Music Teachers

 Shannon Loerke

by Deb Nelson

Eric Graham holds a Masters degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. He studied jazz at the University of North Texas and Hindustani music at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music. He was raised in Barrow, Alaska — an Inupiat Eskimo village 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Graham teaches Music History, Popular Music in American Society, and World Music.

Alan Johnston received a Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College and a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota. Johnston teaches the Guitar Ensemble class and private classical guitar lessons. He also teaches both Suzuki and traditional guitar at the MacPhail Center for Music, where he was also formerly the chair of the Guitar Department. Johnston is well known as the founder of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet where during his tenure, he toured throughout the United States and made appearances on the St. Paul Sunday and National Public Radio’s Performance Today program.

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The metamorphosis of the Century College Music Program

by Deb Nelson

The creation of the Century College AFA Music Degree in the fall of 2008 transformed the Century College Music Program, increasing the availability— and level—of ensemble opportunities and activities. Now, many high-quality, committed music students attend Century College.

The changes in the program are drawing high caliber students, like 2011-2012 Outstanding Student of the Year in Music, Kelsey Letourneau, who will graduate in May with an AFA of music, primarily vocals. Letourneau was very complimentary of the Century College Music Faculty, saying, “What I love about the faculty is how easy they are to talk to; you can pop into their office and have a chat…they’ve really been mentors for me, driving me towards success.”

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Intercultural Club: First car show

by Chiquita M. Plowman

The Intercultural Club (ICC) presented their first ICCXOTIC car show on Friday, April 27, 2012. The ICC welcomed more than twenty tricked out cars or bikes on the west campus. Although anyone could enter, most cars came from the Century College students. Students and non-students alike customized the cars. Local companies such as Justice Brothers of Edina, Minnesota donated some of the car accessories. There was a registration fee of five dollars. And there were gas gift card prizes awarded to students. Music was provided by KRAZYHORSE productions.

With music, tricked out cars, and free admission for spectators, it was worth going for the coolness factor. Xai Vue, President of the Intercultural Club, said, “The car show was a great way to get a good diversity of people to gather and have something in common. A car show was a great idea. We feel that cars are not limited to your ethnic background.” The volunteers of ICC and student life helped with the event. The Intercultural club has been around since 2004. They currently have 15 active members. If you are interested in more information contact:

Xai Vue,
Intercultural Club President

photos by Caleb Klitzke



by Ellen Ahlness

Though the application window for Century College Foundation scholarships has closed, they are awarded regularly to both students in need and to students who have earned them through academic work. During the 2011-12 academic year Century College awarded 109 scholarships, totaling over $130,000.

With all the benefits of scholarships, as well the variety of requirements, the biggest mistake students make is not applying in the first place. Some students don’t put forth the effort to even apply to certain scholarships, thinking that the competition is too stiff to bother. This claim usually holds little truth to it. As Debra Nelson explains, “sometimes scholarships aren’t even given out, because nobody applies.”

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Annual business etiquette dinner

by Bri Thomas

“Bon-a-petit,” a saying we all love to say when enjoying a really tasty meal. The many students and alumni that attended the fifth annual Etiquette Dinner got the opportunity to enjoy a formal dining experience while socializing and reconnecting with business associates. The event was on Tuesday, April 17 from six to eight p.m. at Jimmy’s Conference Center in Vadnais Heights. The fee was eighteen dollars, and the event included a learning environment with tips and lessons in the dos and don’ts of dining etiquette, a four-course meal, and peers from multiple areas of study. Before the event was held, Carrie Hageman of the Careers Services Department, who is part of running this event, was asked to share her thoughts on this event. She said, “I believe it to be a great hands-on professional development opportunity for our students to learn not only dining etiquette, but professionalism skills as well. They learn how to make a positive impression and how to utilize a dining experience to communicate a character/atmosphere of kindness, respect, and thoughtfulness.”

