Volume 26, Issue 7
Tuesday December 3, 2013
Spotlight On the Real Ryan McCoy Written by Carlos Escamilla C. S. Lewis once wrote, “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” Communication faculty, Foundation Assistant Director, and Adams County Board of Education member Ryan McCoy understands the metaphor. He has made education his life’s passion and is living it everyday.
probably have to be Superman. When you do all the comparisons, I don’t think that anyone could beat him. I know those people who are like, ‘Well Batman, this and that.’ Superman’s alien, he’s not even human!” The kind of logic applied to the answer is hardly surprising considering McCoy’s work ethic and aspirations.
Mr. McCoy grew up in Westminster; a product of District 50, he graduated from Westminster High School and his son will graduate from Westminster High School. His father graduated from Ranum and his mother from North High School. His roots are deep in the North Denver area, with most of his family residing in the Westminster area or the Highlands. As McCoy shares: “We’re a very large family here in, what some people call North Denver… that’s where my family comes from.”
His journey to Front Range is fascinating and says a lot about who McCoy is. He elucidates: “In college, when I was earning my Master’s degree, I was teaching there for about two years and during that time (I always knew I wanted to be in education) I took a brief step outside into the private sector. I didn’t really like the mission behind the private sector where they were all about the dollar. Now, not every organization is that way but this one was very much about that, so when the opportunity came and a position opened up in Front Range, I applied for it. I was offered the
When asked who his favorite superhero is, McCoy reveals: “It’d
position and took it, and that was in outreach and recruitment. I always thought I would want to go back to the university, but after also teaching classes at Front Range and interacting with its students, their view of their education is completely different than that of a student who starts out at the university. I think a lot of that has to do with most of the students who are attending a community college are paying out of pocket; it’s their loans that they’ve taking out so that they can go to school. That creates a different kind of student in the classroom; one that’s invested, one that’s interested, and one that collaborates more within the overall conversations. That’s what has made me ‘married’, if you will, to the community college system.” Mr. McCoy also elaborates on his role as an educator at FRCC: “I teach Intercultural Communication and Public Speaking. I love teaching
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those classes. This is the first time, I believe, in ten years that I’m not teaching a course. That’s because I thought I’d be running a full-fledged campaign for School Board, which I ran uncontested so…. I could have taught a class. I can definitely say that I miss it. I’ve always taught a Tuesday night Interpersonal class and there are some Tuesday nights
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New Dean of Student Services Announcement Written by Carlos Escamilla The Front Range Community College Westminster campus will soon welcome the new Dean of Student Services: Aaron Prestwich. Mr. Prestwich is coming to us from Chadron State College (CSC) in Nebraska, where he was the Senior Director of Student Affairs for CSC’s Student Life. He received his M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, where he also earned his B.S. in Exercise Science. He began his
career at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO, so he has gained experience at both two-year and four-year colleges. According to FRCC Westminster campus Vice President Therese Brown, “Aaron has taught psychology and academic achievement courses while in his leadership role in student affairs. This dual role has helped him to understand the whole student, inside and outside of the classroom.”
While at CSC, Brown shares, Prestwich “has been a change leader, identifying issues, proposing solutions and engaging varying constituents to find the right solution that is best for students.” One example of the myriad success initiatives that Prestwich led is the CSC “Back on Track” (BOT) program, which is an academic success program aimed to get students on academic probation back on the track to success.
Another was creating an online resource site that aids faculty and staff in dealing with difficult students and students with mental health issues. It is connected to the CSC Behavior Intervention Team and can be explored at: http://www.csc.edu/bit/ resources/index.csc. FRCC will be welcoming Mr. Prestwich on Monday, December 16.
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Just a Thought...Rise Above Written by Amy Rosdil, Director of Student Life We all face challenge and adversity. Not one person goes through life without a struggle of some kind. What you do with the challenge though, is what shapes who you are - and how you impact your world. Yes, the road may be bumpy. Pain creeps in, setbacks occur, disappointment abounds. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is cry, complain, and feel like giving up. But you weren’t born to feel this way. You were created to enjoy being happy, to laugh, to love. So here’s the alternative: decide to rise above. See the possibilities, fight through the storms: be who you were meant to be. Do not let any hardship in your life be your defeat.
