ACC Distinguished Faculty 2018-2019 Profile: Chris McKellips

Chris McKellipsDepartment
English

Years teaching at ACC
7…the first five I was an adjunct, and the last two as full-time faculty.

Total number of years teaching
15 total, including part-time, full-time, high school and college.

Undergraduate degree
Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Minnesota (but my first year of college was completed at Rainy River Community College). Then attended University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) to complete secondary teacher prep program.

Graduate degree
M.Ed. in Adult Education from Colorado State University.

Honors & awards
Well, I won a bubblegum blowing contest against the students when I taught high school English at the American School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Also, I was awarded All-College Instructor of the Year in 2013-14 (Liberal Arts and Professional Programs).

Current committee work
Curriculum Committee (this is my 2nd year), Program Chair of CCR/AAA, State Discipline Co-Chair of AAA, Professional Development Advisory Board, Elevate Advisory Board, Campus Redesign, IEC, Pathways Academic Mapping Group.

Fun fact about me
From the roof of the house I grew up in, I could see Canada, and I would go back and forth across the border weekly. Also, I’m not sure how many banjos I have.

My most memorable moment at ACC
One of our class readings in CCR 092 is set in a coal mining town. Students in the class were voicing what they knew about coal, and their disgust with it being dirty energy, etc. I told them that all their electricity here in Denver comes from coal, train cars of it each day, and they were surprised. I went into detail: “You couldn’t charge your cell phones without coal, couldn’t blow-dry your hair or keep your soda cold; we wouldn’t have these lights on if it weren’t for coal.” And as if on cue, all the lights on the first floor went out and we were in a windowless room in pitch black darkness. After a second, everyone began laughing, assuming it was something I had engineered. In reality, it was our building’s safety system clicking into gear due to a fire scare on the third floor; in a few minutes, we all had to leave the building. Perfectly timed!

Congratulations, Chris McKellips, one of ACC’s Distinguished Faculty for 2018-2019!

October is College Application Month

students at Discover ACC spring 2018October is College Application Month, and Arapahoe Community College is ready to help you Move Mountains every step of the way.

No matter where you may wish to pursue your higher education, you’ll want to begin by completing your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be eligible for grants, work study, student loans and other financial aid programs.

Did you know that ACC helps any college-bound student with the FAFSA? We host FAFSA labs for students and their parents all the time…for free! Students who complete their FAFSA by November 9, 2018, may even be eligible for a College Application Month scholarship giveaway.

If you’re applying to a two-year or four-year school in Colorado, visit the College and University Checklist and Application Link webpage. Find your institution and click Application Info. This will direct you to each institution’s application page. If you’re applying to several schools, consider filling out the Common Application, which is accepted at colleges and universities all over the country.

Navigating career options can seem overwhelming, but with the help of the College in Colorado Career Cluster Survey, you can begin aligning your interests with our guided pathways, and you’ll be well on your way to developing your plan for success.

Think you’ve identified a possible career path? Now’s the time to figure out what kind of education or training you’ll need. Keep in mind that the ACC Castle Rock Collaboration Campus is scheduled to open next fall, providing a seamless pathway from high school diploma to associate degree to bachelor’s degree, all under one roof!

Looking for a great way to familiarize yourself with all of the student resources at ACC? Mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 19, and join us for Discover ACC! from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Littleton Campus. Our ACC Admissions team and student ambassadors will be on hand to talk about transitioning to college, financial aid, degree pathways and much more.

ACC will also visit dozens of local high schools throughout October, and for the fifth consecutive year, we’ll have representatives at Denver Public Schools’ College Application Day. As many as 1,200 DPS students will be in attendance, many of whom hope to become the first in their immediate & extended families to attend college.

Additionally, Tuesday, Oct. 30, is Colorado Free Application Day. The ACC Career & Transfer Center is hosting a pizza party at the Littleton Campus that day, and several in-state universities will be on hand to meet with students about degrees and transfer options.

