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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CTC to host Student Success Fair on April 17

Central Texas College (CTC) will host its third annual Student Success Fair on Thursday, April 17 in the Anderson Campus Center (Bldg. 156) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event is designed as an informational exchange to help students achieve academic success and overcome obstacles outside of the classroom which may hinder that success.

The Student Success Fair will feature various academic departments offering degree plan tune-ups, supplemental instruction, assistance with distance education and online learning, academic/vocation programs and tutoring. In addition, students can meet with school representatives and outside vendors to gain information on nutrition and wellness, financial literacy, career options, job seeking tips, resumé support and stress management. Assistance and support for substance abuse and domestic/family issues and other concerns such as childcare resources and transportation will be addressed.

Our intent is to address those ‘outside of the classroom’ issues that affect students’ success in the classroom,” noted Stephanie Legree-Roberts, director of CTC Student Success and Persistence. “We want to offer related sources, information and support services together under one roof in a fun environment to enable our students to learn about the resources available to them. So often their class work is hindered by a lot of other distractions and ‘real life’ issues and it is important for students to know where to turn for assistance.”

This year’s theme is “Success Under The Big Top,” and describes the event’s intent of celebrating student success and offering a one-stop shop of the many informational services available to assist students.

For the third year, the event was organized by the Student Success and Engagement Strategies Committee. “Students often have worries such as child care or job concerns which may keep them from performing at their best academically,” said Legree-Roberts. “We will provide resources to help students better handle these things as well as the usual study and classroom habits to help them become successful and complete their education.”

The Student Success and Persistence Department provides a textbook lending program and other services to assist students with their academic needs. It was established in 2011 as an instructional support and academic resource center for CTC students, faculty and staff.

The department also manages CTC’s Academic Studio which offers a wide range of services including subject-area tutoring, writing assistance, research and fact-checking, study skills and resource/service referrals. Students can receive free tutoring in a variety of subjects including math, accounting, English, grammar, nursing and Spanish. The department also offers test-taking strategies, organization strategies and time and project management tips.

“Our department goal is to help facilitate the learning process by employing strategies specifically designed to engage and challenge learners,” said Legree-Roberts. “The Student Success Fair is one way we can enhance that process by bringing together so many different sources of information and resources to positively impact students inside and outside the classroom. We’re doing this by offering guidance on academics, how to overcome some barriers to academic success and by providing resources available to students on campus and within the community.”

The CTC Student Success Fair is free and open to all CTC students and the public.

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The CTC Student Art Show winners will be

The CTC Student Art Show winners will be announced Thursday, April 10 at 12 p.m. at a reception and exhibit opening. Stop by Bldg. 112 to check out the exhibit and congratulate the winners.

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CTC Student Art Show opens April 10

The Central Texas College (CTC) Fine Arts department will host an opening of its annual Student Art Show and competition on Thursday, April 10 at 12 p.m. in the Fine Arts building (Bldg. 112). Winners of the competition, including Best of Show in each category, will be announced and awarded cash prizes.

The Student Art Show features numerous student submissions in a variety of media including art metals, ceramics, digital photography, sculpture, jewelry, paintings and drawings. The entries were created by students in the visual arts classes during the current spring and the fall 2013 semesters.

Juror for the competition was John Hancock, professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Hancock is a member of the Mid-America Print Council, Southern Graphics and a founding member of the DPA print organization. He has exhibited art nationally and internationally and has juried numerous art competitions and received many awards throughout his career.

The reception is free and open to the public and the exhibit, which is also free, will be available through May 1.

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