2011 News Release Archives

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First Graduating Class of Nurses Pinning Ceremony at BPCC

Release date: Decmeber 15, 2011

The first graduating class of nurses at BPCC will receive their nursing pins during a ceremony at the College. Chancellor Jim Henderson will be the guest speaker for the event.

Participants:
Jim Henderson, Chancellor
Carolyn Burroughs, Dean, Science, Nursing & Allied Health
Sharon Turley, Nursing Program Director

Date/Time:
Thursday, December 15, 2011
6:00 p.m.

Location:
Performing Arts Theatre, Building C
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

BPCC Announces Firsts for Fall Graduation 2011

Release date: Decmeber 15, 2011

As the fastest growing community college in the state, Bossier Parish Community College is excited to announce many “FIRSTS” for fall 2012 graduation.

Among the “FIRSTS” for the College are:

  • “first” graduating class of nursing students (18 graduates)
  • “first” graduating class of occupational therapy assistant students (15 graduates)
  • “first” graduates in Certificate of Technical Studies in Senior Systems Managers (4 graduates)
  • “first” graduate in Technical Competency Area in Construction Readiness
  • "largest” FALL graduation in history of the College with 307 students graduating

Chancellor Jim Henderson attributes these successes to the ever-changing needs of the community. "At BPCC, we invest in innovative programs aligned with opportunities in our regional economy,” says Henderson. “The graduates of these new programs are well-prepared to fill critical workforce needs. We are proud of their accomplishment and eager to see the futures they create."

BPCC will hold two ceremonies for fall graduation on Friday, December 16, 2011:

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

The graduation ceremonies will be held in the Health and Physical Education Complex, BPCC, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

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

Guest speakers for the fifty-ninth commencement ceremonies are Dr. Virginia Short, retired Chief of Staff – Overton Brooks VA Medical Center (9:30 a.m. ceremony) and Jeffrey Anderson, BPCC Paramedic Program Director and Faculty Senate President (2:30 p.m. ceremony).

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN)
The program comes from the expressed demand from area hospitals and from the availability of potential students requesting the program and its purpose is to train Associate Degree Registered Nurses and move them into the workforce as quickly as possible.

Occupational Therapy Assistant
The practice of occupational therapy means the therapeutic use of everyday life activities - or “occupations” - with individuals or groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, work place, community, and other settings. BPCC did a feasibility study and learned there is a great need for the OTA program. OTAs are in high demand in this area. Twenty students will be accepted per year. The only other programs in the state of Louisiana are located in Monroe at ULM and in New Orleans at Delgado Community College.

Certificate of Technical Studies in Senior Systems Managers program provides students with the skills needed to manage an organization's network security needs, prepares individuals to function as entry level network security specialists, and includes instruction on technologies to keep network assets secure, conducting forensic analyses, encryption techniques, and organizational security management.

Technical Competency Area in Construction Readiness
Construction Readiness meets the requirements for applied math, graphics (blueprints), materials and construction methods which construction workers need for entry level positions. Program Director Linda Sonnier comments, “Workers with this essential knowledge will go to the head-of-the-line for entry level construction jobs. All of the basic skills required can be mastered in just four months.”

Multi-Craft Construction Training with National Certification Now Available at BPCC for Credit and Non-Credit

Release date: December 12, 2011

Train for a career in construction and earn national certification through Bossier Parish Community College’s new multi-craft construction training program.

BPCC’s Division of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics announces the establishment of a multi-craft construction craft training program for traditional college students OR for individuals interested in national certifications only. Students will be able to earn national certification as Construction Technologists in only nine months of training.

An informational meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2012 on BPCC’s campus (Building E, Room 145), 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City. This informational meeting will give attendees more information on the program as well as allow them to meet instructors. All attendees who attend the program will receive an NCCER hard hat to symbolize NCCER’s commitment to a safe workplace.

The nation’s leading provider of craft training programs, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), developed craft training which is exactly suited to the needs and demands of construction businesses looking for a skilled labor force.

“NCCER was founded by 125 construction CEOs, along with educators, and construction associations to fill the need for standardized industry training. When a craft worker is NCCER-certified, the company who is looking to hire will know exactly what skills this worker brings to the job,” said Linda Sonnier with BPCC’s Construction Programs.

There are no pre-requisites for the BPCC courses, and any student with a desire to learn construction crafts in a hands-on environment is welcomed to register. Some scholarship funds are available.

For additional information, visit the website at www.bpcc.edu/construction or contact a Construction Advisor at construction@bpcc.edu. After January 2, interested students may call 318-678-6524.

BPCC students participating in construction projects

BPCC students participating in construction projects

BPCC students participating in construction projects

BPCC students participating in construction projects.

First Graduating Class of Nurses to be Honored at BPCC

Release date: December 6, 2011

The first graduating class of nurses at BPCC will receive their nursing pins during a ceremony at the College. Chancellor Jim Henderson will be the guest speaker for the event.

Participants:
Jim Henderson, Chancellor
Carolyn Burroughs, Dean, Science, Nursing & Allied Health
Sharon Turley, Nursing Program Director

Date/Time:
Thursday, December 15, 2011
6:00 p.m.

Location:
Performing Arts Theatre, Building C
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

BPCC Awarded Prestigious Accreditations in Cyber Information Technology

Release date: December 1, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College will be honored at the 2012 Colloquium for Information Systems Education (CISSE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) for certification of BPCC Cyber Information Technology curriculum. The college will be recognized for meeting the requirements of CNSSI 4013, National Information Assurance Training Standard for System Administrators, and CNSSI 4014, National Information Assurance Standard for Information Systems Security Officers. The ceremony will take place in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, June 2012.

The Cyber Information Technology program already has received NSTISSI 4011, National Standard for information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, and CNSSI 4012, National Information Assurance Training Standard for Senior System Managers.

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

The faculty in the Cyber program are working toward achieving the two remaining certifications from CNSS: NSTISSI 4015 National Training Standard for System Certifiers and, CNSSI 4016, National Information Assurance Training Standard for Risk Analysts.

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BPCC Performing Arts Theater Wins Top Honors at State Theatre Festival in Lake Charles

Release date: November 30, 2011

EchoesThe Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program's productions of the psychological drama, Echoes, and the touching musical, The Spitfire Grill, were honored November 19 with awards at the Louisiana Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The four-day festival of theatre productions from colleges and universities across the state, hosted by McNeese State University, ended with an awards presentation in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre.

Both Echoes and Spitfire Grill won a top honor of "Respondent's Choice Award." This award indicates the official festival adjudicator's selection for excellence in theatrical production, and it qualifies both shows to be considered for presentation at the Region VI KCACTF Festival to be held in Norman, Oklahoma, in February 2012. Ray Scott Crawford, BPCC Professor, directed both productions, and Stephen W. Slaughter, BPCC Professor, produced the shows which were presented in Bossier City earlier this year, before presentation at the Festival last week.

Echoes received the "Directors' Choice Award," voted on by all of the directors of the participating shows at the festival. This award is reserved for the one play at the festival that best demonstrates excellence in all aspects of theatre production. The winning show is designated as the Louisiana festival directors' choice for inclusion in the regional KCACTF festival in February.

Spitfire GrillThe Spitfire Grill cast and crew also received the singular award for "Excellence in Load In/Load Out," which is presented to the school exhibiting the most professional execution of set up and take down of sets, lights, and props for a show in the festival.

BPCC Theatre faculty and staff received individual awards for theatre artistry: Keith Bruce, BPCC Telecommunications Coordinator, received the "Excellence in Lighting and Sound" award for his designs for Echoes. Rona Leber, BPCC Professor, was awarded the "Excellence in Costuming" award for The Spitfire Grill. David White, Performing Arts Technical Coordinator, received the "Excellence in Scenic Design" award for his design for Echoes. Ray Scott Crawford received the "Excellence in Directing" award for Echoes.

The BPCC cast members of the shows also received individual awards: For excellent acting, Jasey Gilbert, Matt Carroll, and Kim Webb all received Irene Ryan Nominations for their roles in The Spitfire Grill. Aubrey Brummett, Bradley Silman, and Alex Rogers also received Irene Ryan Nominations for their roles in Echoes. Kim Webb, Matt Carroll, and Jasey Gilbert were also chosen as KCACTF Music Theatre Initiative nominees. All of these students will now compete in Oklahoma in February against approximately 400 other students from Region VI for a chance to win the Irene Ryan National Scholarship and appear at the Kennedy Center at National Festival next April.

Jim Boyter, BPCC Performing Arts Manager, organized BPCC's participation in the Festival. David White, BPCC Technical Coordinator, coordinated back stage efforts for the production. Additional BPCC students and BPCC Theatre alumni attending as cast and crew for the shows were Blake Watkins, Lari Leber, Kevin Hippler, Dakota Johnson, Simon Crader, Jesse Kortus, Lin Rivers, Cody Allums, Bruce Wilson, Chelsea Hockaday, Sara Archer, Elise Birmingham, Scout Pittman, Jordan Mitchel, and Victoria Chavis.

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. Eight plays will be chosen from this six state area to perform at the Region VI festival in Norman, Oklahoma, February 21-25, 2012.

For information about the Theatre Program at BPCC, contact Jim Boyter at jboyter@bpcc.edu.

Christmas Music Faculty Concert Scheduled at BPCC

Release date: November 28, 2011

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Christmas Music Faculty Concert on Thursday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City. The performers for the evening's recital are Ms. Gulya Chandler and Mrs. Mary Cunningham, piano; Mr. William Bond, Jr., and Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, voice; Philip Wade, Classical Guitar; and Dr. Michael Hart, trumpet.

"This is the fourth year in which the BPCC Music Program has presented a faculty Christmas concert," states Dr. Michael Hart, Music Program Director. The evening's program will feature Christmas classics and popular holiday favorites that are known and loved by children of all ages. This Christmas Music Faculty Concert concludes the Fall 2011 Music Program Concert Series.

This recital is free and open to the public. For more information on this concert and the Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College, please call 318-678-6146 or email mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC and Encana Partnership Honored in Washington Ceremony

Release date: November 22, 2011

Nominated by Bossier Parish Community College officials for its continued support of the oil and gas programs at the College, Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. received the 2011 Volunteer for Business/Industry Campus Impact Award from the Council for Resource Development. Don McClure, Vice President, Government and Stakeholder Relations, accepted the award on behalf of Encana at the Campus Impact Awards ceremony in Washington, D. C. on November 11.

In 2009, BPCC partnered with Encana Corporation to create a new degree and certificate program in Oil and Gas Technology for North Louisiana. The new program was a response to the tremendous increase in job opportunities created by the exploration and production of natural gas in the Haynesville Shale by Encana and other oil and gas companies. The program prepares students for careers in the industry in occupations that require less than a four-year degree but more than a high school diploma, such as lease operators and measurement techs.

Encana serves on the Advisory Board of the O and G Technology program along with other industry representatives. Encana also funds scholarships for the program and provides guest speakers.

BPCC Program Director Linda Sonnier comments, "Encana's support for the Oil and Gas Production Technology program at the College has been significant in establishing the program and continues to enrich the opportunities for students."

Encana's investment with Bossier Parish Community College has strengthened the College's collaboration with employers, community, and workforce development efforts in the region. The two year degree is the only one of its kind in the region for oil and gas technician level training and certifications.

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson recently underscored the long-term value of this collaboration between Encana and the College: "These training programs will not only benefit the recipients, but also the communities they may one day serve. We want people to look at this region as being so rich in human talent that they want to be here or they want to grow here. It is an investment in the parish, and it is an investment to these individuals."

Doug Hock, Director of Public and Community Relations at Encana, explained that Encana has been using the same model that Washington recommended in developing local communities throughout the country. Once Encana determines where they will work, they strategically partner with local education entities to develop a skilled workforce.

The College believes Encana's early and generous investment at BPCC signaled to other investors the viability of the College's capacity to train skilled workers for the region. The Encana-BPCC partnership will help ensure the continued growth of the regional economy and provide citizens with access to education leading to quality careers.

BPCC and the Cavalier Players Announce the Fall Festival of One-Act Plays

Release date: November 10, 2011

Performances for the seven short one-act plays will be at 6:30 p.m. November 15 in BPCC's Performing Arts Theatre, located at 6220 E. Texas Street in Bossier City. Admission is free.

The Fall Festival will offer an evening of theatre and will mark the drama program's twelfth season of student-directed work. The collection of plays consists of comedies and dramatic works. The performances are rated PG-13 for content and language.

BPCC's Theatre Program is showcasing the work of six student directors: Dalton Brooks, Simon Crader, Gladys Jackson, Stefan Rambin, Bobby Washington, and Baryshnikov Chambers. Baryshnikov will receive the Associate of Arts in Theatre degree this December. The festival also features acting performances from BPCC's theatre students.

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

BPCC Associate Professor Receives Louisiana Association for Developmental Education's "Uncommon Professor" Award

Release date: November 10, 2011

Allison MartinBossier Parish Community College's Liberal Arts Associate Professor Allison Martin has been awarded the Louisiana Association for Developmental Education "Uncommon Professor" Award.

This award is presented to an individual who

  • Focuses on student needs/interests and sets appropriate goals to accommodate them
  • Demonstrates a passion for teaching and has exemplary teaching style
  • Engages students in their own learning and motivates them to learn
  • Establishes a positive rapport with students and colleagues
  • Seeks opportunities to engage in professional growth activities and share learning with colleagues

"Allison Martin is an exemplary faculty member whose dedication to student success and developmental education is evident in her outstanding instruction, progressive course design with technology, and commitment to high standards," says Liberal Arts Dean Holly French-Hart.

Martin has been a full-time faculty member at BPCC since 1999 and has taught Developmental English (ENGL 098 and ENGL 099), ENGL101 (Composition & Rhetoric I), ENGL 256 (Drama & Poetry), and Humanities (HMAN 201 and HMAN 202). She was instrumental in creating BPCC's new Developmental English course, ENGL 099 Fundamentals of Composition. Martin also designed that course online as a pilot project, and it was the first developmental course offered online for BPCC.

Martin holds a Master of Liberal Arts from LSUS and was a BPCC student prior to transferring for her baccalaureate.

BPCC SGA President Named APCA Regional Student Programmer of the Year

Release date: November 8, 2011

Sarah Bolton Bossier Parish Community College's 2011-2012 Student Government Association President Sarah Bolton was named the 2011 Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) South Central Regional Student Programmer of the Year. She received her award at the APCA Conference last week in Corpus Christi, TX. Sarah is now eligible for the National Student Programmer of the Year award that will be announced at the APCA Conference March 14-18, 2012 in Jacksonville, FL.

The Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities is a national campus activities organization that was founded in 1994 and services the needs of Campus Activities Programming Departments throughout the United States. APCA offers various online services, including artist tour schedules, a campus activities employment search engine, professional training and an exclusive members area providing various membership services.

BPCC's SGA represent all BPCC students by providing input into College policies and College management. SGA members, who are elected by the student body, serve as the voice of advocacy for all students on the BPCC campus.

For more information, contact Marjoree Harper at 318-678-6144.

BPCC Concert Choir to Present Fall Concert

Release date: November 7, 2011

The Concert Choir under the direction of Mr. William Bond, Jr., will present its Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 18 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the College campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City. This concert is free and open to the public.

The ensemble will perform A Tribute to G. F. Handel: Selections from 'Messiah,' one of the most beloved oratorios ever composed. "Handel's focus was always on the chorus in his oratorios," explains Mr. William Bond, the ensembles Director. "The 51 movement original work has been pared down to 13 of the chorus movements and selected movements featuring soloists," he continues.

