Honoring Sacrifice: HEARTS Veterans Day Gala, 2017

For the tenth time in ten years, the LEAP Ambassadors assisted with the annual HEARTS Veterans Gala.  More than 300 community members gathered at the HEARTS Conference Center for dinner, reflection, and companionship on November 11, Veterans Day.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, HEARTS Veterans Museum, Veterans Day Gala

The event MC was Col. Don Beal…

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…and the Huntsville Men’s Choir was featured throughout the evening.  They performed six songs, including everyone’s favorite, “The Armed Forces Medley.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, HEARTS Veterans Museum, Veterans Day Gala

The LEAP Ambassadors greeted guests, assisted guests with seating, sponsored a table, and assisted with the silent auction, which raises money for ROTC scholarships.

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During the evening, the HEARTS Museum staff honored various community members and volunteers for their service, including Karen Murff…

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, HEARTS Veterans Museum, Veterans Day Gala

…Norman Ward, Dr. Tommy Davis, Betty Higgins, and John Sicola…

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reinforcing the community aspect of the gathering.

And, speaking of which, it was enjoyable for us to see old friends, such as County Judge Danny Pierce, Judge Hal Ridley, Thomas Leeper…

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…Captain Steve Fisher, Charlotte Olienik, Liesa Hackett, Bette Nelson, and many others.

It was a nice reminder the sacrifice made by our veterans and the important role of volunteerism in our community.

 

 

Practicing the LSAT

The first breeze of fall signaled the beginning of an awaited event by many pre-law students. 72 hopeful individuals voluntarily woke up early on a Saturday morning and made their way to campus to take the dreaded Mock LSAT.

Each semester, the LEAP Center hosts a Mock LSAT for students interested in applying to law school.

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The LSAT, an acronym for Law School Admissions Test, is a challenging exam that tests students reading comprehension, logical thinking, and critical thinking skills. This semester, Princeton Review proctored the exam for the LEAP Center’s record breaking number of attendees. Our hope is to provide the means for students to get a realistic viewpoint on how they can expect to perform during the real LSAT and then plan accordingly.

Additionally, students learned about Princeton’s LSAT Prep Course and the services they offer to help prepare for the rigorous exam. Although taking a test on a breezy Saturday morning may not be the most fun, it proved to be helpful for many students! Many thanks to Ms. Michelle Bell, for being a wonderful proctor!

 

“Safety Last,” but Laughter First!

Safety Last, By Brian Aldaco

In the cinematic world, many have heard of famous silent film comedians such as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. A less-well known comedian–but equally great–is Harold Lloyd. The LEAP Ambassadors got their first exposure to this comedian’s works before hitting the road to Austin’s Texas Tribune Festival.

We had this wonderful opportunity thanks to Professor Grant Weidenfeld, who teaches in the Mass Communications department and also shows classic films in the Old Town Theater  a couple of times a semester.

We started the evening by joining Professor Weidenfeld in welcoming guests…

…and directing them to their seats. Once everyone was seated, we sat in anticipation while Professor Yawn offered an introduction to the film. Soon after, the projector started rolling, the screen glimmered with black and white, and an hour of continuous laughter roared through the theatre.

The scenes of great comedic accomplishment were appreciated by all guests.  Whether it was his double-punch gags (a gag, followed quickly by an extension of that gag), or the amazing stunts, Lloyd showed comedic brilliance.

Some of the stunts were truly dangerous.  Without the strict safety codes in today’s film making, the actors were doing things that put themselves in great jeopardy.  And, of course, no CGI was available at that time.  In other words, when you see Harold Lloyd hanging from a clock, that’s really Harold Lloyd hanging from a clock.

 

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After the last scene ended, we all had a chance to share our thoughts on the great comedy.

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For some of the guests, this was their first time viewing a silent film.  And even though we could have stayed in the theatre all night long talking about films, we decide to sadly take our leave and hit the road to Austin.