Amarillo College sets dates for open forums featuring presidential finalists

The two individuals who have been selected as finalists to become the next Amarillo College president are scheduled to attend 75-minute open forums during the week of April 15-19 in Ordway Hall on AC’s Washington Street Campus.

The open forum featuring Dr. Laura Boyer will be from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

AC theatre presents musical inspired by America’s first women soldiers

A patriotic musical about America’s first female soldiers – The Hello Girls – the unsung bilingual women who operated telephones and helped turn the tide of World War I – will cap Amarillo College’s Theatre Arts Program season.

The Hello Girls will enjoy a six-day run over a couple of weeks at the Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street Campus. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on April 26-27 and May 2-4, and the run will be capped with a matinee beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.

Noted expert on talent & leadership to share expertise at Amarillo College

Abhijit Bhaduri, bestselling author of Career 3.0 and noted management consultant who has led HR teams at Microsoft, Pepsi, Colgate and Tata Steel, will share his insights with students about careers and the future of work on Wednesday, April 24 at Amarillo College.

Bhaduri’s talk, which is titled “Career and the Future of Work,” will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. at Ordway Hall, which is located at the corner of Washington Street and SW 22nd Avenue.

Class Act: Ernie Sheets loves seeing students nail down fulfilling careers

The first students to complete the Construction Technology Program that Ernie Sheets launched a couple years ago at Amarillo College will cross the stage at Spring Commencement, and their mentor’s emotions will be running high.

“Sometimes I get a little teary-eyed just thinking about it,” said Sheets, who at AC coordinates construction technology and additionally serves as chairman for all the manufacturing programs. “Those students have become things they didn’t realize they could be,” – carpenters, cabinet makers, a plumber, and more.

Regents announce two finalists in Amarillo College president search

The Amarillo College Board of Regents on Wednesday, April 3 voted unanimously in naming two finalists for the position of president.

The finalists are Dr. Andrew Bowne, who served as president and CEO of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., 2020-2024; and Dr. Laura Boyer, currently vice president for academic success at Northeast Lakeview College in San Antonio’s Alamo Community College District.

AC will host 400 high school students for a creative arts conference

A collaborative tradition of faculty- and artisan-led workshops aimed at inspiring the next generation of artists returns Friday, April 19 to Amarillo College, where 400 high school students will gather for the IGNITE High School Creative Arts Conference.

For the fourth time since 2019 (twice the event fell victim to the pandemic) Amarillo College and the Texas Panhandle Art Education Association will co-present IGNITE, from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on AC’s Washington Street Campus.

Women to take part in exploration of technical careers at East Campus

Dozens of women who want to learn about technical-career opportunities long associated with the male gender will get that chance on Thursday, April 18 when Amarillo College hosts “Women in Industry” on the East Campus.

The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and participants will engage in intensive career exploration (specifically, from 10:50 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.) relevant to pursuit of technical careers.

Art Force Piano Series for 2023-24 concludes with Journey to the East

Before the sun sets on Amarillo College’s 2023-24 Art Force Piano Series, concertgoers will be transported on a harmonious Journey to the East.

The fourth and final installment of the Piano Series features the accomplished husband-wife duo of Dr. Alex Lee (violin/viola) and Dr. Sophie Hung (piano), both of whom serve on the faculty at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU).

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.

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