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BPCC’S SPRING SWING GOLF TOURNAMENT 2017 SET TO RAISE FUNDS FOR WORKFORCE TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS

Release date: April 24, 2017

The Bossier Parish Community College Annual Spring Swing Golf Tournament 2017 is scheduled to be held on Friday, April 28 at Stonebridge Golf Course. Shotgun start is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.

Proceeds from the golf tournament will fund scholarships for future students to receive a quality education and world-class workforce training.

“BPCC’s growth over the past few years could not have been possible without the continued support of our local business and community partners,” said Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “Workforce training solutions scholarships will allow BPCC to assist our future community leaders with career development and advancement.”

Sponsorship levels include:

  • Team of 4 - $600 (includes food, drinks, range balls, door prizes & photo of team; lunch reception)
  • Hole Sponsor- $300 (advertise your business on a tee box at the course)
  • Individual Player - $150 (cart, green fee, & range balls; door prizes & photo; lunch reception)

For more information or to register for the Spring Swing Golf Tournament or applying for a workforce training scholarship, contact Sean Downing, Business Development, BPCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Department, at 318-455-3391.

BPCC CAVS’ GUARD NAMED LABC’S 2017 JUNIOR COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Release date: April 21, 2017

The Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC) has announced that Lasani Johnson of Bossier Parish Community College will receive LABC's 2017 Junior College Player of the Year Award at the LABC Banquet in Baton Rouge, LA on May 13.

"It is a great honor for me to receive this award,” says Johnson. “It was a goal of mine when I signed here to help the basketball program move in a new direction. I wanted to be a leader and do my very best as a student athlete to represent myself, my family, and the basketball program here at BPCC. I want to thank God, my family, Coach Lovell, and BPCC, for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of something special. I hope receiving this award will help bring attention to where this basketball program is headed in the future!"

Johnson, a 6-3 sophomore guard from Dallas, TX, averaged 21.1 points per game and made 4.06 three-point field goals (3rd in nation). He had a 40.1% three-point field goal percentage and a 74.7% free throw percentage.

Johnson scored in double figures in 30 of 31 games, including seventeen 20-point games and six 30-point games. He had single game highs of 37 points, 8 three-point field goals made, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.

"There is no one more deserving of receiving the LABC Junior College Player of the Year award than Lasani Johnson,” says Coach Chris Lovell. “He is the hardest working young man I know. He consistently led our team not just in points scored but in consistent work ethic and what is means to be a student athlete on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. Lasani is exactly the kind of student athletes we want here at BPCC!"

The Cavaliers, led by Johnson, finished fifth in the North Division of the Region XIV Athletic Conference, and were a #10 seed in the Region XIV Regional Tournament.

BPCC CHOIRS TO PRESENT SPRING CONCERT – THURSDAY, APRIL 27

Release date: April 18, 2017

The BPCC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Mr. William Bond, Jr., will present their Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA. This concert is free and open to the public.

The evening’s performance will include traditional choir selections and will be selected from “Cum Sanctum Spirito” by Antonio Lotti; “Like a Mighty Stream” arranged by Moses Hogan; “In Flanders Fields” arranged by Roger Emerson; “Hymn of Creation” by Dan Forrest; "For God So Loved the World", by Hugo Distler; "This is Our Time for Singing", by Orazio Vecchi; "Alleluia" by arranged by Russell Robinson; "O God Beyond All Praising" by Gustav Holst; "Veni, Creator Spiritus", by Michael Trotta; "Come in From the Firefly Darkness", by Amy Bernon; and "Come, Thou Fount of Ev'ry Blessing", by Laura Farnell.

The choirs will combine to perform "How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place", by Johannes Brahms. Both the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers are accompanied by Dr. Dan Gibbs.

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

BPCC LAUNCHES BPCC ONDEMAND™, A NEW FORM OF ONLINE TRAINING THAT COULD TAKE INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Release date: April 18, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) has released BPCC OnDemand™, a Learning Management System (LMS), to deliver non-credit, customizable, and self-paced online training that fits the needs of industry partners.

BPCC’s response to the need for an accelerated and modernized training platform is essential to today’s training management. BPCC OnDemand™ removes all the traditional barriers of enrollment for learners and is instantly available to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. The initial launch of the BPCC OnDemand™ platform offers courses that align to valuable Industry Based Certifications (IBCs), like CompTIA’s Network+ and (ISC)2’s CISSP. Future rollout plans include both independent and facilitated courses in Information Technology, Business, and Healthcare, just to name a few.

