West End Student Theatre Presents ’10 Minute Play Fest’

by Diane VanDyke

PDC_10minfestMontgomery County Community College’s West End Student Theatre and Theatre Arts program are proud to present “10 Minute Play Fest,” a collection of short, fantastic and foolishly humorous plays April 9, 10 and 11, at 7 p.m. in the South Hall Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.

Faculty member Jessica DalCanton leads student directors Zach Clark for “9 Hours to Fallujah” by Craig McNulty; Jeff Chernesky for “Median” by John Stinson; and Thomas Keller for “Black Paintings” by Neil Olsen. Additionally, DalCanton directs “The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From” by Christopher Durang.

The production ensemble includes Joseph Ricci, Rianna Isbell, Finbarr O’Connor, Ron Quay, Kendra Houck, Austin Moyer, Carly Watson, Ryland X. Beck, Leyna Gilleland, Zac Goodling and Michael Fitzpatrick.

The production is designed, produced and presented by the students of the West End Student Theatre under the guidance of Tim Gallagher and Jessica DalCanton.

The community is invited to this fun-filled evening of entertainment. Tickets cost $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518.

West Gallery Hosts Ninth Annual Art Students’ Exhibition & Competition

by Diane VanDyke

“The Bottle on the Beach,” oil painting by Lauren Marsh, Pottstown.

“The Bottle on the Beach,” oil painting by Lauren Marsh, Pottstown.

Montgomery County Community College will be highlighting the talent of its art students at its Ninth Annual Art Students’ Exhibition and Competition, which opens Monday, March 17, and continues through Friday, April 28, at the Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

Approximately 50 students will be displaying their artwork in the show. The artists’ reception will be held Wednesday, March 19, from 5-7 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 6 p.m.

The exhibition and reception are free of charge and open to the public. The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed weekends.

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“The Tent,” oil painting by Sarah Schleiden, Gilbertsville.

The exhibition includes a full-range of media, including ceramics, sculptures, oil paintings, water colors, drawings, photography, digital arts and mixed media.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Gallery Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

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Students Raise $420 for West Campus Scholarship Fund

by Alana J. Mauger

Student leaders at Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus in Pottstown raised $420 during their 13th Annual Lasagna Dinner on Feb. 19.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit the West Campus Student Scholarship Fund through the College’s Foundation. The scholarship is awarded annually to a West Campus student who is engaged in community service and is in good academic standing.

The buffet meal of meat or veggie lasagna, salad, bread, dessert and beverage was served by MCCC student leaders and was available for dine-in or take-out. Between 6-7 p.m., members of MCCC’s West End Student Theatre (WEST) presented an interactive improv dating show that had diners roaring with laughter.

The West Campus Lasagna Dinner is one of MCCC’s “50 Acts of Kindness” as part of the College’s 50th anniversary celebration. Throughout 2014, MCCC students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters are committed organizing 50 acts of community service – one for every year of the College’s existence. To learn more at the College’s 50th anniversary activities, visit mc3.edu/50.

To learn more about scholarship opportunities through MCCC’s Foundation, visit mc3.edu/giving.

Photos by Sandi Yanisko

Redesigned, Renamed West Campus Cafe Unveiled

by Alana J. Mauger

Montgomery County Community College student leaders unveiled the redesigned and renamed West End Cafe – the student cafeteria and lounge in South Hall at the College’s West Campus in Pottstown – on Dec. 6.

“The West Campus Student Government ranked the need for more lounge and co-curricular space among their top 10 concerns over the past two years,” said Jenna Klaus, assistant director of civic and community engagement. “Last year’s group met with designers and selected furniture, while this year’s group promoted the opening and overall awareness.”

The redesigned cafe includes smaller tables that can be easily re-arranged, booths, pool and ping pong tables, a video gamming area, a charging station for electronic devices and a projected television, as well as improved lighting and décor.

“Our goal was to enlarge the space without expanding the actual walls,” explained West Campus Vice President Dr. Steady Moono.

The cafe is also piloting the use of trash compactors to reduce the number of plastic trash bags used and space required for landfill waste as part of MCCC’s Sustainability Initiative.

The West Campus Student Government Association held a contest to name the new space, as well as a photo contest, “A View From My Classroom,” leading up to the opening. Deb Rogers, Royersford, MCCC alumna and executive assistant to the Board of Trustees, submitted the winning name, West End Cafe. Student Marcus Gordon, Pottstown, won the photo contest for his picture “Every Second Counts,” which is on display in the cafe.

Cutting the ribbon on the redesigned West End Cafe are (from left) President Dr. Karen A. Stout; Assistant Director of Civic and Community Engagement Jenna Klaus; West Student Government President Maggie Kanter; West Campus Vice President Dr. Steady Moono; Executive Assistant to MCCC’s Board of Trustees and name contest winner Deb Rogers; and photo contest winner Marcus Gordon. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

Cutting the ribbon on the redesigned West End Cafe are (from left) President Dr. Karen A. Stout; Assistant Director of Civic and Community Engagement Jenna Klaus; West Student Government President Maggie Kanter; West Campus Vice President Dr. Steady Moono; Executive Assistant to MCCC’s Board of Trustees and name contest winner Deb Rogers; and photo contest winner Marcus Gordon. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

West End Student Theatre and Theatre Arts Program to Present ‘Time Flies…and Other Plays’

by Diane VanDyke

Montgomery County Community College’s West End Student Theatre and Theatre Arts program are proud to present “Time Flies…and Other Plays,” an evening of one-act comedies by David Ives. Show dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov.7, 8 and 9, at 7 p.m. All performances will be held in MCCC’s South Hall Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.

