GCC English faculty, Muña Bros. focus on talent
The Guam Community College English Department has teamed up with successful local filmmakers Don and Kel Muña to sponsor showings of their documentary, “Talent Town.” The film looks at the intersection of local talent and culture on Guam and develops themes discussed in many English classrooms on the GCC campus. The “Talent Town” screenings will take place at 4:00 and 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday February 4th in the GCC Multipurpose Auditorium (Bldg. 400), and Thursday, February 5th, in the Student Center Training Room (5108). The screenings are open to all GCC students.
The GCC English Department plans to incorporate elements of “Talent Town” into studies this semester to inspire students to identify and develop their talents, according to Dr. Lisa Baza-Cruz, GCC English Dept. chair.
Vera DeOro, an assistant professor of English at GCC, spearheaded the effort. “Many students attend GCC to explore possible career paths, and one of the jobs of faculty is to help them develop their talents and strengths to prepare them for the workforce and academia,” said DeOro. “Talent Town is a great example of how we can turn our talents and interests into successful careers that benefit the community,” she added.
Filmmaker Don Muña applauds GCC professors for incorporating “Talent Town” as part of their
curriculum. “GCC's faculty are utilizing local talents and investing a lot of their passion in creating new and progressive ways to teach students - school doesn't get any better than that!" said Muña.
In April, the English Department will host a showcase in which students display their creative talents through a variety of mediums, according to project co-coordinator and GCC English instructor Tressa DelaCruz.
The English Department houses the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, which aims at developing well-rounded students with a broad base of academic and life experiences. It is through partnerships with creative talents like the Muña Bros. that GCC is able to bring the community into the classroom, and offer the highest quality education to its students, added Dr. Baza-Cruz.
“Talent Town” Youtube trailer: