On line! Thought provoker: Now “The shortest and surest way of arriving at real knowledge is to unlearn the lessons we have been taught, to remount first principles, and to take nobody’s word about them.” — Bolingbroke at Sept. 30, 2003, Vol. 27, Issue 16 www.aims.edu Inside Sweet Greetings Photo by Robert Waltman Ashlee Bullington, Fall vice president of the Associated Students, faculty and staff let Students of Aims in off steam at fall-in celebration Community Col- and business bazaar. lege, helps fresh- man communica- See photos, page 11 tions student Larissa Degraffen- Spanish on reid find her Command classroom on a map of Westview. Continuing Educa- More than 70 stu- tion tries to help dents, faculty and businesses break staff took the time language barriers to greet students with new Spanish on the first day of curriculums. classes Sept. 24, handing out loads See page 8 of lollipops. K Fort Lupton campus Enrollment jumps slightly Working hard down south to meet com- While overall numbers show Aims this released Sept. 25, show Aims total munity needs. fall dipping slightly in head count, head count down 5 percent (across all See story, page 5 Did you know? page 6,7 there’s more there than meets the eye. three campuses), but show a 4.8 per- In fact, the n umbers gurus here at cent jump in full-time students and a Aims are thrilled with the first enroll- 13 percent drop in part-time status, and ment reports. a 9 percent jump in degree-seeking “The mix is shifting,” said Pete students. Aims Greeley’s head count Calendar 2 Manthei, manager of research. “We’re has only dipped 3.3 percent, and much Directory Changes 2 College briefs 3 getting more full-times and fewer part- of that is because of the loss of pro- Who’s New? 4 timers. And, the ones we’re gaining are grams, such as ESL, last year.. Applause Center 10 taking a lot more credits.” Student News 12, 13 Indeed, the first round of numbers See Enrollment, page 14 2 Sept. 30, 2003 Know your digits Calendar Oct. 2 New direct-dial phone Board of Trustees 5 p.m., College Center system up and running Oct. 3 “Finding Nemo” (G) 8 - 10 p.m., College Center People from outside of Aims can now dial employees here direct by Lounge, Greeley campus affixing a ‘339’ prefix to their extensions. Oct. 3 World Smile Day Extensions between 6200 and 6699 will remain the same, but those Oct. 7 CoffeeHouse: Jud Duncan employees with extensions of 6700 or higher have been given a new 10:30 a.m. - noon extension. Those employees are asked to change their voice mail as CCTR Lounge soon as possible.These changes have been made to allow Aims cus- Oct. 8 Flu, pneumonia shots tomers direct access to employees. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fax numbers also will change: All will have a 506 prefix with new College Center numbers. Call Deb Martinez with any questions or concerns, ext. Oct. 10 Professional Development 6380. Day, no daytime classes Employee phone changes (339 prefix) on Greeley campus Dana Anderson 6292 Tom Jones 6436 Oct. 15 Time Sheets due to HR Delynn Anderson 6499 Michael Joy 6456 Oct. 16 National Boss Day Ron Anderson 6421 Pete Manthei 6201 Oct. 23 CoffeeHouse: Straight Up 10:30 a.m. to noon Asst. to Dean Student Svcs. 6258 Jim Margetts 6502 CCTR Lounge Mark Brothe 6497 Corrine Martinez 6500 CED ESL Program 6561 Shannon McCasland 6563 Oct. 25-26 Kodak Balloon Harvest Beverly Clare 6670 Tim McFerron 6271 Oct. 28 Career Fair Jim Crandall 6339 Nicki Medina 6423 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Becky Day 6250 Pete Montez 6432 College Center Sandra Dexter 6322 Peg Mullaney 6511 Nancy Doyle 6462 Pat Musgrave 6509 Oct. 31 Halloween Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is: Brian Dunning 6479 Linda Neigherbauer 6275 Chrissie Duron 6561 Ann Rowe 6463 National Hispanic Heritage Month Susie Gallardo 6358 Melanie Rushing 6269 This observance provides an opportunity to Phylis Gosch 6417 Lorna Shingler 6416 Vicki Greening 6280 Russ Smith 6407 Jeff Halvorson 6312 Mary Sorenson 6316 appreciate the contributions of Hispanic Americans to our society and to pay tribute Chris Harmon 6343 Becky Sperber 6536 to our national diversity. Visit Juanita Hernandez 6270 Patty Stephens 6528 www.nwhp.org Mark Howell 6463 Tobi Vegter 6556 John Hutson 6549 Becky Ward 6307 Deb Jeffryes 6342 Pam Westover 6264 for more information. Kim Joiner 6249 Nathan Wright 6242 Jerry Jones 6471 Aims Alive deadlines Fax number changes (506 prefix) Deadline Issue Admissions,Records 6958 Human Resources 6953 Perkins, Sem. Conv. 6957 Info. Resource Mgmt. 6929 (prev. Asst. VP Ed Svcs) Library, in-house 6945 Oct. 9 Oct. 15 Oct. 27 Oct. 31 Behavioral, Social Math, Nat./App. Sciences 6940 Nov. 11 Nov. 14 and Economic Sciences 6959 Media Services 6924 Dec. 12 Dec. 17 Bookstore, office 6954 Physical Education 6934 Bookstore, Physical Plant 6949 service for students 6948 Purchasing 6955 Child Care Center 6923 Student Life, ASACC 6946 College Center, workroom 6947 Technology Division 6950 Aims Alive is Aims Community College’s twice-monthly newsletter published by Com. Hum., Business 6936 Thai House 6941 the college’s Public Information Office. Cont. Ed, Room 143 6952 Trades and Industry 6942 For submissions, contact Sharon Dunn Newton, Aims Alive editor, at ext. 6206 Cont. Ed, workroom 6944 Academic Admin. or email at email@example.com. Developmental Ed. 6937 (previously VP Ed Svcs) 6956 Please give notice of a week prior to any submission (for planning purposes). Family Life 6932 Chief Op. & Admin. Officer Financial Services 6943 (prev. VP Admin Svcs) 6926 Flight Simulator 6930 Dean of Students 6928 All submissions will be edited for content and