2015 News Release Archives

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BPCC NAMED FINALIST FOR NATIONAL BELLWETHER AWARD

Release date: December 11, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College has once again made national headlines; the College was just named a Bellwether Award finalist for its Open Campus™ initiative, its series of free, online prep courses in math, English, reading, science, and college success. Students use BPCC’s no-strings-attached courses to study for college placement testing and for extra help with difficult concepts.

BPCC is one of only ten colleges recognized for instructional innovation by the Community College Futures Assembly which sponsors the Bellwether Awards; pioneering projects are selected from three categories: instructional programs, planning & governance, and workforce development. 400 colleges were nominated and the top ten in each category were chosen to present at the Futures Assembly.

Allison Martin, who spearheads the Open Campus™ initiative, spoke for her team: “It’s such an honor for Open Campus™ faculty and staff to be recognized among the ten finalists, and we’re thrilled to represent BPCC and the LCTCS system. But the greatest reward happens practically every week when students tell us their stories of success. Knowing we’re making a difference is the best kind of win.” Martin notes that significant numbers of entering students have now tested up or out of developmental-level courses, effectively reducing their time to degree completion.

BPCC’s Open Campus™ introduced five math, English and reading courses in April of 2013, and the free online sites quickly caught on both at BPCC and across the state of LA. Martin says the team’s goal at the start of the project was to provide quality, accessible study materials for BPCC’s students and potential students prepping for placement testing; little did they know that their fledgling initiative would soon take on viral proportions.

By August, 2014, students from all 50 states and on 6 continents were accessing Open Campus™ lecture videos at a rate above 60 minutes per hour.

“Statistically, every minute of every hour of every day, someone, somewhere is tuned in to a BPCC-created learning video,” says Martin. Those engagement rates have held steady for 18 months, and course materials are now being accessed in every state and 150+countries worldwide. Four more courses were added along the way with more in production.

BPCC’s Open Campus™ team members will take the stage to share their concept on January 25; the winner will be announced the following day.
The Community College Futures Assembly meets annually as a think-tank to identify critical issues colleges are facing and to recognize trend-setting innovations.

BPCC ANNOUNCES 71ST COMMENCEMENT AND SPEAKERS

Release date: December 8, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College is proud to announce Scott Wolverton, chief of the Shreveport City Fire Department, and Lorenz “Lo” Walker, mayor of Bossier City, as keynote speakers for its 71st commencement ceremonies set for Friday, December 11, 2015 in the College’s Health and Physical Education complex, 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 six academic divisions: Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; Science, Nursing, and Allied Health; and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

“Each of these graduates is now prepared for success in the workforce or at the next level of education,” says BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman, Jr. “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.”

Wolverton will address graduates at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony, which includes students in the two divisions of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health AND Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Mayor Walker will address graduates in the divisions of Behavioral-Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; and Liberal Arts at the 2:00 p.m. graduation ceremony.

Wolverton’s address will highlight his extensive background in the Emergency Medical Services field. He will encourage graduates “to find your dream, be passionate, committed, and fully expect to lead; to take opportunities to make a difference like others made in your life; and above all else, to keep your character intact.”

Wolverton was appointed Fire Chief for the City of Shreveport in February 2015. Since 1993, he has also served the department as a firefighter, fire engineer, fire training officer, and chief of Special Operations and Safety. He has an Associate of Applied Science in EMT: Paramedic and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Organizational Management. He is also an executive fire officer graduate from the National Fire Academy.

Mayor Lo Walker has a long history in Bossier City, serving 30 years as an active duty airman at Barksdale Air Force Base, and eventually retired at the rank of Colonel as a highly decorated veteran. Walker wasted no time getting right to work as a public servant for the City of Bossier. He served as the Chief Administrative Officer for 16 years and has served Bossier City as Mayor since 2005.

Walker knows a thing or two on perseverance and how to make a life and career after military service and praises BPCC for being a military-friendly school.

“Bossier Parish Community College has done an outstanding job in transitioning veterans into the workforce after retirement,” says Walker. “Bossier City is proud to have a local institution that is nationally recognized as a military friendly school for five years running. A distinction of that magnitude speaks volumes on how we as a community support and invest in those that serve our country.”

For those graduates’ friends and family who cannot attend the commencement ceremony, both programs will be streamed LIVE.

THE NATION’S BEST: BPCC DEBATER TOPS NATIONAL RANKINGS

Release date: December 7, 2015

As the first half of the debate season draws to a close, BPCC’s Jakob Volcheck is the #1 ranked junior varsity debater in the nation in the International Public Debate Association’s standings and the BPCC team is the #3 ranked community college team in the nation.

“Jakob has been both a great competitor and a great leader,” said BPCC Debate Team Coach Bob Alexander.

At the beginning of October, Volcheck stood at #18 in individual rankings and the team ranked 5th. At that point the team had notched only 4 victories to start the season, but by the November 1st rankings and having won the University of Arkansas-Monticello tournament, Volcheck catapulted to #2. Team members Shaletra Thomas and Ashalenia Graham entered their first competitions and the team notched 21 victories in October.

The team’s October performance was enough to pass previous #3 Tulsa Community College and #4 Hutchinson Community College, but the team remained ranked at #5 to start November– having been leapfrogged by new #3 Mount Hood Community College and new #4 Lower Columbia College.

In the November/December stretch to finish the first half of the season, Volcheck advanced to his 3rd championship round of the season and combined with Thomas and Graham they notched another 23 wins.

Entering the Christmas break, Volcheck now stands as the #1 ranked junior varsity debater and the BPCC team ranks as the #3 community college team.

Alexander is extremely proud of the growth the team has made during the first half of the season.

“As the semester progressed, we saw the emergence of Shaletra and Ashalenia,” said Alexander. “We’re adding a couple of new competitors and are looking to build on this success in the second half of the season.”

The second half of the season will kick off in mid-January leading up to national competition in April.

The BPCC Debate Team is open to any student and no previous experience is required. For more information about the team, contact Bob Alexander at 318-678-6460.

BPCC AND BAFB OFFICIALS TO SIGN AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES TO AIRMEN, THEIR FAMILIES

Release date: December 2, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College and Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB) have developed a Memorandum of Understanding in which current BAFB airmen and their immediate family members may attend regular season intercollegiate athletics and performing arts events on the BPCC campus at no charge.

The signing of the agreement will take place at 9:00 a.m. Friday, December 4 at BPCC in the Chancellor’s Boardroom (A-230) on the College’s campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

According to the agreement, “BPCC and BAFB share a mutual interest in fostering relationships that promote the holistic development of students and airmen. Thus, they provide recreational and cultural opportunities to their respective constituent groups….and [they] agree that allowing current, active-duty Barksdale airmen and their immediate family members to attend regular season intercollegiate athletic and performing arts events on the BPCC campus benefits each entity.”

USAF Colonel Kristin Goodwin and BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. will speak on the benefits of this agreement as well as the benefits of the partnership between BPCC and Barksdale.

MUSIC FACULTY CHRISTMAS CONCERT SCHEDULED AT BPCC

Release date: December 2, 2015

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Music Faculty Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The performers for the evening are Gulya Chandler, Joy Ratcliff, Mary Cunningham, and Dan Gibbs piano; Ray Scott Crawford, Adam Philley, and Nancy Carey, voice; Jonathan Lewis, Classical Guitar; Doug Parmelee, Marimba; and Michael Hart, Flugelhorn.

“This is the seventh year in which the BPCC Music Program has presented a music 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 Music Faculty Christmas Concert concludes the Fall 2015 Music Program Concert Series.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information on this concert and the Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College, or to be added to the Friends of Music register, call the BPCC Music Program at 318-678-6146.

CANCELLATION OF BPCC CULINARY ARTS BUFFET FOR DEC. 1

Release date: November 30, 2015

The last weekly Culinary Arts Buffet scheduled for Tuesday, December 1 has been CANCELLED. We apologize for this inconvenience.

The buffets will begin again next semester (Spring 2016) and will be posted online.

We appreciate everyone who has enjoyed our buffets and look forward to having you visit us again in the Spring.

For more information on the Culinary Arts program at BPCC, contact Chef Julie Dupont at 318-678-6434.

BPCC OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE AND SGA HOSTS “A VISIT WITH SANTA CLAUS” ON SCHOOL’S CAMPUS SUNDAY, DEC 6

Release date: November 30, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College’s Office of Student Life and Student Government Association will host “A Visit with Santa Claus” from 12:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 6, 2015 in the Emmett E. Cope Student Services Building (Building F) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Children will enjoy a fun-filled, holiday afternoon full of Christmas activities featuring Santa himself, personalized ornaments, stuff-a-critter, and other arts and crafts. Christmas carols will fill the air and everyone will enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.

Come get your individual and family photos with Santa and purchase a ticket for the giant stocking raffle for only $1 (need not be present to win).

The afternoon is free and open to the public; however, a donation of a new, un-wrapped toy for Operation Santa Claus is requested.

For more information, contact BPCC’s Office of Student Life at 318-678-6035.

BPCC NAMES NEW VICE CHANCELLOR OF ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Release date: November 24, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Gayle Flowers as Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development.

“Gayle Flowers brings unparalleled expertise when it comes to workforce and economic development issues and she will help ensure that we continue to build programs and train workers to grow the economy of Northwest Louisiana,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “BPCC is laser-focused on significantly increasing the number of students served in non-credit, short-term, customized workforce training programs that create a competitive advantage for businesses in our regional economy. I am confident that Gayle's depth and breadth of experience will be a great complement to the work taking place at BPCC."

Flowers brings to BPCC an extensive background in career-tech and adult education. Prior to coming to BPCC, she was the Director of Career, Adult, and Alternative Education with Caddo Parish School Board, where she was responsible for grants of more than $2 million per year in these areas. She was also a leader in the Northwest Louisiana Jump Start Partnership and established new programs in auto tech, healthcare, network/information technologies, digital media, Education for Careers, and Technical Careers Exploration.

Flowers has worked with area employers to review state-approved skill certificates and provided recommendations for statewide adoption. She expanded dual enrollment and industry-based certifications to all high schools in Caddo Parish and provided professional development for career-technical educators, adult education teachers, middle/high school principals, K-12 counselors, and other key stakeholders.

Flowers is looking forward to her new role at BPCC.

“Joining my new colleagues at Bossier Parish Community College will allow me to increase the number of positive life and career options in our region,” says Flowers. “I will continue working with the many industry stakeholders who have played such an important role in career and technical education in our region -- and I will still collaborate closely with my long-time K-12 colleagues -- to expand positive workforce options and to connect our community to college and career success and economic opportunity for us all.”

Flowers holds a both a master’s degree in education and a bachelor of science degree in business education from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. Additionally, she has received many certifications in school supervision throughout her career. She maintains a number of professional affiliations including the Southern Regional Education Board’s CTE Commission, Rotary Club of Shreveport, and SREB’s Tech Centers That Work National Advisory Council to name a few.

BPCC AND NSU DEVELOP NEW TRANSFER AGREEMENTS: SIGNING NOVEMBER 30

Release date: November 23, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College and Northwestern State University have developed several new articulation agreements that will allow students to transfer credit hours from BPCC into a baccalaureate program.

The signing of the agreements between the two schools will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30 at BPCC in the Chancellor’s Boardroom (A-230) on the College’s campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The most recent agreements have been developed for industrial technology, computer information systems and business administration programs that administrators say will address regional workforce needs and make earning a four-year degree easier for students.

"This signing, when combined with the other articulation agreements between our institutions, takes higher education alignment to a new level,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “BPCC and Northwestern have an unparalleled commitment to increasing access and opportunity for the citizens of Louisiana. These agreements establish clearly defined, structured pathways that make the transfer process more efficient and effective for students. I am proud of the strong relationship we have with Northwestern and we look forward to expanding our work together.”

Under the agreements, students who earn the Associate of Applied Science degree in cyber technology from BPCC will be able to transfer credits towards the Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (CIS). Students completing the associate degree in business administration will be able to transfer credit towards the Bachelor of Science in business administration, CIS and accounting. Students completing the Associate of Arts Louisiana Transfer degree with business concentrations will also be able to transfer credits towards business administration, CIS and accounting. The students will enroll at Northwestern State as juniors.

“These agreements reduce duplication of classes, reduce student time to completion and minimize student financial obligations,” says NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson. “The dedicated faculty and staff at both NSU and BPCC worked together to develop equivalencies so that students can seamlessly transfer into NSU’s baccalaureate programs.”

Participants:
Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., BPCC Chancellor
Sandra Partain, BPCC Dean of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Peggy Fuller, BPCC Dean of Student Success

Dr. Jim Henderson, President – NSU
Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, Interim Dean of NSU College of Business and Technology
Adam Jannick, Associate Professor – NSU’s Department of Engineering Technology
Curtis Penrod, Director of NSU’s Computer Information Systems program

BPCC AND CITY OF BOSSIER CITY TO HOST 24th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW FOR COMMUNITY

Release date: November 18, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College, in collaboration with the City of Bossier City, is proud to present the 24th Annual Christmas Show slated for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 2 and Thursday, December 3 at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA.

This year’s show, “Santa’s Christmas Dream,” is sure to be a treat for everyone!

Since 1992, this “gift to Bossier City” has been entertaining children of all ages. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and admission is free to the community. Canned food donations for The Northwest Louisiana Food Bank are welcome.

The Cavalier Players will join with the Cavalier Players Chorus, the BPCC Jazz Ensemble, the BPCC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, the BPCC Gospel Choir, BPCC staff member Susan Stakes, the Cavalier Cheerleaders, the Ladies in Gold, and Jesse Kortus as MC for the annual show. Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will read the Christmas favorite “’Twas the Night before Christmas” for all the children to enjoy.

Children will also be able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the show.

For more information, call 318-678-6021 or email: theatre@bpcc.edu.

BPCC’S FALL BAND CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, NOV 20

Release date: November 16, 2015

The BPCC Concert Winds will present its Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 20 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

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

The evenings concert will include “Ride of the Valkyries” arranged by Longfield; “Danza No. 2”, by Bruce Yurko; “Confession” by J. Eric Schmidt; and Always With Grace” by Gary P. Gilroy; and “As Summer Was Just Beginning”, by Larry Daehn.

This concert is free and open to the public.

Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are full-tuition music scholarship recipients. Auditions for BPCC music scholarships are held periodically throughout the year. For more information about this free concert or to arrange a music scholarship audition, contact Dr. Hart at 678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM TO PRESENT FALL JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Release date: November 16, 2015

The BPCC Jazz Ensemble will present its Fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19
in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will include a variety of jazz related styles including swing, blues, ballads, and jazz standards. Their performance will include “Knock on Wood”, sung by BPCC music major La Faith Williams; “At Last” performed by Michelle Moline, also a music major; “Pick Up The Pieces”; “Alright, Okay, You Win”; “Honk!”; “Fly Me To The Moon”; and “Soulful Strut” featuring Matt Harris on piano.

“The BPCC Jazz Ensemble is composed of both music majors and non-music majors” said Dr. Hart, the ensemble’s director. Many students in the ensemble have earned a full-tuition music scholarship.

For more information about this free concert or music scholarships at BPCC, call 318-678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC’s ART GALLERY HOSTS NWLA CERAMICISTS

Release date: November 13, 2015

The Art Faculty at Bossier Parish Community Colleges is proud to announce “FIRED UP,” a new show at the Donna Service Gallery featuring the works of Northwest Louisiana ceramicists. The show is running now through December 11 in the Donna Service Gallery located on the first floor of Building A on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The exhibition features forty-five ceramic works by eleven artists from the region – Curtis Bias, Mandie Ebarb, Lauren Eubanks, Sheila Fischer, Vincent DeFatta, Matt DeFord, Millard Mangrum, Jeannie McCall, Andie Miller, Sierra Pearce, and Amanda Roe. The collection of works include wall-hanging works, functional and decorative vessels, along with surreal sculptures.

The opening reception for the show will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 18. Several of the represented artists will be in attendance at the reception for a gallery talk.