As with the original, this tribute concludes with the Hallelujah! for chorus. Soloists for the evening include Morgan Woods, bass; Benjamin Jamison, tenor; Julianna Davis, Soprano; and Juyon Kim, Soprano. In addition to the tribute to Handel, selected ensembles among the choir will perform Christmas carols to ring in the holiday season. Assistant Professor of Music Gulya Chandler serves as the choir accompanist.

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

"In addition to the semester performances on campus each year, the Concert Choir will perform as part of the annual BPCC/Bossier City Christmas Show at the Bossier Civic Center on November 30 and December 1," states Dr. Michael Hart, Music Program Director.

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

BPCC Music Program to Present Fall Jazz Ensemble Concert

Release date: November 7, 2011

The BPCC Jazz Ensemble will present its Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17. The concert will take place in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the College campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City. The event is free and open to the public.

The concert will include a variety of jazz-related styles including swing, blues, ballads, and jazz standards. The Jazz Ensemble performance will include Billy Strayhorn's "Raincheck" arranged by Les Hooper; "One for Ernie" composed in honor of Ernie Wilkins, composer and arranger for the Count Basie big band; "Body and Soul" arranged by Dave Wolpe; "Category 4," an Afro-Cuban style rocker by Jeff Jarvis; "Rule the Roost" by Kris Berg; and Ira Gershwin's "I Can't Get Started" featuring William Vines on trumpet.

"The BPCC Jazz Ensemble has been very active in the community in recent semesters," states Dr. Michael Hart, the ensemble's director. "Our upcoming spring performances include appearances for the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux and the Black Tie or Not Ball to benefit the Shreveport Rescue Mission."

The BPCC Jazz Ensemble is comprised of both music and non-music majors. Many students in the ensemble have earned a full-tuition music scholarship. For more information about this free concert or music scholarships at BPCC, please contact the BPCC Music Program at 678-6146 or e-mail mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC Teams up with Make-a-Wish Foundation for 5-K Walk-a-Thon

Relase date: November 1, 2011

BPCC will host a 5k walk-a-thon to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana Chapters. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

When: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.; Saturday, November 12, 2011

Where: BPCC Campus, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA

Registration: $20 through Friday, November 11, 2011; same day registration $25

Info: 318-918-5010 or email joyce.winslow@hotmail.com

Go Green Car Wash to Benefit BPCC Green

Relase date: November 1, 2011

Go Green Car Wash event will be held on November 3 at Snappy Scrubs Car Wash to benefit BPCC Green. BPCC Green is a student organization for those students who are interested in engaging in global thinking, recycling, ecological conservation, environmental awareness, and nature appreciation.

When: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Where: Snappy Scrubs Car Wash, 1900 Benton Road, Bossier City, La

Info: 742-SNAP (7627)

For more information on BPCC Green, contact Ty Bryan at tbryan@bpcc.edu or 318-678-6078.

BPCC Debater Wins LSU Debate Tournament

Release date: October 31, 2011

Recently, the BPCC Debate Team competed in the “Death Valley Swing,” a debate tournament held in late October on the campus of LSU-Baton Rouge. In the Varsity Division, BPCC’s Zach Bennett earned seven victories to win the tournament.

The competition featured some of the top university debate teams from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. BPCC was the only community college in attendance. Bennett, who is in his first year of competition with BPCC, earned a victory over the University of Arkansas representative. Also making his debut for BPCC’s debate team at the LSU tournament was Ryan Perry, who earned a victory over Louisiana Tech University debater before being eliminated from the competition.

The Debate Team will finish the fall semester with competitions at LSU-Shreveport (November 4-6) and Mississippi College (December 2-3). Competition resumes in late January, then BPCC will host the fourth annual Eddy Shell Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament in March, and the season will conclude with the IPDA National Championship Tournament at Sam Houston State University on April 12-15.

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

BPCC Celebrates Veterans Day November 11

Release date: October 31, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College invites the public to celebrate Veterans Day at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 11 in the Performing Arts Theater, Building C, on the college campus at 6220 E. Texas Street in Bossier City.

In observance of Veterans Day, BPCC honors the students, faculty, staff, and community who serve or continue to serve our country. The keynote speaker will be Lieutenant General James M. Kowalski, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base. He is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining all U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear-capable bomber forces. His deployments include Iraq, Yugoslavia, Southwest Asia, and Afghanistan.

“The commemorative service at BPCC will thank all armed services personnel who have served the United States in all wars for their patriotism and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to the United States,” said Dr. Cindy Darby, the Coordinator of Diversity and Multicultural Relations.”

The event is free and open to the public.

BPCC Cavalier Basketball Team Announces 2011-2012 Season

Release date: October 27, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College’s Cavalier Basketball team announces its 2011-2012 season and will play its first game at home on November 1.

“We are looking forward to the upcoming season and are excited to be playing in one of the top five leagues (NJCAA) in the nation,” says Cavalier Basketball Coach Joe St. Andre. “We have four returning players – Jeremy Fontenot, Herb Khangura, Jeremiah Moore, and Christian Smith – and are expecting good things from each of these guys as well as from our freshman recruits.”

Echoing the coach’s thoughts, Chancellor Jim Henderson says, “We are excited about the prospects for success of the BPCC basketball team. Our student athletes are an immense source of pride for our college. We look forward to rooting them to victory this season.”

The Cavaliers will begin their season against Brookhaven College at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1 in the BPCC gym, 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

Bossier Parish Community College is a part of the National Junior College Athletic Association – Region 14.

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BPCC Cavalier Baseball Team Plays Fall World Series

Release date: October 26, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College Cavalier Baseball team will play Monday, October 31-Wednesday, November 2:

Monday, October 31 2:00 p.m. Fall World Series
Tuesday, November 1 2:00 p.m. Fall World Series
Wednesday, November 2 2:00 p.m. Fall World Series

Games will be played at the BPCC ball field, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Info: 318-678-6058 or email mbelk@bpcc.edu

BPCC Offers NORM Surveyor Course

Release date: October 24, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College is offering a 4-hour NORM Surveyor course from 8:00 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, November 2 in Building F (Room 203) on the college campus at 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City.

The course is accepted by the Mississippi Department of Health, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and the Texas Department of State Health Services, Bureau of Radiation Control.

Information on the following topics will be a part of the program:

Hazards associated with NORM

  • Personnel protection
  • Regulatory limits
  • Proper use of survey instruments
  • NORM surveying practical session

For reservations and information, contact Carrie Salinas at csalinas@bpcc.edu.

B.P.C.C. Student Oil and Gas Organization Sponsors Speaker Series

Release date: October 24, 2011

Geographic Information Science
As part of its semi-monthly Related Topics Speaker Series, the Student Oil and Gas Organization (SOGO) at Bossier Parish Community College presents an important review of the technology of Geographic Information Science. The presentation will take place from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 in Building F (Room 203) on the college campus.

Wesley Palmer from Louisiana Tech University will discuss the applications of this new technology in the energy, science, behavioral, and political fields. Also provided will be an overview of the programs currently available for credit and for professional development at Louisiana Tech. The public is invited to the event.

Interdisciplinary Degree
The Geographic Information Science (GISc) program is both an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental degree program shared between the School of Forestry in the College of Applied and Natural Sciences and the Department of Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts. The 120-semester credit hour concentration in Natural Resources directed by the School of Forestry incorporates 31 hours of concentration electives that allow students to specialize in natural resources.

Students are prepared for rewarding and high-paying careers in the field of spatial data technologies that more specifically engage environmental issues and issues that pertain to the natural sciences. Careful selection of concentration electives provides the opportunity to earn a minor in forestry, wildlife habitat management, environmental science, or other fields. Specific requirements for minors are identified in the departmental sections of the course catalog.

The GISc curriculum is designed for students interested in understanding, analyzing, and applying the spatial relationship among human and physical features (e.g., social and economic impact of natural disasters). Students of GISc learn how to use computer software programs that identify the interactions that transpire between humans and the physical environment based on location. They also learn how to analyze those interactions, and to use that information to assist with public and private sector management, administration and planning.

Distance Learning Program
The Louisiana Tech GIS Distance Learning Program is a series of four GIS courses delivered over the internet leading to a GIS certificate of accomplishment. YOU DO NOT EARN COLLEGE CREDIT OR GRADES FOR THESE COURSES, so you do not have to be accepted into the university and pay university fees. The courses are designed to help professionals expand their GIS knowledge while working at home or in the office. The courses are self-paced, allowing students to adjust their work according to the demands of their office. Lessons are worked in order of the course syllabus, but no due dates are set. The faster you do the lessons, the sooner you get the certificate.

For additional information, contact Linda Sonnier, BPCC Program Director Energy and Construction 318-678-6524; lsonnier@bpcc.edu

Nursing Skills and Simulation Laboratory Officially Opens at B.P.C.C.

Release date: October 21, 2011

Three BPCC nursing students demonstrate tracheotomy care during the open house on the college campus.On October 20, college administrators officially dedicated the Nursing Skills and Simulation Laboratory at the Bossier Parish Community College. The laboratory provides the BPCC nursing and allied health students the opportunity to practice hands-on patient care skills. The state-of-the-art, high-fidelity simulators and specialty simulators allow students to master simple procedures and practice the most complex scenarios while being taped for debriefing.

“BPCC has long been a leader in integrating technology in the delivery of world class education,” commented Chancellor Jim Henderson at the ribbon cutting. “Our Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health is renowned for its high caliber faculty and administrative leadership. By coupling cutting edge technology with exemplary instruction, this Nursing Simulation Lab will significantly enhance the learning experience of our nursing students and better prepare them to fill a critical workforce need. “

The technology and unique laboratory activities performed in the lab elevate the nursing education at BPCC to another level. The following specialties are represented in the lab: adult medical/surgical areas; adult intensive care; labor and delivery; neonatal care; and pediatrics.

“The use of high-fidelity simulation in nursing and allied health education has the distinct advantage of giving the students the opportunity to respond to crisis situations in a controlled environment and the ability to artificially create situations that the students may not encounter during clinical rotations,” explained Dean Carolyn Burroughs. “For example, a student may spend many hours of clinical time in labor and delivery and never experience a newborn in need of resuscitation. Simulation gives the student the opportunity to experience that crisis situation in a controlled environment, as many times as necessary for the student to gain the skills and confidence needed to someday respond in a real life situation.”

Sharon Turley, the Nursing Program Director, agreed with Dean Burroughs that the clinical simulation is an important solution to the challenges of patient safety. “Simulation enables the student to learn, practice and build confidence before caring for the patient in the real-life clinical setting,” said Ms. Turley.

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

For more information about the program, contact Sharon Turley, Program Director, at sturley@bpcc.edu or 318-678-6267.

BPCC Announces New Dates and Cast for The Spitfire Grill

Release date: October 18, 2011

The Performing Arts at Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the cast for the musical The Spitfire Grill by James Valcq and Fred Alley. Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will serve as director and musical director for the show, which is scheduled for performances on November 9, 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be matinee performances on November 12 and 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Samuel French describes The Spitfire Grill as a high-spirited and inspiring musical in which a feisty parolee follows her dreams. The musical is based on the popular 1996 movie of the same name. According to publisher Samuel French, Percy--inspired by a page from an old travel book--travels to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on “Why You Want the Grill” wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full, and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.

The cast will feature Jasey Gilbert as Percy Talbot, the parolee, and Kim Webb as Hannah Ferguson, the owner of the Spitfire Grill. The cast also includes Chelsea Hockaday as Shelby Thorpe, David White as Caleb Thorpe, Matt Carroll as Sheriff Joe Sutter, Elise Birmingham as Effie Krayneck, and Simon Crader as The Visitor. Rounding out the cast as Townspeople are Kevin Hippler, Jesse Kortus, Lin Rivers, Victoria Chavis, and Scout Pittman.

Cody Allums will stage manage; David White and Ray Scott Crawford will design sets; Keith Bruce will design lights and sound; Rona Leber will design costumes; Rose Clayton will design properties; Jim Boyter will run front of house; and Stephen Slaughter will produce. Additional crew members are Sarah Jones, assistant stage manager, and Bruce Wilson, music technician.

Tickets for The Spitfire Grill will go on sale October 31, 2011. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, military, non-BPCC students, and children. For more information call the Theatre Program at 318-678-6021 or email: theatre@bpcc.edu. Reservations may now be made online at www.bpcc.edu/performingarts.

Nursing Skill and Simulation Laboratory Officially Opens at B.P.C.C.

Release date: October 10, 2011

College officials will officially open the Nursing Skills and Simulation Laboratory at the college. The laboratory provides the BPCC nursing and allied health students the opportunity to practice hands-on patient care skills. The state-of-the-art, high fidelity simulators and specialty simulators allow students to master simple procedures and practice the most complex scenarios while being taped for debriefing.

Participants:
Jim Henderson, Chancellor
Carolyn Burroughs, Dean of Science, Nursing, & Allied Health
Sharon Turley, Nursing Program Director

Date/Time:
Wednesday, October 19
2:00 pm

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Building B-Third floor
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

Bossier Volunteers Guild Donates to BPCC Foundation in Support of Nursing Students

Release date: October 5, 2011

On Monday, October 3, 2011, the ladies of the Bossier Volunteers Guild (formerly Christus Schumpert Volunteers Guild) donated $10,000 to the BPCC Foundation to support students in BPCC’s nursing program. Since 2003, members of the Guild, also known as the “Pink Ladies” have donated $1,000 - $2,000 annually toward the scholarship fund to recognize eligible students in the medical field.

Bossier Volunteers Guild Donates to BPCC Foundation

(left to right) BPCC Foundation Director Stephanie Rogers, Liz Curran, Bonnie Tennison, Pattie Lachle, BPCC Vice Chancellor Tom Williams, Geri Anderson, BPCC Compliance Officer Juanita Epps, and Beverly Wasner.

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education Presents American Heart Association-certified Courses

Release date: September 30, 2011

Take your required American Heart Association-certified courses in one place. Become certified with the BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education in a 5-course seminar. The courses offered include:

Healthcare Provider CPR Training-$79
Monday, 10/10; Friday, 11/04; Monday, 12/05
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This American Heart Association-certified course is designed to teach the skills of CPR for victims of all ages; use of an AED; and relief of choking. This is a video-based with instructor-led discussion and simulation. This course is intended for healthcare providers (nurses, nurse practioners, pharmacist, certified nurse aides, physical therapy workers, or any hospital employee that cares for patients.) Tuition fee includes certification card.

Heartsaver First Aid, AED, and CPR Training-$199
Saturday, 10/24; Monday, 12/12
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This American Heart Association-certified course is a two-day training program that gives healthcare professionals the knowledge and skills to better recognize and treat critically ill infants and children. The course uses a scenario-based, team approach to teach pediatric emergency management from a child approaching or already in respiratory or cardiac arrest to treatment beyond the first few minutes through stabilizing patients or transport phases of a pediatric emergency. This course is intended for healthcare providers who are responsible for the well-being of infants and children (pediatricians, house staff, emergency physicians, family physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, etc.) Tuition fee includes certification card.

Pediatric Advanced Support Training-$199
Friday, 10/28 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. w/ 1 hr. lunch;
Saturday, 10/29 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday, 12/03 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. w/ 1 hr. lunch;
Saturday, 12/04 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This American Heart Association-certified course is a two-day training program that gives healthcare professionals the knowledge and skills to better recognize and treat critically-ill infants and children. This course uses a scenario-based, team approach to teach pediatric emergency management from a child approaching or already in respiratory or cardiac arrest to treatment beyond the first few minutes through stabilizing patients or transport phases of a pediatric emergency. This course is intended for healthcare providers who are responsible for the wellbeing of infants and children (pediatricians, house staff, emergency physicians, family physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, etc.) Tuition fee includes certification card.

