Farewell to FRCC

IMG_5070A year and a half ago, when I applied to Front Range Community College, I had not idea that I would walk away from the institution with an Associate of Arts degree, a job as the editor of The Front Page and a lifetime of memories.

I remember attending orientation and registering for classes. My list of things to do kept growing, and I did not know how I could possibly accomplish it all. Not to mention, at the time, I thought that I wanted to attend law school. Since the beginning of high school, I had adopted the dreams that everyone else wanted for me: be a doctor or a lawyer, attend an Ivy League University. So, when I decided earn my Associate’s degree at a community college, my audience filled with confused faces.

In reality, I liked that FRCC provided quality education for an affordable price. As I began my studies, however, I grew accustomed to the small class sizes, interpersonal relationships and advancement opportunities. I fell in love with my English class, and decided to combine my love for writing with my love for fashion. After one semester at FRCC, I changed my desired career to that of a fashion journalist.

Not only did FRCC help me realize my dreams, but it also helped me achieve them. When I landed a job as a staff writer for The Front Page last June, I knew every minute brought me closer to grasping my dream career. As the editor, I acquired knowledge about journalism and working as a team. I am more prepared than ever to earn my Bachelor’s degree in journalism and further pursue my dreams.

It is with a determined mind and a heavy heart that I leave FRCC this semester. Within the next few years, I hope to see my name printed in a Condé Nast publication in New York City. While I am sad to leave the college that clarified my future, I am thankful for all of the wonderful staff and students that helped me along my journey.

I want to leave The Front Page’s dedicated readers with the most important lesson that FRCC taught me: nothing is insurmountable and dreams really can come true.

-Kayla Klein

Bike MS to Raise Money for Multiple Sclerosis at FRCC in June

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease which attacks the protective myelin that covers nerve fibers. When these fibers deteriorate your brain and body have a hard time communicating with each other. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Women have over a double likelihood of being diagnosed. Furthermore, Colorado has a higher than average rate of MS, making this disease more prevalent than ever within our society.

Thankfully, the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter from National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s annual fundraising ride occurs June 25 through June 26. This event takes place at our Front Range Community College-Westminster Campus. The registration fee is 79 dollars, and part of the money helps support 380 National MS Society research projects worldwide, eleven of which are located here in Colorado.

Participants also receive, a custom T-shirt, catered meals, rest stops, route support, and entertainment.

The cause of MS is unknown and funds generated through the bike race may fund scientists researching the cause. Although there is no cure, treatments can help manage the disease and its symptoms. With over 2.3 million affected worldwide, the annual MS Bike race is a great way to help support your fellow mankind.

Brain matters in MS infographic

Written by Jacob Hallberg

Photo from Novartis Pharmaceuticals 

The Academic Success Center is FRCC-Westminster’s New Student Hub

During the 2014-15 school year, the Academic Success Center tested the waters at Front Range Community College’s Westminster campus as a separate writing center and math lab. Students could make appointments or drop into these rooms for help on assignments from FRCC professors. When students responded positively to this development, Pandi Bromley, Academic Success Center Coordinator, developed the project further, combining the two centers, moving to the library and adding to the Center’s offerings.

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“We partnered with the College Hill Library which is an exciting opportunity, because we’re realizing that the Academic Success Center represents all things academic oriented,” Bromley said. The Academic Success Center is now comprised of a math center, a writing center, tutoring services, study rooms, group study opportunities and group tutoring services, all located in the back corner of the library.

The Academic Success Center’s study rooms are one of the most popular features. Not only can students reserve study rooms for group work, but they can also have a professor in a study room give group lessons and tutoring. This is especially handy for small groups of students who need help preparing for an exam or clarifying information that was lost in class.

Jeff Wahl, the head librarian at College Hill, and Cynthia Keller, a research librarian, also offer their services to assist students with research assignments, which include finding and citing sources. “What’s convenient is that the writing center is in the library, so after students gather their sources, they can go to the writing center. It’s a one stop shop,” Bromley said.

