I wish I could go back and change the past, but I can’t, so this is where we stand. At least we have memories.
All photos and editing herein by Richard X. Thripp, Aug-Dec 2008.
I wish I could go back and change the past, but I can’t, so this is where we stand. At least we have memories.
All photos and editing herein by Richard X. Thripp, Aug-Dec 2008.
I took these 70 photos on April 16, 2008 at the awards ceremony at the (then) Daytona Beach College gym, for my Photography I class, using Kodak PX125 B&W 35mm film.
I saved these negatives for the past three years, and finally bought a good scanner to scan them. Sorry for the dust spots.
There are a lot of photos of ex-president Kent Sharples, administrators, and faculty in this archive.
Dr. Frank Lombardo’s message at the theater at Daytona State College on Wed., Jan. 5, 2011 at 1pm. I got lumped in with the international students because I was sitting next to Bruno Blazevic, so I told the president that I’m from China and Ireland because my mom is Chinese and my great grandfather immigrated from Ireland. We were in the front row and got a standing ovation from all the faculty and staff, though I wasn’t supposed to be there. It was fun and they used Star Wars and Star Trek music in the presentation! Daytona State College is growing at an unbelievable pace and I am looking forward to getting my Bachelor of Science degree here.
I have made this album public on Facebook, but you must log in to Facebook to see the photos. Please go there to tag people or read my comments on individual photos. I know some people don’t want to use Facebook, but I think it’s the best social networking tool, if only because of market penetration. 80% of my friends are on Facebook.
While former president Dr. Kent Sharples wasn’t mentioned much, Dr. Lombardo did say that he led the college through an incredible period of growth and that he was very good at getting things done. Dr. Lombardo hopes to be out of a job by July 2011, because he hopes the agency the college has hired for $65,000 will have found the next president by May, and then it will take about two months to train him or her.
Dr. Lombardo can be first seen in the 9th and 10th photos below. There are 71 photos divided into pages of 30, so make sure to click the next page links at the bottom. The man at the podium is Evan Rivers, Chair of Humanities & Communications, the largest Daytona State School including English, literature, and history.
Photos from the Daytona State College 2010 Talent Show at the college theater, bldg. 220, Thu., Oct. 7, 2010, 6-8 PM.
This was the 2nd Annual Daytona State Talent Show and Pageant, held this year at the college theater instead of the News-Journal Center. This year’s show was presented by Student Government instead of Student Success. Read the 2010 Talent Show program here (PDF). Four performers returned from the 2009 Talent Show: Lillian Kinch, Jerred Mason, Farah Shaikh, and LaNae Wright.
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Felipe Brasil and others in the audience, 5:55 PM.
Prof. Elena Jarvis before the show started. She was one of the judges and is the advisor to DSC In Motion, the college newspaper. 6:04 PM.
Jillian Chase singing a love song on guitar, 6:09 PM.
The judges for this year’s show were Warnell A. Vickers, Elena Jarvis, Bruce Cook, Jessica Kester, and Robert Grimm, from left to right. 6:10 PM.
Brittany taking photos for DSC in Motion. On the left is Farhana “Farah” Shaikh, who performed a dance later but is uncredited in the program. 6:10 PM.
Preston Johnston and Marina Lins introducing the 2nd contestant, 6:13 PM.
Daniel Lucero singing a free flowing poem about life and relationships. 6:15 PM.
Cornelius Simmons performing a loud rap piece, 6:19 PM.
Massiel Rodriguez Leon, Gabriela Figuroa, William Ernesto Montes, and Reina Catu performing an international dance, 6:23 PM.
Vernon Solomon singing a love song on the guitar, accompanied on the piano by Matt Elam. He won the Talent Show. 6:26 PM.
Brittany taking another photo with her Canon EOS 7D, 6:39 PM.
LaNae Wright performing a dance, as the first act of the Mr. and Ms. Daytona State pageant. I voted for her. 6:40 PM.
Sarah Bebergal singing. I think this is called “Nothing,” and it’s about a girl trying to become an actress. 6:44 PM.
Gerard Minnis singing, 6:49 PM.
Kristy McLarnan performing a dance, 6:53 PM.
Ashley Lumpkin singing, while I am wondering if that is her natural hair color. 6:56 PM.
Francis “JR” Houston preparing to sing an old Christian song. I voted for him. 7:00 PM.
