Volume 26, Issue 3
Tuesday October 8, 2013
The Developer: A Spotlight on Director of Student Life Amy Rosdil Written by Carlos Escamilla British Conservative politician Benjamin Disraeli once said, “I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?” There could hardly be a better allegory for the way Director of Student Life Amy Rosdil conducts business. Rosdil leads by taking a step back and letting her amazingly hardworking team take charge and most of the credit. Rosdil is rarely in the foreground, as demonstrated during the speech of US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, when she was sitting at the back of the Rotunda. There are very few events at Front Range Community College’s Westminster campus that do not fall under Rosdil’s purview. Since taking her position in 2007, Rosdil has more than doubled the staff while simultaneously streamlining the efficiency and budget of the department. She is a reflection of the Student Life that won the Department of the Year Award last year and she’s only just begun. In the movie Rumor Has It…, Richard Jenkins’ character says, “There’s an old saying: ‘Nobody comes from Los Angeles. Everybody comes to Los Angeles.’ But if you do come from Los Angeles, then chances are you come from Pasadena.” Rosdil would find it difficult to argue with this statement, as she was born in Los Angeles County, just outside of Pasadena. She will always be a California Girl, loving the sun, fashion, celebrity gossip, and populous locations. She is the epitome of a social butterfly and can start a conversation with just about anyone.
Her social prowess has aided her in her professional journey that started in Portland, OR, at Concordia University. While a psychology major undergraduate, Rosdil began working with the Concordia’s Student Life sector of Higher Education. From the experience of supporting her peers, Rosdil unknowingly began training for her career. Her supervisor and mentor in the Student Life department at Concordia encouraged her to pursue an education career and told her about a Master’s degree in Higher Education. Rosdil gave the advice some serious thought but could not imagine getting the degree in Portland. Ever the Californian, Rosdil began experiencing the side effects of being under constant cloud cover. Sunlight deficiency, medically known as seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.), can lead to very serious health effects and Rosdil knew she was experiencing some of the symptoms. Instead of trying to combat S.A.D. using home remedies, she took the proactive approach and moved back to the sun, attending Azusa Pacific University in Southern California for her master degree. While studying and working at Azusa Pacific University, Rosdil developed a close friendship with her supervisor that would indirectly influence the rest of her life. When her supervisor was offered a position at Baylor University, Rosdil followed and lived in Waco, TX for a time. In May 2007, she was on a flight from California back to Texas when she met Andy, a man that she would go on to
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date and then marry. They have two children and will be celebrating their five-year anniversary this November. Rosdil’s experience at Azusa Pacific University and Baylor University taught her how to best identify and exploit her own strengths. She believes that her asserts are best left out of a classroom so she doesn’t consider herself a traditional faculty member. However, she has based her career on developing student engagement and success. When she came to FRCC in 2007, she brought her philosophy of student development with her. Her philosophy is “grounded in thinking critically around empowerment, leadership and development opportunities for students, advocating for student growth and understanding of self during the educational experience.” Rosdil’s philosophy has led her to
cultivate an atmosphere of progress and momentum. Campus Vice President Therese Brown shared her first experience with Rosdil: “Amy met with me about four years ago right after I became Campus Vice President. She took me on a tour of the student life area and shared her vision for better club space and creation of a more active, vital student center that will encourage students to stay on campus and become involved. That vision is now coming to fruition due to Amy’s steadfast vision and leadership through the student bond vote process and now the design process. When construction is complete, we will have a modern, more functional space for students.” Rosdil has always been very passionate when it comes to improving FRCC for students and her passion will pay off with the new
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Benefits of Online vs. Traditional Education Written by Charlie Groen Without a doubt, online learning has completely changed the face of higher education. Many community colleges and four-year universities have an online offering for certain courses, giving students the opportunity to earn an education regardless of their location or scheduling conflicts. According to a nationwide study by the University of California at San Francisco, approximately 6.7 million students are taking at least one online course, composing 32% of the national student population. That number is growing rapidly, demonstrating the mindset that online courses generally benefit students. With this incredible growth, it is necessary to look closer at “distance learning,” and examining the benefits for such a program. While it is clear that students are taking advantage
