ACC 2016-17 Student of the Year – Leah Porter

Leah PorterEarlier this spring, Arapahoe Community College student Leah Porter was selected as one of 15 nationwide Guistwhite Scholars by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishments and engagement in PTK programs. It proved to be just one of a multitude of accolades that the Malaysian native would garner during a decorated 2016-17 academic year at ACC.

Porter initially arrived in Colorado in 2001, but spent the majority of the ensuing six years traveling in and out of the country before returning to Denver as a permanent U.S. resident in 2007. She has lived in Israel, Singapore, Czech Republic (Prague) and Puerto Rico, and is fluent in five languages. However, when she enrolled at ACC in 2014, her written English and math (logarithms) competencies were not yet at the college level. Language barriers were frustrating and rendered prerequisite courses challenging. Porter, however, persevered through the adversity and was encouraged to apply for the ACC Sales Club Scholarship by Dr. Jim Boespflug while taking his Business Law class. Much to her surprise, she was selected as the recipient.

“Winning the scholarship really woke me up,” explained Porter. “It invigorated me, and I realized that I wanted more from my college experience. In fact, it motivated me to apply for an officer position in ACC’s Sigma Phi Chapter of PTK.”

She has become accustomed to overcoming obstacles, but none may be greater than the cultural adversity she has – and continues – to contend with. Porter, however, knew the path she wanted to travel, and began a new journey three years ago. Her goal: an associate degree and “cerebral” career.

“There is a socioeconomic demographic of women in Malaysia who are discouraged from advancing their intellect,” expressed Porter. “There is, unfortunately, a stigma that exists within my family because of the choices I’ve made to pursue my education.”

The President of Sigma Phi, Porter garnered Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar recognition earlier this spring. She is ACC Student Government’s representative on the State Student Advisory Committee (SSAC), as well as the student representative on the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE). Porter earned Distinguished Officer acclaim at this year’s PTK Colorado/Wyoming Spring Regional Convention and was named to the PTK All-Colorado Academic Team in March. In 2016, she attended the PTK Honors Institute, served as Sigma Phi Vice President (Honors in Action Project), attended the Emily Griffith Symposium and founded ACC’s first student book club. Porter has also served on the President’s Student Advisory Council and Diversity Committee.

“My experience at ACC has been so valuable. The integrated, institution-wide support at the College has enabled me to establish not just my educational pathway, but confidence in myself,” said Porter. “The faculty and staff, as well as the opportunities, at ACC are amazing. My educational journey extends beyond just my life. ACC has helped change the lives of my daughters, who now have college aspirations.”

Porter has moved mountains at ACC with great fervor, and she approaches each challenge as an opportunity to expand her horizons. Her global voyages have since subsided, but her academic endeavors are well underway. She has been named ACC’s 2016-17 Student of the Year and will serve as one of three student speakers at the College’s 50th commencement on May 10 when she graduates with her associate degree in Business Administration. Porter, who plans to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees, wants to attain a career in higher education, serving as an advocate for aspiring female students both locally and around the world.

by Jeff Duggan, ACC Communications Coordinator

ACC Music Courses for Summer 2017

The Arapahoe Community College music department is offering courses in the History of Jazz and Music Business this summer. I have been teaching these courses here for the better part of 5 years. My experience in both the jazz community and the music industry as a professional jazz bassist has given me the innate understanding of jazz a musical language. Through my recording and performing experiences, I have garnered many opportunities to play with the greatest jazz musicians in the country. It is always my hope to instill the excitement that I experience when listening to jazz and discussing its history in this course. Students that have taken this course in the past have not only learned about the history, but have ascertained the meaning of the music and how to listen to it which has led to an acute appreciation. Course information for History of Jazz: MUS 125 101. Meets MW 1-3 pm.

The Music Business course is designed to help aspiring musicians, producers, audio engineers, songwriters, and entrepreneurs navigate the complexities of the industry. We cover everything from how to start a partnership or corporation, copyright law, publishing licenses, touring, merchandising, selling music, record deals and much more. I have learned so much from experiencing the music industry for myself, my hope is that I can be a mentor in this vain. Course information for Music Business: MUS 167 101. Meets MW 6-8 pm.