In “Time Flies…and Other Plays,” humorist David Ives lets his imagination run wild and creates humor anywhere he finds it. What was the foreman’s job like on the Tower of Babel?  What is first- date etiquette for 24-hour mayflies?  The answers that come in these five short plays—“Time Flies,” “Babel’s in Arms,” “Arabian Nights,” “The Mystery of Twicknam Vicarage,” and “Captive Audience”—are silly, crazy, inventive and just plain funny in the raucous spirit of Monty Python. This production contains adult themes and language.

Directed by Tim Gallagher, and stage managed by Carly Kleege and Dee Smith, the cast includes Joseph Ricci, Courtney Gilroy,  Michael Fitzpatrick, Finbarr O’Connor, Jeffrey Chernesky, Mel Cox, Carly Watson, Thomas Keller, Kara Cook, Ryland X. Beck,  Leyna Gilleland, Courtney Gilroy,  Mark Keeler, Kate O’Hara, and Michael Fitzpatrick. The production is designed, produced and presented by the students of the West End Student Theatre, under the guidance of Tim Gallagher.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit mc3.edu/livelyarts and click on “Purchase Tickets Now” or call 215-641-6518.

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The Latest From the Library…

by Kevin Strunk, West Campus Reference Librarian

West Campus Library: Room to Concentrate

LibraryStudent surveys taken in 2007 and 2012 revealed that the majority of students (54.7% in 2012) wanted library planners to make silent study areas a top priority. In fact, when presented with the statement “The library is a place where I can find quiet space” 138 of 166 respondents marked it as “very important.”

Balancing the needs of students who desire quiet places to study and those who want space to collaborate has long been a challenge at the West Campus Library. South Hall Lab 162 is already a designated silent area, serving the needs of computer users who prefer less background noise with their computer-aided activities. To provide a similar location for users who wish to use their own devices, or do not plan on using a computer, West Campus Library is introducing the Quiet Study room, a renovated workroom and storage area that can comfortably accommodate ten students.

BonesLocated in South Hall 164, just beyond the circulation desk, the silent study space has accessible outlets for laptops and other devices. Students can also take advantage of three-dimensional educational models, including those representing molecules and human bones.

With final exams approaching, the librarians are providing another bright, quiet place where students can focus their full attention on their projects.

West Gallery to Host Seventh Annual Student Exhibition & Competition

by Diane VanDyke

Montgomery County Community College will be highlighting the talent of its West Campus art students at its Seventh Annual Art Students’ Exhibition and Competition, which opens Wednesday, April 4 and continues through Friday, April 27 at the West Campus Art Gallery, North Hall, 16 High St., Pottstown.

Approximately 50 students will be displaying their artwork in the show. An artists’ reception will be held Wednesday, April 11, from 5-7 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m.

The exhibition and reception are free of charge and open to the public. The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The exhibition includes a full-range of media, including ceramics, sculptures, oil paintings, water colors, drawings, photography, digital arts and mixed media.

For more information about the exhibition, contact MCCC Gallery Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

You can help support the arts and art education programs at Montgomery County Community College by becoming a Friend of The Galleries. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact the College Foundation at 215-641-6535.

Charcoal drawing, “Neighbors,” by Jennifer Martin, from last year’s Art Students’ Exhibition.

Charcoal drawing, “Neighbors,” by Jennifer Martin, from last year’s Art Students’ Exhibition.

West Gallery Hosts Exhibit by Artist Wain H. Hunter

by Diane VanDyke

Montgomery County Community College is pleased to host the  “Portraits, Landscapes and Still Life” exhibition of artist Wain H. Hunter at the West Campus Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown from Jan. 22 through March 8.

A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 5-7 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

This Lansdale artist has exhibited his oil paintings in local art shows in galleries in the North Penn area and in New Hope. He is a member of the North Penn Arts Alliance and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

“I am pleased to exhibit my artwork at the College’s Fine Arts Gallery in Pottstown,” said Hunter, who describes his realistic paintings as “similar in style to the artwork of John Singer Sergeant.”

For more information about the exhibition, contact Montgomery County Community College Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

Help support the arts and art education programs at Montgomery County Community College by becoming a Friend of The Galleries. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact the College Foundation at 215-641-6535.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed weekends.

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West End Student Theatre / Theatre Arts Program to Present ‘Sylvia’

by Michelle Fry, Student Marketing Director

Montgomery County Community College West End Student Theatre and Theatre Arts Program will present “Sylvia,” a comedy by A.R Gurney, on Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec.1 at 8 p.m. in the South Hall Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.

Enjoy a funny romantic tale of unconditional love between man, wife…and dog. When Greg brings home Sylvia, a stray mutt with a charm all her own, his wife Kate discovers she has competition from man’s best friend. This play contains adult themes and language.

“Sylvia” is a rousing comedy by A. R. Gurney, best known for the Broadway hit comedies “Love Letters,” “The Cocktail Hour,” and “The Dining Room.”

The performance is directed by Tim Gallagher and Assistant Director and Stage Manager Jess Tanksley.  It is produced through special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service Inc. All elements of production were created and built by students of West End Student Theatre.

The cast includes Haley Johnston, Ryland X. Beck, Cordilia Arcay, Damon Fernandez, Alison Pikalyak, Leyna Gilleland. The production staff includes Jess Tanksley, Brittany Berry, Morgan Hawk, Sharii Nelson, Scott MacNeill, Michelle Fry, Ashley Martin, Sarah Katein, Christopher Lang, and Derek Bartlette. Tim Gallagher serves as the adviser of West End Student Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.  For information and tickets, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518. Parking is available at South Hall, 101 College Drive.

West Campus students rehearse “Sylvia.” Photo by Sandi Yanisko