of the opportunities in distance learning, the system may not be optimal for every student. The most obvious issue with distance learning is the lack of face-to-face instruction in which many students thrive. Any student attempting to study or receive an answer to a question will generally have to wait 24-48 hours before receiving a response from their instructor. As a result, a student might have less understanding of a topic compared to a traditional “brick and mortar” student. Ignoring the principle of finishing classes with satisfactory grades can also cause problems for students on financial aid or scholarship programs. Conversely, the flexibility in scheduling can allow proactive students to complete assignments early and make more time available to study and fulfill other obligations. When considering the
indirect approach to online learning, the benefits vary based on a student’s study habits and work ethic, and generally not a reflection of the school hosting the distance program. While the scheduling aspect of online learning is often a draw for those considering higher education, the costs involved with a nontraditional program should be analyzed as well. Dhirendra Kumar of North Carolina State University examined the average costs of distance learning and found that, “...generally these courses cost less than regular classroom academic or trade school courses.” However, this survey did not discuss the technology costs generally involved in science courses. A student attempting to complete a chemistry course online, for example, would be required to purchase an expensive set of equipment and chemicals for their
home use. In many cases, the extra costs involved in distance still do not exceed that of traditional class fees. Overall, each student will benefit individually from either traditional or online learning. Their success within the course would be the result of their own work ethic, study habits, and learning style. A student focusing on a science degree may find that the faceto-face nature of traditional learning outweighs the benefits of lower cost or schedule flexibility. An English major could view the flexible schedule as an opportunity to gain greater understanding of their work while also saving money. Of course, a student should not decide on traditional versus distance learning based solely on their academic focus; they should consider which facets of each teaching style appeal most to them as an individual.
A New Club Battles the Floods—Spotlight on the Threads Club Written by Rachel Padro Looking for an affordable head start on holiday shopping, and a way to help those who have lost their homes in the previous flooding? The Threads fundraiser in early October will help you with both! But what is Threads? A new FRCC club is for those (even without previous experience) interested in sewing, knitting, and crocheting—but this club is also for those interested in making a difference in the community. FRCC student Nathan Pickens is a member without previous experience in such handmade arts, but is quickly learning to knit and crochet. When asked why he joined the club, Pickens said, “I wanted to learn to make hats! In particular a beanie for snowboarding.” FRCC student and Threads President Alexis Lucero shared her motivation for starting the club. “I was actually a leader of the knitting club in
high school, and dreamed of starting a club on campus last year, but I didn’t know how. Then, this year I met with Dan Balski, FRCC Westminster Coordinator of Clubs and Leadership, and figured out all of the particulars— and here we are!” FRCC student and Threads Vice President Shelby Faulconer loves to remind guys who are wary of joining that, “Men were actually the inventors of knitting! I wrote a paper all about it!” She also shares that, “Not only is this a hobby, but I like being able to donate handmade products to different charities.” Beyond learning and sharpening a new craft, one of Thread’s main missions is making a difference. With the recent Colorado floods affecting the lives of many connected to FRCC, plans were immediately set in motion by Threads to raise funds for those suddenly bereft of
housing and daily necessities. This has resulted in the upcoming fundraiser Threads for Floods. This fundraiser is scheduled to begin Monday, October 7, on the FRCC Westminster campus, and will run until Thursday, October 10, or until supplies run out. Some wares will include handcrafted bracelets, hair accessories, knitted stuffed animals, Christmas ornaments, and more. Swing by for a head start on holiday shopping or a unique handmade accessory, all going to after-flood relief—a dual cause! If you are interested in joining the cause consider donating quality handmade items to sell. If you are
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interested in joining Threads, meetings are held in the Club Room (S0117) on Monday mornings, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Members are more than happy to teach those without previous experience. Enrich your life by learning and sharpening skills perfect for practical use, as well as unique and meaningful gifts. Threads will then help you put these skills to use on behalf of those in need!