Advanced Cardiac Support Training-$199
Friday, 10/07; Monday, 11/28; Friday, 12/16
8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

This American Heart Association-certified course provides the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate and manage the first ten of an adult ventricular fibrillation/ventricular tachycardia arrest. Providers are expected to learn to manage ten core ACLS cases: a respiratory emergency; four types of cardiac arrest (simple VF/VT, complex. VF/VT, PEA and assystole); four types of prearrest emergencies (bradychardia, stable tachycardia, unstable tachycardia and acute coronary syndromes); and stroke. This course is intended for only qualified health care providers (physicians, paramedics, physician assistants, nurse practioners, and any other specially trained health care providers.) Tuition fee includes certification card.

Heartsaver AED and CPR Training-$79
Monday, 11/07
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This American Heart Association-certified course is designed for learners who need the skills of CPR but do not work in a hospital. Students will learn the basics of CPR and the use of AED. This course is intended for those with no prior medical training (life-guards, teachers, dental office personnel, policemen, etc.) Tuition fee includes certification card.

To register, call: 318-678-6015 or visit, www.bpcc.edu/continuingeducation

Bossier Parish Community College Hosts Genealogy for Beginners Workshop on October 5

Release date: September 30, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College’s Cultural Event focus continues with the “Genealogy for Beginners Workshop.” The workshop will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5 in Building D-Room 210 at BPCC. The presenter will be Reed Mathews, Genealogy Librarian, Shreve Memorial Library (Broadmoor Branch). The event is part of BPCC’s “National Hispanic Heritage Month” cultural event series.

The workshop will include the basics for individuals who are just starting to research their family tree or conduct genealogy research. The workshop will present an overview of utilizing online resources and a variety of records that contain genealogical information and research strategies for retrieving and recording this data. The attendees will learn how to search the online databases Heritage Quest Online, Cyndi’s List, and the Ancestry Library Edition for the United States census records.

The event is available at no charge and is open to BPCC students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public. Seating is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations. For more information or to register, please contact Dr. Cindy Darby at cdarby@bpcc.edu or call 318-678-6111.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education Presents Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond Series

Release date: September 27, 2011

Need some expert tips on what to expect while waiting for your buddle of joy? Come be a part of the BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education series on Pregnancy, Birth, and beyond. A 6-part seminar on helpful preparation tips for your pregnancy, classes include:

Early Pregnancy and Preparation- $29
Thursday, 10/6
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

In this class, you will learn the following: questions to ask your doctor and hospital; what happens if you and your doctor don’t agree on something; what is happening to your body and is there anything you can do to help; prenatal exercise to help prepare for childbirth; nutrition; pregnancy fears and questions; options and decisions you can start thinking about.

It’s Your Birth, Have It Your Way-$49
Monday, 10/10- Tuesday, 10/11
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

This class will help you discover the options that you have during labor and delivery. We will also discuss how to communicate your desires to your doctor and your hospital. You will learn about birthing plans and having a backup plan “B” and even a plan “C.” Options that will be discussed include the following: wearing your own clothing, IVs, eating & drinking, inductions, and episiotomies, rupture of membranes, types of fetal monitoring, medications available, various positions, moving around, bonding, cord blood banking, newborn procedures, and your birth team.

Epidurals and Other Medications for Labor-$29
Thursday, 11/03
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

In this class, we will discuss the pros and cons of epidurals and other medications along with the side effects, so you can make an informed decision when the time comes.

Ways to Reduce Your Chances of Having a C-Section-$29
Thursday, 11/03
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We will discuss the following things you can do to lessen your chances of having a cesarean surgical birth. Topics will include: VBAC, induction, optimal fetal positioning, preparation for birth, normal labor, and normal variations of labor, medications, your support team, questions to ask your doctor and a question and answer time.

Comfort Measures for Labor and Delivery-$49
Thursday, 11/10; Thursday 11/17
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This class will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on practice. The class will start with an overview of the stages of labor, some of the common variations, and what to expect in labor. Why is there pain in labor, what is it like, and what can you do about it? Some of the topics include the following: labor and delivery positions, breathing and relaxation techniques, factors that affect pain, optimal fetal positioning, who to have on your support team, doulas, what to take to the hospital with you and creating the environment you want. Bring a blanket and two pillows.

Preparing for Postpartum-$39
Tuesday, 11/29
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This class will help you prepare now for the first few months after your baby is born. Topics will include the following: who will help you, how much help will you need, when will you rest, what can dad do to help, baby blues, postpartum depression, meals, cleaning, what will your baby need, feeding, diapering, cloth diapers, finding a pediatrician and basic newborn care.

This seminar series is offered at a special rate, save an additional 15% when you register for all 6 seminars! To receive multi-course discount, please call 318-678-6015 to register.

To register online, visit www.bpcc.edu/continuingeducation.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2011 at Bossier Parish Community College

Release date: September 26, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations and the Multicultural Advisory Committee announce the 2011 Hispanic Heritage Month event on the college campus. The Hispanic Heritage Month events enhance awareness of the heritage of the Hispanic and Latino cultures.

President Lyndon B. Johnson established the national celebration in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week. In addition, President Ronald Reagan extended the week to a month beginning on September 15 and ending on October 15.

B.P.C.C. 2011 Hispanic Heritage Month Annual Event
Keynote Speaker: Mrs. Ellie Bulnes, Associate Minister, Kings Highway Christian Church.

Date/Time:
Thursday, September 29
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location:
B.P.C.C. main campus, Building F, 1st Floor
6220 East Texas, Bossier City

More information:
Call the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Relations at 318-678-6111.
Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

See You at the Pole Scheduled Wednesday at B.P.C.C.

Release date: September 26, 2011

The 21st annual See You at the Pole brings students to their school flagpoles to intercede for their leaders, schools, and families, asking God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses and countries. See You at the Pole is scheduled annually on the fourth Wednesday in September.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, September 28
9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Location:
The flagpole in the Quad
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA

More information:
Bob Boykin, Professor
Science, Nursing and Allied Health
Bossier Parish Community College
bboykin@bpcc.edu
318-678-6067

BPCC Culinary Arts Weekly Buffet Menu For September 27

Bossier Parish Community College Culinary Arts Program offers a buffet from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. on Tuesday nights through December 6, 2011, in the Emmett E. Cope Student Services Center (Building F), 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City.

The menu for Tuesday, September 27, 2011, is:

  • White Chili
  • Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs
  • Cole Slaw
  • Baked Beans
  • Mustard Potato Salad
  • Roasted Broccoli
  • Beer Bread
  • Apple Cobbler
  • Chocolate Cream Pie
  • Salad Bar
  • Tea, Juice, Coffee
The cost is $7.00 per person and to-go boxes are available. The buffet is open to the public. (First floor for to-go orders, second floor to dine in.)

BPCC's Culinary Arts program provides classroom and laboratory instruction and experience to students desiring a career as a professional chef.

BPCC Cavalier Baseball Team Plays Home Game Wednesday

Bossier Parish Community College Cavalier Baseball team will play Wednesday:

Wednesday, September 28 1:00pm vs. Tyler Junior College

Game will be played at the BPCC ballfield, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Out Of The Darkness Community Walk Hosted By Bossier Parish Community College Takes Steps To Increase Suicide Prevention Awareness

Release date: September 19, 2011

Regional members of the suicide prevention organization, "Out of the Darkness," invite the public to participate in Bossier City's inaugural "Out of the Darkness Community Walk," taking place on Saturday, October 29 at the Bossier Parish Community College Campus located at 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City.

According to committee chair Michael Barrett, whose brother died by suicide, "I encourage everyone in the community to come out and support our efforts. If suicide awareness is increased, it is our hope that lives can saved, and families can be spared this type of tragedy."

BPCC student-athletes, cheerleaders, danceline, and Student Government Association members will be assisting and participating in the walk.

Registration and check-in will start at 9:00am and the walk will promptly commence at 10:00am. However, advance registration is available where participants register as an individual walker or create a team here.

More than 36,000 people in the United States die from suicide each year, making it the 10th leading cause of death. As noted by the statehealthfacts.org website, Louisiana in particular is ranked slightly above the national average with a 12.2 percent suicide rate per 100,000 people.

For additional information about Bossier City's "Out of the Darkness" Community Walk, please contact Michael Barrett at michaelpka01@hotmail.com or 615-714-0297.

Savoir Faire – BPCC's Literary and Art Magazine Wins 2011 Associated Collegiate Press Award

Release date: September 19, 2011

BPCC's literary and art magazine, Savoir Faire, won an honorable mention award in the Associated Collegiate Press 2011 Contest for Design of the Year.

Students Adam Densmore and Kourtney Salter collaborated on designing the spring 2011 cover, and Olivia Montgomery was responsible for the photo itself.

Candice Gibson, assistant professor of English, serves as the advisor for Savoir Faire staff. "I am extremely proud of their work and of the outcome of the magazine and am completely ecstatic about the Associated Collegiate Press award," says Gibson. "The ACP is a very large and old organization with memberships that span across the continent from schools like George Washington University, Vanderbilt University, University of Arizona, Boise State, Baylor, and the University of California. Our students were able to make contacts with people like Lawrence Grobel, who interviewed many high profile stars in his career such as Marlon Brando, Mae West, and Robert Deniro for magazines such as the Rolling Stone and newspapers as prestigious as the New York Times. For BPCC to be put in the spotlight by an association with such rich resources is very much an honor."

Other colleges/universities receiving honorable mentions were the University of Miami and the University of Texas, El Paso.

American Collegiate Press is the oldest and largest national membership organization for college student journalists. Since 1921, ACP has offered its members resources to help their publications - newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, broadcast programs, and online publications - improve. More than 20,000 students are staffers at ACP member publications.

Savoir Faire Spring 2011 Issue - Vol. 51PDF File

Bossier Parish Community College Announces 2011-2012 Staff Senate Officers

Release date: September 15, 2011

The BPCC Staff Senate, an organization made up of elected representatives from the staff of the College, announces officers for 2011-2012.

Christy Moore will serve as President; Richard Cockerham – Vice President; Rachael Carter – Secretary; Cindy Winham – Treasurer; Mary Mitchell – Committee-on-Committees.

The BPCC Staff Senate organizes seminars to enhance the personal and professional well-being of the staff; assists in acquiring funds for staff to attend off-campus workshops and conferences to enhance staff development; and encourages a sense of community among all College employees.

2011-2012 BPCC Staff Senate Officers

L to R: Rachael Carter, Secretary; Christy Moore, President; Cindy Winham, Treasurer; Mary Mitchell, Committee-on-Committees; Richard Cockerham, Vice-President

Workforce Development and Continuing Education Presents New Business Owner Series

Release date: September 14, 2011

Thinking of starting a business or have recently opened one? Attend the BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education New Business Owner Series.

A three-part series taught by successful local business leader Lonnie Hardy of James + Hardy + Haley CPAs and Consultants:

Part I: Determining Your Business Plan
9/20 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. $19

Evaluate your business idea, determine your market, project likely sales/revenue, understand potential cost, project profitability, determine capital requirements such as start-up investment and working capital, and create a business plan.

Part II: Getting Your Business off the Ground
10/4 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. $19

Guidance on selecting the appropriate entity (LLC, Corporation, etc.) understanding licenses, permits, tax registration requirements; and an overview of business related taxes such as income, property, and sales taxes

Part III: Managing Your Business
10/8 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. $19

Guidance in accounting/record-keeping, managing finances and financial tools such as financial reports and bank reconciliations, payroll processes and payroll taxes, focus on processes, cash flow management and cost analysis.

To register online, visit www.bpcc.edu/continuingeducation.

This seminar series is offered at a special rate, plus save an additional 10% when you register for all 3! To receive the multi-course discount, call 318-678-6015.

Encana Oil and Gas Presents 3rd Annual BPCC 100 Mini-NASCAR Race

Release date: September 13, 2011

Encana Oil and Gas and the BPCC Foundation announce the 3rd annual BPCC 100 mini-NASCAR race on the Bossier Parish Community College campus in Bossier City on Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24. This annual event raises money to help support the student scholarship fund at BPCC.

This year, 21 team cars will participate in the event. For two days, mini-NASCAR type go-carts zip around a race track as they compete for prizes in various categories: Best Looking Car, Fastest Pit Crew, Fastest Car, Best Dressed Pit Crew. In addition to the car races, there are multiple food vendors and a children’s play area—Kids Pit Stop. The event is free to the whole family.

Event chairperson this year is former State Representative Billy Wayne Montgomery. Chancellor Jim Henderson will serve as the official host for the event.

Major sponsors this year are as follows:

  • EnCana Oil and Gas (USA), Inc.
  • Chesapeake Energy
  • Cumulus
  • KTBS Channel 3

For more information, call 318-678-6010 or logon to www.bpcc100.org.Will open new browser window or tab This event is not affiliated with NASCAR.

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BPCC Fall 2011 Enrollment Breaks Records

Release date: September 12, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College’s fall 2011 enrollment reached 7,077 students, an increase of 9.33% over fall 2010. Once again, for the 5th semester in a row, BPCC has reached its highest enrollment in the school’s 44-year history.

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

Based on 14th class day credit enrollment figures, BPCC’s enrollment increased 604 students from 6,473 students in fall 2010.

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

Former state representative and BPCC supporter Billy Montgomery echoes Henderson’s comments, “Seven thousand-plus students enrolled at Bossier Parish Community College–what an accomplishment, what a success story. This did not just happen on its own. Thanks go to the faculty, staff, and administration for achieving what I believe to be one of the top 5 successes in education in Louisiana in the past 25 years.”

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

BPCC's Baseball and Softball Teams Announce Fall 2011 Seasons

Release date: September 9, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College’s Cavalier Baseball team and Lady Cavalier Softball team announce their fall 2011 seasons.

“We are looking forward to the beginning of the 2011-2012 baseball season for a variety of reasons,” says Cavalier Baseball Coach Aaron Vorachek. “The first, of course, is that after so many years of playing at off-site fields, we have our own field and hopefully by spring we will have a new batting cage. Our scoreboard is up and running and we are working to raise money for other field needs. Our student-athletes are working hard on the field and in the classroom to get ready for the upcoming season.”

Lady Cavalier Coach Ashley Grisham is also looking forward to the fall season. “We have added more pitchers and a lot more speed offensively. The athletes have been working hard since August 18th, and they are ready for game action. We have about 25 games this fall. The main thing I want the athletes to learn is how to fight for a victory and get that competitive drive that is necessary in our region to be successful. If they learn how to compete fearlessly, then we are getting somewhere and that will be beneficial for the spring season.”

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

The Cavalier baseball season opens on Saturday, September 10 against North LA Indians and the Lady Cavaliers will begin their season at 8:00 a.m. at Meadowview Park in the BPCC Fall Classic Tournament playing against LA Freedom.

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BPCC Debate Team to Host High School Debates

Release date: September 7, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College’s award-winning debate team will host the second annual BPCC Invitational High School Debate Tournament on Saturday, September 17 on the college campus in Bossier City.

Competitions, which will run from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., will be headquartered in Emmett E. Cope Student Services Building on the BPCC campus. The tournament will feature two-on-two debates over the topic “The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the Earth’s mesosphere” as well as one-on-one debates over the topic “Justice requires the recognition of animal rights.”

BPCC’s debate team wrapped up the 2010-2011 intercollegiate debate season by earning the Community College National Championship at the International Public Debate Association National Championship Tournament.

For more information about the tournament, contact Bob Alexander at 318-678-6460 or e-mail him at: balexander@bpcc.edu.

BPCC Cavalier Players Hosts Excursion to NYC

Release date: September 6, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce plans for a Broadway theatre excursion to New York City. The trip is 4 days, 3 nights and is scheduled for May 17 – 20, 2012.

