Volume 27, Issue 2
Tuesday February 18, 2014
Favorite FRCC Instructors! Written by Rachel Padro
Some of FRCC’s favorite instructors; Anjali Vaidya, David Byron Sprague, Debra Martin, Derek Oakes (Gateway), Heidi Strang, Kristin Cowin
Of course, we can hardly mention all of the dedicated and life-changing instructors that FRCC has to offer in this small article, but a handful of FRCC students shared the names of their most-beloved instructors, and here’s the list! Hint: look here to know who to sign up with for your future classes. FRCC student Brittany Spruit says, “I love Maggie Richards from the Biology department. Her classes were really engaging, and she had a good sense of humor! She would always be ready so smile and laugh.” FRCC student Claudia Ibanez says, “Christina Gaines [Communication] and Heidi Strang [Art], because they’re both crazy! They are just full of spunk and good energy!”
From the Gateway to College Faculty, FRCC student and Gateway Student Felicia Wainscot wished to acknowledge, “Foundation Teacher Derek Oakes. He is very understanding, and helps with a lot of stuff, whether it’s school or in general.” FRCC student and Gateway alumni Angelica Garcia says she loved, “Dr. Jane Toman, because she was great at teaching math and patient and kind in her work.” FRCC student Leslie MacMasters says, “I like political science teacher [David Byron] Sprague!” FRCC student Jessica Pellegrino says, “Stacy Reynolds [Math] is awesome! Very energetic, holds students accountable, fun, but teaches good habits. And Jenn Roark [Sociology] makes you think outside
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of the box, is fun, and has so much personal insight.” FRCC student Danielle Martinez has several people she would like to thank: “To start, I really enjoyed being in Kellie Webber’s class! I had her for Bio 106 and A&P. She was informative and knowledgeable of the content. Plus, she is one of the younger faculty members I have met so connecting with her seemed to be easier. Anjali Vaidya with the science department gets really excited about her subjects and sets high standards for the class. Normally, most students are put off by this, but it intrigued me and pushed me to do better. Lastly, [Melinda] Myrick with the English department. She was always staying after class with students who needed more clarification or just needed to
talk. She also laughed and smiled a lot, and seemed to enjoy being here and working with her students.” FRCC student Ana Ibanez also had numerous instructors to thank: “My favorite instructor would be Heidi Strang from the art history department, because she’s very passionate and loves art and teaching. She really gets you into history.” Other names Ibanez wishes to give shout outs to are, “Kristin Cowin [Psychology], Tino Gomez [English], and Debra Martin [Math].” Every instructor at FRCC is changing the course of students’ futures and lives. Thanks to all of the brilliant people on this list for making the FRCC student body smile, grow, and become.
In This Issue… Conquer College Algebra!. . . . . . . 2
Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Hot Headlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Front Range Parking Lot Gets
Overheard in the Office. . . . . . . . . 7
They Do, and How You Can Help. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Getting Involved! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Mini Makeover. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 An Alternative Twist on Traditional Learning. . . . . . . . . . 4
Construction Progress . . . . . . . . . . 8
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Conquer College Algebra! Written by Rachel Padro “All Westminster campus students who are taking College Algebra (MAT 121) this semester have an amazing opportunity to get support with their math class!” says FRCC Math Faculty Monica Geist. “Students are able to join a structured study group led by a tutor, two hours a week – for free. There are four different groups per week, each led by one of two tutors, Bill Bellis and Dusty Rhodes.” Bellis and Rhodes will keep structure, and be available for assistance. As for the benefits, Geist says, “One of the best ways to learn is by teaching others. In structured study groups, students will be able to explain math to each other with a tutor close at hand to help with any confusion. By explaining math to the others in the group, students will gain a deep understanding of the material.” Assistance and camaraderie are just two of the benefits! “One of the goals of the program is for students to utilize the skill of learning together in study groups for their future classes. Study groups are the most valuable study habit successful college students have.” In addition, College Algebra instructors are offering incentives to students who attend at least eight of these study sessions! See your instructor for details! In order to bring this opportunity to FRCC, Tutor Coordinator Leah Lucarelli applied for funds from the Student Learning Committee, which funds faculty and staff ideas to improve student learning. Lucarelli was inspired by FRCC Math Faculty Pandi Bromley, who uses structured study groups in her class and has had great success. FRCC Math Faculty Debi Martin also played an integral part in moving the project forward. Geist says, “The tutors are so excited about working with College Algebra students!” and each of these tutors shared a bit about themselves:
FRCC Student Bill Bellis has been a student at FRCC for over two years. After taking all of his math classes, he is now in Calculus-based Physics II, and hopes to major in mechanical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Bellis began tutoring two years ago, and he truly enjoys it. He says that he finds it rewarding when the students he tutors come back to
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him and tell him that they are doing great in their math classes. Dusty Rhodes has also been at FRCC for over two years and also plans to transfer to the School of Mines, where he wishes to study electrical/computer engineering. His father,a computer scientist and nuclear engineer who continued teaching and tutoring after retirement,is a huge reason why he does what he does. As a child, Rhodes struggled with math and science and rebelled against his parents with yelling matches, ripping up homework assignments, and failing tests—but his father never gave up on him. In the end, Rhodes followed in his father’s footsteps and is loving math and science, gratified by helping others when he can. He is currently taking Differential Equations and Calculusbased Physics II. Rhodes strongly encourages students to help their fellow students who are struggling with any subject. Rhodes says, “Since my dad never gave up on me, I am now blessed with the opportunity to help others, and for that I’m eternally grateful.”
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Outreach Department—What They Do, and How You Can Help Written by Rachel Padro What is Outreach and Enrollment Services? FRCC Faculty Ashley Maloney explains, “Outreach and Enrollment Services staff members are often the first people a new student interacts with at FRCC, whether it’s on or off campus. We welcome students to our college community and provide guidance throughout the enrollment process and information about FRCC’s great offerings. We strive to create and maintain positive and effective relationships with our students, our college faculty and staff, and our partners in the community so that we can provide accurate information and meaningful connections. The Outreach and Enrollment Services department has three units; the Call Center, the Welcome Center, and Outreach Services.” For anyone looking to know more about FRCC, students can refer them to the Call Center, the college’s main phone line (303-404-5000). This number provides general information, and if they can’t provide the information desired, they refer callers to the proper department. This is also the number to call for Academic Advisor appointments and the Getting Started session. Most FRCC students are familiar
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with the Welcome Center—the circular college entrance comprised of numerous offices. The staff of welcoming faces at the front desk provides the first point of reference for students. They provide information about FRCC, and set up appointments/walk-ins with Academic Advising and Financial aid, on top of providing registration services. Maloney says that they are rather like the Call Center, providing useful information and connecting students with the proper resources. It is their goal to connect FRCC students with the things that they need. Ultimately, the Outreach and Enrollment Services Representatives are meant to promote FRCC at oncampus and off-campus events to school partners in the community. They also help prospective students determine if FRCC is the school for them. They offer tables at college fairs, host presentations at local high schools and agencies, as well as host on-campus tours and information
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Story Correction In the February 4th edition the Spotlight on Faculty story had Jessica Jurgella’s name spelled incorrectly. We apologize for the error.
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Getting Involved! Warwick Shares Opportunities to Have Fun, and Make Friends Written by Rachel Padro Student Coordinator of Leadership Programs Timothy Warwick says, “The clubs/organizations at FRCC are all valued equally. They each bring unique perspective to Front Range, and every club also helps students become more involved with the college and local community. Students can see a full list of clubs by going to the Student Life Office (c0556).” For students looking to get involved this semester, Warwick reminds of the new Altitude student achievement program, where points earned go towards earning recognition, letters of recommendation, and college gear. “You get five points as an officer (club leader) and three points for just being part of a club or organization. You can receive a total of 10 points for being an officer in two clubs and six points for being a member of two other clubs per semester.” To help students in deciding where to get involved, Warwick shares a sample of what some clubs and organizations are hoping to accomplish this semester: The National Society of Leadership and Success will be having their live speaker broadcasts this semester, open to all students, faculty and staff. Warwick says, “The Society is excited