When I was growing up, we didn’t have much money. My dad would get an advance on his pay or cash advance on the credit card to have enough money to buy the food we couldn’t get from the local church food pantry. We didn’t care. We were healthy, and were happy to have each other and people around who were willing to help us. When my older brother began showing strong signs of schizophrenic behavior, we didn’t know what to do. But we were lucky enough to receive medical assistance to diagnose him before he hurt himself severely or others. We were thankful. When my younger brother lay in a drug addicted haze, almost no life
left in him to breathe, we intervened. It was hard. There were endless tears, fears, question and doubt. But he survived. He recovered. He did more than quit; he took the challenge to become who deep down he knew he could be.
to be the only one in my family with a Master’s degree. I am proud. I rose above. I have worked to become the person I knew I could be. And now my life’s work is to help others do the same. This is where I live, where I thrive.
When I wanted to be the first in my family to attend college, there was no money to pay for it. But through hard work, loans, financial aid and gifts, I was able to earn a bachelor’s degree. I was thrilled. And when I also wanted to be the first in my family to earn a Master’s degree, I was on my own. The job I earned in Higher Education today continues to help me pay back the debt I incurred
Are you seeing a pattern? How often are we given opportunity to give up, be discouraged, or allow ourselves to be convinced we aren’t meant for great things? It can happen to all of us. But that is only one side of the coin. The question is, are you going to be one who lets it defeat you, or will you rise above? My challenge to you: be who you were meant to be…in all its awesomeness.
Colorado Congratulations, Society Inductees! Flood Relief Fundraiser Written by Rachel Padro
Congratulations to the hardworking students who earned induction into the Society of Leadership and Success this semester! A ceremony was held for these students on November 16, 2013.
keeping one another accountable.
Chapter President Timothy Warwick shares that students are saying their steps to induction were worth it. “I keep hearing that students are really grateful for the Success Networking Teams!” Society Success Networking Teams (SNT) are an important step to induction, where students gather with groups of likeminded people three times throughout the semester, setting and keeping track of goals while
FRCC student Matthew Yang’s SNT goals included learning new study habits and skills from his team and trying them out. He gladly stumbled upon Quizlet, a helpful study website, due to the feedback of his peers. FRCC student Kim Armstrong’s goals included buying the equipment and learning the basic code for the app she wishes to develop, and she was excited to share with the team her very first basic app. FRCC student Yoshiko Polatsek’s goal was to explore whether a career of alternative healing was right for her—and ultimately she came to the conclusion that it was instead a fulfilling hobby. These three students and the rest of their networking team
greatly enjoyed this opportunity to take action steps towards their purpose.
The Society Induction elaborated on Success Teams, and the rest of what the Society does, including the Society’s ultimate goal: to build leaders who build a better world.
As Warwick said, “Induction is only the beginning for our members. Having an induction status allows our members to have access to advanced level scholarships and grants through the Society, and they now have a certificate that reflects their hard work and dedication to creating a better world.”
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From Kelli Cole, English and Communication Faculty A special thanks to everyone who supported the Colorado flood relief fundraiser on Wednesday, November 20th. We were able to raise $100.00 for the Red Cross to help support individuals in our own community who were impacted by the flood. I would like to thank the following students who were integral to the success of this fundraiser: Allie Forman, member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Rae Gandy with Active Minds, and Shanna Farley with the Student Government Association. We will be collecting spare change through the end of the semester, and all proceeds will go to the Red Cross for Colorado flood relief efforts. A change collection jar is set-up in Student Life. Please donate your spare change to make a change. Thank you!
