By ADRIAN KEMP, Ranger Reporter:
Amarillo College offers many clubs to fulfill students’ interests. On Aug. 29 and 30, the college held the annual club fair in the newly redesigned mall between the Ware Student Commons and the College Union Building.
“During the fair, each club distributed information such as what time they meet and what kind of things they do,” said Jeanetta Smiley, executive secretary of the student life department. “That way if they’re interested they can go ahead and sign paperwork to start,” she said.
There are more than 16 clubs students can participate in, from art to English. One of the newer clubs that has only been around since last year is the Transfer Club.
“The goal is to get students that are planning to transfer after Amarillo College to get a community type feel. Like if you’re trying to go to WT or Texas Tech, you have the opportunity to get to know people that might be transferring with you and also get important information to help make the decision,” Ernesto Olmos, sponsor of the club, said.
The club travels to different universities to show students what they have to offer and to get hands-on experience with each campus. They also offer application workshops and club meetings with free food. Contact Olmos for more information at 806-371-5447 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another club that is available is the Delta Psi Omega, which is a national honors society for the theatre department. “We do summer shows as well as a murder mystery show to have the audience guess who the murderer is. It’s all student directed and student cast. Everything is done by the students. This year we hope to work with Ronald McDonald’s House to put on a show for the kids there,” said Ray Newburg, sponsor of Delta Psi Omega and theatre professor. Meetings are in the Experimental Theatre Lobby on the Washington Street Campus.
Artists who enjoy creative expression or are pursuing artistically focused careers can join the Art club. “We are promoting the new configuration of visual arts plus mass media, graphic design, photography, theatre and music,” said Stephanie Jung, fine arts professor. For more information email her at email@example.com.
Students who love English and writing can discuss topics with Sigma Kappa Delta. “Sigma is an English honors society that holds discussion groups that critically think. I feel we all need to examine what’s going on around us. We have free lunch for students and it’s basically a mixture of seriousness and having fun,” said Margie Netherton, English professor and sponsor of Sigma Kappa Delta. The club also collects books for children, nursing homes, and women in homeless shelters by doing events such as book drives and fundraisers.
Located on 25th and Jackson Street across from the parking lot is the Kappa Chi Christian Club or Bible Chair. “We have Bible studies Tuesday through Thursday at noon with a free meal offered every Wednesday. It’s any faith, any religion and any color. It’s open to everyone,” said Jerry Klein, philosophy professor and club sponsor.
A new club this year is the Children’s Miracle Network Dance Club. The club will be partnering with West Texas A&M Dance Club to have a dance marathon. “At this point, since we’re new we are just trying to recruit and get students involved before we take the next step,” said Ashley Thomas, club sponsor. “The amount of money raised for Miracle Network last year reached almost $800,000 and we plan to top that record hopefully this year.” The club will do fundraisers once a month to benefit the dance marathon.
For more information go to actx.edu for meeting times.