By Brody Mathews
Senior Brett Jones recently held his Eagle Scout Court of Honor in the ASMS Auditorium. His friends and family attended the ceremony to watch as he was presented with an Eagle Scout badge and sang “That’s What Faith Can Do” by Christian rock band Kutless.
Students in art instructor Orren Kickliter’s Survey of Art class visited the Eastern Shore Art Center exhibit last week. The show, entitled “About Hunger & Resilience: Photographs by Michael Nye,” features over 30 black-and-white photographs and captures the desperation, loss of vitality, and deep depression of many individuals and families. Below each portrait is an audio player that allows the subject in the photograph to tell his or her own personal story.
By Martha K. Mozer, Instructor
Fall term Theatre Arts I studied the Commedia dell’ Arte, theatre created in Italy during the late Renaissance. Commedia troops toured the countryside entertaining the masses with their improvised comedy. A company usually consisted of 7 men and 3 women who portrayed stock characters like Columbine, a clever and manipulative servant; Capitano, an insufferable braggart; Pantalone, a foolish old man; and Isabella and Amarilli, a pair of young lovers. The dialogue was improvised from well planned scenarios and the plays were filled with Lazzi, independent comedy routines filled with sight gags, acrobatics, and pratfalls. Lazzi were well rehearsed bits with specific dialogue cues that could be inserted spontaneously if the audience became restless. The antics of the Three Stooges are a perfect example of modern Lazzi.
For their final the class was divided into two Commedia troops. Working collaboratively, they developed, staged, and performed skits based on the characters, storylines, and lazzi of the Commedia. The scenes are excerpts from their performance. Class members: Olivia Baugh, Hannah Bradford, Anna Daker, Jeremy Knott, Taylor LeMaitre, Jasmene Nettles, Dustin Odom, Eric Peterson, Alexis Pierce, Samantha Richards, Liza Schwieterman, Tianna Trammell, Phillip Brantley, Mya Thomas, Jennifer Craft.
The ASMS Board of Directors and the Foundation Board of Directors met on campus on Monday, Nov. 8. During the Board of Directors meeting, former Board President and current Board Member Jane L. Newman and former ASMS Interim President and current Physics instructor Dr. Garvin Wattuhewa were recognized for their “outstanding and dedicated service to the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science.” Wattuhewa served as Interim President last year and Newman served as Board President for the past four years. Additionally, members of the Student Government Association attended the Board Meeting. Students Jacinta Cai, Rachel Ray, Desmond Garner, and Audrey Ogendi are pictured above with ASMS President Dr. Larry Turner and current Board President Ann Bedsole. Bedsole is also pictured with Wattuhewa and Newman.
The above photos were taken in Chemistry instructor Dr. Elisa Rambo’s class last week. Students were using new equipment purchased with money donated by the Degussa Corporation.
The hand-held devices, called Vernier LabQuests, utilize color, touch-screen interfaces that allow for fast and accurate data collection during chemistry experiments. They can function as standalone units or they can interface with a computer.
According to Rambo: “The interface units are capable of measuring experimental units such as temperature, pressure, voltage, conductivity, pH and radiation. Interchangeable probes allow for expansion of our laboratory curriculum. Also, accessories such as the new mini gas chromatographs will offer opportunities to learn analytical techniques only available in college and graduate schools.”