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News Release
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Alvin Community College welcomed new student ambassadors for the spring 2011 semester during a training workshop held on Jan. 7 at the main campus. The new student ambassadors are (left to right): Tim Gusey, of Alvin; Julia Theato, of Alvin; Paige Lemon, of Friendswood; Kristi Harrell, of Alvin; Karen Leder, of Alvin; Imee Smith, of Rosharon; Stephanie Reimondo, of Alvin; and Katherina Byerly, of Rosharon. Some of the duties for the new ambassadors include: calling prospective students, providing campus tours, serving as new student orientation guides, assisting the recruiter and departments at events, assisting with marketing materials, helping students on the first day of the semester and more. The ACC Ambassador Program is sponsored by the ACC Foundation to help promote involvement and enthusiasm for higher education opportunities and possibilities.

Dual credit DHS culinary arts students compete for final exam

Hilton Garden Inn Food and Beverage Manager Michael Warner (left) samples some dishes prepared by Dawson High School culinary arts dual credit students (left to right) Apolonio Zambrano, Austin White and John Papadakis during a competition held as part of their final exam on Jan. 7. Students formed teams and competed for various prizes, as well. Various community members, including Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, served as judges throughout the day.Competition is an excellent tool to determine and improve the abilities of its contestants.

For dual credit culinary arts students at Dawson High School, it is also a great method for their instructor to evaluate whether they grasped the concepts he taught during the semester.

“It’s like the ultimate test of whether they obtained the knowledge,” DHS instructor Chef Sean Dunn, who held an Iron Chef®-like event on Jan. 7 for a final exam, said. “If they can create in a real life situation, then I know they’ve ‘got it.’”

The students formed teams and were required to create and complete a full meal using shrimp or blood oranges, including an appetizer, main dish and sides, drink and dessert, and present it in an appealing manner to guests in an hour.

The food and presentation were then critiqued by various community members who served as judges for two different sessions throughout the day.

According to Dunn, the competition worked to develop important life skills that will help the students in their careers, as well.

“It gets them to start thinking critically because they know the other team is going to try to outdo them,” he expressed. “After the event, we talked about what they did and how they can do better in the future.”

Dawson High School culinary arts dual credit students (left to right) Damaris January, Danelle Rucker and An Le prepare various dishes during a competition held as part of their final exam on Jan. 7. Students formed teams and competed for various prizes, as well. Various community members, including Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, served as judges throughout the day.For DHS culinary arts student Tyler Henderson, who has wanted to be a chef his “whole life,” the event was an ideal opportunity to work on communication with others in the kitchen.

“It was really good practice; it’s all about teamwork,” he stated.

“Chef Dunn inspires the students to be creative and try new things; he sets a wonderful example for the students and exposes them to so much more than basic cooking techniques,” said Barbara Derrick, director of the Career and Technical Education (CATE) program for the Pearland Independent School District. “He instills in them a love of learning and serving – we are lucky to have him share his skills and talents with our students.”

In addition to earning a grade for the final and gaining new skills, the students competed for over $800 in prizes that were donated by local businesses involved in the DHS Culinary Arts Advisory Board and a chance to have their recipes served in the new Eagle’s Nest Café at DHS in the spring.

Dawson High School culinary arts instructor Chef Sean Dunn (right) watches as his students (left to right) Brandon Dixon, John Papadakis and Austin White prepare coconut shrimp during a competition held as part of their final exam on Jan. 7. Students formed teams and competed for various prizes, as well. Various community members, including Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, served as judges throughout the day.“The Culinary Arts Advisory Board, established last year, contributes to the success of the program,” Derrick stated. “They have always been more than willing to provide whatever is needed, from supplies, equipment, scholarships, tours, guest speakers and even donated the prizes for the competition.”

As participants of the dual credit program, many who are receiving scholarships through the Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance, the students are also earning transfer credits through Alvin Community College toward a degree for their work.

“It is such a pleasure to have the opportunity to help these students and see their dreams come to life,” Kennon Henry, an ACC academic advisor based at DHS, said. “Many will go on from these dual credit courses at Dawson and pursue careers in all aspects of the culinary world.” 

“Currently, students are working in restaurants as line chefs, in hotels, transferring to major universities, and attending ACC to acquire the AAS in Culinary Arts,” she added. “We might even see one or two of them on TV one day!”

ACC Events Calendar 

January 17, 2011
ACC Closed for MLK Day

In observance of Martin Luther King Day, Alvin Community College will be closed on Jan. 17. For more information, contact ACC Assistant to the President and Executive Director of Development Wendy Del Bello at (281) 756-3600.

January 19-20, 2011
ACC Holds Auditions for Spring Musical ‘The Spitfire Grill’

The Alvin Community College Speech and Drama Department will hold auditions for its spring musical production, “The Spitfire Grill” on Jan. 19-20, at 7 p.m., in the main campus theatre, 3110 Mustang Road. Callbacks will be held Jan. 21. The play will be performed March 5-6 and March 10-12.  For more information, contact the ACC Box Office at (281) 756-3606 or email boxoffice@alvincollege.edu

January 27, 2011
ACC Holds Monthly Board Meeting

Alvin Community College will hold its monthly Board of Regents meeting on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information, call (281) 756-3600. The Nolan Ryan Center is located on the ACC main campus, 3110 Mustang Road.

January 28, 2011
No Day Classes at ACC

There will be no day classes at Alvin Community College on Jan. 28 due to the 64th annual Texas Community College Teachers Association convention. Offices will close for business at noon. For more information, call (281) 756-3600.