“With industry requirements ever changing we can offer a quick, high quality, and customized solution to training to meet the requests of our industry partners,” says Sandra Partain, dean of the BPCC’s Division of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

BPCC OnDemand™ mutually benefits both individuals and companies. Individuals benefit by gaining the credentials they need to be competitive in their field while employers benefit by utilizing a professional development platform that is cost effective, user friendly, and customizable. The BPCC OnDemand™ team has the capability to create virtually any type of training to meet employers’ needs.

Companies in the Shreveport-Bossier City area are already seeing a positive impact. Mimi Hedgcock, Senior Principal, External Affairs at CSRA’s ITC says, “We commend BPCC for creating a user-friendly training approach that allows our current, and potential employees, to further advance their career. CSRA congratulates BPCC for finding new ways to meet the demands of our industry while strengthening their core curriculum”.

BPCC OnDemand™ is unlike any other online training that BPCC offers in that once enrolled, the training will fit the needs of the enrollee. BPCC OnDemand™ breaks the traditional mold of the academic calendar, enrollees can begin and end training at any time.

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BPCC ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCES AND CAST FOR THE 2017 CHILDREN’S SHOW GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE HEBERTS!

Release date: April 10, 2017

The BPCC Communication and Performing Arts Division and the Cavalier Players announce the cast for the upcoming children’s show Goldilocks and the Three Heberts!, directed by Dr. Ray Scott Crawford. Show dates are at 7:00 p.m. April 21 and 28, and at 2:00 p.m. April 22, 23, 29, and 30 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

This musical fable offers a new spin to the traditional fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Heberts as told with a “Louisiana twist” by the founder of BPCC’s Theatre Program and master story-teller, Stephen W. Slaughter. In this Cajun version of the story, the swamp animals liven up their “Fais do do” (party) by telling of the frightful story of Goldi Locks, a young girl with an obsession for locking up doors and buildings. Goldi visits the house of Papa, Mama, and Baybay Hebert (The Three Bears) to taste their gumbo, sit in their chairs, and to sleep in their beds and finds that she is not the first visitor—Robespierre the Rabbit has already been there and caused all sorts of trouble for which Goldi is blamed. It’s up to Goldi Locks to chase down Robespierre and return the Heberts’ home and her reputation to order.

Children of all ages will enjoy this children’s comedy featuring Taylor Brown as Goldi Locks, and Mikah Thomas as Robespierre the Rabbit. The cast will also feature Samuel Copeland, Aislinn LaRue, Christian Marshall, Shaundarius Hardman, Hannah Powers, Chris Williams, Jaren Stringer, Kelly McFarland, and Amber Simmons. Shaundarius Hardman will also stage manage. Additional artistic staff include David White, set designer/tech director; Keith Bruce, lighting designer; and Rona Leber, costume designer.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and are available at the door. For more information, call 318-678-6021 or email: theatre@bpcc.edu.

BPCC, SOLDIER’S WISH, AND BPCC SUBWAY® TO SURPRISE MILITARY STUDENT WITH GIFT – TOMORROW, APRIL 11 at 10:00 A.M.

Release date: April 10, 2017

Join us at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at the Subway® restaurant on the BPCC campus (Building F) where Soldier’s Wish and Subway® will surprise a very deserving BPCC military student with a gift.

Soldier’s Wish, a national non-profit organization, and Subway® have joined together to grant wishes for military servicemen/women across the country. The organization has worked with our Veteran Educational Services Office to identify a BPCC military student to receive a wish.

We hope you will join us Tuesday to say Thank You in a very special way to an American hero.

Location:
BPCC Subway – Building F- Student Services Building
6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA

Date/Time:
Tuesday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m.

Participants:
BPCC officials
Soldier’s Wish representatives
Subway® representatives

BPCC RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR STRATEGIC INNOVATION IN ONLINE EDUCATION

Release date: April 10, 2017

After a nationwide search, Bossier Parish Community College’s Open Campus™ program was voted to receive the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Strategic Innovation in Online Education Award. Fifteen individuals and seven programs received the Association’s highest honors, and of the 22 honorees, BPCC was the only community college in the nation to receive an award.

“We are extremely honored to be the recipient of the UPCEA Strategic Innovation in Online Education Award,” said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “This award exemplifies the dedication that BPCC has to student success and development. Our Open Campus™ team continues to find innovative and creative ways to implement world-class programs for the many students we serve.”

This national award recognizes that BPCC has, at an institutional level, set and met innovative goals focused on online education and been strategic in the planning, development, implementation and sustainability in line with the institutional mission.

