Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Alpha Chi in St. Louis



Alpha Chi National Convention in St. Louis, March 27-29.

Very much under construction at this juncture; however, I post here some links for photographs and video from the conference.



Photographs:

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Video:

Student Interview with Dr. Dennis Richardson

Video of Tommy Franks

Clemente's closing video

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ICFA 2014




I will continue working on this page over the next few days--I am off Wednesday to an Alpha Chi Honor Society conference in Chicago and will try to work some on this and another page.

For now, I offer links from Flickr.com to photographs from this year's ICFA.

More soon:


Wednesday Birding Trip to Merritt Island

Wednesday Conference

Thursday Conference

Friday Conference

Saturday Trip to Gatorland

Saturday Conference





Friday, February 28, 2014

October-Feburary Birds on the Farm

 Northern Cardinal


 Red-bellied Woodpecker


 House Sparrow


Tufted Titmouse


As the conclusion of a glacial February staggers  to a welcome conclusion, I will begin another series of photographs that will chronicle feathers on the farm until the term's conclusion.

Most of the 70+ photographs I uploaded to Flickr.com describe what I call "The Usual Suspects" of my Yard Birds, including the Blue Bird on the right and the White-breasted Nuthatch on the left.

These months did not provide a lot of sunshine, but enough light broke through clouds now and again to allow me to capture some good shots of everything from a Disckcissel to a Pewee, the latter pictured on the right--and the Dickcisses on the left in the next paragraph.

Anyway, I look forward to taking and eventually posting pictures on the blog.

Look, too, to the Prairie Fire: The Progressive Voice of the Great Plains, for I will by June have two articles published there.


The first of the two-part series--"Birding in and around Peru, Neb:


  Fields, Water, Hills and Woods"--just got published in the March edition as part of "Prairie Fire's Migration Field Guide 2014."

Part Two, "Yard Birds of Peru" will focus on my backyard birding and "Feathers and
Verses" and other activities that join creative writing, birding, and photography.

So, join Prairie Fire, for you will pay nothing and enjoy some excellent reading.



 American Goldfinch


 Downy Woodpecker
 Dickcissel

 Eastern Bluebirds

 Tree Sparrow


European Starling



Hoyt Steet Blues and Concert Band








On Sunday afternoon February 23 in the PSC College Theater, the Hoyt Street Jazz Ensemble and the Concert Band put on an audience-pleasing show.
Unfortunately, I managed to screw up my movie camera by not charging the batteries correctly.  And by the time just how to record video with my regular camera came to my addled mind, the Hoyt Street portion of the show had concluded.
Well, I will film them when the band plays on the green this spring.

I did, however, get some pretty good pictures of both performances on which students
and parents tagged away on Facebook this previous week.

The following video from the Concert Band features a short part of a piece, New York, and some folk pieces--the titles are in the video.


  


I will do a better job in the future! 

The next major event takes place on 5 April, Piano Extravaganza, the 25-year celebration.
























Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Peru State College Open House













On Friday, February 21,  Peru State College featured an Open House for students looking to find out more about Peru State.  I posted photographs from the event.

Over thirty students and parents visited the campus, going on tours and taking part in the activities listed at the conclusion of this posting.

The foyer in the Arts and Sciences Building served as headquarters for the day's activities.  

Here students, parents, and relatives met with the deans of the schools and with
people connected with Residence Life and other student-centered groups.

I enjoyed the bustle of activity and the chance to talk with folks and take photographs of the enthusiastic visitors. 

And during the lunch period, visitors gathered their meals in the cafeteria and took advantage of reserved seats.  As a special treat, PSC's Misty Blues performed, a show everyone in the student center enjoyed.