The package includes the following:

  • Accommodations at a Theatre District hotel
  • Tickets to two Broadway or Off-Broadway performances
  • Musical theatre workshop
  • Seminar with an actor from one of the shows attended
  • Tour of the Metropolitan Opera House
  • Round-trip airfare from Shreveport Regional Airport

Total cost for the trip is $1,450 per person for a room with quad (4) occupancy. Rates are available for single, double, and triple occupancy. The cost of the trip does not include any meals or spending money.

A non-refundable deposit of $250 is due October 1, 2011. Other payments are as follows: $250 due on the first of each month (November, December, January, February); final payment due March 15, 2012.

Contact Jim Boyter, Performing Arts Manager, for more information at 318-678-6246 or by email jboyter@bpcc.edu.

Tour arrangements are being provided by Manhattan Tour and Travel, Inc.

Petty Family and BPCC 100 Partner for Student Fundraiser

Release date: September 6, 2011

The public is invited to the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City to take pictures with the #44 “Hot Wheels Pontiac” driven by Kyle Petty at Daytona 500. This event is a preview of the upcoming 3rd Annual BPCC 100 Mini Nascar (Go-Kart) Race held on the BPCC campus September 23-24. The race, sponsored by Encana Oil and Gas, raises money for student scholarships.

Free ice cream for the first 100 people (compliments of the Simple Church).

Date/Time:
Saturday, September 10
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Location:
Louisiana Boardwalk: Main entrance near fountains
Traffic Street
Bossier City, LA

More information:
Stephanie Rogers, Director
318-678-6185

Kyle Pett's #44 Hot Wheels Pontiac

BPCC Hosts Spiritual Wellness Series

Release date: September 6, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College announces the first event in the Spiritual Wellness Series: “The Renewing of Your Mind” from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13 in F-203 (Emmett E. Cope Student Services Building) on the college campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Randy Harper, Senior Pastor of Bellaire Baptist Church, Bossier City. The series is about appreciating, exploring, and understanding a person’s own purpose in life no matter what his religious faith or beliefs.

The Spiritual Wellness Series is sponsored by the Office of Diversity/Multicultural Relations and co-sponsored by the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM). The series is free and open to the public. For more information, call 318-678-6111.

Auditions Set for 2011 Annual Fall Festival of One-Act Plays

Release date: September 2, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the 2011 Annual Fall Festival of One-Act Plays. Auditions will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Wednesday, September 7, in the lobby of BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre, Building C, located at 6220 E. Texas Street in Bossier City. There are nine short plays to be cast. Twenty-thirty actors are needed.

BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of nine student directors, one of which (Baryshnikov Chambers) is slotted to graduate this December with BPCC’s Associate of Arts in Theatre degree. Other directors include Dalton Brooks, Simon Crader, Gladys Jackson, Stefan Rambin, Dakota Strayhan, Shyanna Vitto, and Kevin Hippler. The Fall Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will mark the drama program’s twelfth season of student directed work.

The Performance date for the nine one-act plays will be announced later for November in BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre. Generally, the one-act festival is rated PG for adult audiences.

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 prepare a one minute contemporary monologue. Those without prepared material will be given readings from the scripts at the audition. For more information or for directions to the theatre, please contact Jim Boyter, Performing Arts Manager, at 318-678-6021.

BPCC Theatre Students and Staff on the Road This Summer

Release date: August 31, 2011

The Bossier Parish Community College Cavalier Players traveled to the Chicagoland area August 16-22 to remount the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre Program’s summer production of the honest, compassionate, and suspenseful play, Echoes by N. Richard Nash. The weekend of performances was a joint production with BPCC Performing Arts Theatre and the Canterbury Summer Theatre, a professional non-Equity summer stock theatre. All performances were at Mainstage Theatre in Michigan City, Indiana.

The play featured performances of BPCC Theatre students Bradley Silman, Aubrey Brummett, Alex Rogers, and Jasey Gilbert. Gilbert was stage manager and Matt Carroll was technical assistant. BPCC staffers David White and Keith Bruce accompanied the troupe to offer technical support. Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, Professor of Theatre, directed the play. Crawford is also Artistic Director of the Canterbury, a position he has held for twenty-six years.

Echoes follows a young man and woman and the paradise they have built for themselves within an asylum. The two characters search to determine the line between illusion and reality. Desperate to hold on to their imaginary world, the two patients resist the one thing that will either save or destroy them: the truth. Originally produced in 1972 at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Echoes was the Award Play of The American Playwrights Theatre. Playwright N. Richard Nash is best known for his 1954 play The Rainmaker.

Dr. Crawford states, “This is the seventh summer we have co-produced with the Canterbury Summer Theatre and toured BPCC’s summer production to Michigan City. Most recently, the award-winning The Star-Spangled Girl and The Woman in Black made the journey. This year, we were excited to continue that tradition by taking our students in this production to complete Canterbury’s season of six musicals and comedies, providing a professional venue for a BPCC production and a professional opportunity for our students.” Crawford adds, “As Artistic Director of the Canterbury, I am able to provide an additional quality production for the theatre’s audiences while at the same time providing a showcase for BPCC’s Theatre Program.”

In addition to the BPCC tour, a number of BPCC’s theatre graduates and students filled acting and technical positions during the entire summer season at the Canterbury. Matt Carroll worked as an actor; Kevin Hippler worked as a stage manager; and in addition to stage managing and acting, Chelsea Hockaday directed the Canterbury production of The Andrews Brothers.

Summer stock theatre participants

Participating in summer stock theatre in the Chicagoland area are (Standing-l to r) Alex Rogers, Jerry Peters, Bradley Silman, Aubrey Brummett, Matt Carroll, Jasey Gilbert. (Kneeling l to r) David White and Keith Bruce.

BPCC Students Receive Music Scholarships

Release date: August 31, 2011

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College held auditions for music scholarships during the recent spring and summer 2011 terms. More than fifty students from area high schools auditioned for these talent-based awards. Music scholarships at BPCC are full-tuition scholarships, and students receiving the scholarship have enrolled in the Concert Band, Concert Choir, or the Jazz Ensemble for the fall.

The students who were awarded a BPCC Choir music scholarship for the fall 2011 semester are Blake Canterberry, Whitney Chaney, Lauren Chandler, April Cole, Juliana Davis, Ashley Digilormo, Rebecca Free, Cody Hamann, Venessa Huggens, Benjamin Jamison, Juyon Kim, Rebecca Lange, Kate Lange, Caitlin Nesmith, Morgan Philips, Courtney Ponder, Isaac Saxton, Rebekah Sims, Emily Starling, Jordan Vance, Kimberlee Wallace, Amanda Weese, Jean Whitman, and Morgan Woods.

The students who were awarded a BPCC music scholarship for instrumental music for the fall 2011 semester are William Burnside, James Cameron, Bryce Carr, Evan Dowden, Jeff Frazier, Erica George, John Hastie, Todd Heard, Justin Hesterly, Andrew Massery, Gavin McCoy, Ritchie Pacheco, Tony Pagonas, Keith Shockey, Ben Sullivan, Josh Waldrop, and Shawn Weilmuenster.

Students receiving music scholarships represent the following Louisiana high schools: Airline High School, Benton High School, Haughton High School, Parkway High School, C.E. Byrd High School, Bastrop High School, and West Monroe High School. Out-of-state high schools represented include East Chambers High School in Winnie, Texas, and Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

Students who earn a music scholarship must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 and be a full-time student while at BPCC. "Our music scholarships are highly competitive," said Dr. Michael Hart, Music Program Director. "Students may continue to receive their music scholarships for up to six semesters as long as they remain in good standing with the College," Hart continued. The bands and choir at BPCC are open to all students regardless of major, and auditions are not required to enroll and participate in the ensembles for credit.

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

BPCC and Northwestern State University Sign Articulation Agreements

Release date: August 23, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College and Northwestern State University signed articulation agreements in six academic programs Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in the Chancellor’s Room on the BPCC campus in Bossier City.

The academic agreements apply to the following programs: early childhood education, psychology - addiction studies, communication, entertainment tech, business and electronic engineering technology-industrial engineering technology. An additional agreement provides for reverse degree completion for students who transfer to Northwestern before finishing their associate degree at BPCC.

“The agreements in the various areas will allow BPCC associate degree students a seamless transfer to an NSU bachelor's degree track,” said Stan Wilkins, vice chancellor for academic affairs at BPCC. “The students can plan a course of study while at the community college without fear of losing credits when transferring to Northwestern.”

The two institutions plan to continue working together on additional articulation agreements.

“Northwestern and BPCC have a long, productive working relationship that is beneficial to students,” said Lisa Abney, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at NSU. “Agreements of this type help students by giving them a degree plan they can follow from BPCC to Northwestern without losing any credit hours. That saves them time and money.”

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson and NSU President Dr. Randy Webb sign articulation agreements

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson and NSU President Dr. Randy Webb sign articulation agreements.

Chancellor Jim Henderson presents Dr. Randy Webb of NSU a BPCC pen set.

Chancellor Jim Henderson presents Dr. Randy Webb of NSU a BPCC pen set after both officials signed multiple transfer agreements between the two institutions.

BPCC and NSU Partnership Expanded

Release date August 19, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) officials and Northwestern State University (NSU) officials will sign multiple articulation agreements pairing all NSU baccalaureate degrees with BPCC associate degrees.

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

Date/Time:
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
10:00 am

Location:
Building A, Room 230: Chancellor’s Board Room
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

Student from BPCC Region I Science Fair Named as Semifinalist in Competition

Release date: August 18, 2011

Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science and the Public Congratulate Kids for Award-Winning Entries and Passion for Science and Engineering

The Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science and the Public (SSP) today announced the selection of 300 middle school students as semifinalists in its first ever Broadcom MASTERS™ competition. Neil Nathan, from Caddo Middle Magnet in Shreveport, is one of the semifinalists from BPCC Region I Science and Engineering Fair, Bossier City, Louisiana. The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) semifinalists come from 251 middle schools across the United States with concentrations in California, Florida, Texas, Ohio and Oregon. Semifinalists’ names and a state-by-state breakdown can be found at www.societyforscience.org/mastersWill open new browser window or taband www.broadcomfoundation.org/masters.Will open new browser window or tab

The Broadcom MASTERS is the national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) competition for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders nominated to compete by their local SSP-affiliated science and engineering fair. Sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, a private non-profit public benefit organization funded by Broadcom Corporation, the Broadcom MASTERS encourages middle schoolers to continue their studies in STEM courses throughout high school by igniting a personal passion for science, engineering and innovation through a competition that exposes them to independent research, scientific inquiry, hands-on learning and teamwork. Students who participate in the Broadcom MASTERS will be better prepared to meet the challenges of the future as tomorrow's innovators who lead the way with scientific breakthroughs, engineering feats and technological know-how.

The Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among 1,476 applicants located in 45 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Semifinalists and their teachers will receive prizes from Broadcom Foundation and Elmer’s Products, the official classroom partner of the Broadcom MASTERS.

Following today’s semifinalist selection, Broadcom Foundation and SSP will announce the 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists on August 31. The finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, in October to showcase their science fair projects and compete in a four-day STEM competition for awards and prizes, including the top education award of $25,000 presented by the Samueli Foundation, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, a founder of Broadcom.

Auditions Set for BPCC's The Spitfire Grill Musical

Release date: August 17, 2011

The Performing Arts at Bossier Parish Community College will hold auditions for the cast of the James Valcq and Fred Alley musical, The Spitfire Grill. Auditions will be at the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus (6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City) at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, August 24 and 25.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will direct this high-spirited and inspiring musical in which a feisty parolee follows her dreams. The musical is based on the popular 1996 movie of the same name. According to publisher Samuel French, Percy--inspired by a page from an old travel book--travels to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on “Why You Want the Grill” wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full, and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.

The musical has a singing/acting ensemble of 11-15, and all roles are open for casting. The characters range in age from 18-50—the citizens of a small country town. Those auditioning should prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue and a short musical selection. Please bring sheet music. Readings and singing selections will be provided for those who do not bring their own. Scripts are available for overnight checkout at the BPCC Theatre Program. Contact Jim Boyter, Performing Arts Manager, for more information at 318-678-6021 or by email at theatre@bpcc.edu.

Show dates for The Spitfire Grill are October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and October 23 and 30 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for senior citizens, military, and non-BPCC students.

Faculty Promotions at BPCC

Release date: August 17, 2011

Chancellor Jim Henderson announces the following faculty promotions at Bossier Parish Community College:

Laura Bryant, Professor, Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health
Michelle Grant, Professor, Division of Business
Vernon Leggett, Professor, Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health
Charles Reed, Professor, Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health
Judith Coston, Associate Professor, Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health
Cammie Emory, Associate Professor, Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health
Ken Franks, Associate Professor, Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health
Michael Hart, Associate Professor, Division of The Performing Arts
Cieltia Adams, Assistant Professor, Division of Liberal Arts
Gulnara Chandler, Assistant Professor, Division of The Performing Arts
Stephenie Nix-Alexander, Assistant Professor, Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health
John Sells, Assistant Professor, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences

LA Tech Architecture Students to Show Projects at BPCC

Release date: August 8, 2011

On August 10-12, Louisiana Tech University's School of Architecture will exhibit the results of its Summer Degree Design Project Studio in the Donna Service Gallery at Bossier Parish Community College.

The projects consist of a hypothetical Master Plan for the Bossier Parish Community College Campus. Over the course of 10 weeks, architecture students studied the BPCC campus, interviewed faculty and administrators at BPCC, and developed solutions that account for the campus' growth over the next 15-20 years. Expectations for the Master Plan included expansion of campus facilities by 33% and explored sustainable design and energy efficient solutions. Overall, the green campus initiative explores seven aspects of the campus environment that address curb waste and efficient use of energy and water. Social spaces, child care, food venues, and transportation are other considerations addressed in the Master Plan.

In conjunction with the master plan, each student in the course developed a unique building design for a hypothetical facility for the BPCC campus. The proposed facility and design problem is meant to bring sustainable principles and research to the BPCC campus and to enhance the existing construction education program.

Location:
Bossier Parish Community College
Building A
6220 E. Texas Street
Bossier City, Louisiana
 
Date and time:
August 10 at 11:30 am
Open house for students, faculty, administrators, and guests. The work will remain on display until the morning of August 12, 2011.

BPCC Oil and Gas Production Technology Student Receives Scholarship from Shell

Release date: August 8, 2011

BPCC sophomore Shaun Remedies, Oil & Gas Production Technology major, has been awarded a merit scholarship for $2000 from Shell through the College of the Mainland (CAPT) Foundation. Shaun maintains a 3.7 GPA at the community college.

For more information on BPCC's Oil & Gas Production Technology program, call Linda Sonnier at (318) 678-6524 or email lsonnier@bpcc.edu.

BPCC to Hold Registration for Fall 2011

Release date: August 8, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College will hold registration for Fall 2011 from 9:00am-6:00 pm on Thursday, August 17, 2011 at the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

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

Summer 2011 Graduate and Honors Lists Released

Release date: August 5, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College is pleased to announce the names of graduates for the 2011 summer semester. The College is also pleased to announce the names of students on the Chancellor's and Dean's lists for the 2011 summer semester.

Summer 2011
GraduatesPDF File| Chancellor's ListPDF File| Dean's ListPDF File

BPCC Offers Degree in Industrial Technology

Release date: August 2, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College's Division of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics has received approval from the State Board of Regents to offer an Associate of Science in Industrial Technology with two concentrations. This new 63 credit-hour, 2-year degree will expand BPCC's ongoing programs to prepare technicians for positions in multiple industries throughout the region.

Concentrations available in this degree include Engineering Graphics or Automation and Controls. Engineering Graphics prepares individuals to function as entry level graphics specialists, and includes instruction on types of views, line and dimensioning standards, and spatial relationships of surfaces as typically used in engineering, industry, and architecture. The curriculum emphasizes 2-D and 3-D techniques, as well as computer software programs used in industry.