brevity, and to conform with Associated Press style. AskColorado Sept. 30, 2003 3 Galavanting Aims hooks into statewide virtual reference library It’s not often you do research on the Web and get the results you need - reliable ones at that. Now, Aims students have available to them a 24/7 library research service that yields reliable results at the touch of a button, often in a matter of a minute or two. “The problem many students have is they all want to go to the Internet to do their research,” said Carol Satersmoen, instruction/public services librarian at Aims’ Jerry Kiefer Library. “But, you can never be quite sure if the source is credible or accurate.” Aims is participating in a project called Ask- Colorado, a statewide effort that pools 43 libraries and their staff to answer online ques- tions and help people Photo by Robert Waltman find information on Aims President Dr. Marsi Liddell shares a laugh with board of Trustees dent on Monday, Sept. 15 during the Celebrating Aims Gala at the practically anything. President John Dent after her formal installation as Aims’ fifth presi- The library staff members who work on Corporate Education Center. The event drew a crowd of more than 200, the service answer questions immediately, help including notables such as UNC President Kay Norton, state Sen. Dave find information, or point people in the right Owen, R-Greeley, Weld County commissioners, college donors, such direction to get what’s needed. Often, they send as Florence Winograd, as well as Aims faculty and staff. Web pages that will be helpful, as well. Briefly In the first two weeks of operation, librarians answered more than 400 questions and probably saved people hours in search time. It’s also a good way to get online information when local libraries Use up supplies before ordering more with new icon are closed. “A lot of students, for whatever reason, don’t Aims has a new icon to identify the want to come into a library, so this is another college, but please use up stationery, way,” Satersmoen said. “Even if it’s 2 a.m. and etc., with the old icon before ordering they need help, they’ll get it.” new supplies. The project was funded for one year by a The new icon was one of five final $120,000 grant under the Library Services and designs created by the members of the Technology Act administered by the Colorado Icon Committee, a subset of the Aims Transition Team. The team was composed State Library, a unit of the Colorado Department of Mark Lewis, Brian Dunning, Patty Miller, and Connie Osaki-Hansen. The icon you see today was designed by Mark Lewis. While the icon also can be of Education. The participating libraries supple- printed in black and white, the word ‘Aims’ is black and should never be printed mented the grant with staff time and money. in color. Aims, for example, put up $250 and two hours a week of Satersmoen’s time (to man the online College to print only Find-it-Fast notes in directory This fall, Aims will not print an updated telephone directory of Aims employ- database and answer questions). ees. The office will provide updated versions of the Find-It-Fast pages (the Nancy Edmonds, learning resource officer for green pages in the front of your directory) shortly after Oct. 1. Aims, said she expects funding for the program Individuals’ names and email addresses will be printed under each depart- will continue for at least another year. ment, which will appear in alphabetical order. The pages will be sent via cam- Aims students can easily get to the AskColorado pus mail to all employees. link through the Aims Library link on the Aims To get complete information on employees, such as their title and work phone, Website, www.aims.edu. Or, they can simply they can be easily accessed under the Employee Campus Directory on the Aims punch in www.AskColorado.org and click on “Access AskColorado.” Intranet at: intranet.aims.edu 4 Sept. 30, 2003 Who’s New? Debra Dirksen Maxine Obleski Instructional Designer Anatomy/Physiology, Title III Grant Biology Professor WSTV 697A EDBH 588 Ext. 6458 Ext. 6389 Debra Dirksen joined Aims in Maxine Obleski this fall April as the faculty instruction- replaced biology professor al designer for the Title III Grant Wilson, who returned to grant. his home state of Utah to teach Dirksen was most recently an at a college there. assistant professor at Metropol- Obleski, of Westminster, has itan State College of Denver. Since 1998, she was the director of taught anatomy, physiology and biology for several years, most the Educational Resource Center and taught introduction to Edu- recently at Front Range Community College in Westminster. cational Technology courses to pre-service teachers. She left the Intermittently, she also worked as an engineer for Martin position to come to Aims. Marietta Astronautics in Denver and Storage Technology Cor- As the Title III instructional designer, she will coordinate full- poration in Louisville. time and adjunct faculty development with the use of computer- She’s taught at Red Rocks and Arapahoe Community Col- and web-based technology and help them adapt existing courses leges, as well as Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. to such modes. She also will consult and advise faculty on effec- During her teaching career, she has taught cardiovascular and tive methods of instruction using interactive video systems, Inter- neuroanatomy for graduate level nurses, and also served as the net, e-mail, video production, computer-based instruction and volunteer safety instructor for Colorado Safety Association in other technologies. Denver. From 1997-98, she worked as an educational technology spe- She has two master’s