Musicals, Enrolment Advice and First Aid!

Welcome back to our blog after our short break, we hope you are enjoying the beautiful sunny spell we are having.  This weeks blog will be short, but we still have a few things to share.

Stowaways and UWS Present …… AVENUE Q

Avenue QMusic and Lyrics by Ropert Lopez and Jeff Marx 
Book by Jeff Whitty

AVENUE Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. There’s Brian the out-of-work comedian and his therapist fiancee Christmas Eve; Nicky the good-hearted slacker and his roommate Rod—a Republican investment banker who seems to have some sort of secret; an Internet addict called Trekkie Monster; and a very cute kindergarten teaching assistant named Kate. And would you believe the building’s superintendent is Gary Coleman?!? (Yes, that Gary Coleman.) Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Stowaways/UWS are proud to present one of the first Scottish performances of this hysterically funny adult comedy. The adult nature of this show makes it accessible to all by its brilliant delivery of a cast of 16 muppet puppets especially created for the Broadway and West end performances, expertly handled and voiced by the students of the musical theatre BA hons degree from UWS.

This show contains some strong adult and satirical comedy.

Performances:

Rutherglen Townhall, Rutherglen, Tel 0141 613 5700

Weds 22nd January – Saturday 25th January 2014, 7.30 pm.

Tickets £12.00 (£7.00 concessions)

Gaiety Theatre, Ayr, Tel 01292 288235

Weds 29th January  – Saturday 1st February 2014, 7.30 pm.

Tickets £12.00 (£10.00 concessions)

Produced and Directed by Stephen Langston and Jane Roberston

Help From Learner Services – Enrolment

By the end of July we will have sent out invitations to enrol to all applicants with an offer. Enrolments will begin on Thursday the 8th of August and continue for over two weeks. You will receive a personal invitation pack with a date and time for your course.

At enrolment you will meet you classmates and tutors. You will also receive a timetable, student card and paperwork to allow you to embark on the course on the first day of term.

Please make every effort to attend your event!

FAQ

I have a conditional offer what do I do?

If you have a conditional offer, you will need to ensure that all the conditions on your offer letter have been met. You then need to send or bring us proof in order that we can change your offer to unconditional.

What if I did not achieve all the conditions?

If you have not been able to achieve the conditions attached to your offer and are unable to take up your place you should let us know by emailing enrolment@stow.ac.uk. You should also check the College website for details of alternative courses you may still be able to apply for or contact us for advice on alternative courses.

What happens if I can’t make the enrolment date?

We advise that students make every effort to attend their enrolment event. If this is impossible we will offer late enrolment times at the end of August.

How long will the enrolment process take?

The enrolment process will take between two and three hours

Learner Services are here to help you.  We are open throughout summer from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Drop in for advice & guidance from our team.  To see the July edition of Learner Services E-Bulletin, click here.

Ex-Stow Student Receives Award

Pamela Currie has let us know that Callum McCrosson, who studied with Stow from 2009 to 2011 on our HND Social Science course, received the Saltire Award from Alex Salmond for helping people with Autism.

Callum, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, volunteers with the National Autistic Society, has spent more than 500 hours mentoring young people with Autism.

Congratulations to Callum on his award.  To read more about this story please visit the Evening Times website.

HSE Approved First Aid Courses

stafa288_rgbStow College is proud to announce that it is working in partnership with St. Andrews First Aid Training to offer HSE approved first aid courses through our Business Development Department. The relationship established with St. Andrews allows the college to broaden its offering of health & safety related commercial courses through working with a partner with an established and strong name in first aid training.

The courses on offer are the HSE approved “First Aid at Work”, a three day qualification, and “Emergency First Aid at Work”, a one day course.

If you are interested in taking a place on either of these courses, just contact the Business Development Department at training@stow.ac.uk for further information and a booking form.

Course available:

Well that’s us for now, but come back next week for another update and …….. don’t forget the suncream!!!

End Of The Year, Lots To Share

Wow the year has gone in quickly and we have done so much, most of which has been recorded in this blog, and this week is no different.  Let’s catch up ….

Blooming Great Tea Party – Thank You!!

Blooming Great Tea Party - Cheque Handover 1You may remember we told you last week about the Blooming Great Tea Party event and the amount raised.  Well on Wednesday the 19th of June, the cheque for £881.79 was handed over to Murray Easton the fundraising Manager from Glasgow’s Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Blooming Great Tea Party - Cheque Handover 2Murray thanks Stow College for their continuous support and was amazed at the amount given.

