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Officer Jason Burrous instructs the cadets in the fall daytime Police Academy class on Sept. 5. This is the first daytime academy class to be in the new building.

Police Academy, officers move to new building

By Kendall Cole

Reporter

The Angelina College Police Academy and the Angelina College Police Department recently moved into the old Baptist Student Ministry building after renovations were finished last spring.

They have occupied the building since last May after originally being in two separate buildings on campus. The cadets were in the Community Services building, while the five full-time officers on campus were in the Administration Building. The BSM building has been a part of the campus since the 1960s, but a few renovations on the building were needed before the academy and the police department were able to move in. Two classrooms were added and some offices were finished before they were able to move into the building.

AC Police Chief Doug Conn explained that moving buildings has been more beneficial for everyone involved because being in two separate buildings made it difficult to maneuver. With two full-time police officers as training managers and 27 cadets for the day classes this semester, keeping them all in one building has made it easier to manage classes and training instead of running around campus trying to keep up with each other. Full-time administrator Kim Capps keeps the officers and cadets organized.

The Police Academy recently had seven cadets graduate from the night classes during the first week of fall classes after a 17-and-one-half-week semester. Currently, 27 cadets are enrolled in the daytime classes after starting with 29 cadets at the beginning of the semester, and the classes are being taught by officers Jason Burrous and Marcelo Rosario, who are the training managers for the academy.

Burrous and Rosario are two of five full-time officers on campus. Others include Conn, Dale Lowery and Randy Holland. Burrous and Rosario teach day and night classes for the cadets on campus.


An Angelina College student gets help from employees in Roadrunner Central.

Roadrunner Central opens

By Craig Reese

Reporter

Angelina College’s Student Center has a new one-stop shop called Roadrunner Central to help unify multiple services in a single, centralized area for incoming fall registrants and returning students.

The new bundled student services in Roadrunner Central include admission, accommodations, the registrar, financial aid and records. The services will still function the same with financial aid being provided by the business office, who also receives payments from students. However, the service of advising will stay on the second floor. Students wanting to add or drop classes will go to Roadrunner Central. Also, the one-stop shop will be the place to go to transfer to and from other colleges.

Roadrunner Central has been open since July 1 for students. The idea was created to bring together various services in various buildings on campus into a centralized location in the Student Center. Originally, the location housed the student bookstore.

The administration is planning on a more official opening during the spring semester.

Additionally, refinements to the services will be made after fall registration slows down.

For more information on Roadrunner Central, visit the AC website at angelina.edu.

Georgia Pacific donates to technology program

Officials from Georgia-Pacific and Angelina College gathered Monday, Sept. 30 for a brief ceremony featuring a check presentation. 

The event took place in Room 108 of the Technology Workforce Building located on the AC campus. 

With this latest donation, students in AC’s electromechanical technology/electrical specialty programs will receive hands-on experience with some of the industry’s most in-demand technology. 

The ongoing partnership between Georgia-Pacific and Angelina College has proven beneficial to both the institutions involved as well as to numerous area students. GP’s multiple contributions throughout the years have reinforced AC’s workforce programs with donations assisting the college in providing up-to-date equipment to meet current industry standards. By training on the equipment, AC students obtain relevant and desirable skills necessary in today’s workforce. 

Once again, Georgia-Pacific will ensure students access to state-of-the art equipment through another donation. 

For further information, contact Janice Huffman at jhuffman@angelina.edu or Yana Ogletree at yana.ogletree@gapac.com. 

AC celebrates Constitution Day

By Kendall Cole 

Reporter

Angelina College celebrated Constitution Day on Sept. 17, with five speakers explaining what the U.S. election process in Hudgins Hall Auditorium during the morning class break.

The speakers for this year’s Constitution Day were AC instructors Michael Smith, Gene Yates, Olivia Wilson, Alicia Andreatta and Debra Jenke. Each speaker had a specific item they discussed regarding the election process.

AC President Dr. Michael Simon introduced to everyone what Constitution Day is and told why we celebrate it. 

Smith began with the first presidential election of George Washington and why he was chosen to be the first president of the United States. 

Andreatta explained to the audience the general election process, and noted that we have already begun the 2020 presidential election with the first step in the process, debating.

Yates explained what the primary election is and how votes work in that type of election. He also gave some insight into what superdelegates are.

Wilson spoke about the caucus process and how it differs from the primary elections, and Jenke explained why we have an electoral college, how voting works within the college and how the majority rule plays a big part in elections.

After the instructors were finished speaking, audience members ask questions. The topic for next year’s Constitution Day will be the electoral college.

The US Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787, but Constitution Day was not celebrated until 1952 when Louisville, Ohio resident Olga T. Weber had petitioned municipal officials to establish Constitution Day to celebrate the signing. The city’s Mayor Gerald A. Romany proclaimed Sept. 17, 1952 as the first Constitution Day in United States history.

