South Florida Community College hosted its first Alumni Day, Thursday, Oct. 20. SFCC alumni were invited to attend a variety of events held at the SFCC Highlands Campus. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni watched the FASTeam (faculty, administrators, staff) take on the student Brain Bowl team during Battle of the Brains; viewed the SFCC MOFAC Exhibition Coming Home featuring works by five SFCC alumni art students; attended a ribbon cutting for the new intramural field; cheered on the Lady Panther Volleyball team during the Dig Pink game to raise breast cancer awareness; and looked to the skies during SFCC Professor Erik Christensen’s Star Party. Alumni Day was held to increase awareness of the new SFCC Alumni Association.
SFCC MOFAC hosted its first Third Thursday program of the season Coming Home on Oct. 20. Four of the featured SFCC alumni featured in the exhibition presented their work and gave their thoughts on what they learned at SFCC. Alumnus Max Gooding shows a variety of his watercolor paintings in the exhibition. “I’d always taken art classes, but I didn’t think I’d ever do anything with them. My time at SFCC gave me the opportunity to travel to new places and expand my skills.” Currently, Gooding is a landscape architecture major at the University of Florida.
- SFCC alumna Whitney Broadaway shows two of her woodcut etchings. “A piece of advice I would give to current SFCC art students is to be self-starters. You don’t have to wait until you graduate to show your work; begin your professional career now by showing what you create inside and outside of class.” Broadaway works as a book conservator and teaches a printmaking class at the Maitland Art Center in Maitland, Fla.
While most of SFCC alumna Laura Wolfe’s works featured in the exhibition are digital paintings, her proudest work is her sculpture Afraid of the Full Moon. “SFCC was a stepping stone for me. If I had gone to art school straight out of high school, I know I wouldn’t have succeeded. My classes and teachers taught me which aspects of creating art were important to focus on and which I needed to let go of.” Wolfe currently attends the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla.
Alumna Caroline Colby uses mixed media to create her 2D and 3D art. Her piece “Those Who Mourn Will Be Comforted” was created using fabric, a burlap bag, and dirt. “The art classes I took at SFCC taught me the basic foundations in creating art and how to express myself and move past my fears.” Colby is an art major at Florida International University.
South Florida Community College’s FASTeam (faculty, administrators, staff) reclaimed the Dr. W. Aubrey Gardener Battle of the Brains Cup in a friendly competition with student Brain Bowl team members on Oct. 20 in Building B. Dr. Norm Stephens, Cheryl Little, Dr. Marcy Everest, and Dr. Mike McLeod became the Battle of the Brains champions by correctly answering brainteasers about mathematics, science, literature, and history.
The Student Government Association (SGA) of South Florida Community College (SFCC) hosted an Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting for SFCC’s new Intramural Fields on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the SFCC Highlands Campus. Special guests (from left), Lynne Hood, Cheryl Arpasi, Dr. Leana Revell, Dr. Norm Stephens, Jeremy Aguilar, Rito Melendez, Mariah Meloche, Kia Rahmanian, Keiaria Williams, Trenton Haralson, and Glenn Little were honored for their contributions to the creation of the intramural fields.
Dr. Norm Stephens threw the first pass on the new intramural fields to kick off the intramural football season.
SFCC Lady Panther Volleyball held a Dig Pink rally during its game Oct. 20 game against Florida Christian College. The players wore special pink shirts and held a raffle to raise money for breast cancer awareness. “The Dig Pink Initiative is something very special to all of us,” said Lady Panther Caitlin Carlander. “We hope it will get everyone more involved in the fight against breast cancer.” The fundraiser will continue until the team reaches its goal of $1500. Donations can be made by visiting http://www.side-out.org/application/ous/fundraising_page/45412 or clicking on the link located on the SFCC Lady Panther Volleyball webpage.
SFCC Athletic Director Rick Hitt shows off the basket of pink goodies he won from the Dig Pink raffle held during the rally.