Amarillo College wins 7 prestigious national advertising awards - 6 Gold

Amarillo College is pleased to announce that its Communications and Marketing Department parlayed its “Success is Timeless” promo campaign into some significant recognition at the 39th Annual Education Advertising Awards.

An elite national organization known for recognizing excellence in higher education advertising, the Education Advertising Awards (EduAwards) presented seven total accolades to Amarillo College. Six of the laurels are at the highest Gold level, and four of those are directly related to the “Success is Timeless” campaign.

Phillip Periman’s photographs of Paris to comprise exhibit at AC

Amarillo native Phillip Periman has been exploring photography “compulsively” since 1989 and says his subject matter includes everything he sees: people, landscapes, street scenes, and whatever else shows up in front of his lens.

Those stellar photographs then tend to show up in collections far and wide – from the Amarillo Museum of Art to the Denver Art Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, and numerous private collections.

AC’s Creative Mind Lecture features renowned author George Saunders

A renowned and highly decorated Amarillo-born author whose short stories regularly appear in The New Yorker, GQ, and Harper’s Magazine, will headline the 2024 Amarillo College Creative Mind Lecture Series on April 4th.

George Saunders, whose body of work has propelled him to such lofty laurels as a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Man Booker Prize and, most recently, the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, returns to his roots to headline one of the College’s most popular perennial events.

AC Dean Edie Carter presented with Junior League Glass Breakers Award

Edie Carter, dean of STEM and Academic Success at Amarillo College, received special recognition on March 4 during the Junior League of Amarillo Women’s Leadership Conference at the Amarillo Civic Center.

Carter received the Junior League’s 2024 Glass Breaker Award for Outstanding Women in STEM, a laurel given “for remarkable achievements and unwavering dedication to breaking barriers in your respective field, which is truly inspiring.”

Dual credit students at AC qualify for state in machine programming events

Six Amarillo College dual credit students who currently attend AmTech Career Academy have qualified for state competition in computer numerical control (CNC) machining events.

The qualifiers earned the right to compete at the state level based on the excellent results they achieved while competing at the SkillsUSA District 3 Leadership & Skills Conference at South Plains College in February.

Presidential Scholars to explore lush Costa Rican jungles on Spring Break

Lush rainforests, canals brimming with wildlife, geothermal hot springs, and spectacular waterfalls await 15 Amarillo College Presidential Scholars who will explore the biodiversity of Costa Rica over spring break.

The nine-day sojourn, during which students will study sustainable living in a wildlife-laden environment, begins March 9 and fulfills the promise of unique travel-abroad learning opportunities afforded AC’s Presidential Scholars.

Texas Mutual presents $100,000 grant to support AC’s safety training efforts

Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a $100,000 grant to Amarillo College (AC) to continue funding AC’s Safety and Environmental Technology program, which provides workplace safety and health courses for community employers, employees and the general public.

This is the ninth consecutive year that Texas Mutual, the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, has given a $100,000 grant to the college to support its risk management program.

Cantata composed by Nathan Fryml to be performed by Amarillo Symphony

The Amarillo Symphony’s season-long centennial celebration continues Feb. 23-24 not only with Gustav Mahler’s soulful Fifth Symphony, but with an exciting new composition by Dr. Nathan Fryml of the Amarillo College music faculty.

Fryml, an associate professor of music who serves as director of choral activities at AC and also as director of the Amarillo Master Chorale, was commissioned by the Symphony to compose a piece for the centennial season. The result is Novae Laudis, a cantata of just over 15 minutes in duration, a euphonious blending of the Symphony and the Master Chorale.

STEM majors to network with local employers at Employability Forum

Selected STEM majors at Amarillo College will have a chance to enhance their prospects for summer internships when they network with a number of local employers at AC’s inaugural Employability Forum.

The event, which is being piloted under the auspices of the College’s Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) STEM Grant, will transpire from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, March 1 at AC’s Innovation Outpost, 1220 S. Polk St.

Class Act: Steve Malley, firefighting guru possessed of a servant’s heart

Over the course of a multi-faceted 43-year career as a first responder and public-safety educator, Stephen Malley seems to have checked off every major item on his professional bucket list save one – the one that drew him to Amarillo College.