Open Campus™ is a cross-disciplinary developmental series of free, online non-credit courses. Since its inception in 2012, the lecture videos have been accessed in all 50 states and 190 countries/territories. BPCC was the first community college in the nation to provide these courses to anyone at any time for no cost, and statistics show that these virtual students from across the U.S. and globe are paying attention and showing engagement. “We have logged more than 2 million minutes of instruction,” said Allison Martin, BPCC’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness Initiatives.

UPCEA, the leader in professional, continuing, and online education, recognizes both individual and institutional achievement across the UPCEA membership. Since 1953, UPCEA has recognized its members’ outstanding contributions to the Association and the field, as well as their achievements in innovative programming, marketing and promotion, community development and services, research and publications, and many other areas.

The award was presented at the recent UPCEA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

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

Release date: April 7, 2017

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce the 2017 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays. The performance of the five short plays will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 in BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre, Building C on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City.

BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of five student directors: Annie Barker, Samuel Copeland, Shaundarius Hardman, Amber Simmons, and Mikah Thomas. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will round out the theatre program’s nineteenth season of student-directed work.

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

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

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM SCHEDULES SPRING BAND CONCERT

Release date: April 5, 2017

The BPCC Concert Winds will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

The Concert Winds, under the direction of Dr. Michael D. Hart, will take the stage to perform selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages. The Concert Winds will perform “Variations on America” by William Schumann; “Fantasia (On Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair)” by Mark Camphouse; “Emperor Waltz” by Johann Strauss, Jr.; “A Highland Rhapsody” by Jan Van der Roost; and “Amparito Roca” by Jamie Texidor.

“This is the third and final concert of the year for the ensemble,” stated Dr. Michael Hart, Music Program Director and the ensemble’s conductor. “Earlier in the year, the Concert Winds presented its Pops concert and final Fall concert.”

Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are full-tuition music scholarship recipients. Music scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and are full-time BPCC students.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information about this concert or to arrange for a music scholarship audition, contact Dr. Hart at 318-678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.

BPCC HIGHLIGHTS CAREERS IN WELDING IN OBSERVATION OF NATIONAL WELDING MONTH

Release date: March 28, 2017

National Welding Month, observed in April each year, is dedicated to celebrating the critical role that the welding trade plays in supporting the manufacturing sector. Now more than ever, the need for advanced welders is crucial.

This April to highlight the opportunities to explore careers in the welding industry, BPCC’s Advanced Welding program will observe National Welding Month by offering the following events:

  • April 1-14 - Welding Art Competition
    Open to all high school, technical school and BPCC welding students
  • April 1-28 - Student Tours
    Welding students from local high schools and technical schools will visit throughout the month
  • April 6 - Welding Lab Open House – 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology - Building L on BPCC’s campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.
  • April 10-13 - Women in Welding Week
    Free class for women who might be interested in the welding field (limited to 14 students)
  • April 19 - Welding Lab Open House – 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology - Building L on BPCC’s campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

BPCC’s Advanced Welding program is designed specifically to meet demands of the vastly growing welding industry, and will allow the next generation of welders to experience high leveled hands-on training on the most cutting-edge equipment.

“According to a recent Presidential Memorandum regarding the construction of American pipelines, a plan will be developed under which all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines inside the borders of the United States, use materials and equipment produced in the United States,” says Beonica Frazier, BPCC’s TAACCCT 4 Grant Director. “This will more than likely surge the demand for advanced welders.”

The BPCC program can be completed in just two semesters with course offerings in both credit and non-credit areas. The curriculum meets the requirements of the American Welding Society’s standards for an AWS Level II-Advanced Welder.

Students in the program will gain proficiency in pipe welding along with the advanced ability to produce sound welds using multiple weld processes.

The advanced welding program at BPCC will not only teach students how to weld at an advanced level, but it will broaden their abilities by incorporating a higher level of math and electrical theory that will make these students invaluable to their employers. Students that desire to increase their skills and marketability by learning concepts like the economics of welding and the use of semi-automated welding equipment will be able to do so.

*Eliminating the Skills Gap: Students in BPCC’s Advanced Welding program

Morgan Cook - Morgan has been around welding his whole life. He comes from a family of welders where his dad owned his own business. Morgan successfully completed the welding program in high school where he earned 4H scholarships. Morgan also spent time welding at the technical college in Minden while working as a welder at Clement Industries. After experiencing financial difficulty, he had to drop out of school. Morgan was informed of the Advanced Welding program through LA Works and with the help of the grant program, he was able to take classes at no cost.

“I want a welding career with a good employer,” says Morgan. “Mr. Paul [BPCC’s Advanced Welding instructor] is real helpful and I’m learning a lot. I like that classes are at night so that I can work during the day.”