Automation and Controls provides the graduate the opportunity to work as industrial electronic technicians in the growing industry.

"The uniqueness of this degree not only complements BPCC's current Certificate of Technical Studies in Industrial Control Systems and Technical Competency Area in Computer Drafting and Design, but also includes a 2+2 agreement with Northwestern State University," says Edward Chopin, Program Director for CAD Drafting and Design/Engineering Graphics. "Graduates can complete their associate degree at BPCC and go to work immediately, or if they choose, transfer their course work and continue their education at NSU to earn a bachelor's degree."

For additional information on the new degree, contact Edward Chopin at 318-678-6092 or echopin@bpcc.edu.

BPCC Cheer Squad Brings Home Honors at NCA Cheer Camp

Release date: July 29, 2011

Congratulations to the 2011-2012 BPCC Cavalier Cheer Squad for being one of two teams chosen as Most Improved Squad at the National Cheerleaders Association College Camp at SMU in Dallas. This award is voted on by the NCA Staff.

The cheer squad also captured three blue ribbons in rally routine evaluation, game day evaluation, and final evaluation and received a spirit stick for the team showing spirit and having positive attitudes towards their teammates as well as other teams.

The BPCC Cavalier cheerleader squad consists of seven two-year members and performs at all home basketball games and represents the College at various events on-campus and in the community throughout the year. Students receive course credit and scholarships are available. Cheerleaders learn all the techniques needed to walk onto a four-year university cheer squad.

Cheer coach for the Cavalier cheer squad is Rachel Randolph, who has been with the squad for five years.

2011-2012 BPCC Cheer Squad

2011 - 2012 BPCC Cheer Squad

BPCC Students Participate in Day at the Legislature

Release date: July 29, 2011

BPCC students visit with local state representatives recently at the “Every Day is Community and Technical College Day at the Legislature” in Baton Rouge. This day is an innovative approach by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System to send advocacy teams to the 2011 Legislature to provide students the opportunity to express the importance of technical and community colleges in their lives, to share their personal stories, and to thank legislators who provide funding that enables them to attend college.

Jared Day, Shay Linnear, Rep. Henry Burns, Ms. BPCC Ashley Tidwell, Randy Stewart.

(l to r) BPCC students Jared Day, Shay Linnear, Rep. Henry Burns, Ms. BPCC Ashley Tidwell, Randy Stewart.

Bossier Parish Community College to Hold Summer Graduation Ceremony on Friday

Release date: July 27, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College will hold its summer graduation ceremony at 2:00pm on Friday, July 29, 2011 in the Health & Physical Education Complex, BPCC, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

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

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

Guest speaker for the fifty-eighth commencement ceremony is State Representative James H. Morris, Oil City, LA, whose daughter Kourtney Morris Tyson will be receiving the Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration.

Also, receiving an honorary degree will be Billy Wayne Montgomery, former Louisiana state representative and chairperson for the BPCC 100 – the annual fundraiser for student scholarships.

The Performing Arts at BPCC Announces 2011-2012 Season of Theatre

Release date: July 27, 2011

ECHOES
BPCC Building F, Room 203
FINAL WEEK: July 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m.
July 31 at 2:00 p.m.

Spitfire Grill
October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m.
October 23, 30 at 2:00 p.m.

BPCC's Annual Christmas Show
(Presented with Bossier City at the Bossier Civic Center)
November 30 and December 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Sleeping Beauty (Children's Show)
February 17 and 24 at 6:00 p.m.
February 18 and 25 at 12:00 noon
February 19 and 26 at 2:00 p.m.

The Matchmaker
March 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 at 7:30 p.m.
March 25 and April 1 at 2:00 p.m.

The Performing Arts at Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce their 2011-2012 theatre season with last weekend's opening of the first production, Echoes. Director of Theatre, Professor Stephen W. Slaughter, states, "This year's season offers something for everyone: a gripping drama, an inspiring musical, a delightful children's show, and a nostalgic American comedy."

Season ticket memberships are offered at $40 each, which includes two tickets to each of the four mainstage shows. At $5 per ticket, this package provides about a 50 to 60% savings over regular ticket prices. Season memberships may be purchased at the production of Echoes, or by calling 318-678-6021.

Kicking off the theatre season this summer is the current production of Echoes, by N. Richard Nash. Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, Professor of Theatre, directs this production which continues this weekend, July 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and July 31 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, military, non-BPCC students. This show is not recommended for children. Call 318-678-6021 for reservations.

The premise of this suspenseful drama is unusual. According to Samuel French, Inc., the publisher, a young man and woman build a low-keyed paradise of happiness within a mental hospital, only to have it shattered by the intrusion of the outside world. The two characters search, at times agonizingly, to determine the difference between illusion and reality. The effort is lightened by moments of shared love and "pretend" games, like decorating Christmas trees that are not really there. The theme of love – vulnerable to the surveillances of the hospital and the ministrations of the psychiatrist – seems as fragile in the constrained setting as it often is in the outside world.

The fall musical is Spitfire Grill, by James Valcq and Fred Alley. In the spirited and inspiring show, according to Samuel French, Inc., a feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full, and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.

Performances are October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m. and October 23, 30 at 2:00 p.m. Reserved tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, military, non-BPCC students and children. Tickets go on sale October 17. Call 318-678-6021 for reservations.

Next, the Cavalier Players will join with the Cavalier Choir, The Cavalier Show Band, the Cavalier Cheerleaders and Ladies in Gold and other BPCC performance groups to present the annual Bossier City/Bossier Parish Community College Christmas Show at the Bossier Civic Center. This year's show is "Santa's Star Search," a treat for children of all ages slated for Wednesday and Thursday, November 30 and December 1 at 7:00 p.m. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free to the community. Canned good donations for The Northwest Louisiana Food Bank are welcome.

In February, the Cavalier Players will please children and their child-like parents with a Stephen W. Slaughter original musical children's theatre adaptation of the delightful story, Sleeping Beauty. The fairy-tale parable is set for February 17 and 24 at 6:00 p.m.; February 18 and 25 at 12:00 noon; and February 19 and 26 at 2:00 p.m. All performances are at the Performing Arts Theatre, Building C. General Admission is $5.00 for children of all ages and tickets are only available at the door. The final mainstage offering for this season is the turn-of-the-century nostalgic comedy that inspired Broadway's Hello Dolly—Thornton Wilder's, The Matchmaker. The publisher describes the rib-tickler as follows: a certain old merchant of Yonkers is so rich in 1800 that he decides to take a wife. He employs a matchmaker – a woman who subsequently becomes involved with two of his menial clerks, assorted young and lovely ladies, and the headwaiter at an expensive restaurant where this swift farce runs headlong into a series of hilarious complications. After everyone gets straightened out romantically and finds his or her heart's desire, the merchant finds himself affianced to the astute matchmaker herself. He who was so shrewd in business is putty in the hands of Dolly Levi. He is fooled by apprentices in a series of hilarious hide and seek scenes and finally has all his bluster explode in his face.

Performances for this enormously funny comic romp are March 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 at 7:30 p.m. and March 25 and April 1 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10.00 for seniors, military, non-BPCC students, and children. Tickets go on sale March 19. Please call 318-678-6021 for reservations.

The Performing Arts at BPCC also offers two performance bonus events for the community--the Fall and Spring Festivals of One Act Plays. Dates and times for these student-directed evenings of theatre will be announced later. Each Festival presents a selection of individual short plays. Normally the Festival is more appropriate for mature audiences. Admission is free.

For more information about the Cavalier Players' season or about the BPCC Performing Arts degree program, call BPCC Performing Arts at 318-678-6021.

BPCC's Culinary Arts Program and Quota Club of Shreveport Present Icing on the Cake Competition

Release date: July 25, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College’ Culinary Arts program presents Quota Club of Shreveport’s 2011 Icing on the Cake Competition, “Kick Up Your Heels for Cake,” to be held Saturday, July 30 in the BPCC gymnasium, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The Icing on the Cake Competition is a charitable event featuring cake artists of varying skill levels, from amateur to professional. Some of the most celebrated artists in the country will be on hand, including Food Network Cake Champion Bronwen Weber.

Regional cake artist will be showcasing their talent in four categories and five skill divisions. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and close after rewards at 5:00 p.m.

General admission is $5 per person. Demonstration cost for attendance is $5 per class. Lunch and drinks will be available for purchase, and vendors will be selling specialty sweets and baking supplies.

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We Care Community Renewal InternationalBossier Parish Community College and Community Renewal Unite

Release date: July 15, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College and Community Renewal have partnered to launch a “We Care” campaign on the college campus this fall.

 

 

BPCC administrators, faculty, and students along with Community Renewal administrators

Pictured are BPCC administrators, faculty, and students along with Community Renewal administrators.

BPCC Program Coordinator Named Pharmacy Technician of the Year

Shelly DillonRelease date: July 14, 2011

Shelly Dillon, Pharmacy Technician Program Clinical Coordinator at Bossier Parish Community College, was recently named the Louisiana Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (LSHP) Pharmacy Technician of the Year.

 

 

 

 

BPCC to Offer Evening Program for Construction Employment

Release date: July 11, 2011

For those wishing to begin careers in construction, BPCC will offer a four-month program in Construction Readiness starting August 22. This program will meet the requirements for applied math, graphics (blueprints), materials and construction methods which construction workers need for entry level positions.

“Workers with this essential knowledge will go to the head-of-the-line for entry level construction jobs,” said Program Director Linda Sonnier. “All of the basic skills required can be mastered in just four months.” Students can learn the basics and a trade in the community college environment, while earning nationally- recognized credentials in the trade.

Classes meet Monday through Thursday at 5:00 pm. More information is available by calling 318-678-6524.

BPCC Announces Summer Theatrical Production

Release date: July 12, 2011

The Performing Arts of Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the production of the honest, compassionate, and suspenseful play, Echoes, slated for July 22-31 in BPCC’s alternate performance space, Building F, Room 203 on the BPCC campus at 6220 E. Texas Street in Bossier City. Echoes is an intimate, three-character drama by N. Richard Nash.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford directs the play which features the talent of BPCC Theatre students Aubrey Brummett as Tilda; Brad Silman as Sam; and Alex Rogers as The Person. Theatre Program Director Stephen W. Slaughter will produce the show; Jasey Gilbert will stage manage; and David White and Keith Bruce will design sets and lights for the show. Rona Leber will design costumes.

Echoes follows a young man and woman and the paradise they have built for themselves within an asylum. The two characters search to determine the line between illusion and reality. Desperate to hold on to their imaginary world, the two patients resist the one thing that will either save or destroy them: the truth. Originally produced in 1972 at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Echoes was the Award Play of The American Playwrights Theatre. Playwright N. Richard Nash is best known for his 1954 play The Rainmaker.

Dr. Crawford states, “We chose Echoes as our summer show for a number of reasons. First of all, a number of our full-time students are pursuing summer theatre work outside of Shreveport/Bossier or are participating in local community theatre summer productions—we needed a small-cast show. Also, the playwright has provided superbly drawn characters in Echoes for our students to develop. In addition, the small cast and minimal set requirements make the shows a perfect choice for traveling to Indiana—a seven-year tradition that has earned much recognition for BPCC Theatre with award-winning productions of such shows as The Woman in Black and The Star-Spangled Girl.

”Each summer, we co-produce with the Canterbury Summer Theatre the final production of the theatre’s summer stock season. This year we are excited to continue that tradition by taking our students in this production to complete this year’s season, providing a professional venue for a BPCC production and a professional opportunity for our students.” Crawford adds, “As Artistic Director of the Canterbury, I am able to provide an additional quality production for the theatre’s audiences while at the same time providing a showcase for BPCC’s Theatre Program.”

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on July 22, 23, 29, and 30; and at 2:00 p.m. on July 24 and 31. Tickets for the production go on sale Monday, July 18 and are available by calling The Performing Arts Box Office number, 318-678-6021. General admission ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military, and students. This is “PG-13” production that contains adult language and situations and is not suitable for children.

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

BPCC Cavalier Male Cheerleader Tryouts Scheduled

Release date: June 16, 2011

Male cheerleader tryouts for the 2011-2012 BPCC Cavalier Cheerleader squad will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at BPCC’s Health and PE Center, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Tryouts are open to male students who are enrolled or planning to enroll at Bossier Parish Community College in the fall 2011 semester. Students trying out must attend the clinic held prior to the tryouts. The clinic will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26. The material taught at the clinic will be judged at tryouts.

Anyone interested in watching tryouts are welcome. There will a $3 admission charge at the door.

For any additional questions, call BPCC’s Office of Student Life at 318-678-6035.

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BPCC Cavalier Baseball Second Baseman Recognized with Two National Honors

Taylor PittmanRelease date: June 16, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College is proud to announce Cavalier Baseball’s second baseman Taylor Pittman as the recipient of two national honors.

Pittman has been named NJCAA Division I Baseball Defensive Player of the Year from Easton™ Baseball and is also the winner of the 2011 NJCAA Division I Rawlings Gold Glove Award®.

As stated in the NJCAA news article, Pittman logged 52 games this season, totaling 73 putouts and 120 assists primarily playing the second base position for Bossier Parish. The sophomore recorded a perfect 1.00 fielding percentage and did not commit an error this season. The defensive specialist also contributed offensively, batting .278 throughout the season with 40 hits, 23 runs, and 17 RBI’s. The Bossier City, La. native managed five doubles, seven steals, and eight walks in 144 at-bats as well.

“Obviously, I am very proud of Taylor for the unbelievable season he had defensively,” says Cavalier Baseball Coach Aaron Vorachek. “I think what he did on the field is a product of his hard work and the awards he has received could have not been given to a more deserving player.”

Pittman, a graduate of Airline High School, is a student in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at BPCC where he earned a 4.0 GPA during the spring 2011 semester. His cumulative GPA is 3.293.

Taylor Pittman

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BPCC Enrollment Continues to Grow: Summer 2011 is School's Highest Summer Enrollment in History

Release date: June 14, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College’s summer 2011 enrollment reached 2,725, an increase of 13% over summer 2010, and is the highest “summer” enrollment in the school’s history.

Based on the 7th class day credit enrollment figures, BPCC’s enrollment increased 313 students from 2,412 students in summer 2010.

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

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

“This summer, we are offering 119 online course sections,” says Kathleen Gay, Dean of Educational Technology. “Because more students want the flexibility to schedule their classes around balancing work, home, and family, the numbers continually are growing. BPCC does a great job meeting students where they are in their lives right now. E-Learning is contributing in a big way to improving the overall quality of education.” Of the 2,725 students enrolled this summer, 455 students are taking at least one online course and many are taking more than one.

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

BPCC Gospel Choir to Hold Auditions for Fall 2011 Semester

Release date: June 7, 2011

The BPCC Gospel Choir will hold auditions for the fall 2011 semester at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 in the Emmett E. Cope Student Services Building (Building F), Room 203 on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Auditions are open to both incoming and current students. Interested students must bring one prepared song to sing/perform for the audition. Scholarships are also available and the application can be found here.PDF FileThose students applying for scholarships must bring the completed application to the auditions.

For additional information, contact Dr. Cindy Darby, Student Advisor, at 318-678-6111 or email cdarby@bpcc.edu.

Spring 2011 Graduate and Honors Lists Released

Release date: June 6, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College is pleased to announce the names of graduates for the 2011 spring semester. The College is also pleased to announce the names of students on the Chancellor's and Dean's lists for the 2011 spring semester.