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to host this event with Jim Cramer on February 11, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Rocky Mountain Room. Cramer is the renowned host of CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer and co-host of Squawk on The Street.” He has authored several bestselling books, his latest, Jim Cramer’s Get Rich Carefully, released in January 2014. The broadcast will center upon the theme Get Rich Carefully, in which he will discuss giving students with college debt an equal chance, making money work for the student, understanding the value of the stock market, and discovering low risk vs. high risk investing. See www. facebook.com/FRCC.WC.NSLS and www.societyleadership.org for more information. The Threads Club is joining with Relay for Life to make a difference for cancer patients this semester. They will be putting on a fundraiser April 28th through May 1st, and all of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. They will also have a signup sheet for a FRCC relay team— and together they will run the relay to fight cancer on June 6, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at Holy Family High School. E-mail any questions to frccthreads@gmail. com, or get signed up right away by e-mailing representative Josh Scwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also
keep updated at: www.facebook.com/ Frccthreads. The Astronomy Club will continue hosting their star parties throughout the semester. Check Facebook to find the most up-do-date schedule. They can be found under FRCC Astronomy Club at Westminster. And finally, the Future Interpreters of Colorado will be hosting a Silent Weekend March 7th-8th. Required for first year interpreter students, the two day Silent Weekend is an immersion program meant to introduce students to the deaf culture. Warwick shares that another opportunity to get involved in community service this semester would be to check out Reading Partners, an organization covered in the last edition of the Front Page. Volunteer to help disadvantaged students improve their reading, and become a child’s hero. Visit http:// info.readingpartners.org/volunteer-incolorado for details. For more information about any of the clubs or organizations, please contact Tim at timothy.warwick@ frontrange.edu. Make this semester a great one by getting out there, enjoying new experiences, and making new friends.
Upcoming Events Written by Kathy Bellis Leadership Retreat: Be sure to apply for the Altitude Leadership Retreat! Application is due by Thursday, February 27, 2014, by noon. Application can be found at www.frontrange.edu/altitude. The retreat will start at 1:00 p.m. on March 15th and end at 2:00 p.m. on March 16th. FRCC Talent Show: Be sure to catch the FRCC Talent show on February 21st! See Student Life for more information. Free Tax-Return Help at FRCC: Trained FRCC accounting students from the Westminster Campus will help with tax returns free of charge for eligible individuals and families. Available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Saturday from January 25th to April 12th at Entrance 7 on level B. Just walk-in, no appointment needed. Perfect Putting: The Legacy Ridge Golf Course will be giving a free putting workshop at the College Hill Library at 2:00 p.m. on February 23, 2014. Participants must call 303658-2603 to preregister. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: From February 24th to March 2nd, the College Hill Library will be celebrating the birth of Dr. Seuss. For the entire week all ages are invited to participate in free Dr. Seuss giveaways, fun activity sheets, and a drawing for free books!
Front Range Parking Lot Gets Mini Makeover Written by Cindy Torres Amongst other changes, the Front Range parking lot has some new features students may or may not have noticed this semester. Of the changes, includes the new traffic light, located on the east end of campus (near the day care center) on W. 112th Ave. According to Roger Sheff, the light
has been added for additional safety in hopes of deterring future accidents. “In the past, within the first couple days of school we’ve had accidents on 112th. This semester, with the new light there we haven’t had any accidents so far.” Other changes to the campus
parking lot include the added parking spaces on the back west end of campus. The new parking lot, open since the last day of the fall semester, has allowed for up to 100 new parking spaces for Front Range Community College use.. Anyone with questions about the new parking spaces or traffic
light are encouraged to contact Roger Sheff (email@example.com) or Therese Brown (therese.brown@ frontrange.edu), Vice President of the Westminster campus.