It was a great afternoon and fun was had by all.  Thank you everyone for supporting us in our fundraising event.

ILS News Of The Week!

Open SignFirstly, we would like to bring to the attention of all students – returning next session or leaving us for good – that your IT network account will be deleted on Thursday 25th July 2013.  Therefore, we would recommend that you save your work on your drive (the drive with your student number) to a USB or another storage device before that date.  Ask in the Learning Centre if you need help to do this.

  • Next, we would like to let you know that the Learning Centre will be open during the summer vacation.  Our hours are:
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 am – 3 pm
  • from Tuesday 2nd July until Thursday 25 July inclusive
  • exception is Thursday 12 July when we will be open 10 am – 12.30 pm
  • times may be subject to change at short notice due to staffing levels.

If you are travelling a distance to reach the college, then please call in advance to ensure that the Learning Centre is open.  Telephone 0141 332 1786 ext 653.

Finally, until next session; have a great break!

From Rostov with Love…

The college is delighted to be hosting a visit from our partners from the Rostov-on-Don Civil Engineering University in Russia.  The highly successful links between Stow and the university go back to 2005 and have provided an amazing engineering and cultural experience for students and staff from Stow, the University of the West of Scotland and Rostov.

The links were originally fostered due to the twin city status of Glasgow and Rostov-on-Don and were aided by Glasgow City Council.

This year’s delegation from Rostov are led by Engineering lecturer Nadia Cherednichenko and includes English language lecturer Ludmila Glebova, Nikolay Cheredichenko of engineering equipment supplier Hilti and 5 students: Sergey Kadilin, Nelli Khovyakova, Irina Petrova’ Kirill Ponomarev and Karina Chubarova.

Russian VisitorsThe party have visited construction sites for the Commonwealth Games Village and the new Glasgow School of Art building.  Next week, the students take part in the award-winning Constructionarium project where they will team up with Stow College students to construct a swing bridge.  The practical experience gained through the Constructionarium project has proved invaluable to students in previous years.

Charlie PalmerBut, of course, the party also wish to improve their English (with a Glasgow accent ) and experience the stimulating culture which Glasgow and Scotland has to offer.  They have enjoyed trips to Culzean Castle and Loch Lomond, and will visit Edinburgh as part of their busy schedule.

They have learned some Scottish songs, will learn Highland Dancing at a Ceilidh and they enjoyed a reception at the college which included friends of Stow, Charlie Palmer (formerly of Glasgow City Council), Michael Guy (ex-Stow Head of Science) and David Syme from the University of the West of Scotland.

Our visitors have told us how much they love Glasgow, the people, the warmth and the humour.  They will eventually return to Rostov with tremendous industrial experience and a big piece of Glasgow in their hearts.

Electric Honey Tracks on Radio

The OsIts been a good week for Electric Honey bands on the radio with play for Alex Hynes on BBC Scotland’s Tom Morton and Ricky Ross shows and the Young Aviators on BBC Radio 1 Introducing show with Ally MacRae.

Another gig for your diaries. New signing the O’s from Dallas Texas play at free gig at the Griffin this Saturday night (Free) to continue the 20th anniversary celebrations. Check poster attached for details.

Congratulations to ……

Christina Donnelly of Bursaries and Robert Boyle of ICT were blessed with a beautiful baby boy Brandon on Tuesday 11th of June.  He weighed an impressive 10lbs 6ozs!!  Big sister Ava is loving having a little brother to mother.

We wish the happy family love and happiness in their new life together

Craft and Antiques Fair

Tuesday’s Craft and Antiques Fair was a great success and generated £120 for Glasgow City Mission and Glasgow Association for Mental Health.  The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students also raised £40 for the Pants to Poverty charity.

Stow staff turned out in strength to pick up some bargains of lovely jewellery, antiques and collectables, cards and gifts.

A special thanks to Marcelle McIlroy who donated all of the proceeds (£65) from her nail and eyelash treatments.  Thanks also to Michelle Wilson of ArtiFarti jewellery, Isobel Haggart who also had a jewellery stall, William and Dawn Harper (Antiques and Collectables), Isobel Hanlon, Jim Anderson, Karen Dillin, and Peter Jones students Serign Sanneh, Natalie Morrison and Stefanie Guard for supporting the event…and, of course, to all of the staff and students who spent some cash.

The winner of the prize draw for the Kleeneze pots and pans will be notified next week.