During the Etiquette Dinner, there was a successful turnout. There were 54 registered students and 50 attendees. Students were let in the dining area at 5:30pm, where the social hour began. That is the opportunity for students to meet new people, introduce themselves and show their skills to others, and reconnect with business associates. Students from the following programs participated: Associate in Arts, Visual Communications Technologies, Dental Assisting, Criminal Justice, Interior Design, Microcomputer Support Technology, and Engineering to name a few. Dinner started at six p.m., when they learned the fundamental mechanics of seating and beginning a business meal, the basic plate setting of the utensils, how to prepare for the meal, how to eat each of the six meal courses, and—of course—table manners. Afterwards, there was wonderful feedback on how delicious the food was. Everybody was satisfied and liked the hands-on learning experience. Each student was able to take away the proper dinner etiquette and the confidence to conduct oneself in a business professional setting. We tend to get so comfortable in our eating habits in front of our friends and family that we don’t even realize that we could be offending someone or presenting ourselves in a way we don’t want. The way we eat our food could cost us that job opportunity.

This event was all thanks to Century College’s Career Services and Student Support Services. This event would not have happened without them, and we constantly appreciate them bringing this hands-on learning event back every year. This event had a big turn out this year, and they are hoping to keep the attendance up in future years by encouraging more students and different programs to join. If you were not able to join the event this year, make sure to sign up next year. It is a great way to learn dinner etiquette and get connected with a wide, diverse range of people in multiple career fields.

Revisiting parking and transportation at Century

by Isaac Fatokun

Since the previous report about parking and transportation, which has been a big issue at Century College, some changes have been noticed and some of the issues have been looked into by the school administration. This is not to say students and staff are not experiencing difficulties with parking anymore, but the school administration is certainly not neglecting the issue.

In the previous story from last semester, there were issues and questions raised by students, among which were: why the shuttle was stopped, why the school has not created more parking spaces, what car-pooling arrangements can be made, and so on. Some answers have been provided by some school administrators concerning these issues.

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Guthrie partnership

by Matthew Hoemke

Century College has developed a unique partnership with the Guthrie Theater for Century students. Students who take Shakespeare (ENGL 2035) are given the opportunity to take classes at Minnesota’s world-renowned Guthrie Theater to learn about Shakespeare’s history and plays, the history of the Guthrie, and even get a chance to see one of Shakespeare’s plays. Students, who meet every Wednesday night, get to meet actors, production staff (including directors, stage managers, etc.), take private backstage tours, attend an opening night gala, and even get to learn the ways of stage combat. This will be an on-going partnership with Century, so if you are interested in the literary works of William Shakespeare or are an admirer of the stage, this might be right up your alley. There are informative pamphlets of the partnership in the English Department.

Phi Theta Kappa brings World Water Day to Century College

World Water Dayby Matthew G. Gille

World Water Day arrived at Century College for the very first time on March 21, and PTK students were able to share their passion for a more sustainable environment and for sharing the knowledge that the world’s drinkable water supply is far less than one might think.

The purpose of bringing World Water Day to Century College is to educate students about our dwindling water supply that will have to quench the thirst of nine billion people by the year 2050. The United Nations, the entity behind World Water Day, ties food directly into the equation for the first time, because of the amount of water it takes to produce food.

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The ugliness of hate

Image courtesy of jamienabozny.comby Debbie Johnson-Hill

It’s an uncomfortable subject and a conflict many of us have faced: bullying. It happens in classrooms, lunchrooms, dorm rooms, and boardrooms. The instigators look for anything that makes you different, being tall, small, fat, skinny, nerdy, ugly, gorgeous, or brainy. You can’t change these things and you wonder why you have to suffer for being who you are. Life is tough enough.

Now imagine that you are a kid, just 11 years old, and you have gathered the nerve to tell your family that you are gay. Their understanding—and your subsequent relief—should be the biggest battle, maybe yes, but then again, maybe no.

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Woody Wood Duck: not just some duck!

Tim VanNess with his original drawing of Woody

Tim VanNess with his original drawing of Woodyby Chiquita M. Plowman

Woody Wood Duck first appeared in 2001 and was created by Tim VanNess. Nancy Livingston, Public Relations Director for Century College, approached him about the project. Nancy, coincidently, is also his wife. He has been involved in acting, drawing, painting, and also volunteers as a campus tour guide for youth in the community. His background has been in anything considered creative and not necessarily seen as “serious.” But here at Century, he will always be known as the guy that hatched the wood duck.

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