Spring 2011
Graduates | Chancellor's List | Dean's List

BPCC Hosts Summer Writers Workshop

Release date: May 31, 2011

The North Louisiana Storytellers and Authors of Romance and Bossier Parish Community College Liberal Arts Division will host a summer workshop for writers from 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. on June 11 at the Emmett E. Cope Student Service Building (Building F), Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City. A book signing, hosted by Barnes and Noble, will be held at 5:00 pm. in Building G at the campus.

Funded by a grant through the Bossier Arts Council, this workshop will provide interested community members and beginning/intermediate writers the opportunity to receive quality instruction and information from industry professionals.

The event will feature author/editor Debra Dixon and her GMC—Goal, Motivation, and Conflict for Writers. The day-long event will feature nine other workshops which will discuss screenwriting, creating compelling characters, and developing specific genres such as Christian fiction and historical fiction. Featured authors include Kerrelyn Sparks, Janet Mullany, Ernest Hill, Shelia Goss, Lenora Worth, and Beth Cornelison.

Registration for the day-long workshop is $25 before June 11; $30 day of the event. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

Registration forms and schedule may be accessed at www.nolastars.com.Will open new browser window or tabAll levels of writers are encouraged to attend; however, attendees must be over 16.

For more information or questions, call 318-560-8057. Early registration is encouraged.

Cavalier Baseball Team Tryouts Scheduled for 2011 and 2012 High School Grads

Realase date: May 16, 2011

Tryouts for the 2011-2012 BPCC Cavalier baseball team will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 10 at the BPCC Baseball Field, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA. Tryouts are open to all 2011 and 2012 high school graduates. There is no cost for tryouts.

For any additional questions, call the BPCC Baseball Office at 318-678-6319.
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Third Annual Opportunities and Choices: A Career GPS for 8th Graders

Release date: May 11, 2011

Eighth grade students (selected by Bossier, Caddo and Webster school counselors-invitation only) have been invited to explore a wide variety of careers and educational opportunities through interaction with community vendors and services.

Participants/sponsors:
TITLE SPONSOR – North Shreveport Business Association
PLATINUM SPONSOR – City of Bossier and Bossier Parish Community College
GOLD SPONSOR – Chesapeake Energy
SILVER SPONSOR – Barksdale Federal Credit Union
Other community partners – listed on the programPDF File

Date/Time:
Tuesday, May 17 – Selected Bossier and Webster Parish 8th grade students
Wednesday, May 18 – Selected Caddo Parish 8th grade students

Location:
Bossier City Civic Center
Bossier City, LA

BPCC Set to Graduate Highest Number of Graduates to Date

Release date: May 11, 2011

This spring, Bossier Parish Community College not only records the highest enrollment in its forty-three year history, the College is set to graduate its highest number of students during two graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 13 in the Health and Physical Education Complex at 6220 E. Texas St.

Credentials will be awarded to 355 graduates, making this spring’s graduation the largest on record.

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

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

Commencement speaker for the Science, Nursing, and Allied Health graduation ceremony is Mr. John F. Sharp, President and CEO of Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana. Mr. Don McClure, Senior Vice President of Encana, is the commencement speaker for the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.

BPCC's Donna Service Gallery to Feature Exhibition of Louisiana Tech University Sculpture and Architechure Students' Works

Release date: May 9, 2011

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Nine art and architecture students from Louisiana Tech will exhibit their works beginning May 12 through June 28 in the Donna Service Gallery at Bossier Parish Community College, Building A, 6220 E. Texas Street. An opening reception will be held from 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 12.

“I am very exciting for the (La. Tech) students to have this opportunity to share their work in the Northwest LA community. It also seems fitting as BPCC and Louisiana Tech continue to strengthen their partnership in the academic realm,” said Kevin Kennedy, Louisiana Tech associate professor of art and friend of the late Donna Service – for whom the Gallery is named.

Kennedy added, “The gallery at BPCC provides a wonderful exhibition space for sculpture as many of the pieces are floor installations and work well with all the natural lighting of the space. This venue, housing the large open gallery with multiple exterior views of the campus, is a perfect fit for such an exhibition. The BPCC campus location is a great opportunity for our students to present their work outside of Ruston and Louisiana Tech and gain exposure to the Shreveport / Bossier community.”

Not only is BPCC hosting the exhibit, there is another unique tie between the two schools. Former BPCC art student David Morgan will be displaying his work in the show.

“Many of our students transfer to Louisiana Tech and this exhibit demonstrates the outstanding talent in our region and allows our community to experience that creativity on our campus,” said BPCC Dean of Liberal Arts Holly French-Hart. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to collaborate with Louisiana Tech University in promoting the arts and student excellence.”

The exhibition consists of graduate and undergraduate students’ works which use a variety of materials and processes that address a range of concerns. In many ways, the sculptures and installations comprise a duality of approaches and materials. Found industrial objects reappropriated into kinetic objects and delicate materials such as cast plaster suggesting vulnerability and a fragile existence are placed next to forms which exhibit destructive qualities such as industrial saw blades and wrecking balls.

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

Kennedy’s first involvement with Donna included a variety of events embracing youth and their families from communities in Shreveport. “I worked with Donna on a photographic project highlighting the Ledbetter Heights neighborhood in 1990. This exhibition of sculptural works presented in a gallery honoring her seems a continued involvement and collaboration for me with her spirit and love of the arts and the community.”

The Donna Service Gallery is open from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on the Art and Architecture exhibition of Louisiana Tech University students, call 318-678-6041.

BPCC Athletes Selected for Region XIV Athletic Conference All-Academic Team

Release date: May 9, 2011

Dakota Doss, Chris Griffitt, Shelby Leach and Lauren Swift have been selected to the NJCAA Region XIV Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.

Doss and Griffitt, members of the Cavalier Baseball team, and Leach and Swift, members of the Lady Cavalier Softball team, were selected based on their GPA, credit hours completed and participation.

Vice Chancellor of Student Services Karen Recchia commends the students on their achievements. “These four student-athletes are the essence of the Athletic Department's mission to assist all student-athletes in achieving a total educational experience while competing at the intercollegiate level,” says Recchia. “With their grade point averages, sportsmanship, and community involvement, Shelby, Lauren, Dakota, and Chris are the epitome of an All-Academic Team student-athlete. We are honored that each of these student-athletes chose BPCC to pursue their educational and athletic careers, and we applaud their prestigious accomplishments.”

To be chosen for the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have completed at least 36 hours of college courses toward a degree; must have an accumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale; and must have participated in at least one season at the varsity level.

All four BPCC student-athletes are majoring in general studies.

BPCC Middle College Students to Graduate Tuesday with Many Accomplishments

Release date: May 6, 2011

BPCC Middle College will hold its graduation ceremony at 6:00 pm, Tuesday, May 10, in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The BPCC Middle College program, which began January 2010, combines college credit courses, GED Prep, and leadership classes and consists of students who never completed high school. The program exemplifies BPCC’s commitment to providing programs for students to achieve their educational goals.

“Not only is the BPCC Middle College program a model for student success, the students (many of whom are first-generation college students) are inspired to advance to the next phase of higher education,” said BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson.

This inspiration is evident in many of this year’s student accomplishments. Two of the Middle College graduates’ works were chosen for the Savior Faire, the college’s literary/art magazine featuring original art, poetry, short stories, essays, plays, and photographs submitted by students, faculty, staff, and the community. Middle College student Olivia Montgomery won the Savoir Faire contest in photography and Middle College student Ashley Bruce won the Savoir Faire contest in poetry.

“Winning the Savior Faire contest makes me feel like I can accomplish anything that I put my mind to. It means so much that they picked my picture to be on the front cover of the Savior Faire. I definitely plan on majoring in photography and being a photography professor in the future. Being in Middle College changed my life. Middle College encourages me to continue my education,” said Montgomery.

Middle College students are also able to become involved in college activities. MC graduate Jesse Kortus became a Cavalier Player and performed in the recent productions, The Time of Your Life and Valentine’s Play.

“Becoming a Cavalier Player at BPCC and being accepted by the people there was and is one of my greatest achievements. The Middle College program at BPCC opened many new and beneficial doors for my present and future. It builds confidence in a person and makes them feel like they’re doing something worthwhile with their time,” said Kortus.

For more information on BPCC Middle College, contact Shelli Ulrich, Workplace Literacy Director, at 318-678-6358.

BPCC Cavalier Baseball Team to Play Last Home Game Saturday

Release date: April 25, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College Cavalier Baseball team will play the last home game against Lon Morris College, on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the BPCC baseball field, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The game will be a doubleheader.

BPCC Lady Cavalier Softball Team to Play Last Regular Season Games Wednesday

Release date: April 25, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavalier Softball team will play Lon Morris College at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, at BPCC softball field, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA. The games will be the end of the Lady Cavs’ regular season.

BPCC Division of Telecommunicatons Wins Silver at WorldFest-Houston

Release date: April 20, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College’s Telecommunications Division received a Silver Remi Award recently at WorldFest in Houston, TX, for its full length feature film, “At War With the Ants.” The screenplay, written by Tim Miller, was produced by the BPCC Film Institute. Each year, students in the BPCC Film Institute participate in classes which are geared to the production of full-length feature movies and documentaries.

“We are pleased to offer a film program at Bossier Parish Community College where the students’ work is validated by an international group of judges such as those at WorldFest-Houston,” said BPCC’s Dean of Telecommunications Larry Powell. Powell and Telecommunications Professor Paula Kaszuba accepted the award at the gala banquet at WorldFest headquarters in Houston.

WorldFest-Houston, founded in 1941, has emerged as the largest running film festival in the world, the oldest film festival in the South and the third oldest international film festival in North America. The diverse works in competition at WorldFest are not created by major studios, but by truly independent artists like the students in the film program at Bossier Parish Community College.

This was the ninth consecutive year in which BPCC’s Telecommunications Division has won honors at WorldFest. The Division also produces two or more documentaries each year as a part of their film program. In the past five years, BPCC’s film program has grown to be one of the largest film programs in the state.

To learn more about Bossier Parish Community College’s Telecommunications Division and Film Institute, visit www.bpcc.edu/telecommunications or call 318-678-6038.

BPCC Debate Team Wins National Championship

Release date: April 13, 2011

The Bossier Parish Community College Debate Team captured its first national championship at the International Public Debate Association’s National Championship Tournament hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX, April 7-10.

The team was led by Stewart Black, who was named the 5th ranked speaker in the tournament. Team captain Carissa Bethea and Tashara Williams earned four wins each, and Anita Widener earned two wins for the BPCC team. In 2009 and 2010, the team finished 2nd to Tulsa Community College, but this year’s performance led the BPCC team to a six point victory over the two time defending champions as BPCC earned its first Community College National Championship.

“This year’s team is by far the most talented group of students that I have worked with at BPCC, and the results from this tournament puts these students in a unique place in history,” Debate team coach Bob Alexander said. “The combination of the work ethic of these students and their commitment to help each other has accomplished something for BPCC to be proud of. I feel honored just to be associated with this group.”

In wrapping up the regular season, Stewart Black finished the year ranked 13th among the 360 college and university students who competed in the novice division of debate. Amongst the 85 community college students who competed in the novice division of debate, BPCC’s Stewart Black and Karen Blagg finished 1st and 2nd respectively. Team captain Carissa Bethea, who began the season in the novice division finished 10th amongst community college students and also finished 3rd amongst community college students in the varsity division where she finished the year.

The BPCC Debate Team is open to any student, and no prior experience is required. Interested students are encouraged to contact Bob Alexander at 318-678-6460 or e-mail him at balexander@bpcc.edu.

Debate team members Stewart Black and Carissa Bethea

BPCC debate team members Stewart Black and Carissa Bethea at the 2011 IPDA National Championship Tournament hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University.

BPCC Students Selected for Seminar in Austria

Release date: April 8, 2011

Two students from Bossier Parish Community College have been selected to represent the college at the AT&T Community College Global Leadership Program in Salzburg, Austria. The program is sponsored by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System

Sarah Jones, from Benton, and Dezerra Wesley, from Bossier City, will travel to Salzburg in May for a week-long international study program. College students from across the world will meet to explore issues of worldwide concern. During the seminar, students will develop tools to understand what it means to be “global citizens.”

Sarah, who is a theatre major at BPCC, is also a member of the Concert Winds ensemble. Dezerra is a BPCC cheerleader and honor student.

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

Sarah Jones Dezerra Wesley
Sarah Jones Dezerra Wesley

Bossier Parish Community College Recognizes Outstanding Faculty and Staff Members

Release date: April 7, 2011

Annually, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) takes time to recognize outstanding faculty and staff members throughout the system, by honoring them for their exceptional work and dedication to their local community college or regional technical college. Faculty and staff from the system’s 16 colleges work tirelessly to ensure the more than 70,000 students the LCTCS serves receive the best educational and workforce training opportunities available. They do this by going above and beyond their job descriptions and rising to the meet the challenges that each college faces on a daily basis. As the state and higher education continues to face a stream of challenges and obstacles, faculty and staff have worked diligently to make sure that students are not impacted and continue to receive a world-class education at their institutions.

This year, members at each college were honored in the categories of outstanding professional staff, outstanding professional support staff, outstanding faculty and distinguished retiree. BPCC recognized the following individuals for their continued excellence and dedication to the college.

Shelli Ulrich, Director of Workplace Literacy, received this year’s Outstanding Professional Staff award. Shelli has worked for the college for 11 years and developed the BPCC Middle College program, which allows high school drop-outs to enroll in college full time while earning their GED.

Angela Cao, Administrative Coordinator in Student Life, received this year’s Outstanding Professional Support Staff award. Angie has worked for the college for 3 ½ years and coordinates Career Services, Disability Services, and the entire registration process.

Rona Leber, Professor of Liberal Arts, received this year’s outstanding faculty award. Rona has worked for the college for 14 ½ years and teaches public speaking, costuming, and make-up courses. She is the costume designer for the five-show production season of the Theatre Program, having won the Louisiana Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Costuming.

Dr. Joe D. May, Jim Henderson, Rona Leber, Shelli Ulrich, Angie Cao, and Vincent St. Blanc.

Pictured left to right are LCTCS President Dr. Joe D. May, Chancellor Jim Henderson, Rona Leber, Shelli Ulrich, Angie Cao, and LCTCS Board Chair Vincent St. Blanc.

Bossier Parish Community College and LSU-Shreveport Sign MOU Agreement

Release date: April 7, 2011

College officials from Bossier Parish Community and LSU-Shreveport signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow students to complete an Associate of Applied Science at BPCC and transfer all credit hours to Louisiana State University in Shreveport in partial fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“All of BPCC’s Associate of Applied Science programs in Cyber Information Technology and Computer Information Systems will provide new pathways into LSU-Shreveport’s CIS degree program,” said Chancellor Henderson. “The development of the curriculum was a joint effort of the academic leadership of both institutions in a model of collaboration in support of our regional economy.”

The Memorandum of Understanding articulates the transfer agreement and process for students to complete the Associate of Applied Science in the following:

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Information Network Security Specialist
  • Information Network Specialist
  • Information Programmer Analyst
  • Information Systems Administration Specialist
  • Web Analyst Programmer

These programs will transfer to LSU-Shreveport into the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems.

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson and LSU-S Chancellor Vincent Marsala sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the two institution

Before a crowd of college/university administrators, BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson and LSU-S Chancellor Vincent Marsala sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.

BPCC's Camp Cavs, Summer Camp for Kids, Announces Summer 2011 Offerings

Release date: April 5, 2011

Camp Cavs, BPCC’s summer program for kids, will be held in the months of June and July 2011. Camps will be held from 8:00 a.m.-noon or 1:00-5:00 p.m. Camps are from Monday-Friday unless otherwise noted. Camps are available for ages 5-18 and will include camps in softball, basketball for boys, cheer, dance, art, cyber, theatre/drama, music, painting, drawing, mixed media, and ACT prep, to name a few.