Questions? Connect with ACC today at 303.797.5637 or admissions@arapahoe.edu. Our friendly, helpful staff will be glad to assist you.

by Jeff Duggan, ACC Communications Coordinator

Study Abroad Japan Experience

In June 2018, a group of ACC students set out on a study abroad adventure to Japan to study ceramics, drawing, painting, and photography and learn about Japanese culture. Here is what one of our students, Savannah Lewis-Sweed, experienced.

Lewis-Sweed and partnerMy favorite thing about the trip to Japan was immersing myself in nature that I was unfamiliar with. Growing up in Colorado, I had the privilege to explore trails and mountain scenes and going to Japan was an even greater privilege. Since the climate there is usually rainy, moss and small leafed plants grow everywhere. Japanese building surrounded by vegetationThe air seemed to linger with the scent of gentle rain. I would love to return and see Mount Fuji and explore the anime centers of Tokyo. One of my accomplishments was I made these little thank you notes to go with these miniature wheel-thrown pots my girlfriend, Vanessa, had made for the special people we encountered in Japan. It felt good to collaborate and create something small, but meaningful. In Japan, tips are not accepted, but small gifts are a great way to show appreciation.

water pouringPrior to the trip I was anticipating what I would learn about myself. In Japan, I was able to trust others and accept that my quiet nature greatly benefited me in several social situations. I learned a lot from listening and I believe that lesson will benefit me in the future. While learning about myself, I also learned about Japan’s culture. Despite the large crowds, it was hardly ever loud. Everyone spoke at a respectful volume. Savannah and VanessaThe subways, streets and even the alleys were spotless. Hardly ever will you find stepped on food, gum or even cigarette butts tossed in the streets. The city even has cleaning crews who wash the sidewalks and roads. The people who live in Japan take pride in leaving public places clean and litter free. Although there were many attractions and exciting foods to try, I wouldn’t have enjoyed the trip nearly as much without my girlfriend, Vanessa. She has always supported me in my decisions and helped me through several firsts on the trip to Japan. I also had the wonderful opportunity to bond with people I had never talked to before and discovered that we have more in common than just ceramics and a love to create. Together we were able to enjoy every moment in Japan and always had each other’s back.

purple flowerThe kindness and thought put into every moment in Japan made it difficult to return home. After being in a different culture for so long, it was challenging to face reality. There wasn’t a transition period from a country of lush and love. Arriving to DIA didn’t feel familiar or as comforting as I had anticipated. Upon returning home, I was faced with this persistent feeling of struggle and strife to truly see if I wanted to change, if I really wanted to be a person who was kinder, more patient, and considerate of myself and the energy I bring into the room.vegetation There were certainly moments once I was back home where I felt like the worst version of myself. It was an emotional and mental tug of war, one side wanting to give into my inner selfishness, where the other was begging the other side to see reason and trust that adopting a giving nature, doesn’t mean being left with nothing in the end. I was forced to face my actions and to see myself as my girlfriend, friends and peers saw me. I compare it to when reptiles shed their old skin in order to make room for their new skin. The process is uncomfortable, but the journey is worth the destination. Any opportunity for growth should be taken and understood that allowing events and experiences to change you is not an easy process, because if it was easy, everyone would do it. It has been nearly three months since my return from Japan and I can say with confidence I have gratefully accepted how a study abroad trip to Japan has changed me.  

by Savannah Lewis-Sweed

Discover Your Pathway at ACC

Discover ACC! Save the Date. Friday,  Oct. 19 - 9:30am-1:30pm - ACC Littleton CampusExplore 7 guided pathways to your future during our “Discover Your Pathways” breakout sessions at Discover ACC! on Friday, October 19 from 9:30am – 1:30pm at ACC’s Littleton campus. High school students, guidance counselors, and other chaperones, RSVP today for Discover ACC!

With over 100 degrees and certificates to choose from, our pathways can help you find a focus, stay on track, and take you one step closer to achieving your dream. Take a deeper look into these pathways by choosing 2 breakout sessions that fit your interests.