In addition, I am also mentoring any aspiring musician this summer in private music lessons. Not only are bassists invited to sign up for lessons, but any musician interested in learning the art of improvisation on their instrument, music theory or business mentoring, or composition. These lessons meet once a week and are designed to help you to reach your personal goals. Course information for private music lessons: MUS 141 509. Open Scheduling!

Taking summer courses is a great way to get a head start on the next school year. These courses aren’t just for the serious musician, but they are general requisites for any ACC student. We invite you to enroll today. If you should have any questions or would like to meet me before the summer semester, please feel free to contact me at tyson.ailshie@arapahoe.edu. Also, please visit my website at www.tysonailshie.com to listen to some music, watch videos, or just learn more about me as a musician and educator.

Tyson Ailshie
Adjunct Professor of Music, ACC

Abraham: An ACC “Success Tori”

Tori AbrahamThere was a time when Arapahoe Community College student Tori Abraham wasn’t certain about how to move forward with her academic and career aspirations.

Now, not only is she on target to graduate from ACC this May (Associate of Arts in Psychology), she’s already moving mountains in the lives of youngsters throughout the south metro Denver area.

The Mountain Vista High School graduate, who began attending ACC in August of 2014, currently works as a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) at Trumpet Behavioral Health in Centennial, and also as a nanny for two different families.

“Not all children are fortunate enough to have a strong support system,” stated Abraham.  “I feel like it’s more beneficial to build strong youth rather than to mend adults. I love brightening the lives of children and seeing them smile. It’s very fulfilling to watch their lives improve and see them grow.”

Abraham has taken three courses with ACC Psychology Faculty Allison Hagood, looking forward to each and every class session. She credits Hagood with advancing her interest and passion for psychology, alluding to how the Abnormal Psychology course in particular has been instrumental in giving her perspective about obstacles that others – as well as she herself – may encounter.

“Tori is a delight to have in class,” said Hagood. “She’s thoughtful and engaged, both with her professors and with other students. I am looking forward to the great things she’s going to accomplish in the future.”

Abraham praised her younger sister, Ellie, for being influential in her success at ACC. “She, unlike myself, has always been passionate about school,” Abraham said about Ellie, who will be attending CU Denver next fall. “Ellie has been such an inspiration for me ever since I first enrolled at ACC nearly three years ago. I’ve grown into a student who loves to learn. I’ve had great professors and I’m passionate about Psychology. I’ve been able to succeed at ACC like I never dreamed possible.”

Abraham is a recipient of both the Thom Sorensen Psychology Scholarship and the All-American Scholarship, and was inducted into ACC’s Sigma Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society in the fall of 2015. Earlier this spring, Abraham was named to the PTK All-Colorado Academic Team.

“I’m very proud to have been part of PTK,” said Abraham. “It’s been exciting to be a part of something so prestigious, and it has opened so many doors for me.”

Abraham will transfer to CU Boulder next fall to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She aspires to work in the field of clinical psychology with a specialization in youth counseling.

by Jeff Duggan, ACC Communications Coordinator

Student Bond Fee Status

UPDATE

The Student Bond Fee has passed. All ACC students will pay the $2.80 building fee per credit hour whether enrolled in person or via online courses at any of the three ACC campuses.

Notice

This is to notify all enrolled students of Arapahoe Community College that an extension of the current building fee ($2.80 per credit) is being proposed to be collected from all ACC students enrolled in person or via online courses at any of the three ACC campuses.  Currently the fee is only paid by students enrolled in courses at the Littleton campus. If approved, it would be effective July 1, 2017 and the fee would be collected from all students for the first time fall academic term 2017. The fee will still be $2.80 per credit.

Proposed Ballot Language

Students enrolled on the Littleton campus currently pay a $2.80 per credit building fee.  Shall the current building fee of $2.80 be collected from all ACC students (online, Parker, Castle Rock and Littleton campus) students?

Authorization

Per the Arapahoe Community College Institutional Fee Plan and Colorado Community College System Board Policy 4-20 (Student Tuition & Fees/Scholarships) this fee will go to a vote of Arapahoe Community College Students via ACC student email accounts beginning April 17, 2017.