Stacey Taylor performing a dance, 7:04 PM.
The judges, quietly judging. I have a crush on Jessica, but like all faculty she is married. She is an Assistant Professor of English just like my aunt, and my aunt’s daughter’s name is also Jessica, which is really weird if you think about it. 7:06 PM.
Lillian Kinch singing, 7:12 PM.
Jerred Mason, the winner of Mr. Daytona State 2009 and 2010, reciting his poem, “This is How I Am.” He should NOT have been allowed to run again, but instead should have passed the crown to his successor. In fact, it was never stated that he was the CURRENT Mr. Daytona State, which was a definite oversight. Jerred made the same speech last year, and will be receiving another gym membership and $500 scholarship this year. 7:15 PM.
The other contestants observing as Jerred is crowned again. 7:55 PM.
Jerred T. Mason is re-elected as Mr. Daytona State. 7:55 PM.
I meant to cheer up J.R. but did not get around to it. 7:56 PM.
Nicole R. Brown, incumbent President of the Daytona State College Student Government Association, smiling as always, after giving the Ms. Daytona State award to Stacey Taylor, who will also be receiving a gym membership and $500 scholarship. Vernon Solomon won first place in the non-pageant portion of the talent show, which merits no scholarship. 7:57 PM.
Backstage with Farah, Massiel, and Reina, 8:17 PM.
Massiel, Reina, Farah, and William, 8:18 PM.
Farah was the most beautiful girl in the entire theater ♥. 8:25 PM.
This year, I shot 16 video clips which total 1:01:28 using my new Samsung SMX-F40BN/XXA digital camcorder on a 16GB SDHC memory card. At the end, the battery was down to 1/4 capacity, which means the battery is really crappy because it should last much longer. I charged it right before the show.
Farah took me to the show specifically to film her, which is why I have no photos of her performance. I did not find anyone to take pictures for me and I couldn’t do both at the same time. I ended up filming most of the acts. I wish I would have filmed the whole show and I should have bought an extra battery a week before.
Unlike last year, these videos are in widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio with stereo sound. I have resized the FLV files below to 480×272 pixels. Optimal playback requires Adobe Flash Player 9 and a sustained downstream connection of at least 768Kbps (i.e. AT&T DSL Lite).
Jillian Chase singling and playing the guitar. [0:23]
Daniel Lucero singing a free flowing poem about life and relationships. [3:36]
Massiel Rodriguez Leon, Gabriela Figuroa, William Ernesto Montes, and Reina Catu performing an international dance. [2:34]
Vernon Solomon singing a love song on the guitar, accompanied on the piano by Matt Elam. He won the Talent Show. [5:12]
The band, led by Michael Cummings, performing a Pink Floyd song. [5:36]
LaNae Wright performing a dance, as the first act of the Mr. and Ms. Daytona State pageant. She was accompanied by Gerard Minnis singing Amazing Grace. [1:47]
Sarah Bebergal singing. I think this is called “Nothing,” and it’s about a girl trying to become an actress. [2:15]
Gerard Minnis singing. He was runner-up for Mr. Daytona State. [3:28]
The last 25 seconds of Ashley Lumpkin’s performance. I should have recorded her whole song. [0:25]
Francis “JR” Houston singing. I did not know he has a good singing voice. [3:03]
Jerred Mason, the winner of Mr. Daytona State 2009 AND 2010, reciting his poem, “This is How I Am.” [1:53]
Long segment waiting for something to happen. Skip ahead to 1:30 to see LaNae Wright’s interview.
The rest of the pageant interviews after LaNae Wright. I voted for J.R. and LaNae. [8:31]
The talent show concluded with the band playing two Pink Floyd songs including “Brick in the Wall,” Bruce Cook’s closing notes, and the awards. [14:13]
It was a good show, but the audience was only about 200, compared to 460 last year. The News-Journal Center would have been better, but someone had already booked it. The performances were all good, but it was a shame Dr. Carole Luby and Michelle Moll were not involved, as they would have done more preparation. Nicole has too much on her plate, and it showed as the MCs got confused several times throughout the show. SGA did not successfully promote this show so very few students knew about it.
Awarding Jerred Mason the Mr. Daytona State crown two years in a row was outrageous, but he did get the most votes from the audience so it was legitimate in that respect. However, I really hope someone else wins next year.