The Center’s move to the library did not come without its issues. Even though it has established itself now, many students still do not know about the Center’s expansion or new location. However, according to Bromley, “I hear from students that they love being in the library because of the openness, and that it’s a great place to get their studying done because there are no interruptions.”

Bromley intends to continue developing the Center to entice more students into its services. Between new furniture and new programs, in a few semesters, the Academic Success Center will be the place on the Westminster Campus for student success.

“Students started realizing that [the Academic Success Center] really is a great place to work and get studying done,” Bromley said. “This is the new norm; it is an enculturation process. Students will get used to the Academic Success Center being the new hub of student support.”

Written by Kayla Klein

Photo by Kayla Klein

High Plains Fitness Center Camps Help Students Stay Active this Summer

It’s no secret that an overload of studies and busy schedules cause students to neglect the gym during the semester. To help students achieve their fitness goals this summer, the High Plains Fitness Center is offering a variety of camps designed to “raise [students’] confidence and discover new abilities,” said fitness center coordinator, Amber Kavehkar.

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The fitness camps are not limited to students alone. Parents can register their kids for camps to run off their youthful energy, and so that parent-students can find time to focus on school or work.

Kavehkar designed the summer camps with the community in mind, as they are not limited to only Front Range Community College students. Kids can play, and adults can grow. Youth groups (ages 8 through 12) focus on fun activities such as crafts and yoga. Whereas adults (ages 17 and up) can play team sports like basketball or study weight lifting techniques.

The camps occur three times this summer: June 6 through 23, June 27 through 30 or July 11 through 28. Prices for the public start at just 140 dollars. Plus, all High Plains Fitness Center members receive a discount when registering for the summer camps. While the cost is a big issue for most students, the fees are used to help cover the costs of the gym equipment coming to the fitness center in the future.

Those interested in a fun-filled summer at FRCC can stop by the fitness center and ask for a camp registration form.

Written by Dylan Ferrara 

Photos provided by Dylan Ferrara

The English Faculty Reading Spectacular

On April 25, Professor Jonathan Montgomery opened the second annual English faculty reading with, “We’ll show you we weren’t hired for nothing!” The reading was an opportunity for the English faculty at Front Range Community College to share their own pieces of writing with the community.

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Pictured left to right: Tino Gomez, Randy Russell, Jonathan Montgomery, Kate Spencer, Michelle Medeiros, Mark DuCharme

 

The room reserved for the event at College Hill Library overlooked sweeping views of the Front Range on the western horizon. Inside the room were rows of chairs for the audience, a table full of odd hats and stuffed birds, a podium and a guitar and amplifier, all signs that the reading was more than a typical lecture.

Over the course of an hour or so, six faculty members read more than 20 different poems and stories. Along with Montgomery, the host and M.C., Michelle Medeiros, Tino Gomez, Kate Spencer, Randy Russell and Mark DuCharme read literature to the audience members.

Many of the stories were personal, rooted in events in the readers’ respective pasts. Some of them were hilarious, while others held more series and contemplative tones. Some were performed, like spoken-word events, while others were shared as if in a coffee house.

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Randy Russell

Gomez’s Your Tongue, My Son examines his life growing up in a household where his mom spoke only Spanish and he spoke mostly English. In contrast, Russell’s hilarious recount of his experience with a vasectomy in Capt’n Eunuchs Doomed Privates left the audience laughing to the point of tears.

Some of the pieces were polished, published writings, and others were brand new, having been written in the days or weeks before the event. Many of DuCharme’s readings came from books that he has published. Spencer’s reading was a non-fiction, short story which, for her, was a new style of writing, as she moves away from poetry.

Montgomery kept the mood light with his banter between readings and his encouragement that the performers use the goofy hats and the stuffed, singing birds as props. Montgomery a natural performer, paid his homage to Prince, who had passed away recently, as he wore purple and comically used the late musician’s biography as his own during his introduction. He also used the guitar and amplifier as he closed out the show with his work All the Great Rock-stars are Gonna Start Dyin’.

