Deep South cuisine featured at CTC Patio Café dinner

The Central Texas College (CTC) Culinary Arts program will host its final Patio Café Cuisine Nights dining experience of the spring semester this Friday, April 25. The menu features a variety of delights from the Deep South. Dinner will be served from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the culinary dining area of the Student Center (Bldg. 106).

Start the meal with a choice of salads and appetizers. The featured salad is the Cobb salad ($11.50) – a warm, crisp country chicken breast served on a bed of mixed greens with fresh cherry tomatoes, avocado, hard-boiled egg and crumbled blue cheese bits. Diners can opt for the house salad ($3.75 or free with an entrée). The appetizers are hot crawfish dip ($6.50) – a creamy Creole dip sautéed green onions, bell peppers and crawfish served with garlic-flavored crostini; and the cream of broccoli and cheddar soup ($7.50 for a bowl or $2 for a cup with an entrée).

The evening’s entrees are southern-fried catfish ($11.50) – cornmeal breaded catfish deep fat-fried until golden brown and accompanied with a side of tartar sauce; smothered chicken ($10.75) – a five-ounce chicken breast friend and smothered in a creamy mushroom sauce; and pan-roasted pork loin with bourbon sauce ($13.50) – a six-ounce oven-roasted boneless pork loin topped with a bold bourbon sauce. All entrées are served a honey oat roll and a choice of two side dishes. The side dishes are squash casserole, braised mixed greens, roasted potatoes and macaroni and cheese. Additional dish orders are $1.50 each.

For dessert, diners can choose either the sweet potato pie topped with pecans and drizzled with maple syrup ($3.75) or the chocolate hazelnut cake with a decadent cream frosting and topped with ganache ($4.50).

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the CTC Hospitality programs at 254-526-1515 by 10 a.m. on Thursday.

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CTC to “Take Back The Night” against domestic violence

Central Texas College (CTC) will hold its annual Take Back the Night event to raise awareness about domestic violence on Thursday, April 24 at 10 a.m. in the Anderson Campus Center (Bldg. 156). Guest speakers for the event are Barbara Stephens of the Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program and Ana Pickens-Scruggs, counselor with the Military and Family Life organization.

Take Back the Night is an internationally recognized event and organized in local communities with the purpose of increasing community awareness about issues of domestic violence and serve as a collective voice for all victims. Both speakers will offer information on how to recognize the warning signs of potential domestic violence, where to seek assistance and how to break the cycle of abuse.

Representatives from other local service agencies including Families In Crisis and Cove House will also be available to offer guidance and education and resources in the fight against domestic abuse and violence against women and children. Counselors in the CTC Metal Health Services department will be on hand and free and confidential HIV testing will also be offered.

The Clothesline Project will also be featured during the event. It consists of a display of t-shirts created by and for victims, survivors and secondary victims of domestic violence. The shirts, which are made from actual t-shirts, poster board or construction paper, are hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of all facets of violence whether it is aimed at women, children or for one’s political beliefs or sexual orientation. Attendees will also have the opportunity to create their own t-shirt for a loved one or someone they know.

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CTC Community Job Fair scheduled for April 23

The Central Texas College (CTC) Career Center will host its annual Community Job Fair on Wednesday, April 23 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public from 10 am. – 3 p.m. Nearly 60 companies and potential employers will be on hand accepting resumes and providing information about jobs in all sites locally, regionally and nationally.

The Career Center’s goal is to not only offer a great place to start the job hunt or career change, but provide an excellent tool for networking and developing valuable contacts with key individuals and to broaden one’s job hunting opportunities.

Elaine Riley, CTC Career Center director, encourages attendees to bring multiple copies of their resume and come dressed for success. “Most companies exhibit at job fairs because they have immediate openings or they have a practice of hiring continuously,” she said. “Not only will these companies be handing out information they will also use the opportunity as an initial interview to help assess that first impression of you as a potential employee.”

The CTC Community Job Fair will host a wide variety of career possibilities as representatives from numerous law enforcement agencies, banking and financial institutions, real estate companies, area school districts and colleges, the computer and technology industry, media outlets, medical and healthcare facilities, social services and many others will be available.

The job fair is sponsored by the CTC Career Center, Texas A&M University – Central Texas, the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, the Army Community Service –Employment Readiness Branch and KWKT Fox 44.

For more information about the Central Texas College Community Job Fair, please call the CTC Career Center at 254-526-1106 or visit online.

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CTC Fine Arts presents classical guitarist in concert

The Fine Arts Department at Central Texas College (CTC) will hold its spring semester Guest Artist Performance on Tuesday, April 22 featuring classical guitarist John Pinno. The performance will be in the Anderson Campus Center (Bldg. 156) at 7:30 p.m.

Pinno holds a bachelor of music degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master’s degree from East Texas State University. He has studied classical guitar in master classes with the renowned American virtuoso Christopher Parkening and Pepe Romero of the famous Romero family of guitarists. Pinno teaches classical guitar at CTC and has taught for more than 30 years at several colleges and universities in Texas including the University of Texas at El Paso, McLennan Community College, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Temple College.

In 2004, Pinno began composing and has written eight works for guitar solo, guitar with various instruments and a multi-movement work for alto recorder, flute and oboe. Several of his original works will be included in the CTC concert program.