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Spotlight On the Real Ryan McCoy Contnued from Front Page where I’m like, ‘Oh, I have to go teach a class!’ It’s just that I want to be around the students, because you miss that interaction. I think most faculty members would attest to this: we gain so much from the students that we just hope that they’re getting the same from us. Our conversations are just so rich and I love it. The reason I like the communication field is, when you look at the workforce, whether you have people entering from high school or college, employers are asking for people who can communicate effectively, but also on an interpersonal level. Those are in the top five needs that they’re asking for and we only start teaching the theory and that information in Higher Ed; we’re not necessarily doing it below so it’s interesting that that’s what employers are asking for, yet education could be more deliberate with it in grade schools.” As mentioned earlier, Mr. McCoy is now on the Adams County School Board for District 50. He explains the process that led to his position: “Typically District 50 has a number of people running for the seats. [This time] we had two openings and only two people ran so knowing that we didn’t have to campaign (we could have sent out some marketing pieces to let people know who we were) we knew it was a good time not to ask people for money to help political fundraising or anything along those lines. We could take the time to start attending meetings, gathering information in regards to the school districts so that we’re more prepared when we get sworn in.” The swearing in ceremony was on November 19, so Mr. McCoy is officially a Board of Education member. “I think we’re coming in at a good time. The reason is because Joe Davidek (the other person who ran and was sworn in) and I, as well as the past and current Board members, would argue that we have a lot of momentum going right now so it’s about getting champions behind that to continue the momentum. The schools are progressing forward within District 50; for the longest time there were schools that weren’t performing well and a lot of that had to do with lack of consistency of leadership but a lot of that’s changing
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now so it’s exciting to be there, we’ve hit that part of success and now it’s about lifting it up even further. I’m excited to be a part of that.” It’s important to note that there are some professors and professionals that put a lot of effort into perfecting personal credo’s and philosophies, while others are inspired by wisdom of their elders. Mr. McCoy does not disappoint with his: “So I truly live by this, some people laugh at me but it’s always in my mind. There are a number of ways you can look at this quote and everyone can take it differently but my grandpa, who we would call ‘Pops’, always says, ‘No person is completely worthless, I can always serve as a horrible example.’ And I love that! It’s always in my mind because I see it as a realm of the opportunity to take chances and if you fail, within that failure there’s opportunity to succeed. That’s how you have to look at everything because, as humans, we’re not perfect creatures at all but not to take the risk sometimes is the biggest failure or not to take advantage of the opportunity. That’s why I always live by that quote. People laugh and they think it’s hilarious but there’s some truth to it and what that means. If you ever didn’t like someone, at least you know what not to be like now; that’s kind of how I’ve always taken it. Pretty simple.” McCoy is an incredibly personable person, he is a Communication faculty after all, so it’s amazing to find out that there’s something his students likely don’t know about him. After a long pause to consider what it might be, he shares: “Actually this is what I used to do whenever I had to fill out the question, ‘Tell us something people don’t know about you,’ for every organization I’d volunteer for. I’d write, ‘People tell me I look nothing like Brad Pitt.’ I love that one! But in reality, in every aspect of my life, I try to be very familyoriented. I want my coworkers to feel like they’re a part of a family and I want my students to feel like the classroom’s family-oriented. I think success happens when you have, not just ownership because accountability is handled within the grades and
everything along those lines, but when there’s compassion there. With everything I approach, I think, ‘How can we make this more like a family?’ I’ve found that to be effective, both in my leadership styles as well as in the times I need to follow. When you have that connection, you tend to do more, earn more and are productive with it, because you want to, not because you have to.” The sense of family proves the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. His family is very large because they adopt families into their family. They believe that “if you’re good people, you’re a part of [the McCoy] family.” Mr. McCoy’s words of advice for FRCC students are: “You create your own future. I’m a true believer of that. There’s a lot of people who leave things to chance, fate, whatever you want to call it, but at the end of the day, you create your future and what it’s going to look like. You’re responsible for that and you should be aware of that, meaning you need to take advantage of opportunities when they come in front of you. You need not to say, ‘No,’ to every challenge, just because it’s going to be time consuming. Is it going to be worth your time and are you going to gain something from it? You’re in charge of your own future.” The advice begged for more information about the path that led McCoy to pursue the School Board seat. “I’ve always been political. It’s always been in my blood, almost too much to some extent every now and then. Education is my passion and, even in the far future, when I run for state legislation or to be a Congressperson, education will be the thing in the front my mind. Education is the thing that builds a stronger community, a richer community. So with that, I’ve had a mentor that mentioned to me, ‘Ryan, if you don’t have any business in politics than you don’t have any business at all.’ That resonates with me and always has, so I make sure that I’m engaged as an active citizen especially being that we live in a democracy. We’re supposed to, we’re supposed to be engaged. It’s not just, ‘Go vote,’ it’s being out there. Politics is a full contact sport and you have to participate in it.”
Upcoming Events Written by Carlos Escamilla Wednesday, December 4 – Colorado Hebrew Chorale presents the Festival of Lights at the McNichols Building at Civic Center Park. The festival begins at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and has reservations available. For more information, visit http://www.coloradohebrewchorale. org/festival-of-lights/ Thursday, December 5, and Friday, December 6 – The 9News Parade of Lights once again comes to Downtown Denver. Friday’s parade will start at 8 p.m. and Saturday’s will start at 6 p.m. For more information, visit http://denverparadeoflights.com/ Thursday, December 5 through Sunday, December 8 – The BolderLife Festival will be held at the SIE Film Center in Denver. This series of events brings together extraordinary stories and innovation through the arts and education. Ticket information is available at http:// www.bolderlifefestival.com/ Friday, December 13 through Sunday, January 12 – The Butterfly Pavilion will begin its Living Lights extravaganza on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For ticket information, visit http://www.butterflies.org/visit/livinglights
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Transfer School: Colorado Mesa University
December 3, 2013
Written by Charlie Groen intimate class setting, the school also
As one of the largest majors at FRCC
including government grants generally
school to transfer to after FRCC,
offers its courses at a rate lower than
being Nursing, CMU’s focus on the
covers most of tuition and fees. CMU
students have a huge number of
many other schools, as a full-time
field could be of great appeal to many
also offers a generous financial aid
choices. At the top of that list, locally,
student can complete the semester for
students with a nursing career in mind.
program, awarding 75% of its students
is Colorado Mesa University (CMU)
less than $3,000.