degrees: one in systems engineering, cialist for the Idaho State Department of Education. From 1992 human factors speciality from Wright State University in Day- to 1996, she was a consultant for the University of Northern Col- ton; and one in anatomy and cell biology from the school of orado working with student teachers. She also taught math for a medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa. She number of years. earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Lebanon Valley Dirksen has a doctorate in educational technology, instructional College in Annville, Pa. design from UNC; a master’s degree in secondary education, She reports she also has conducted independent research on emphasizing instructional technology from Utah State; and a cancers, enzymes and viruses and has published several papers. bachelor’s in health science education from Brigham Young. Susan Weber of Fort Collins is Aims’ new vices in Tucson. director of Human Resources. In November 1991, she moved to Laramie, She began work Sept. 22. Wyo., to be the office/personnel manager at She comes to Aims from Front Range Com- Lone Star Properties, which had offices and munity College, where she served as Human employees in Wyoming, Colorado and Texas. Resources Director there since April 1999. In 1993, she moved to the University of She began her career in Tucson, Ariz., where, Wyoming in Laramie as a senior human in 1991, she earned her bachelor’s degree in resource specialist (job analyst). In July 1995, business and public administration, human she was promoted to human resources coordina- resources, at the University of Arizona. tor, which she held until June 1996. Weber has a variety of experience under her She turned her sights on Fort Collins, where Susan Weber belt, ranging from working in private businesses she became a part-time human resources con- to colleges. sultant for Heska Corporation, before moving to Prior to working at Front Range, she was the Front Range Community College. Director human resources manager for SITEL Corpora- She is a member of the Northern Colorado Human Resources tion in Fort Collins from 1996 to 1998. There, Human Resources Association, the College and GENS 201.2 she managed human resource operations for University Professional Association and, she Ext. 6283 300 employees. has taken several courses related to enhancing Since she graduated college, she remained in her skills in human resources. human resources area, starting out her career as She is proficient in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, a student intern at Confed Administrative Ser- FileMaker Pro and WordPerfect. Sept. 12, 2003 5 Fort Lupton campus: Working hard down south to meet community needs Way down south, amidst tall fields and a fast-paced About this housing boom is a tower- series ing figure, seemingly out Each issue this year, of nowhere. Aims Alive will focus on Drive east on Colo. 52, a different department or and the sign points you area at Aims, highlight- ing its service to the col- directly to Aims’ Fort Lup- lege. Reprographics and ton campus. That brown Public Information is building off the road a bit. scheduled next on There it sits ready to take Oct. 15. in the boom that has cially in the wake of enveloped this small Weld exploding growth in south Weld. town and soak up escaping “We’ve saturated the long- Denver residents like a standing population, so now, our sponge. challenge is to target the people Its time is coming. But, moving in here,” Smith said. don’t think the south cam- “So, we want to make sure we pus is that far off from have connections to the cham- meeting needs. bers of commerce in Fort Lup- Staffed by a dedicated ton, Brighton, Hudson and South crew of 32+ people, the Photo by Robert Waltman Platte Valley. We’re trying to south campus is home to David Cushman wheels a table from the second floor of the Aims keep in touch with what they see roughly 500 degree-seeking Fort Lupton Campus. Cushman not only handles security and is a need out here.” and non-degree seeking stu- maintenance at the campus, he makes himself the official One of the biggest concerns is dents a quarter, from a much greeter, as well, making sure all visitors and students find their getting students to understand different population than way around. Below: Fort Lupton folks enjoy a fiesta lunch last year. the importance of higher educa- Aims’ Greeley campus. tion, Smith said. First, it serves roughly 13 They have students coming in through “In high schools around here, they have communities in south Weld that bring the CAMP grant, as well as for Title V, students who don’t see a need to go to with it a population of 20,000. That’s which is a federal $1.9 million grant higher education, so we’re trying to find a hardly a swell of students to choose from aimed at netting and retaining the under- hook,” Smith said. “We’re losing a lot of when competition from Denver and Boul- prepared student. The CAMP grant is a kids out of high school. Many kids are in der schools lurks on the fringes. University of Colorado-Bueno program agriculture, and their parents never went Don’t be deceived by the scarcely filled that funds 30 students per year. These stu- on, so why should they?” parking lots during the day. dents are from families involved in Just as there’s a need for health care “What students in this area seem to migrant farm work or agriculture. want is to go to school part-time,” said Title V has a built-in retention compo- See Fort Lupton, page 6 Chief Campus Officer Doug Smith. nent, which so “Sixty percent of our students are night far, has proven students and we can’t find an extra