Flourish House

Flourish House PosterAs many of you will know Stow College has had a long and very productive partnership with Flourish House.
Due to numerous NHS and welfare cuts, the charity is having to increase their fundraising activities.  To this end they are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 29 June, this will also allow them the chance to let people know exactly how Flourish House can support people with long term mental ill health.

Obviously the members and staff would welcome anyone who can attend on the day, however, they are also looking for bric-a-brac, CDs, books, clothes, etc.  This should encourage you to have a summer clear out!

Any donations can be handed in to the Hub and we will arrange for them to be taken over to Flourish.

Well that’s us for the this and sadly there will be no Blog update for the next 2 or 3 weeks, but keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for posts notifying you when it starts up again.

A Fair, A Festival and Entrepreneurs!

It’s not long now until the end of term and many of you will be leaving us soon (awwww), but Stow is still taking part in events, activities and performances and we have news of some of these for you this week.

Craft and Antiques Fair

Craft fayreThe college is organising a Craft and Antiques Fair which will be held on Tuesday 18 June, 10 am to 1  pm in Cafe Fonta Nella on the fifth floor of the City Campus.  We hope you will come along and support this event which will raise funds for feeding the homeless (Glasgow City Mission) and helping those with mental health issues (Glasgow Association for Mental Health).

Stalls will include:

  • Antiques and collectables:
  • Jewellery;
  • Handmade greeting cards;
  • Chocolate Bouquets;
  • Pantrepreneur pants and pyjamas;
  • Floral arrangements;
  • Records/CDs/DVDs and video games ;
  • Kleeneze cleaning products;
  • Books

ShellacIn addition, our very own in-house snappers Fraser Purdie and Lorna McNiven will offer a professional portrait for a suggested donation of £5 – £10, available on the day.  So why not get glammed up, and bring the family along, for a lovely informal photo session?. Don’t worry, the backdrop won’t be a row of desks and chairs! – Fraser has backdrops, lighting etc to enhance the shots.  Please email Lorna at lmcniven@stow.ac.uk to book a time slot.

EyelashesTalking of Glam, qualified beautician Marcelle McIroy, lecturer in the Faculty of Science, Health and Care, will be offering a range of treatments at much less than you would normally pay at your local salon.

We plan to have a tombola, so please consider donating a bottle of wine or an unwanted gift. We are also collecting unwanted books, CDs, DVDs and video games to sell on the day.  Please contact rdillin@stow.ac.uk if you have any items like these.

West End Festival Participation

Glasgow’s biggest festival, the West End Festival was held from Friday the 31st of May until Sunday the 30th of June.  This year saw the festival celebrate its 18th year and over 100 Glasgow based organisations and artists took part to help deliver a fantastic event.

On Sunday 9th several of Stow students took part in the Festival Parade, which started off at the Botanic Gardens, went down Byres Road and finished at the Kelvingrove Park.  Lisa Jane Rattray did all the preparatory dance work for the students involved.  Everyone that took part on the day had a great Time.

Special thanks also go to Derek Doyle for giving up his time to drive them to the parade start.

ILS News Of The Week!

recycle (2)It is Recycle Week – 17-23 June 2013.  Why not drop-in to the Learning Centre to see our mini-exhibition of recycling, waste management and environmental related materials (from 14-24 June)?  You can also find out more at:  http://www.recyclenow.com/

open (2)There are slightly reduced hours operating in the Learning Centre due to the down weeks.  Our opening hours are:

Week beginning 17 June – Down Week 1           

  • Monday – Thursday 9 am – 4.45 pm
  • Friday 10 am – 4.45pm

Week beginning 24 June – Down Week 2           

  • Monday – Thursday 9 am – 4.45 pm
  • Friday 9 am –12.30 pm

We would like to take this opportunity to wish those staff and students leaving Stow the very best of luck in your future endeavours, and to those coming back next session, have a very good holiday until we see you again in our centres.

Electric Honey Bands

The OsNew Young Aviators video for the single ” forward thinking” currently trending on front page of Clash Magazine webpage.
Check the link http://www.clashmusic.com/videos/young-aviators-forward-thinking

Also the next Electric Honey anniversary gig will be held at the Griffin Bar on the 22nd of June. This evening will feature our friends and new signings from Dallas Texas The O’s, a great live band.

Stow and Peter Jones’s Entrepreneurs – A Students Story

As a student at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Stow College in Glasgow, part of our course is to engage in a four weeks external work placement. INAA Ltd offered Stow college an internship opportunity for a student to work with on their 2013 INAA Scottish Hair & Beauty Awards. Realising that this is a great opportunity, I jumped at the chance because I have a background in events management and I wanted to continue doing something in the creative industries.

