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Tuesday 06.04.13 Volume 25, Issue 12 frontpage@frontrange.edu 303.404.5534 facebook.com/thefrontpage Serving Front Range Community College Since 1989

Congratulations Graduating Class of 2013! Commencement Ceremony

Kathy Bellis Managing Editor

On Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Denver Merchandise Mart in Denver, Colorado, the commencement ceremony was held for the FRCC Westminster campus. A total of 777 students received their diplomas for the 2013 school term, while only 177 students attended the ceremony to receive their diploma in front of a cheering audience. The ceremony also included GED graduates. Members of Phi Theta Kappa wore a gold tassel and a stole for the ceremony. Professional photographs were available for graduates and family members to purchase after the ceremony, as well as DVDs filmed by FRCC’s own Media Center. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2013, we wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Upper Left: FRCC President Andy Dorsey leads the graduation processional Bottom Left: FRCC Wolf congratulates the graduates Right Center: FRCC graduate Robert Boyer giving his speech Bottom Right: Diploma Time! Photos by Robin OConnell


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New Student Orientation

Amy Rosdil welcomes new students. Photo by Robin OConnell

Kathy Bellis Managing Editor

On Wednesday May 22, 2013, New Student Orientation for the summer semester was held at the Westminster campus. After checking in new students received a goody bag filled with a FRCC water bottle, candy, note pad with a pen, and a packet of very helpful information that will surely make the transition to FRCC easier. New students were given a ton of information, like what to expect on their first day of classes, how to read and use a syllabus, and some great tips on time management. Student volunteers lead the new students on a tour of the campus, pointing out some very important locations like the math lab, writing center, and welcome center. New students were able to ask many questions about classroom policies, how to use their Wolf cards, and how to register for classes online. Attendees left the orientation feeling a little less anxious about this upcoming semester. The Front Page staff would like to say, “Welcome” to all of the new students!

FRCC Awards Ceremony

The Student, Faculty, and Staff Awards Ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in the Student Center Rotunda at the Westminster Campus. Some of the winners included: Sara Foley for Outstanding Student Employee, Richard Browne for Outstanding Graduate, Rudolfo Tapia for Diversity Ally of the Year, Jonathan Martinez (Psychology) and Tami Reilly (English) for Scholastic Achievement Award, James Thomas, Winta Abraham, and Cole Carey for Student Challenge Award(s), April Zimmerman, Kris Nyquist, Laura Rutz, and Rudolfo Tapia for Vice President’s Service Award, Jason Wright for Outstanding Administrator, Leysa Brown for Outstanding Classified, Bobbie Jo Stoffregen for Outstanding Employee of the year, Marty Gonzales for Master Teacher, and Student Life took home the Department of the year award. For FRCC student April Zimmerman, being nominated for the Vice President’s Service Award was an acknowledgement of all her hard work. Zimmerman said, “I have maintained a 4.0 [GPA], perfect attendance, and I adopted my nephew, who is a special needs child, this year. So it has been a big challenge but really rewarding.” Student Life Director, Amy Rosdil could not have been more proud of her Student Life staff for receiving the award for Department of the Year. Rosdil said, “Award season is one of my

favorite times of the year – it’s always so great to celebrate some of the amazing people we get to interact with during the year, and it was extra special to have Student Life be honored this year as the department of the year! I’m very thankful for the staff I have, and the awesome department I get to work with as the director.” One of the best parts of the ceremony came from watching the audience reaction to all of the winners. Jason Wright received a heartfelt standing ovation while retrieving his award for Outstanding Administrator. And there wasn’t a dry eye in the room while a teary eyed Monica Geist read the nomination letters for the awards she was in charge of presenting. Congratulations to all of the amazingly talented, hardworking, and committed students, faculty, and staff. Front Range Community College is a truly remarkable community because of your dedication to excellence.

Left: Jonathan Martinez accepting the Scholastic Achievement Award Right: April Zimmerman winner of the Vice President’s Service Award Photos by Robin OConnell