class- successful. room. We have to run our evening classes “Since the in two shifts. It’s been that way since the 2000-01 school college opened.” year, the baseline That’s led college leaders to work on year for the grant, building daytime enrollment, which is our retention rates proving fruitful. from fall to win- Last fall, the campus received a Career ter have grown Ladder Grant. That has brought an extra from 45 percent 30 bilingual school paraprofessionals to to 65 percent,” campus to earn their associate’s degrees Smith said. with plans to move to the University of Still, the chal- Northern Colorado for their bachelor’s lenge is to grow degrees in bilingual education. enrollment, espe- 6 Sept. 30, 2003 Did you know? You may think you know everything about the people around you, but Aims Alive has learned some interesting tidbits about the Fort Lupton Fort Lupton Campus staff. From page 5 Anna Ayala David Cushman workers throughout Colorado, so too is Faculty secretary Maintenance/Security there a need in south Weld, Smith said. Is the second of nine His truck stops at all children in a migrant garage sales. And, in “There’s a real need for bilingual farm family. Her his spare time, he medical assistants. There’s a lot of favorite job was pick- hunts for rocks and assisted living facilities around here, ing cherries in Old fossils. and they need certified nursing assis- Mission, Mich. tants.” Smith and other Aims officials are trying to tackle both concerns head-on by talking with area superintendents Diane DeBella Scott Diesing Title V Activity Director HS Diploma about higher education needs and devel- Has been entering Program oping programs to be fused with high sweepstakes since school curriculums. 1998, winning lots of “As early as next summer, we’re prizes, including trips Is an avid Cubs fan. looking at starting a jump-start program to N.Y. City, the with the school districts,” Smith said. Bahamas, South Beach,Calif., and a “We’re possibly looking at a specific Caribbean cruise. medical area where we can do a CNA training for three weeks for the high school students. … Jamie Edwards Gary Fortner Faculty Deputy Chief “The idea is to help a group of stu- Campus Officer dents start at the freshman level who Witnessed/experi- wouldn’t typically graduate high school enced a (failed) mili- Likes to ride and and give them a target to shoot for,” tary coup while living train horses! Smith said. in Spain. The possibilities are endless. They’ve also begun a program that keeps classes open, even if they don’t make enrollment. Joe Pat Giron Stephanie Gossett What they’re doing is “stacking” Title V Executive Asst. Morning Security classes. For example, the campus can Is a floral designer Is one of 12 chil- offer a variety of levels of math, and dren; in 2001, he and makes hand students in each level can enroll in the climbed the famous rolled silk flowers — same class. water fall in Jamaica; “from silk to flower.” With it, they have instructors who can also plays the guitar Would like to teach a teach at all levels. They’re doing this and sings. floral/silk flower design class through with a software package called Destina- Continuing Ed. tions. “In the last two years, we’ve probably salvaged at least 10 classes a year that Richard Hanks Bev Koppes Psychology Professor Coordinator of Services we would have had to cancel because Asst. to Chief Campus Officer they didn’t make,” Smith said. Finished his first Was a nanny during the The college also is reaching out to its marathon this summer of 1960 for the senior population with a program called summer. family of Tim Allen, who College for Lifelong Learners. was “Tim the Tool Man” In it, they allow seniors to enroll in on Home Improvement. He was probably about up to 14 academic classes at a reduced 8 years old then and tuition rate. They can only enroll if was known as Tim there is room available in the class Dick. because they won’t generate any FTE See Fort Lupton, page 7 Sept. 30, 2003 7 Fort Lupton Oliver Michael Connie Nagel Night Security Admissions & Records From page 6 “My daughter and I Was a member of a survived the night in citywide champi- the Big Thompson for the college. onship track team in Flood of 1976 and The seniors don’t get college credit for 1942 and 43. had to be airlifted the class, and they don’t have to have out by the National their work graded or take the tests. It’s a Guard the next day.” way to continually challenge the mind for the sheer love of learning. “So far, we haven’t had many takers, Jean Otte Keith Reierstad but it’s just a matter of getting the word Title V Instructional English Professor out,” Smith said. Designer What makes the enrollment growth Taught English in critical at this point is that with the Saw The Beatles live Iran for 2 years. state’s decision last year to no longer in concert at Red award FTE for non-degree seeking stu- Rocks. The tickets cost $6.60 apiece. dents, such as student in ESL classes, overall enrollment has been down. “Our enrollment has been down 20 percent in the last two to three quarters,” Liz Ryan Marian Scheuerman Lab Specialist/PHones/ITS Smith said. Math Professor Title V Activity II Director But, like Rocky, they’ll keep on fight- ing. Is a Bob Ross land- Was a candidate for “I don’t know if we’re ever going to scape artist and the Air Force Acade- change the attitude of the high schoolers instructor — “but I my until the Air Force don’t have the big, found learned she wanting to get out of town to go to col- fuzzy hair.” was a girl. lege,” Smith said. “But, I think we’re changing some attitudes. The students coming here are getting a good educa- tion, and when they