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Spotlight on the Art Department Written by Jessica Brown
The studio art section, managed by Art Coordinator Lydia Brokaw, offer classes in the following disciplines: jewelry, ceramics, drawing and painting, figure drawing, portraiture, 2D design, and 3D design. The classes in 2D and 3D design are both introductory classes that are required prerequisites for many of the more advanced studio art classes at FRCC. When asked about any differences between 2D and 3D design, Brokaw had the following to say, “2D design is an introduction to the understanding of the art language as it pertains to flat pieces of work, so we are working on paper or on canvases. For our 3D -- it is an introduction to sculpture, so those students are going to be doing a little bit of everything. We do a little jewelry, a little ceramics. We work with a lot of different materials. We work with a lot of found objects and found materials.” For students who are looking to advance as studio artists, and perhaps even become professional artists in the future, Brokaw often encourages her students to sample several different mediums in order to find where their true passion lies. She notes that some students may begin with a passion for painting and drawing and end up with a love and gift for ceramics. In addition to flexibility as a creative person, Brokaw says that exposure to the art of local artists is paramount for artists who are looking to broaden their skills and
Just a Thought... Written by Dr. Heidi Strang, Lead Art History Faculty I was one of those kids who
about my looks, my body, my life, my
easily could have been a statistic.
day-to-day existence and then I got
Abusive alcoholic mother, foster
my first report card. Outside of flat out
care, hospitals, absent father, out on
flunking math, I did pretty well. The
my own at eighteen with no driver’s
next trimester I did better, and the next
license, no money and no place to live.
one better yet. I got an award from
Instead of taking to drugs or ending
the art department for “Outstanding
up pregnant, I worked as a janitor
Scholar of the Year” and almost peed
cleaning office buildings. During
myself at that news. I looked back
that time I found a dumpy apartment,
after a year and realized I was not that
a dumpier car (VW wagon with no
insecure girl anymore. I had brains, I
heater) saved my money and applied
had bona fide book smarts, I was cute,
artistic vocabulary. The Front Range Community College gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, Brokaw encourages all of her students to visit some of the “First Friday” events in the surrounding areas. Boulder, Longmont, and Denver all have “First Friday” events, where local galleries exhibit the work of local artists for the public for free. Brokaw compares these events to “street parties.”
for every scholarship and grant I could
and people liked me! WOW! All that
find. I finally made it to the University
from taking a few college classes and
of Northern Colorado in Greeley. I
hanging out with like-minded people
could go to school there cheap and
who I am sure were just as freaked out
live in the student housing.
as I was.
Heidi Strang, PhD, and 2012 Art Educator of the Year, manages the art history and art appreciation sides of the art department. The classes in this portion of the department are lecturebased, rather than studio-based.
Photo by Robin OConnell
Front Range Community College offers many resources for the aspiring studio artist or art historian. Accordingly, the department is split into two sections.
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All of the classes that students take in the art department at FRCC will prepare them to continue on to four-year art colleges, where they can continue their education in studio art, art history, or art education.
I figured out that even though I
I now hold a B.A., a M.A. and
thought I was very alone and on my
a Ph.D. It turned out that working
own, I was not. There was a team of
through school was the single most
people rooting for me, pulling for me
important, significant, and successful,
and helping me every step of the way.
life-altering thing I have ever done
First, there was Miss Rosevear, my
(besides marrying my love Mike
high school AP art teacher. Not only
Strang). My advice to any student is
did she help pimp my little apartment,
simple. Hang in there. You may not
she showed me that education was the
realize it, but it is a series of baby
one thing that no one could ever take
steps and more people are rooting
away from me, it would pull me up
for you than you realize. Just get
and out of certain poverty.
through one day, then the next, and
When I got to UNC, I fell in love with college. It was a fresh beginning. Dr. Munson, my department chair, seemed to take me under his wing early and showed me what it meant to
Professor Lydia Brokaw states that she is always happy to help students build their artistic portfolios, find studio spaces, learn the business side of art, and develop classes that suit each student’s specific artistic tastes.
