Assistant Director, Center for First-Year Exp
Success Tip: Identify the skills you already have which assisted you in getting to this point in life, and use those characteristics to help you meet your goals. You are competent and valuable, and you can be successful here at Aims and beyond.
Student Success Tip: Hold up your glass as your AAA instructor shares the tools to help you complete the content of this course while you fill your own glass with a mindset that uncovers a definition of "who you truly are" and the successes you can achieve.
Allied Health Advisor
Greeley Campus, CCTR 266
Greeley, CO 80632
Background: I am a proud graduate of Aims where I began my adventure in higher education by earning an Associate’s of Liberal Arts degree which enabled me to transfer to the University of Northern Colorado where I earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services. I also earned an Associate’s of Applied Science in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College. Currently I am in the process of earning a Master’s of Arts degree in Higher Education Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Northern Colorado.
Area of specialty: I am excited to combine my 20+ years of working in the Health Care field with my love of working with students to advise for the Allied Health Science programs – specifically the Nursing, Radiology Technology, and Surgical Technology programs.
Personal philosophy on advising: I view the advising role as being part of a collaborative team which includes the student, faculty, academic programs, administration, Student Life, academic support programs, etc. The ultimate goal of all involved is to empower the student to achieve their academic goals in a meaningful and enriching manner.
Greeley Campus, CCTR 156
Greeley, CO 80634
Educational/Professional Background: I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. Most recently, I earned my Masters in Higher Education Student Affairs Leadership. Prior to my current role, I have worked in areas of non-profit (i.e. youth development) and higher education (i.e. admissions). In addition to my work experience, I am also a professional photographer. A majority of my photography centers around capturing special family and individual moments. Most recently, I have had the opportunity to photograph music groups such as Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, and WAR. My work has also been used in university publications.
Area of specialty: Retention Advising
Personal philosophy on advising: I view the advising role as a key component to student retention and success. I believe student support is a campus wide effort and is only successful from a “we” versus “I” understanding. The question is not, what do I need to do to achieve my academic goals, but rather, how can WE work together to accomplish your goals?
Success Tip: stay on top of your homework from the first day. If you start getting behind, it's tough to dig your way out (kind of like credit card debt!). Also, don't use semi-colons. EVER. They are evil.
Holly teaches multiple levels of Composition, COM 125 and other courses in Developmental Ed, Humanities, AAA and EDU.
Mary Ann Lucero
Assistant Director TRiO & CORE
Favorite Movie? I love movies from the late 80’s and early 90’s!
What would people be surprised to know about you? I have a desire to travel to developing countries
Success Tip: set your goals, use your time wisely and don't procrastinate.
Why am I excited about teaching AAA: I am excited to combine my 20+ years of working in higher education to share some tips and strategies to become the best student that you can be! There are so many opportunities available to students at Aims Community College that will help you to reach your goals and I am looking forward to sharing them with you.
Student Success Tip: Don't wait until the last minute – make sure that you reach out to your instructor if you need help.
Assistant Professor & Department Chair, AAA
Success Tip: Take control of your time by creating a master weekly schedule. Success in college requires you to study two to three times the number of hours that you attend class. If you work, have a family and a social life, these hours can be tough to fit in unless you have a plan. Create a master weekly schedule that has your fixed commitments such as classes, work, picking your kids up from school, etc. Then, insert your study time. Treat your study time like you would any commitment and find a location that you can have uninterrupted time such as studying on campus or the library.
Assistant Professor, AAA
I enjoy teaching AAA because it allows me the opportunity to connect with and support students in the early stages of their education. I love watching my students gain confidence and learn valuable knowledge and skills throughout each semester.
Success Tip: Ask questions. Don't be afraid to clarify, ask for help or admit you are not sure of something.
Assistant Director, Financial Aid
Ellen received her B.A. in Education and B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado, and her M.S. degree in Vocational Education from Colorado State University.
Ellen teaches ACC 121, BTE 155, MAT 112, AAA 090 and CIS 118.
Loveland, CO 80537
Background: I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Couples and Family Therapy. Before joining Aims, I had a private counseling practice serving couples, families and children in play therapy. I have also worked in K-12 education for five years. Prior to that, I earned two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Medical Technology and one in Microbiology, and I worked as a Medical Technologist and Microbiologist for 7 years.
Area of Specialty: I am an Admissions and Academic Advisor on the Loveland Campus. I look forward to meeting you!
Advising Philosophy: My advising philosophy is to partner with and empower students as they navigate their way toward their academic and career goals. I am committed to listening to the students, and providing support, information and tools the students need in order to take ownership of their journey and make informed choices.
Coordinator, Center for the First-Year Exp.
It is my personal goal to get to know as many of you as I can through the various activities and events the Center hosts and the classes I teach. I want the Center to become your go-to safe space when you need help - we want to connect you to the people and resources on campus that will help you succeed! Stop in and visit us and let’s make it a great first year!
I love teaching AAA because it gives me the unique opportunity to become a part of the students’ stories and they a part of mine. Students grow a tremendous amount over the course of 15 weeks and to be involved in that transformation is truly a gift.
Success Tip: after the first few classes, take all of your syllabi and transfer assignment due dates, tests, quizzes, papers, readings, etc… into your planner. This will allow you to prioritize each day, week, and month so you aren’t scrambling to complete your work the night before.
Dr. ShawnaLee Washam
Since 1995, Shawna has held five different positions at Aims: Advisor at Greeley campus, Financial Aid Advisor at Loveland campus, Director of Assessment, Psychology Chair and Professor of Psychology. She currently teaches many of the psychology courses offered in the department and especially loves collaborating with Phi Theta Kappa, learning communities and Honors students.
Success Tip: use any and all resources that Aims has to offer you.