Photo by Nylan Holifield

Angelina College’s history and government instructors, left to right, Debra Jenke, Duane Choate, Gene Yates, Alicia Andreatta, Olivia Wilson and Michael Smith talk about the elcection process during a Constitution Day event in Hudgins Hall Auditorium Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Foundation sets fundraiser

Candlelight dinners are something special, but anyone can have one of those.

But dinner by ballpark light? Now, that is definitely worth the price of a ticket.

The newly formed Angelina College Foundation has chosen as its launch event “Dinner at the Diamond,” an event featuring dinner and entertainment on the Angelina College Roadrunner baseball field at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex.

The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, and the public is invited. Tickets are $50 for individuals and $400 for eight-person tables. 

The evening’s entertainment will feature a familiar face to Roadrunner baseball fans. Rising musical artist Hayden Baker, who was a Second-Team All-Conference shortstop for AC in 2018, will perform. 

Also in 2018, the Texas Country Music Association listed Baker among its Top Five Emerging Artists. Baker’s first single, “How It Used to Be,” was a hit on both iTunes and Spotify, and East Texas music fans heard the song frequently on local radio stations. Baker and his band “Southern Symphony” have opened for such music legends as Willie Nelson, Tracy Lawrence and Joe Nichols. 

Texas Custom Catering will provide the meal for the event, and other activities will be available to help promote the fund-raising behind the Foundation’s existence, including both live and silent auctions. Proceeds go toward the Foundation’s efforts to assist Angelina College students. 

“The purpose and goal of the Foundation is to help strengthen the college’s ability to provide quality educational opportunities and services to aid students in reaching their full potential,” Dana Smithhart, executive director of institutional advancement at Angelina College, said. “It’s an opportunity to raise funds to benefit the lives of our students.”

For further information, visit the Angelina College Facebook page, call 936-633-3213 or e-mail dsmithhart@angelina.edu. 

Smith-Hutson gives scholarships

Angelina College has announced the 2019 recipients of the Smith-Hutson Scholarship, awarded to students with academic potential and established financial need who are committed to completing a certificate or degree at Angelina College.

Third-year recipients include Makayla Ray, Maddison Hoose, Jennifer Hernandez and Kylie Rodgers.

Second-year recipients include,  front row, Andrea Vidal, Jaselyn Johnson, Milneshia Phipps, Summer Durham, Chloe Vineyard and Monica Vera. Also, in the back row, are Vanessa Terrazas, Kyndell Gore, Colton Lovell, Brennon Davis, Jolie Cheney and Cooper Bendy.

First-year recipients, in the front row, are Blair Strickland, Jessica Crisanto, Sandra Zuniga, Mylee Powell and Haley Jacobs. In the back row are Asa Dewitz, Landon Thompson, Katherine Hawthorne, Alexis Lopez, Rafael Bahena Jr., Katelyn Ray, Kristyn Smith, Rachel Barrett, Adrian Luna and Dominic Perez.

Students remain eligible to receive a Smith-Hutson Scholarship for a maximum of two years of undergraduate studies, or three for those enrolled in a health-careers-related program, provided the recipient maintains a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 and completes a minimum of 24 semester credit hours for his or her degree each academic year. 

For information on applying for scholarships, contact AC’s Financial Aid office at fareceptionist@angelina.edu. 

Makayla Ray
First-year recipients of Angelina College’s Smith-Hutson Scholarship are, front row left to right, Blair Strickland, Jessica Crisanto, Sandra Zuniga, Mylee Powell,and Haley Jacobs; and back row left to right, Asa Dewitz, Landon Thompson, Katherine Hawthrone, Alexis Lopez, Rafael Bahena Jr., Katelyn Ray, Kristyn Smith and Rachel Barrett.
Second-year recipients of Angelina College’s Smith-Hutson Scholarship are, front row left to right, Andre Vidal, Jaselyn Johnson, Milneshia Phipps, Summer Durham, Chloe Vineyard and Monica Vera; and back row left to right, Vanessa Terrazas, Kyndell Gore, Colton Lovell, Brennon Davis, Jolie Cheney and Cooper Bendy.

Alumni network starts

By Kendall Cole

Reporter

The AC Alumni and Friends Network was brought back this Sept. for current and past students to have a way to reconnect with each other and the school.

The network launched on Sept. 28 during the Dinner at the Diamond event, which was the first event for the network this school year. 

The events that will be held in the future will be opportunities for AC students, current or past, to reconnect with each other and the college through community projects.