be a scholar. Chip Coronel introduced
Despite all of the great things offered by the art department, according to Brokaw, “A lot of people don’t even know there is an art department. A lot of people will walk into the gallery and go, ‘I didn’t even know this was here!’ We’re going through a space planning, and the area is going to get remodeled. So I’m really excited to see how this area is going to change, and how the art’s going to be a little more visible.”
that I studied too much
me to art history and showed me humor in the classroom. My roommate Michelle White convinced me and really, really needed to go to the Armory and drink beer and dance even though it was a school night. I entered college as a really freaked out, insecure, scared senseless little girl. I was insecure
when you look back, you will be strong, confident, smart, and ready for anything. I just know it.
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Colorado School of Mines Written by Charlie Groen Colorado School of Mines (CSM) is easily recognizable to Colorado natives as “that science school with the big M on the mountain.” It is also generally recognized as a school that puts graduates on the path to the careers they want. This recognition is not limited to Colorado, as the school is one of the top engineering schools in the nation. Scientists across the country are familiar with the university, and many students interested in engineering put CSM
Mr. Goetz recommends “a one-on-
at the top of their list of prospective
he did not surprise with “Solid
grades, As and Bs, in the calculus,
one visit with the Mines Admissions
chemistry, and physics sequences.
Office/Staff at least once a semester.
A strong grade point average with
This will allow a prospective transfer
a significant ‘depth’ in the number
student to state her or his desired
of courses completed always grabs
enrollment date, review their current
our attention.” Obviously, the most
progress and grades.” Clearly, the
selective public engineering school
CSM Admissions Office is as eager
in Colorado will have incredibly high
to enroll successful students as the
standards in concern to grades in the
students are to be accepted. Academic
field. Goetz went on to describe how
counselors at CSM are more prepared
grades are not the only important
than anyone to guide a student toward
aspect to an aspiring student.
what they need to gain acceptance
CSM is the most selective public school in Colorado, offering about 12,000 applicants only 875 freshman appointments a year. Nonetheless, a well-prepared student has nothing to fear when facing the CSM admissions board. Bruce Goetz, Director of Admissions at CSM, offered some advice to prospective students. When asked about the most important facet of an excellent application,
to the school, by providing course recommendations and transfer requirements, as well as get the application process started without last-minute problems. Goetz provided a considerable amount of advice to FRCC students hoping to transfer to CSM. He also described one of the greatest problems he has seen in applications; “...students who are ‘off-course’ with respect to the courses outlined in the CSM/FRCC Transfer Agreement. There is each year a number of students who seem to not adhere to the well-defined course sequence established in the Transfer Agreement.” He refers to a group of courses outlined by FRCC and CSM to guide students toward the courses that will not only transfer, but also improve their chances of getting accepted. As one of the most selective public schools in the country, and the most selective in Colorado, CSM presents itself as a daunting demon that the average student has no hope of defeating. Despite the limited number of students they accept, the advice provided by Bruce Goetz and the Advising Offices at CSM and FRCC gives students the tools they need to build a powerful application and hopefully, receive an acceptance letter.
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National Coming Out Day Written by Carlos Escamilla
On October 11, 1987, thousands of people marched in Washington, D.C., for lesbian and gay rights. The march of an estimated 500,000 included actress Whoopi Goldberg, Reverend Jesse Jackson (who was a presidential candidate at the time), and Latino civil rights leader César Chávez. That same year, Rob Eichberg and Jean O’Leary came up with the idea that would create a national day to celebrate coming out of the closet and they chose the anniversary of the October 11th march. In honor of the first National Coming Out Day, artist Keith Haring donated the official image of a person dancing out of a closet. In the 25 years since the first celebration, the day has gone international, being observed in countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. Gay and Lesbian history in America provides context for the creation of a National Coming Out Day. For example, on April 27, 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450, which declared homosexuals a national security threat and demanded that all gays and lesbians be fired from government jobs. (abcnews.com) The resulting witch-hunt for whom Republican Senator Kenneth Wherry called “moral perverts in government,” created an environment of fear and oppression in the workplace, both publicly and privately. President Clinton rescinded the policy in 1995, but there are still 29 states that allow employers to fire individuals based on sexual orientation and 33 states that allow termination based on gender identity.
