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

Don’t Miss Family Math Night on April 15

Mathematics, otherwise known as a culmination of numbers and variables, is dreaded by many students. Bogged down methods of education, doubled with uninterested students, creates a negative environment for practicing math. An abysmal subject for most, the prospect of math class can hinder aspiring students.

The logic behind math becomes quite complex, but the essence of math denotes simple laws and rules to follow. With repetition claiming large portions of math proficiency, students need to enjoy and pay attention to the information taught in math class.

Joseph Brenkert, an eighth-year mathematics professor at Front Range Community College, aims to change the way students view math by encouraging fun methods of math participation. The Family Math Game Night on Friday, April 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., inspires fun learning techniques for children and parents. Located in the Rocky Mountain Room, children around the community will gather to play fun math games. Plus, food and prizes will be available to attendees.

IMG_5805.PNGAccording to Brenkert, “Opening the eyes of the the next generation for acceptance of math,” remains one of the main goals for the Family Math Game Night. This night will attempt to revitalize parent and child math involvement, while also mathematically stimulating children.

Children often do not see the future application of math skills, and this night will attempt “to ease or calm that math anxiety that we have culturally built up,” stated Brenkert. This night is not about winning, but learning new, fun methodology to practice mathematics.

Stop by and enjoy the casual, fun-filled environment. Brenkert noted, “We are just looking for people to come and have a good time.”

Written by Jacob Hallberg

Photo by Kayla Klein

It’s Not Too Late to Get Involved in Career Success Week

“I think confidence is a big deal,” said Teresa Stuart, Career Success Center Coordinator at Front Range Community College’s Westminster campus. Stuart is hosting Career Success Week and a job fair on Tuesday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rocky Mountain Room.

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