The gallery is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For additional information, contact BPCC Art Instructor John C. Wagoner at 318.678.6538 or jwagoner@bpcc.edu.

BPCC PERFORMING ARTS THEATRE WINS TOP HONORS AT THEATRE FESTIVAL IN PASADENA, TX

Release date: November 13, 2015

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre’s production of The Turn of the Screw, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the Henry James novella, took top honors November 5th with awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Pasadena, TX.

The Turn of the Screw won the top honors of both Directors’ Choice and Respondents’ Choice for the best play presented. Ray Scott Crawford, BPCC Dean of Communication and Performing Arts, directed the production which was presented at BPCC as well as at the Canterbury Summer Theatre in Michigan City, IN, earlier this summer.

“These awards for excellence in theatrical production rank Turn of the Screw into the top 40-50 shows of approximately 350 shows entered by colleges and universities throughout the region,” said Crawford. “BPCC’s show will now be considered to be selected as one of the eight shows to be presented at the six-state Region VI KCACTF Festival. This festival will be in San Angelo, Texas, in February 2016.”

BPCC theatre students received individual awards for theatre artistry. Jesse Kortus and Madeline Hiers, both BPCC theatre students, were awarded Irene Ryan Acting Nominations for their performances in the show. They will now compete, along with Tova Volcheck (who received a nomination for BPCC’s Nicholas Nickleby), at the regional festival in February for a chance to win the Irene Ryan National Scholarship and appear at the Kennedy Center at National Festival next April.

Keith Bruce, BPCC Media Coordinator, received the “Excellence in Lighting” award for his design for the show. David White, Performing Arts Technical Coordinator, received the “Excellence in Scenic Design” and “Excellence in Sound Design” awards. Ray Scott Crawford received the award for “Excellence in Music Design and Original Music.”

Paul Belcher, BPCC Program Coordinator, organized BPCC’s participation in the Festival. David White coordinated back stage efforts for the production. BPCC theatre graduate, Lari Leber, stage managed the show. BPCC students attending as crew for the show were John Medlin, Elise Birmingham, Katie Gooden, Jamie Johnstone, Tova Volcheck, and Jaren Stringer.

BPCC’s production was included in the three-day festival of theatre productions from colleges and universities across the eastern half of Texas. San Jacinto College hosted the festival of college plays and student-centered theatre workshops which ended with an exciting awards presentation.

The KCACTF encourages, recognizes and celebrates the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theatre programs across the country. Region VI includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, and New Mexico.

BPCC TO HOLD VETERANS DAY HIGHWAY 80 DEDICATION CEREMONY IN MEMORY OF FALLEN SOLDIER

Release date: November 6, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College will hold a special Veterans Day ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 to dedicate the portion of Hwy 80 (E. Texas St.) in front of Bossier Parish Community College in memory of Sgt Craig Nelson of Bossier City. Nelson was killed in Afghanistan in 2004. State Representative Henry Burns will present a commemorative plaque to Nelson’s family at the ceremony.

The ceremony will be held in front of Building A (on Cavalier Drive). If raining outside, the ceremony will be moved inside the Building A lobby.

At the same ceremony, a commemorative plaque will also be presented to the family of Pvt. 1st Class Joshua Burrows, who also has a road in Bossier City dedicated to his memory.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, November 11
11:30 a.m.

Location:
Drive in front of Building A (under tent)
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA
If rain, inside lobby of Building A

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE NAMED TO VICTORY MEDIA’S 2016 MILITARY FRIENDLY® SCHOOLS LIST

Release date: November 5, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College is proud to announce today that it has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/advisory-board.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

"We are proud to serve our active duty and veteran students as well as their families and we're extremely honored to be named a Military Friendly® college for the fifth year in a row,” said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman. “BPCC's commitment to our nation's heroes is serious and on-going."

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.” For more information about BPCC’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit BPCC’s Veterans Education web page.

BPCC will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.

BPCC CHOIRS TO PRESENT FALL CONCERT

Release date: November 5, 2015

The BPCC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Mr. William Bond, Jr., will present their Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 13 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus. This concert is free and open to the public.

The evening’s repertoire will include both traditional choir repertoire and several seasonal selections. Included in the evening’s performance will be “Rise Up In Festive Song” by Clereau; “For the Autumn Sky” by Ruth Elaine Schram; “Music When Soft Voice Die” by Amy F. Bernon; and “Go Down Moses” arranged by Anne Heider sung by the Concert Choir.

The Chamber Singers will perform “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” arranged by Parker and Shaw; “Angus Dei” by Brian Lewis; “A Holst Christmas” arranged by Wagner; “Wind Song” by Berry and Forrest; and “Cantate Canticum Novum” by Forrest and Silvestri.

Both the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers are accompanied by Dr. Dan Gibbs.

For more information about this concert or music scholarship auditions, contact the BPCC Music Program at 318-678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC TO HOLD DEDICATION OF THE H.E. “BUD” STORER ENERGY AND AUTOMATION LAB

Release date: November 2, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College will dedicate the H. E. “Bud” Storer Energy and Automation Lab during a ceremony set for 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 3 in the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology (Building L) on the College’s campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

“The H.E. “Bud” Storer Energy and Automation Lab will be a model for providing integrated learning, which is a critical component of job-preparation for careers in these high-demand fields,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “BPCC is honored to dedicate this lab space in the name of “Bud” Storer where our students can utilize the latest in technology when preparing for the workforce.”

Supporting the study of energy systems monitoring and controls for career professionals entering the field, which is part of energy students' curriculum in the H.E. Bud Storer Energy and Automation Lab, was very important to Storer. The Storer investment of $150,000 ensures that his vision becomes a reality at BPCC.

Craig Storer, president of Storer Services and son of the late “Bud” Storer, will be participate in the ceremony. BPCC Oil and Gas Production Technology student Caleb Francis will offer the closing remarks and share his story on the impact the lab will have on future students.

Date/Time:
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
11:00 a.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology
Building L (back of campus)
6220 E. Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

BPCC PTA PROGRAM CONTINUES TO PRODUCE QUALITY GRADUATES

Release date: October 30, 2015

Producing quality, highly-skilled and educated graduates is what Bossier Parish Community College continues to do on a daily basis, and this is definitely the case with BPCC’s Physical Therapist Assistant program.

BPCC’s PTA program administrators have just learned that for two consecutive years the BPCC PTA program graduates have achieved a “first-time pass rate of 100%” on the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE), an essential part of the PTA licensing process after graduation.

“What this accomplishment shows is the PTA students at BPCC are going into these licensure exams well-prepared,” said BPCC’s PTA Program Director Laura Bryant. “The BPCC PTA program has historically maintained a very high ultimate pass-rate on the NPTE, but we are especially thrilled to learn that for two years 100% of our graduates have passed this exam the first time. This is a tremendous accomplishment for our program and gives the employers who hire our graduates the knowledge that they are getting the best, well-trained PTAs in the business.”

The National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE), published by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, is the measuring stick by which all new physical therapy graduates are measured.

BPCC’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). For more information, visit the BPCC Physical Therapist Assistant web site.

BPCC CAREER SERVICES HOSTS FALL JOB FAIR

Release date: October 29, 2015

BPCC’s Career Services will host its Annual Fall Job Fair from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday, October 30 in the Emmett E. Cope Student Services Building, Building F, on the BPCC campus at 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:
Allegiance, LLC
Arc of Acadiana Northwest
Belk
Best Buy
Boomtown Casino
Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier
CSC – Computer Sciences Corporation
David Raines Community Health Centers
Dallas Police Department
Fairfield Property Management
Fastenal Company
Federal Correctional Institution
Kilpatrick Life Insurance Company
Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino and Hotel
KSLA-TV
Louisiana Startup Prize
Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Mutual of Omaha
Nestle Toll House Café
Newk’s Eatery
Promise Hospital
Regionalhelpwanted.com
Reiser Group Sonic
Romar Staffing
Sam’s Town Shreveport
Suddenlink Communications
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
University Health
Valveworks USA
Vector Marketing

BPCC WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS ARK-LA-TEX CHAPTER OFFERS ARC FLASH TRAINING

Release date: October 23, 2015

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education and the American Society of Safety Engineers – Ark-La-Tex chapter – offers “Arc Flash Training: Are Your Electrical Systems OSHA Compliant?” on Thursday, October 29 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

This seminar is designed for those working on or around electrically-energized equipment at industrial plants, commercial operations, and private building facilities. Anyone who comes in contact with electrical equipment must receive electrical safety training to be in compliance with the requirements of OSHA standard CFR 1910.331-335.

Cost for the course is $39 per person for non- ASSE members or $29 per person for members.

For more information email: msmith@reverecontrol.com.

“OPERATIZER” SCHEDULED AS BPCC GUEST ARTIST SERIES

Release date: October 20, 2015

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Guest Artist Series performance featuring the 2015-2016 Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre. This Guest Artist Series performance is free and open to the public.

The Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence (also known as SOX – Shreveport Opera Xpress) are Suzanne Grogan, Soprano; Gillian Lynn Cotter, Mezzo-Soprano; Johnathan Riesen, Tenor; and Dan Ewart, Baritone. The Resident Artist accompanist is pianist Neill Campbell.

The evening’s Operatizer will feature repertoire selected from operas that include Die Fledermaus, by Strauss; Carmen, by Bizet; Cosi fan Tutte, by Mozart, La Bohemé, by Puccini, and the musicals Kismet and Man of La Mancha. The “Operatizer” serves 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. A brief question and answer session with the artists will immediately follow the performance. The Shreveport Opera Artists in Residence are featured performers of the current Shreveport Opera season which opens with Bizet’s Carmen.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the community at large, our students, and the College to experience professional level opera and musical theatre,” says Dr. Michael D. Hart, Music Program Director at BPCC. “This collaboration between BPCC’s Music Program and the Shreveport Opera has been ongoing for more than four years.”

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

BPCC DEBATER EARNS TOURNAMENT VICTORY, VAULTS TO #2 NATIONALLY

Release date: October 19, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College Debate Team captain Jakob Volcheck is no stranger to national success. He finished the 2014-2015 season as the #10 ranked novice debater in the nation, and his tournament victory at the University of Arkansas-Monticello recently has him reaching new heights as he now stands as the #2 ranked junior varsity debater in the nation.

On October 4, Volcheck notched his 8th victory of the U.A.M. tournament during the championship round of competition, a 2-1 victory over the tournament’s #6 seed – the University of Central Arkansas’ Mark Matlock. Just a couple of hours earlier, Volcheck had defeated the tournament’s #1 seed, Union University’s Johnathan Hall, on a 3-0 decision (marking only the 2nd loss for Hall) in the semifinal round of competition.

“I’m excited to see the work that Jakob has been putting in starting to pay off,” said Debate Team Coach Bob Alexander. “This year he’s had the responsibility of team captain placed upon his shoulders and he’s truly emerging as a great example and an effective leader. There’s a long season still ahead of us, but this definitely bodes well for Jakob’s potential on the year.”

Volcheck entered the UAM tournament ranked #18 and is now ranked as the #2 Junior Varsity debater in the nation, according to the International Public Debate Association’s season-long rankings.

The debate team travels to Union University, followed by competitions at LSU-Shreveport, East Texas Baptist University and Mississippi College to finish the fall semester.

The debate team is open to any student and no previous experience is required. For more information about the team, contact Bob Alexander at 678-6460.

BPCC CELEBRATES NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH

Release date: October 16, 2015

According to data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics in 2011–2012, eleven percent of undergraduates reported having a disability with 44 percent male and 56 percent female.

As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, BPCC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations and Disability Services are excited to sponsor the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal employer’s nationwide with highly motivated college students, veterans, and recent graduates with documented disabilities to full-time paid summer internships or permanent positions.

Federal recruiters will conduct interviews through the telephone with college students, veterans, and recent graduates with documented disabilities who complete the application process. Students participating in the program will have an opportunity to be included in a database that is accessible by federal and private hiring managers nationwide.

“Since the program's expansion in 1995, more than 6,000 students and recent graduates have received temporary and permanent employment opportunities through the WRP,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator of Diversity and Multicultural Relations. “The BPCC community embraces the diverse talents and skill sets students with disabilities bring to our campus.”

The WRP is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODMEO).

For further information or to sign up for an interview, contact: Sarah Culpepper, manager of Career Services at 318-678-6539.

BPCC TO HOLD DEDICATION OF RED BALL OXYGEN’S CLASSROOM AND LEARNING LAB

Release date: October 16, 2015

College answers the request from business partners to create a program in Advanced Welding

Bossier Parish Community College will dedicate the Red Ball Oxygen’s Advanced Welding Classroom and Learning Lab during a ceremony set for 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 19 in the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology (Building L) on the College’s campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

With the addition of new industries in Northwest Louisiana, industry leaders have requested a certification program for higher level welders. BPCC has answered the request and created a program in Advanced Welding. The program is a 12-credit hour, one semester program based on the America Welding Society’s curriculum for Certified Welding Supervisors and Certified Welding Instructors and will include courses in new welding technology, supervision and management, inspection, testing, economics of welding, and welding materials.

Red Ball Oxygen and BPCC partnered to bring this first-of-a-kind program to fruition.

“We celebrate BPCC’s vision in establishing the Advanced Welding and Manufacturing Program,” said Bob Ewing, president of Red Ball Oxygen. “It proves that great things can happen when educators and business people put their heads together and really collaborate. Students in this program will get much needed exposure to the latest advances in welding technology. BPCC has been a responsive, flexible, and innovative partner to local manufacturers who desperately need trained employees with these advanced skills.”

Join us for the Red Ball Oxygen Classroom and Learning Lab dedication ceremony and learn more about the new Advanced Welding program at BPCC.

Date/Time:
Monday, October 19, 2015
2:00 p.m.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology
Building L (back of campus), 2nd floor
6220 E. Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

BPCC TO HOLD RIBBON-CUTTING FOR NEW LEARNING COMMONS

Release date: October 12, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College will hold a ribbon-cutting for its new Learning Commons at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14 in Building A on the College’s campus. The new Learning Commons, formerly the BPCC Library, is a welcoming, engaging environment designed to enhance student success.

With designated areas for study, research, and tutoring, the focal point of the new Learning Commons is technology. Students will now have a newly constructed classroom for library orientations, access to updated computers, wireless networking, and a new state-of-the-art scan and print station. The Learning Commons also offers quiet study space for students, relaxed seating areas, and study rooms for both large and small group collaboration.

“The Learning Commons idea was a vision of the library staff,” said BPCC’s Dean/Professor of Learning Resources Brenda Brantley. “They noted that the library needed to be redesigned to become the focal point of learning on campus. After renovations, the Learning Commons now provides a unique learning environment for students and gives them an area where they can interact with faculty and staff as well as with technology.”

In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, BPCC will announce its Capital Campaign: “Building Success Together” from which the funding for the Learning Commons was made available. Participating in the ceremony will be Chancellor Rick Bateman, Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler, Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker, officials from BHP Billiton, who provided a lead grant to make the Learning Commons possible, the family of Alta and John Franks, who is also a major contributor to the Learning Commons project, BPCC Foundation President Bruce Roberts, and City of Shreveport’s CAO and BPCC Alumnus Brian Crawford.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
1:00 p.m.

Location:
BPCC – Building A lobby
6220 E. Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

BPCC LIBERAL ARTS DIVISION TO HOLD TWO EVENTS ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

Release date: October 1, 2015

Book Reading/Signing
11:00 a.m., Friday, October 2
Emmett E. Cope Student Services Center, Room 203

Katie Bickham, BPCC Liberal Arts instructor, presents a reading, followed by a signing of her published book, The Belle Mar, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 2 in F203.

Her book is a book of poetry in which all of the poems are set in a semi-fictional plantation house in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Every poem in the book takes place in a different room of the house in a different year, beginning in 1811 and ending in present day.

