October 24, 2012

Colorado’s Election Ballot, Initiatives, Referendums

Colorado-ballot

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

Game-approach

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

Voting-tips

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

FRCC_Heidi Strang-click for larger image

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 […]

October 10, 2012

Forestry Students Help Classmate Burned Out in High Park Fire

High-Park-Fire

On a recent September day, two classes in the Career Pathways Wildlife, Forestry, and Natural Resources Program at Front Range Community College’s Larimer Campus gathered to participate in a soil restoration lab in Rist Canyon west of Fort Collins, an area burned this summer in the High Park Fire. Students Observed Erosion’s Effect on Water […]

October 8, 2012

When to Withdraw From a College Class

Withdraw-from-class

Happy fall semester! Classes are now in full swing and hopefully you are settled into your classes and routine. If not, you may want to ask yourself these questions: Am I engaged in the material? Does the classroom environment fit my learning style and needs as a student? Am I worried about my performance? If […]

October 3, 2012

The Value of a College Mentor

College-mentor

If you’ve ever had an influential teacher or coach, you know well the impact such a relationship can have on your life. And at college in particular—a major time of transition—it is so important to have a strong support system. Having a mentor-type figure in your life can mean the difference between a good college […]

October 1, 2012

Leonardo da Vinci: Art and Science in Florence

Peter-Beal-Magi

This summer I had the unique opportunity of going to Florence, Italy, and joining a group of other scholars to study the theme of art and science in the work of Leonardo da Vinci. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute. This was a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, directed by Francesca Fiorani […]

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