James Hardey - “This program is like none other I have attended. The instructors get in the booth with you, explaining and demonstrating the course material.”

Justin Beaudean - “It is a great program. It has increased my knowledge about the industry and welding in general. It has helped me tremendously. “


BPCC CAVALIER MEN’S BASKETBALL HOLDS OPEN TRYOUTS SATURDAY, APRIL 1

Release date: March 24, 2017

BPCC Cavalier Men’s Basketball tryouts will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 1 in the BPCC Gym, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

Tryouts are open to all high school players, college transfers, and first time collegiate athletes. Current BPCC students are also encouraged to tryout.

All participants should wear appropriate gym shoes and attire, and tryout fee is $30 (cash only).

For any questions, contact Coach Brandon Espinosa at bespinosa@bpcc.edu.

BPCC CAVS’ POINT GUARD NAMED TO NJCAA ALL-REGION XIV TEAM

Release date: March 2, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College point guard Jerry Perry has been named to the NJCAA Region 14 Second Team All-Region, becoming the first men’s basketball player from BPCC to be named to an All-Region XIV Team in the history of BPCC basketball.

Perry, a sophomore majoring in general studies, came to BPCC from Little Rock, AR, where he played at Maumelle High School. This season, Perry averaged 19 points a game and led the conference in assists.

"Jerry Perry is a fierce competitor,” said Cavs’ first-year Head Coach Chris Lovell. “He was a huge part of the reason for our turn around this season as a team and program. I am very proud of him for receiving this honor and leading our team to the post season this year."

Perry is thankful for the recognition of All Region XIV selection. “It was fun to be a part of the changing basketball culture at BPCC. Coach Lovell really allowed me the freedom to lead this team this year and the future is so bright here for the basketball program. I would like to thank the Lord, my family, BPCC and the coaching staff for believing in me. There is no doubt there will be others after me to receive this honor, but I'm excited to be the first."

Lovell, along with rookie assistant coaches Brandon Espinosa and Taylor Wade, led the team to a spot in the NJCAA Region XIV post season tournament -- the first time in 17 years for the program. After falling in the first round of the tournament by one point to Paris Junior College, the Cavaliers ended the season 10-21.

NEW ROTARACT CLUB OF BPCC CHARTERED, OFFERS STUDENTS OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY

Release date: March 13, 2017

A new student service club has recently been chartered at Bossier Parish Community College, and students have already been busy serving the community in just its first few months. The Rotaract Club of BPCC, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shreveport, began this spring semester on campus with 30 new members strong.

Co-sponsors for the Rotaract Club of BPCC – faculty member Kelly McDade and Student Life staff member Tiffany Sandifer – feel this is an incredible opportunity for students to build community and leadership. “The enthusiasm, life skills, work ethic, and vision of these students is inspiring. We have had incredible guidance and support from Chancellor Bateman and the Rotary Club of Shreveport, which has further connected our students to the larger community, both on campus and in Shreveport-Bossier cities,” says McDade.

“We are looking forward to making an impact with service projects that affect change in our local community and far beyond it. Each step of the way, we are developing professional skills that our student members can take with them as they move forward towards their life goals. On top of all that, our club is a really positive and fun group. It is a pleasure to work beside them.”

Rotaract, which stands for “Rotary in Action,” provides an opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities and school, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.

Jack Sharp, president of the Rotary Club of Shreveport, says the Club was delighted to welcome a group of these new members to its luncheon meeting recently. “Rotary members were so proud to learn of the fantastic start of the BPCC [Rotaract] club, not only due to the 30 new members, but also due to the community service they have already completed. They are truly delivering Service Above Self!”

To be eligible for membership, prospective members must be a currently enrolled BPCC student, show that they are committed to Rotaract, and be in good standing with the school and community.

Rotaract meetings, held every two weeks, are opportunities for members to plan special outings, social activities, or community service events. Many meetings feature guest speakers that allow students to learn more about their chosen career field or on special topics that interest them. Club members also get together on designated days for service project work, social events, or professional/leadership development workshops.

The Rotaract Club of BPCC members are proud to be a part of the new club. Here are just a few quotes from some of the new members:

Brein Fitzpatrick, Vice President:
“I chose to become a Rotaract member and officer because a lawyer I know in Ponchatoula and my boss are Rotary members. After I was invited to become a member, I did my research and both told me that Rotary serves people, which is what we’ve been taught to do in church…I felt that I could accomplish both my goals of becoming part of the campus community and serving people through the Rotaract Club.”

