Perla Arellano

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Hope Chest inspires children to tell their own story

After raising funds in the fall and spring, Badger Hearts members hosted their annual Hope Chest Banquet Saturday at Amarillo College. Ten foster youths received certificates of graduation sent by Gov. Rick Perry, and three AC students received Hope Chest checks from Texas Child Protective Services, said Lesley Ingham, a speech instructor and club adviser. Featured speakers were David Lee, Badger Hearts founding president, and Keith Howard, director of Arrow Child and Family Ministries, an eme

Carter guides travelers, supports students

One of the biggest surprises Judy Carter, honors program coordinator, had while working at Amarillo College was during her first year when she realized a difference between high school and college: student attendance was not mandatory. Carter had worked at Amarillo High School for 21 years as a teacher in speech, theater and English. In 1992, she was hired as a speech instructor by AC President Dr. Paul Matney, the then-chairman of the Language, Communication and Fine Arts Division. She said s

Matney to retire after 35 years of service

Amarillo College soon will have a 14th president. According to an AC press release, Dr. Paul Matney will retire this summer after 35 years with AC. He announced his retirement privately to the board of regents March 25 and publicly Monday. Matney not only is president of the college but has been a student, instructor, professor and dean, according to the release. He was officially named president by the board in 2009 after serving as acting president since 2008 when the committee moved from th

Child abuse problem addressed

Victor Vieth and Frank Kros were the featured speakers at the 14th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference Thursday at the Amarillo Civic Center. Kros, a career child advocate, also spoke Wednesday on the Amarillo College Washington Street Campus. Pinkie Porcher, child abuse prevention advocates chairwoman, said she has been involved with the annual conference since its first year. According to Porcher, 500 people attended the event from the 52 agencies, business and organizations that acted a

No time to waste in an emergency

A student had an allergic reaction during an Amarillo College class Oct. 7. The reaction was more severe than ones she had had before. Amy Cruz, a speech communication major, had the severe allergic reaction during her English class after a freshly peeled banana caused her to have hives, leading to her airway closing up, she said. She said she also is allergic to most fruits, with watermelons and pecans being the worst ones. Her allergies have developed over time, she said. Cruz said she call

Recycled poop: What goes around comes around

The biology department has teamed up with the High Plains Food Bank and Amarillo College Food Pantry to create a system that will eventually be used to grow vegetables and bring fresh produce into the AC Pantry. HPFB garden program manager, Cara Young, and consultant of nutrition education director, Justin Young, joined Claudie Biggers, associate professor in biological sciences, and Karen Logan, AC Food Pantry coordinator to start the project, an aquaponic system. Logan said the collaboration