Learn How to Make a Real Difference
A new course scheduled for January’s intensive Winterim studies at Columbia International University will focus on how to minister to children whose learning ability is challenged by poverty. “Ministering to Children of Poverty” is ideal for undergraduate or graduate students in need of electives, teachers who have started work at new schools or those simply passionate about reaching those who don’t have extensive access to academics. The weeklong course begins Jan. 14 and will be taught by CIU alumnus Dr. Vernard Gant, director of Urban School Services for the Association of Christian Schools International. Dr. Gant believes that education is not working for the millions of children in poverty because an effective education requires more than content and teacher credentials – it requires connection between the educator and student.
The course is offered at a special price of $250. For more information, contact the CIU Admissions Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 777-2227 ext. 5024.
Take A Trip to Snowville
Has your child ever dreamed of climbing Mt. Everest, tubing down a 25 foot hill or learning how animals survive in the winter? Or maybe you’ve just caught the bug for a winter quest. If so, then EdVenture’s Snowville is just the place for you and your little adventurer. Climb Mt. EdVerest, slide down slippery Sled Hill and make Blubber Mittens to learn how polar bears stay warm. You can also turn mini marshmallows into a shivery snack with liquid nitrogen and test your aim with the snowball blaster. Explore an ice cave, get caught in a blizzard or travel to the South Pole to learn a little science while you shiver inside the Antarctic Research Station. At the end of the day, make a snow-filled postcard to share these memories with friends and loved ones. Entrance to Snowville is free with museum admission. Winter clothing is not required for these indoor activities, but if you’d like to dress for the occasion, there will be plenty of scarves, hats and gloves to go around!
For more information contact EdVenture at (803) 779-3100.
New Name, Same Melodic Music
The Columbia Museum of Art’s chamber music series, created by artistic director Charles Wadsworth, returned this past fall for its 11th season with a new name. The CMA has highlighted its commitment to stellar cultural programming and the series’ current artistic leadership by renaming the series “CMA Chamber Music on Main featuring Artistic Director Edward Arron.”
“We felt this was an opportune time to brand our chamber series to help raise the visibility of Main Street,” says CMA Executive Director, Karen Brosius.
The 2012-2013 season marks Arron’s 10th season as artistic coordinator of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert. A cellist who has performed numerous times at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls and New York’s Town Hall, he is a frequent performer at Bargemusic. He also is artistic director of the Caramoor Virtuosi and of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Summit County, Colo.
Upcoming concerts in this season will be held Feb. 14, Mar. 21 and Apr. 30, all beginning at 7 p.m. Season tickets are $175 or $130 for CMA members. Single concert tickets are available for $40 or $30 for members and $5 for students.
Program information can be found at www.columbiamuseum.org.
RCPL Changes Name, Enhances Look and Services
The Richland Library— formerly Richland County Public Library — has unveiled a new community-driven rebranding campaign. Demonstrating the evolution of public libraries and their resurgence as a community hub, the new brand includes changes to the library’s name, logo and customer service practices.
Richland Library also offers access to enhanced digital services and resources like a new user-friendly website, self-service Job Center Kiosk and timely, community-driven programming for all ages. Through March 1, customers can exchange their current library card for one of three new designs, which represent the various ways Richland County residents use the library’s resources.
“Our library is a contemporary, vibrant organization, valued and supported by our community,” says Executive Director Melanie Huggins. “Our new brand will help marry the library’s visual identity with its long-standing tradition of providing access to information, new ideas, different opinions, knowledge and learning opportunities.”
Tested with current and potential customers throughout the county, the new campaign was designed around community feedback and built as a collaboration between library staff and Columbia-based agency ADCO.
The library touches tens of thousands of people in the Midlands and beyond each month. Serving everyone in the community, regardless of age or background, the library provides free access to quality information and resources that enhance their lives, both professionally and personally.
For more information, visit www.RichlandLibrary.com or stop by one of the 11 locations throughout Richland County.
Sandlapper Singers Welcomes Home Connie James
In 1988, Columbia native Connie James, left for New York City to follow her singing and acting dreams. After acting in such shows as “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU” and “Homicide: Life on the Street,” winning numerous awards for her songwriting and opening for comedian Bob Newhart’s winter tour, Connie James is coming back to Columbia. She’ll perform with the Sandlapper Singers for the first time since leaving for the big city. Other performers will include the Dick Goodwin Quintet and the Sandlapper Singer Orchestra under the direction of Lillian Quackenbush. The “Connie James: Coming Home Concert” will be held at the Koger Center on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
For more information on tickets, call (803) 251-2222 or purchase tickets online at www.capitoltickets.com. Tickets for events at the Koger Center can be purchased in the Koger Center Ticket Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.