While on placement from February 25th to March 22nd 2013, I worked closely with the whole INAA team learning invaluable lessons during my time with them. We worked really well together and I instantly felt I am a big part of the team and my input is always highly regarded.

Due to the success of my internship, there arose an opportunity for more students to gain work experience at the INAA Scottish Hair & Beauty Awards which we were working on. I contacted the Faculty of Creative Industries at Stow College and Lorraine Mullen quickly responded followed by students showing interest in the opportunities and as a result three Events Management students Claudia Cheung, Laura Mair & Lisa Collins ended up working alongside myself and the whole INAA team at the 2013 INAA SHABA on Sunday 26th May at Hilton Hotel Glasgow.

Claudia Cheung “I would like to thank INAA for giving me this opportunity to take part in the Scottish Hair & Beauty Awards 2013. It has been a great experience to have an insight of an event related to the fashion and beauty industry and I have enjoyed every moment of it. I would definitely recommend other students looking for experience related to the events industry to volunteer at any upcoming events as it allows you to develop your knowledge with events and most importantly gain experience outside of college. I look forward to volunteering again at future events if opportunities arise.”

Lisa Collins said “Working at INAA SHABA 13 introduced me to many different aspects of the event industry that previously I hadn’t been greatly educated in. Working at the event also introduced me to many different people who each had a very important role in the making the awards a success. Overall the event was a huge success and I thoroughly enjoyed myself though I can’t say the same about my feet! I look forward to the future possibilities of working with the INAA.com team again.”

Laura Mair said “Working at the INAA Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards has given me a great insight into Events Management in the Hair and Beauty sector. I am very grateful to INAA for allowing me to attend and improve my skills base at such a well-run prestigious event. I look forward to any future opportunities and would recommend it to any students looking for experience in this sector”.

Ruthanne Reid of INAA.com said “Serign was our first placement from Stow College.   I was very impressed with the calibre of the people we met and the support they provided to their students during the process.  Serign came on board in February for a month.  He adapted quickly to the style and pace of the business and added real value through the tasks he engaged in. I was particularly impressed with his continued support after the placement ended, albeit part time.  He helped consolidate further support from Claudia, Lisa and Laura for the night of the event itself.  The Team gelled well together and much of the typical angst in running this type of event was mitigated by their contribution.  Serign has my deep respect and appreciation, rarely have I seen his level of dedication in one so young – I truly believe he will go far”

Although I only got involved with INAA since February, it feels like I have worked with them for years. Due to my previous experience, I have been trusted in every step of the process including decision making. I would recommend this opportunity to any future students especially if you want to get experience in a real working environment.

Blooming Great Tea Party – The Total

Tea PartyWell it’s the bit you have been waiting for.

I can happily say that we have raised a grand total of £881.79 in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. What an amazing amount for our coffee afternoon.

Thank you all for supporting the Enterprise Programme in such a worthwhile event.

Stow’s “Pants to Poverty” Entrants

Stow’s ‘Pants to Poverty’ team, ‘Keep It In’,  are the only Scottish participants to have made it to the final stage of the competiton were hoping for success when the challenge ended on the 12th of June. The team of four, which consists of Natalie Morrison, Serign Sannah, Lana Brituschenko and Tony Mitchell, have been selling their fairtrade clothing both online and in person at Stow College. They have also approached large corporations such as Tesco and Starbucks for sponsorship and set up an online crowd fund. They have managed to raise an impressive £1,200 so far.

In a final bid to secure a win,  Natalie and Serign spent the day at Spittalfields Market in London where they competed with the other finalists to see who could bring in the most sales. If successful, they could have won the title of ‘Best Stall’ or ‘Best Enterprise Project’.

Serign says: “The past few months have been an incredible journey for us as we have all been so busy with the competition. We have worked really hard to raise both money and awareness for the cause as we are all passionate about making a difference to the lives of farmers in India. Taking part in the competition has been a great learning curve for us and getting to bring our stall to London has been an amazing opportunity.”

Well done to the Stow team, they did really well and have been a credit to Stow.

For more information on this story visit our News page on the website.

Thats us for yet another week, we will be back next Friday for another update so join us then and for  those of you leaving Stow this year – we wish you all the best in the future.  Oh and stay in touch!!!

An Award, Fundraising and the Other Award!

