walls or columns to for project work

The All-Weather Courtyard provides:

  • realistic work location experiences using equipment which must be installed, monitored and maintained in all weather conditions
  • hands-on experience with large field equipment operation that cannot be replicated inside a building

For more information, contact BPCC Oil and Gas Program Director Linda Sonnier at 318-678-6043.

BPCC officials, Encana representatives, and area legislators gathered at BPCC Thursday to announce Encana’s donation of $425,000.

BPCC officials, Encana representatives, and area legislators gathered at BPCC Thursday to announce Encana’s donation of $425,000.

Chancellor Jim Henderson explains to Senator Barrow Peacock the concept behind the proposed Center for Integrated Engineering Technologies building.

Chancellor Jim Henderson explains to Senator Barrow Peacock the concept behind the proposed Center for Integrated Engineering Technologies building which will house the College’s oil and gas program, construction technology program, and engineering programs.

BPCC Cavalier basketball team plays homecoming game February 18

Release date: February 16, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College Cavalier Basketball team will play Saturday, February 18 4:00 p.m. against the Kilgore College Rangers.

The game will be played at the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The BPCC Homecoming Court will be presented at halftime.

BPCC Cavalier Basketball Schedule

BPCC’s National African American Literary Read-in

Release date: February 14, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College will host the first annual National African American Literary Read-In at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, at BPCC’s campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Building A, Room 230.

The celebration begins with a book discussion of featured author Dr. Frances Swayzer Conley’s book, Home to Holly Grove: Cherishing Our Rich Heritage. She has also written Prez Lives!, a “riveting narrative centered upon Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones’s inexhaustible love for a devotion to Grambling State University, where “Everybody is Somebody!” and So What If Amy Can’t Hear?, a solo-titled, multicultural children’s book. Dr. Conley, who is a consultant and orator, currently teaches in the Liberal Arts Division at Bossier Parish Community College.

The African American Literary Read-In is a part of the 23rd national initiative of the African American Literary Read-In.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

BPCC to announce major gift from Encana Oil and Gas for capital fund

Release date: February 10, 2012

Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. continues to invest in the energy education of future generations. Encana has recently committed to underwriting a large portion of the new Center for Integrated Engineering Technologies building to be constructed on the campus of Bossier Parish Community College beginning late 2012.

Participants:
Jim Henderson, BPCC Chancellor
Don McClure, Vice President, Government, Stakeholder Relations and Legal for Encana Oil & Gas
Steve Short, Group Lead, Field Operations for Encana in Louisiana

Date/Time:
Thursday, February 16, 2012
10:00 a.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College—Building F, Room 203
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

Reception to follow press conference. Photography, video, and interview opportunities will be available to media.

BPCC continues to break enrollment records

Release date: February 7, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College once again reports the highest spring enrollment in its history. With 6993 students, BPCC enrollment increased 5.65% over spring 2011.

Chancellor Jim Henderson attributes the enrollment increase to a number of factors. “BPCC has purposefully invested in programs aligned with opportunities in this regional economy: nursing and allied health, engineering technologies, oil & gas, cyber,” says Henderson. “In addition, we have strengthened the whole of our academic offerings to ensure BPCC is the college of choice for those beginning their higher education journey.”

Based on 14th class day credit enrollment figures, BPCC’s enrollment increased 374 students from 6,619 students in spring 2011.

This increased enrollment supports the accolades BPCC received recently from Community College Week. The College was named the fastest-growing community college in the nation, with enrollment 5,000-9,999.

Henderson adds, “The faculty and staff at BPCC are dedicated to the prospects of access and success, finding innovative ways to serve more students with higher quality. As a result, BPCC continues to be one of the most efficient colleges in the state in terms of tax dollars appropriated per student, and one of the highest performing according to GRAD Act performance metrics.”

What’s next in BPCC’s future? Henderson looks to new and innovative programs and services to meet the local workforce needs. “We have yet to realize our full potential or satisfy the needs of this regional economy,” says Henderson. “We will continue to develop high demand programs delivered through innovative means providing students with unparalleled paths to opportunity and giving our employers a talent-based competitive advantage.”

BPCC announces performances and cast for 2012 children’s show Sleeping Beauty

Release date: January 31, 2012

The Communication and Performing Arts Division of Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the cast for the upcoming children’s show, Sleeping Beauty, as retold by Stephen W. Slaughter. Show dates are 6:00 p.m. on February 10 and 17, noon on February 11 and 18, and 2:00 p.m. on February 12 and 19. All performances will be held in the Performing Arts Theatre on the college campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

This zany new version of the traditional story is set in Spain and features talking burros, famous playwrights, nice and evil fairies, beautiful princesses, handsome princes, and gigantic monsters all stirred up with a magic potion that will enchant the entire family.

The cast will feature Jesse Kortus, David Coston, J.D. Drew, Gladys Jackson, Scout Pittman, Cody Allums, Simon Crader, Elise Birmingham, Emily Jones, Sarah Jones, Alexandra Harris, and Lidia Lee. David White will design sets, Keith Bruce will design lights and animations, Sara Archer will design costumes, and Ray Scott Crawford will serve as music director.

Tickets are $5.00 General Admission and are available at the door. Please call 318-678-6021 or email: theatre@bpcc.edu for more information.

BPCC baseball and softball teams announce spring 2012 seasons

Release date: January 31, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College’s Cavalier Baseball team and Lady Cavalier Softball team announce their spring 2012 seasons.

“We are looking forward to a very good spring season for our student athletes both on the field and in the classroom,” says Cavalier Baseball Coach Aaron Vorachek. “This season’s team is a very, hard-working group of players.”