Ashleigh Mosley, Co-President:
“As a Rotaract officer, I provide leadership in the community and give service to others.”

Darryllyn Bingham, Secretary:
“At first I wasn’t sure I wanted to join Rotaract because I had never joined a club before, but then I heard Rotary member Judy Bellew talking about how their club took folks down to New Orleans to help with the Hurricane Katrina disaster. I became interested because I am from New Orleans and I was there during Katrina – my house was underwater. I like helping others...”

Daniel Davis, member:
“As a student, I wanted an opportunity to volunteer and give back to my community. I find that Rotaract provides student life some balance and it is a great way to network. I feel I wouldn’t have met the people I know now if it weren’t for Rotaract.”

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For more information on the Rotaract Club of BPCC, contact co-sponsors Kelly McDade at kmcdade@bpcc.edu or Tiffany Sandifer at tsandifer@bpcc.edu.

BPCC ANNOUNCES ITS PRODUCTION OF THE GAME’S AFOOT

Release date: February 21, 2017

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce the next show in their season, The Game’s Afoot by Ken Ludwig. The Game’s Afoot received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for the best play 2012.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, and at 2:00 p.m.. March 12 and 19, in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts and professor of Theatre, will direct this murderously funny mystery show. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit. Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members for a weekend of revelry. But, when one of the guests turns up dead, the festivities quickly turn dangerous, and it’s up to Gillette himself to track down the killer before the next victim appears.

Additional staff include: Jonathon Offutt, set designer, Rona Leber, costume designer and Keith Bruce, lighting designer. Taylor Brown will stage manage this production.

The cast members are Samuel Copeland as William Gillette; Connor Snow as Martha Gillette; Jacob Moak as Felix Geisel; Annie Barker as Madge Geisel; Mikah Thomas as Simon Bright; Caroline Lamb as Aggie Wheeler; Shaundarius Hardman as Inspector Goring; and Lari Leber as Daria Chase.

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

BPCC DEBATE TEAM TO HOST INTERCOLLEGIATE DEBATE TOURNAMENT

Release date: February 16, 2017

The BPCC Debate Team will host the 9th Annual Eddy Shell Invitational Debate Tournament this weekend, February 17-19 in Building F on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

The competition, which will feature more than 200 competitors from 20 colleges/universities, is named in honor of Dr. Edwin T. “Eddy” Shell, who taught speech at BPCC for forty years until his passing in 2008 after a battle with cancer.

In its first 8 years, the tournament has attracted 38 different colleges and universities from seven states to the BPCC campus.

“It’s nice to be able to showcase our campus to many of the colleges and universities that we see week-in/week out in competitions around the region,” said Team co-captain Steve Garcia.

Debate team coach Bob Alexander added, “This event provides us the chance to both honor the memory of Dr. Shell and provide a unique opportunity for BPCC students, faculty, staff and members of the community to see some of the top intercollegiate debaters who will ultimately be the leaders of their generation.”

Competition runs from 11:45 a.m.-9:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17; 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 and 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, and will be headquartered in Building F.

For more about the tournament, contact BPCC Debate Team Coach Bob Alexander at 318-678-6460.

BPCC MUSIC PROGRAM SCHEDULES SPRING CHOIR POPS CONCERT

Release date: February 15, 2017

The BPCC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present their Spring Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA. This concert is free and open to the public.

The two choirs, accompanied by pianist Dr. Dan Gibbs, will combine and take the stage to perform popular selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages. The combined choirs are under the direction of Mr. William Bond.

The Concert will include Get On Your Feet, popularized by Gloria Estefan; Turn!, Turn!, Turn! by Pete Seeger; California Dreamin', by John and Michelle Phillips; Bridge Over Troubled Water, by Paul Simon; and Swingin' with the Saints, arranged by Mark Hayes. Additional selections will be performed by various soloists throughout the concert.

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

Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are music scholarship recipients. Music scholarships are awarded to students who pass an audition, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and are full-time BPCC students.

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

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BPCC’S ART DEPARTMENT HOSTS TWO EXHIBITS ON CAMPUS

Release date: February 15, 2017

The Art Department of Bossier Parish Community College is proud to present an exhibition of the Caddo Parish Talented Arts Program (TAP) now through March 17 in the Donna Service Gallery, located in Building A, on the College campus, 6220 E Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. BPCC faculty and students will host a reception for the exhibit tomorrow, Thursday, February 16 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The show includes 137 artworks from some of the most talented high school art students in the Caddo Parish School System. A wide variety of 2-dimensional media is included in the show - everything from drawings to paintings, collages, photographs, mixed media, assemblage, and more. The subject depicted is also varied with a mixture of portraits, landscapes, still life works, fantasy, non-objective, and even more conceptual works.