ACC Pathways

  • Arts, Communication & Design
    • Architectural Engineering
    • Art History Transfer
    • Commercial Photography
    • Communication Transfer
    • Interior Design
    • Journalism & Contemporary Media
    • Multimedia Graphic Design & Illustration
    • Music Audio Technology
    • Music Transfer
    • Studio Art Transfer
  • Business
    • Accounting
    • Business Transfer
    • Construction Management
    • Retail Management
    • Business Administration
  • Global, Human & Social Studies
    • Anthropology Transfer
    • Economics Transfer
    • French Transfer
    • History Transfer
    • Philosophy Transfer
    • Political Science Transfer
    • Psychology (AA) Transfer
    • Sociology Transfer
    • Spanish Transfer
  • Health
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Health Information Technology
    • Medical Laboratory Technology
    • Medical Office Technology / Medical Assistant
    • Mortuary Science
    • Nurse Aide (CNA)
    • Nursing
    • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Math & Sciences
    • Biology Transfer
    • Chemistry Transfer
    • Fermentation Sciences Transfer
    • Geography Transfer
    • Geology Transfer
    • Mathematics Transfer
    • Physics Transfer
    • Pre-Engineering Transfer
    • Psychology (AS) Transfer
  • Public Services
    • Criminal Justice Career or Transfer
    • Early Childhood Teacher Education Transfer
    • Elementary Teacher Education Transfer
    • Emergency Service Administration (BAS)
    • Law Enforcement Academy
    • Paralegal / Legal Assistant
  • Technology
    • Automotive Service Technology
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Game Design and Development
    • Computer Network Technology
    • Engineering Graphics Technology

Along with our pathways, you’ll get a chance to connect with college resources, meet ACC students and staff, explore degree and certificate options, and learn more about ACC. You’ll also get the opportunity to learn about the services ACC provides students and alumni, including career counseling and assessments, academic advising, employment services and career fairs. Plus, every senior will be entered for a chance to win an ACC scholarship!

See the agenda and learn more about Discover ACC!

College Transfer Tools

ACC Fall Transfer Fair 2017Over the last four years, I’ve had the privilege of working with countless ACC students interested in completing their associate degree and transferring to a university to obtain their bachelor’s degree. Our office, the Career & Transfer Center, is happy to sit down with students to plan out their ACC academic journey in order to ensure that they’re taking the right steps for maximum success. Along the way, I’ve introduced students to several cool transfer tools.

  1. Colorado Department of Higher Education’s Transfer Degrees. Our state has worked tirelessly to create agreements which allow you to graduate from a community college with a 60-credit Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree, enroll with junior status at a university and complete the bachelor’s degree in no more than an additional 60 credits (for a total of 120 credits). Check them out!
  2. Transferology – Want to learn how your credits will transfer exactly to many of our state institutions? Check out this cool website which performs an unofficial degree audit for you – before you apply!
  3. Transfer Fairs! The best way to maximize your transfer is to connect with your university representatives early and often. Meet with over 40 of them at the fall transfer fair, Wednesday, September 26 from 10:30am – 1:30pm in the Summit Room at Littleton Campus.

Want to learn more about transfer? Come by our office on the 2nd floor of the main building on the ACC’s Littleton Campus, M2010. Or call us at 303-797-5805.

by Shari Culver, Director, ACC Career & Transfer Center

ACC Distinguished Faculty 2018-2019 Profile: Doc Viola

Doc Viola, ACC Automotive Service Technology facultyDepartment
Automotive Service Technology

Years teaching at ACC
10

Total number of years teaching
10

Undergraduate degree (please list school)
AAS in Automotive Service Technology – ACC

Professional honors & credentials
ASE Master Certified (A1-A8), ASE Advanced Level Specialist in Engine Performance (L1), General Motors Master Certified in Electrical/Electronics, Mechanical/Body Systems, Automatic Transmissions, Manual Transmissions and Engine Performance. SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year (2012-13).

Fun fact about me
I love to golf.

My most memorable moment at ACC
One of my first years at ACC, our Auto Tech students had a competition with the high school classes to see who could collect the most for the Thanksgiving canned food drive. It got very competitive and borderline out of hand. The college students ended up losing, but between the two groups, we donated numerous pallets of food to the Littleton food pantry. We donated so much food that Littleton could not house all of it at their pantry and had to re-donate some to other local food pantries.

