November 5, 2012

Tips to Avoid Becoming a Walking Germ Factory in Cold and Flu Season

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Remember what every flight attendant tells you on take-off? “If there is an emergency while in mid-flight, and the oxygen masks drop done, put your mask on first, and then turn to help whomever is seated near you.” The same principle applies to your own health. If you are not healthy and well, then you […]

November 2, 2012

Community College a Beacon of Hope

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Life hasn’t always been easy for Nate Saam. Nate spent his formative years roaming the gang-ridden neighborhoods of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Memphis, Tennessee. Without family support at home, Nate got into trouble. By high school, he was rebelling against any and all teachers and other authority figures. “I was suspended 15 times one year,” […]

October 31, 2012

Democracy Works Best When We Participate

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The first time I voted, I was excited to get into that booth! I had ready my picks for President and Congress, but as I read down the ballot, I realized that I wasn’t as prepared as I could have been. Who were all these people running for state and county offices? What did I […]

October 29, 2012

Demons, Vampires, and Halloween: A Humorous History of Horror

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Americans believe that when the world ends on Dec. 21 (as the Mayans have claimed), the most likely candidate for the apocalypse is a zombie infestation. Zombies, however, and the winter solstice are the least of our worries. On Oct. 31, evil spirits across the globe will be released onto the streets of Colorado and […]

October 24, 2012

Colorado’s Election Ballot, Initiatives, Referendums

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In Colorado, we get to vote not only on candidates but also on policies. We are one of 24 states that has some kind of initiative and referendum process. It gives voters more of a say, but it does make voting a bit more complicated. What’s an Initiative? An initiative is a proposal that originates […]

October 17, 2012

An Interactive Game Approach to Teaching

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Traditionally, most college classes go something like this: 1) the student reads the textbook and comes to class, 2) the instructor lectures, and 3) the student goes home to try his or her hand at applying the knowledge from the textbook and lecture (in other words, homework). What if you were able to really dig […]

October 15, 2012

Tips To Become a Well-Informed Voter

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With election season in full swing, my political science classes at Front Range Community College are buzzing. Our discussions often circle back to the same questions: How can we be well-informed voters? And is there a way to sift through the noise and bluster of the campaign to get, as they used to say on […]

October 12, 2012

FRCC Faculty Heidi Strang Named Art Educator of the Year

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Heidi Strang’s delight in art took root in sixth grade in Hawaii, where her military family lived. She entered a drawing of a menehune in an art contest. A menehune is a Hawaiian spirit, a little person, the Hawaiian equivalent to an Irish leprechaun. Her delight grew as an undergraduate at the University of Northern […]

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