Here is one of the reviews on the back of the book:

“What is The Belle Mar? It’s a big southern house that has stood from slavery times to now, as generations of white and black people have passed through it. Katie Bickham has created time – time passing through the voices of slave owners and their families, blacks and theirs, children, soldiers, old men, pregnant women, human cruelty and compassion and justice and courage remaining the same while the world changes. She has also drawn thumbnail portraits of some of the most memorable individual characters you’ll ever meet. Some of these poems may rip your heart out, others may cause it to expand. This is an extraordinary book.” – Alicia Ostriker

Books will not be available for purchase at the event, so consider purchasing one early to have it signed. Books are available via katiebickham.com, Barnes and Noble, or on Amazon.

The Belle Mar is published jointly by Pleiades and LSU Presses.


Reception for BPCC’s Donna Service Art Gallery Artist – Joshua Chambers
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 2
BPCC’s Donna Service Gallery, Building A

Thre will be a reception to honor of BPCC Donna Service Gallery’s current artist Joshua Chambers from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m., October 2 in the gallery located in Building A on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Chambers’ paintings, entitled “the most terrific liar,” will be on display through October 28. The Gallery is open from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm Monday-Friday.

BPCC THEATRE FLIES WITH PETER PAN

Release date: October 1, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the production of the magical musical legend of Peter Pan the Musical, October 15 – 25, at BPCC's Performing Arts Theatre located in Building C, 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City.

BPCC Theatre Arts major Tova Volcheck will play Peter Pan and Adam Philley, Adjunct Professor of Music at Bossier Parish Community College and Director of Music Ministries at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, will appear as Captain Hook. Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will direct the musical which is based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie, with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, music by Mark Charlap, additional music by Jule Styne, and additional lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. October 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 and at 2:00 p.m. on October 18 and 25.

This musical fantasy features an array of fascinating characters, splendid costumes, catchy musical numbers, and--of course--children in flight! BPCC has contracted with Flying by Foy of Las Vegas (the official Broadway Peter Pan flight riggers) for the flying effects.

Dr. Crawford is also serving as music director with choreography by Laura M. Beeman. David White and Jonathon Offutt will provide set design, Rona Leber costume design, Keith Bruce light design, and Johathan Rambin will stage manage.

Additional cast include Madeline Hiers as Wendy, Levi Volcheck as John, Max Ellis as Michael, Jasey Gilbert as Mrs. Darling, Elizabeth Jones as Liza, Daniel Salazar as Nana, Sam Copeland as Smee, Elise Birmingham as Tiger Lily and Libby Volcheck as Jane. Also included in the cast of Indians, pirates, lost boys, and Neverland animals are Tomiya Washington, Antone’ Hollis, Taylor Brown, Taylor Green, Tessa Volcheck, Shelby Bungard, Allison Miller, Aubrey Buckner, Cody Allums, Tristian Moss, John Medlin, Jamie Johnstone, Sky Breczinski, Johnny Marley, Tyler Dollar, Jay Allen, and Terry Anderson.

First produced on Broadway with Mary Martin and Cyril Richard and more recently a major hit starring Cathy Rigby, this is one of the world's most celebrated musicals. Here is all the charm of Barrie's Peter and Tinker Bell and the children, pirates and Indians of Never Never Land, embellished with show stop-ping songs.

All tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.

BPCC ONE OF THREE COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN NATION AWARDED FUNDING FOR VETERAN TRAINING IN MANUFACTURING

Release date: September 28, 2015

The Manufacturing Institute recently announced three community colleges will receive support for training of veterans in manufacturing programs. The three colleges—Bossier Parish Community College, located in Bossier City, La.; Lorain County Community College, located in Elyria, Ohio; and Central Carolina Community College, located in Sanford, N.C.—were chosen from The Manufacturing Institute’s M-List for manufacturing excellence. The funding was made possible by a grant from Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The grants will be used to engage veterans seeking training for employment in the manufacturing sector. Central Carolina Community College will utilize existing veteran services to recruit and identify promising veterans to enter into manufacturing pathways by offering scholarship funding; Lorain County Community College will pilot an accelerated Manufacturing Career Awareness and Readiness program customized for veterans; and Bossier Parish will work with college veterans’ groups to recruit and provide training for veterans in Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics programs. Criteria for the recipients of the grant included the quality of services for veterans and the impact and scale of activities.

More than 80 percent of manufacturers report they cannot find people to fill their skilled production jobs. Meanwhile, thousands of service men and women return home each month, possessing not only an exemplary work ethic, but also rigorous technical training and experience. Manufacturers are in need of high-skilled, quality workers, and veterans hold the leadership skills, teamwork, and accelerated learning curve that assure them to be valuable employees.

“Supporting veterans in their efforts to reconnect to employment helps the manufacturing industry and the United States economy as a whole,” Institute President Jennifer McNelly said.

“We’re pleased to work with the Manufacturing Institute and support these institutions in their efforts to equip veterans with the training they need to embark on a successful civilian career in manufacturing,” said Emily Simone, Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Director of Community Relations.” It’s a win for our veterans, employers, and industry.”

“Lorain County Community College has a long history of serving the needs of veterans. This grant will help us offer accelerated pathways to prepare veterans for in demand jobs with our regional manufacturing partners,” said LCCC President Roy Church.

"Finances are a huge barrier for many people when returning to school. Our partnership with the Manufacturing Institute is a game changer for our veterans seeking advanced skill training for the manufacturing industry," said Wilson Lester, Central Carolina Community College Academic Advisor, Veterans Upward Bound Program. "Partnerships like this allow Central Carolina to change the landscape of educational opportunity for the veterans in our community.”

“We are delighted that our commitment to military students is being recognized and supported through this grant from Lockheed Martin,” said Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “These resources will assist our on-going efforts to successfully reintegrate our Nation’s heroes into civilian life, prepare them for high-wage high-demand employment, and ensure that they are competitive in the current job market.”

BPCC TO HOST LEH’s “THE LOUISIANA GOVERNORS PROJECT”: A SEVEN PARISH TOUR HELD IN HOMETOWNS OF PREVIOUS SEVEN GOVERNORS

Release date: September 25, 2015

As voters approach the polls this fall, a new initiative will offer Louisianans a fresh look at the state’s political history—and a means of comparison as they choose the next governor.
Produced by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, “The Louisiana Governors Project: A Historic Job Description” will offer new insights into the last 50 years of Louisiana politics through seven public forums held in the hometowns of the previous seven governors.

The seven-parish tour will stop in Bossier City at the Performing Arts Theatre at Bossier Parish Community College on Thursday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m. for a discussion of the administration of Gov. Buddy Roemer. Panelists include Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, former Louisiana Speaker of the House Jimmy Dimos, former Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, former Louisiana State Senator Don Kelly and Dr. Gary Joiner of LSU-Shreveport. The event is free and open to the public. A reception at 5:30 p.m. precedes the 6:00 p.m. conversation.

"For the next two months, we'll campaign for the importance of Louisiana history," said LEH VP of Content Brian Boyles. "We believe that new insights into the lives and legacies of the individuals who led this state through its modern evolution will be invaluable for our fellow citizens as we face important decisions this fall. Governor Roemer is vital to this history." The conversations will center on key challenges faced by Louisiana governors, including economic development, race relations and natural disasters.

A native of Bossier City, Charles “Buddy” Elson Roemer III served as the governor of Louisiana from 1988 until 1992, elected as a Democrat but later changing his affiliation to Republican in 1991. He previously served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 1988, representing Louisiana’s fourth congressional district.

The fall issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas, the council’s quarterly magazine, will serve as a companion to the project. Louisiana writers and photographers will explore central issues faced by leaders and citizens over the last half-century.

Schedule

John McKeithen – September 10
Schepis Museum in Columbia

Edwin Edwards – September 17
Rice Theater in Crowley

Dave Treen – September 24
Louisiana Humanities Center in New Orleans

Buddy Roemer - October 1
Performing Arts Theatre - Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier City, LA

Mike Foster – October 8
Teche Theater in Franklin

Kathleen Blanco - October 15
Sliman Theater in New Iberia

Bobby Jindal - October 22
Old State Capitol Museum in Baton Rouge

For more information, contact LEH VP of Content Brian Boyles at 504-602-2632 or boyles@leh.org.

BPCC RECEIVES $1.8M U.S. DEPT of ED FIRST IN THE WORLD GRANT

Release date: September 22, 2015

College is one of 17 in country to receive grant funds to help institutions test and develop innovative strategies to improve student outcomes

Officials at Bossier Parish Community College have been notified that the College will receive a $1.8M grant from the Department of Education as part of its First in the World grant program. BPCC is one of only five community colleges in the nation and the only college in Louisiana to receive the award.

The FITW program is “designed to support the development, replication, and dissemination of innovative solutions and evidence for what works in addressing persistent and widespread challenges in postsecondary education for students who are at risk for not persisting in and completing postsecondary programs, including, but not limited to, adult learners, working students, part-time students, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities, and first-generation students.” More than $60M was awarded to 17 colleges and universities through this program.

“Winning this competitive grant is an endorsement of our strategy to focus on innovation, data integration, and student success, “says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.

BPCC’s grant proposal is to create open source online developmental-level courses that would be available to students through smart phone apps and would be capable of serving up to 10,000 students each.

Previously BPCC’s open source pilot in desktop and laptop formats, called Open Campus™, demonstrated measurable increases in the number of developmental students who persisted in and completed developmental courses at the College.

Allison Martin, BPCC’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness, says the conversion to a smart phone mobile app will augment those online developmental education modules.

“The app will be embedded in and will support successful completion of developmental math and English courses leading to one-year certificate and two-year Associate Degrees,” says Martin. “By end of the grant performance period, it is expected that the mobile apps will be scaled to a broader campus-wide design to benefit all high-need students and could also be useful as a professional development tool for faculty.”

Bateman adds, “This grant will allow BPCC to build upon the innovation of Open Campus™ by making coursework available through a mobile platform. We have seen that Open Campus™ has provided more than one million minutes of free, self-paced, online instruction in 150 countries and this will expand significantly via the mobile environment.”

Additionally, the College proposes to build an integrated data platform (IDP), incorporating multiple streams of student data, including Open Campus™ data, into a predictive flow model to reveal empirical evidence of patterns of student persistence and learning. The employment of data integration analytics tools will help track student progress both synchronically and diachronically allowing administrators, institutional researchers, and strategic planning departments the ability to shape policy and practices through what they see in persistence and success rates, graduation trends, rates of momentum and tipping points at which academic success occurs. In the end, a degree map application will be used to give advisors and students a clearer vision of their degree plan, facilitate goal-setting conversations, and consider potential career paths.

For more information on BPCC’s Open Campus™ visit the web site or contact Allison Martin at 318-678-6191.

FALL BAND POPS CONCERT SCHEDULED AT BPCC

Release date: September 16, 2015

The BPCC Concert Winds will present its Fall Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

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

The evening’s concert will include “Opening Night on Broadway” featuring selections from The Lion King, Avenue Q, The Producers, and Spamalot; “Mancini!” featuring some of Henry Mancini’s most popular selections; “Highlights from Jersey Boys” featuring hits by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; and selections from Chicago: the Musical. Additional light selections will also be included in the concert.

Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are full-tuition music scholarship recipients. Auditions for BPCC music scholarships are held periodically throughout the year.

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

BPCC TO HOST RAINN DAY AWARENESS EVENT

Release date: September 16, 2015

Event set for Thursday, September 17

Dating violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and cyberstalking are growing concerns among college students and the community. These issues will be the focus of BPCC’s first RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) DAY on Thursday, September 17. An information booth will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Emmett E. Cope Student Services Center, Building F for students to receive resources on these topics.

RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. The organization created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org,) in partnership with more than 1,100 sexual assault service providers across the country. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, helps victims and ensures that rapists are brought to justice.

“Our focus for the event is on student engagement through awareness,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator of Diversity and Multicultural Relations. “By providing students with information and knowledge about sexual assault and violence, we hope to build awareness and reduce the risk of these situations happening in our community.”

BPCC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations, Learning Resources Division, Multicultural Affairs Advisory Committee, and You Are Not Alone Counseling will join together to bring this worthwhile project to campus. RAINN Day is set to be held annually.

RAINN reports that one in six women and one in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. College-age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted. According to a report titled “Rape and Sexual Assault among College-age Females, 1995–2013,” women ages 18 to 24 experience higher rates of rape and sexual assault than other age groups.

Information is available 24/7 through the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE and online.rainn.org, y en español: rainn.org/es.

BPCC CROSS COUNTRY TO OPEN INAUGURAL SEASON SEPTEMBER 19

Release date: September 15, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College Cross Country team will participate in the first cross country meet in the school’s history this Saturday, September 19 at the Mook Five Invitational hosted by Louisiana Tech University.

Coach Frank Trammel will lead the women’s program in a 5K race at 8:00 a.m. and follow it up with the men’s 4 mile race at 8:45 a.m.. In addition to BPCC, other local schools competing in the meet include Louisiana Tech, Northwestern State, Wiley College, and Grambling.

“Participating in the Mook Five at Tech will be an emotional experience for me,” said Coach Trammel. “It will really signify leaving my high school coaching career and re-entering the college coaching ranks. I previously worked with Coach Stanley at Tech and now have the opportunity to bring a team to compete with him and his program.”

“As a team, we have come really far in a short length of time and still have a lot of work ahead,” Trammel continued. “Words cannot describe the excitement and enthusiasm our runners have for the BPCC Cross Country program and being a part of this first year of the program.”

Freshmen Jessica McGuffee and Silas Schroeder are two of the ten runners that will be leading the BPCC program in its first ever cross country meet. McGuffee, Schroeder, and the other BPCC runners are all excited about getting the program started.

“Being a part of the first cross country team at BPCC is such a blessing,” McGuffee expressed. “When my high school coach told me about the opportunity, I was beyond excited. It's an awesome feeling to know that I am being coached by one of the best coaches around. I cannot even explain my feelings about our first race coming up. I am scared but excited at the same time. It's such a blessing to be able to run another race again after completing my high school career.”

Schroeder added, “I feel incredibly driven by being part of the first cross country team at BPCC. Coach Trammel is shaping my passion into something more than just a sport. As a team, we have grown to understand the balance of desire and discipline. Being a part of the BPCC cross country team this year for me means building a firm foundation for runners to come.”

The BPCC Cavalier Cross Country program competes in NJCAA Division III.

For more information and schedules, visit the BPCC Cross Country web site.

BPCC HOSTS GRAMMY®-WINNING RECORDING ARTIST JODY MILLER: “LIVING YOUR PASSION”

Release date: September 10, 2015

Grammy®-winner Jody Miller will be on the BPCC campus to present her inspirational, rags-to-riches journey of passion, determination, and surviving success. Jody will share stories from her rise in rural Oklahoma to her status as an award-winning, Billboard®-charting artist who secured recording contracts at two of the world’s largest record companies. Billed early in her career as "The Little Girl with a Big Voice", Jody Miller was Capitol Records most promising young female vocalist in the 1960s.

She’ll candidly relate challenges of living the life of a performer, wife, and mother, all while navigating the uncertain waters of show business.

This event is free and open to the public.

Date:
Friday, September 18

Time:
10:00-11:00 a.m.

Location:
Performing Arts Theatre,
BPCC campus - Building C
6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA

BPCC NURSING PROGRAM IS RANKED FIRST AMONG ALL LOUISIANA’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROGRAMS

Release date: September 8, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College’s Nursing program is the #1 ranked nursing program among all of Louisiana’s community college programs and has been ranked in the top 20% of nursing programs in the Eastern region of the country, according to NurseJournal.org’s list of the best nursing schools in the Eastern region of the U.S.

To determine the rankings, 1,189 schools were evaluated based on 20 metrics, sorting them into five categories: quality, affordability, convenience, satisfaction, and value. The rankings were compiled in order to bring awareness to the very institutions and organizations integral to the field of Nursing.

BPCC’s Nursing was ranked 233 out of 1,189 nursing programs, which also includes 4-year school programs, ranking it in the top 20% of eastern U.S. programs. BPCC’s program is also the first among the 18 Louisiana community college nursing programs ranked. The program received an overall score of 88.8 from the five categories.