Congratulations, Doc Viola, one of ACC’s Distinguished Faculty for 2018-2019!

Astronomical Events 2018-2019

Astronomy cameraAs the 2018-2019 school year begins, here is an overview of a few astronomical events to keep an eye out for:

September 22: The September Equinox is at 7:54pm MDT. On this day, the Sun crosses the celestial equator. In Denver, it is our Autumnal Equinox and is our first day of Fall. This day will have equal amounts of day and night.

October 8: The Draconids Meteor Shower peaks during this time maxing at about 10 meteors per hour. The meteoroid particles come from the comet 21 Giacobini-Zinner. The radiant of this shower is in the constellation of Draco.

October 21 & 22: The Orionids Meteor Shower peaks during this time maxing at about 20 meteors per hour. The meteoroid particles come from the comet Halley. The radiant of this shower is in the constellation of Orion.

November 5 & 6: The Taurids Meteor Shower peaks during this time maxing at about 10 meteors per hour. The meteoroid particles come from the comet 2P Encke and asteroid 2004 TG10. The radiant of this shower is in the constellation of Taurus.

November 17 & 18: The Leonids Meteor Shower peaks during this time maxing at about 15 meteors per hour. The meteoroid particles come from the comet Tempel-Tuttle. The radiant of this shower is in the constellation of Leo.

December 13 & 14: The Geminids Meteor Shower peaks during this time maxing at about 120 meteors per hour. The meteoroid particles come from the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. The radiant of this shower is in the constellation of Gemini.

December 21: The December solstice is at 3:23pm MDT. In Denver on this day the Sun reaches the lowest daily maximum in the sky and has the least hours of sunlight. In Denver, is is our Winter Solstice and is our first day of winter.

December 21 & 22: The Ursids Meteor Shower peaks during this time maxing at about 10 meteors per hour. The meteoroid particles come from the comet Tuttle. The radiant of this shower is in the constellation of Ursa Minor.

January 3 & 4: The Quadrantids Meteor Shower peaks during this time maxing at about 40 meteors per hour. This meteoroid particles come from the comet 2003 EH1. The radiant of this shower is in the constellation of Bootes, meaning that the meteors appear to originate in that constellation. This is due to the Earth’s path through comet 2003 EH1’s debris cloud.

January 20: A Total Lunar Eclipse peaking at 10:15pm MST. A lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon moves into the Earth’s shadow during a Full Moon. This Full Moon is also a supermoon, meaning the Moon is a bit closer to Earth due to its elliptical orbit. The eclipse will start at 7:30pm MST and continue until 12:45am MST.

March 20: The March equinox is at #:58pm MDT. On this day, the Sun crosses the celestial equator. In Denver, it is our Vernal Equinox and is our first day of spring. This day will have equal amounts of day and night.

April 22 & 23: The Lyrids Meteor Shower peaks during this time maxing at about 20 meteors per hour. The meteoroid particles come from the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. The radiant of this shower is in the constellation of Lyra.

May 6 & 7: The Eta Aquarius Meteor Shower peaks during this time maxing at about 30 meteors per hour. The meteoroid particles come from the comet Halley. The radiant of this shower is in the constellation Aquarius.

June 21: The June solstice is at 9:54am MDT. In Denver on this day the Sun reaches the highest daily maximum in the sky and has the most hours of sunlight. In Denver, is is our Summer Solstice and is our first day of summer.

July 28 & 29: The Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower peaks during this time maxing at about 20 meteors per hour. The meteoroid particles come from the comets Marsden and Kracht. The radiant of this shower is in the constellation Aquarius.

August 12 & 13: The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks during this time maxing at about 60 meteors per hour. The meteoroid particles come from the comet Swift-Tuttle. The radiant of this shower is in the constellation of Perseus.

Earth's moonEnjoy Observing the Sky in this school year! Come to our Astronomy Star Parties at the Littleton and Parker campuses each semester. Anyone can join us at these free events. We’ll provide the telescope and refreshments. You just need to dress for the weather as we’ll be outside.