“We are so pleased to be able to feature the work of these talented art students here in our gallery,” says Kelly McDade, Assistant Professor of Art at BPCC. “The exhibition is an opportunity for us to work with the TAP instructor and their students, making connections between their work and our art program here at BPCC. We welcome the opportunity to introduce these students and their families to the BPCC campus during the exhibition, and we appreciate the chance to show our students what is happening at the highest level of art education in the high school setting within our area.”

The Donna Service Gallery is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In addition, the Art Department of BPCC is kicking off another exhibition located in the Learning Commons (BPCC Library) with artwork by artists from the Shreveport Art Club. This exhibit will be on display through May 2017 and will include mixed media, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint.

The Shreveport Art Club is a local nonprofit group of professional (non-student) artists from the community who meet and display their art regularly. These artists specialize in different types of art media such as photography, watercolor, acrylic, oil, and even mosaic.

MS BPCC AND MISS TINY CAVALIER PAGEANT TO BE HELD SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Release date: February 14, 2017

Nine contestants will vie for the title of Ms BPCC at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in the Performing Arts Theater (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

The pageant is held annually in the spring to select a student to represent Bossier Parish Community College as a spokesperson and community ambassador. Contestants are judged on leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to the College, poise, personality, and personal attractiveness.

Various prizes are awarded including a full-tuition scholarship and books for the titleholder.

In addition to the Ms BPCC pageant, the Miss Tiny Cavalier pageant is held to select a little girl to represent Bossier Parish Community College. Five contestants this year will be judged on beauty/appearance, personality, projection, and poise. Various prizes are also awarded.

Cost for general admission is $5 and children 10 and under are free. BPCC students, faculty, and staff are free with an ID.

AUDITIONS SET FOR BPCC’S PRODUCTION OF GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE HEBERTS!

Release date: February 8, 2017

BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts announces auditions for the upcoming production of the children’s play Goldilocks and The Three Heberts!, as told by Stephen W. Slaughter and directed by Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts.

Auditions will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA.

There are a number of assorted, colorful characters to cast. The auditions are open to the public and those auditioning must be at least 17 years old and should come ready to move about, sing (or at least try), and have a good time—no script preparation is necessary. Also, there are morning performances that require availability from 7:30– 10:00 a.m. for seven weekdays during the run of the show.

This musical fable for children offers a new spin to the traditional Goldilocks fairy tale of the young girl’s encounter with the household of bears whose last name happens to be Hebert (of course, pronounced "A-bear"). This version is set in the swamps of Louisiana and features a host of Cajun animals and characters who present the story of Goldi Locks, a young girl who locks every door in sight as a safety precaution. Goldi unfortunately gets blamed for invading the bears’ home and eating their gumbo. It is Goldi’s sharp detective work that solves the mystery and brings the actual culprit, Robespierre the mischievous rabbit, to justice. Don’t miss out on being a part of this fun-filled children’s classic retold as only Stephen Slaughter can.

Rehearsals are generally 4:30–6:00 p.m. weekdays, and public performances (other than the weekday performances mentioned above) are scheduled at 7:00 p.m. on April 21 and 28 and at 2:00 p.m. on April 22, 23, 29, 30.

For more information, contact Mary Lyle 318-678-6525 or email at mlyle@bpcc.edu.

BPCC AND LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY FORGE NEW PARTNERSHIP

Release date: January 26, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College and Louisiana Tech University signed a memorandum of understanding today allowing qualified BPCC employees who wish to enroll at Louisiana Tech University to receive reduced tuition benefits.

“We are so grateful to be able to offer our faculty and staff this opportunity to further their education with such an outstanding leader in higher education,” said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. “Not only will our employees benefit from world-class instruction at a tier one research university… they will do so at a reduced cost.”

Under the agreement, full-time faculty and staff at BPCC will be allowed to enroll at Louisiana Tech University for undergraduate or graduate courses at a reduced rate plus certain applicable fees.

"Louisiana Tech and BPCC have a shared commitment to producing graduates with the skill sets to compete in today's global economy,” said Louisiana Tech President Dr. Les Guice. “Providing BPCC personnel with an opportunity to strengthen their educational credentials will benefit the region and the State. We are honored to partner with BPCC in this new way."

Full-time BPCC employees must be a degree-seeking student at Louisiana Tech. They will be able to register for up to six (6) hours per quarter at a reduced rate of $25 per credit hour, not to exceed $75 for any three (3) credit hour undergraduate course and for up to six (6) hours per quarter at a reduced rate of $50, not to exceed $150 for any three (3) credit hour graduate course.

