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Help Gadsden State Renovate the Valley Street Campus

Gadsden State needs your help to win Home Depot’s Retool Your School Grant which is available to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

The grant has three options including a major project award of $50,000, 11 minor project awards of $10,000, and a Campus Pride full project award of $25,000. If Gadsden State wins the major award, the proposed project includes the installation of new energy efficient windows in Prater Hall to enhance the learning environment and reduce utility costs.  Prater Hall, constructed in 1965, is utilized by students enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program, Title III Program, and college administrators and staff at the Valley Street Campus.  The minor project award would be used to install eco-friendly landscaping, solar lighting and student-friendly outdoor study spaces to improve the appearance and learning environment on the campus.  The applicant with the highest voting score during the voting period will be awarded with the Campus Pride Grant.  This award, if received, would be used to renovate restroom facilities throughout the Valley Street Campus including flooring, painting and fixtures.

The grant applications will be judged by a panel of advisors and by the online voting score.  Anyone can vote one time per day, and it only takes a minute.  Please help Gadsden State and vote daily at www.retoolyourschool.com.   Online voting concludes on April 10.

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INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TICKETS ON SALE FEB. 15 

Gadsden State International Programs hosts the annual International Festival, “Bringing the World Together,” on April 13, 2012, at Convention Hall in Gadsden. The festival includes displays about countries from around the world, dinner, and entertainment. Tickets may be purchased through the Wallace Hall online box office at wallacehall.org, $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students.

International students at Gadsden State prepare displays about their countries and provide entertainment for the evening. Catering is by Sodexo, presenting cuisine from around the world. Advance tickets are required for dinner. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner starts at 6:00 p.m., and entertainment begins at 7:00 p.m.

The objective of the festival is cultural exchange, exposing the Gadsden community to other cultures, allowing local citizens to meet some of the international students who attend Gadsden State, and providing an opportunity for the Gadsden State international students to interact with the local community. Approximately 200 international students attend Gadsden State on average each semester.

The Convention Hall venue is a change from prior festivals, which were held in the Gadsden State cafeteria. The new venue will provide more space for patrons and allow more tickets to be sold.

Country displays include Japan, Korea, Egypt, Yemen, Colombia, Venezuela, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, South Africa, Ghana,Thailand, India, Viet Nam, Bolivia, Pakistan, China, and others. Displays can be viewed by the general public, but advance tickets are necessary for the dinner.

Gadsden State has served international students for over 40 years. The intensive English program, Alabama Language Institute, has operated continuously since 1973, and was the first ESL institute in Alabama. The festival began as a picnic at Noccalula Falls in the late 1970’s, when students met and prepared traditional dishes from their countries.

The direct link to purchase tickets is international.wallacehall.org. For more information, call 256-549-8438 or email cgray@gadsdenstate.edu.  For more information about the International Program contact Dr. Paula Ross Derrick at pross@gadsdenstate.edu.

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Meadows Gallery Showcases Green

The Gadsden State Art Department proudly presents “One Man’s Pursuit of Excellence: A Solo Exhibition of the Art of James Green,” which will be on display in the Meadows Gallery March 5 – April 24.   The gallery is located inside the Meadows Library, on the Wallace Drive Campus of Gadsden State. Viewing hours are 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Fridays.  Admission is free.

Green served in the U.S. Army as an airborne infantryman, an Army Recruiter, and finally as the Range Safety Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge of the Range Division. During his service, his talent as an artist, modeler, and writer enabled him to become a regular author for FineScale Modeler magazine, and an occasional contributor to the International Plastic Modelers Society Journal. In preparation for his retirement from the Army in 1999, he enrolled in a vocational arts program conducted by Perry Technical Institute and Yakima Valley Community College. He completed his training as a graphic artist and illustrator in June of 2000 and returned to Alabama. In December 2007, Green graduated from Northeast Alabama Community College with Associate Degrees in Art Studio, Business Administration, and History.

In addition to being engaged as a full-time free-lance artist, illustrator, and graphic designer, Green is an artist member of the American Society of Aviation Artists.  He is also a member of the Rome Art Coterie in Georgia and the Gadsden Art Association.

Although he has exhibited his work in numerous shows around the country, this will be his first solo exhibition.  This show represents a wide range of interests, from military aviation to regional landscapes, and portraits.  

The Meadows Gallery is a collaborative effort between the art department and the Meadows Library.  The gallery offers several exhibitions each semester, showcasing local, regional, national and student artists.  For more information contact Mario Gallardo at mgallardo@gadsdenstate.edu.

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