December 3, 2021
The Life Through Word and Lens student showcase combined with Arkansas City Chamber After Hours Thursday evening for an event that hosted over 120 people from the College and the community to learn more about the programs in the Humanities and Communication department, and to see the semester’s work of the Creative Writing and Mass Communication students.
The event, hosted by the Humanities and Communication department along with Student Affairs, included wonderful food and a table with giveaways and information about the College. In addition, the Media Club held their silent auction to raise funds for their spring trip.
“It was exciting to be able to talk about the programs here at Cowley to some of the members of the (Ark City) Chamber,” Humanities and Communications Department Chair Marlys Cervantes said. “They were very interested and having them on campus for this festive event was fun. It gave us the opportunity to combine multiple things: host the community members here on our campus, let them find out more about our programs and the advantages of attending Cowley first, and let them actually see the creativity of our students firsthand.”
Many photos and videos showing the work and activities of the two programs were evident in the Earle N. Wright Community Room and Life Through Word and Lens Gallery. The Gallery was filled with portfolios from the Creative Writing, Poetry Writing, and Screenwriting classes, and even several online students joined the students from the local classes for the event. In addition, the photographs from students in photography class were in hot demand and many had buyers during the evening. Photographs and the silent auction items can still be viewed in the Gallery hallway. Cowley College instructors Marlys Cervantes, Ryan Doom, and Meg Smith want to thank all who came out to support their students and view their work.
Writing students presenting portfolios were Sierra Badley, Ethan Benson, Zarek Burkert, Nikki Crosser, Hunter Freeman, Garrick Johnson, Josie Munson, Bryce Runyan, Macy Shreffler, Braden Snider, Victoria Virden, Chastalyn Williams, Eden Williams, and Alyssa Wilson.
“The creativity of the students this semester was wonderful,” Cervantes said. “We had such a diverse set of portfolios, that I was excited for them to view one another’s. Plus, we had more students from online sections come to the event this year, so they were able to meet one another. They critique each other’s works, so it’s exciting when they are then able to meet and talk about them face to face.”