What a great start to June we have had, its nice to see the sun shining.  Things have been good at Stow too, so let’s get you up to date.

Blooming Great Tea Party – The Update!

Tea PartyThank you everyone who came along to our Blooming Great Tea Party on Wednesday the 5th of June.

We would like to say a special thanks to Isobel Martin who did a great job with the bric a brac, Morven for such a great cake, Helen King for her kind baking donations, Cathy Connelly for her beautiful bouquet of flowers, Jim Anderson for his kind donation to help start our tea party off, and many, many more who kindly donated and baked.

It was a great success and so good to see such a fantastic turn out of staff, students, parents, schools and other organisations.

And finally!  CONGRATULATIONS TO:

  • Ron Dillin – Winner of the sweets
  • Rose Porteous – Winner of the cake
  • Katy Barton – Winner of the teddy

The amount raised will be announced next week

Once again many thanks – Pamela, Alison & Angela (Enterprise Programme)

Glad Cafe Awards

Glad Cafe awards 2013 - 1As part of their sponsorship deal with Glasgow based company SSK Conferences & Live Events, the Glad Cafe offered placements to six students from the Sound Production department of Creative Industries.  The students were given the opportunity to shadow the Glad Cafe’s sound man at gigs in the cafe’s dedicated venue space, and were given practical experience to validate their college course.

Glad Cafe awards 2013 - 2At the end of the year the student who had shown most promise was to receive an award from SSK at a ceremony at the Glad Cafe.

On Sunday evening two students, Ulrika Boman and Carla Feuerstein each received the Glad Cafe award.

Free Informal Guitar Lessons

Informal Guitar LessonsLuisa McMinn will give Informal tutorials available in classical guitar skills (excluding electric) on Wednesdays at lunch time 12:00  – 13:00 pm, throughout June, the first session was on Wednesday the 5th June at 12:00 noon  in room 4/13.

Those with previous experience or none at all are equally welcome, if you don’t yet have a guitar don’t despair – please let Rab Wilson know beforehand

ILS News of the Week!

infotracIt’s Resource of the Month time again and in June, ILS are highlighting Infotrac Newspapers.  As one of Gale’s Databases, Infotrac Newspapers is a collection of newspapers from across the UK and worldwide.  Most of the titles have archive issues dating back to the 1990s and 1980s.  Titles include:

  • The Herald
  • Guardian
  • Daily Record
  • Independent
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Scotsman
  • Evening Times
  • The Sun

To use Infotrac or any of our 39 online resources, ask in the Learning Centre about setting up an Athens account.

JISC JournalsNews just in from JISC – Periodicals Archive Online is now only available as part of JISC Journal Archives which has journals from a variety of other publishers – PAO, Brill, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institute of Physics, ProQuest, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

To access PAO:

  • Log into Athens are usual but select JISC Journal Archives instead of PAO
  • If you use the browse tab, you will see a list of collections
  • You can then select PAO if you would like to see the journals available
  • Click on a title to see the issues for a specific journal title.

You can also search by collection

  • Click on the search tab
  • You will see methods of refining your search – choose Archive
  • You can then uncheck all except PAO to search this archive only.

We would also like to remind you that all books are due back today, 7 June.  If you have forgotten, then bring them back ASAP to make sure you don’t receive an invoice.

Award Winner

Alice MuirAlice Muir won her first ever award at the Jobs and Business Glasgow Enterprise Awards, on Monday the 3rd of June.  Her award for Social Media was for using Facebook and Twitter to help promote her business.

Alice, who is 19, set up a woman’s street culture magazine, TLG, two years ago.  The magazine goes to print 4 times a year and is stocked at WH Smith, but she also has a digital app and a website which is updated daily.  Alice runs the magazine from an incubator hub within Stow College’s Shamrock Street campus.

Congratulations to Alice on her great success.  For the full story visit STV Glasgow.

That’s us again for this week, have a great weekend and don’t forget the sunscreen!!

See a Show, Attend a Gig!!

Welcome back to another Stow College Blog update.  We have some more reminders this week, so let’s get started.

Electric Honey 20th Anniversary Gig

POSTER 31st SmallerRead the press release in the Daily Record.

Friday the 31st of May sees Electric Honey celebrate their 20th anniversary bash at Oran Mor for West End Festival.

Electric Honey was set up in 1993 and since then they have signed acts such as Snow Patrol, Woodenbox, Baby Chaos and Young Aviators – amongst others.