Malley, who since 2021 has served as coordinator of AC’s Fire Protection Technology program, will cross that last item off his list sometime this summer, when AC opens its new and long-awaited First Responders Academy.

Nine students selected by AC music faculty to perform in Honors Recital

Nine particularly accomplished student musicians have been selected by the music faculty at Amarillo College to showcase their talents in this year’s Student Honors Recital at AC.

The recital, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the Concert Hall Theater on the Washington Street Campus.

AC Theatre to stage Lillian Hellman’s acclaimed drama The Little Foxes

The ruthless schemes of a dysfunctional family emboldened by greed are laid bare in Lillian Hellman’s acclaimed play The Little Foxes, which the Amarillo College Theatre Arts Program will present four times later this month.

AC students will perform The Little Foxes Feb. 22-25 at the Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street Campus. The three-act play will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-24, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Art Force Piano Series continues as AC musicians present ‘Jam with Love’

The accomplished and steadfast Amarillo College music faculty will be collectively channeling the spirit of Valentine’s Day when the 2023-2024 Art Force Piano Series resumes at Amarillo College.

The third installment of the Piano Series is titled “Jam with Love,” and it will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 by a cavalcade of AC faculty and other special musical guests from the College’s family of musicians.

AC esports program seeks more members, additional national titles

If you are a gamer at Amarillo College, Christopher George would like to make your acquaintance, but please move to the front of the line if you have a special knack for deploying palm-released biotic orbs.

Virtually, of course.

George is director of AC Badger Esports, and he invites AC students of all majors to participate in all levels of gaming – from casual to highly competitive – at AC’s state-of-the-art gaming center on the fourth floor of Parcells Hall. However, the most serious e-athletes are likely to be tasked with adding to the program’s trophy case, which presently boasts four national titles – three in Overwatch (a hotbed of biotic orbs) and one in Valorant.

Fall Dean’s List exceeds 900 students for the first time in school history

The number of students achieving academic success skyrocketed in 2023 at Amarillo College, where the Fall Dean’s List contains more than 900 names for the first time in school history.

The College is pleased to announce that a total of 907 full-time students achieved classroom success worthy of placing their names on the 2023 Fall Dean’s List, a tally that easily eclipsed the previous record high of 812 students who made the list in the Fall of 2022.

AC Police Department spread joy through its new Christmas initiative

Christmas was brighter than it might have been for more than 30 families from the Amarillo College workforce and student body thanks to a collaborative initiative spearheaded in December by the AC Police Department (ACPD).

The ACPD’s inaugural Christmas Initiative actually was twofold. First, AC employees provided gifts Angel-tree style for the children of fellow employees facing financial strain. In all, 52 kids in 27 families received Christmas presents from folks who work at the College. Recipient anonymity was entrusted to the Human Resources Department, which collaborated on the project.

AC Theatre Arts students wrap up a highly commendable Fall Semester

It was a highly commendable Fall Semester for students and faculty in the Theatre Arts program at Amarillo College.

The storied AC program presented two shows during the semester – a musical called The Mad Ones, and the play Summer and Smoke – and both received high praise and commendations from regional representatives of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

Unique collages are on display at College’s Southern Light Gallery

Aaron Hutchinson, a student of photography at Tarrant County College’s Northeast Campus in Hurst, Texas, is not shy about breaking the rules of photography to bring out his inner thoughts visually.

In fact, Hutchinson’s unique images are on display now through Feb. 1 at Amarillo College’s Southern Light Gallery in an exhibition that he’s literally titled “Breaking the Rules.”

Brushwood Acre Farms awards prizes to winners of design challenge at AC

Engineers enjoy conundrums, and that may go double for Daulton Norman, a mechanical engineering major at Amarillo College, who submitted not one, but two possible solutions in the Brushwood Acre Farms Design Challenge.

One of Noman’s concepts won first place in the competition, and Brushwood Acre Farms presented him with a modest cash prize that was matched by the College at an awards ceremony today on AC’s Washington Street Campus.

Student who overcame trials of youth to speak at AC’s Fall Commencement

When Rylee Moore enrolled at Amarillo College she had every intention of peeling away the veneer of her self-imposed obscurity, of stepping out of her reclusive “comfort zone.” It’s clear today that she definitely walked the walk.

The emancipating strides she employed, in fact, have proven to be intercontinentally momentous – every bit literally as figuratively.

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