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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
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:
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.