September 9, 2011

STEM: This is Not Your Mother’s Education

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Two weeks into school and my sixth grader is writing a report on Cuba, while my fourth grader is building (and cooking in) a solar oven. Wow! Just WOW! In my experience, the first MONTH of school is spent reviewing what they should have learned in the previous grade. Not here. This is our first [...]

September 7, 2011

Pool Party Aftermath: Some Good Numbers, Some Work to Do

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Do the riot of August 2010 and the mega pool party of 2011 suggest that here in Fort Collins our college students are irresponsible, out-of-control, binge-drinking thugs? On Aug. 31, just four days after the mega pool party, in an interview with The Coloradoan, Colorado State University Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk said, “Our kids, by […]

September 5, 2011

Of Plumbers, Philosophers, and the Dignity of Work

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I’ve long been taken by this observation: “The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.” John W. Gardner, the founder of Common Cause, and […]

August 31, 2011

A Time-Honored Tradition in the Arts

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In 1866 the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) was founded. The rest of the story is a well-known history of a world-class museum of art and school of art established together in 1882. SAIC is among a handful of professional art schools that continuously produce professional artists who very often are the […]

August 29, 2011

Faculty Feature: Attorney Turns to Teaching

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Gerald is an attorney, a paralegal, and a teacher. Since the time he was attending Smiley Middle School in Denver, he wanted to teach in the legal field. “I’ve always liked to read cases,” Gerald says. “The Constitution always got my attention. I like the process of passing laws, and the interpreting of laws…

August 24, 2011

Student Success: Carlos Rodriguez Pursues Passion for Helping People

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Carlos Rodriguez, a native of Mexico City, grew up wanting to be just like his parents – his father is an emergency room physician and medical examiner and his mother is a general physician. Carlos pursued his bachelor’s in biology at Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, but ultimately decided to forgo…

August 22, 2011

How Do I Apply to College?

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You don’t apply to college very often, so it can appear a daunting task, even if you are applying to a community college where no admissions essay is required. Many people are the first in their family to apply to college. Others applied once – 20 years ago. Still others, out of high school for […]

August 17, 2011

5 Tips to Make a Successful Transition to College

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Goodbye, high school. Hello, college! Maybe those are words you’ve been wanting to shout from the rooftops for a long time now. Maybe you’re secretly terrified about going to college. Whatever your excitement level, the truth is that transitioning to college is not without its challenges. What can you do to prepare? Here are some […]

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