CMU also maintains a large program
a total of over $72 million dollars
for the Arts. Of its 63 undergraduate
in support. With the school being
programs, many of CMU’s majors
relatively cheap in terms of tuition, a
are in the Visual, Dance, Music, and
money-wise FRCC student looking to
Culinary Arts. A student interested in
transfer to CMU could easily complete
a career in any of these fields would
school with minimal student debt.
When it comes to choosing a
located in Grand Junction. CMU is a relatively little known school, and is unique in terms of class sizes with the average teacher-student ratio sitting at about 1:24, similar to that of FRCC. Any student who is familiar with the stresses of large classrooms knows what a difference it can make in a college experience, as well as success in terms of grades. Even with such an
Outside of statistics, the school offers majors and concentrations that would appeal to many of FRCC’s students. CMU’s profile on colleges.usnews.com, describes its most popular majors as “Business/ Commerce, Registered Nursing, Kinesiology and Exercise Science,
benefit from CMU’s intimate settings and serene environment. Another concern for many FRCC
In general, a student deciding on schools will focus primarily on their major, the cost, and the location.
Mass Communication/Media Studies,
students is how they will manage to
However, CMU also boasts a wide
and Biology/Biological Sciences.”
pay for school. At FRCC, financial aid
range of student activities to fill the gaps between classes. With more than 90 student clubs and organizations and over 300 arbitrarily defined days of sunshine a year, any FRCC student would be content with the CMU community. The school offers dormstyle housing for those interested in living on campus, and “North Avenue, Walnut Ridge, and Orchard Avenue apartments offer the convenience of both on- and off-campus life,” according to their website. Students interested in transferring to CMU can contact Transfer Admissions Counselors through their website, ColoradoMesa.edu. CMU also regularly attends college visit days at FRCC, during which a student can speak directly to a counselor concerning their goals and whether CMU is a good fit for them.
Are you planning to take a below-100 level math, reading, or English class spring semester? If so, please contact April Lewandowski (April. Lewandowski@frontrange.edu) in the English and Communication department or an advisor because there have been changes to these courses!
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Connecting Students with Jesus— Spotlight on Cru Written by Rachel Padro Cru is one of many new clubs at Front Range Community College, hoping to make an impact by reaching out to students and connecting them with Jesus Christ. When asked how Cru was founded, club president David Morgan said, “When I decided to come to Front Range Community College, I started looking for a Christian organization that I could get behind and support. However, I noticed that there really weren’t any active Christian clubs on campus. That’s when I decided to start trying to get a club started here.” Morgan’s vision for Cru is twofold. “First, that those who follow Jesus on this campus would unite to show God’s love and truth to each
other and to everyone on this campus. Secondly, our vision is that those who don’t follow Jesus would come to know the reality of God and His love, and turn to follow Jesus and find their life in Him. True life is not found in money, comforts, etc. True life is only found in Jesus and I pray that Cru would be a place where that abundant life of Jesus would be found and cultivated.” If Morgan could tell the Front Range Community College student body anything about Cru, he would tell them, “The peculiar thing about Cru is that it really isn’t about Cru. We’re all about Jesus—believing in Him, following Him, rejoicing in Him, trusting Him, and finding our
life in Him. God, in His extraordinary love, has made a way for messed-up people to truly know Him through Jesus Christ and find new life. That’s what we’re about.” Ultimately, the message that Morgan would like to leave FRCC students with as they navigate the difficulties of college life is, “God exists and longs that you would know Him. Hebrews 11:6 says that “whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” There is something more, and we urge that you do not stop seeking until you find true, fulfilling, and joyful life. And our testimony is that this life is only found in Jesus. Believe God, and find life!”
Some FRCC students have asked about the prayer boxes that used to be around campus. The hope is that Cru will also put out new prayer boxes by next semester so that students can continue to share their prayer requests as well as praises. Cru meets for Bible study on Wednesdays at 12:30 PM in the Club Room (S0117), but students often come early to connect with and encourage one another. The last week of the semester, Cru plans to host a table in the hallway and cheer students on through their finals with food, encouraging verse cards, and free Bibles. Stop by and say hello!
