Nursing students honored

nursing pinTwenty nursing students from Trinidad State’s Alamosa and Trinidad campuses went through a traditional “pinning” ceremony last week.  In Alamosa, the ceremony happened Thursday, May 8.  In Trinidad, the pinning was performed Saturday morning, May 10.  A nursing pinning is a traditional ceremony that started with the Crusades of the 12th Century, when a group of knights cared for injured and suffering crusaders. As new monks were brought into the Order, they were given a Maltese cross that they wore on their arms.  During the 1860s, Florence Nightingale presented a medal of excellence to her hardest working nursing graduates.  Continue reading

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Top grads to be honored

(ALAMOSA, COLORADO) More than 100 graduates from Trinidad State will receive certificates and diplomas at a ceremony at Alamosa High School on Friday night.

Graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average are computer science student Hondo Snyder and Loral Hall.

Hall will receive a Certificate in Massage Therapy and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Holistic Health.  She plans on opening her own massage business and someday wants to go move into the field of sports massage therapy.

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Red Rocks PTK Honor Society Earns International Recognition

(L-R) Phi Theta Kappa officers Savina Cancino, Rebecca Winters, advisor Carolyn Mattern, officer Cody Oldham, and regional officer Rita Erickson attended the international PTK conference last week in Orlando, FL where Red Rocks won nine awards, including 7th place among the world’s 1,300 chapters for Distinguished Chapter.

(L-R) Phi Theta Kappa officers Savina Cancino, Rebecca Winters, advisor Carolyn Mattern, officer Cody Oldham, and regional officer Rita Erickson attended the international PTK conference last week in Orlando, FL where Red Rocks won nine awards, including 7th place among the world’s 1,300 chapters for Distinguished Chapter.

LAKEWOOD, CO – The Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Sigma, returned from their annual international convention with a record number of awards.

 

PTK chapter advisor Carolyn Mattern, officers Savina Cancino, Rebecca Winters, and Cody Oldham, and regional officer Rita Erickson attended the conference, which took place this year in Orlando, FL.  Among their nine awards, RRCC’s Alpha Kappa Sigma earned 7th place for Distinguished Chapter, which is selected from over 1,300 chapters in the world.

 

“I’m so proud of this team,” said Carolyn Mattern, Advisor for RRCC’s chapter.  “These achievements demonstrate the dedication and leadership of our students, who not only excel in academics, but are committed to serving our community.”

 

The chapter earned the following awards:

  • Distinguished Honors in Action Project
  • Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award – “Culture of Competition”
  • Continued Excellence Advisor – Carolyn Mattern
  • Distinguished Officer Team – Savina Cancino, Rebecca Winters and Cody Oldham
  • Distinguished Officer – Savina Cancino
  • Distinguished College Project
  • Distinguished Chapter
  • Top 100 Chapters list
  • 7th Finalist for Distinguished Chapter

 

The chapter won the Distinguished Honors in Action award for their research project, which focused on the Culture of Competition.  They studied the impact of competition among non-profit agencies and implemented a donation drive for three agencies as part of the project.

 

The team’s awarding-winning “Distinguished College Project” is the Fox Star Challenge volunteer contest. Beginning last fall, students were encouraged to volunteer—on campus or within the community—with a goal of 5,000 total volunteer hours by the end of spring semester.  This week, the chapter achieved their goal.  One lucky student won a drawing for a free 3-credit class at Red Rocks, and all participants will be recognized at a reception on May 9.

 

More about Phi Theta Kappa:  Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society for two-year colleges.  Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students, and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programs.  Membership into Phi Theta Kappa is by invitation, extended only to students who meet eligibility requirements. Founded in 1918, there are 1,300 chapters worldwide.

 

More about Red Rocks Community College:  Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 14,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.  www.rrcc.edu.

 

 

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ACC to host WIA Job Readiness Session on May 1

WIA job readiness informational sessionThe Arapahoe Community College Career and Transfer Center and Arapahoe/Douglas Works! will co-host a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) job readiness informational session this Thursday, May 1, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in Room M4130.

Are you getting ready to graduate this semester in an IT or Finance/Business related program? Would you like to learn proven strategies to help you land a job as quickly as possible? Join us for this event to learn how the WIA Program can assist you with resumes, interviews, workshops, networking and occupational research.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact ACC Classroom-to-Career Specialist Holly Schmitt at holly.schmitt@arapahoe.edu or 303.797.5976.