Kathy Bellis Managing Editor


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Robin’s Randomness

Robin OConnell Copy Editor

June 4, 2013

Hello, you lovely FRCCians and welcome to Summer Semester 2013! The Front Page is excited to bring you these special summer editions in an effort to keep you in the know of everything FRCC, and a bit of the world around us too. Here, I hope to entertain you with arbitrary bits of information that might not help you pass your BIO final, but will aid you in being a well rounded human when you grow up, provided you choose to grow up. In light of all the graduations I’ve attended in the last week, I have an overwhelming desire to pass along some graduation-like advice during your journey rather than at the end. Always remember that your feelings are just as important as everyone else’s. - If you expect to make it in college and out in the world, you have to be made a priority. I’m not saying that you should forget about everything else and be a self-centered nincompoop, but respecting yourself enough to understand what it takes to keep yourself upright and chipping away at your to-do list of life is important; listen to what you need. Always treat others as though their life is as tricky as your own. - Perspective can be one of the most overlooked tools that life gives us. No two people have the same perspective of anything, no matter how similar they live their lives. Without actually sharing shoes (you know...walk a mile in someone else’s shoes) try to see where they are coming from before you judge their actions and choices. Manage your time wisely. - This applies to school projects as well as work and your social life. If all your time is spent solely in one or two of these areas, you might have an imbalance of structure that has the possibility to throw your life in a tailspin. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”, but all play and no work might make Jack stuck at his dead end job. Keep your eye on the prize. - Goals are the necessary mile markers everyone needs in their life. While I am old enough to know that not every goal is attainable, I do know that without the goals that went to the wayside I would not be where I stand today; sometimes we need to fail to truly feel the pride of success. Well, FRCC that is all I have for you this edition. If you have any information that I simply must know and could possibly share in following editions please email me at: Frontpageinbox@gmail.com. Good luck on your summer classes and I’ll see you in the halls. ~Robin

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Hot Headlines Robin OConnell Copy Editor

News from home and around the globe Canada

A man’s life was spared after a cougar attack near a Canadian resort last week because he was able to defend himself with his skateboard.

United States

In a study it was found that those with Down’s syndrome had 40% less synaptic activity than brain cells unaffected by Down’s syndrome. This information is crucial in the future development of therapies for treatment.

Dublin

New apps are being developed to make live tracks available to music fans just moments after hearing the tracks live at concerts. This could cut down on attendees trying to record their own track with their cell phone and allow them to enjoy the show live.

Egypt

A fifteen year old boy from China defaced the 3,500 year old Luxor Temple by carving “Ding Jinhao was here” on an ancient sculpture during a recent visit.

Australia

For the third year straight, Australia has been ranked as the happiest nation of developed economies. The outcome was based on items such as life expectancy and economic strength. The United States is number six on this list.

Choosing To Be Better

Kathy Bellis Managing Editor

When our lives reflect our negative attitudes

Recently I was introduced to an amazing YouTube video by the Coordinator of Clubs and Leadership, Dan Balski. This Is Water by David Foster Wallace is a nine minute video about our ability to change our lives by simply changing our negative attitude. The main idea of the video is that we are so incredibly caught up in our own lives, our own worries, and our own stresses, that we have absolutely no patience with the people and places around us. We find ourselves hating people for any and every reason we can come up with just because we believe that we are the only people on the planet in a hurry, or tired, or sick. It points out the idea that perhaps the people we hate for being slow, or loud, or bossy, are people that are going through very difficult times in their lives. Maybe they are actually having a harder day than we are, and maybe our attitude toward them could be the one interaction that makes or breaks their day. While thinking about FRCC as the community it is, I can’t help but think about how important it is for us to take care of each other. I know I personally find myself irritated with some of the silliest things – people standing in the middle of the hallway talking with their friends, students coming into class late, or leaving early, lines in the bookstore, lines in the café. When I allow these tiny “irritations” to put me in a bad mood I take away a potential opportunity to get to know someone. The other day a friend of mine said one of the most beautiful things; she said that she wished some people were not such introverts because they usually end up being some of the most interesting people once you get to know them. That made me think, what if instead of standing in line being annoyed with all the people around me, I took a minute and introduced myself? I am sure I would meet kind, interesting, and smart people. Instead of being annoyed at the student coming into class late, I could stop them after class and offer my notes. The way we think about others, treat others, and react to the people around us is a conscious choice we make a thousand times a day. We can choose to be crabby, annoyed, and stressed out, or we can choose to be happy, kind, and easy going. I’m taking the challenge to consciously choose a positive attitude, and I encourage all of FRCC to make a conscious choice to have a positive attitude as well. Together we can all choose to be better.


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Free Event Free admission to the Historic Westminster Jazz and Art Festival on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Hidden Lake High School athletic field.

Music To Our Ears Jessi Bass

Design Editor On Monday, May 6, Front Range Community College’s music program held their Spring 2013 student recital. The recital featured Piano II and Voice II students as well as the FRCC Guitar Quartet. The event was held in the Visual and Performing Arts Gallery. The evening started with the voice and piano students. Vocalist Laura Jicha performed a version of the song, “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles to start off the night. Other vocalists followed with beautiful renditions of songs like, “Johanna” from the movie Sweeney Todd, “Reflections” by Christina Aguilera, and “I will go the Distance,” from the movie Hercules. Following the vocalists, many pianists performed. They played their renditions of, “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin, as well as original pieces by students Anthony Manzanares and Rawley Gunnels. There were several phenomenal composers as well as performers at the recital. There was a small intermission, with refreshments. Then, ending the show with a bang, the FRCC Guitar Quartet played their version of, “Cuban Landscape with Rain,” by L. Brouwer.

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