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An Alternate Twist on Traditional Learning Written by Cindy Torres Learning community courses: you may have heard of them, but probably ran the other way when you heard they are two courses merged into one. Stewart Erlich, Front Range, Westminster Campus English and Communication faculty, has been involved in the learning community
program since its evolvement seven years ago. Though they can be challenging, Erlich believes they are beneficial and worthwhile. Erlich teaches English 099, while his colleague, Travis Parkhurst, teaches Mythology. Two days of the week, Erlich says, “You talk
about mythology, you write about mythology.... What’s easier in a sense about it is that you’re not dealing with two different content areas, you’re dealing with just one class that deals with how to write for a discipline while learning about another course.” The assignments covered in the
two and a half hour course are all related to each other, but Erlich notes that it is very likely students will have subject specific assignments for each individual course. While taking a six credit course may sound daunting to some students, Erlich feels the pros outweigh the cons (if there are any). Since he began teaching in the learning community courses, Erlich reports he has received mostly positive reception from students. “Sometimes it feels like you’re just moving from island to island and all your classes don’t have anything to do with each other... It’s nice to know that when you write a paper for mythology, you’re actually practicing all these writing skills. Our students come back and say when they take English 121 it’s easier...” Along with the writing skills gained, students often finish the semester with a new friend. “The other thing students report to us is that getting two and a half hours twice a week with students is awesome because they get to know each other so well. With just an hour and fifteen minutes, you meet for a little and then you’re off to the next thing; with this extra time together, the students tend to stay in touch, we see them around campus together after the class is over.” As far as one can tell, there are several benefits to taking a learning community course, but Erlich says students need to evaluate whether they would be able to commit to taking a course before registering. Apart from ensuring there is enough time to commit to the two and a half hour window that comes with the program, students also need to make sure they are staying on top of the extra assignments. Sometimes it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the several assignments that come with learning community courses, often because it’s easy to forget to make the mental distinction that the course is two classes as opposed to one. Like traditional courses, learning community classes cost the same as
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Hot Headlines Written by Cindy Torres New York— Federal authorities have found Joel Rakower and his Queens company, Transship Discounts Ltd., guilty on all charges of smuggling more than 39,000 piranhas into New York City and mislabeling them as common aquarium fish between 2011 and 2012. Piranhas are considered illegal in New York and 25 other states. Pennsylvania— A McDonald’s employee has been charged with selling heroin in Happy Meals to customers using the special words, “I’d like to order a toy.” Undercover agents set up the drug buy and confiscated up to 60 bags of heroin after arresting Shania Dennis, 26, of East Pittsburgh. New Mexico—Authorities say a local woman of Roswell called in a fake report of a gunman near a convenience store in order to avoid getting a traffic ticket. Police report 22year old Savana Jimenez called 911 Sunday morning while the officer was reviewing her drivers information, hoping the officer would be dispatched to the crime reported. Arizona—An Arizona animal shelter has a new 36-pound friend; a cat named “Meatball.” The furry feline is temporarily staying in an office at the shelter because the kennels are too small for him. The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control center says the cat is not up for adoption, instead the shelter is trying to place him with a rescue organization that helps overweight cats.
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Outreach Department—What They Do, and How You Can Help Continued from Page 2 sessions. Two bilingual team members, Cristina Antillon-Garcia and Laura Gray work with Spanish speaking students and their families. The goal of their team as a whole is to be available for students with questions about FRCC and in need of enrollment assistance. For current FRCC students, the Outreach department also hosts a Student Ambassador program. They carefully select a group of student leaders who take great pride in FRCC. Maloney says they provide aid by, “serving on student panels for presentations, helping set up recruitment events, creating fun activities to promote going to college for middle school and high school students, presenting the Getting Started session for new students… and providing campus tours. If you are interested in becoming a Student Ambassador, we are always looking for motivated students who love FRCC!” Interested students can contact Coordinator of Outreach and Enrollment Services at Hannah. firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. And being a Student Ambassador isn’t the only way to grow your skill set and resume with the Outreach Department. They also host campus visits for schools and agencies all year, to make sure students know the many great reasons to come to FRCC, and they always need
volunteers. Most events are on Fridays and takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. One of their biggest events is New Frontiers, a career and education exploration for about 200 middle school students. Before the event, students choose three career paths they are interested in exploring. The event kick-off introduces them to FRCC and challenges stereotypical career ideas, including misconceptions about specific careers being for certain genders. Then students are divided into groups of 20, and enjoy three, one-hour sessions highlighting their chosen academic programs. They learn of potential careers in the chosen programs, the training required to get jobs, and they even take part in hands-on activities to get an idea of what day-to-day work might be like in that occupation. One activity the students particularly enjoy is seeing the EMT one-bedroom learning lab on the A level and practicing spinal immobilization on a classmate! Other highlights include the Nursing Simlabs, Pharmacy Tech lab, Computer Aided Drafting lab, and Automotive lab. Obviously, with 12 groups of middle school students “roaming the halls,” as Maloney puts it, the Outreach Department needs all the help they can get! If students are interested, they can again contact Hannah Brown. Otherwise, Maloney says, “Perhaps
“You spend eighty dollars on tickets and you get a Laughy Taffy and a squishy Spongebob.”
