After a full schedule of events celebrating homecoming, Merced College's year-long 50th anniversary festivities continue with an exhibit of college memorabilia, photographs and artifacts at the Merced County Courthouse Museum.
"Merced College: 50 Years of Educational Excellence" will be presented Thursday at the museum, 21st and N streets. The exhibit will run through Jan. 27.
"We are collecting a variety of items related to Merced College from the beginning of its existence in 1962 through today," said the college's Susan Walsh, who is working with the museum staff and members of the Merced County Historical Society to set up the displays.
"With a half-century of history behind us, the exhibit will be a good reminder of the impact the college has had in our local communities," she said.
Among the items to be featured are the first portable computer purchased by the college, scientific instruments from the 1970s, and an anvil used by the horse-shoeing
classes that were held at Bellevue Ranch.
The exhibit will open at 5 p.m. Thursday with a public reception and program scheduled at 6.
There will be a panel discussion with a question-and-answer session. On the panel will be longtime college instructor and local historian
Delores Cabezut-Ortiz, who is writing a history of the Merced Community College District. Cabezut-Ortiz is an alumnus from the 1960s and served as an instructor and administrator for more than 30 years. Also joining the panel will be current college trustee, Dennis Jordan, who served as one of the college's first part-time faculty members. Local educator Gary Arzamendi, an alumnus from the 1980s, will also participate, as will current student trustee, Janique Johnson.
The opening night public reception is sponsored by the Merced School Employees Credit Union.
Admission to the exhibit and the reception is free. For more information, call the museum at (209) 7230-2401 or visit www.mercedmuseum.org.
Fall theater events
The arts are alive and well at Merced College, and a full schedule of events is set for the fall.
On display at the Student Union is an exhibit of photographs from the Venice Arts Merced project. Curated by local photographer and instructor Roger Wyan, the "It's Not All Peaches and Cream Out There" exhibit explores the lives of those on the margins of society. The exhibit will run through Oct. 31.
The Merced College Concert Band will present its annual fall concert at 7 p.m. Friday. The concert will feature the best of Broadway and film music.
A marathon evening of student-directed plays, "Selections from 365 Days/365 Plays" is set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18.
Other fall arts events include the college's Jazz Band fall performance at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, a student guitar concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, the Chorale and Chamber Singers' performance of classic Christmas carols at 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and 3 p.m. Dec. 9.
Rounding out the fall schedule is the Concert Band's Christmas performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 14.
For more information on the arts at Merced College, call (209) 386-6644. For ticket information, call the theater box office at (209) 384-6284, or go to www.mccd.edu/ TheArts.