February 5, 2011
Annual ‘An Evening of Big Band’ Set for Feb. 5

Dance and enjoy the exceptional music of The Kurland Street Band at the Annual An Evening of Big Band on Saturday, Feb. 5, 7 to 10 p.m., at the Nolan Ryan Center in Alvin. Tickets are $10 each and include admission to the dance and light refreshments throughout the evening. Proceeds from the event will benefit Alvin Community College Music Department and alumni scholarships. Members of The Kurland Street Band, who have been donating their time to the event since its inception, have been playing professionally throughout southeast Texas since 1985. For more information about An Evening of Big Band or to purchase tickets, call (281) 756-3686 or (281) 756-3600.

February 17-28, 2011
ACC Holds Eight-week Mini Semester Registration

Registration for an eight-week mini semester, which begins on March 3, at Alvin Community College will be held Feb. 17-28. For more information, call the ACC Enrollment Services Center at (281) 756-3531. ACC is located at 3110 Mustang Road.

February 24, 2011
ACC Holds Monthly Board Meeting

Alvin Community College will hold its monthly Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information, call (281) 756-3600. The Nolan Ryan Center is located on the ACC main campus, 3110 Mustang Road.

March 5-6 and 10-12, 2011
ACC Presents Spring Musical ‘The Spitfire Grill’

The Alvin Community College Speech and Drama Department will present its spring musical performance, “The Spitfire Grill,” March 5-6 and March 10-12 in the main campus theatre, 3110 Mustang Road. Performances on March 5 and March 10-12 will be at 8 p.m. and March 6 at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the ACC Theatre Box Office at (281) 756-3606 or email boxoffice@alvincollege.edu.

March 14-18, 2011
ACC Closed for Spring Break

Alvin Community College will be closed March 14-18 for spring break. For more information, contact ACC Assistant to the President and Executive Director of Development Wendy Del Bello at (281) 756-3600.

March 24, 2011
ACC Holds Monthly Board Meeting

Alvin Community College will hold its monthly Board of Regents meeting on March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information, call (281) 756-3600. The Nolan Ryan Center is located on the ACC main campus, 3110 Mustang Road.

April 4 to May 9, 2011
ACC Holds Three-week Mini Semester Registration

Registration for a three-week mini semester, which begins on May 11 at Alvin Community College will be held April 4 to May 9. For more information, call the ACC Enrollment Services Center at (281) 756-3531. ACC is located at 3110 Mustang Road.

April 20 to May 25, 2011
ACC Holds Registration for Summer One and 11-week Semesters

Registration for the Summer One and 11-week semesters, which begin on June 1 at Alvin Community College will be held April 20 to May 25. For more information, call the ACC Enrollment Services Center at (281) 756-3531. ACC is located at 3110 Mustang Road.

April 22, 2011
ACC Closed April 22

Alvin Community College will be closed April 22. For more information, call (281) 756-3600.

April 28, 2011
ACC Holds Monthly Board Meeting

Alvin Community College will hold its monthly Board of Regents meeting on April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information, call (281) 756-3600. The Nolan Ryan Center is located on the ACC main campus, 3110 Mustang Road.

May 11-12, 2011
ACC Holds Summer Children’s Theatre Festival Auditions

The Alvin Community College Speech and Drama Department will hold auditions for its Summer Children’s Theatre Festival on May 11-12, at 6:30 p.m., in the main campus theatre, 3110 Mustang Road. Callbacks will be May 16. The first summer show will be performed June 20-23 and the second will be July 25-28. ACC has been providing this opportunity for children interested in theatre production for over 25 years. For more information, contact the ACC Theatre Box Office at (281) 756-3606 or email boxoffice@alvincollege.edu

May 26, 2011
ACC Holds Monthly Board Meeting

Alvin Community College will hold its monthly Board of Regents meeting on May 26 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information, call (281) 756-3600. The Nolan Ryan Center is located on the ACC main campus, 3110 Mustang Road.

May 30, 2011
ACC Closed for Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, Alvin Community College will be closed on May 30. For more information, call (281) 756-3600.

June 20-23, 2011
ACC Presents Summer Children’s Theatre Festival

The Alvin Community College Speech and Drama Department will present the first show of the Summer Children’s Theatre Festival season June 20-23 in the main campus theatre, 3110 Mustang Road. Performance times are at 10 a.m. June 20-23 with a second performance on June 23 at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the ACC Theatre Box Office at (281) 756-3606 or email boxoffice@alvincollege.edu.

June 23, 2011
ACC Holds Monthly Board Meeting

Alvin Community College will hold its monthly Board of Regents meeting on June 23 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information, call (281) 756-3600. The Nolan Ryan Center is located on the ACC main campus, 3110 Mustang Road.

July 4, 2011
ACC Closed July 4

Alvin Community College will be closed on July 4. For more information, call (281) 756-3600.

July 25-28, 2011
ACC Presents Summer Children’s Theatre Festival

The Alvin Community College Speech and Drama Department will present the second show of the Summer Children’s Theatre Festival season July 25-28 in the main campus theatre, 3110 Mustang Road. Performance times are at 10 a.m. July 25-28 with a second performance on July 28 at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the ACC Box Office at (281) 756-3606 or email boxoffice@alvincollege.edu.

July 28, 2011
ACC Holds Monthly Board Meeting

Alvin Community College will hold its monthly Board of Regents meeting on July 28 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information, call (281) 756-3600. The Nolan Ryan Center is located on the ACC main campus, 3110 Mustang Road.

August 25, 2011
ACC Holds Monthly Board Meeting

Alvin Community College will hold its monthly Board of Regents meeting on August 25 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information, call (281) 756-3600. The Nolan Ryan Center is located on the ACC main campus, 3110 Mustang Road.






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