Fee Purpose

The purpose of the fee is pay towards bonds that previously funded the acquisition/creation of student space, and for current upkeep, furniture, utilities, renovations for student space and equipment, and resources for students. The monies collected shall be used only to pay the bond or for the acquisition, installation, maintenance, and equipment to support and enhance student spaces.

Explanation of the Fee

The building fee was first voted by students to maintain and provide resources and renovations for student spaces and resources. These include student spaces, club and organization space, equipment, furniture for student usage, studying and other online and in-person resources for students. At the time the fee was voted on by students (in the late 1990’s), the Littleton campus was the only ACC campus. Since this time, ACC has added two additional campuses, Parker and Castle Rock. Students at these campuses also enjoy student spaces and resources, but are not currently assessed the building fee.  Online students have full access to all campuses and spaces, and enjoy resources online that serve them as ACC students, from tutoring, library, access to assistance from college staff, and other amenities as an ACC students.

Fee Assessment

This $2.80 fee is per enrolled credit per academic term.

ACC Parker Campus Remodel Update

Our Parker Campus remodel is progressing with great success! Our students will soon be enjoying state-of-the-art science labs, a beautiful new student lounge area, and innovative classrooms to enhance experiential and collaborative learning.

Here’s what we’ve been busy working on:

  • Office, restroom and classroom “finishes”…including ceiling grids, drywall, plumbing, painting and lighting
  • Overhead rough-end completions for mechanical, electrical and plumbing
  • Wet / dry lab prep areas
  • Electric panel & transformer relocation
  • Boiler room / glycol system / hydronic piping
  • Rubber-sheet flooring in the labs (complete with heat-welded seams)
  • Removal of acoustic ceiling fixture and addition of a student lounge skylight
  • Revamped HVAC and ductwork systems

Take a look at our progress!

Parker Remodel construction crew at work

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myACC Update Tips

You may have noticed that myACC was upgraded on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Along with the upgrade we gave it a makeover to help make the things you use most easier to find and get to quickly.

The Dashboard

The new dashboard will be the first page you see. Depending on your role at ACC, you’ll be able to do things like: access your course(s), check your grades, check your email, enter grades, submit time/leave requests and a few other items that you use regularly.

The Pages

In addition to accessing services from the dashboard, you can also select a page on the top menu that suits your needs. These pages will look similar to the old myACC, but we’ve cleaned them up to make it easier to find what you need there as well. Are you seeing a theme?

Tips / troubleshooting

With every technology update, there are bound to be a few glitches along the way. We are working to fix any issues that arise as quickly as possible in order to not disrupt your ability to learn or work.

That being said, a quick trick to try if you are encountering issues is to clear your cache. Some of you may have never attempted this before, so we’ll walk you through it.

First, determine which browser you are using. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are the most common. Follow the instructions below for the browser you are using.

Internet Explorer

  1. Click on the Gear Icon in the top right corner of the page.
  2. Select “Tools,” then “Safety” and then “Delete Browsing History”
  3. Make sure “Temporary Internet Files” and “Cookies” are checked. You may also want to check the box to “Preserve Favorites website data” so you won’t lose that information.
  4. Click “delete.”

If you have IE 11, you can also try clearing your cache through the developer tools.

  1. Click on the Gear Icon once again.
  2. Click on “F12 developer tools.”
  3. In that window, you can then select “Cache” and then “Clear browser cache.”
  4. Confirm and you are all set.

Chrome

  1. Click the 3 vertical dots in the upper right corner of your screen.
  2. Select “More Tools” and then “Clear browsing data.”
  3. Make sure “Cookies and other site and plugin data” and “Cached images and files” are selected.
  4. Click on “Clear browsing data.”

Firefox

  1. Click on the 3 horizontal lines in the upper right corner of your screen.
  2. Click on “Preferences.”
  3. Select “Advanced” in the menu on the left.
  4. Select “Network” in the top menu under “Advanced.”
  5. The second option should be for “Cached Web Content,” click “Clear Now” on the right in that section.