"The rankings reflect BPCC's commitment to world class learning experiences and reinforce the College's reputation as a premiere institution of higher learning,” said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “This recognition is a by-product of a great deal of hard work and dedication by the faculty and divisional leadership in Nursing and Allied Health."

BPCC Nursing graduates have exceed national pass rates on certification and licensure exams and, in 2013-14, 86% of graduates were employed within 6 months of passing the NCLEX exam.

The BPCC Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and has full approval of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. The program is committed to student-centered learning through academic instruction, skills laboratory, clinical simulation, clinical experiences, and community service, and includes a traditional track and a transition program for current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to become Associate Degree Registered Nurses (RNs).

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES ITS GRADUATES FOR THE SUMMER 2015 SEMESTER

Release date: September 4, 2015

The following students graduated from Bossier Parish Community College on July 24, 2015 in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex.

Commencement speaker for the graduation ceremony was Staff Senate President Katrina Sproles. BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. presided over the College’s 70th graduation ceremony.

The College is also pleased to announce students’ names on the Chancellor’s list and the Dean’s list for the 2015 summer semester.

AUDITIONS FOR THE BPCC FALL FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS

Release date: September 3, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the 2015 Annual Fall Festival of One-Act Plays. There are seven short plays to be cast and numerous actors are needed.

Auditions are from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 9 in the BPCC Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

BPCC’s Theatre program will be showcasing the work of seven student directors, all enrolled in BPCC’s Associate of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Concentration) degree program. The directors include Terry Anderson, Connor Benedict, Bryan Freeman, Shaun Hardman, Kei Harper, Tim Monroe, Autumn Nguyen, and Andrea Onesorge, who is slated to graduate this December. The Fall Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will mark the theatre program’s sixteenth season of student-directed work.

There are roles available for males and females, aged 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 dress comfortably and be prepared to be creative and have a good time. Reading selections will be provided at the audition.

The performance of the nine plays will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 10. Generally, the one-act festival may contain mature subject matter and/or language and may not be suitable for children.

For more information or for directions to the theatre, call 318-678-6021.

BPCC COMMUNICATION AND PERFORMING ARTS AND NSU THEATRE TO HOLD “A THEATRE CELEBRATION”

Release date: August 17, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College will host Northwestern State University for “A Theatre Celebration” to commemorate a 2 + 2 articulation agreement for theatre students.

“A Theatre Celebration” will begin at 7:00 pm Wednesday, August 19 in the Performing Arts Theater on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The evening’s events consist of:

  • 7:00 p.m. – a reception in the theatre lobby
  • 7:20 p.m. – a signing ceremony in the theatre with BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman and NSU’s President Dr. Jim Henderson
  • 7:30 p.m. – Northwestern State students will perform musical selections
  • 7:50 p.m. – a presentation of “The Turn of the Screw,” BPCC’s most recent show that was featured in the Canterbury Summer Theatre outside of Chicago, IL this summer.

2 + 2 agreements facilitate the transfer of students from the community college to the university level. The students follow a specific curriculum during their first two years at BPCC, then transfer into their intended major at Northwestern State. The agreement will benefit students studying acting/directing, musical theatre or design/technical theatre.

“BPCC is a leading theatre program in the state and region, certainly in par with NSU in the quality and talent of their students and productions,” said Scott Burrell, coordinator of theatre and dance at NSU. “I have always found BPCC students transferring to NSU very talented and well trained in their art and craft. This is testament to the great faculty and staff at BPCC.”

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts at BPCC, states that “this agreement will provide a clear path to BPCC theatre students who want to continue education and broaden experience. I have and will continue to recommend NSU’s excellent theatre program to both our performance and technical students. Now, by eliminating ‘red tape’ from the transfer process we have made opening these doors much less complicated. This 2+2 is excellent—all will benefit.”

The evening’s performances are free and open to the public.

AUDITIONS SET FOR BPCC’S PRODUCTION OF PETER PAN

Release date: August 12, 2015

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the cast of the Broadway musical, Peter Pan. The show is musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s 1940 play Peter Pan and Barrie’s own novelization of it, Peter and Wendy.

Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, August 17 and 18, 2015 in the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC Campus (6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City).

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, Dean of Communication and Performing Arts, will direct this timeless classic musical that whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying TONY Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook.

All roles are available except Captain Hook. 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 Mary Lyle-Mitchell, Administrative Assistant, for more information at 318-678-6021 or by email at theatre@bpcc.edu.

Show dates for Peter Pan are set for 7:30 p.m. October 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 and at 2:00 p.m. October 18 and 25.

BPCC TO HOLD ON-CAMPUS REGISTRATION DAY FOR FALL 2015

Release date: August 10, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College’s on-campus registration day for its fall 2015 term is set for Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Students can select classes from a variety of fall sessions.

Fall 2015 classes begin Friday, August 14, 2015.

Detailed information regarding applying, registration, tuition costs and deadlines can be found through the BPCC Admissions Office or call318-678-6004.

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.

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

  • Named one of the “best colleges in the nation to work for”, by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The College is also named to “Honor Roll” status and is the only college/university in Louisiana to make the list
  • Named to the Military-Friendly Schools list – one of top 15% of schools to make list 4 consecutive years
  • Named the newest member of the Manufacturing Institute’s M-List
  • Transfer agreements with 4-year schools – allowing for seamless transfers for students
    • (i.e. engineering graduates can transfer to Louisiana Tech, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and LSU-Baton Rouge as a junior)
  • $1.4 million grant from AEP Foundation to launch its Credit Counts program
  • a new $22 million training facility housing BPCC’s programs in manufacturing, oil and gas, engineering, energy and construction opened last fall

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

REGISTER NOW FOR BPCC’S COLLEGE TRANSITION PROGRAMS

Release date: August 4, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College’s College Transition Programs (CTP) will be holding general registration for its upcoming fall semester at 8:15 a.m. Monday, August 10 through Friday, August 14 at BPCC’s College Transition Programs’ building located at 415 Monroe St., Bossier City, LA.

BPCC’s College Transition Programs offers classes for students 18 and older who want to further their education by earning their high school equivalency diploma and want to be prepared to enter post-secondary career training.

CTP include opportunities for students to earn their high school equivalency diploma by passing the HiSET® exam in both English and Spanish. College Transition Programs also offers English as a Second Language courses.

All classes are free of charge and students can select the schedule of classes that best fit their needs.

For more information on College Transitions Programs, visit their webpage.

BPCC, NSU TO SIGN REVERSE TRANSFER AGREEMENT

Release date: August 4, 2015

Northwestern State University will sign a reverse transfer agreement with Bossier Parish Community College that will benefit students who transferred from BPCC to NSU before earning their associate degree. The agreement allows credits completed at Northwestern State to be transferred back to the student’s BPCC transcript to satisfy requirements to earn an associate degree.

The signing will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 in the second floor atrium of the Northwestern State’s Shreveport Nursing Education Center at 1800 Line Avenue, Shreveport, LA.

Northwestern State and Bossier Parish Community College already have several agreements in place that facilitate the path for students to achieve their educational goals while meeting workforce needs and promoting economic development in northwest Louisiana.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 2:00 p.m.
 
Location:
Northwestern State’s Shreveport Nursing Education Center, 2nd floor atrium
1800 Line Avenue, Shreveport
 
Participants:
Northwestern State University
Dr. Jim Henderson, President
Dr. Lisa Abney, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
 
Bossier Parish Community College
Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Chancellor
Lesa Taylor-Dupree, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

BATEMAN NAMED TO NATIONAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMMISSION

Release date: August 4, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College’s Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. recently was appointed to serve on the Commission on Economic and Workforce Development for the American Association of Community College’s (AACC), Washington, DC.

In the appointment letter, AACC President and CEO Dr. Walter G Bumphus wrote, “We are sure that your insights and leadership will significantly contribute to the Board’s decision-making process and its ability to serve the interests of all AACC member institutions.”

Bateman is honored to be selected to one of the AACC’s six commissions.

“It is a distinct honor to be appointed to the AACC Commission on Economic and Workforce Development and I look forward to working closely with my fellow commissioners to develop new and innovative strategies and solutions to address some of our country's most pressing workforce concerns," says Bateman.

Authorized by the AACC Board, the six Commissions include:

  • Commission on Academic, Student and Community Development
  • Commission on Communications and Marketing
  • Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
  • Commission on Economic and Workforce Development
  • Commission on Global Education
  • Commission on Research, Technology and Emerging Trends

Each commission consists of an average of 24 people from member institutions who are CEOs or administrators, plus additional people from organizations who work in areas that are relevant to that commissions' specific charges. They were established to accomplish the following:

  • provide advice to the AACC Board and staff
  • encourage collaboration among community college entities and organizations
  • provide a forum for focused conversation about the important community college issues and priorities of the day
  • provide for increased involvement in the Association by AACC member CEOs and other professional staff
  • provide leadership opportunities for members of the AACC Board of Directors (who serve as Chairs).

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.

BPCC THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2015-2016 SEASON

Release date: July 27, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the 2015-2016 Performing Arts Theatre Season:

Peter Pan (the musical)
October 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m.
October 18 and 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Noises Off (comedy)
March 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m.
March 13 and 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Three Little Pigs (for children)
April 8 and 15 at 7:00 p.m.
April 9, 10, 16, 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Parallel Lives (comedy)
July 22, 23, 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m.
July 24 and 31 at 2:00 p.m.

“ ‘Come with us where dreams are born!’ – as Peter Pan says in our first season show,” says Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts. “With a season membership, you will not miss a single event, and you can save about 50% off the regular ticket prices for most of the shows!” Season memberships, which includes two tickets to each of the four main stage productions, are available for sale now through October 25.

“We are honored to have ANECA Federal Credit Union join us as sponsor for yet another year,” says Crawford. “ANECA’s commitment to the arts in education here in Shreveport/Bossier has made it possible for our theatre students to enhance their classroom experience next year with visits to live performances of plays and musicals in a variety of local and regional theatres. ANECA’s sponsorship also makes it possible for the Cavalier Players to tour their summer show to Indiana for a week of performances at the Canterbury Summer Theatre.”

The season of plays is as follows:

PETER PAN
Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying TONY Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years.

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook.

Featuring the iconic songs “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousting book full of magic, warmth, and adventure, Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.

NOISES OFF
The funniest play ever. Period. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and a plate of sardines all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Playwright Michael Frayn created Noises Off as a love letter and an inside joke to those of us familiar with the thrilling and unpredictable nature of the stage. A “play within a play,” it is about an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors who dream of the perfect hit comedy. The cast and crew are putting together a silly sex comedy titled, Nothing On – a single-set farce in which lovers frolic, doors slam, clothes are tossed away, and embarrassing hi-jinks ensue.

Act One introduces us to the “play within a play” premise during dress rehearsal. Act Two develops the plot several weeks later backstage during a matinee performance. Act Three completes the adventure a number of weeks later on stage during the delightfully ruined performance.

“The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is festival of delirium.” – The New York Times.

THREE LITTLE PIGS
The classic fairy tale as only Steve Slaughter can tell it. You all know the story: Three sibling pigs dream of peace and safety as they build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks to keep the Big Bad Wolf at bay. They learn several valuable life lessons along the way. The Wolf’s “huffing and puffing” blows down each house until the pigs finally band together to build a strong, stable house of bricks to protect themselves… et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

That is only where the fun begins in this whacky musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Storyteller, Stephen Slaughter, has provided us with his special twist complete with goofy characters, comic situations, colorful antics, and a couple of new characters that will make you laugh until your sides hurt. There is also a special “nod” to such country-music legends as Dolly Parton, Wynonna Judd, and Garth Brooks as well as the songs that made them and others famous.

Don’t miss this fun-filled children’s classic retold as only Stephen Slaughter can.

PARALLEL LIVES
In the opening scene, two Supreme Beings dream of a new world and plan the beginning of it with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room. Once they’ve decided on the color scheme of the races, a little concerned that white people will feel slighted being such a boring color, they create sex and the sexes. Afraid women will have too many advantages, the Beings decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation.

From this moment, the audience is whisked through the outrageous universe of Kathy and Mo, where two actresses play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life; teenagers on a date, sisters at their grandmother’s funeral, a man and woman together in a country-western bar.

With boundless humor, Parallel Lives reexamines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods – or in this case, goddesses.


In addition, there are three more opportunities to see theatre productions!

The Christmas Show
The annual Bossier City/ Bossier Parish Community College Christmas show at the Bossier Civic Center will be held December 2 and 3, 2015. This is a wonderful evening of holiday cheer featuring several BPCC performers, including the Cavalier Show Band, the BPCC Choir, the BPCC Cheerleaders, the Ladies in Gold, as well as other BPCC performing groups. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free to the community. Canned good donations for the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank are welcome.

One Act Festivals
Also, 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 at 6:30 pm Tuesday, November 10, and at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, April 26 at the Performing Arts Theatre. Each Festival presents a selection of individual short plays. Though the play titles are not available at this time for publication, normally the One Act Festival is more appropriate for mature audiences. Admission to the festival is free.

Early-Bird Season Memberships are $45 each and are on sale now through September 1. They are $60 from September 2 through October 25. Each membership includes two tickets to each of the four main stage shows. For more information about the season or BPCC Theatre, contact us at 318-678-6021 or theatre@bpcc.edu.

BPCC TO HOLD SUMMER 2015 GRADUATION

Release date: July 23, 2015

Two graduates accomplish 4.0 cumulative GPAs in more than 100 credit hours

Two graduates in Bossier Parish Community College’s July 24 summer graduation ceremony will have accomplished quite a rare feat.

Respiratory Therapy student Mike Avery and Physical Therapy Assistant student Elizabeth Haynes will graduate with a 4.0 cumulative GPA with more than 100 credit hours in their fields of study.

Avery, a non-traditional student, chose BPCC after retiring from the Navy with a specialty in nuclear power and feels he is fully prepared for a job as a respiratory therapist.

“My choice of Bossier Parish Community College to prepare for a new career as a Respiratory Therapist is one of the very best decisions of my life,” said Avery. “Never before have I had the pleasure of being associated with so many friendly, knowledgeable, and caring people. The faculty and staff of BPCC are the best and I owe them all an incredible debt of gratitude. I am very proud to be a graduate of BPCC.”

BPCC’s graduation ceremony is set for 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 24, 2015 in the Health and Physical Education Complex, BPCC, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

One hundred-fifty credentials will be awarded to 118 graduates during the ceremony.

Students will be awarded associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and technical competency areas in each of BPCC’s six academic divisions: Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; Science, Nursing, and Allied Health; and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

“Each of these graduates is now prepared for success in the workforce or at the next level of education,” says BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman, Jr. “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 seventieth commencement ceremony is BPCC Staff Senate President Katrina Sproles.

For graduates’ friends and family who cannot attend the commencement ceremony, it will be streamed LIVE via BPCC’s YouTube channel.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE NAMED A “2015 GREAT COLLEGE TO WORK FOR”

Release date: July 20, 2015

Honor by The Chronicle of Higher Education puts Bossier Parish Community College in elite company

Bossier Parish Community College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The College is also named to “Honor Roll” status and is the only college/university in Louisiana to make the list.

The results, released today in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities.

In all, only 86 of the 281 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with BPCC included among medium universities with 3,000 to 9,999 students.

Only 42 institutions are on the Honor Roll, the stand-outs in their size categories.

“These [Honor Roll] colleges are the best of the best. Those that make the Honor Roll are cited most often across all recognition categories, and grouped by enrollment size. (Size categories were determined by total enrollment, while enrollment figures are full-time-equivalent counts from Education Department data.) Ten four-year colleges, and four two-year colleges, make the cut in each size,” according to The Chronicle.

BPCC won honors in five categories this year:

  • Job satisfaction
  • Collaborative governance
  • Professional/career development
  • Supervisor/department relationship
  • Teaching environment

"BPCC is an amazing learning organization that encourages innovation, collaboration, and calculated risk-taking in search of better ways to helps students succeed. A like-no-other dedicated faculty and staff have made BPCC a great college to work for and I am proud to lead this great institution," says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.

The Chronicle is the nation’s most important source of news about colleges and universities.

