Sep 122013

Courier News

Sunday afternoon at the BCTC bike-check. Photo by Danny Mayer.

Sunday afternoon at the BCTC bike-check. Photo by Danny Mayer.

To encourage healthy and environmental modes of travel, for the fourth consecutive year the BCTC Sustainability Committee staffed a bike-check service at the internationally known Woodland Arts Fair, which was held this year on August 17 and 18. The service allows fair-goers to drop off their bikes in a secure area overseen by faculty and staff. Previous years have seen such notables as then-mayor Jim Newberry utilizing the service.

This year, the bike-check included several “snail” bike racks welded together by BCTC faculty member Shawn Gannon. And they were needed: over the course of the weekend, faculty and staff volunteers checked in over 170 bikes of all varieties–from 1940s-era three-speeds to modern bike-pulled children’s trailers. BCTC staff member Larry Porter, chief organizer for the bike-check, hopes to expand upon the service next year by providing it for downtown Lexington’s Thursday Night Live series.

Reprinted from the Bluegrass Courier, the student newspaper at BCTC.


Apr 052013

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is happy to have Dr. Yana Hashamova of Ohio State University speak on human trafficking, film and media.

According to most recent research, media environment influences the viewer’s emotions, attitudes, and behavior; establishes opinions on given social issues; and shapes young people’s perception of reality to a considerable degree. Various media venues are the main source of information about trafficking in people. This presentation examines cross-cultural and transnational media products on trafficking as well as attitudes toward trafficking, utilizing U.S. and Balkan media and social attitudes case studies.

The talk will take place Thursday, April 25, from 6:30-7:45 pm in the Oswald Auditorium.

Nov 232011

BCTC Short Films Screening Program

Interested in learning more about the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Filmmaking Program? Come to Natasha’s Bistro & Bar on Friday, December 2 for the premiere of seven short films by graduating BCTC filmmakers. The screening program begins at 6:30 P.M. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 if planning to dine. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. Continue reading »

Nov 092011

Monday nights, 10:00 P.M.

By Northrupp Center

“It is said that all games of bocce begin and end with a handshake.”

—Maxim printed on the rules to a bocce set purchased in 2001.

Guerrilla bocce is an anarchist variant of the popular Italian lawn game that dates back to ancient Roman times. The game is simple. Players take turns throwing two balls at a smaller ball, known as the Jack or the Pallino. Points are earned based upon proximity to the Jack: 2 points are awarded to the player whose ball is closest; 1 point is awarded to the second closest ball. Games continue until the winning player reaches 11 points.

Aesthetically, Guerrilla bocce is closer to Free Range bocce than to the more staid and traditional Courted bocce, which is played by teams of two on courts of crushed oyster shells that run to ninety feet long. In Guerrilla bocce, players walk their environments, rolling their balls on a variety of public, quasi-public and some just downright no-trespassing green spaces. Hooting and hollering is often involved, though it holds no official place in Guerrilla bocce rules. Continue reading »

Aug 242011

By Michael Benton

This is the start of our seventh year for the Bluegrass Film Society.  We are still dedicated to providing a forum for BCTC film students and filmmakers to watch films from around the world.  Due to our involvement with BCTC’s Peace and Conflict Studies, we also are continuing to choose films that explore conflict as well as meditations on the possibilities for peace.  As always, in the spirit of our Humanities department, we seek to find films that celebrate creativity and imagination.  All films are at 7:30 P.M. in the Bluegrass Community and Technical College auditorium and are always free of charge. Continue reading »

Jul 132011

On the occasion of a 3% raise for faculty and staff

Dr. McCall:

First of all, I’d like to thank you and the Board of Regents for the recent approval of a 3 % salary increase for FT regular faculty and staff “’who earn the Fully Met Job Requirements (M)’ rating in the 2010-11 KCTCS perforance evaluation system (or at least the “Achieves (A)” rating in the 2010-11 evaluation process piloted in 2010-11.” The recognition of hard work and sacrifice is deeply appreciated.

My appreciation, however,  is tempered by my disappointment that there was no similar financial reward for the adjunct instructors who are responsible for providing at least 60%, if not more, of Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) course offerings. Continue reading »

Apr 272011

By Christian L. Pyle

Recently I was walking through the Humanities Division office suite at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) where I’ve worked as an adjunct English instructor for fourteen years, and I noticed a list of Humanities Division birthdays posted on a filing cabinet.  My birthday wasn’t on it.  That’s not just an oversight; the list also did not include over eighty other adjuncts in the division, some of whom have worked there longer than me.  While this may seem a trivial slight, such subtle reminders that adjuncts are not really members of the departments they serve are regular signposts in the current academic workplace. Continue reading »