Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Glade Sun

April 24, 2014

‘An Evening of Expression’ has RSCC students talking

CROSSVILLE — Roane State Community College faculty take pride in developing well educated students. To that end, Fran Kinnunen, Assistant Professor of Speech, and Ann Berry, Director the Cumberland County Learning Center, developed and sponsored a program of public speaking for the students to perform some of their best original works from both their speech and English composition classes. The works presented included poetry, short stories, and speeches, and the students who shared their creations included Roane State students of all ages.

The first student showcase entitled "An Evening of Expression" was presented Thursday, April 10 at Roane State Community College, the Cumberland County campus.  Students had the opportunity to shine in front of our local community and strengthen our campus community by supporting one another.

The works chosen for the evening were created by some of the best students in their classes, and those teachers involved in the process of selection were Peggy Fragopoulos, DeAnna Vaughn, Abby Schoolfield and Fran Kinnunen. Under the leadership of Ann Berry, both she and her tutors worked with the speakers to hone their presentational skills for this wonderful evening. Some were long sessions, but were well worth the work as our students shined in the spotlight.

The spotlighted speakers of their original works were James Davis, the emcee as well as presenter, and Ben Perry, Robert Burchenal, Scott Mishmash, Robert Arthur, Barry Bressler, Jordan McCoy, Taylor Vaden, Elizabeth Wallace, Nicole Groot, Nick Green and Dawn Mishmash.

For their generous help with the planning, advertisement, and execution of this event, the Roane State Humanities Department would like to extend thanks to Dawn Mishmash, Andrew Kerley, Mallory Miles, Tori Noel, and the campus activity board.

Appreciation is also extended to the Campus Director, Dr. Janice Poole, who provided coffee, water, snacks as well as support for all who inspired, attended and presented the original works of the college's students. All were able to mix and mingle both before and after the event, and many were able to familiarize themselves with the campus and faculty.

The professors and faculty of Cumberland County campus of Roane State Community College are excited for this opportunity to open the doors of the campus, and this evening of sharing and celebration was a night to remember and the start of a new tradition which will be shared for years to come.

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