If you’re a student, become a member of Astronomy Club or take one of our classes. They are guaranteed to transfer.

Please join the ACC Astronomy Department on twitter by following @AstronomyatACC to learn of interesting astronomy news as well as events around campus.

Jennifer Jones 
ACC Astronomy Faculty 

9 Reasons You Should Get Involved On Campus

ACC students and Student Life Director Dan Balski at the Student Engagement FairGoing to college is about so much more than just going to class (but please make sure you are doing that). It is also about gaining experience and perspective to help you in your future. Getting involved on campus can help you succeed in numerous ways…here are 9:

  1. Build Your Community / Find Your People
    Joining a club or organization, going to an on-campus event, or working on campus can help you find your people (those people that get you and you get them) and build your community. You’ll meet people who share your interests and passions. Having that community helps you stay engaged with your education and with your college. You’ll gain the sense that you belong right where you are and have the support to help you Move Mountains toward your degree/certificate.
  2. Networking
    Getting involved on campus gives you a chance to network with not only your peers, but faculty, staff, transfer college reps, and potential employers. At ACC, we offer career fairs/visits, transfer fairs/visits, clubs, organizations like NSLS and PTK, and a variety of activities where you can practice your networking skills.
  3. Get Different Perspectives
    When you get involved, you will get to meet people with different perspectives and life experiences. As you share your perspectives and experiences and learn about other viewpoints, your perspective will expand. Having an open mind and seeing another person’s point of view will help in future jobs and socially.
  4. It Helps You Reach Your Goals / Succeed
    Studies show that students who get involved on-campus tend to perform better in the classroom. This may be because these students find study groups, take classes with their new community of peers, and overall just feel more supported and ready to tackle each challenge they face. (Read more about the research by Alexander Astin and Vincent Tinto.)
  5. Snacks!Students at Student Life BBQ
    Attending an on-campus activity is a great way to feed your mind and your body. We know our students have more commitments than just college, so we provide you with snacks, coffee, pizza, soup, salad, and candy (for that burst of sugar) to keep you going from one activity to the next. Enjoy an activity and a snack between classes.
  6. It’s Good for Your Mental Health / Well-Being
    Taking time to enjoy an activity or join a club for a hobby you enjoy can do wonders for your mental health. It gives you a chance to focus on something you enjoy and de-stress. It helps you relax, but can also help you prepare for tasks and homework that lie ahead.
  7. It’s a Resume Booster
    Being involved on campus looks great on your resume. When you join a club, organization, or academic experience (Pinnacle, Progenitor, Great Books, Writers Studio) you are showing that you are well-rounded to potential employers. You are also learning skills that you may not be in class, such as: social, leadership, and organizational skills. Clubs and organizations are a great way to practice those “soft skills” employers are seeking. You may also be eligible for a work study job on campus as a component of your financial aid package. Work on campus and build your job skills.
  8. Develop Leadership Skills
    Speaking of building your skills, colleges have organizations to help provide you with leadership skills. At ACC, we offer: Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and National Society of Leadership Success (NSLS). These organizations provide you with the opportunity to take part in competitions, activities, and events that will give you the chance to grow as a leader.
  9. It’s fun!
    Getting involved on campus is fun! These activities, clubs, and organizations are designed to help you relax, build skills, and interact with your peers and the college community. So take a break from your studies (but please still make time to study) and join the shenanigans!

You might be asking yourself how you can get involved at ACC now? It’s easy.

There are a ton of ways to get involved whatever your interests may be. We want ACC to be your home away from home while you are getting your degree or certificate. Our faculty and staff are here to help you along your educational journey and beyond. After all, college is a time for studying (we didn’t forget), discovery, and planning for and beginning your future. Let’s Move Mountains together!

For more information about how you can get involved on campus, contact the ACC Student Life Office at 303.797.5668, student.life@arapahoe.edu, or visit M2820 on the Littleton Campus.

Join the Early Childhood Education community TODAY!