Safari

  1. Click on “Safari” in the upper left side of the screen.
  2. Click on “Preferences” in the menu.
  3. Click on “Privacy” in the menu.
  4. Click on “Manage Website Data.”
  5. Once that loads, click on “Remove All” and then “Remove Now.”

If you have a browser we didn’t mention or a version that isn’t quite the same as these instructions and you need more guidance, check out PC Mag’s, “How to Clear Your Cache on Any Browser” article.

You could also try logging out and back in again. Sometimes this is enough to clear your cache and help prompt those items to correct themselves.

Help

We’re here to help you, so please let us know if you are encountering issues. If you can’t login or access something you need, please contact the helpdesk or our Admissions office.

Helpdesk: 1.888.800.9198

ACC Admissions: 303.797.5621 or admissions@arapahoe.edu.

If you wish to leave feedback about the new myACC, login and click on the Feedback Survey link at the top of the Dashboard.

FAKE NEWS: What is it? Hows does it affect democracy? How do we avoid it?

Hot Topics logoPlease join us for what promises to be a timely forum on an issue of importance to us as citizens of a democracy.

When: Thursday, March 9th, at 1:00pm
Where: ACC Littleton Campus Library on the 2nd floor of the Main Building.

The format for the event is informal. Our three speakers will provide brief comments on the issue followed by a Q and A for the remainder of the session.

First, Mr. Vincent Carroll will discuss fake news from a journalist’s perspective. Mr. Carroll has been writing commentary on public policy and politics in Colorado for 35 years, after several reporting and editing stints in other states. He was editorial page editor at the Rocky Mountain News for many years until that newspaper’s demise in 2009, when he moved to The Denver Post. When Mr. Carroll retired from full-time journalism in 2016, he was editorial page editor of The Post. He continues to write columns for the paper. Mr. Carroll is the recipient of many writing awards for editorials and columns, as well as a 2014 inductee into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame.

Next, Mr. Ted Belteau will discuss the impact of fake news on a flourishing democracy.  Mr. Belteau has been an educator for 30 years and is currently an Educational Consultant and a member of the ACLU Speakers’ Bureau. He sees the world as a place that must be safeguarded for future generations and believes strongly that the similarities shared by all members of our society are much stronger than the differences that some use to separate us. Mr. Belteau’s philosophy is quite simple: “love all, serve all.”

The third panelist is our own Ann Priestman, Head Reference and Archives Librarian here at ACC. Ms. Priestman will share tips for becoming a more discerning reader in an era of incredibly inaccurate, widely disseminated, “news.”

Finally, there will be ample time for you, our guests, to ask questions and share your observations. Please join us as we investigate “fake news.”

by Mary Carr, Department Chair – Anthropology, Economics, Political Science & Sociology

Why You Should Attend ACC’s Transfer Fair

ACC Spring Transfer Fair 2016So, you decided to start your college career at ACC to save a little and get a great education while doing so. You want to transfer to a 4-year university, but you’re not really sure where to start! ACC is hosting the Spring Transfer Fair on Wednesday, February 22nd from 10:30am – 1:30pm in the Summit Room on the Littleton Campus. Here’s why you should attend!

  • Get Connected with the 4-Year Representative – The earlier you connect with the 4-year university, the more effective you will be in your ACC education. Make sure that the courses you’re taking now will fit into the Bachelor’s degree you’re considering.
  • Ask Questions! Use the opportunity to find out more about programs offered, scholarships available, study abroad opportunities, internship possibilities and more.
  • Meet with over 40 different universities – Have you wondered about the difference between attending MSU or CU Denver? Have you looked into living in Boulder or Fort Collins? This is your chance to compare a variety of institutions and programs and opportunities at the same place and time!
  • Earn prizes and eat pizza – Come hungry and ready to win. Universities are giving away their cool swag and Student Life has generously donated pizza for participating students.

Did you know? The top eight schools ACC students transfer to:

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado – Denver
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Colorado – Boulder
  • Regis University
  • University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Colorado Christian University

Find out why ACC students succeed at these schools! All these universities will be at the transfer fair, and more! In addition to Colorado universities, there will be some from Nebraska, Wyoming, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona.