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Jonathan Montgomery

Montgomery introduced each of the presenters with a brief biography and a few fun facts and also led the audience in a mid-performance energizer activity. During his dramatic readings, the table served as his make-shift stage.

On this cloudy, rainy night, a few flashes of lightening added effects to the performances, and the cool, rainy weather gave the warm room a cozy feeling. Events like these allow students and faculty a chance to interact outside of the classroom, and are especially fun when teachers act goofy or share serious parts of their pasts. The faculty reading afforded students the opportunity to see their instructors as more than instructors, but to actually get to know them on more personal levels.

Written by Alex Liethen

Photos from Alex Liethen

Working for The Front Page Connects You to Campus

Are you a busy student looking for a flexible and fun job at Front Range Community College? If you’re looking for a great on-campus job, working for The Front Page newspaper is a wonderful opportunity to meet people on campus and earn money.

As a busy student, I have a complicated schedule and I needed a flexible job that worked with my class load while also strengthening my résumé. Being a staff writer for The Front Page allowed for all of these things.

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A great aspect of being a writer for The Front Page is the ability to inform students about current events both on campus and abroad. Writing topics are either assigned by your editor, or you can choose a topic to write about. I’ve written on everything from sporting events and concerts to professor profiles and a week in the life of a busy student. The possibilities for topics are endless!

Working as a staff writer also allowed me to work remotely. The Front Page has a meeting once a week on campus to assign articles, but other than that, I have the ability to work wherever I am. With such a busy and changing schedule, being able to write from a variety of locations was a huge benefit.

All in all, writing for The Front Page is a truly special and fun job. The benefits are wide ranging: writing on almost any topic, getting paid by the word and working from wherever, whenever.

Looking for more information? Students interested in working as staff writers should email Julie.beggs@frontrange.edu or apply directly here.

Written by Christopher Kemp

Photo from The Front Page FRCC

Howl Release Party at College Hill Library

Front Range Community College-Westminster creates a student driven, campus-wide journal titled Howl every two years. This year the third edition was released at the Howl Release Party on April 21, in the College Hill Library. The event had music by FRCC’s Gypsy Jazz Trio, a free copy of Howl, and refreshments that were served. Attendees could meet the writers and artists, while also listening to the authors read their works.

Howl’s name embraces our school’s mascot, the gray wolf. Its name also gives respect towards Allen Ginsberg, a Colorado local and author of Howl, a poem which calls young writers to embrace a fervid writing style.

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Alpaca by Jie Shen – Front cover of Howl

The first volume was published by Randy Russell, a professor in the Westminster Campus English and Communication department. For consecutive volumes, Tino Gomez, chair of the Westminster Campus English and Communication department worked together with Russell as staff editors.

As the book embraces student involvement, Olivia Orr, a student designer, worked together with design supervisor Mike Ruberto, art submissions editor Lydia Brokaw, as well as Gomez and Russell to design the journal.

Howl is a pinnacle of student work, and is filled from beginning to end with artfully chosen creations. Each part of the journal embraces student involvement and the growth of creative art. Howl is a physical manifestation of what an organized group of students and staff artists can construct. The staff act as a catalyst, as the students are the ones truly in control of this masterful entity.

The student and staff work ethic can be described as “the culmination of energy directed at one common goal, to support and be a part of the magazine,” said Gomez.

Overall, the development of the book relies on the amount of creative writing classes available at Westminster. If more creative writing courses are available, more students will submit their works and hopefully the book can be created annually instead of the two year development process currently in place.

The ability for students to develop and enjoy a physical creation of this quality is spectacular to view as a fellow student. “It’s a labor of love for all of those involved,” said Gomez, “often times this is the first time a student has been published.”

Gomez would like to thank the administration for offering fiscal support throughout the entire process of creating this professional journal. Without these critical funds, students would be unable to grow together through this artful piece.

Students interested in publishing their works can email randy.russell@frontrange.edu or tino.gomez@frontrange.edu.

Written by Jacob Hallberg