BPCC RECEIVES DONATION FROM MANUFACTURER’S MANAGER’S COUNCIL

Release date: January 23, 2017

BPCC today received a $1,000 donation from the Manufacturing Managers Council of Northwest Louisiana (MMC) to benefit BPCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Program.

MMC established the scholarship fund at BPCC in June 2013 and has pledged to make the donation annually. In 2015, the Council renamed the fund to the Manufacturing Managers Council in memory of Gary Kennedy in honor of the late Red Ball Oxygen founder and CEO. The scholarship fund supports scholarships in Industrial Technology and Manufacturing and has awarded six scholarships to date totaling $2,000.

More information on BPCC’s Advanced Manufacturing program

TWO BPCC DEBATERS RANKED IN NATIONAL TOP 5

Release date: January 23, 2017

The mid-year national rankings of the International Public Debate Association were released this week, and two BPCC students are ranked in the Top 5 of all college and university debaters. BPCC's Dominick Mercer is ranked #2 and Steve Garcia is ranked #4, both in the novice division of debate.

"Dominick and Steve have quickly emerged, not only as leaders for our team – but also as a couple of the best novice debaters in the nation,” says BPCC Debate Coach Bob Alexander.

In their first semester of competition, Mercer and Garcia have combined to earn 51 wins and 9 awards.

"Dominick and Steve have raised the bar for our program, we've had a single student finish in the top 10 multiple times, but this marks the first time that we've had two students ranked this high," adds Alexander. "These two are poised for tremendous success as we approach the state, regional and national championship tournaments in the second half of the season."

For more information on BPCC Debate Team, contact Coach Bob Alexander at balexander@bpcc.edu.

BPCC NAMED NATIONAL BELLWETHER AWARD FINALIST FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Release date: January 23, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College has been named a Bellwether Award finalist for its Open Campus™ initiative, Starting Below Ground: Channeling Paths to Completion in Developmental Education. This is the second consecutive year the College has received this honor.

BPCC is also one of only ten colleges recognized for instructional innovation by the Community College Futures Assembly which sponsors the Bellwether Awards; pioneering projects are selected from three categories: instructional programs, planning and governance, and workforce development. Three thousand (3000) colleges were nominated and the top ten in each category were chosen to present at the Futures Assembly.

The Bellwether Award has been compared to football’s Heisman Award because it is competitively judged and is an award given by your peers in community colleges, with no cash award. It has also been called “the award of awards” because many institutions with programs that have won other awards apply for the Bellwether Award. Previous recipients of the Bellwether Award have said that it has been a springboard for other types of recognition and/or funding.

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

BPCC’s Open Campus™ introduced five math, English, and reading courses in April of 2013, and the free online sites quickly caught on both at BPCC and across the state of LA. Martin says the team’s goal at the start of the project was to provide quality, accessible study materials for BPCC’s students and potential students prepping for placement testing. It has since grown into providing access to students from all 50 states and on 6 continents. For more than two years now, students have been accessing Open Campus™ lecture videos at a rate above 60 minutes per hour; as a result, statistically, every minute of every hour of every day, someone, somewhere around the world is watching a BPCC-branded Open Campus™ lecture.

“Students and staff have taken BPCC’s Open Campus™ learning materials and truly made them their own, as they continue to adopt and adapt content to meet their specific needs,” says Martin. “What we envisioned for our students has taken on universal applications. From middle school to grad school to workforce and continuing ed, we’re seeing channels open beyond the community as statewide, national and international use continues to increase.”

Martin will represent the Open Campus™ team members and share the concept at the Assembly on January 30, in Orlando, FL. The winner will be announced the following day at the annual meeting.

The Community College Futures Assembly meets annually as a think-tank to identify critical issues colleges are facing and to recognize trend-setting innovations.

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FACULTY PIANO DUET TO OPEN THE SPRING CONCERT SERIES AT BPCC

Release date: January 18, 2017

The Music Program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a faculty piano duet recital, featuring Gulya Chandler and Joy Ratcliff, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E Texas St, Bossier City, LA. This recital is free and open to the public. The repertoire will include Sonata in D Major, K. 448/365a, by W. A. Mozart; Petite Suite, by Claude Debussy; and Tangos, by Piazolla.

Gulya Chandler is a graduate of Kazan State Conservatory (Russia), where she earned Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in music and has also completed the MAT program at Centenary College of Louisiana. She teaches piano, music theory, music appreciation, music history, and class piano at BPCC. Chandler maintains a private piano studio and has taught piano in the Centenary Piano Prep Program. She frequently performs and accompanies in recitals. She is the current Vice President of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association and is a nationally certified teacher of music through the Music Teachers National Association.