Teacher with students doing a craft Arapahoe Community College (ACC) is looking for:

  • Assistant Classroom Teachers for full-time employment at our Child Development Center
  • Current ACC students for work study jobs at the CDC while going to school
  • New students excited to join this profession and enroll in our Early Childhood Education program

Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a rewarding and challenging career. Research continually demonstrates the importance of high quality early childhood programs which support children’s growth and development in all areas of life in the first 8 years. During these years the foundation is set for future social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. One of the most important influences in these early years is the child’s teacher.

Currently there is a shortage of well-prepared early childhood professionals in the U.S. according to the U.S. Labor Statistics. Colorado predicts an increase between 33-43% through 2025* – you can enter a highly sought after career!

* Colorado Workforce Development Council, colorado.gov/pacific/cwdc/colorado-talent-pipeline-report

Our Child Development Center (CDC) is a NAEYC accredited, high quality preschool and child care center that offers an affordable, safe, and stimulating environment for young children. We accept children 18 months to 6 years of age. Parents are ACC students, staff, faculty, and community members. Our philosophy is hands-on learning with positive interactions, accepting that children are at different developmental stages and have unique talents, needs and capabilities. We provide an inclusive environment that offers opportunities for individualized learning through a variety of developmentally appropriate and enticing activities that stimulate curiosity and exploration. The goal of the ACC CDC is to provide children with a nurturing environment where they have the opportunity to develop their problem solving skills, learn to interact with their peers, and develop a strong educational base that gives them a solid foundation for lifelong learning and success. ACC offers high pay, competitive benefits, top-rated facilities, and a convenient location.

Our ECE Program partners with the CDC to allow ECE students to observe the program and practices. The program provides a strong foundation for students entering early care and education, as well as other careers. ACC offers:

  • Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Teacher Education
  • Certificate in Early Childhood Teacher
  • Certificate in Early Childhood Director
  • Certificate in Infant/Toddler Nursery Supervisor
  • As well as ongoing professional development for those currently in the ECE field

To learn more about CDC job opportunities visit arapahoe.edu/jobs or talk with Pam Didusch, CDC Director at pamela.didusch@arapahoe.edu.

To learn more about enrolling in our ECE program, visit arapahoe.edu/ece or talk with Kristin Habicht, ECE Department Chair at kristin.habicht@arapahoe.edu.

Join one of the most rewarding professions and start Moving Mountains!

by Pam Didusch and Kristin Habicht

International Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist, Lucy Daberkow, attends 2018 NAFSA Conference

International Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist, Lucy DaberkowIn our ongoing efforts for internationalization, Lucy Daberkow represented Arapahoe Community College (ACC) at the annual NAFSA conference in Philadelphia, PA. NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. This conference is the premier event for international educators and presents an opportunity to learn about the latest information in a variety of topics such as immigration policies, marketing and recruiting on a global scale, and how to develop more interculturally-competent educators.

The 2018 annual conference theme, “Diverse Voices, Shared Commitment,” and according to NAFSA, “highlights the value and power of diverse voices that lead to more authentic collaborations and speak to alternative narratives that challenge our old ideas and make us think about new solutions and opportunities.” Some of the most noteworthy speakers presented workshops such as “Expanding your Toolkit for Intercultural Development”, “Building a Successful International Peer Mentor Program”, and “Using Cultural Analysis for Predicting and Handling Cross Cultural Misunderstanding.” In addition, one very well-received event included a presentation by renowned scientist and TV personality, Bill Nye. His presentation focused on the importance of science and technology in education, as well as the need for a more comprehensive space-exploration program and increased efforts to combat our changing climate.

The conference attracted thousands of participants from around the globe and presented an excellent learning and networking opportunity, which undoubtedly serves to increase ACC’s standing in the international educational arena.

We encourage international students who would like to study at an American college to apply to ACC. We offer nearly 100 degree and certificate programs with options to transfer to a variety of four-year universities throughout the state of Colorado and beyond. We have small class sizes, welcoming faculty, a safe college environment, and accessible public transportation. If you are an international transfer student in the US, our application deadline is July 15. For more information on our school and the international application process visit arapahoe.edu/international-students or call 303.797.5904 to schedule an appointment.

by Lucy Daberkow, ACC International Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist