Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Business Contest 2015

This year, I did not get to the Business Contest as early as I would have liked; however, after teaching, I took some pictures of this year's event for people to view and to download.

The pictures include shots of some morning events and then the high school students at lunch enjoying themselves and their time at Peru State College.

At the Awards Ceremony, in addition to random shots from the event, I tried to capture quick pictures of all the winners--for each of the sections, students earned awards for fifth to first place.

I believe that for this 26th Business Contest, Lisa Parriott organized the event with the help of many faculty members and students.

As always, great to see these stellar high-school students on our beautiful campus.

Dr. Naser Alsharif: Being Muslim in America

On February 9 in the Jindra Fine Arts Recital Hall,  Dr. Naser Alsharif, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Sciences at Creighton University, spoke to a full audience as part of Diversity Awareness Month at Peru State College.

For Dr. Alsharif, his appearance here marked a return to PSC, for he joined a group of others last February for an excellent discussion as part of a panel of speakers for Exploring Belief.  I did not create a blog
page for that event, but you can see photographs (that I did share on Facebook).

Thanks go to Kristi Nies for organizing this informative event.

I posted pictures from the reception and the first half hour of the talk.  Congratulations to everyone involved in this first of many events scheduled for Diversity Awareness Month.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Wade Talley Concet at Peru Stare College

Two most pleasant students shyly approached me yesterday and asked if I would take pictures and video of the Wade Talley concert at 7:00 pm in the evening in the College Theater.

I had not planned to attend the religious revival gathering but could not say no, especially as I promised a colleague to take pictures of the first practice for Dr. Charles Parrott's play, Frankenstein'd that very evening, from around 6:00-7:00.

The World Premier of the play will occur on March 3-5.  I loaded some pictures of the practice.

The Wade Talley concert attracted a good and enthusiastic croud, and Mr. Talley entertained and edified with stories and music.  The message of promise and redemption is appealing, and I enjoyed the experience.

I created a video of a dozen or so minutes of the performance befoe returning to the Frankenstein'd group.  Enjoy the concert pictures as well:

Friday, January 29, 2016

The 2nd Annual Cabaret Night

I enjoyed last night's Peru Theater Company's "2nd Annual Cabaret Night.  Not sure why I missed the previous one, but I will hope my excuse was good.

I took pictures of all the acts, three from each, and posted the results for everyone's enjoyment on both Facebook and Flickr.  Check out the photographs from all the talented performances.

The performances covered a wide variety of modes, from dramatic readings and stand-up comedy, from dramatic and comic renderings, to dynamic dancing.

In addition to these performances, the evening also featured 3 Irene Ryan Acting Competition Scenes performed last week at a conference in Minneapolis. 

I filmed each of these.

The first video includes the performances by Shane Brick and partner Amanda "Debbie" Burk in addition to scenes in which Theresa Woods and partner Sarah Budz replicate their entry in Minneapolis.

The second video from the competition features Kellen Garber and his partner Michael Smith II:

Enjoy the photographs and the video from this rewarding event.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Apple Valley Reading Council at Peru State, Jan 2016

On Monday evening January 18, the Apple Valley Reading Council met at Peru State College in the CATS Conference Room.

I have worked on and off with the council for the past twenty years and enjoyed the chance to see a lot of familiar faces.

Gina Bitner and I served as presenters for the meeting.  

For the past two years, Gina and I got Student Enhancement Grants to take ten PSC English and Education Majors to the Plum Creek Literacy Festival at Concordia University in Seward.

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the event that featured some of the most popular writers and illustrators of Children's Literature who have presented at the festival, from Janet Stevens to Andrew Clements, pictured on the left.

I talked about the experience at Concordia
University and showed pictures from the event linked on the blog page.  English major Ryan Christensen talked with the group about his experiences and Education major Elizabeth Chamberlain read from a
book by one of the presenters at the festival that she admires, Eric Litwin of Pete the Cat fame.  Eric plays guitar and sings in the picture on the left.

Gina discussed her annual project with
fourth graders at Calvert Elementary School in Auburn.  Her students work with a class over the course of the spring semester and write a children's book.  At the final meeting, the hard-bound books arrive, and the students and youngsters share.

I take lots of photographs that got linked on the blog page created for the Calvert visit. 

Photographs from the two events played while we all spoke: 

Calvert Visit
Plum Creek