“The institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences – while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences – and we are eager to help readers learn more about them,” said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle’s editor.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit .The Chronicle’s web site.

BPCC AND LSU-BATON ROUGE OFFICIALS SIGN AGREEMENT IN ENGINEERING

Release date: July 9, 2015

BPCC students to transfer as a junior in eight of LSU’s Engineering programs

Officials with Bossier Parish Community College and LSU-Baton Rouge today signed an articulation agreement between the two schools in which students who earn an Associate of Science degree in Engineering at BPCC will be able to transfer all credit hours to Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge in partial fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Petroleum Engineering degrees in the College of Engineering.

“The partnership between Bossier Parish Community College and the LSU College of Engineering is designed to make a world-class engineering education accessible to more Louisiana students,” said Dr. Sherif Ishak, the College’s interim associate dean for academic affairs. “We welcome the transfer students from BPCC to our engineering disciplines and look forward to working with them toward building a stronger Louisiana workforce.”

This partnership will benefit BPCC students, both traditional and nontraditional, by offering them an opportunity to continue their education after completing the AS degree in Engineering at BPCC with a university that will accept those credits. The arrangement is also beneficial to LSU-Baton Rouge because it provides another opportunity for LSU to attract and retain Engineering students with a proven record of academic success.

“When engineering students at BPCC graduate with an associate’s degree, they will be well-prepared to excel in all of Louisiana State University’s engineering programs,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “This partnership will allow our students to seamlessly continue their educational journey to a four-year degree.”

BPCC ANNOUNCES ITS PRODUCTION OF THE TURN OF THE SCREW

Release date: July 9, 2015

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce the final show in their 2014-2015 ANECA sponsored season, The Turn of the Screw. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, this show is based on the Henry James’ novel.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 24, 25, 31 and August 1, and at 2:00 p.m. July 26 and August 2, in the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City, LA.

Based on the provocative tale of suspense, horror, and repressed sexuality, this adaptation gives the famous story yet another turn of its own. A young governess journeys to a lonely English manor to care for two recently orphaned children, but she is not their first governess. Her predecessor, Miss Jessel, drowned herself when she became pregnant by the sadistic valet, Peter Quint, who was also found dead soon after under mysterious circumstances. Now, the new governess has begun to see specters of Quint and Jessel haunting the children, and she must find a way to stop the fiends. But one frightening question tortures the would-be heroine: Are the ghosts real or are they the product of her own fevered imagination?

“We chose The Turn of the Screw to offer our audiences a good old-fashioned horror tale—one built on psychological suspense and fear of the supernatural,” says Director Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts at BPCC. “Part of the fun of the show is that we are never quite sure if this is a “ghost” story or a “personal demon” story—do the ghosts exist or are they simply the personification of a young woman’s inner sexual turbulence? Either way, the effect is the same, and the results can be horrifying.”

Crawford adds, “We had such a wonderful response to our staging of the ghost story, The Woman in Black, a few years ago that we wanted to present a similar offering for our audience. I think the audience is going to like this one.”

The cast features current theatre major Madeline Hiers as the Governess and graduating candidate theatre major Jesse Kortus as the Man.

In addition to Dr. Crawford directing this performance, David White is the Scenic Designer, Rona Leber is the Costume Designer, Keith Bruce is the Lighting Designer, and Jonathon Offutt has designed Properties. The Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager are Lari Leber and Connor Snow, respectively.

The Turn of the Screw will complete its run by traveling to Michigan City, Indiana, to be presented as the final offering of the 47th Season of the Canterbury Summer Theatre. This will be the 10th summer for a BPCC Theatre production to complete the Canterbury Season, where director, Ray Scott Crawford is Artistic Director. Canterbury is a professional non-Equity summer theatre, and the experience provides a professional opportunity to the BPCC Theatre students involved in the production. The cast and crew will depart from Bossier City on Monday, August 3. While at Canterbury, they will construct the set, re-stage and rehearse the production for performances August 6-8.

Tickets for BPCC’s production of The Turn of the Screw may be purchased online.

For more information, call Mary Lyle-Mitchell, Box Office Manager, at 318-678-6021.

BPCC AND NSU OFFICIALS SIGN C4M AGREEMENT

Release date: July 8, 2015

Officials with Bossier Parish Community College and Northwestern State University today signed an articulation agreement between the two schools in which students who earn a Certification for Manufacturing (C4M) at BPCC will receive seven hours of credit to apply to a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering technology at Northwestern State. The agreement makes it easier for students earning C4M to continue in their goal of earning a bachelor’s degree.

C4M is an industry-based certification recognized by the secondary system as well as business and industry. The certification course is offered through the C4 Workforce Certification program developed by Louisiana Economic Development and is offered at BPCC. The agreement provides more options for individuals who leave high school and obtain an associate degree to then pursue a bachelor’s degree. It also facilitates a pipeline for employers and meets the needs of regional industry.

“BPCC and Northwestern State University have a shared vision of innovation and collaboration that leads to enhanced educational services to the citizens of our region,” says BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman. “Together, we will create pathways to prosperity for students and continue to create a competitive advantage for employers in northwest Louisiana.”

Dr. Ali Ahmad, head of the Department of Engineering Technology at NSU, says, "This articulation provides a path of stackable credentials, where students who complete their C4M at BPCC get credit towards a 4-year degree at NSU. It represents yet another way in which NSU is working with different regional institutions to develop the needed technical skills required by Louisiana manufacturers."

The C4 Manufacturing curriculum provides an introduction to manufacturing, tools and equipment used in manufacturing, automation and an introduction to fabrication, process technology and machining. LED tailored the curriculum to reflect industry needs and to create a map for individuals interested in pursuing more advanced credentials.

BPCC’s first cohort of C4M students completed the coursework summer 2014.

BPCC AND LSU-BATON ROUGE OFFICIALS TO SIGN AGREEMENT

Release date: July 8, 2015

BPCC students to transfer as a junior in eight of LSU’s Engineering programs

Officials with Bossier Parish Community College and LSU-Baton Rouge are set to sign an articulation agreement between the two schools in which students who earn an Associate of Science degree in Engineering at BPCC will be able to transfer all credit hours to Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge in partial fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Petroleum Engineering degrees in the College of Engineering.

The signing will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 in the Chancellor’s Boardroom, A230 at Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

This partnership will benefit BPCC students, traditional and nontraditional, by offering them an opportunity to continue their education after completing the AS degree in Engineering at BPCC with a university that will accept those credits. The arrangement is also beneficial to LSU-BR because it provides another opportunity for LSU to attract and retain Engineering students with a proven record of academic success.

Date/Time:
Thursday, July 9, 1:00 p.m.

Location:
Chancellor’s Boardroom – Building A-230
Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA

Participants:
Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge
Dr. Sherif Ishak, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Dr. Joseph Odenwald, Assistant Dean of Student Services

Bossier Parish Community College
Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Chancellor
Lesa Taylor-Dupree, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Sandra Partain, Dean of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

BPCC’S TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS’ CAREER FAIR DESIGNED FOR ATTENDEES TO LEARN EMPLOYERS’ NEEDS

Release date: July 7, 2015

Participants attending BPCC’s Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TEM) Career Fair will be able to talk first-hand with local employers in order to learn what skills they are looking for in employees.

“This career fair is not going to be your typical career fair,” says Sandra Partain, dean of BPCC’s Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics division. “Our goal is to provide information about technology, manufacturing, and engineering careers and give people the opportunity to talk and ask questions of those employers in those industries, as well as give attendees information on the training available to have them job ready quickly.”

The TEM Career Fair is set for 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10 in the Center for Advancement Manufacturing (Building L) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The fair is free and open to the public.

Anyone is welcome to learn about an industry and what it will take to be trained in that industry. “We encourage anyone to attend who is interested in a new career or wants to retrain for another career,” adds Partain. “Just because someone isn’t qualified for a particular career field does not mean he or she should not attend.”

Some of employers on hand include Ternium USA INC., Ronpac, Omni Specialty Packaging, CSC, Xentient LABS LLC, Benteler Steel/Tube, Manitawoc Fryer Master, International Paper –Mansfield Mill, Sabre Industries, and Allegiance.

Attendees will also get a chance to find out more about training opportunities and how quickly they can receive training for the particular career in which they are interested.

“We will have representatives from BPCC’s technology, manufacturing, and engineering programs on hand to let people know: 1) how easy and fast it is to get trained or retrained for a new career, and 2) step-by-step how to apply and to register for training,” says Partain.

Representatives from BPCC’s Admissions and Financial Aid Offices will also be in attendance.

For more information on BPCC’s TEM Career Fair, contact Erica Ledet at 678-6200.

BPCC ANNOUNCES NEW LADY CAVS SOFTBALL HEAD COACH

Release date: July 6, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College is excited to announce Amanda Nordberg as the new Lady Cavs softball head coach, effective July 20.

Nordberg comes to BPCC from Centenary College where she has been the head softball coach since January 2014. Prior to Centenary, she served as an assistant softball coach here at BPCC during the 2013 season.

“I am extremely excited to be named the next head softball coach at Bossier Parish Community College,” says Nordberg. “My goal is to build a winning program with the focus being on athletic and academic success for each athlete and to help prepare the students for the next phase of life.”

Nordberg adds, “My experience as a player and coach over the past 19 years has made it obvious to me that winning both off and on the field is necessary for true success. I plan to work with our players to improve their skills and their character with hopes that many of them will be able to continue their education and their softball careers at a four year college of their choice.”

Athletic Director John Rennie is ready to have Nordberg on board to steer the softball program at BPCC.

“Amanda is enthusiastic about not only growing softball at BPCC but also assisting in the continued growth of our athletic program overall,” says Rennie. “I am confident the transition from Coach Ashley Grisham, who did an outstanding job leading our program for 17 seasons, to Coach Nordberg will be a successful transition.”

The BPCC Lady Cavs compete in NJCAA Division III.

BPCC AND NSU OFFICIALS TO SIGN C4M AGREEMENT WED, JULY 8

Release date: July 6, 2015

Officials with Bossier Parish Community College and Northwestern State University are set to sign an articulation agreement between the two schools in which students who earn a Certification for Manufacturing (C4M) at BPCC will receive seven hours of credit to apply to a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering technology at Northwestern State. The agreement makes it easier for students earning C4M to continue in their goal of earning a bachelor’s degree.

The signing will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8 in the Chancellor’s Boardroom, A230 at Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

C4M, an industry-based certification developed by Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and recognized by business and industry, is offered at BPCC. The agreement provides more options for individuals who leave high school and obtain an associate degree to then pursue a bachelor’s degree. It also facilitates a pipeline for employers and meets the needs of regional industry.

The C4 Manufacturing curriculum provides an introduction to manufacturing, tools and equipment used in manufacturing, automation and an introduction to fabrication, process technology and machining. LED tailored the curriculum to reflect industry needs and to create a map for individuals interested in pursuing more advanced credentials.

BPCC’s first cohort of C4M students completed the coursework in the summer 2014.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, July 8
10:30 a.m.

Location:
Chancellor’s Boardroom – Building A-230
Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA

Participants:
Northwestern State University
Dr. Jim Henderson, President
Dr. Lisa Abney, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, Dean of the School of Business and Technology
Dr. Ali Ahmad, Head of the Department of Engineering Technology

Bossier Parish Community College
Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Chancellor
Lesa Taylor-Dupree, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Sandra Partain, Dean of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

BPCC'S TWO FIRST-GENERATION ENDOWMENTS MATCHED BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS

Release date: June 30, 2015

The Louisiana Board of Regents has awarded Bossier Parish Community College $40,000 to fully endow two of the College’s First-Generation Undergraduate Scholarships, making these two endowments $50,000 each.

The Board of Regents awarded $20,000, matching a $30,000 private gift, to fully endow the Dr. Douglas Peterson First Generation Scholarship in memory of BPCC’s first chancellor.

BPCC also received $20,000 to match a $30,000 gift from the Michael H. Woods Family Fund. This award marks the third Woods Family First Generation Endowed Scholarship at BPCC.

“BPCC is grateful for these partners who have stepped up to help expand access to education and career training for citizens of Northwest Louisiana,” says Stephanie Rogers, Director of Institutional Advancement at BPCC. “Their investment will remove financial barriers for students and allow them to gain skills needed to compete and be successful in a global workforce.”

The addition of the two new funds increases BPCC Foundation’s scholarships to a total of 32 with five of them endowed. To date, the Foundation has granted over $500,000 in scholarships to students pursuing higher education at Bossier Parish Community College.

BPCC ANNOUNCES NEW ATHLETIC PROGRAM TO BEGIN IN FALL 2015

Release date: June 30, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College will have a new sport to add to its list beginning this fall semester. The College is set to begin both men and women’s Cross Country programs.

Head coach for BPCC’s Cross Country program will be Frank Trammel. Trammel comes to BPCC with quite a resume in the sport. He is the 2015 National Coach of the Year for boys cross country from the National Federation of State High School Associations and holds 12 cross country state championships and five track and field state championships.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to start a cross country program at BPCC and looking forward to the opportunities we can provide to the local running community,” says Trammel. “It will take a lot of hard work, but I’m looking forward to being part of an already outstanding institution and athletic program.”

BPCC Athletic Director John Rennie looks forward to adding the new sport to BPCC’s athletic mix.

“We are especially excited to start cross country at Bossier Parish Community College and to have a coach of Frank’s stature start the program for us,” says Rennie. “Frank has a great passion for running and most importantly for student-athletes that is vital to a program’s success. He brings with him a vision to build upon the success he has experienced at the high school level.”

The BPCC Cross Country programs will compete in the NJCAA Division III. The addition of men's and women's cross country brings the total number of sports offered at BPCC to six. BPCC already offers men's and women's basketball, baseball, and softball.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE JOINS THE M-LIST

Release date: June 23, 2015

School offers for-credit program options in advanced manufacturing

The Manufacturing Institute is pleased to announce Bossier Parish Community College as the newest member of the M-List.

“BPCC is proud to be the first college in Louisiana included among the outstanding institutions on the M-List,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “This recognition is validation of the high quality instruction in our advanced manufacturing and industrial technology programs.

The M-List recognizes high schools, community colleges, and universities that are teaching manufacturing students to industry standards. Specifically, these institutions offer students the opportunity to earn NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certifications as a standard part of their manufacturing education programs.

“Our faculty and staff are laser-focused on training that leads to industry-standard skills and certifications; we take tremendous pride in being a premiere source of talent meeting the workforce needs of our region,” Bateman adds.

BPCC is acknowledged for its outstanding Advanced Manufacturing courses, and enrolled students will be eligible to receive Certified Production Technician certifications from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, as well as receive college credit.

About The Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation's manufacturers. The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: BPCC Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program begins WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10

Release date: June 8, 2015

The Bossier Parish Community College’s Certified Nurse Assistant program will begin its summer classes Wednesday, June 10 through August 20. Seating is limited, and there are only a few spots left for the summer term. The class time and days are 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Monday through Thursdays.

This program prepares one 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 clinical.

Applicants are required to provide the following prior to enrollment:

  1. Copy of high school diploma or GED certificate
  2. A criminal history record through the Louisiana State Police
  3. Background Check Policy Consent Agreement

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive a certificate of completion and be recognized as a Certified Nurse Assistant in Louisiana. The student must complete all coursework with a grade C or better and score at least 70% on the final exam to successfully complete the program.

Cost of the program is 849. Course books and CPR certification are included in the course price. A split payment option is available with $470 due at registration ($450 registration fee and $20 processing fee) and $399 due by Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Those who wish to utilize the split payment option, must stop by our office in Building D, Suite 134. Split payment option not available online. There is a minimum age of 18.

To register, contact BPCC’s Continuing Education Office at 318-678-6015 or register online.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES ITS GRADUATES FOR THE SPRING 2015 SEMESTER

Release date: May 29, 2015

The following students graduated from Bossier Parish Community College on May 15, 2015 in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex.

Commencement speaker for the College’s 69th graduation ceremonies was Dr. Rick Bateman, Chancellor.