Any staff or students who wish to come along to the 20th anniversary Electric Honey Bash at Oran Mor please contact Cara Graham – cgraham@stow.ac.uk and she will issue you with a badge/ticket for this special event. Why not bring a friend/partner and have fun doors are at 7pm and it will all be over by 10pm.

Stowaways Epic Production

Well, Jesus arrived for his dress rehearsal on the 28th of May at the Rutherglen Town hall and our very own Les was there to see it and he had his handy camera with him.

These are just a few shots he took to entice you to come along to the last Stow College Musical. Get your tickets booked now. It really is a cracker of a show.  Many thanks to Les for the usual exceptionally high quality photographs.

If you like the look of these pictures and want to attend the main event then the performance starts at 7.30 pm from Wednesday the 29th to Friday the 31st of May (tonight is the last night so don’t miss out) in Rutherglen Town Hall.

Tickets available by booking on line at – http://boxoffice.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/ – or telephone the box office on 0141 613 5700.

Blooming Great Tea Party

Tea PartyAs you know we are having our “Blooming Great Tea Party” next Wednesday 5th June.

We would appreciate it you have any unwanted items for our bric-a-brac stall and also our tombola.  We need more to help us make our target.

Also if there are any bakers out there who would love to donate their baking to us we would be delighted to have it.

All items can be handed into to the Enterprise room on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.  Baking can be handed in on the morning or the day before our tea party.

Thanks in advance for  your donations!!

ILS News Of The Week!

FitzwilliamA new collection of images has been added to JISC MediaHub – Fitzwilliam Museum.  This new collection is 1,000 images selected from the rich, diverse and internationally significant holdings of The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, including major artists such as Canaletto, JMW Turner, George Stubbs and John Constable.  You can see the collection by following this link: http://jiscmediahub.ac.uk/explore/collection?cid=20

Every image is tagged by geographical location and a date or period.  The Fitzwilliam collection was licensed by JISC Collections for JISC MediaHub as part of the Digital Images for Education project. To access this resource you need a personal Athens account – so get in touch with ILS if you need one set up.

fwclogoIt is World Environment Day on 5 June, and to compliment this, ILS have a mini-exhibition of environmental related materials on display from 4-7 June in the Learning Centre – why not drop-in and have a look at our display?

ILS would also like to remind you that all books are due back on Friday 7 June – you will be invoiced for late books after this date.

Crafts and Antiques Fair

Hear Ye Hear YeOh Yeh!  Oh Yeh!  Hear Ye! Hear Ye!  All persons of good intent who support charitable works please note that a truly wonderful Crafts and Antiques Fair is planned for the 18th of June, being a Tuesday two weeks hence, in the environs of the fifth floor of the venerable Stow College. (enough of the olde worlde stuff! – Ed).

The Healthy Working Lives Committee are organising a Crafts and Antiques Fair for Tuesday 18 June in and around Café Connect on the fifth floor of the city campus.  The main Fair will run from 10 am to 1 pm and is designed to be a fun and interesting day which will raise funds for two very worthwhile causes – Glasgow City Mission (who feed the homeless) and Glasgow Association for Mental Health (who support those with mental health issues and their carers).

Please put a reminder in your diary now!

Stalls will include:

  • Antiques and collectables:
  • Jewellery;
  • Handmade greeting cards;
  • Chocolate Bouquets;
  • Pantrepreneur pants and pyjamas;
  • Floral arrangements;
  • Records/CDs/DVDs and video games ;
  • Kleeneze cleaning products;
  • Books.

Stall holders will donate £10 or 10% of takings to charity.

That’s us again for this week, but come back next Friday for the new Stow College Blog update.

The Last Musical and an Anniversary Bash!

A short and sweet blog for you this week with a few reminders for events that are taking place or the next couple of weeks.

 

Care For a Cuppa?

Tea PartyEvery cuppa and slice of cake will help care for someone with a terminal illness in your neighbourhood.

You are all invited to our “Blooming Great Tea Party” on Wednesday the 5th of June 2013 at 1.00 pm (finishes at 3.00 pm) in the Enterprise room (Ground Floor / Room 24).

This is our annual coffee afternoon packed with our very own bric a brac, tombola, and homemade craft stall.  We also have our famous name the bear competition, with guess the weight of the cake.

Our entry fee is only £2.00 which includes tea/coffee/juice, a selection of our delicious cakes and not forgetting a good old chin wag with friends.

We all hope you can come, look forward to seeing you there.

All are welcome!

