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April 8, 2014

 

Northwest Vista College News


Democracy Commitment Activities Enhance Civic Learning

The Alamo Colleges Democracy Commitment initiative, in coordination with the NVC student club “Project Dem,” and the NVC Humanities Department and Peace and Conflict Studies Programs, recently sponsored a screening of the film “Inequality for All”.  This documentary was created by former President Clinton’s Labor Secretary Robert Reich.  The documentary focuses on the causes and possible solutions to the growing income inequality problem in the United States.  

The Democracy Commitment (TDC) is a national initiative providing a platform for development and expansion of community college programs, projects and curricula aimed at engaging students in civic learning and democratic practice across the country. The goal is to ensure that every graduate of an American community college have had an education in democracy.  

Another outgrowth of the Democracy Commitment is the formation of a Student Government Association (SGA) at NVC.  Students seeking a position with the SGA will be campaigning throughout April, with elections to be held April 21-4.  Members of the newly formed SGA will be trained in conflict resolution and leadership skills over the summer, and the SGA will begin formally meeting and functioning as the official voice of the NVC student body in Fall 2014. 

Sculptor, Former Olympian Visits College

NVC hosted acclaimed sculptor and Oympian Peter Schifrin on March 17-18, whose large-scale sculptors in bronze are displayed in private and public commissions from coast-to- coast, including an exhibit at the 2012 London Olympics.  For two days, Schifrin met with students from a range of art classes including painting, sculpture, design and ceramics as well as art appreciation classes.  He shared his artistic vision and helped students understand first-hand the creative process. 
 
His visit came as part of the celebration for the opening of a display of his sculpture, “Affirmations”, that will continue through April 25 at the NVC Palmetto Center for the Arts.  At the artist talk on the evening of March 18, Schifrin shared what gives him inspiration and motivates him to create his art. He said as a teenager, his mother died of breast cancer and his ex-wife, close friend and father also passed away. He said while he fears death, he’s learned that fear also blocks love and he has chosen not to embrace fear or be paralyzed by it.
 
 
His artwork primarily includes sculpture, paintings and poetry.  For a little more than a decade, Schifrin was director of the School of Fine Art Sculpture at the Academy of Art University, where he is currently a faculty member. Schifrin is a member of the International Sculpture Center and was voted into the National Sculpture Society as a ‘Fellow’ in 2011.  Schifrin, who was a fencer for 12 years and a member of the U.S. men’s fencing team in 1984, hopes his work can transcend language and teach people that whatever life throws our way, there’s always a "gift" to be had. He often reminds people of this by giving them hand-made metal coins that say gift on each side.
 
 

 

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