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Blazer Student Store ribbon cutting set for 10/25

North Lake College president will host campus celebration; DCCCD chancellor to attend

Blazer Bucks Front.jpgFor the first time in North Lake College's 34-year history, a year-round store for students has opened on campus, stocked with food, clothing, toys, toiletries and miscellaneous items. To commemorate this historic event, a ribbon cutting program will be held Oct. 25, at 3 p.m., in the foyer of the Science and Medical Professions Building on the college's Las Colinas campus.

NLC president, Christa Slejko, and Dr. Wright Lassiter, Jr., chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), will be in attendance to cut the ribbon to the store, which is located just down the hall from the foyer in C-206.

The Blazer Student Store operates much like a thrift store, but instead of U.S. currency, it uses Blazer Bucks. Most of the items in the store cost $1 buck each, and students can acquire the bucks in a number of ways: 1) by trading items from home for bucks; 2) by earning them in the classroom; 3) by winning them at campus events; or 4) by purchasing them in the Cashier's Office. Students who are experiencing a hardship will be given Blazer Bucks or Blazer Food Vouchers free, no questions asked.

North Lake College, known for its green infrastructure and eco-friendly campus, can add the Blazer Student Store to its long list of sustainable and recyclable initiatives. Everything in the store is donated by staff and students or brought in for trade. Service Learning students work the shifts, acquiring community service hours for their volunteerism. The Blazer Ambassadors, a campus club whose mission is to increase participation in student life activities, is in charge of making sure the store's workers are on time, and fill in for those who can't make their shift.

The initial start-up of the store was backed financially by the Journalism Club and campus newspaper, the News-Register. Under the direction of Kathleen Stockmier, the Journalism Club's sponsor and newspaper adviser, a portion of the publication's advertising revenue was used to set up a student store account, where clothing racks, shelving, printing, supplies, hangers and miscellaneous items were purchased from.

Virginia Jones, director of Student Life, oversees the Blazer Ambassadors, whose president is student Nkonyezi Nanyamka. English faculty member, Susan Villalobos, is also the Service Learning Coordinator and sets up the weekly schedule of her Service Learning students.

Following the ribbon cutting, refreshments will be served in the foyer, and the store will be open for guests to visit and browse. Students will be on hand to answer questions regarding the store's operation.

For more information about the store and the ribbon cutting, please contact Kathleen Stockmier at 972-273-3498, or