Wallace State celebrating National Community College Month in April

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Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs, center, signed a proclamation designating April as Community College Month. Pictured are from left: Paul Knetter of Springville, a business major, representing Rotaract; John Elliott of Joppa, a general studies major, representing Phi Theta Kappa; Maci Key of Hayden, a machining major, representing Skills USA; Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs; Gabrielle Leek of Arab, a general studies major, representing PTK; Emily Dia of Hayden, a business major, representing PTK and the Student Government Association; Challie Johnson of Hartselle, representing PTK and the All-Alabama Academic Team; and Wallace State President Dr. Vicki Karolewics.

HANCEVILLE – Wallace State Community College is celebrating National Community College Month in April, which is one of the busiest months for activities and events on campus.

This month, the college will welcome “Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit” as part of the state’s three-year celebration of its 200th anniversary as a state. The exhibit will be on display at The Evelyn Burrow Museum from April 15 through May 24, with a special grand opening reception on April 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts.

The Burrow Museum will also host a Bicentennial Art Competition for Cullman County K-12 and community college students April 24 through May 24, with an awards ceremony on May 14.

The 2018 4th District Congressional Art Competition will be on display on or about April 19 through April 23 in the Burrow Center. Congressman Aderholt will be on hand April 23 to recognize the winning artist, whose work will hang in the Capitol.

On April 3, the Wallace State Diversity Committee welcomes The Birmingham Sunlights in concert at 11 a.m. in the Burrow Center Recital Hall.

Wallace State will host job and career fairs for its Health Science programs on April 4 and for Applied Technology, Liberal Arts/General Studies on April 5 in the Peinhardt Conference Center of the School of Nursing and Center for Science. The job fairs will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

On April 7, Miss Wallace State and volunteers from the college will participate in Miss Alabama Serves Cullman event at The Link of Cullman County.

On April 10, a Learning Communities event sponsored by the English Department and Sigma Kappa Delta will feature attorney, child advocate and author Liz Huntley at 9:30 a.m., at the Bailey Center Auditorium.

Wallace State’s Fine and Performing Arts programs have a number of events on tap during the month.  The Wallace State Singers will present “Broadway Baby! Music of the Great White Way” April 12-14 at 7 p.m., and April 15 at 2 p.m., in the Burrow Center Recital Hall. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children under 10.

The Wallace State Jazz Band will host its annual Big Band Ballroom Dance on Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m., in the Burrow Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Admission is $15. The Wallace State Concert Band will present “The Best of Hollywood: 75 Years of Stage and Screen” Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m., in the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre. Admission is $5.

An Earth Day Celebration sponsored by the Green Team, featuring guest speaker Dr. Todd Steury, Wildlife Ecologist with Auburn University, will be held on April 19 at 11 a.m., in Peinhardt Conference Center in the School of Nursing and Center for Science.

On April 26, the Wallace State Alumni Association will hold an Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physical Therapist Assistant Alumni Connection in the James C. Bailey Center, starting at 7 a.m. A Nursing Alumni Connection will be held on April 17 in Peinhardt Conference Center of the School of Nursing and Center for Science.

Wallace State’s athletics programs will host several home games during April, starting on April 3 with Men’s and Women’s Tennis vs. Coastal Alabama on April 3 at 1 p.m. Women’s tennis matches will also be played on April 6 at 4:3 p.m. against Central Alabama.

Wallace State’s Softball team will play Marion Military Institute at on April 3 at 2 p.m; Bevill State in a double header on April 10 at 2 p.m.; Snead State in a double header on April 12 at 2 p.m.; and Southern Union in a double header on April 17 at 2 p.m.

Wallace State’s Baseball team will take on Lawson State in a double header on April 14 at 2 p.m.; Bevill State in a double header on April 21 at 2 p.m.; and a double header against Shelton State on April 28 at 2 p.m.

A cheerleading stunt clinic will be held on April 15 at 1 p.m., in the Wellness Center Gym.

Wallace State Community College has been serving Cullman County and surrounding areas since 1966. The college is national pacesetter, recently named an Achieving the Dream Leader College, and selected as an Aspen Prize Nominee for the third time in five years. Wallace State was chosen as one of 30 community college in America to launch the American Association of Community College’s Pathways Project and is a leader in student success in the Alabama Community College System.  It is ranked among the nation’s fastest growing community colleges with enrollment of 5,000  and is the first choice community college for students taking the ACT.

The college has also been designated as a National League of Nursing Center for Excellence, All-Steinway School, and Military Friendly Institution, among other accolades.

On Monday, the mayors of Hanceville and Cullman signed proclamations recognizing Wallace State during Community College Month. A similar event in Oneonta will be held Wednesday.

Throughout the month, Wallace State will celebrate the stories of students and alumni. The Wallace State Future Foundation is also celebrating the month by encouraging donations to help fund scholarships so that students can begin their stories at Wallace State. For more information, visit wsccfuturefoundation.org.

To learn more about Wallace State and events scheduled during Community College Month, visit www.wallacestate.edu.