 

Jesus Christ, Superstar – The Last Musical of Stow College.

Jesus Christ SuperstarFor the past 12 years we have nagged, nudged, hindered, argued, begged, pleaded, seduced and tormented you to come to see the high quality performances that the performing arts students have performed under the name of Stowaways. On the 1st of November 2013 our production company name will seem very relevant and we want you, our colleagues to come and see the final musical under the banner of Stow College.  We could not of picked a better send off to Stow with the production of Jesus Christ Superstar.  A cast of 50, a full live band and a lighting display enviable of the West End.

Go on, just for once, come and join Ian Campbell who has religiously sat through every single production as an audience member for 12 years.

Tickets available by booking on line at – http://boxoffice.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/ – or telephone the box office on 0141 613 5700.
The performance starts at 7.30 pm from Wednesday the 29th to Friday the 31st of May.

See you there for one final fling under the name of Stow College.

 

Anniversary Bash

POSTER 31st SmallerFriday the 31st of May sees Electric Honey celebrate their 20th anniversary bash at Oran Mor for West End Festival.

Everyone is welcome, so why not pop along to this great event.

For Free tickets contact Cara Graham at crgraham@stow.ac.uk

 

ILS News of the Week!

Picture1 (2)The end of term is fast approaching – deadlines, HN projects, exams and general mayhem!  Hopefully, in the midst of all your endeavours, you will remember to return your library books.  The final date for returns is Friday 7 June.  Thereafter, all outstanding items will be invoiced and the cost of replacements will be pursued.  So, remember to visit us before you finish up!

howto_adILS would also like to let you know about an updated How to guide – How to write a reflective account has been updated.  You can pick up a copy in the Learning Centre, or you can download it from the Learning Gateway or the ILS page on Moodle.

Finally, just a reminder that the College and ILS Centres are closed Friday 24 and Monday 27 May for public holidays.  ILS will re-open as normal on Tuesday at 9am.  Happy holidays!

 

Told you we would be brief, so have a great weekend and we’ll see you back here next Friday.

New Look, Inspiration and Developments!!

The first thing you will notice this week is that we have had a bit of a revamp.  It was time for a change and we hope you like the new look, if not let us know and we’ll take your thoughts into consideration – it can always be changed again!

We have a few articles for you in this week’s update so let’s get started.

Architectural Inspiration

art school craneOur NC Civil Engineering class were recently involved in a visit to the Glasgow School of Art Campus Redevelopment site in nearby Garnethill.

The project was designed by architect Steven Holl, who recently won the AIA Gold Medal, the highest honour awarded by the American Institute of Architects.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA new five-storey building will replace a number of Glasgow School of Art’s existing premises on Renfrew Street. The new building will house a range of studios and teaching facilities as well as workshops, communal areas and exhibition spaces.

The main contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine, gave our students an informative presentation and a guided tour of the construction site, which the Engineering students (and staff) found very interesting and a useful addition to the academic side of the NC Civil Eng. course.

Ronald McDonald  Appeal

Ronald McDonald house needs 50 volunteers to take on Ben Nevis on the 29th and 30th of June 2013.

Transport from Glasgow, accommodation, food and guides will be provided upon raising minimum sponsorship of £300.00

The house relies on sponsored events and donations to meet £300,000 annual running costs.

If you are interested in taking part please call Allison at the house on 0141 201 0782 for an information pack or email her at –  allisonmckillop@btconnect.com

Electric Honey Developments

To celebrate the 20th anniversary  of Electric Honey, Young Aviators released their debut album “Self Help” on Monday the 13th of May and have already picked up favourable reviews from The Daily Record, The Herald and the Skinny.

Alex Hynes a Stow Music Business management student also releases his solo debut EP on the college label with the “Slow your Breath E.P” out on the 20th of May.

Both these artists alongside Harry and the Hendersons , Wake the President and Albert Shakespeare will play the annual Electric Honey event at Oran Mor in conjunction with the West End festival. Any staff or students who wish to come along to the 20th anniversary Electric Honey Bash at Oran Mor please contact Cara Graham cgraham@stow.ac.uk and she will issue you with a badge/ticket for this special event. Why not bring a friend/partner and have fun doors are at 7pm and it will all be over by 10pm.

ILS News Of The Week!