Lady Cavalier Coach Ashley Grisham is also looking forward to the spring season. “I am ready for the games to begin this spring. The goal this season is to win 35-plus games and go to the regional tournament.”

Echoing the coaches’ thoughts, Chancellor Jim Henderson says, “We are excited about the prospects for success of both BPCC Softball and Baseball. Our student athletes are an immense source of pride for our college.”

The Cavalier baseball team will play its first home game on Friday, February 3, against Hill College and the Lady Cavaliers will play their first home game on Saturday, February 25, against Copiah Lincoln Community College.

Baseball: Schedule | Roster

Softball: Schedule | Roster

Bossier Parish Community College ranked fast-growing community college in the nation

Release date: January 24, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College has been ranked the fastest-growing community college in the country by Community College Week.

With enrollment rising from 5,430 students in fall 2009 to 6,473 in fall 2010, BPCC was number one among institutions with enrollments between 5,000 and 9,999. This 19% enrollment increase was two percent higher than Gulf Coast Community College in Florida and three percent higher than Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Wabash Valley College, number 2 and 3 respectively.

Chancellor Jim Henderson expresses the College’s enthusiasm for this recognition. “We are proud of this acknowledgement of our commitment to the access mission. The faculty and staff at BPCC have adopted a consumer-focused mindset that ensures our students enjoy an educational experience second to none.”

Since fall of 2010, BPCC’s growth has continued to break records. Fall 2011 enrollment of 7,077 was the highest in the school’s 44-year history. “We fully expect our growth to continue as we deliver world class education to this community,” Henderson adds.

Community College Week has been the independent source of in-depth information for and about two-year college faculty, administrators, and trustees since 1988. Published biweekly, Community College Week's readers include college presidents, chief academic officers, faculty, student-service professionals, librarians, and other educators.

For the college rankings, visit here.PDF FileBossier Parish Community College is listed on page 9.

Auditions for BPCC's The Matchmaker

Release date: January 24, 2012

The Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players will hold auditions for Thornton Wilder’s comedy, The Matchmaker, Monday and Tuesday, January 30 and 31, at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Theatre of Bossier Parish Community College.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will direct this hilarious comedy which later became the story for the musical Hello, Dolly! Performances are slated for March 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances will be March 25 and April 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Samuel French, Inc. describes the play as follows: “A certain old merchant of Yonkers is so rich in 1800 that he decides to take a wife. He employs a matchmaker—a woman who subsequently becomes involved with two of his menial clerks, assorted young and lovely ladies, and the headwaiter at an expensive restaurant where this swift farce runs headlong into a series of hilarious complications. After everyone gets straightened out romantically and has his heart's desire, the merchant finds himself affianced to the astute matchmaker herself. He who was so shrewd in business is putty in the hands of Dolly Levi. He is fooled by apprentices in a series of hilarious hide-and-seek scenes, and finally has all his bluster explode in his face.”

The press has had the following to say about The Matchmaker:

“Loud, slap dash and uproarious ... extraordinarily original and funny." The New York Times.

"Rolls along merrily and madly and the customers are convulsed." N.Y. Journal American.

"The lines of Wilder are so often brilliant, sage, and witty." N.Y. Daily News.

A large number of characters are to be cast—all types and age ranges. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a one-minute comic monologue. Those without monologues will be asked to read from the script. Dress comfortably and be prepared to move around. Only actors ages 17 and older will be considered for casting. If you need more information, please call Jim Boyter at 318-678-6021.

Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the spring festival of one-acts

Release date: January 20, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the 2012 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays. Auditions will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 25 in the BPCC Theatre, Building C, 6220 E. Texas St. There are eight short plays to be cast and numerous actors are needed.

Roles are available for males and females, ages 18 and up. Anyone interested in filling technical positions should also attend auditions to complete an application and to meet the directors.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue. Those without prepared material will be given readings from the scripts at the audition.

BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of eight student directors, three of which are slotted to graduate this May with an Associate of Arts in Theatre. The graduating directors are Simon Crader, Jori Jackson, and Sarah Jones. Other directors include Cody Allums, Shelby Calderon, David Coston, Jasey Gilbert and Ashley Waters. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will mark the theatre program’s thirteenth season of student-directed work.

The Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays performance will be held at 6:30 pm Tuesday, April 17. Generally, the one-act festival is rated PG for adult audiences.

For more information or for directions to the theatre, please contact Jim Boyter, Performing Arts Manager, at 318-678-6021.

BPCC and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for Sleeping Beauty

Release date: January 9, 2012

Auditions for an original adaptation of the famous children’s play Sleeping Beauty will be held on January 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Building C, Performing Arts Theater, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The play, which is written and directed by Steve Slaughter, begins a long, long time ago in Spain, where the good king and queen have announced their marriage. The traditional story of magic includes newborn babies, good fairies and bad fairies, good and evil spells, and a handsome prince that saves the day allowing everybody to live happily ever after.

The production is 45 minutes in length and will open February 8 and will run through February 19, including 7 morning shows and 6 weekend shows. For the auditions, theatre experience is appreciated, but not necessary. Roles are available for actors 17 years of age and up. Auditioners will be expected to read from the script.

For more information, call the Performing Arts at 318-678-6021 or email the theatre program at theatre@bpcc.edu.

Bossier Parish Community College to hold registration for spring 2012

Release date: January, 5, 2012

Bossier Parish Community College will hold registration for Spring 2012 from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. Late registration is scheduled from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2012.

Students can meet with advisors and select classes from multiple sessions. Find detailed information regarding registration, tuition costs and deadlines in the BPCC Spring Bulletin online or call the BPCC Admissions Office at 318-678-6004.


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