The College is also pleased to announce students’ names on the Chancellor’s list and the Dean’s list for the 2015 spring semester.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES CAMP CAVS SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS 2015 OFFERINGS

Release date: May 28, 2015

Camp Cavs, BPCC’s summer program for kids, will be held in the months of June and July 2015. Camps are 3 or 4 hours and are scheduled Monday-Friday, unless otherwise noted. Camps are available for ages 5-18 and include softball, basketball, tennis, culinary, cheer, dance, guitar, theater/drama, computer to name a few. All campers will receive T-shirts.

Registration for Camp Cavs is open now, 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 or go online to the Camp Cavs web site.

BPCC TO HONOR MILITARY GRADUATES IN COLLEGE’S LARGEST GRADUATION IN ITS 48-YEAR HISTORY

Release date: May 14, 2015

At its 69th commencement tomorrow (Friday), Bossier Parish Community College will once again record the largest graduation in its forty-eight year history, and as part of “May is Military Appreciation Month,” the College will honor its 42 military graduates.

The College will graduate its highest number of students during two graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 15 in the Health and Physical Education Complex at 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and technical competency areas will be awarded in BPCC’s six academic divisions. The 9:30 a.m ceremony will include students in the two divisions of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students in the divisions of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; and Liberal Arts will graduate at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony.

Spring 2015 had more than 500 candidates receiving more than 700 credentials, making this spring’s graduation the largest on record. Spring 2014 awarded 415 graduates with more than 614 credentials.

"The record number of graduates is a source of pride for BPCC's faculty and staff,” says BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman. “Each individual in that number has a compelling story to tell about his or her journey. Each student has been embraced and educated by our faculty and staff and will now be empowered enter the workforce or transfer to a 4-year partner school."

As part of May’s National Military Appreciation Month, BPCC will honor its military graduates at both ceremonies tomorrow.

  • Honorary guests congratulating graduates: Chancellor Bateman will be joined at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony by Colonel Aaron L. Ullman – Director, 8th Air Force Standardization and Evaluations and by Colonel Patrick S. Matthews – 8th Air Force Chief of Staff at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony. BPCC and Barksdale AFB have long been strong community partners.
  • RED, WHITE and BLUE honor cords worn by Armed Services graduates: Graduates who have served in the U.S. Armed Services will be wearing red, white and blue honor cords, a new addition to the graduation ceremonies. Barksdale Federal Credit Union generously sponsored these U.S. Armed Forces Services honor cords.

    “Barksdale Federal Credit Union is proud to support the efforts of BPCC in honoring the achievements of our service men and women,” says Patrick B. Gullatt, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Barksdale Federal Credit Union. “Our veterans have sacrificially served the country and sponsoring this program is just a small token of the appreciation we have for them.”
  • RED honor cords worn by spouses of Armed Service personnel.

BPCC has a history of serving the educational needs of our military personnel. The College’s Veteran Educational Services Office offers our military students informative resources to answer questions and requirements while using your education benefits at BPCC.

"We view serving those who have so ably served this nation as an honor and a privilege,” says Chancellor Bateman. “Barksdale Air Force Base is a vital part of this community and a tremendous partner to BPCC, but we also have reserves, National Guard, and veterans from all branches of our military. They all deserve our best."

Currently, the College is listed on the 2015 Military Friendly Schools® list. This designation honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. This is the fourth consecutive year that BPCC has been named to the list.

Additional feature for graduation:

LIVE streaming: For graduates’ friends and family who cannot attend the commencement ceremony, both programs will be streamed LIVE via BPCC’s YouTube channel.

BPCC TO OFFER ACCREDITED PARAMEDIC PROGRAM AT NORTHWEST TECHNICAL COLLEGE CAMPUSES IN DESOTO AND NATCHITOCHES PARISHES

Release date: May 7, 2015

Beginning January 2016, Bossier Parish Community College’s Paramedic program will partner with Desoto Parish EMS and Natchitoches Parish EMS to offer paramedic education to current and potential employees, allowing potential students access to an accredited paramedic program closer to where they live and work.

In 2013, the National Registry of EMTs began requiring that candidates for paramedic certification must graduate from an accredited paramedic education program in order to sit for the NREMT paramedic exam. Receiving national certification is a requirement to obtain a Louisiana paramedic license and paramedics cannot practice in the state of Louisiana without holding a current Louisiana license.

With the only accredited paramedic program in north Louisiana at Bossier Parish Community College, EMS professionals, many who are working as firefighters and EMTs and who do not live close to the BPCC campus, have found it difficult to attend the necessary classes needed to graduate.

“Obtaining program accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is a very involved process with many standards that are difficult to meet,” says BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman. “Because the BPCC paramedic program is an accredited program, this partnership will allow us to offer our expertise, talent, and services to individuals in communities throughout the Northwest Louisiana region, and therefore, allow us to provide quality workforce training to those who might not have had the opportunity previously.”

Under the partnership, BPCC will offer a paramedic program whose didactic instruction, provided by qualified faculty, will be provided via compressed video at Northwest Technical College in Natchitoches and Mansfield and whose lab sessions will take place in Mansfield.

Northwest Technical College-Mansfield’s Campus Dean Dianne Clark says this partnership will create opportunities for individuals in both Mansfield and Natchitoches who might not have ever considered becoming a paramedic because of the location challenges.

“Identifying and addressing the needs of our community and business partners has always been an important part of our mission,” says Clark. “This partnership represents a win- win for everyone and is a positive step toward meeting the workforce goals outlined in the LCTCS Our Louisiana 2020 Public Agenda.”

For more information on this partnership, contact BPCC Paramedic Instructor Jeffery Anderson, NREMTP, at 318-678-6403 or janderson@bpcc.edu.

BPCC TO HOLD GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW STEM BUILDING

Release date: May 5, 2015

BPCC will hold a Groundbreaking Ceremony for its new STEM Building at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Dr. Rick Bateman, BPCC Chancellor, will lead the ceremonies.

The BPCC STEM Building will house all of BPCC’s Science, Nursing, and Allied Health programs and will be located on the northwest corner of the Cyber Innovation Center’s property.

Date/Time:
Friday, May 8
11:00 a.m.

Location:
Because of the possibility of rain on Friday, we will hold the groundbreaking in the following location:

BPCC – Building A front drive and lobby
6220 E. Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

In attendance:
Dr. Monty Sullivan – LCTCS President
Woody Oge – LCTCS Board of Supervisors Chairman
Stevie Smith -- LCTCS Facilities Corp
Many local and state lawmakers/dignitaries/stakeholders

WELCOME RECEPTION FOR BPCC CHANCELLOR RICK BATEMAN, JR. SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, MAY 7

Release date: May 4, 2015

The BPCC Foundation will host a reception from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 7, welcoming Bossier Parish Community College’s new chancellor, Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. The reception will be held in Building A on the College’s campus at 6220 East Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

“This is an opportunity for our community and stakeholders to welcome Dr. Bateman and his family to the area,” says BPCC’s Director of System Advancement Stephanie Rogers.

Dr. Bateman was appointed on April 8 by the Board of Supervisors for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System; however, he is no stranger to the Northwest La area as he was previously Interim Director of Northwest Louisiana Technical College prior to the BPCC appointment.

The public is invited to attend.

BPCC AND CITY OF BOSSIER CITY HOSTS SIXTH ANNUAL 8TH GRADE COLLEGE AND CAREER EXPO

Release date: April 21, 2015

For the sixth year, Bossier Parish Community College and the City of Bossier City will partner with area businesses, other colleges, and technical schools in hosting two days of career and educational exploration opportunities for 8th grade students in Northwest Louisiana.

The expo will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 for Caddo Parish students and from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 for Bienville, Bossier, Claiborne and Webster 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
AmeriHealth Caritas, Chick-fil-A, Olive Garden – Gold Sponsor
Albertsons, Brookshire’s– Silver Sponsor

BPCC CHOIRS TO PRESENT SPRING CONCERT

Release date: April 21, 2015

The BPCC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Mr. William Bond, Jr., will present their Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. This concert is free and open to the public.

The evening’s repertoire will include both traditional choir repertoire and several lighter selections. Included in the evening’s performance will be “And This Shall Be for Music” by Mary Lynn Lightfoot; “Medley from Les Miserables” arranged by Ed Lojeski; “The Beatles in Revue” arranged by Ed Lojeski; and “A Peaceful Gloria” by Greg Gilpin sung by the Concert Choir. Concert Choir soloists include Rachel Gstohl, Annie Barker, Autumn Sanderson, Emily Golding, Matthew Bounds, Alanna Seidleman, and Nic White.

The Chamber Singers will perform “The House of David” by Z. Randall Stroope; “All Flesh Is Grass” by Rossetti and Massa; “Amor De Mi Alma” by Vega and Stroope; “Nunc Dimittis” by Rene Clausen; and “Gloria in Exelsis” by W. A. Mozart.

The Concert Choir is accompanied by Dr. Dan Gibbs and the Chamber Singers are accompanied by Mr. Ruben Reyes.

For more information about this concert or any other music program, contact the BPCC Music Program at 318-678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC’S DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE CAVALIER PLAYERS ANNOUNCE THE SPRING FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS

Release date: April 20, 2015

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce the 2015 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays. The performance of the nine plays will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of nine student directors: Richard Boudoin, Jarious Courtney, Taylor Green, Shaquille Jefferson, Jamie Johnstone, Elizabeth Jones, John Medlin, Allison-Rebekah Miller, and Timothy Monroe. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will round out the theatre program’s fifteenth season of student-directed work.

Admission is free. Generally, the one-act festival may contain mature subject matter and/or language and may not be suitable for children.

For more information, contact Mary Lyle-Mitchell at 318-678-6021.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM SCHEDULES SPRING BAND CONCERT

Release date: April 20, 2015

The BPCC Concert Winds will present its Spring Final Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. This concert is free and open to the public.

The Concert Winds, under the direction of Dr. Michael D. Hart, will take the stage to perform a variety of repertoire from the wind band library including “Wild Dance” by Douglas Akey; “Danse Bacchanale” arranged by Jay Bocook; “Dancing at Stonehenge” by Anthony Suter; “Tre Moutard” by Cecil Macklin; “When Jesus Wept” by William Schuman; and “Festivo” by Vaclav Nelhybel.

Many students in the music program hold music scholarships. These 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 periodically throughout the year. The next scholarship auditions are scheduled for May 16.

For more information about this concert or to arrange for a music scholarship audition, contact Dr. Hart at 318-678-6146 or email mhart@bpcc.edu.

CAPITAL ONE BANK PRESENTS THE 6TH ANNUAL BPCC 100 GO-KART RACE

Release date: April 20, 2015

Capital One Bank and the BPCC Foundation present the 6th annual BPCC 100 Go-Kart Race from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 25 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.

Local businesses/organizations-sponsored race teams in customized go-karts zip around a race track competing for trophies and bragging rights. Teams also compete for prizes in various categories, such as: Fan Favorite, Best Looking Car; Best Dressed Pit Crew and Fastest Pit Crew.

Since its inception, the BPCC100 annual event has raised more than $200,000 to support students who could not receive financial aid or would have found it difficult to pay for a college education. The BPCC Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to BPCC students throughout the past 17 years.

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 The Simple Church. There will also be a Custom Car Show and Louisiana Tech University will bring its Eco-car.

Race Day Schedue - Saturday, April 25

   
Heat #1 (Division Cup Races)
8:30 a.m. Lug Nut: Heat #1
8:50 a.m. Spark Plug: Heat #1
Heat #2
9:10 a.m. Lug Nut: Heat #2
9:20 a.m. Spark Plug: Heat #2
9:40 a.m. Media Cup Throw Down:
(Local media personalities face off) 
10:15 a.m. Division Cup Championship Race
10:45 a.m. Qualifying for Champions Shoot-Out Main Event
11:30 a.m. Teams Throw Down Races (Got a beef? Take it to the tracks)
12:00 p.m. Lunch Break (Track and Pits Open to Public) 
Visit Food Vendors in the Brookshire's Food Court
1:00 p.m. Fans Favorite Contest 
1:30 p.m. Johnny Wyatt Memorial Cup
2:00 p.m. A Word from 2015 Title Sponsor; Contests/Prize Winner 
2:30 p.m. Main Event: Capital One Bank Champions Shoot-Out 
3:30 p.m. Trophy Presentations

Event chairman is Tom Glass and Billy Wayne Montgomery will serve as the Grand Marshal. The event is free to the public and is fun for the entire family.

For more information, visit the web site or call the BPCC Foundation office at 318-678-6185.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM TO PRESENT SPRING JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Release date: April 13, 2015

The BPCC Jazz Ensemble will present its Spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 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 concert will include a variety of jazz-related styles including swing, rock, blues, ballads, and jazz standards. The performance will include “Fly Me to the Moon” arranged by Roger Holmes; “A Child is Born” by Thad Jones; “Cold Duck Time” by Eddie Harris; and “RESPECT” arranged by Roger Holmes, among other selections.

“The BPCC Jazz Ensemble is open to all students interested in playing in the ensemble; however, we typically hold auditions for the rhythm section,” says Dr. Michael Hart, the ensemble’s director. The BPCC Jazz Ensemble is comprised of both music and non-music majors. Many students in the ensemble are on full-tuition music scholarships.

For more information about this concert or music scholarships at BPCC, call 318-678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM TO PRESENT OPERA SCENES PERFORMANCE

Release date: April 13, 2015

The BPCC Music Program will present its first ever Opera Scenes concert at 7:30 p.m on Wednesday, April 22, 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 concert will include scenes from “The Marriage of Figaro”, “Don Giovanni”, and “The Magic Flute” by Mozart; “Hansel and Gretel” by Humperdink; and “La Boheme” by Puccini.

A new course designed to develop singers’ interest and performance in opera was offered for the first time this spring. In this course, students study and prepare opera and operetta repertoire, basic stage movement, role development, working with period costumes and props, and in some instances, make up application.

“The Opera Scenes course has been very popular with our students this semester,” says Dr. Michael Hart, Music Program Director. “We expect this course to really take off and be one of the most well-liked with our vocal students.”

For more information about this concert or music scholarships at BPCC, call 318-678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC FACULTY MEMBERS RECEIVE NISOD EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Release date: April 13, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College is proud to announce its recipients of the annual NISOD Excellence Awards for outstanding commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. Honorees for the 2015 year include:

Michael Walker, Instructor, Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs
Vicki Dennis, Instructor, Liberal Arts
John Rennie, Athletic Director/Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Melanie A. Lea, Assistant Professor, Communication and Performing Arts
Rocky Duplichan, Program Director/Instructor, Oil and Gas Production Technology
Kelly Brandon, MS, LOTR, OTA Program Director
Donna Womack, Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovative Learning and Workforce Development
Raymond Gaines, Associate Professor, Business

“Each of these award recipients are leaders not only in the classroom but also on the BPCC campus and in the community,” said BPCC Interim Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman. “We applaud them for their dedication and service to the College.”

Excellence Award recipients will be celebrated during NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 23-26, in Austin, Texas. During the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration, held in conjunction with NISOD’s annual conference, each Excellence Award recipient receives a specially cast, pewter medallion hung on a burnt-orange ribbon. The names, titles, and colleges of all Excellence Award recipients are included in a special booklet that features congratulatory ads from many of the recipients’ colleges. In addition, presentations at the conference involving Excellence Award recipients are indicated in the Conference Program with a special icon.

“Recognizing those individuals who have contributed to student success and their colleges’ mission is something we look forward to doing each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s Executive Director. “The extraordinary work of these men and women includes not only what they do for their students and colleagues, but what they do for the communities in which they live and work. We’re honored to be able to play a part in celebrating their achievements.”

In 1989, in connection with a University of Texas at Austin national study of teaching excellence, NISOD hosted its first ceremony honoring NISOD Excellence Award recipients. The response to that ceremony was so positive that NISOD began what has become the largest and most inspiring gathering that recognizes the contributions and achievements of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff.