National Epilepsy WeekWhy not drop-in and see our mini-exhibition for National Epilepsy Week (19-25 May) which will be displayed in the Learning Centre from 20-28 May?  Our display will include epilepsy and neuroscience related materials.  You can also find out more at http://www.epilepsy.org.uk/campaigns/epilepsy-week

OROIt’s also Resource of the Month time again.  This month we have Oxford Reference Online (ORO) under the spotlight.  ORO brings  together language and subject reference works into a single cross-searchable resource.  There are over 300 titles including:

  • Dictionary of Biomedicine
  • Dictionary of Computing
  • Dictionary of Psychology
  • Oxford Companion to British History
  • Dictionary of Marketing
  • Dictionary of Nursing
  • Oxford Companion to Global Change

Ask in the Learning Centre about Athens access to this and 39 other online collections.

Sun Shines for Reims Students in Glasgow/Scottish Tapas/Fabrice Returns/Fun and Games at GCU

In shock news, the Scottish summer arrived on Tuesday 7 May and lasted for exactly one day.  However, Manon Laurent, Mick Moisson and Ron Dillin took advantage of the sunshine to take a lunchtime walk to Kelvingrove Park and Glasgow University.

Trusty snapper Ron Dillin took this picture of Manon and Mick in the quad at Glasgow University.

As Manon finishes her placement on 23 May and returns to France, John Gallagher, Claire McLaren and Lorna McNiven treated Ron Dillin and the three Reims students to Scottish Tapas at Jackson’s in Cambridge Street to thank Manon for all her excellent work.

Our French guests preferred burgers to the tapas of haggis, Cullen Skink soup, smoked salmon etc which was on offer, but everyone enjoyed their meal.

Some of the Stow staff remember Fabrice Dubois from Reims who did his work placement at Stow in 2005.  Fabrice stayed on in Scotland to study networking at Glasgow Caledonian University.  After several jobs in IT and other areas, Fabrice joined Strathclyde Fire Brigade and is now a fully-trained fire fighter.

Fabrice married a Scottish girl, Michelle, and now has three children.  Wow, a work placement in Stow College really can change your life in a big way!

Since Mick and Jason, two of our current Reims students, are interested in studying and/or working in Scotland, Ron Dillin arranged for Fabrice to come and meet this year’s students.  They found it useful to find out about living and working in Scotland.  The picture shows the group with ^ feet 4 inch Fabrice in the middle and their waitress, Karolina, at Fazzi’s in Cambridge Street.

Fabrice came back to the college and met up with Ailene Temple, Helen Wooley, Helen King, Nicki Campbell, Margaret Cooke, Billy Taggart and Bryan Grantham.  Reminiscences included Donnas McInulty’s 21st birthday bash at the Griffen which Fabrice attended.  Billy spent a large part of the evening wearing Nicki’s ‘Princess’ jacket.  Later, Fabrice told Nicki she couldn’t sing (clearly he was mistaken) .

Mick and Jason are both doing computer games projects with the Creative Industries Faculty.  Jason is particularly interested in studying computer games development at University in Scotland, so Ron Dillin arranged a meeting at Glasgow Caledonian University with David Farrell who taught games part-time at Stow and now has a full-time lecturing position at Glasgow Caledonian.

David showed the group around the facilities at GCU, including the world-leading eMotion lab where games are tested.  Sensors track eye movement and changes in conductivity in the skin to detect where users are focusing on the game being played and the amount of excitement (small changes in sweat) the users are experiencing.

The pictures show the group in the eMotion lab.  The group were overwhelmed by David Farrell’s passion for computer games research and his vast knowledge of the games industry worldwide.  A fascinating trip ended in the Saltire Centre at GCU where a bridal fashion show was being rehearsed.

Stowter Sounds

Stowter Sounds LogoSara Fellows, one of our Music Business students, is working on her graded unit project and as part of this she decided to produce a podcast show for broadcasting in the cafe, canteen and/or shop.

This broadcast took place on Wednesday the 15th of May at 12.30 pm in Café Connect (5th floor of our Stow City Campus).

Students and staff alike popped along to Café Connect, sat down, grabbed a coffee and listened to some Stowter Sounds.

Visit the Stowter Sounds website for more information and to listen to the podcast.

Just a Reminder … Communications Workstream Survey

reminderThank you for your views and suggestions you have made so far in our Communications Workstream survey – some of them have been very interesting.

BUT… we are still looking for more suggestions.  If you haven’t already done so, could you please take 5 minutes to fill out our questionnaire

Complete the survey: Merger Communications Survey.

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Well that’s us for another week, so join us again next Friday for more news and updates and remember to let us know what you think of the new look blog.