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December 9, 2016


Students continue to shine at Life: Through Word and Lens event


Students continue to shine at Life: Through Word and Lens eventAnother successful Life (Through Word and Lens) event wrapped up on Wednesday night followed by an inspiring inaugural winter concert inside Cowley College’s Robert Brown Theatre. 

“We had a wonderful turnout at the showcase,” Humanities Department Chair Marlys Cervantes said. “I always appreciate how many people from campus and the community come out to support our students and programs.”

Meg Smith’s digital photography students each had eight printed works on the walls and designed 24 graphic pieces with their own artwork integrated into each. Each student in the class was responsible for putting together a centerpiece representing the theme; winter gala.

New to the display this year was the addition of works by staff members of The Cowley Press. Smith had a small section set up to showcase the work they did over the summer while at the Editors' Retreat in Warsaw, Mo.

Over 10 images were sold totaling over $300 in sales. The display will remain on the walls through finals week. 

Photography students showing work at the event were Jenna Nichols, Kylee Griffith, Kaitlyn Cathey, Gabbie Lemon, April Aleman, and Dylan Harris.

Food and drinks were supplied by alumni of the digital photography class: Heather Allen, Liz Shepard, Marlys Cervantes, Mica Runnels and Shawna Allison.

“I would like to express my appreciation for the support these women give to me and to my program,” Smith said.

Writers from Creative Writing, Poetry Writing, and Screenwriting classes who presented portfolios in the showcase were, Brandy Batemon, Kelsey Boles, Daltin Brock, Kaitlyn Cathey, Adam Crowe, Tim Hardman, Aryana Hess, Alexandra Lawrence, Aimee Morgan, John (J.C.) Pappan, Addam Porter, Katie Rethmeier, Kayla Wiggins, Angelique Yarborough, Gabe YoNash, and Jocelyn Young.

“It never fails to delight me when I see Cowley writers' portfolios come together for the showcase,” Cervantes said. “They've written, revised, polished, expanded, and challenged themselves writing in genres and themes they never expected to write, and the portfolio project allows them to see all they've done and be creative in how they want it presented to their peers and the public.”

Cowley student and Jazz Band/Pep Band member, Garrett Misora, was honored ahead of the band performance as Misora was tragically killed in a car accident on Nov. 20. Dr. Harold W. Arnett, Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, helped honor Misora’s life by speaking at the event.