Two ways to get involved with the Alumni and Friends Network involve two different memberships. A yearly individual membership for $20 comes with benefits such as a T-shirt, window decal and a 25 percent discount for apparel and drinkware at the campus store. The second way to become a member is through the lifetime membership for $250, which includes items such as a T-shirt, window decal, 25 percent discount, crazy socks, a tumbler and much more.

For more information, contact Dana Smithhart for more information by email at dsmithhart@angelina.edu or by calling her at 936-633-3213.

AC announces grant 

for guided Pathways

Angelina College officials announced Wednesday, Oct. 2 that the college has been selected to participate in Texas Pathways, a “comprehensive, statewide five-year strategy to build capacity for Texas community colleges to implement structured academic and career pathways at scale,” according to the Texas Association of Community Colleges. 

The $11 million, five-year grant awarded AC is administered by the Texas Success Center, a division of the TACC, and is designed to support the implementation of guided pathways. The Center organizes community colleges in one of four cadres, or units, to support the redesign of student experiences. AC has been recognized as a Cadre 3 college in the Texas Pathways strategy, honoring its diligent work and commitment to advancing pathway practices.

 AC President Dr. Michael Simon said, “We are so pleased to continue the work associated with Texas Pathways, which will result in structured academic and career pathways for students at AC.  I deeply appreciate the diligence of faculty and staff working to adopt the pathways model at AC.”     

 Based on the American Association of Community College Pathways Model, Texas Pathways is an integrated, system-wide approach to student success based on intentionally designed and clearly structured educational experiences that guide each student effectively and efficiently from the selection of their high school endorsement to entry into higher education and attainment of high-quality credentials and careers.

 Texas Pathways Round Two is the next evolutionary step of the pathways strategy to provide continuous support for colleges as they redesign the student experience. Cadres enable a multi-tiered approach to meet a wide variety of needs by grouping colleges at similar stages. Colleges in Round Two Cadre 3 have strengthened core capacities and initiated a strategy to implement guided pathways essential practices at scale, and in Round Two will advance their progress by implementing essential practices.

 “Texas is very fortunate to have a set of funding partners willing to invest in the important work of the community colleges,” Dr. Cynthia Ferrell, vice president of the Texas Success Center, said. “We are excited to work with Angelina College as they continue to transform student experiences.”

For further information regarding Texas Pathways, please visit https://tacc.org/tsc.

Students attend TCCJA convention

By Craig Reese

Reporter

Angelina College student Lizeth Rodriguez won second place for best photo package in the live news contest at the Texas Community College Journalism Association convention in Waco at Baylor University on Friday, Oct. 18.

The news contest was a scenario in which the Waco Fire Department and Waco Police Department were dispatched to a two-story building because of a reported domestic dispute of a couple.

After the police, arrived they found the assailant and arrested him. Shortly thereafter, smoke filled the building.

A couple of minutes later, the firefighters arrived and began preparing search teams to break into the building to try to find any residents inside. Each search team brought out one resident and tried to give them CPR. Both of the residents were declared dead by the teams.

A press conference was held with the fire department’s Battalion Chief Patrick Kerwin and the police department’s Captain Dave Newman.

Besides Rodriguez, AC journalism student and co-editor of The Pacer, Craig Reese attended the convention, along with advisers Libby Stapleton and Jan Anderson-Paxson.

The awards for the previously-published contests for TCCJA will be announced at a later date.

Rodriguez, AC student, receives an award for best photo package at the the TCCJA convention on Friday, Oct. 18.

Photos by Lizeth Rodriguez

AC student Craig Reese interviews Waco Fire Department Battalion Chief Patrick Kerwin during the multimedia news event at the TCCJA convention on Friday, Oct. 18.
Firefighters put out a fire in one of Lizeth Rodriguez’s winning photos from her photo package in the TCCJA multimedia news contest held in Waco on Friday, Oct. 18.

Roadrunner Smackdown! to be held

The second annual Roadrunner Smackdown! and Non-Perishable Food and Hygiene Product Drive will begin in the next few weeks. Look on the Student Life app or on the Student Life Activities calendar on the AC website for the starting date.

During the event, teams are pitted against each other to collect non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items to stock the pantry that is available for any currently-registered Angelina College student.

The pantry is on the second floor of the Student Center in Room 205 and is maintained by the Student Government Association and the Student Life office.

Teams may be entered as athletic teams, offices, departments, schools, student organizations, or any group of students or faculty or staff members who would like to participate.

Please contact Jordan LaCaille at jlacaille@angelina.edu to register a team to compete by Thursday, Oct. 31.

The event will start around Nov. 1 and continue for the rest of the semester before Christmas break. Check-ins on teams will take place to see how the teams are doing with the collection efforts.

Last year’s winner for collecting the most items was the Financial Aid department. This year two prizes will be given.

Photo by Kendall Cole

The Student Life office and the Student Government Association maintain a food pantry in the Student Center for AC students.