Upon enrolling, almost half ACC students identify that they intend to transfer as part of their goals. The best way to make that happen is by planning in advance for a seamless transfer. Let the Career and Transfer Center assist you. You can always check out what is new in Transfer Services online, including the visitation schedule of our four-year partners who would love to enroll ACC students!

Please contact the Career and Transfer Center at 303-797-5805, careers@arapahoe.edu, M2010, Littleton campus.

by Wendy Winter-Searcy, Career & Transfer Center Director and Shari Culver, Career and Transfer Counselor

Updates from IT

As you begin a new semester at ACC, you may have some questions about our technology on and off campus. We’ve prepared a list of tips, instructions and contact information to help you get off to a great start and ready to Move Mountains!Wireless Access instructions

Wireless Printing

Contact IT to get instructions for Printing from Wireless Network for more information on how you can submit simple print jobs to a select group of printers on campus. Please also note that print quotas will be reset by the start of Spring semester. Other information on quotas may be found in the student handbook.

Office 365 Install on Personal Computer

All ACC students are eligible to install Microsoft Office 365 on a personal laptop or desktop they own. To access and install Office 365 navigate your web browser to the ACC portal and log on. Click on the “Student tab” and look for an area with links to installing Office 365. This is a great suite of applications to use as you work through your studies at ACC.

Email Spam & Phishing – Being Vigilant

  • Students are hit with Spam and Phishing messages every day. New messages are deceptive and are getting craftier by the second. When in doubt, verify you were expecting an attachment before opening by contacting the person that sent the message. It is not uncommon to see phishing emails include legitimate signatures of people you know in an effort to get you to open the message.
  • Know that IT will NEVER ask you to click on a link and provide us with your personal information when you interact with us.
  • When in doubt please ask. Our campus community does a great job of identifying dangerous spam. It’s an effort that requires everyone.

IT Contact Information and Hours of Operation

For questions related to your computer lab user account or accessing technology services on campus please contact the ACC IT Help Desk using the contact information below.

  • ACC IT Help Desk Phone
    • On Campus – call extension 3199
    • Off Campus – call (303) 797-5700 extension 1283199
  • ACC IT Help Desk Hours of Operation (when class is in session)
    • Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Friday 7 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • ACC Open Lab Hours of Operation (when class is in session)
    • Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For questions about problems accessing the myACC portal please contact:

  • Always Available
  • 1 (888) 800-9198

Celebrating Democracy

There is another big change in the US of A: a new President. ACC is celebrating democracy in America by getting together for Diversity Dialogues on Monday, January 23 at 1pm in M2720, Littleton campus. Whatever your feelings are about our new President, stop by and engage in a discussion. Diversity Dialogues are a great space designed to allow students, staff, and community members to come together to share their thoughts in a safe environment. If you can’t stop by today, Student Life hosts weekly Diversity Dialogues. Check the schedule for one that works for you.

This year in politics has been one to remember and will definitely go down in the history books. It has been controversial and has raised a lot of questions within our country. When things like this happen, young adults are hesitant to reveal their own views and state what they are truly thinking. We are often told that our votes don’t matter or our views and opinions don’t matter. But I think that is totally backwards.

As upper-education students, I believe that we all have the right to express our own feelings and opinions. In addition to having the right, it is our civic duty. We are the future of the United States (yes, I know that sounds cheesy and you’ve heard it a million times before, but it’s true!). We should all be able to express what we think on a subject, no matter what said subject is. It allows for great conversations and debates, which eventually leads to learning. And that learning leads to us being more sensitive and aware of the world around us.

That is what I like about ACC. It is an open space to share your opinions. Sure, it may cause some debates (some more heated than others), but, hey, that’s the fun part! I am lucky enough to be a journalism major in this very interesting time in America and last semester, my class talked extensively on the subject of politics. My class was divided when it came to talking about the election and it led to multiple passionate debates between class members. And let me tell you, I learned more from those debates than I did in my entire high school civics class. Politics is a fact of life, so you might as well embrace it with open arms and learn from it!

Whether you like President Trump or not, you are able to express your opinions on him. And that is truly what democracy is.

by Ashlyn Stetzel, ACC Journalism Major