Information on campus clubs, organizations

By Mary Caitlyn Wright

Northwest has many clubs and organizations for students to participate in. This article gives some information about a few of the clubs and organizations on campus.

There are other organizations and clubs for students to participate in other than just ones that are attached to the program the student is studying.

Students should be sure to speak with instructors and their adviser regarding clubs they may want to try out, so they do not miss out on any experiences or deadlines to be in the organization.

Phi Theta Kappa

PTK is an international scholastic and leadership honor society for a two-year college. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.5 and 12 transferable hours taken at Northwest (not including remedial classes). PTK members can be awarded scholarships at universities throughout the state.

Advisers are Dawn Stevens, Kristen Watson, Carroll Huebner and Judy Barham.

Ranger Book Club

The Ranger Book Club is an organization created for people who have a love for literature. It is open to all students who love reading and discussing literature.

If you would like to join the book club or for more information go to the library.

Northwest Players Club

The Northwest Players Club (Theater Club) was created for individuals with a great interest in theater.

Their goals are to help people learn the theater experience and to teach students dramatic techniques.

The theater department is now in the process of practicing for the fall production of  “The Boys Next Door” by Tom Griffin. To see this production it will begin on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

Cast is set for production of ‘The Boys Next Door’

By Mariah Wallace

On  Aug. 29, the Northwest Theater Department hosted one of several auditions scheduled for the upcoming school year.

The fall production for this year is “The Boys Next Door” by Tom Griffin, directed by Sadie Shannon. The anticipation for this audition was high while long lines assembled with nervous but excited students to perform.

“I feel like I did very good, and I don’t mind putting on a show for anyone,” Kelton Holman, a freshman studying theater from Charleston, said.  Holman auditioned for the part Lucien.

James Dickson, a sophomore studying theater from Tunica, said, when he read the play, he felt it was great and that he knows what to expect for his audition. James has a passion for directing and acting, and this led him to major in theater. He also auditioned for the role of Lucien.

“I am really nervous but excited at the same time,” Prichan Murrell, a sophomore studying theater from Senatobia, said.  She states she loves theater, and that she can’t see herself in any other profession, because it gives her life and freedom to express herself. She auditioned for the role of Shelia and any other female ensemble role.

After long auditions and callbacks, the cast of “The Boys Next Door” are as follows: Keegan Riley, Kelton Holman, Christina Hinton, Bailey Coleman, Jorge Ortega, Rob Smith, Prichan Murrell, Mariah Wallace, Preslie Cowley, Jon Tacket and Jacob Vogelsang.

The show will be held Oct. 26, 28-30.

Important dates to remember during fall semester

By David Campbell

Over the course of the fall semester, there are several dates that every student should know.

These dates include registration dates, holidays and the dates for mini-terms and exams. Every student should know these dates in order to properly prepare for the coming semester. Before you know it, it will be too late to withdraw from a class or apply for graduation.

• Sept. 30 – Last day to withdraw from mini-term course with a “W” if passing

• Oct. 6 & 7 – First session mini-term final exams

• Oct. 10 & 11 – Fall Break

• Oct. 12-14 – Open registration for second session mini-term classes

• Oct. 17- Second session mini-term classes begin

• Oct. 21- Last day to withdraw from a course with a “W” if failing

• Oct. 28- Last day to apply for Fall graduation

• Oct. 31 – Nov. 3- Preregistration for Spring semester; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

• Nov. 4 – Preregistration for Spring semester; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

• Nov. 7-18 & 28-30- Preregistration by appointment

• Nov. 18- Residence halls close for Thanksgiving Holidays at 4 p.m.; Last day to withdraw from a mini-term course with a “W” if failing

• Nov. 21-25- Thanksgiving Holidays

• Nov. 27- Residence halls reopen at 2 p.m.

• Nov. 28 – Classes resume

• Nov. 30 – Dec. 2- Clearance

• Dec. 2 – Last day to withdraw from traditional or mini-term course with a “W” if passing

• Dec. 5-12 – Final exams for traditional and mini-term courses

• Dec. 9 – Residence halls close at 4 p.m.

Improving student writing is topic of QEP

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Jason Jones, Writing Center director, works with peer consultant Lizzy Davis, a freshman studying radiology technology from Independence, on helpful writing tips.  (Photo by Allen Brewer)

By Allen Brewer

As part of the 2016 Northwest Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), a new program has been designed to assist students. The topic of the QEP is to improve student writing, in hopes of preparing the students for the future challenges of academic and professional writing.

“Writing is an essential academic skill,” Leelee Haraway, English instructor and QEP co-chair, said. “When writing skills improve communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills improve.”

Recent surveys at the college show that writing is a key area that has been lacking and is in need of improvement. To reach  the goal of higher scores in writing comprehension skills, Northwest has added new features to assist their students’ knowledge in writing.

A Writing Center has been established on the Senatobia campus to assist students with the stages of the writing process. Students who visit the center will be able to talk one-on-one with peer consultants about problems they have with writing submissions.

The Senatobia Writing Center, located in the McLendon Center in room 222, is hosting a logo contest for its grand opening. The contest will last until March 31, 2017, and submissions can be anything from a picture to a quote,

(although quill pens and typewriters are not advised).

The winning logo will be featured on the sign to the new Writing Center at the DeSoto Center in the fall of 2017 and featured on signs and other marketing materials for the Writing Center.

“We will work with any student on any composition they are writing,” Jason Jones, Writing Center director, said.

Within the next two years, the Writing Center will expand services to both the DeSoto campus and the Oxford campus.

A new Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) has also been implemented to allow students to take Developmental English and English Composition I their first year as corequisites instead of prerequisites.

By combining these two courses, students will be able to take English Composition II the next semester and not get behind in graduating, to allow for a faster pathway.

The current curriculum alignment for English Composition I and Composition II is still enacted so that students must take both composition classes consecutively before taking other English courses. The new ALP will help students who had poor scores in writing not get behind in graduating.

“Because students in ALP will be enrolled in both Developmental English and English Composition I during the same semester, they will get the support provided through the Developmental English course at the time when they need it most: when they are working through the challenges of their English Composition I assignment,” Haraway said.

For more information on the QEP, see page 8.