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MCC Competes at State and Advances to Nationals

State_conference_2014.JPGFort Morgan, CO. 04/25/13. Morgan Community College (MCC) had three students recently compete at the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference at Johnson and Wales University in Denver. Two students placed at State and will compete in the National Leadership Conference in in Nashville, TN this June. Continue reading

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Outstanding Students Recognized

Image: Annishia Eskew, Alex Romero, and Katie Gay were recognized and awarded for their “Outstanding” achievements as students at Morgan Community College.Fort Morgan, CO. 04/24/14. Each year Morgan Community College (MCC) recognizes four “outstanding”  students for their accomplishments and leadership. Faculty, staff, and students recently gathered for the award ceremony held at the Fort Morgan campus. Continue reading

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LCC Honors Academic Achievement in Phi Theta Kappa Ceremony

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Pictured: Front Row l-r: Vanessa Maestas (Denver), Miroslava Rangel (Lakewood) Second Row l-r: Amber Comer (Lamar), Marquee Strong (Nucla), Gabriela Jimenez (Thornton), Karen Zavala-Pacheco (Mexico City, Mexico) Third Row l-r: Kathryn Webber (Billings, Montana), Kassidy Hedrick (Perry, Utah), Alicia Gallagher (Suffolk, England) and Devon Nay (Lamar) Top Row l-r: Bayek Tutlam (Seattle), Luis Hernández (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Keenan Brune (Nucla). Not Pictured: Rebecca Abrams (Lamar), Garrett Hyde (Littleton), Austin LaCost (Lamar), Ben Ludwig (Lamar), Dorian Ray (Eads), Abbie Reed (Lamar), Chris Thompson (Los Angeles).

 

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LCC Honors Academic Achievement in Phi Theta Kappa Ceremony

(Lamar, Colorado, April 23, 2014)  Lamar Community College’s Beta Eta Gamma chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society welcomed its newest members during the spring induction ceremony on March 27.  New inductees are: Rebecca Abrams (Lamar), Keenan Brune (Nucla), Amber Comer (Lamar), Alicia Gallagher (Suffolk, England), Kassidy Hedrick (Perry, Utah), Luis Hernández (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Garrett Hyde (Littleton), Gabriela Jimenez (Thornton), Austin LaCost (Lamar), Ben Ludwig (Lamar), Vanessa Maestas (Denver), Devon Nay (Lamar), Miroslava Rangel (Lakewood), Dorian Ray (Eads), Abbie Reed (Lamar), Marquee Strong (Nucla), Chris Thompson (Los Angeles), Bayek Tutlam (Seattle), Kathryn Webber (Billings, Montana), and Karen Zavala-Pacheco (Mexico City, Mexico). Continue reading

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Two RRCC Students Awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships

Transfer Scholarships worth $30K per year to earn bachelor’s degree

Pictured from left to right: Liz Cox, Carolyn Mattern, Marlene Adzema, Stacy McElvaney (scholarship winner), Julianna Bourgeois (scholarship winner), Dr. Michele Haney, President of Red Rocks Community College, and Craig Faulhaber

Pictured from left to right: Liz Cox, Carolyn Mattern, Marlene Adzema, Stacy McElvaney (scholarship winner), Julianna Bourgeois (scholarship winner), Dr. Michele Haney, President of Red Rocks Community College, and Craig Faulhaber

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College students Stacy McElvaney and Julianna Bourgeois are recipients of Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships. This prestigious and competitive scholarship program awards $30,000 per year for up to three years to high-achieving community college students to assist in the completion of their bachelor’s degrees.

 

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. This year’s cohort is the largest in the program’s 13-year history, with 85 recipients selected from 3,705 applications representing 737 community colleges across the U.S.

Julianna Bourgeois is earning a 4.0 GPA in her studies of calculus, chemistry, physics, and math while working and volunteering.  In addition to pre-engineering studies, she is assisting the Red Rocks Institute of Sustainability in Education in creating a STEM center.  Bourgeois works part-time for Student Life, is the events coordinator for RRCC’s engineering club, and also trains in classical vocals.  She will transfer this fall to CU Boulder to pursue an Engineering Physics degree, with minors in mathematics and electrical engineering.  Bourgeois plans to complete graduate and doctoral studies at CU and would like to work in experimental physics, conducting research in quantum computing, theoretical physics, or plasmatics.

Phi Theta Kappa member Stacy McElvaney is an ambitious self-starter who earned a 4.0 GPA while juggling a business, raising a family, volunteering, and caring for her horses.  In 2013 McElvaney was one of 20 students selected from across the nation for USA Today’s All-USA Academic team, based on her academic achievements and community involvement, such as assisting troubled youth through equine therapy.  This year was chosen an one of two RRCC Outstanding Graduates.  She completed an AA degree in Psychology and will transfer to Denver University this fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree. McElvaney’s goal is to complete a master’s degree and become an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist.

 

 

Scholars for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship were selected based on high academic ability and achievement, persistence, leadership, and financial need. The average GPA of the recipients is 3.98.

 

The next application cycle for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program will run from late September to early December. The Foundation encourages eligible rising sophomores and recent community college graduates (within the last five years) to consider applying for this scholarship.

About Red Rocks Community College:  Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 14,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.  www.rrcc.edu.

About Jack Kent Cooke Foundation:  The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation supports exceptional students through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination.  Founded in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke, the Foundation has awarded $120 million for over 2,000 scholarships and $76 million in grants to organizations that support our mission. www.jkcf.org

 

 

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RRCC provides free tax service to over 300 individuals through Tax Help Colorado

Students and faculty at Red Rocks Community College recently provided free tax filing for 311 taxpayers through the college’s Tax Help Colorado site.