In the 1950s and 1960s, gays and lesbians generally chose to hide and blend in as a way of protecting themselves from being “outed” (forcefully exposed). If someone was outed during this time, he or she would likely be fired, be ostracized from the community, and lose family support. Police would raid bars that gays and lesbians frequented, arresting people and publishing the names of detainees in the morning papers. But a raid at the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, resulted in a spontaneous six-day riot that ignited a national community of activists. Those activists came out of the closet, marched, and got political. In 1974, the first openly gay public official was elected: Kathy Kozachenko, to the Ann Arbor, MI, city council. Kozachenko paved the way for politicians like Harvey Milk, Elaine Noble, Barney Frank, Jared Polis, and Tammy Baldwin. (abcnews.com) Today, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community is much more visible, with openly gay senators and representatives, and millions of rights advocates. Many rights have been granted to GLBT individuals across the globe, but this year’s National Coming Out Day is especially poignant due to the strife that the Russian GLBT community is facing. On June 30, 2013, Russia passed a law banning the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors,” which is trying to closet gays and lesbians and has led to a dramatic rise in hate crimes against anyone still brave enough to be out. The significance of National Coming Out Day is difficult to measure. The coming out process is incredibly personal, but the day isn’t just about coming out. It has become a way to promote awareness of GLBT rights, and show thanks for the straight allies who have shown support. For more information on National Coming Out Day and more GLBT issues, you can visit www.hrc.org. Also, check out the vendor counter in the Student Life hallway on October 8th to get some Pride gear from Dragon Wave Designs.
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A new Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club is in the works! Please join us on Thursday, October 10th, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room C0804 for a meet and greet session
Upcoming Events: October 2013 Written by Cindy Torres • The National Society of Leadership and Success welcomes Kevin Bracy, who will be giving a speaker broadcast Wednesday, October 9, from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM in the Rocky Mountain room. Bracy has spoken to over 600,000 students at approximately 900 schools and has been voted number one youth speaker for six consecutive years. • The National Society of Leadership and Success will also be hosting two other speaker broadcasts on Tuesday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 23. Both events will be hosted by multi-Grammy Award winning hip hop artist, actor, and author, Common. • Student Life and the Altitude Leadership program will have a workshop open Tuesday, October 22 in the Snowy Peaks room (S0112) from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. These workshops are open to all students and will provide leadership development on a variety of topics such as leadership styles, ethical decision making, and applying leadership skills to resumes, interviewing, etc.
The Developer: A Spotlight on Director of Student Life Amy Rosdil Continued from Front Page construction project. Some very exciting renovations are in the works for Student Life and the club space. In her six years as Director of Student Life, Amy has done an amazing job of growing the department and cultivating an atmosphere of leadership. In addition to the Coordinator of Student Activities position (which should be filled again soon) and the Conference Services Coordinator, Heather Garner, the spring 2013 semester saw the addition of the Coordinator of Clubs & Leadership Dan Balski. A fifth position will be added by the spring 2014 semester. While Rosdil is very proud of her staff and the student employees that she gets to interact with everyday, her department tends to be just as proud of her. Balski shared, “It’s been great getting to know and work with Amy
over the past three years at FRCC, with the last eight months having her as my supervisor. She’s incredibly supportive of her employees and enthusiastic for all of Student Life. I’m looking forward to getting to know her more as a supervisor as we move through the fall semester!” Despite never having a favorite superhero growing up (or getting her teeth whitened), Rosdil continually looks to achieve heroic standards for those around her. She has an uncanny ability to see the best inside of everyone and find the leader hidden in every student. When asked for words of advice for students at FRCC, Rosdil said, “My best advice is to challenge yourself, push yourself, and believe you have potential to be who you want to be. YOU can positively impact your own life, and the lives of those around you – each in your own individual way.”