Registration for Camp Cavs has begun, 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 at www.bpcc.edu/continuingeducation. Campers must complete a release form prior to participation.

List of 2011 CAMP CAVS campsPDF File

BPCC Receives Recognition as Certifying Authority for Federal Committee on National Security Systems National Certificates 4011 and 4012

Release date: April 4, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College received another national recognition recently by being approved as a certifying authority to offer the Federal Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Certificates 4011 and 4012.

The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) certifications are certified from the Department of Home Land Security and the National Security Agency. BPCC has now obtained the first two CNSS certifications: NSTISSI-4011PDF FileNational Training Standard for Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals and CNSSI-4012PDF FileNational Information Assurance Training Standard for Senior Systems Managers. Upon completion of matched classes, students at Bossier Parish Community College can obtain these National Certifications along with their associate degree.

“The CNSS certifications are a great boon to our students due to the needs of the local Cyber Innovation Center and contractors that work with Barksdale Air Force Base,” Dean of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Laura Goadrich said.

Dean Goadrich added, “BPCC provides CNSS National Standards 4011 and 4012 training 100% online through its Associate of Applied Science in Information Network Security. Our comprehensive program supports CNSS standards, meets numerous other government agency security training requirements, and enables IS security professionals to hone their expertise and gain new credentials on their own schedule, virtually anywhere. This flexibility is made possible by web technology like streaming video, as well as interactive tools like two-way voice over IP (VoIP), shared whiteboards, message boards, chat rooms and email.”

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson applauded the Division of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for its accomplishment, “BPCC has created a true center of excellence in the area of Cyber Security. These national certifications are a testament to the world-class quality made available by BPCC to our region’s students and employers. We believe our continued investments in our Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs will give this regional economy a competitive advantage. I could not be prouder of Dean Laura Goadrich and her exemplary team of faculty for this significant achievement.”

The CNSS enacted National Standard 4011 to set a base level of training for IS security professionals. According to the committee’s web site, Standard 4011 “provides the minimum course content for the training of information systems security (INFOSEC) professionals in the disciplines of telecommunications security and automated information systems (AIS) security.” More information on CNSS can be found at its website: http://www.cnss.gov/history.html,Will open new browser window or tabhttp://www.cnss.gov/faq.htmlWill open new browser window or tab

For more information on BPCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Information Network Security, visit our website at http://www.bpcc.edu/cyberinformationtechnology/index.html or contact Dean Laura Goadrich at 318-678-6329.

BPCC and LSU-Shreveport to Sign Agreement

Release date: April 4, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Cyber Information Technology will sign a MOU with LSU-Shreveport to allow students to complete the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems, Information Network Security Specialist, Information Network Specialist, Information Programmer Analyst, and Information Systems Administration Specialist and transfer all credit hours to Louisiana State University in Shreveport in partial fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Participants:
Jim Henderson, Chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC)
Dr. Stan Wilkins, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, BPCC
Laura Goadrich, Dean of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, BPCC
Paul Sisson, Ph.D., Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, LSU in Shreveport
Dr. Leslie D. Fife, Chair, Computer Science Department, LSU in Shreveport

Date/Time:
Thursday, April 7, 2011
2:00 p.m.

Location:
Chancellor’s Boardroom-A230
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 E Texas St
Bossier City, LA

BPCC Cavalier Baseball Teamp Plays Hutchinson CC and Northeast Texas CC

Release date: March 18, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College Cavalier Baseball team will host Hutchinson Community College, from Hutchinson, KS, at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 22.

The Cavs will also play a doubleheader against Northeast Texas Community College, from Mt. Pleasant, TX, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 23.

Both games will be held at the BPCC ball field, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

BPCC Division of Telecommunications Announces Auditions for Upcoming Feature Film

Release date: March 15, 2011

Auditions for the Bossier Parish Community College Division of Telecommunications' upcoming movie will be held on Tuesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 24 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at BPCC, Building D-311, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City.

The division is looking for men and women ranging in ages from older teens through age 60. There is also a need for some young children (ages 5 to 12) who already have some acting experience.

Each summer, BPCC’s Telecommunication Division produces a feature film. This summer’s movie is based on a true story from the book, It’s Not Odd It’s God – an elderly woman’s memoir of small town mid-America. Ms. LoDee Hammock is everyone’s “Branson Mom”; and her story iterates the life-changing events--raising kids through thick and thin, in years of war and times of peace.

For more information, contact BPCC Division ofTelecommunications at 318-678-6038.

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department Offers Emergency Telecommunicator Certification

Release date: March 14, 2011

The Emergency Telecommunicator Certification will be offered through BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education department from 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. on Saturdays April 2, 9, 16 and 30. This certification is designed for Police and Fire Department personnel.

Participants will receive an Emergency Telecommunicator Certification from the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED). Topics for the course will include:

  • Interpersonal communication
  • The communication cycle
  • Listening
  • Language problems
  • Call processing
  • Customer service
  • Types of callers
  • High risk calls
  • Call classification
  • Radio broadcast procedures
  • Legal aspects of emergency telecommunication (risk management and liability)
  • Stress management techniques

Textbook, supplies, and the certification exam are included in the course fee. Please bring paper and pen/pencil to class.

Cost for the certification is $250. For more information and to register, visit www.bpcc.edu/continuingeducation or call 318-678-6015.

BPCC Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department Announces Courses

Release date: March 14, 2011

Listed below are a few of BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education courses through the end of March 2011:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

MARCH 16-APRIL 20 (W)
LEGAL ETHICS FOR PARALEGALS - $169

An introduction to the issues and rules that govern the legal profession. Emphasis on the importance of ethics to the law.
6:00-9:00 p.m.

MARCH 16 OR MARCH 23 (W)
TRACKING YOUR MARKETING EFFORTS - $49

For business owners or advertising and marketing decisionmakers in an organization. Learn how to track marketingefforts to maximize marketing dollars and return on investment.
March 16 6:00-9:00 p.m.
March 23 2:00-5:00 p.m.

MARCH 16 (W)
SELLING CUSTOMER SERVICE TO YOUR TEAM - $59

Perfect for team leaders, supervisors and managers of customer service representatives. This course will help leaders close the gaps in providing customer service. Course topics include recognizing the role of employee loyalty, empowering employees to succeed, teamwork, understanding and dealing with employee turnoffs.
1:00-5:00 p.m.

MARCH 16 (W)
HUMAN RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESS: HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS - $59

Topics include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, EEOC definition, inappropriate workplace behaviors, protected classes under the law, supervisor responsibilities regarding the prevention of harassment and responsibilities regarding the investigation and follow up of a report of harassment.
1:00-5:00 p.m.

MARCH 19 OR APRIL 9 (SA)
FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION - $99

This course and examination prepares the student to apply for the state Food Safety Certificate. Instruction focuses on food handling techniques, preventing food-borne illnesses, maintaining sanitary facilities and equipment, reducing liability, training and supervising employees in safe food handling.
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

MARCH 19- APRIL 9 (SA)
OIL AND GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATE - $359

This course is designed as a comprehensive safety program including training on H2S hazards, preventing the release of energy, complying with hazard communication program requirements, training and recordkeeping. HAZWOPER 24, Hazard Communication, Lock-Out/Tag-Out, Hydrogen Sulfide, PPE, and Hazmat Security (DOT HM 181).
8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

MARCH 22 (TU)
INCIDENT INVESTIGATION - $99

Includes the goals of accident investigation, such as securing the scene, “root-cause” analysis, importance of investigative interviews, assisting in an accident investigation, and reporting “near misses.” Proper investigations help ensure repeat occurrences do not happen.
1:00-5:00 p.m.

MARCH 28-APRIL 1 (M-F)
OSHA TRAINING FOR 30 HOUR CARD- GENERAL INDUSTRY - $449

Provides information needed to apply OSHA standards tohazards in the workplace. Topics include Introduction to OSHA, Walking and Working Surfaces, Exit Routes Emergency Action Plans, Fire Prevention and Protection, Electrical Safety, PPE, Hazard Communication, Hazardous Materials, Material Handling, Industrial Hygiene, Machine Guarding, Inspections, Citations and Penalties, General Safety and Health, OSHA 800, Lock Out/Tag Out, Fall Protection, Powered Industrial Vehicles.
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

PERSONAL ENRICHMENT:

MARCH 22 (TU)
FUNDING LONG-TERM CARE - $49

Review of the different types of long-term care: Independent living, assisted living, and nursing facility. Covers the types of payer sources for the long-term care: Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care insurance and private. Evaluates the criteria that must be met in order to qualify for Medicare/Medicaid and admission to facilities.
5:00-8:00 p.m.

MARCH 24 (TH)
INVEST IN YOUR DEBT - $49

This nationally-acclaimed workshop shows how to pay off student loans, credit cards, car payments, and other debts in 1 to 3 years, then completely own your home in another 3 to 4 years--all on your current income. Apply an easy linear math, variable path method of eliminating debt the fastest way possible; spend smarter by “reverse budgeting”; and make logical spending and saving decisions. No insurance, investment, or get-rich quick schemes will be offered or sold.
6:30-9:30 p.m.

MARCH 17 (TH)
HOW TO USE COUPONS- ADVANCED - $29

A continuation of the How to Use Coupons- Beginner. Learn advanced tips for how to use coupons properly, legally, and for maximum savings. You will learn where to find coupons, how to match them with sales, how to read your sales ads, how to get organized, and where to shop!
6:00-9:00 p.m.

MARCH 28 (M)
DISCOVER SCUBA - $45

Discover Scuba is a great introductory class to learn what scuba diving is all about. This course was designed by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) as a brief overview of scuba skills and equipment usage. This is a one-time course offered in a 2 hour block that begins in the classroom where students learn the basics of diving for 30 minutes, then gear up and get in the pool for an hour of scuba diving techniques and demonstrations. This program is perfect for anyone ages 12+ who thinks he/she wants to scuba dive or has fears about scuba diving and wants to try it first to see if he/she likes it.
7:00-9:00 p.m.

MARCH 23-APRIL 21 (W, TH)
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE - $199

This course gives students a gentle start in learning the English language. Course covers the everyday language needed for business and social life. Even if you don’t know a word in English, you can easily participate in this program.
5:30-8:00 p.m.

For more information or to register, call 318-678-6015 or visit www.bpcc.edu/continuingeducation.

BPCC Culinary Arts Hosts Ice Carving Seminar

Release date: March 9, 2011

BPCC Culinary Arts is hosting an ice carving seminar by Master Ice Carver Aaron Costic from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. on March 18 in the BPCC courtyard and in Building F-203, 6220 E. Texas St.

Costic is a full-time ice sculptor from Northern Ohio. He has twenty years of ice sculpting experience. Certified as a Master Ice Carver and Lead Judge, Costic has participated and won medals in three Olympic competitions. He is also placed in the national and world championship tournaments for 11 years.

“Mr. Costic is an amazing ice sculptor who has a passion for educating people,” said BPCC Culinary Arts Director Chef Elizabeth Dickson. “He has demonstrated at culinary schools in his area and I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity for our BPCC Culinary Art students to experience firsthand someone of his caliber.”

Costic owns a studio, Elegant Ice Creations, in Broadview Heights, Ohio, where he sculpts ice for all occasions.

For more information, contact Chef Liz Dickson at 318-678-6115.

BPCC Lady Cavalier Softball Team Faces Navarro College

Release date: March 9, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavalier Softball team will play Navarro College from Corsicana, TX, at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at BPCC Softball field, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

BPCC Cavalier Baseball Team Plays Doubleheaders at Home Friday and Saturday

Release date: March 9, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College Cavalier Baseball team will play doubleheaders Friday and Saturday:

Friday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m. Meridian Community College
Saturday, March 12 at 12:30 p.m. East Central Mississippi CC

Games will be played at the BPCC ball field, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

New Ms BPCC and Miss Tiny Cavalier Crowned

Release date: March 7, 2011

The new Ms BPCC 2011 was chosen on Saturday, March 5 at the annual Ms BPCC pageant. Ashley Tidwell, a sophomore majoring in nursing, was crowned Ms BPCC and first runner-up was Sarah Jones, a freshman majoring in theatre. Kim Lee was chosen Miss Congeniality by the other contestants.

In conjunction with the Ms BPCC pageant, the Miss Tiny Cavalier competition was also held Saturday. Contestants must be 4-6 years of age and must be related to a currently enrolled BPCC student, faculty, or staff member. The 2011 Miss Tiny Cavalier is Allie Loflin, daughter of Sean and Courtney Loflin and 1st Runner Up is Alyssa Cordell, daughter of Joshua and Ashley Cordell.

Ms BPCC

Ms. BPCC 2011 ~ Ashley Tidwell (center)
1st Runner Up ~ Sarah Jones (left)
Miss Congeniality ~ Kim Lee (right)

Miss Tiny Cavalier

2011 Miss Tiny Cavalier is Allie Loflin (right)
1st Runner Up is Alyssa Cordell (left)

BPCC Cavalier Baseball Meets NE Oklahoma March 5 and 6

Release date: March 2, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College Cavalier Baseball team will face NE Oklahoma Golden Norsemen in a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday, March 5 and, again at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 6 at the BPCC ball field, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

There will be additional game at the BPCC ball field between NE Oklahoma and Henry Ford CC at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.

Free Lady Legends of March NCAA All-Star Game and Youth Clinic

Release date: February 24, 2011

The “Lady Legends of March NCAA All-Star Game” and Youth Clinic will be held Saturday, February 26 at Bossier Parish Community College gym, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

The free youth basketball clinic for ages 6 and up begins at 10:00 a.m. with the All-Star game following at 11:00 a.m.

The All-Star game will feature standout women’s basketball players who played high school basketball in the Shreveport/Bossier area and went on to play at the collegiate level. The game is part of the countdown to the first- and second-round games of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament March 20 and 22 at the CenturyTel Center.

Vouchers will be available for the First/Second Rounds on March 20 and 22 for those who sign up for the Youth Basketball Clinic. Adults can redeem the vouchers at the CenturyTel Center Box Office located on the ground level on the north side of the arena Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Among the All-Star participants:

Kendra Neal Cunningham (Pelican, Louisiana Tech, current Mansfield head coach)

Katie Cochran Hall (Byrd, Louisiana Tech, former Louisiana Tech assistant coach)

Shantel Hardison (Natchitoches Central, Louisiana Tech)

Takeisha Lewis (Pineview, Louisiana Tech, WNBA)

Ty Moore (Southwood, Louisiana Tech)

Pam Thomas (Booker T. Washington, Louisiana Tech)

Amanda Wilson (Evangel, Louisiana Tech, WNBA)

Mary Lowry Ward (Airline, Tulane, current Benton head coach)

Leslie Spoon (Benton, Georgia Southern, KTBS 3 sportscaster)

Morenike Atunrase (Southwood, Texas A&M, WNBA)

Lesli Vollrath (Byrd, Ole Miss)

Toni Martinez (Byrd, ULL, current Byrd head coach)

Amy Restovich Bruno (Byrd, Nicholls State)

Jennifer Edwards (Northwood, Ouachita Baptist)

Tickets for the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship First/Second Rounds are also on sale at the CenturyTel Center Box Office, all area Ticketmaster outlets, and online at www.ticketmaster.com.Will open new browser window or tabAll-session tickets range from $13 to $38 plus any additional fees for students and adults.

The entire 64-team bracket will be unveiled at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14 on ESPN as Shreveport-Bossier will find out what four teams it will host at the CenturyTel Center March 20 and 22.