“I do not want chicken to come out my nose.” “I don’t want it either!”
“My teacher sent me a random e-mail like,
“Your soup! Why’s it gotta smell like that?”
‘Do you love pancakes?’ ‘M&M’s and the hard shell?’ ‘That’s creepy!’ “Little man dude!”
“Geology? Yeah, I accidentally told everyone I’m taking gynecology without knowing what I was saying.” “Should I respond to that?”
offer to lead a session with one of your instructors if they mention they need some help. It’s a fun visit that provides kids with early exposure to college and career exploration.” When asked why the Outreach department was important to the student body at FRCC, Maloney shared, “Our department’s main goal is to provide accurate and timely information to students about FRCC and recruit new students to the college. We realize it is a big decision to go to college and selecting a college that is the right fit and going through the enrollment process can be daunting. We serve as a friendly resource to students to help navigate this process and help them get connected to the many supportive staff, faculty, and additional services that FRCC offers.” Finally, when asked the one big thing Maloney would like students to know about the Outreach Department, she said, “Please help us welcome new students and guests to our campus community. If you see someone on campus looking for a room, or if they look confused, please offer your assistance and point them in the right direction. If you see a Student Ambassador or staff member leading a tour for a group of students, smile and say ‘Welcome to FRCC!’ Let’s show our guests what a friendly campus community we are and that all our students and employees are happy to help one another out! FRCC is the place to be!”
“Look guys, I’m a gazelle!” “Holy ankle-to-your-forehead!” “I got a job delivering packages and I didn’t know what was in them. Then one burst open and there was a brain inside! My boss was like, “What did you think that refrigerator was for?”” “Stop talking to my tummy! You’re making the baby stupid!”
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Your challenge, should you choose to accept it:
This weeks Word of the Edition reintroduces a phrase you thought only existed in a pineapple under the sea...
Means: Excited commotion, exaggerated or sensational promotion or publicity
Examples: “Sounds like a lot of hoopla to make a little Krabby Patty, right?”
“The new sedan was introduced to the public with much hoopla.”
Spring 2014 Altitude Events Construction Written by Cindy Torres Students, here are some fun and free upcoming workshops hosted by the Altitude program at Front Range: Managing your Online Persona This event will be hosted today from 4:30-5:30 pm in the Snowy Peaks room (S0112). This workshop will demonstrate how one can present their “best” selves through social media, in terms of professionalism. The Leadership Challenge - This workshop will take place March 11th from 4:30-5:30 pm in the Snowy Peaks room, and will be based around a leadership challenge book, written by student affairs professionals for
students. Alongside these events, the Altitude program will host a Spring Leadership Retreat that will take place at the Cal-Wood Retreat Center in Boulder from March 15th at 1:00 pm until March 16th at 2:00 pm. The retreat will allow for participants to learn about themselves as leaders and how they can use those skills to make a positive impact. For further inquiries, please contact Altitude leaders Dan Balski at Dan.Balski@frontrange. edu or Timothy Warwick at Timothy. Warwick@frontrange.edu.
Written by Cindy Torres While the new campus renovations are taking place, students are welcome to look at the wall at the end of the Entrance 2 hallway (by Student Life) for blueprint visuals detailing what the new space will look like. Once they are finished, the renovations will include many new upgrades and features, such as an expanded club space, a new student life center, a new unisex bathroom, a nursing room for mothers, a new coffee shop center, and much more. Any questions? Visit Student Life for more information on the upcoming changes!
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An Alternate Twist on Traditional Learning Continued from Page 3 taking two individual classes, and are guaranteed transfers within the state of Colorado, given that they are 100 level courses. In the coming years for the learning community course, Erlich hopes that the program will continue to expand. He encourages students who have taken these courses to spread the word, so that eventually the program can expand beyond the English department and offer more innovative classes such as criminal justice and psychology or math 099 and accounting.
Conquer College Algebra! Continued from Page 2 Geist says, “Even though the money will only pay for the tutors this semester, we are hoping the model works and that students find the structured study groups valuable. If so, these study groups may be adopted as a regular part of FRCC in the future.” Current MAT 121 students can sign up at http://www. volunteersignup.org/9TXAD. Space is limited so get on it!