SGA holds food drive for student food pantry
By Loran Ashley Rhodes
Angelina College faculty members and staff have begun Roadrunner Smack-Down, the biggest influx of items for the student food pantry.
The Student Government Association is asking departments and organizations to compete to see who can collect the most items.
Food in the pantry is available to any student enrolled in classes; therefore students are required to provide valid student identifications and their identification numbers.
All non-perishable food items are accepted, as well as gift cards and hygiene products, for the pantry, which is located in the Student Center Suite 205C.
Jordan LaCaille, event coordinator, said, “Our motto is if the lights are on, we are here to help.”
The Student Government Association formed the student food pantry in January 2018 after LaCaille realized food insecurity existed on campus. SGA co-adviser Alex Ranc and LaCaille decided to inform the SGA to see if they wanted to help. The members of the SGA took the idea and ran with it, according to Lacaille.
The food pantry is made possible by the continuous donations from people on campus, and it always accepts donations. The SGA hopes to acquire a freezer after their planned expansion, so they can collect more items, but that is not guaranteed yet.
Kayla Robinson, vice president of SGA, said, “Anything will help! It all goes straight back into serving the students.”
Human Services club makes difference in community
By Loran Ashley Rhodes
Students in the human services program will sponsor a service dinner and activity for a special needs group on April 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Technology and Workforce Building, Room 156.
The club meets on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. during the PMHS 1280 Cooperative Education I class.
Elected officers include Jessica Haskins, president; Amber Lopez, vice president; Regina Tucker, secretary; and Jennifer Fowler, treasurer. Faculty sponsor is Patricia Wars.
During the fall semesters, the students in the program provide volunteer services at the Angelina County Senior Citizens Center. They are required to give two hours of their time to assist the residents.
The Human Services Club’s purpose is to provide services to individuals or groups in need. It is open to students who are enrolled in the human services program at Angelina College.
The human services program is designed to educate students and prepare them for the work force after they complete their education whether they earn a certificate or an associate degree.
Wars said, “Our focus is preparing students to enter the workforce of the 21st century to work with diverse populations and the cultural values and backgrounds of clients they will be serving so they may do so with competence.”
The program specializes in case management and social services, a combination of psychology, counseling and social work. Graduates provide services to ensure clients reach their maximum level of functioning.
Rotaract Club seeks new members
By Kendall Cole
Rotaract, Angelina College’s Rotary Club, needs more members. It meets monthly on campus for community service projects throughout the city of Lufkin.
This semester, Rotaract wants to add more members to the club in order to be able to complete more projects around the city, such as trash pickup days, volunteering at the animal shelter and providing books for children who do not have access to them.
Any student on campus may join. The club currently has three members; so new members will be welcomed. More club members means more service projects that can be completed around Lufkin since the students are the ones who pick each project.
Students may join by emailing or calling Dr. Tom McKinney, the club’s sponsor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 936-633-4522 to get more information about Rotaract. Students do not have a set amount of time they must volunteer. They are free to do as much as they want as long as they are willing to volunteer some of their time.
Vulnerability event set by PSI organization
By Craig Reese
Psychology Sociology Ink, an Angelina College student organization, will be having an event focusing on vulnerability April 12. The topic will be split into two points: homelessness and food insecurity.
First, the organization will be analyzing the number of people in Lufkin who are not able to obtain low-income housing.
And that will be followed by the food insecurity of students attending AC. The second issue will focus on delivering supplies to those in need.
The event is being sponsored by former presidents of the club, Robert Hurt and Deana Jones, who have been working with the organization.
Sponsors of PSI are Ronnie Naramore and Benetha Jackson, both AC psychology instructors.
Additionally, in the fall, Mack Dunkin, a former president of the club and AC psychology instructor, will become a sponsor.
SNA collects hygiene products
By Loran Ashley Rhodes
The Student Nursing Association at Angelina College will be collecting hygiene products for the Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center through the month of April. Items may be placed into totes located in the Health Careers I Building Rooms 101 and 103.
Elected officers include Terry Rodgers, president; Samantha Rice, vice-president; and Amanda Karber, student representative.
The SNA is an organization for AC’s first-level and second-level registered nursing students. They are able to join when they are accepted into the RN program.
SNA faculty sponsor is Amber Murphy.
The Sputum Bowl, a trivia contest between first and second year respiratory students to prepare for finals and board testing was held Tuesday, Nov 20.
AC’s men’s basketball team celebrates at age sports parade held during Spirit Week on Wednesday, Nov.7 in front of the Student Center. The Roadrunners won the spirit stick for their show of energy.
Baseball/softball teams enjoy Halloween game in costume
AC Singers perform for campus
Students prepare for Halloween at AC dormsMakayla Lewis from Athens, Texas Basic courses, Stepheny Lopez from Houston, Texas nursing major and Betty Hernandez from Porter, Texas nursing major carve pumpkins outside the dorms Tuesday Oct. 30.
Survivor obstacle course
The beat goes on
Latin Dance NightChanging Lives dance studio brings Zumba to AC Monday, Oct. 1 in front of the Student Center.
Spanish Heritage JeopardyAndrea Leaman, Elizabeth Hernadez and Jose Ocon think hard over the question Cedric Ward, Cerdarian Davis and Axelson John try to come up with an answer during Hispanic Heritage Jeopardy in the cafeteria, September 19th.
Pop Culture TriviaThe winners of Trivia, from left to right, Elizabeth Hernandez; Nursing major, Andrea Leaman; Music major, and Jose Ocon; Criminal Justice major, point at their score.
End of semester carnival