Board of Regents Approves BPCC Associate of Engineering Degree Program

Release date: February 24, 2011

The Board of Regents gave the green light today for Bossier Parish Community College to begin offering its associate degree in Engineering. Students will now be able to begin their academic career in Engineering at BPCC and transfer to Louisiana Tech University-Ruston to complete coursework toward the bachelor’s degree. Classes at BPCC will begin with the fall 2011 semester.

Chancellor Jim Henderson applauded the Board of Regents approval and spoke of what this will mean for local students, “BPCC's Associate of Science in Engineering will provide a new pathway into Louisiana Tech's highly respected engineering programs. This partnership will allow students to transfer to Louisiana Tech as a junior in engineering or be prepared for immediate entry into engineering-related occupations.”

Students will be able to complete an A.S. in Engineering at BPCC and transfer as juniors to Louisiana Tech into one of the seven engineering degrees that are offered (at the B.S. level):

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nanosystems Engineering

Dr. Stan Wilkins, BPCC’s Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, said, “The courses in engineering, calculus, and physics, combined with general education, will enable an underserved group of students in the Shreveport-Bossier area to complete 60 hours of an Associate of Science in Engineering prior to transferring to Louisiana Tech.”

The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding in November 2010 establishing the AS to BS in Engineering Progression curriculum. “The development of the curriculum was a joint effort of the academic leadership of both institutions in a model of collaboration in support of our regional economy,” said Chancellor Henderson. Now with Board of Regents approval, work will begin on implementation of the details.

“Louisiana Tech is excited to welcome a fine group of students to Tech who will, one day, represent both institutions as the next generation of engineering and science leaders in our state,” said Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau. “The relationships we have built with Bossier Parish Community College and other community and technical colleges around the state are sure to produce new educational opportunities for our young people and new growth opportunities for Louisiana.”

AS to BS in Engineering Progression Program
Between

BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Associate of Science in Engineering
AND
LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

Bachelor of Science in an Engineering Discipline

ENGLISH (6 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LOUISIANA TECH COURSE
ENGL 101 ENGL 101
ENGL 10 ENGL 102
 
MATHMATICS (12 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LOUISIANA TECH COURSE
MATH 250 MATH 241
MATH 251 MATH 242
MATH 252 MATH 243
MATH 253 MATH 244
 
APPROVED NATURAL SCIENCE (9 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LOUISIANA TECH COURSE
CHEM 101 (3) CHEM 101 (2),
CHEM 103 (1 -lab)
PHYS 211 PHYS 201
PHYS 212 PHYS 202
 
SOCIAL SCIENCE (6 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LOUISIANA TECH COURSE
Gen Ed Social Science
Gen Ed Social Science
 
ARTS (3 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LOUISIANA TECH COURSE
Gen Ed Arts Appreciation
 
HUMANITIES (6 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LOUISIANA TECH COURSE
Gen Ed Humanities (Literature)
Gen Ed Humanities (World/Int’l History)
 
ENGINEERING SCIENCE ELECTIVES: (15 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LOUISIANA TECH COURSE
ENGR 100 (3) In lieu of ENGR 120/121/122 (6);
3 hours of additional advanced engineering
to be taken in major curriculum
ENGR 220 (3) ENGR 220 (Statics)
ENGR 221 (3) ENGR 221 (Circuits)
ENGR 222 (3) ENGR 222 (Thermodynamics)
ENGR 201 (3) MEMT 201 (Strengths/Materials)
 
ADDITIONAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE (3 credit hours):
BPCC COURSE LOUISIANA TECH COURSE
BLGY 105 BISC 130

BPCC Telecommunications Division Holds Ribbon Cutting for its Redesigned Television Production Studio

Release date: February 22, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College’s Telecommunications Division held a ribbon cutting today for its redesigned television production studio. The news set was donated to the division by KTAL News Channel 6, an NBC affiliate. Chancellor Jim Henderson, Dean Larry Powell, and KTAL General Manager Mark Cummings participated in the ceremony.

Chancellor Henderson spoke of the many opportunities this donation provides BPCC students. “BPCC Telecommunications has long provided practical, real world experience in the delivery of cutting edge academic programming. The generous donation of this beautiful set by KTAL will enable us to provide our students a realistic environment in which to master the art of journalism.”

Each month scholarship students produce 110 live programs in the television studio. These programs air on the PEG channel at Suddenlink Cable. Scholarship students receive hands-on training in jobs such as director, graphics, news anchors, sportscasters, weather talent, technical directors, and camera operators. Nearly half of these programs originate from the news set each month. Other programming from this studio include CoffeeBreak, This Is BPCC, Strategies for Living, and Homework Hotline.

“We are fortunate to have such excellent facilities on campus which exceed the offerings of most major universities,” said Dean of Telecommunications Larry Powell. “Our facilities provide workforce development opportunities for our students to transfer their learning experiences into reality-based job applications. Most of our students enter the workplace with job ready skills, well prepared to be productive employees.”

Students also expressed excitement over the new addition to the Telecommunications Division. Telecommunications major Jon Paul stated, “The new studio we received gives me a profound sense of accomplishment; it also reinforces my belief that BPCC is a top contender among colleges especially in the area of telecommunications.”

In addition to the new production studio, the BPCC Telecommunications Division operates a laboratory studio and provides live capabilities from the gymnasium, Performing Arts Theatre, and Bossier City Council. The division also owns a microwave production van and has future plans of broadcasting from the BPCC’s new baseball and softball fields.

Jake Funderburk, Larry Stephens, and Dillon Lopez

Bossier Parish Community College’s Telecommunications Division held a ribbon cutting February 22 for its redesigned television production studio. The news set was donated to the division by KTAL News Channel 6, an NBC affiliate. BPCC Telecommunications students staged a news segment after the ceremony. Left to right are Jake Funderburk, Larry Stephens, and Dillon Lopez.

BPCC Foundation, Inc. Hosted Annual Spring Scholarship Reception

Release date: February 18, 2011

Chancellor Jim Henderson and the BPCC Foundation, Inc., hosted the annual Spring Scholarship Reception at Bossier Parish Community College. Fifty-eight scholarship awards totaling $40,525 were presented to students. Donors on hand to celebrate were BPCC faculty and staff, community partners from Citizens National Bank, Chesapeake Energy, Encana Oil and Gas, Cumulus Radio, Mosely-Rogers Title, Bossier Volunteers Guild, and NW LA Technical College.

Scholarship Recipients

BPCC Lady Cavalier Softball Team to Play Texas Teams

Release date: February 17, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavalier Softball team plays three home games the week of Feb. 20-26 at BPCC Softball field, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA:

Angelina College Monday, February 21
from Lufkin, TX 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
   
McLennan Community College Wednesday, February 23
from Waco, TX 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
   
Cisco Junior College Saturday, February 26
from Cisco, TX 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
   
More »

Ribbon Cutting for the Redesigned BPCC Telecommunications Division's Television Production Studio

Release date: February 17, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College’s Telecommunications Division will hold a ribbon cutting for its redesigned television production studio. The studio includes a news set donated by KTAL News Channel 6.

Participants:
Jim Henderson, Chancellor
Dr. Stan Wilkins, Vice-Chancellor
Larry Powell, Dean of Telecommunications
Mark Cummings, General Manager, KTAL-TV 6
SuddenLink representative

Date/Time:
Tuesday, February 22
2:00 p.m.

Location:
Building D, Third Floor
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, Louisiana

Cavalier Baseball Team Hosts Pratt Community College for Doubleheader

Release date: February 16, 2010

Bossier Parish Community College Cavalier Baseball team will play a doubleheader against Pratt Community College Beavers from Pratt, KS, beginning at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, February 19 AND Sunday, February 20, at the BPCC ball field, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

BPCC Spring 2011 Enrollment Tops the Charts

Release date: February 14, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College’s spring 2011 enrollment reached 6,619 students, an increase of 17.23% over spring 2010, and the highest enrollment in the school’s 43-year history.

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

Based on 14th class day credit enrollment figures, BPCC’s enrollment increased 973 students from 5,646 students in spring 2010.

Henderson adds, “To meet the needs of this regional economy, however, BPCC will need to continue to grow at our current rate. It is our hope the policymakers at the state level continue to empower us with the flexibility and autonomy necessary to realize that future on behalf of our students and those who will employ them.”

According to the Louisiana Community and Technical College system office, enrollment at the state's community colleges increased by 6.93 percent, a total of 3,218 students this spring.

BPCC Lady Cavalier Softball Team Hosts Grayson County College Lady Vikings

Release date: February 10, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavalier Softball team will play Grayson County College from Denison, TX, at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, at BPCC softball field, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

BPCC Cavalier Baseball Team Faces LSU-Eunice Bengals

Release date: February 10, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College Cavalier Baseball team will host LSU-Eunice at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 15, at the BPCC baseball field, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

BPCC and Northwest Louisiana Technical College Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Release date: February 10, 2011

Officials from Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) and Northwest Louisiana Technical College signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose of shared use of facilities on Thursday, February 10. This shared access to facilities will offer additional postsecondary educational opportunities to the residents of northwest Louisiana. BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson welcomed Northwest LTC Regional Director Charles Strong to the campus for the signing ceremony.

“This agreement between Bossier Parish Community College and Northwest Louisiana Technical College formalizes a rich partnership that has existed for years. Our colleges share a commitment to improving lives through education. The leveraging of resources resulting from this agreement will enable us to expand access to students across this region,” said Chancellor Henderson.

“In the past, the campuses have collaborated to provide articulated training in a multitude of initiatives including drafting and design technology, shared library access, and videoconferenced general education classes from BPCC to Northwest Louisiana Technical College campuses,” said Mr. Strong.

In the coming weeks, the colleges will be developing schedules of collaborative offerings for the fall 2011 semester.

Signing of MOU agreement

BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson (fourth from left), Northwest Louisiana Technical College Region VII Director Charles Strong (third from left) and NWLTC Campus Deans sign MOU agreement.

Charles Strong and Jim Henderson

Northwest Louisiana Technical College Region VII Director Charles Strong(left) and BPCC Chancellor Jim Henderson after signing of agreement for purpose of shared use of facilities.

MOU Signing Between Northwest Louisiana Technical College for the Purpose of Shared Used of Facilities

Release date: February 7, 2011

Participants:
Jim Henderson, Chancellor, BPCC
Charles Strong, Regional Director, Northwest Louisiana Technical College

Date/Time:
Thursday, February 10, 2011
10:00 a.m.

Location:
Chancellor’s Conference Room
Building A 230
Bossier Parish Community College
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

BPCC's Baseball and Softball Teams Announce 2011 Seasons at New Home Field

Release date: January 26, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College’s Cavalier Baseball team and Lady Cavalier Softball team announce their 2011 seasons – both playing their first season on their new home fields at the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

“We are looking forward to the beginning of the baseball and softball seasons for a variety of reasons,” says Cavalier Baseball Coach Aaron Vorachek. “The first reason, of course, is that after so many years of playing at off-site fields, we have a new baseball and softball facility for our spring 2011 season. Our new scoreboards will be installed soon and we are working to raise money for other field needs. Our student-athletes have been working hard on the field and in the classroom to get ready for the upcoming season.”

Joining Coach Vorachek this year is new pitching coach, Thaddius Markray. Coach Markray, who was a third-round draft pick out of high school, is amazed at what he has seen so far. “Coach Markray feels that we have a few arms with pro potential,” says Coach Vorachek.

Lady Cavalier Coach Ashley Grisham is also looking forward to the new season. “We are very excited about the upcoming season. The Lady Cavs will have good pitching and our batting is getting stronger.”

Echoing the coaches’ thoughts, Chancellor Jim Henderson says, “We are excited about the prospects for success of both BPCC Softball and Baseball. Our student athletes are an immense source of pride for our college. We look forward to rooting them to victory during the inaugural season for our new fields.”

The Cavalier baseball season opens at noon on Saturday, January 29 against Arkansas Baptist College and the Lady Cavaliers’ will begin their season at 1:00 pm on February 7 against Angelina College.

See also:

Don Briggs, President, Louisiana Oil and Gas AssociationOil and Gas in Louisiana Speaking Event Scheduled

Release date: January 18, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) and Louisiana Oil and Gas Association will hold the first speaking event for the BPCC Oil and Gas Production Technology Program on Thursday, January 27, 2011. This event will be the first of several speaking engagements sponsored by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association and the BPCC-Student Oil and Gas Organization.

Please join us to hear Don Briggs, President of Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, speak about the state of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana and the importance of BPCC’s newest Oil and Gas Associate Degree Program.

HOST:
BPCC-Student Oil and Gas Organization and Louisiana Oil and Gas Association

GUEST SPEAKER:
Don Briggs, President of Louisiana Oil and Gas Association

WHEN:
January 27, 2011
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
BPCC Theatre, Building C
6220 East Texas Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

Encana Corporation Provides BPCC Scholarships for Oil and Gas Students

Release date: January 18, 2011

Officials from Bossier Parish Community College and Encana Corporation recognized 13 students with academic scholarships. All of the students are majoring in Oil and Gas Production Technology, a new degree at the college.

"Students in the Oil and Gas program represent a unique demographic. Most of them have attended college previously and some even have 2 and 4 year degrees in other fields. They are generally already established in their careers, but have made a decision to change paths for a more lucrative career in Oil and Gas,” commented Program Director Linda Sonnier. “These scholarships from Encana help ease the financial burden for students who are putting everything on the line to perform well in the program. We are pleased to recognize their outstanding academic performance.”

BPCC’s new Oil and Gas degree program helps to fill a need in the job market. In 2009, nearly 84,000 people were employed in petroleum occupations in Louisiana. This represents 4.5% of all employment in Louisiana. More simply, approximately one in twenty Louisiana workers is employed in the Oil and Gas Industry. The dominant work area for these professionals has changed from south to north Louisiana requiring that new employees be trained and hired to work in northern Louisiana.

People interested in the degree program are urged to contact Program Director Linda Sonnier at lsonnier@bpcc.edu or 318-678-6524.

Fall 2010 Graduate and Honors Lists Released

Release date: January 12, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College is pleased to announce the names of graduates for the 2010 fall semester. The College is also pleased to announce the names of students on the Chancellor's and Dean's lists for the 2010 fall semester.

Fall 2010
Graduates | Chancellor's List | Dean's List

Encana corporation Awards Scholarships to BPCC Students

Release date: January 11, 2011

Officials from Bossier Parish Community College and Encana Corporation will award academic scholarships to students majoring in Oil and Gas Production Technology.

Participants:
Jim Henderson, Chancellor
Dr. Stan Wilkins, Vice Chancellor
Frank Viviano, Dean, Math and Technical Education
Linda Sonnier, OGPT Program Director
Stephanie Rogers, Director, BPCC Foundation
Pat Maliszewski, Encana Community Relations
Steve Short, Encana Group Lead for Louisiana
Kelly Guilbert, Pure Agency

Date/Time:
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
10:00 a.m.

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

BPCC Alters Class Schedules to Meet Students' Needs

Release date: January 5, 2011

Bossier Parish Community College will hold registration for the spring 2011 semester starting Tuesday, January 11. To assist students in the scheduling process, college classes will begin and end at different times throughout the semester.

Executive Dean of Academic Affairs Lesa Taylor-Dupree explains, “BPCC recognizes the need to offer many options for students; therefore, we are providing various class sessions for the spring semester consisting of the sixteen-week session, two eight-week sessions, and four four-week sessions.

“College administration and faculty are excited about these sessions and all the degree opportunities we have to offer both traditional and non-traditional students. We are here to help create an academic class schedule to accommodate each student’s needs and learning styles.”

Because of the variety of time slots offered, students are not locked in to starting classes in January. Various starting dates occur throughout the semester. In addition, students can register for classes being offered throughout the day and into the evening, along with Internet classes, hybrid classes, and dual enrollment classes.

For more information, visit www.bpcc.edu/bulletin/spring


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