transfer to four-year Doug Smith Ellen Swieter colleges, they’re doing well. We had Chief Campus Officer Business Instructor eight students this summer in the Career Worked as a military Ladder program who had a 4.0 GPA. adviser in Central Has seven brothers That word gets out. That reputation is Africa for three years and sisters and she ! (1984-1987). As an is an AVID Bronco being built.” Air Force Lt. Colonel fan. and pilot, he was assigned to the US Employees not appearing in Military Mission this list: (Zamish) in Kin- shasa, Zaire, flew the U.S. Embassy's Mary Tucker Cindy Hendrick Jack Howell Beechcraft KingAir aircraft and advised Sr. Adviser Bookstore Operations PT Lab Assistant military officials in the following African In 1979, she was Office Specialist countries: Burundi, the Central African one of the nomi- Republic, Rwanda, Cameroon, Gabon, Jeannie Ickler Mary Ickler and Zaire (now the Democratic Republic nees for The Out- PT Lab Assistant PT Lab Assistant standing Young of the Congo). Women Manuela Retana of America award. Tammy Molinar- A&R Assistant LeBlanc CAMP Director Lorenzo Aragon CAMP Program Ambrosio Rodriguez CAMP Coordinator/Recruiter Reynaldo Reyes Debra Suniga CAMP PROGRAM Recruiter 8 Sept. 30, 2003 Continuing Ed offers new Spanish program for area businesses Almost 50 people showed up Sept. 17 ferent from traditional for the Division of Continuing Educa- Spanish instruction, tion’s first community breakfast to which typically teach- launch its new Command Spanish(R) es tourist types of use program for businesses. of the language, as Participants representing a variety of well as grammar. industries, from construction to health “To really be fluent care, attended to learn a new way of in Spanish, it would communicating with either Spanish- take two to three speaking customers or employees. years,” Roseann “This is a positive step,” said Gini Guyette, director of Hoffner of New Horizons Travel. “It training and develop- only seems advantageous to your busi- ment at Aims, told the ness to get that. When we go to a differ- participants. “This ent country, and can’t speak the lan- teaches specific occu- guage, you naturally gravitate toward pational terms in a people who speak your language.” limited amount of Command Photos by Sharon Dunn Newton Spanish(R) Ralph Tarnasky, a Spanish professor at Aims, leads a has evolved group of banking employees through exercises in a new at Continu- Spanish curriculum offered through Continuing Educa- ing Educa- tion. Left: Mercedes Torres, another Spanish teacher at tion in the Aims, leads a group interested in office terminology. The last year new curriculum is an easier way to learn some Spanish after begin- terms to communicate without having to learn the entire ning what language. they called time. Nurses will formed the shape of a house to empha- Survival use Command size his point. They repeated the phrase Spanish, in Spanish(R) to in Spanish and then English, “What is which they treat patients, not your address?” tailored Spanish classes specific to busi- order tacos at a restaurant.” Most who attended the free breakfast ness needs. The program designers have and workshops said they were Then came Command Spanish(R), researched several jobs and industries, impressed with the program, believing it with its 30+ Spanish curriculums and translated specific terms into a could help their businesses and their throughout the employment industry. generic form of Spanish that can easily communication efforts: The Weld County Department of be understood by people from Mexico, “Right now, if a Spanish-speaking Human Services paid for Aims to have Puerto Rico, Colombia and Honduras. person calls our office and says, ‘Habla the license to the program, which isn’t “You’re not going to be bilingual espanol?’ we say, ‘No,’” said Sharon offered anywhere else in Colorado. with this, but you are going to be able Dunn, professional relations coordinator With the program, Aims can teach to communicate,” Guyette said. at the Greeley Orthodontic Center. “I vital terms in Spanish in several fields, During the Command Spanish (R) really think we could increase our busi- including emergency services, banking breakfast, participants broke into four ness” with this training. “Putting ‘Habla and retail and even the health care groups under an instructor to learn first- Espanol’ in our advertising would be a industry. hand how the program works. There, powerful thing.” The program operates on a simple they paired off with each other practic- Another community breakfast is principle. It keeps Spanish simple, and ing phrases necessary to their jobs. scheduled tentatively in November for teaches participants to ask questions in “Qual es su direccion?” a group of law enforcement and emergency servic- Spanish to elicit either yes or no about 12 people in the banking industry es. responses, or direct answers such as a repeated under the instruction of Aims For more information, call Guyette, name or address, or a condition. It’s dif- professor Ralph Tarnasky. His hands ext. 6758. Sept. 30, 2003 9 Learn new skills anytime, anywhere over the Internet By Jennifer Naimark quent interactions keep you scores are tracked and avail- Center for Professional Development motivated to learn. 