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Spotlight on Department: Psychology
Written by Cindy Torres Unlike subjects such as math, English, or history that often only appeal to certain groups of people, psychology is a subject that can offer something for everyone. Just ask Jessica Mahoney, she’s been a faculty member of the Psychology department at Front Range for six years and counting. From her insight, “The thing that I love about psychology is that it’s very applicable on a day to day basis. Not to say that others are not, but it’s very applicable in terms of (for example) how your brain functions, and where you are in your development phases. You don’t have to think too far outside of yourself to make psychology pertinent to life.” For a student new to psychology and taking Psychology 101, they can expect to learn about the human brain, neurons, sensations within the brain, perception, memory, learning, motivation and emotion. If taking Psychology 102, students can expect to learn about brain disorders, therapy methods, decision making processes, and even some social psychology. Within each course, Mahoney shares that what students define as their favorite topics vary from student to student. While some students favor the diagnosis piece of psychology, “Science focused students tend to
enjoy the labs more.” Instead of looking at static pictures, students get to explore for themselves and are given the opportunity to dissect sheep brains. Whatever the case, Mahoney says, “That’s the good thing about these general courses, there are a lot of different topics. If, for example, you don’t like the brain, we’ll talk about memory. If you don’t like memory, we’ll talk about motivation and emotion.” If neither of these topics interest students, other courses offered include human growth and development, child development, and human sexuality (disclaimer: this course does not cover how to make someone fall in love with you.) Thus far, Mahoney has received mostly positive feedback of the psychology courses offered. She encourages students who are hesitant to take a psychology course to “just try it” because it is often a course that is underestimated. “Sometimes people have a misconception of what psychology is until they start taking psychology classes, then they realize that it is more broad than what people initially think of it as.” Mahoney is one of three psychology professors at the Front Range department, and encourages that any interested students with
Written by Rachel Padro England— 160 sheep were stolen from a village by the name of Wool. Illinois— An alligator appeared at the O’Hare Airport. It was spotted beneath an escalator at Baggage Claim 3. The gator was captured with a trash can, and eventually taken by the Chicago Herpetological Society. Photo by Cindy Torres
questions about psychology to not hesitate to contact her, Laura Sherrick, or Holly Chandler with any questions in regards to the classes, subject, and courses offered. Of the courses currently offered at the Westminster campus, professors of the psychology department try to ensure that these courses will transfer over smoothly to other universities to best accommodate students. Currently, all psychology courses offered at the Westminster campus are Guaranteed Transfers within the state of Colorado. For more information please contact Laura.Sherrick@frontrange.edu, Jessica.Mahoney@frontrange.edu, or Holly.ChandlerTracy@frontrange.edu.
Peruvian Guitar Player Offers Incredible Concert Written by Charlie Groen On November 9th, at the FRCC Visual Arts Gallery, Peruvian guitar player Alfredo Muro offered attendees the opportunity to hear classical and contemporary guitar music from Latin America and Spain. Muro has played guitar for over 35 years, for guests around the world including Pope John Paul II. With special guests Felicity Muench and Dr. Kevin Garry, Muro played 12 songs displaying
their incredible skill and exciting involvement with the music. Roughly 75 people attended the concert in its very intimate setting, leaving standing room only at the time the show started. Over the course of the evening, Muro described the music he played and the artists who wrote it with a radiating smile and a passion for his work that was infectious to the audience and made clear his deep
love for music. The trio’s experience together was apparent, as they laughed and smiled together like old friends while they played their songs. Muench, Garry, and Muro play together regularly, and any student with an interest in music should make it a priority to see at least one of these small concerts.
North Dakota—A white supremacist, who wishes to turn a town in North Dakota into a community for neo-Nazis and white supremacists, learned during a television interview that he is fourteen percent black. His only response in the moment was, “Oil and water don’t mix!” The ironic and hilarious video is causing quite a stir. Singapore—A man named Batman bin Suparman has been jailed in Singapore. England— A man died after accidentally drinking $54,000 worth of Liquid Meth that ‘looked like a fruit drink.’ Reportedly, his daughter received this bottle three years ago in a suspicious package. And he drank it. Florida— A High School in Florida has gone for years by the name of Nathan B. Forrest— in honor of the first ‘Grand Wizard’ of the Ku Klux Klan. The school board has finally moved to change this name.
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