FRCC Staff Foils Extortionist’s Plan

 Written by Front Page Staff

Westminster Police and FRCC Campus Security are seeking information that could lead to the suspect in an apparent kidnapping scam phoned in to an employee’s desk on Jan. 13.

The staff member received a phone call that afternoon from the telephone number 528-1256-66630 — originating in Mexico — from a caller who identified himself only as Ramon and told the staff member that he had kidnapped her daughter, according to a public service announcement issued Jan. 14 by the Department of Campus Security and Preparedness.

The staff member was able to reach her daughter and ensure her safety as the would-be extortionist attempted to compel the staffer to reveal her location and bring him money outside the building. 

Law enforcement officials have found no further developments, nor have they identified a suspect, in the Jan. 13 case, Campus Security and Preparedness Director Gordon F. Goldsmith stated in a Jan. 21 email. 

The Jan. 13 incident appears to be an isolated incident, Goldsmith stated in his email. “This is the first incident of this nature that we are aware of,” he stated.

Anyone receiving a call like the one in the Jan. 13 incident is asked to take note of the telephone number and any information that might help identify the suspect. Also people with information about the Jan. 13 case are asked to call Westminster Police at (303) 658-4360 and Campus Security at (303) 404-5411.

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

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

Join the Westminster Campus Writing Club

“We specialize in all types of stories.”

Every Friday, members of Front Range Community College’s Westminster campus writing club gather to share their work, critique their peers, and ultimately improve their writing abilities. Ryan Myong, the club’s new president, encourages all students to join the writing club to better their writing skills as the club has bettered his.

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