My favorite acts were Daniel Lucero, Vernon Solomon, and Sarah Bebergal, but everyone was competent.
In the future, I would like to see the judges actually judge the performers after each performance, like on American Idol.
Short link to this post: daytonastate.org/ts10
Last Wednesday, 2009-10-07, the Student Government Association held Spirit Wars (codenamed Club Wars) on the quad out back of bldg. 130 (the cafeteria) at Daytona State College. It was from 11 AM to 2:25 PM and trivia indoors was from 2:30 to 3 PM. I didn’t get over there till 1 PM and I my job was helping to set up the chairs and tables for trivia, but I took a few photos. It was a contest with real scoring. At the end, the psychology club won, but there was a 3-way tie for 2nd.
Note that as always, each caption is for the ABOVE photo… not the one below. Also, all of these photos are in chronological order.
Karen Zamora on the left waving, 12:54 PM. She was the co-host with Brian Portwine for the 2009-10-02 Talent Show. Each club wore different-colored T-Shirts made specially for SGA from club funds. Unfortunately I didn’t get a program so I don’t know the clubs. All I know is there are 12 official clubs on campus. Cheerleaders, pshchology, student newspaper, science, AASU, etc.
Photos from the show at the News-Journal Center, Fri., Oct. 2, 8-10 PM. I was act one. I played The Entertainer on the piano with a slideshow of my photography. I got a big applause and I didn’t clam up at all, so I was lucky. It was my first time on stage in over a year and this was my largest audience. After my act I took lots of photos below. My Dad also took videos from the audience, including my performance, later in the post. Read my post yesterday.
Press info: You can use these photos for editorial purposes such as newspapers, newsletters, and websites. None of the people in pictures signed release forms so don’t use any of these images commercially. Click “high-res” to the right of each thumbnail to download the 10 MP version. They’re pretty grainy… I was using ISO1600 a lot on my Canon Rebel XTi. But they should look alright up to 8×10. Please credit me with the line “Photos by Richard X. Thripp.”
Jerred T. Mason reciting an inspirational poem “This is How I Am.” He was act 2 and I was act 1 but I have no photos of my act because I couldn’t take photos while playing the piano. We were both running for Mr. Daytona State. Congratulations to Jerred for winning the Mr. Daytona State title! I got a special consideration certificate. 8:16 PM.
There was a great party yesterday (Wednesday) near the clock tower at the main Daytona State College campus, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. Unfortunately many people had classes and it was hot. I caught that last 40 minutes after my Prof. Smith’s Calculus II class. I’ve culled over 100 photos down to 18 below.
I’m providing 4 megapixel print copies of all the photos. Just click “High-Res” to the right of the thumbnails. You can pick out people in crowds with those photos.
Three crowd shots:
These presentations were given by four students, many of which were funded by the NIH Bridge Grant, at Daytona State College in Room 134 in Building 410 at 2 P.M. on Friday, 2008 October 24. I wasn’t there to take photos, but I took a few anyway.
Hi everyone! I’ve been busy on my personal development blog, the Tweet This plugin for WordPress I made, and my Daytona State College classes. But I want to share these photos from the DSC welcome party last week (August 27).
People at the party, enjoying the cool Florida weather. 😎
Dr. Michael Flota (left) and Steve Pruitt (right), of Phi Theta Kappa. Pruitt is the student president of the Daytona State’s Mu Rho chapter, and Flota is on the board of directors. Dr. Flota teaches sociology (fall) and economics (spring) at QUANTA.
Professor Frank Gunshanan says hello. He teaches English in QUANTA, and does a bang-up job of it.
I forget this fellow’s name. He’s preparing the Phi Theta Kappa dunk tank.
The army recruiters are active on campus. I told them I couldn’t join because of my overwhelming cowardice. 😀
A near hit! The dunk tank was a fund-raising event: each person donated $1 while throwing three balls at the button.
Who is this person? If only I knew.
Dr. Casey Blanton, Chair of Learning Communities and Humanities professor at QUANTA, and
another gentleman whose name I can’t remember Bruce Cook, Assistant Dean of Student Activities department and co-adviser of the school newspaper, DSC In Motion (thanks Jennifer! 2008-11-17).
People other than me taking pictures! I always take pictures of people taking pictures.
More of Flota!
At last, Dr. Flota gets dunked! Dr. Blanton (above) is also one of the advisors for the Mu Rho chapter.
