Marcus Grant, Devin Gibbs and Professor Tom Grant talked to WALB TV about their spring break trip to India to put on a photography workshop with CLIC Abroad. The trip is made possible by the rural studies program at ABAC.
ABAC's Bowen Art Gallery held an opening for a photography show featuring the work of Timothy Hauber Tuesday, February 26th from 4-6:30. Timothy is a Business Administration major. He enjoys photography as a hobby. He used a Sony Alpha 57 camera to cature striking photos of his daughter, Kiara. She is the focus of Where's my hot tea? and Why? Timothy is very creative with titles for his work. One photo entitled Charlotte Who? features a spider in a web.
Timothy also featured photos from his brother's work. Stephen Hauber lives in Anchorage Alaska and is a very talented photographer as well. Stephen works with Photoshop and he takes his photos and makes them look like paintings. Timothy prefers to work with film based photography only. " I don't own or use Photoshop as I find the challenge in capturing the end result with the camera and its abilities rather than making a picture on a desktop." Timothy said.
The photographs will remain on display until March 7th. Bowen Hall Art Gallery is located on the 1st floor in Bowen Hall.
Rural Studies Written Communications/Student Blogger
In one week, rural studies students Devin Gibbs and Marcus Grant will travel with ABAC professor Tom Grant to Pragpur, India, where they will help put on a photography workshop for the children in that rural village. To get an idea of what they will experience, watch Grant's short video from his last trip to India for a CLIC Abroad workshop. He shot this in the summer of 2011. All the photographs were taken by the children in the workshop.
Rural Studies students had the opportunity to visit with Tift County High School students to get them excited about ABAC. I was just one of them. I got to tell a group of seniors how wonderful ABAC is and why I decided to stay for Rural Studies. It was interesting to go around the room and hear of their plans after high school. I was extremely surprised by the number of students who had already applied to ABAC. Many of the students in the class I was assigned to speak with did not know about the newest bachelor degree programs ABAC has to offer.
Earl Denham, a lecturer in the Stafford School of Business, is taking a team of students from ECON 4710-Rural Economic Development to an economic development meeting with the Joint Development Authority in Camilla today to to discuss the Hand Trading Company Building project.
The students involved are Stephen Aaron, Elisabeth O’Quinn, Laura Major, Michael Butler, and Zack Felts.
This is part of the program of cooperation between ABAC's rural studies program and local governments to assist with economic development projects. The Hand Trading Company building in Pelham has 100,000 square feet of space that local officials say would be good for a company headquarters or call center.
In 12 days three of ABAC's own will be boarding a plane and settling in for an 18 hour flight to India.
Follow their journey on CLIC Abroad's Facebook page at www.clicabroad.facebook.com, on Twitter at www.clicabroad.twitter.com, or by following this blog. Share it with your friends ad get the word out.
Thanks to Richard and Lynda Fisher for their donation to buy shoes for children in India. We've already had pledges for a couple hundred dollars for shoes, and we'll be setting up on Wednesday at noon at the ABAC dining hall to talk to students. Everyone who gives $12 can buy a pair of shoes of one of the students in the CLIC Abroad workshop. ABAC's Devin Gibbs, Marcus Grant and professor Tom Grant will deliver the shoes personally.
Mike Burns, shown above (at left) talking with Dean Dill Driscoll of the Stafford School of Business, is working with ABAC to create internships and practica in nearby cities. At a meeting on Wednesday, faculty discussed ways in which students in rural studies classes could work with regional communities.
One great need in these communities is help with information technology and maintaining the cities' web presence. One faculty member wants more input from Burns in hopes that ABAC students could help with a project of creating online billing systems. Another faculty member suggested the ABAC students may be able to help with grant writing. A class in rural psychology could even help communities research the impact of their physical environment on social issues, another suggested.
Burns was not able to attend Wednesday's meeting, but is expected to meet again with faculty in the near future. Rural studies students who are interested in internships with city or county governments in the area should the issue with their advisers. Some cities are actively looking for interns now.
Devin Gibbs, Marcus Grant and professor Tom Grant will leave for India on the evening of March 6. They're traveling as part of CLIC Abroad's effort to use photography workshops to develop cultural understanding and international relationships. They'll travel to the small village of Pragpur in the outer Himalayas, where they'll spend a week working with children who have never before held a camera.
As part of this effort, CLIC Abroad and the ABAC students are raising money to present shoes to the children in the workshop. Not having shoes can be a roadblock to advancement for many children India. For $12, CLIC Abroad will be able to purchase pair of shoes and socks for a child. Organizer D.K. Bhaskar hopes to raise enough money to buy 100 pairs of shoes.
The workshops in India are a volunteer effort led by D.K. Bhaskar, an award-winning international photographer. Nikon donates the cameras. Other support is provided by Goal Zero, the Centre for Sustainable Development and the North Carolina Research Center.
Look for Gibbs and Grant at the cafeteria next week, where they'll set up a table and explain the project for interested students and faculty.
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