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Mail to Friends of a Woman’s Place, PO Box On Sale 5053, Greeley, Colo. 80632. Payment must be received by Oct. 10. Call Learn the latest on available careers and (800) 315-ARTS or 356-5000 for more information. meet area employers in this community and college event. Career Fair 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the College Center Bookstore Oct. 28 All clothing 25% off Aims College Center through Oct. 3 (excludes new polo shirts, A shared event among Criminal Justice, and any other sale items) Fire Science and Career Planning departments at Aims. 10 Sept. 30, 2003 Loveland ArtSteps program gets under way Loveland area middle and high school students spent Art students: their Saturday (Sept. 27) at Make some money; Mountain View High School painting murals to display your work be displayed at Loveland ArtSteps in Loveland is seeking bus stops to promote the submissions of art from Aims Loveland ArtSteps program. students for display at the Love- Aims professor Trudi land Campus and the Loveland Manuel helped organize the Museum/Gallery from Feb. 21 project. to April 4. Photo by Robert Waltman This is a great chance for stu- Amee Turretine, Amy dents to sell their work. Submis- Fisher and Kari Hoeseth sions should arrive at the Love- work feverishly Sept. 27 land campus by Feb. 4, 2004, to finish their project for for display. Call Trudi Manuel, the Loveland ArtSteps Ext. 6425, for more information. Applause Center program. New baby for Both teach country dance, as well. The two met two years ago at a wedding Bollenbacher reception of some mutual students and Vicky Bollenbacher, a there’s been no looking back. political science and eco- They married in a small ceremony and nomics professor at Aims, and her hus- spent their honeymoon in England and band, Mike, became parents earlier this France. month. The two are hoping to buy or build a Luke Alben Bollen- home in Greeley and have a full basement bacher was born Sept. with which to offer dance lessons togeth- 2 by cesarean section. er. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 18 inches long. Carleton goes full time Bollenbacher plans Margaret Carleton has to return to work later been chosen to replace this fall. Kim Wallin as a full- She has taught at Bollenbacher time intake adviser in Aims since 2001. the Student Success Center. Marie and Leba Sarkis Wallin moved out of because of immigration laws. MECEC teacher marries state this summer when Sarkis, who’s taught biology at Aims fellow dance instructor her husband got a new since 1991, married Marie, a school job. teacher in his home country on Aug. 16 in Ruby Kozan, who has Carleton Carleton has worked Lebanon. He met her during a trip back been taking care of the in various positions in home a year and a half ago. Marie had children at the Monfort the Success Center on a part-time basis been friends with his sister for 18 years. Early Childhood Edu- for the last five years. The two had a traditional church cere- cation Center since mony, then took a 10-day cruise to the 2001, got married Sept. 6 at Greeley Wesleyan Sarkis marries in Lebanon Let the Aims community know Church. Leba Sarkis returned from his annual about you or your family’s accom- She married Tom summer trip to Lebanon with a ring on plishments or life changes. Kozan Reynolds of Littleton, a his finger. Submit items to a financial adviser for Unfortunately, his new wife could not firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 6206. the U.S. Department of Energy. return to Colorado with him just yet Sept. 30, 2003 11 Stretchin’ into fall Fall-In Celebration, Sept. 25, 2003 Top: Aims student body president Joette Molinar stretches as far as she can in the bungee run before being slapped back to where she started. Above: Nikki Schaff Top: Vendors set up for Fall-In on Sept. 25. In laughs heartily after all, 45 area businesses set up booths for the her friend Chanel students to peruse. Above: Aims student Vusha delivers a Tracey Harris helps Bookstore director John knock-out punch in Cordova and bookstore assistant Nan Printz the boxing bounce deliver the goods to Judy Rangel, left. Rangel room. Right: Aims won the bookstore’s annual fall raffle, netting auto mechanics a hefty profit of school supplies, a watch, an instructor Bill Hernan- Aims shirt, a baseball cap and a JanSport dez takes his turn in back pack. Rangel is a new health studies stu- the bungee run. dent from Longmont. Student News 12 Sept. 30, 2003 More prepared than ever to start the fall quarter istered for orientation via a “The presentations included help computers in the General New student prompt in the fall schedule. tips for being a successful stu- Services building for students orientations Advisers in the student suc- cess center helped this effort, dents and tours to find classes. We had a faculty panel talking to use to register, pay bills online, or check personal draw hundreds McCasland said, by reinforc- ing the need for students to about a syllabus, expectations in class, what to call their pro- information. Pat Fay, director of enterprise Close to 400 students this fall attend. fessor, simple stuff that wor- technology, said she just are coming more prepared That’s quite a difference — ries students,” McCasland recently handed out more than than students in years’ past. and a lot less costly — than in said. “We ended with a book- 300 passwords directly o stu- In previous years, said Shan- the past, when McCasland store presentation, a little bit dents because of the new-stu- non McCasland, coordinator would correspond with stu- of advising and information on dent orientations, which will of student activities, new-stu- dents through the mail to veri- Web services. It was all stuff help build awareness that stu- dent orientations drew from 30 fy their plans to attend. that students need to know dent can conduct school busi- to 40 students a session. This “Since it was in the class from day one.” ness on line. And more are year, she and