Joy Ratcliff holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, magna cum laude, from Centenary College of Louisiana where she studied with Dr. Donald Rupert. Her master’s degree is from San Jose State University where she studied with Ms. Aiko Onishi. Post-graduate study includes a Rotary Fellowship to study piano in Lyon, France where she studied with Jean Martin. In addition to her teaching responsibilities of Class Piano and Applied Private Piano at BPCC, Ratcliff has taught piano, music theory and pedagogy at Centenary College. She has also performed numerous solo recitals and has served as an accompanist in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Most recently she performed in the orchestra of the River City Repertory production of “Gray Gardens”.

Ratcliff and Chandler most recently performed as duo-pianists for the Sunday Afternoon Musicale group in Shreveport. If you have never had an opportunity to attend a piano recital with two grand pianos on stage, this is a wonderful opportunity.

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

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

Release date: January 17, 2017

BPCC’s Division of Communication and Performing Arts and the Cavalier Players announce auditions for the 2017 Annual Spring Festival of One-Act Plays. Auditions are set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 1.

BPCC’s Theatre program is showcasing the work of the following student directors: Annie Barker, Samuel Copeland, Shaundarius Hardman, Christian Robinson, Amber Simmons and Mikah Thomas. The Spring Festival will offer a full evening of theatre and will round out the theatre program’s nineteenth season of student-directed work.

There are six short plays to be cast and roles available for males and females, aged 18 and up. Anyone interested in filling technical positions should also attend auditions to complete an application and to meet the directors. Those auditioning are asked to dress comfortably and be prepared to be creative and have a good time. Reading selections will be provided at the audition.

The performance of the six plays will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 in the Performing Arts Theatre on the BPCC campus. Generally, the one-act festival may contain mature subject matter and/or language and may not be suitable for children.

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

VALVEWORKS USA DONATES TO BPCC

Release date: January 5, 2017

Valveworks USA is expanding its partnership with Bossier Parish Community College. Today, the company donated $100,000 over a four year period, payable in $25,000 annual installments, to support programs within the College’s Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (TEM) division.

“BPCC appreciates the Valveworks investment and the impact it will have on the College’s ability to expand access and opportunities for students pursuing jobs in these high-demand four and five-star careers fields,” said BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.

The funds will be used to support student scholarships and student success services for the programs listed below:

  • Industrial Technology
    • Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics
    • Automation and Controls
    • Engineering Graphics
  • Oil and Gas
  • Advanced Welding

Valveworks recognizes the value of BPCC’s Industrial Technology, Oil and Gas, and Advanced Welding programs. “We are truly dedicated to giving back to programs here at home,” said Brian Furqueron, Valveworks’ Vice President of Business Development.

For more information about the program, contact Sandra Partain, dean of Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at spartain@bpcc.edu.

AUDITIONS SET FOR BPCC’S PRODUCTION OF THE GAME’S AFOOT

Release date: January 5, 2017

The Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Program and the Cavalier Players announce the auditions for the next show in their 2016-2017 season, The Game’s Afoot, a madcap murder-mystery brimming with hijinks penned by the master of American farce, Ken Ludwig.

Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 19 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C) on the BPCC campus, 6220 East Texas Street in Bossier City, LA.

There are nine roles available, with four female and five male characters to be cast. Community members will be considered for adult roles. Those wishing to audition should come prepared to read from the script. BPCC Theatre students are required to present a 30 second monologue. However, no prepared monologues are required of other students or community members auditioning. Also, those auditioning should dress comfortably and be prepared to “move about.”

Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts and professor of Theatre, will direct this whodunit comedy. It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Show dates for The Game’s Afoot are set for 7:30 p.m. on March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, and at 2:00 p.m. on March 12 and 19. For more information, call Mary Lyle at 318-678-6021.

BPCC TO HOLD ON-CAMPUS REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2017

Release date: January 5, 2017

Bossier Parish Community College’s on-campus registration for its spring 2017 term is set for 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 11 and 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Thursday, January 12 at the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City, LA.

Students can select classes from a variety of spring sessions.

Spring 2017 classes begin Friday, January 13, 2017.

Detailed information regarding applying, registration, tuition costs and deadlines can be found online.

BPCC offers associate degrees in six academic divisions: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Business; Communication and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts; Science, Nursing and Allied Health; and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Technical diplomas, certificates and technical competency areas are also available in each of these divisions.

More information on the College’s academic programs.


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