About NISOD

Created in 1978, NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. NISOD supports its member colleges by providing professional development resources and learning experiences, including practitioner publications, webinars, the annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, the NISOD Excellence Awards, and more. For more information about NISOD, visit their web site.

DR. RICK BATEMAN, JR. CHOSEN AS BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHANCELLOR

Release date: April 8, 2015

Dr. Douglas “Rick” Bateman was unanimously selected as the chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) today by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Board of Supervisors. Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS president, made the recommendation to the board during its monthly meeting. The recommendation was made after an open and competitive national search that included on campus interviews and public forums with students, faculty and staff, and community members.

“On behalf of the Board of Supervisors I would like to congratulate Dr. Bateman for his appointment as chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College,” said Tim Hardy, LCTCS board of supervisors first vice chair and chair of the search committee. “His continued service to education has provided him with the experience and leadership skills necessary to continue leading our efforts to deliver world class academic and workforce training for Louisiana.”

“Our search for BPCC’s chancellor provided an exceptional pool of finalists,” said Dr. Monty Sullivan. “We are confident that Dr. Bateman embodies the requisite skills and vision needed to lead BPCC into the next phase of its development and to provide solutions to the workforce needs of Louisiana,” he said.

Prior to his arrival at BPCC, Dr. Bateman was the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success at SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles, LA. Dr. Bateman earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, TX, a Master of Religious Education from Loyola University New Orleans, LA and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California at Los Angeles, CA.

"It is an honor for me to continue to serve the students and community of Bossier Parish,” said Bateman. “I would like to thank the board, students, faculty and staff for entrusting me to continue to advance education in the state of Louisiana,” he said. “I look forward to serving and providing solutions for the needs of our state.”

Bossier Parish Community College is an open-admission, two-year, post-secondary public institution serving the northwest region of Louisiana. The college provides transferable courses and curricula including certificates, associate degrees and comprehensive career and technical education training. Bossier Parish Community College also partners with the surrounding communities by providing programs for personal, professional, and academic growth.

BPCC DEBATERS TO COMPETE AGAINST IVY LEAGUE AND COLONIAL COLLEGE TEAMS

Release date: April 8, 2015

Ivy League representatives Cornell and Yale University, along with Colonial Colleges Rutgers University and the College of William and Mary are amongst the perennial participants in the annual Madison Cup Debates. One of the nation’s most prestigious intercollegiate debate events, participation is limited to a select few teams that are chosen via an application process.

International debate teams from schools like the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and the Cebu Institute of Technology (Philippines) annually join America’s top colleges and universities in competing for the Madison Cup; but a school from Louisiana has never been chosen to be amongst the academic elite involved in this event. That will change on April 20 when Bossier Parish Community College will be represented by the team of Erika Hill and David Tillmon in the 2015 Madison Cup Debates hosted by James Madison University.

En route to being selected for the event, Hill and Tillmon have earned a multitude of honors for the BPCC Debate Team. Hill finished her freshman year of debate ranked nationally as the top community college competitor in the novice division of IPDA debate and #9 overall amongst all colleges and universities; she followed that performance in her sophomore year by finishing as the top community college competitor in the varsity division (#23 overall). Tillmon is currently finishing his novice year of eligibility and will enter the national championships later this month ranked amongst the top community college students in the nation. Together, the two have earned 129 wins and 30 awards while representing BPCC.

“BPCC’s debaters have been developing a national reputation for excellence over the past several years; being honored with the likes of these traditional academic powerhouses acknowledges the commitment to excellence that our debaters have demonstrated,” says Debate team coach Bob Alexander. “Hill and Tillmon have put in a tremendous amount of work to get to this point, and I am proud to see them receive this well-deserved recognition.”

The James Madison Center at James Madison University in conjunction with the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation sponsors this annual event in the spirit of James Madison’s ideal that a republican democracy is healthy only when informed and civil debate thrives. In addition to the prestigious Madison Cup, Hill and Tillmon will be competing for a share of $30,000 in scholarships and donations to debate teams.

“Erika and David’s success is emblematic of the potential that our students have,” Alexander added. “I’m grateful for the Madison Center’s acceptance of our team and now it’s time for us to demonstrate why our debaters belong.”

On March 26-29, Hill and Tillmon along with teammates Hannah Morris and Jakob Volcheck represented BPCC at the International Public Debate Association’s National Championship Tournament hosted by Boise State University. Both Hill and Volcheck advanced to the 9th round of competition in the tournament before being eliminated and the BPCC squad finished as the 3rd ranked community college at the tournament. During the IPDA’s annual season-long awards presentations on March 29, Jakob Volcheck was recognized as the 10th ranked debate in the novice division of debate (amongst all colleges and universities) and the BPCC squad was also recognized at the 3rd ranked community college for the 2014-2015 season.

Coach Alexander said the season and national tournament performance can be summed up with a single phrase: “each student is critical to this team’s success.”

In both the season-long awards and at the national championship tournament, rankings are assigned based on the number of victories debaters earn and teams can count points for up to their top 12 debaters at a given tournament.

“When it comes to the number of students traveled, we’ve been outgunned,“ says Alexander. “At the national championship tournament, the average number of competitors representing the other top 5 community colleges was 13, BPCC had 4; in the season long competition, there was a similar disparity as we traveled an average of 5 competitors per tournament. We continually asked these students to do more, and each of them responded to the challenge.”

SUCCESSFUL WOMEN SHARE INSPIRING VOICES AT BPCC WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM

Release date: April 6, 2015

In honor of Women’s History Month, Bossier Parish Community College’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations, in collaboration with the Library and Multicultural Affairs Advisory Committee, recently held its annual 2015 Women’s History Month event with a panel discussion of the Women’s Week theme: “The Weaving of Women’s Rights through Women’s Voices”.

“The panelists reflected on the inclusion of women’s voices in each of these pivotal turning points in the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, and Higher Education Act,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, Coordinator of Diversity and Multicultural Relations.

Dr. Frances S. Conley, instructor in the Division of Liberal Arts, was the keynote speaker and the presentation featured Samantha Trapps, a local student at BPCC and entrepreneur of Without Christ I Am Nothing His Remnant Movement (WCIAN) outreach ministry.

The Women’s History Month long celebration became the law in 1987 across the country with the U.S. Congress’s declaration of March as National Women’s History Month in permanency. A special Presidential Proclamation has been issued annually to recognize the achievements of diverse women. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Bossier Parish Community College is spotlighting some of these amazing trailblazers.

BPCC OFFERS MEDICAL CODERS ICD-10-CM BOOT CAMP THIS MONTH THROUGH ITS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION DIVISION

Release date: April 2, 2015

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education announce upcoming ICD-10-CM Boot Camp:

ICD-10-CM Boot Camp for Medical Coders
April 13-29 • 6:00-8:30 p.m. • Mon, Wed • $499

This course will be held in Building D on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

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

BPCC CAVALIER BASEBALL “GOES PINK” FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS – APRIL 7

Release date: April 2, 2015

The BPCC Cavalier baseball team will don pink jerseys in honor of breast cancer awareness for its game at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 against Mountain View College at BPCC’s ball field, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

All gate proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. All BPCC students, faculty and staff are admitted free with a BPCC ID.

"Bossier Parish Community College's motto of embracing, educating, and empowering shows through in every aspect of our College,” says Karen Recchia, Vice Chancellor of Student Services. “We embrace our students and community and educate them both in the classroom and by supporting community events. It's with this education that our students and community are then empowered to make a difference in their lives and the lives of those around them. BPCC Athletics plays a big role in our mission by participating in many community service activities throughout the year.”

Coach Aaron Vorachek echoes Recchia’s comments. “The BPCC Cavalier Baseball team is honored to be a part of promoting breast cancer awareness in conjunction with the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” says Vorachek. “All the players are looking forward to ‘PINK OUT BASEBALL’ and we hope the community will join us as we support this worthy cause.”

FALL 2015 MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION DATES ANNOUNCED AT BPCC

Release date: March 30, 2015

Audition dates for fall 2015 Music Scholarships have been scheduled for Saturday, April 18 and Saturday, May 16, 2015. Auditions will take place in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), Room 123 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Any student enrolling in Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Concert Band, or Jazz Ensemble are eligible for a music scholarship. Music scholarships are full-tuition scholarships that cover the cost of tuition and may be renewed for up to six semesters. Music scholarships do not cover fees or books. Students do not need to be music majors to receive a music scholarship or to enroll in the ensembles, but an audition is required to earn the music scholarship.

“Our Music scholarships are highly competitive,” says Dr. Michael D. Hart, Music Program Director. “The response from area students has been excellent to date, and there are a limited number of scholarships now available to be awarded for the fall 2015 term.”

Last year, the BPCC Music Program awarded more than 40 full-tuition music scholarships to area students. BPCC is the only public institution in the Shreveport/Bossier metropolitan area that offers the Associate of Arts Degree in Music. The courses in this program transfer to universities in North Louisiana.

To learn more about what to prepare for the audition or schedule a date and time for an audition, contact Dr. Hart at 318-678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC CAVALIER PLAYERS ANNOUNCE CHILDREN’S SHOW DATES

Release date: March 30, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce the next show in the ANECA-sponsored 2014-2015 season – Snow White. The show opens Friday, April 10 in The Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Snow White’s full performance schedule is set for 7:00 p.m. April 10 and 17 and at 2:00 p.m. April 11, 12, 18 and 19.

Everyone knows the story: a beautiful girl, Snow White, takes refuge in the forest in the house of seven dwarves to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. But, that is only where the fun begins in this whacky musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Storyteller Stephen Slaughter has provided us with his special twist complete with goofy characters, comic situations, colorful antics, and a couple of new characters that will make you laugh until your sides hurt.

Directing this year’s children’s show is none other than Laura Beeman Nugent, SLT Academy Artistic Director, local high school theatre teacher, and Dance for the Stage instructor for BPCC. David White is the scene designer, Keith Bruce is the lighting designer, Lari Leber will design costumes, and Chloe Lawrence will stage manage.

The cast of this fairy tale is Taylor Green as Snow White; Cody Allums as the Huntsman; Tova Volcheck as the Queen; Connor Benedict as the King/Prince; Denise Dalton as Viletta/Hag; Lari Leber as Hump; and Tristan Moss as Mirror. The Dwarves are played by John Medlin, Jay Allen, Shaquille Jefferson, Nathan Coleman, Timothy Monide, Dalton Witte, and Alanna Seidleman; and the Villagers are played by Hannah Morris, Jakob Volcheck, Dalton Witte, and Timothy Monide.

“Our Snow White is a modern spin on the classic fairytale,” says Nugent. “We see dwarfs that aren't so small, queens that are both good and bad, a mirror who tells the truth, and a Huntsman that narrates the show every step of the way. Prepare to have a blast, sing along, and lose yourself in this modern world of Snow White.”

Tickets are $5 for children of all ages. For more information, contact the Box Office at 318-678-6021 or visit our website.

CLASSICAL GUITARIST DR. CAIN BUDDS TO PRESENT GUEST ARTIST SERIES PERFORMANCE AT BPCC

Release date: March 30, 2015

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Guest Artist Recital featuring classical guitarist Dr. Cain Budds at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The recital is free and open to the public.

Budds’ repertoire for the evening’s recital are selections by composers Gaspar Sanz, Johan Mertz, Agustin Barrios, J. S. Bach, Emilio Pujol, Leo Brouwer, Santiago de Murcia, and Isaac Albéniz.

Currently serving as assistant professor of guitar at Louisiana Tech University, he received the doctor of musical arts degree in classical guitar performance at Arizona State University where he was a student of Frank Koonce. While in residence there, Budds served as a teaching assistant and faculty associate in the internationally-recognized classical guitar program. In addition to his teaching duties, he assisted in the editing of the new performing edition: Johann Sebastian Bach: The Solo Lute Works, by Professor Koonce which was recently published by Neil A. Kjos company in San Diego.

He received his bachelor and master's degrees from Illinois State University where he studied with noted performer and teacher Dr. Angelo Davis. Budds also studied guitar with Professor Manley Mallard III at Milliken University as well as with Dr. Douglas Rubio of the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam.

He has held several additional teaching positions including North Valley School of the Arts in Scottsdale and Southwestern College in Phoenix and has also served as a member of the music faculty at Glendale Community College from 1998-2000. Budds has performed numerous recitals in the U.S. and Mexico and in Master Classes with outstanding performers including Eliot Fisk, Flavor Cache, Paul Henry, William Kanengiser, Margarita Escarpa, Kevin Gallagher, Stephen Robinson, Javier Garcia-Moreno, and Pepe Romero. His research project for the doctor of musical arts degree is titled Nikita Koshkin: Insights into Compositional Process and Style.

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

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS COMPETE IN STATE-WIDE SINGERS COMPETITION

Release date: March 23, 2015

Singers from Bossier Parish Community College competed in the annual NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) State Chapter student competition recently at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA.

More than 140 singers from both universities and community colleges were scheduled to compete; however, BPCC was the only community college represented.

BPCC students Michelle Moline and Amanda Charles placed in their divisions. Moline placed second in her division and Charles placed third in her division. Student Alanna Seidelman scored high enough to place in her division, but missed the final round due to the large number participating in her division.

Other BPCC students who competed in the competition were LaFaith Williams and Lacey Young. All five women are music majors at BPCC and voice students of Janice Aiken and Adam Philley. Ruben Reyes served as accompanist for the singers at the competition.

Music scholarships are offered at BPCC and all of those students attending the 2015 NATS competition are music scholarship recipients in the BPCC music program.

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

Comprehensive, Nationwide Search Yields Four Finalists for Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Position

Release date: March 10, 2015

After a comprehensive and nationwide search, the applicant pool for the next chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) has been narrowed to four finalists. The finalists are, in alphabetical order, Dr. Douglas “Rick” Bateman, Dr. Barbara Jones, Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib and Dr. Kimberly A. Russell. An open and competitive chancellor search began late last year and the application process produced a very deep and talented group of qualified applicants.

“In December, our board set out to find a chancellor who would be the best fit for BPCC, and I believe we have identified a tremendous group of diverse, experienced and respected educational and workforce leaders,” said Tim Hardy, chair of the search committee and first vice chair of the LCTCS Board of Supervisors. "I encourage the entire Shreveport-Bossier community to engage in the campus forums.”

Each finalist will interview with the Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Search Committee on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The finalists will also participate in a series of public forums. Community members are encouraged to attend the public forums which will take place at: BPCC, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA 71111.

In addition to the public forums, each candidate will interview privately with Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Monty Sullivan.

Dr. Douglas “Rick” Bateman
Dr. Douglas “Rick” Bateman currently serves as the Interim Director of Northwest Louisiana Technical College and Interim Chancellor at Bossier Parish Community College, LA. Previously, Dr. Bateman was the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success at SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles, LA. Dr. Bateman earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, TX, a Master of Religious Education from Loyola University New Orleans, LA and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California at Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Barbara Jones
Dr. Barbara Jones serves as President of South Arkansas Community College, AK. Previously, Dr. Jones served as the dean of instruction at Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe, LA. Dr. Jones earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction with Specialty in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE., a Master of Health and Science from Louisiana State University Health Science Center-Shreveport, LA and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from University of Louisiana-Monroe, LA.

Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib
Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib serves as the Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development and Technical Education at Delgado Community College, LA. Previously, Dr. Littleton-Steib served as the Executive Dean of the West Bank Campus at Delgado Community College, LA. Dr. Littleton-Steib earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Higher Education Administration from Jackson State University, MS a Master of Arts in Post-Secondary Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from Xavier University of New Orleans, LA.

Dr. Kimberly A. Russell
Dr. Kimberly A. Russell serves as Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs and Executive Director of the Tyler Junior College Foundation at Tyler Junior College, TX. Previously, Dr. Russell served as the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at LeTourneau University, TX. Dr. Russell earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration with a minor in Economics and a Master of Arts in English from the University of North Texas, Denton, TX and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Business from the University of Texas at Tyler, TX.