Pinno will be accompanied by his wife and flutist, Mary Evelyn Pinno. She was a voice performance major at East Texas State University where she studied with Charles Nelson. She also studied flute at ETSU. Mrs. Pinno has performed in various ensembles and was a soprano soloist for three years in the Ft. Hood production of the Messiah. Also performing will be violinist Marie Smith.

Tickets for the Guest Artist Performance are $5 at the door. Proceeds benefit the CTC Fine Arts Concert Series Scholarship program. Free childcare will be provided during the performance by the staff of the CTC Child Development Center.

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CTC Foundation golf tournament set for May 2

Entries are now being accepted for the 22nd annual Central Texas College Foundation Golf Tournament. The four-person scramble will be played Friday, May 2 at the Stonetree Golf Club in Killeen starting at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $100 per person or $400 per team and includes green fees, cart, food and two mulligans. Entry deadline is April 25.

Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Eagle-Warrior Endowed Scholarship Fund. Entry forms and more information are available at the CTC Foundation office (Bldg. 158) or by calling 526-1662.

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CTC speech team earns medals at national tournament

The Central Texas College (CTC) Speech team returned from Denver, CO ith a few medals after competing in the Phi Rho Pi National Forensic Tournament last week. Representing CTC were co-captains Brandy Alexander and Anna Gay and Katherine Hlavaty.

Speech team members competed in a variety of speech formats including extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking and persuasive speech. While the team is small it has a vast amount of experience as all three members competed in last year’s national tournament. Gay earned a gold medal in communication analysis and Hlavaty was the silver medal winner in the category.

This year, Gay earned a silver medal in extemporaneous speaking and bronze medals in communication analysis and persuasive speaking. Hlavaty won a bronze medal in prose interpretation while Alexander earned bronze medals in extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking.

In the state tournament last fall, the CTC team placed third in the team sweepstakes category. Individually, Gay was ranked fourth overall in the state earning a state championship in persuasive speaking and communication analysis. She also placed fourth in extemporaneous speaking. Alexander placed second in extemporaneous speaking and third in informative speaking. Hlavaty earned third place honors in programmed oral interpretation, fifth in prose interpretation and fourth in communication analysis.

At regional competition held at Tyler Junior College earlier this spring semester, the CTC team competed against other schools from Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana with more than 40 individual competitors including nationally-ranked Lone Star North Harris College and Tyler Junior College. Alexander was a four-time regional finalist with silver medals in extemporaneous speaking and informative speaking, a bronze medal in impromptu speaking and was a semi-finalist in Lincoln-Douglas-style debate.

Gay earned two regional championships by winning gold medals in extemporaneous speaking and persuasive speaking. She also earned a silver medal in communication analysis. Hlavaty won a regional championship by earning a gold medal in communication analysis. Overall, CTC placed third in the debate sweepstakes and fourth in individual event sweepstakes.

Established in 1929, Phi Rho Pi is the National Junior and Community College Forensic Association Honor Society. It hosts the only full-service national tournament in the United States with 11 individual events, three forms of debate and interpreter’s theatre.

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Army medic/CTC employee honored for bravery in battle

Sgt. RitterhouseSgt. Kristopher Ritterhouse was honored during the “Angels of Battlefield” gala held recently in Washington, D.C. An Army medic with the U.S. Army, 173rd Airborne Brigade, 1st Battalion and lab assistant with Central Texas College in Vicenza, Italy, Ritterhouse was one of several military personnel recognized from each branch of service for their bravery.

On September 13, 2012, Ritterhouse received a traumatic brain injury during an intense firefight but still managed to come to the aid of his fellow soldiers. Ritterhouse described the events after he was knocked to the ground by an explosion. “I found myself lying on the ground wondering what had happened, bitter taste of blood in my mouth,” he said. “As I got up, my world shook and spun around me.” In spite of his injuries, Ritterhouse climbed to the roof of the building where other soldiers were located. He administered CPR, unsuccessfully however, to one soldier who had been shot. He then returned to the firefight to search for more injured soldiers.

It was then his injuries got the best of him. “The concussion caught up to me,” noted Ritterhouse. “There’s nothing I could do. I started throwing up, I didn’t know where I was. I was told, ‘hey you need to go downstairs. There is another medic waiting for you.’”

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell praised Ritterhouse for his valor. “Despite his own injuries, Sgt. Ritterhouse went into the fray of the enemy fire to answer the calls for ‘Doc!’ coming from his fellow soldiers,” explained Campbell. “Ritterhouse low-crawled on the roof through a hail of enemy fire to reach the soldiers, triage a gunshot wound and administer CPR. He then returned to the rooftop to suppress enemy fire with his fellow soldiers. In doing so, Sgt. Ritterhouse displayed the bravery, courage and commitment that personifies U.S. Army medics.”

In his words, Ritterhouse said he was only doing the job he loved, being a medic and helping soldiers during the hardest days of their lives. “I think the most important thing to take away from this, though, is there is nothing I did in my mind that was heroic, that was valorous, noted Ritterhouse. “I did my job and it is what any of us would do, medic or corpsman. That’s why they call us ‘Doc.’”

In addition to serving his country, Ritterhouse is a lab assistant with the Central Texas College (CTC) emergency medical technician (EMT) program at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy. He has been with the community college for two months working with students in the EMT Basic and EMT Clinical courses. He helps guide students as they practice their EMT skills, offers classroom lectures and observes and assesses the students as they complete their 25 hours of clinical rotations at the U.S. Army Vicenza Health Center. In addition to helping CTC students learn medical field EMT training, Ritterhouse can now teach them a little something about bravery.

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