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The Burning Question
Written by Carlos Escamilla In November 2010, the FRCC with the Act, our campus does, but does not have to, have designated Westminster campus Student smoking areas on the grounds and has Government Association conducted a signs posted in areas where smoking is survey that measured various opinions not permitted. As of this publication, about smoking on campus. The survey there is no smoking near the entrance was taken by about 53 percent of the to the Welcome Center or Entrance student population and close to 2B (near the Rotunda). Have the signs 28 percent of respondents reported deterred smoking near the entrances? that they smoked, with 12.5 percent Has state law deterred smoking right saying they smoked every day. If in front of a door? The answer to both, these numbers are accurate and are sadly, is no. representative of the entire FRCC Westminster population, over 600 Without written statements students on campus smoked and regarding smoking in the Student 285 smoked everyday. The statistics Code of Conduct, it’s not entirely seem staggering because they are. A surprising that students (and nonstudy released by the US Department students) have taken to ignoring of Health and Human Services in signs and dismissing any knowledge 2009 showed an 18 percent smoking of the seven-year Act. What would prevalence among college students. the Code of Conduct say if it With this information in mind, I included policy regarding smoking? believe it’s time for Probably something an intelligent and along the lines of “I would like to begin the Front Range rational discussion about smoking on Community College by dispelling any campus. Organizational I would like to prolepsis that I am for Guidelines issued in 1996 (and reissued begin by dispelling any prolepsis that or against any policy in 1998) that carries a $10 fine for people I am for or against change regarding smoking outside any policy change of designated areas regarding smoking. smoking.” and refers repeat As an ex-smoker, I offenders to the Dean can understand the of Student Services. feeling of always The school would have legal authority having to defend your choices and I to enforce such rules but it hasn’t; didn’t follow proper smoking etiquette administration seems much more keen all of the time. That being said, there on promoting various quit-smoking needs to be a change in the smoking programs rather than resorting to culture at the Westminster campus. punitive measures. Over the summer semester and into If you are an of-age smoker, the fall semester, I’ve observed rather smoke. It’s your life and you make shocking behavior from quite a few decisions for yourself. I know that smokers on campus: smoking right when I was a smoker, it was easier next to entrances. Admittedly, much to create bonds with fellow smokers of this behavior was witnessed during since we’d all be outside during bad weather so it’s almost excusable. breaks or after class. I was also able At least it would be excusable if it to deal with stress instantly without weren’t breaking state law. In 2006, having to confront why I was stressed. Colorado adopted the Colorado Clean However, I maintained a willful Indoor Air Act, which prohibits ignorance of how bad smoking is smoking within 15 feet of any public for the body and the mind. I’m not entry. Violations of the Act can result going to go into details about why in a two hundred dollar fine for the smoking is bad, I’m not a doctor or first offense made within a calendar psychologist, but I will say that there year, a three hundred dollar fine for are better ways to be social and to the second offense, and a five hundred deal with stress. There are plenty of dollar fine for each additional offense resources at the school to aid in the made in the same year. In accordance
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cessation process; all you have to do is ask. There is also a plethora of resources specific to Colorado: • Tri-County Health Department: http://www.tchd.org/pdfs/cessation_ resources.pdf • Colorado Quitline: https://colorado. quitlogix.org/ • Colorado Quit Mobile: http:// coquitmobile.org/ • University of Colorado Hospital: http://www.uch.edu/conditions/ respiratory-condidtions/smoking/ According to the University of Colorado Hospital, only four percent of smokers can quit smoking without assistance so I highly recommend seeking support if you’re considering cessation. Before any angry ebullitions are directed my way, take into consideration the learning institution you’re attending: Community college. To me, the term community in its simplest form means “union of fellowship.” I believe that every time we sign up for a class on campus, we take into our hands the responsibility to ensure the general well being of our peers. I don’t think any of us would go out of our way to harm anyone on campus. Unfortunately by smoking right at an entrance, the well being of fellow students is put at risk. Maybe author Wendell Berry put it best: “I believe that the community - in the fullest sense: a place and all its creatures - is the smallest unit of health and that to speak of the health of an isolated individual is a contradiction in terms.”