Students and faculty at Red Rocks Community College recently provided free tax filing for 311 taxpayers through the college’s Tax Help Colorado site.

LAKEWOOD, CO Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) recently partnered with Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide free tax preparation assistance through the Tax Help Colorado program. From February 1 through March 5, IRS-certified RRCC students prepared and e-filed tax returns free of charge for individuals with household incomes of less than about $50,000 a year.

 

Students at the Red Rocks site prepared 311 returns, resulting in federal refunds of $615,452.  Accounting faculty Danielle Scholl and Janet Tarase coordinated RRCC’s site and oversaw the work of the students.

“We are so proud of our team,” said Tarase. “My colleagues and I watched our students grow both in intellect and confidence.  Students who started out hesitant became true professionals working with taxpayers one-on-one to calculate the most beneficial tax results.”
Tarase explained that the students became certified by the IRS to prepare individual tax returns, and some earned additional advanced certifications on quality review, health savings plans, and debt cancellations.  In addition to new skills, the participating students will receive a letter of gratitude from Governor Hickenlooper for their dedication to the Tax Help Colorado Program.

 

Tax Help Colorado has a presence on 19 college campuses and operates 28 free tax sites statewide.  More than 30% of Colorado families are eligible to participate in the program, which was created to help alleviate the financial burden of tax preparation on families that are striving to achieve financial stability.

 

About Red Rocks Community College: Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. RRCC serves over 14,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada. www.rrcc.edu.
About The Piton Foundation

The Piton Foundation sponsors Tax Help Colorado as part of its efforts to help move families from poverty and dependence to self-sufficiency. Piton is a private foundation located in Denver, Colorado. It was established in 1976 by Denver oilman Sam Gary. www.piton.org.

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Berndt Savig Named 2014-2016 Endowed Teaching Chair at RRCC

Berndt Savig is joined by RRCC president Dr. Michele Haney and his colleagues to accept the 2014-16 Endowed Teaching Chair award.

Berndt Savig is joined by RRCC president Dr. Michele Haney and his colleagues to accept the 2014-16 Endowed Teaching Chair award.

Lakewood, CO—Red Rocks Community College Foundation is proud to award the 2014-2016 Swede Johnson/Coors Endowed Teaching Chair to Art faculty member, Berndt Savig. As the 20th Endowed Teaching Chair, Savig joins an exclusive group of faculty recognized for their excellence in teaching and commitment to Colorado students. The 20 Endowed Teaching Chair faculty members are unique among their peers in the Colorado Community College System, as this premier program is the only one of its kind at a Colorado Community College.

 

“Berndt has been a major force at RRCC, encouraging students and employees alike to expand their creativity,” said Dr. Michele Haney, President of Red Rocks Community College.  “We are so fortunate that he chose to be a faculty member at Red Rocks.”

 

Savig is a working artist in addition to his teaching. His professional experience leads to excellence in the classroom. He helps his sculpting students formulate and realize their ideas, while providing them with tools that will assist them in continuing the critical thinking and creative process long after they have left the classroom. Savig says his teaching philosophy is to “strive to be an encouraging, informative and inspiring model for my students.”

 

Students agree, saying he is “one of my favorite professors,” and “one of the best instructors I have ever had.” Savig’s students have nothing but praise for his abilities, but his classes aren’t all fun and games. Art offers interesting challenges and explorations to RRCC students. Savig’s commitment to students is clear from his reviews, where students express gratitude for his experience as well as his willingness to help them understand the material and the media.

 

Savig, who received his MFA from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002, has assisted students at RRCC appreciate and think critically about their work and artwork since 2005. “It was an unexpected pleasure to receive the endowed teaching chair award,” said Savig after receiving the award. He added that “this award will enable me to pursue the development of a more diverse sculpture program, in traditional methodology as well as integrating new technology into the studio setting.”

 

As the 2014-2016 Endowed Teaching Chair, Berndt Savig will receive a three-year salary enhancement of $5,000 per year and $2,500 per year for professional development. This highly selective award was initiated in 2001 when the Mike Leprino Family Foundation and Coors Brewing Company endowed the first two Teaching Chairs. It has continued through service commitments by the RRCC community and the RRCC Foundation’s Board of Directors.

 

Craig Faulhaber of the Math Department and Dr. Kelly Worden of the Biology Department are also being honored as finalists. They will each receive $2,500 in professional development funding to encourage their hard work and dedication to teaching RRCC Students.

 

The Red Rocks Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to supporting the students, faculty, and staff at the college in their pursuit of excellence. The Foundation was established in 1993 with the vision of helping students of all income levels have access to higher education. Since its inception, the Foundation has given more than $3.5 million dollars in scholarships to RRCC students and $3 million for other RRCC programs. The Foundation also provides mini-grants to faculty and staff, awards for outstanding faculty, and support for other worthwhile initiatives.

About Red Rocks Community College:  Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 14,000 students per year online and at two campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.  www.rrcc.edu.

 

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