Top Stories: November 27 Campus Connections

Biz Club raises $$ for disaster relief

SMCC’s Business Club raised funds for victims of recent hurricanes with an offbeat, fun obstacle race.

The student club ended up raising more than $750 at its Nov. 12 Obstacle Race for Each other fundraiser.

About 55 participants took part in the event, with children running one mile and adults two miles. Course obstacles included the limbo, hopscotch, a sack-hop, an egg-and-spoon walk and other activities.

Business Club students are now researching where the funds will go, preferring to send aid to local organizations in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida, which were battered in recent months by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

“The obstacle course race was a great opportunity for the Business Club and the SMCC community to get together and support the people devastated by the recent hurricanes,” said business student Rebecca Sammon.

Have an immunization hold? We can help

If you don’t have a primary care doctor and still need immunizations, SMCC is here to help. The College is hosting a walk-in immunization clinic to provide the vaccinations you need to register for the Spring Semester.

The clinic will be held in the Ortiz Atrium in the South Portland Campus Center from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 13. Seventy-three students took part in an earlier clinic held Nov. 13.

The clinic is a great opportunity for students to get their vaccinations and submit proof in one single step. Maine Law requires all degree-seeking students and full-time, non-degree students born after December 31, 1956, to provide the following proof of immunizations:

  • One dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td or Tdap) received within the last 10 years.
  • Two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) received after your first birthday. If measles immunization was done prior to 1968, students must provide proof it was done with a live virus.

SMCC has made arrangements so no payment is required at the clinic. Instead, students will give permission for the charges to be added to your bill.

If you have a primary doctor, please bring a prescription for the vaccination. If you have insurance, be sure to bring your insurance card; Walgreen Co., which is administering he vaccinations, will bill your insurance company, and any remaining amount will be applied to your student bill.

If you have any questions, please contact the Advising Office at or 741-5835.

Art exhibit explores culture of coffee

Drinking coffee is a daily ritual for nearly two out of three Americans. Now, SMCC art students are showcasing artwork that takes a look at what our morning coffee is all about.

The show in the Learning Commons features works from students in Drawing I classes and other students who are members of the SMCC Art Club.

The genesis of the show was an art project by Art Club student Iman Enan, who asked a number of SMCC students to write or draw something on white paper coffee cups to explore the culture of coffee, said Art Instructor and Art Club Advisor Chuck Ott.

From there, Ott asked his Drawing I students to produce sketches of coffee cups to expand upon the theme.

The show features:

  • 19 mixed-media illustrations of coffee cups using India ink with either pencil or charcoal
  • 2 graphic illustrations by Art Club student Jennifer Jang
  • A sculptural dome of plastic drinking cups created by Art Club student Amwag Khaleel.
  • And 15 white coffee cups that students wrote or drew things on for Art Club member Iman Enan.