Creativity

Most recent creative examples

Creative teaching

  • Math Emporium. The college opened a Math Emporium Spring semester 2009. The Math Emporium was created as a result of the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan. It is located in the 300 Building. Students can work at their own pace and can work on a skill set or problem until they master it before they move on to another
  • Artistic and recycled. Haywood Early College Art Appreciation students created a wall sculpture assemblage for permanent display at HCC. The sculpture consists of 24 pine shadow boxes containing compositions made from wood scraps and discarded wooden objects.

    In an effort to use recycled materials, interesting-shaped wood scraps were salvaged from trash bins in HCC’s Professional Crafts woodworking studio. Students also brought in objects from home, such as broken wooden spoons, pieces of carved molding, and old wooden toy parts, showing that beauty can often be found in everyday items.
  • Stage Make-Up. The mid-term exam in the stage make-up class requires students to transform an ordinary person into a character from a movie or story. Students rely on the willingness of husbands, children, and best friends to become characters for a day. This year, the cosmetology lab was visited by such personalities as Freddie Kruger, Penelope, Edward Scissorhands, Cindy Lou Who, and others.

    Students must compose a blueprint of a character, fictional or real, and how they plan to transform someone into this character. Through research, students must summarize the transformation from head to toe, including sketches and drawings. For their final project, students must use all the techniques they have learned throughout the semester to apply makeup, style hair and costume the character from their mid-term blueprint.
  • Creative Juice Competition. Several Haywood Community College teams competed in the regional Creative Juice Collegiate Competition. The Competition challenged student teams to create value out of a throwaway item and communicate a message of environmental responsibility.

    HCC held a local competition in which a first, second, and third place team was awarded $250, $150, and $100 respectively. The HCC competition is a demonstration of the commitment to entrepreneurship, creativity, and sustainability at the college.

    The first place team for the local HCC competition was HCC ETR 110 consisting of Jonathan Jeuck, Chris Marion, Hayley Leis, and Nicole Mackemull. The team melted the secret item, a plastic bottle, into a guitar pick that could be sold as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional guitar picks. This team also placed tenth overall for the regional competition.

    The second place team was called Tetrapods consisting of Samantha Faust, Russ Leaptrot, Jesse Mills, and Tyler Cantrell. Their plan was to use a plastic bottle to be part of the insulation material in the walls of a greenhouse to warm up plants so that they would grow faster.

    The third place team was Elvisrocks21 consisting of Nancy Watts, Jennifer Hoglen, and Ashriel Kidwell. The team cut up plastic bottles in different shapes and sizes to form plastic flowers that could be placed in gardens to provide color all year long.

  • HEC Produces Yearbook. Haywood Early College(HEC) students produced a student generated yearbook. Ten students raised enough money to supply each HEC student and faculty member with a color edition of the 2007-2008 yearbook themed “Reel Passion, Real Potential.”

    Students learned digital photography, how to craft logos, sell ads, and maintain financial records, and how to use several computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and Photoshop.
  • Crime scene final. Barbara Wolfe, criminal justice instructor, created a crime scene on campus for a final exam in the spring. Students had to investigate the scene and draw a sketch for their final grade. Fourteen different pieces of evidence were collected including a knife, gun, and blood samples. Students said the final involved them in problem-solving with hands- on problems. “Much better than sitting in a classroom for an exam.”
  • Courses in knife making were offered on campus by HCC and the American Bladesmith Society, Inc. The American Bladesmith Society works exclusively for the purposes of promoting and advancing the art and science of the forged blade and other implements. And also to inform and educate the public in respect to bladesmithing, metal forging and heat-treating processes, knife and tool design and fabrication and related arts.
  • Creative quilting. The continuing education department recently purchased a large frame quilting machine and a computer-assisted embroidery machine. Making use of these new tools, quilting instructors, Julie Simpson and Elaine Zinn taught a decorative machine quilting course in the spring. Students learned that their sewing machine could be an artistic tool for creative expression and became familiar with technology in the quilting world.
  • Autobody. Students in autobody use their creative talents every time they take a beat-up car and refurbish it. From rusted and dented to something shiny and new looking—the automobile becomes a canvas for them as they use skills learned in class to make their visions come to life.
  • Welding. Students in the welding program are able to use their creativity on a piece of machinery called a Torch Mate. Combining a CNC machine with a plasma torch, students can turn their artwork into tangible results. The artwork is outlined by creating a tool path which in turn cuts the piece out. Professional crafts students have also used the Torch Mate.

Creative benefits for the community

  • Websites for Non-Profit Organizations. The Web Markup and Scripting class designed web pages for two Haywood County nonprofit organizations, Spotlights Youth Theatre and REACH of Haywood County. The class was a blended group of traditional students and Haywood Early College students.

    “Everybody’s brought something to the table,” explains Tim Burke, instructor for the class. “They even researched some of the concepts themselves.” He directed the students to take pride but not total ownership in the projects to allow the nonprofits input in the outcome. Burke says this type of project is a great way to give students experience in working with clients.

    The students that worked on the Spotlights website knew the site needed to be fun and colorful coming from a kid’s point of view. Through the use of a marquee that can be changed, the homepage is always fresh announcing upcoming performances.

  • HCC-The Early Years. As part of the Haywood County Bicentennial Celebration, HCC presented a live performance free to the community entitled HCC-The Early Years. The show gave a historic and humorous look at life at the college during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The audience heard behind-the-scenes stories told by the instructors, staff, and alumni who lived the parts.

    The show was filmed live by HCC Film and Video Production students who edited the finished documentary with the help of instructor, Edwin Dennis.
  • Professional Crafts Clay. Instructor Stephen Lloyd attended a CraftNet Grant Planning session entitled “E-Commerce: Teaching and Marketing Tool for Artists.” The grant is an attempt to acquire funding to provide a virtual marketplace for products of students and graduates, develop curriculum module to teach students how to use e-commerce effectively, and expose students to the culture and products of other regions and other nations.

Creative communication

  • Kitchen Labs. In 2008, HCC Learning Specialist and Biology Instructor, Susan Roberts, received the Innovation of the Year award from the League for Innovation in the Community College. The project, “Kitchen Labs,” is a development of online introductory biology labs that allows students to complete projects at home.

    The course was developed with a Department of Labor Forestry Initiative grant to allow students to take both lecture and lab components online. The “kitchen labs” are affordable because students use what they have in their homes instead of pre-assembled, costly lab kits. Students create models, build a portfolio, and use simulations and other free software programs to complete labs that are shared with the class. Students interact online via the discussion board and email to discuss course material. Grades, feedback, and evaluation show that students are learning at a higher level compared to traditional classes, report a positive experience of science, and enjoy the hands-on kitchen labs.

  • QEP Slogan. HCC student Angela Birchfield was awarded $100 by the college for submitting the winning slogan for the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). HCC selected improving the success of developmental math students as its QEP focus. Birchfield’s slogan, “We Dig Digits at HCC,” was one of 58 submissions received via an online form available from HCC’s homepage. The submissions came from HCC students, faculty, staff, and community members.

  • Electronic Viewbook. The college created its first interactive viewbook for recruitment. The CD features an overview video about the college in general, a series of program videos, a copy of the catalog, an application for enrollment, and a detailed program list.

    The viewbook was awarded a Gold Paragon Award by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for being the best in its category.