Brazil – While protesting against recent allegations of Americans spying on Brazilian politicians, hackers in the South American nation confused NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, with NSA, the National Security Agency. NASA’s main website was temporarily shut down (instead of that of the NSA, as was intended). Georgia – Amy Parks, an education researcher, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the positive effects of unstructured play on children’s ability to learn math. Mexico – Twin storms, Ingrid and Manuel, ravaged villages all across the country, leaving as many as 200 dead, with many saying this is the worst flooding seen in decades. Sweden – It has been revealed that police in the South of Sweden have been keeping a database of ethnic Roma people, violating several EU laws. Iran – The Iranian government has recently begun releasing large numbers of political prisoners.
The FRCC Westminster Art Club is a student-based support group for aspiring artists and art-lovers. We will be meeting every odd-dated Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the club room (S0117) Please check the Facebook page for updates
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Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship in Honor of Late Student Written by Cindy Torres Amber Hilmas was more than just another student at Front Range Community College. She was a member of Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa, and a former colleague and friend of many employees at Front Range. In late September 2012, Hilmas passed away, but her legacy continues to live on.
estimated that there are currently enough funds to have at least three more for the upcoming school year. Students of the Westminster and Brighton campuses are eligible to apply as long as they meet a minimum 3.5 GPA, and have completed at least 30 credit hours towards their program or degree.
Thus, the scholarship known as the Alpha Mu Psi-Amber Hilmas Completion Scholarship, sponsored by the Westminster Chapter (Alpha Mu Psi) of Phi Theta Kappa began. Following the passing of Hilmas, the Alpha Mu Psi renamed their scholarship in her honor. According to Susan McGrath, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor, “the goal of the scholarship is to help students who are close to completing their degree, but are faced with financial hardships that force them to choose between either completing their degree or paying for medication, housing, care of children or other family members, or even groceries.”
Students are selected based on their application and essay, which according to Ryan McCoy, assistant director of the Foundation, include questions such as: Why should
To complete the funds necessary for this scholarships, money is raised primarily through textbook drives. There is a drop box on campus that allows for students to drop off textbooks that are used, unable to be sold back, or simply wish to be donated. Once the textbooks are
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collected, they are resold on Half.com, an eBay subsidiary that sells books, music, movies, and video games at discounted prices. The funds raised from Half. com all go to the Foundation for the completion scholarship. McGrath notes that, “All funds raised go directly to the Foundation for the completion scholarship. Books that PTK is unable to sell are given back to FRCC students in free book fairs at the start of each semester. Any leftover books (very few) are then donated to charities, including those that ship textbooks overseas.” Phi Theta Kappa has thus far funded two scholarships for the 20132014 school year. Each scholarship has been worth $1,000, and it has been
Student Government Association Back in Action Student Government Association (SGA) president, Joseph Hinojosa would like students to know that, “SGA members are here to represent students on important campus issues… We’re here to represent the student body, so don’t hesitate to contact us or leave a message in the suggestion box near our office with any concerns or suggestions.” The SGA office is located in the student life hallway in room S0109. Their office hours
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the Foundation invest in you? What are your academic and professional goals? After achieving your academic goals, how will you give back to your community? The essay must be two pages long, single-spaced, and the application process begins in early December through March 1. For more information on this scholarship, students are encouraged to contact Jeanette Smith, president of the Alpha Mu Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.
are posted on their door. You can call them at 303-404-5530 or email them at sga@frontrange. edu. For more information visit the SGA Facebook page – search for FRCC Student Government at Westminster. SGA Members for the Fall 2013 Semester include: President Joseph Hinojosa, Vice President Andrea Taylor, and Representatives Shanna Farley and Robert Mark.
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