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December 4, 2015


Large crowd turns out for Life: Through Word and Lens


Life: Through Word and LensMore than 300 people viewed the outstanding work provided by the Cowley College photography and writing students during the Life: Through Word and Lens event held Thursday in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. The work will remain on display in the Wright Room for the remaining of the semester. 


The students in Creative Writing, Poetry Writing and Screenwriting prepared portfolios of their works for the showcase. Students presenting portfolios were Cassie Anderson, Courtney Andrews, Mairi Baker, Lilia Bowman-Bekemeyer, Daltin Brock, Valyn Burrell, Lynna Glidewell, Tim Hardman, Quinn Johnson, Alicia Kerstetter, Christina Leithoff, Tori Mann, Lauwren O’Quinn, Emily Reed, Liz Vishnefske, Hannah Winterhalter and Maren Zimmerman. Although the majority of these students are in classes on the main campus, three online students drove from Wichita to participate in the showcase.


“The various creative writing classes at Cowley continue to have excellent students who bring a high level of energy to the program, and this semester was no exception,” Humanities Department Chair Marlys Cervantes said. “The portfolios may be the most diverse we’ve had before, indicating a growing program with more breadth in its offerings. I am so proud of this group of young men and women. It’s an honor to work with them.”


Each semester the Photography students select a theme and they decorate the table to match. This year's theme was Vintage Christmas.


Meg Smith, director of journalism/photography instructor, said there is more to the gallery than just pretty pictures on the walls; the class is challenged to define a personal or business brand and demonstrate it through the process of creating tags, business cards, table tents and leave-behinds. This semester many carried that through to their sold tags and displays. Each student could select 8-10 images for the gallery.


“It takes a great deal of effort to pull off such a large show and the teamwork and graciousness these students demonstrated was gratifying to watch,” Smith said.


Kat Pierce was the project organizer and took charge of assigning tables, setting up lighting and helping her classmates with every detail including providing additional frames, picking up supplies and suggesting solutions.


Along with Pierce, Leandra Sipult, Emily Ellis, Austin Tedrow, Chris Simmons, Delbert Lopez, Chetta Andes, Jim Ailey, and Lindsay Allen had their work on display.


“It is gratifying to see students pull together to put on a show like this,” Smith said. “I saw so many examples of people helping each other out; solving tech issues, suggesting edits, picking up supplies and so much more.”


Cowley College vocal instructor Lindsay Allen was in charge of music and putting together the slideshow. Allen also helped hang photos, decorate the room and was the go-to person for a second opinion.


Jim Ailey, automotive instructor, motivated others with his positive attitude and was quick to lend a hand with hanging and heavy lifting.


Heather Allen and Liz Shepard, class alumni, provided most of the edibles and kept things running smoothly at the food table.


Mark Flickinger, Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair, looks forward to the showcase each year.


“There is beautiful work on the walls and in the journals,” Flickinger said. “It’s great to work with so many creative people.”


View photo gallery.