several others at schedule, it looked more offi- Students also received their sure to come with student ori- the college tried something cial,” McCasland said. alternate personal identifica- entation making more of an different to get students This year, she and several tion numbers at these sessions, impact on students. aboard and ready to go. faculty and staff members at which enabled them to register McCasland added: “Now, First, when students regis- Aims put on eight orientation online through Aims’ Web we have a totally successful tered for classes, they also reg- programs for new students at Services. place from which to continue all three campuses. Now, there are three self- to build.” Coffee All performances Beef up leadership skills with new club House are from 10:30 The Student Programming council and one that thousands of other col- a.m. to noon at has begun a new group to help stu- leges are participating in. Students the College Cen- dents gain leadership skills through can learn from it and it’s not boring.” ter Lounge. nationally-recognized speakers via Speakers include: Eric Saperston, Coffee’s on the satellite. “The Hero’s Journey,” Joe Martin, house. Seven lectures will be brought to “It’s Good to Be Ugly: Success campus throughout the year. Students Strategies for the Motivationally Jud Duncan Tuesday, Oct. 7 who attend five of them will be given Challenged,” Patch Adams, “Having free memberships to the Society of Fun Working for Peace, Justice and Solo electric base, drum. Sting meets Success and Leadership, a great Care,” Jonathan Sprinkles, “Diver- Stomp! From LA (www.judduncan.com) resume-boosting activity. siMe University,” Patrick Combs, “I thought it would be a great way, “Fast Energy,” and potentially Straight Up Thursday, Oct. 23 on a small budget, to bring nationally Christopher Reeve. known people to our campus,” said All broadcasts will be aired from 5 Shannon McCasland, who coordi- to 6:30 p.m. in CCTR 727, once a Blues group nates the SPC. “The thing that caught month through April. my eye was that it was a program that Call Student Life, ext. 6450, for Jill Cohn Friday, Oct. 31 can happen once a month, it’s live, more information. Folk singer/songwriter from Seattle (www.jillcohn.com) He eats fire! He was a human straw on Jay Leno gic Brian Brushwood brings to Aims his: B izarre a Doug Wood Noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 M Free Thursday, Oct. 9 College Center Acoustic alternative guitar. From Cleve- Lounge land (www.dougwoodmusic.com) Brought to you by Student Programming Council Pizza Student News Sept. 30, 2003 13 New ASACC president ready for new, visible year The Student Government The ASACC student The group also plans to Association is on a mission government associa- be visible in the communi- this year. They want visi- tion meets weekly in ty. bility and want to be more the Student Life office They’ve discussed hold- active at Aims and within at the College Center. ing a Thanksgiving dinner the community. All student govern- for the needy and offering “We’re going to try to be ment members will a babysitting service for a little dramatic this year,” have office hours, students during the Christ- said Joette Molinar, presi- as well. mas holidays. The service dent of the Associated Stu- So, at any given would allow students to do dents at Aims. “We’re time, students are their Christmas shopping, going to try to do a lot welcome to come in and also raise money that more events, on and off- with their questions, would be donated to Cen- campus, and make it a issues and concerns. tennial Development Ser- point of getting student Or, call ext. 6450. vices Inc., a nonprofit Joette Molinar feedback and input on organization in Evans. President issues.” students who come from a “Hopefully, these events Associated Students of Aims Community College It’s good timing, with the variety of backgrounds, we’re planning will unite college’s reorganization from living in small towns the students and also show Student Government Association: and impending conversion to being home-schooled. that we care about the President: Joette Molinar to semesters. Initial discussions have community and want to V. President: Ashlee Bullington “We’re going to try to led the group to devise a give back,” Molinar said. Dir. of Financial Affairs: Alan Plaisance keep the students informed variety of ways to get that Molinar said she also will Senators: all year long on all of the visibility, such as wearing push to get more student Franco Silva changes so there aren’t any T-shirts with differing slo- input into some Aims com- Luke Usery surprises,” Molinar said. gans, and handing out mittees, as well as begin Jacob Honebein Molinar, 32, and a non- ‘Wanted’ bookmarks with regular announcements Kenton Larson traditional nursing student, student government mem- from SGA members in Mic Cozzens is backed up by a group of bers’ pictures. Aims classes. Avoid the line: Self-help computers now available While Online registration has been available to students since last winter, Aims is still trying to get the word out to students to use it. Students can use Web Services for a variety of business, and can now avoid standing in lines at the Student Success Center to do their college business. Students can use any of three new self-help computers in the lobby, with ready help from college personnel if they have dif- ficulties. Students can register, pay bills, and check their personal information. “This is to offer another way besides standing in line to reg- ister,” said Dwayne Cable, director of Information Technology. When Web Registration began last year, students were Photo by Sharon Dunn Newton mailed their access codes, but there hasn’t been a flood of tak- Assistant Registrar Tom Hartman guides Staci Kinchen ers. through Web services to register on her own. Kinchen is a sen- “It’s going to take time. It’s sort of a cultural thing,” said Pat ior radiology technology student this fall. She is using one of Fay, director of Enterprise Technology. the three new self-help registration terminals. 