The public is invited to attend any of the community forums on Tuesday, March 17 on the BPCC Campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Each candidate’s community forum locations are listed below:

Candidate Location Time
Dr. Barbara Jones Building F-Room 203 8:30-9:00 a.m.
Dr. Douglas “Rick” Bateman Building F-Room 203 9:15-9:45 a.m.
Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib Building F-Room 203 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Dr. Kimberly Russell Building F-Room 203 10:45-11:15 a.m.

BPCC’S ANNOUNCES ITS PRODUCTION OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY

Release date: March 9, 2015

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce the next show in the ANECA-sponsored season. Nicholas Nickleby, adapted by Tim Kelly, is based on the Charles Dickens’ novel.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, and at 2:00 p.m. March 22 and 29 in the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts and professor of Theatre, will direct this whirlwind of Dickensian characters and situations. Here, the essence of Charles Dickens’ most theatrical novel, Nicholas Nickleby, is presented with a parade of colorful characters. Of course, at the center of this “life and adventure” is the young man, Nicholas, who is finding his way to manhood and adult responsibility by a challenging and arduous journey. Nicholas Nickleby presents a delightful blend of comedy, mystery, and melodrama.

In addition to Dr. Crawford directing, Johnathon Offutt is the set designer, Rona Leber is the costume designer, Keith Bruce is the lighting designer, and Cody Allums is the stage manager.

The principle cast members are Jesse Kortus as Nicholas Nickleby, Kate Gilbert as Mrs. Nickleby, Adam Philley as Ralph Nickleby, Madeline Hiers as Kate Nickleby, Jacob Mook as Wackford Squeers, Luke Digilormo as Smike, and Denise Dalton as Mrs. Squeers/Miss Knag. Other cast members include Amelia Osborn, John Medlin, Hannah Monette, Tova Volcheck, Jay Allen, Jamie Johnstone, Taylor Green, Austin Jennings, Elise Viers, Lari Leber, Jarios Courtney, Lauren Rogers, Shaquille Jefferson, Ashanti Colonel, Tristian Moss, Callie Chancelor, Connor Snow, and Whitney Martin.

“The show offers 60 characters for our cast of 25 – an exciting range of possibilities for our students,” says Crawford.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 318-678-6021.

BPCC WILL BE OPEN TO PUBLIC FOR SPRING FLING PREVIEW DAY 2015 SATURDAY, MARCH 14

Release date: March 9, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College will hold Spring Fling Preview Day 2015 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

Spring Fling Preview Day 2015 will allow visitors to tour campus, meet faculty members, discover degrees offered, preview the admissions process, learn about scholarships and financial aid, and enjoy FREE food and family fun activities.

“This is our OPEN HOUSE for the community,” says Angela Herren, BPCC’s Director of Recruiting. “All buildings on campus will be open for prospective students and families to see classrooms, to talk to faculty and staff, and to get a glimpse of what makes BPCC one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation! “

BPCC faculty, staff, and student organizations will be on-hand to welcome those interested in learning more about the College.

For more information on Saturday’s Spring Fling Preview Day, contact BPCC’s Recruiting Office at 318-678-6033.

LADY CAVS BASKETBALL TEAM WINS FIRST ROUND OF REGION 14 PLAYOFFS IN OVERTIME

Release date: March 5, 2015

The Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavs basketball team won the first round of the Region 14 playoffs last night in OT (89-78) against #3 seed Blinn College.

The Lady Cavs will advance to the next game scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 6 against Tyler Junior College. The game is at the Jacksonville ISD gym - 811 Farnsworth St, Jacksonville, TX.

For more information, contact Coach John Rennie at 318-458-4407.

BPCC FOUNDATION HOLDS ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP RECEPTION

Release date: February 23, 2015

On February 19 community leaders, donors, alumni, and friends attended BPCC Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Reception to celebrate the true access mission at Bossier Parish Community College. Hosted by corporate partner, Gibsland Bank and Trust, BPCC Foundation President John Hubbard and BPCC Interim Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman recognized student recipients and donors who underwrite more than 32 scholarship funds, including four endowments.

New corporate scholarship partners recognized were Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Chase Bank, Red Ball Oxygen, and BHP Billiton, along with the family of BPCC’s first chancellor, the late Dr. Douglas Peterson, who established an endowment in his honor. Awards were presented to students representing a broad spectrum of studies including: Science, Nursing and Allied Health; Business; Communications Media and Performing Arts; Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; and Liberal Arts.

This year, the Foundation awarded 112 scholarships totaling $93,992 for a grand total of almost $500,000 in cumulative awards.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM SCHEDULES SPRING CHOIR POPS CONCERT

Release date: February 19, 2015

Cancelled

The BPCC Choirs will present their Spring Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

The Concert Choir, accompanied by Dr. Dan Gibbs, and the Chamber Singers, accompanied by Ruben Reyes, will take the stage to perform popular selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages. Both ensembles are under the direction of William Bond and will perform as one ensemble for this Pops Concert.

The concert will include a medley of selections from Les Miserables including “At the End of the Day”, “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Castle On a Cloud”, ”Do You Hear the People Sing?”, and “Bring Him Home”; and a medley of Beatles hits including “Day Tripper”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “Let It Be”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, and “Hey Jude” to name but a few. The evening’s performance will also include soloists featured on various medley selections.

The inaugural BPCC Music Program Pops Concert series started in 2012 when the Concert Winds and Concert Choir shared the stage for an evening of light and popular music. Since then, the ensembles have traded performances in the fall and spring.

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 2015 term will be held in 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, contact Dr. Hart at 318-678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS CELEBRATE CULTURE

Release date: February 18, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College begins its Black History Month celebration with numerous events dedicated to commemorating, celebrating, and promoting diversity in the context of the African diaspora. BPCC’s Coordinator of Diversity and Multicultural Relations Dr. Cindy Darby invites everyone to this year’s events.

“A Century of Black Life, History and Culture,” this year’s Black History Month theme, highlights numerous events, including the National African American Read-In, Community Conversations with Law Enforcement, and Lift Every Voice Gospel Benefit Concert.

Here are more details for each event:

BPCC’S NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN
Feb. 24 (Tuesday) - 11:30 a.m. Library/TRC (Building A), 2nd Floor

Join the national initiative designed to celebrate Black History Month and encourage reading excerpts from African-American authors and poets of your choice. The participants on campus are welcome to bring their own or read passages from a book provided by the library relevant to Black History Month. This event is sponsored nationally by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and endorsed by the International Reading Association.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN DIVERSE COMMUNITIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
March 18, 2:30 p.m. Bldg. D, Rm. 210

Richard Broom-McGee, patrol and S.W.A.T. commander with Bossier City Police Department, and colleagues will discuss the thoughts, tactics of law enforcement officers, and best practices to develop sustainable relationships between diverse community stakeholders and law enforcement.

BPCC’S GOSPEL CHOIR “LIFT EVERY VOICE” BENEFIT CONCERT
March 26, 2:30. Bldg. F, Rm. 203.

Capping off BPCC’s Black History Month will be the Gospel Choir’s Benefit Concert benefiting Cross the Finish Line for Caroline and the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation. Donations will be accepted at the door to help fund research on Loeys-Dietz syndrome, a genetic disorder. The BPCC Gospel Choir is under the direction of Mr. Leeonnas Richardson.

For more information on the events, contact Dr. Darby at 318-678-6111.

BPCC’S OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND MULTICULTURAL RELATIONS HOSTS “GO RED FOR WOMEN” HEALTH AWARENESS EVENT

Release date: February 6, 2015

BPCC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations, in collaboration with the Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health, sponsored “Go Red for Women” CPR training for students, faculty and staff. BPCC’s EMT instructor Jeff Anderson was as guest speaker and presenter.

Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator or Diversity and Multicultural Relations at BPCC, states that according to the American Heart Association, “cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in women; however, it is 80% preventable.”

The training was held on February 6 as a health awareness event for the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day. Faculty, staff, and students wore red today in support of the Go Red for Women campaign to bring attention to heart disease.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM’S SPRING GUEST ARTIST SERIES TO OPEN

Release date: January 25, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College Music Program will host its first Guest Artist Series of the spring semester with a performance by the Black Bayou Brass at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Black Bayou Brass has been a faculty ensemble in residence at the University of Louisiana at Monroe since 1971. Its current members are Dr. Aaron Witek, trumpet; Dr. James Boldin, horn; and Dr. James Layfield, trombone. An experienced and versatile professional ensemble, Black Bayou Brass regularly performs at ULM, throughout the northeast Louisiana community, and at numerous venues outside the state. Recent performances include the 2014 International Women’s Brass Conference, the 2013 Louisiana Music Educators Association State Conference, the 2012 National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference, and a series of performances and master classes in Thailand.

Its members are dedicated to performing, promoting, and creating new literature for brass trio, as well as playing original repertoire and transcriptions from the 16th century to the present. Devoted to encouraging and promoting music education, Black Bayou Brass performs a number of educational concerts each year at schools throughout Louisiana and the surrounding states, and offers master classes, private lessons, and ensemble coaching for all levels.

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

BPCC’S OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND MULTICULTURAL RELATIONS TO HOLD STALKING AWARENESS EVENT AS PART OF NATIONAL STALKING AWARENESS MONTH

Release date: January 25, 2015

As a part of January’s National Stalking Awareness Month, BPCC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations will welcome Norma L. Whitaker, clinical certified domestic violence counselor and director of You Are Not Alone Counseling Services in Shreveport, to campus at 11:00 am on Thursday, January 29 to discuss the topic: “Stalking on College Campuses.” The discussion will be held in Building G, Room 321 on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 5 females and 1 in 14 males between the ages of 11 and 17 were the victims of stalking. The U.S. Department of Justice also states people ages 18-24 years of age experience the highest incidence of stalking.

“Stalking is a serious, but often overlooked crime in all 50 states that is punishable by law,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, coordinator of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations.

The 2015 awareness campaign is being co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations, Multicultural Affairs Advisory Committee, and Division of Liberal Arts.

To learn more about stalking awareness contact Project Celebration, Inc.’s 24-hour telephone crisis line at 318-227-7900.

BPCC’S DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION AND PERFORMING ARTS AND THE CAVALIER PLAYERS ANNOUNCE AUDITIONS FOR THE SPRING FESTIVAL OF ONE-ACT PLAYS

Release date: January 22, 2015

BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players has set auditions for the 2015 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2015 at the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

There are nine short plays, showcasing the work of nine student directors: Richard Boudoin, Jarious Courtney, Taylor Green, Shaquille Jefferson, Jamie Johnstone, Elizabeth Jones, John Medlin, Allison-Rebekah Miller, and Timothy Monroe. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will round out the theatre program’s fifteenth season of student-directed work.

Roles are available for males and females, aged 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 dress comfortably and be prepared to be creative and have a good time. Reading selections will be provided at the audition.

The performance of the nine plays will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28th. Generally, the one-act festival may contain mature subject matter and/or language and may not be suitable for children.

For more information or for directions to the theatre, contact call 318-678-6021.

BPCC CONTINUES TO BE AMONG FASTEST GROWING COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN NATION

Release date: January 20, 2015

Community College Week recently released its 2014 top community college rankings and Bossier Parish Community College is the only Louisiana community college ranked in the top 50 fastest growing community colleges in the nation with enrollments 5,000-9,999. BPCC ranked 11th on the list of top 50, and of those eleven, the College was one of only two community colleges ranked from the South. The rankings, published annually, are based on growth between Fall 2012 and Fall 2013. The college achieved an all-time record enrollment of 8,695 this past fall (2014), an indication the college's rapid growth is not slowing down.

“Since 2008, we have grown by more than 4,000 students,” said Interim Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “No other college in the state can claim such an amazing increase in productivity; however, we have yet to satisfy the needs of this regional economy. Even in this tough economic climate, we will continue develop innovative ways to provide students with unparalleled paths to opportunity and give our employers a talent-based competitive advantage.”

BPCC has continued to create programs aligned with the needs of employers and employment opportunities in the regional economy. The College has accomplished this while being the lowest funded college in the state according to the Board of Regents funding formula for higher education. The formula is based in part on performance and is designed to create incentives for colleges to respond to market forces. BPCC is currently funded at 39% of the funding formula, by far the lowest in the state. The median implementation rate is 54.51%.

BPCC Past 7 Fall Enrollment numbers

2008 4665
2009 5430
2010 6473
2011 7077
2012 7917
2013 8512
2014 8695

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LOUISIANA COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM (LCTCS) PRESIDENT TO SPEAK AT BPCC TODAY

Release date: January 20, 2015

Dr. Monty Sullivan, president of Louisiana’s community and technical college system, will be on the campus of Bossier Parish Community College today to speak to faculty and staff regarding topics such as LCTCS’ 2020 Plan and the upcoming legislative session. He will also update the faculty and staff on the BPCC Chancellor Search and timeline.

Date: TODAY, Tuesday, January 20

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: BPCC Performing Arts Theater – Building C
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 E. Texas Street
Bossier City, LA

AUDITIONS SET FOR BPCC’S PRODUCTION OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY

Release date: January 7, 2015

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce the auditions for the next show in their ANECA-sponsored season, Nicholas Nickleby. Adapted by Tim Kelly, Nicholas Nickleby is based on the Charles Dickens novel.

Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21 and Thursday, January 22 in the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus at 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City, LA.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts and professor of theatre, will direct this whirlwind of Dickensian characters and situations. The essence of Charles Dickens’ most theatrical novel, Nicholas Nickleby, is paraded with colorful characters. Of course, at the center of this “life and adventure” is the young man, Nicholas, finding his way to manhood and adult responsibility by a challenging and arduous journey. Nicholas Nickleby presents a delightful blend of comedy, mystery, and melodrama.

There are plenty of roles available with more than 40 characters to be cast. Those wishing to audition should come prepared to read from the script. BPCC theatre students are required to present a 30 second monologue; however, no advanced monologues are required of other students or community members auditioning. Also, those auditioning should dress comfortably.

Show dates for Nicholas Nickleby will be at 7:30 p.m. March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, and at 2:00 p.m. March 22 and 29.

For more information, call Mary Lyle-Mitchell at 318-678-6021.

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES ITS GRADUATES
FOR THE FALL 2014 SEMESTER

Release date: January 7, 2015

Fall 2012 graduation was held at Bossier Parish Community College on December 12, 2014 in the College’s Health and Physical Education Complex.

Commencement speaker for the College’s 68th graduation ceremonies was Dr. Jim Henderson, Chancellor.

The College is also pleased to announce students’ names on the Chancellor’s list and the Dean’s list for the 2014 fall semester.

BPCC OFFERS PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE PRE-LICENSING COURSE THROUGH ITS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION DIVISION

Release date: January 6, 2015

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education will offer a non-credit property and casualty insurance pre-licensing course from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm on Friday/Saturday, January 9, 10, 16 and 17, 2015.

This course is designed to prepare individuals for the property and casualty exam and provide a good education for a career in insurance. Topics include sales, basic terminology, concepts, the fundamentals of insurance law, and agent’s responsibility. Course cost is $279 and will include the textbook.

The course will be held in Building D on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. For more information or to register for this course, contact Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 318-678-6015.

BPCC TO HOLD ON-SITE REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2015

Release date: January 6, 2015

Bossier Parish Community College’s on-site registration for its spring 2015 term is set for Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Students can select classes from a variety of fall sessions.

Spring 2015 classes begin Friday, January 16, 2015.

Detailed information regarding applying, registration, tuition costs and deadlines can be found online or call the BPCC Admissions Office at (318) 678-6004.

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

  • Fall 2014 graduation class – largest FALL graduation in school’s history
  • Named to 2014 Military-Friendly Schools list – one of top 15% of schools to make list 3 consecutive years
  • Fall 2014 enrollment reached 8,600+ – highest in 47-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)
  • $1.4 million grant from AEP Foundation to launch its Credit Counts program

A new $22 million training facility for Benteler Steel/Tube of Germany’s--Louisiana opened in 2014. This facility also houses BPCC’s programs in manufacturing, oil and gas, engineering, energy and construction.

BPCC offers associate degrees in six academic divisions: Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs; 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.


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