Our host, who blasted us with entertaining music.
Miss Cariann and friends, getting the word out for the American Medical Student Association. She was in QUANTA 24 (last year).
A poster advertising the welcome party.
It was a fun event, lots of people shuffling about, great food and music. I got a couple hot dogs and some sodas. [2008-11-17: I’m a vegetarian since October 1, so no more of this.] The only problem was the terrible heat! Too bad they couldn’t have done it indoors. The spring event (January) ought to be cooler.
Yesterday, 2008 August 25, was the first day back to class for thousands of Daytona State College students. I was amazed by how busy the campus was, but it was likely because I only saw it between class periods when all the students and faculty were shuffling about.
A sign in the courtyard out front of the theater (building 220), welcoming the students.
The college’s new and improved parking lot. All this land used to be just grass, unused, and the parking situation was horrendous. Over the summer workmen replaced it with hundreds of spaces.
Building 410, for science. This was my first visit to the building, way at the back of the campus, for Physics I and Biology. Very nice; I like all the glass panels.
My first day was a lot of fun. I think I like Physics the most, though it’s probably the hardest. My speech teacher, Dr. Kenneth Walker, is a very good speaker. No umms or uhhs or kindas or likes in anything he says, always quick and to the point.
The biology class is really big, and I was impressed by Dr. James Backer’s work and resources on the website. The first day of class, we had a test, though it was just for statistical collection (how much we know about biology before biology class). That was interesting.
For calculus, we started off reviewing algebra / trigonometry / pre-calculus. Since I don’t use any of it in my daily life, I’ve already forgotten most of the concepts, so I’m working on re-learning them for the duration of the course (and Calculus II and beyond).
I got the wrong book for Calculus (MAC2311). The right one is James Stewart’s Single-Variable Caclulus, Early Transcendentals Version, 6th Edition. I have Edwards & Penney’s edition. The wrong one was only $3.57 from Abebooks with free shipping (how can they afford that). I called Dr. Benjamin Landon to get the ISBN of the right book. It is 9780495385592 (ISBN-10: 049538559X). I ordered it from Amazon.com for $47 with shipping. He gave me the ISBN for the teacher’s edition, but it’s actually much cheaper than the regular one (compare to $130).
I’d been wondering why all the faculty home pages were gone. No one told me. They’ve been moved to class.daytonastate.edu. Yes, they’re using the same system for offline courses as online courses now, Desire2Learn. So all the information has to be added by the faculty there, and you log in with your username (first initial, last name, last 3 #’s of student ID) and password to see your courses.
Also, my paper said my speech class was at building 220 with Mary Hemmelgarn, but it was in fact with Kenneth Walker at building 520. I was with two other students in the wrong class room, before they noticed the sign on the door. I’d seen it first but thought it was for someone else because it had the wrong room number on it and the name of a different teacher. We had to run a half-mile across campus and we got to class late. I printed my schedule up a couple months ago; they must’ve changed teachers for the course in the interim.
Why wasn’t I emailed about the move to class.daytonastate.edu, or the different teacher, or the moving of / typo for speech class? I certainly get a lot of other emails from the college, but when it comes to the important stuff, Daytona State often has no communication. It’s a shame.
Overall, it was a good day, though. The physics book is 1600 pages and weighs 8 pounds, and the other books are only slightly better. I just have a bag I carry them in; no backpack. It’s undoable in the heat and with the long jogs between buildings (building 520 to 410 mainly). So I bought a luggage suitcase with wheels yesterday. That should make things easier.
Physics class is 4 days a week, so I’m going in at 10 A.M. (it’s 8:20 now). I’ve read the first chapter. It’s an introduction to scalars, vectors, precision and accuracy, units of measures, the components and products of vectors, operations with them, the theory behind physics, and more. Lengthy and complicated, though it’s the shortest chapter in the book.
For the first day, I gave out a 4*6 copy of Glass Rain to all the students in every class except Speech (because I was late). The rest of the semester I’ll be exhausting the old stock; a lot of classics and my best work from my portfolio. I can’t get them printed cheaply anymore, so new stuff is a no-go. Fortunately, all of my work is new to most of the students, except a few friends who I was in the same classes with before.
Simplicity is the piece for today’s Physics class. I’m going to make a chart up for the next two weeks and post it here tomorrow.