14 Sept. 30, 2003 Risk Management update: Grants update: Consensual relations can be risky Welcome to the first of what we hope will be a regular Jerry Jones column from the Resource Development Office, formerly By known as Institutional Grants. Special Assistant to the President In these hard economic times, securing alternative sources of funding for the college has become more Aims adopted a policy in June 2002 that prohibits the initiation of important than ever. The competition is fierce, but when a an amorous relationship by an Aims’ employee with a student or project proposal is successfully funded, the rewards can employee where an evaluative relationship exists. This is another go way beyond just money. Grant projects have a lasting way of saying that faculty and supervisors should not date or positive impact on the college in terms of establishing become romantically involved. world-class programs and services, developing strong ties Recently, a draft procedure covering consensual relations was to the community, and bringing aboard outstanding staff posted for comment on the Internet. Please read it and provide and faculty. your input by Oct. 10. If you have questions regarding consensual Are you unfamiliar with what a grant is, or how to go relations at Aims, you should contact Human Resources. about getting one? Do you have an idea or need and are The rule recognizes the inherent disparity of power that exists ready to move forward with identifying funding opportu- between an instructor and student and between a supervisor and nities and developing a proposal? Are you involved with subordinate. This rule may sound like cupid taking a holiday to an existing grant and have some concerns about day-to- some, but from a College viewpoint, it is simply a common sense day management? The staff in the Resource Develop- risk-management solution. ment Office would love to assist you in any part of the Aims recognizes that relationships can arise from these circum- process. The following is a list of just a few topics we plan to stances. As a safeguard, a faculty member or supervisor must not cover in future editions of Aims Alive: initiate the relationship. If the relationship somehow manages to • Why someone would want to write a grant proposal; arise, the faculty member or supervisor must withdraw as an evalu- • Resources for identifying funding opportunities; ator. The only course of action in such circumstances is to have an • Overview of the major sections of grant proposals; alternative evaluator. • Proposal writing tips; These circumstances are part of the larger spectrum of conflict of • Grants management; interest. All Aims employees have an obligation to recognize cir- • History of the Resource Development Office; cumstances where there is potential influence on their judgment by • Highlights of active grants at Aims; competing interests. Where such conflicts arise, the employee has • and, project proposals that are in the works at Aims. an obligation to immediately report such conflicts to his supervisor You also can contact the Resource Development Office or to the Director of Human Resources. Employees must also be directly to discuss any of these topics, or others. Also, conscious of circumstances that present the appearance of a con- keep your eyes open for announcements about workshops flict of interest. Appearance goes beyond what may actually exist related to grants, to be offered quarterly. and contemplates what may flow from the circumstances that exist. — Stacey Hogan, Director for Resource Development, Employees should be cautious and avoid engaging in circum- email@example.com, ext. 6644. stances that could lead to mistaken perceptions. Enrollment Come on down! from page 1 “Enrollment is not down,” has filled, now swelling past Volunteers are needed to Manthei said. “Head count 60 students. On a typical is down, but I’m not 100 year, that class draws help with the Kodak - percent sure that’s a bad between 40 and 50 students, Greeley Hot-Air thing because FTE is up. he said. Other chemistry Balloon Harvest. The FTE is a reflection of classes are experiencing the Sign up for the bodies in front of instruc- same, he said. tors, so we’ve got people “You try to find an open following: here and they’re taking class on this campus now,” Saturday, Oct. 25 Contact: classes.” Pentecost said. “Nothing’s Morning liftoff, 6 a.m. Janine Walker That part doesn’t surprise open. Everything seems to Tom Pentecost, a chemistry be full.” Evening glow, 5 p.m. Ext. 6404 instructor and president of The first report, issued or firstname.lastname@example.org the Aims College Education Sept. 25 states that several Sunday, Oct. 26 Association. programs are experiencing morning liftoff, 5 a.m. “We have to be up in body huge increases: Anthropolo- count. I won’t believe any gy is up 220 percent; litera- numbers that say we’re not.” ture is up 270 percent; histo- Volunteers are needed to help with parking, collecting money In his seven years at Aims, ry is up 72 percent; math, 11 and directing traffic. This is the major fund-raiser for the this fall is the first time his percent, and criminal justice, ! Aims Staff Association’s scholarship fund. freshmen chemistry class 78 percent.