The college experience is all about learning, but it’s not just about academics. College is also about learning to build relationships with others. And sometimes, those relationships last a lifetime. Thousands of students, faculty, and staff have walked through our doors and some leave together. Here are the stories of four couples that found love at Aims.
In 2015, Elizabeth Stuart was studying at Aims for Nursing and Erland Campbell was studying to be a ceramics teacher.
Elizabeth worked in the Ceramics Studio as a work study. Since Erland was studying to be a ceramics educator, he was often in the studio. Although Elizabeth couldn’t stand him at first, this all changed when he came to her rescue – sort of. One day in 2016, when Elizabeth was throwing on the wheel, the pot she was making started to cave in. Just like in a romantic comedy, he came up behind her and saved her creation. They went to lunch in between classes and two years later, they were married!
Although their areas of study have changed, their love for each other hasn’t faltered. Elizabeth now works teaching young children and Erland plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado in the fall for Business.
Although Stacey and Daniel did not meet at Aims, it has brought them closer together. Stacey began as a student and worked her way up to a full-time Staff Associate for EMS and Fire Science Department. Due to Stacey’s love for Aims, she suggested that Daniel apply for a position and he has also worked his way to becoming a full-time Equipment Mechanic for Facilities and Operations.
Stacey graduated from Aims in 2011 with an associates in Liberal Arts and has now completed a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration and Management. Daniel began taking courses in the Automotive program in 2017 and is set to graduate in December 2019.
We both have amazing supervisors and coworkers that we are blessed to work with on a daily basis. I have to say that a majority of our success has to do with Aims and the opportunities that Aims has provided for us.
“Aims is such an important part of our lives and we will be here for a long time to come, hoping to pay forward what Aims has done for us. The Tekansiks are here to stay!”
Meg decided to go to Aims Community College to finish her Associates degree and in 1995, she signed up for a hiking class. She expected to learn to hike, but not to fall in love.
Dion, originally from upstate New York, moved to Greeley for a job with Banner Health. After taking an Aims hiking class the previous summer, he collaborated with the instructor, bringing his medical background to the curriculum. Little did he know that this course would change his own course.
Although they interacted during the class, it wasn’t until the final hike of the semester that Meg and Dion got to know each other. In order to reach the top by sunrise, the class started at the trail head at 1 a.m. the Perseid meteor shower lit the dark night sky that evening. On the way back down, Meg and Dion spent the hours-long hike talking and discovered that they had a lot in common. That wasn’t enough for Meg, so she Dion and asked him out for pizza the same day. Their first official date was August 12th when they hiked the 14’ers, Lincoln, Democrat, and Bross near Breckenridge. The day after, Dion sent a dozen red roses to Meg.
They continued to date through Meg’s completion of her Bachelor’s of English from the University of Northern Colorado in 1997. They were married the day after her graduation. Naturally, their honeymoon included hiking in Estes Park!
Meg went on to achieve a graduate degree in English from UNC and now works at Aims Community College as a Faculty Coach, in Faculty Teaching & Learning Center. Dion currently works for UCHealth as an Occupational Health nurse. They have been married for nearly 22 years and they celebrated their 20th anniversary in Ireland on an adventure tour.
G. Mark received his AA in Liberal Arts from Aims and began working in the Biofeedback Lab in 1981 before moving over to Media Services as a Graphic Designer. Laura started working at Aims Community College in 1991.
Although G. Mark recalls meeting Laura at a college event in a previous year, he never had a good excuse to come visit her at her office in the Farm House – a then-desolate part of the Greeley campus. It wasn’t until 1998 that G. Mark found his opportunity to see her again, when Laura volunteered to serve on College Council. Then a shared governance committee of faculty, staff, and administrators, G. Mark was already serving on College Council and was eager to help Laura "learn the ropes." Young and clueless, she says, Laura had no idea he had ulterior motives until he asked her out a few weeks later. They kept the romance under wraps for a long time, as G. Mark took on the Staff Association presidency and Laura became the Vice President.
One day in 2000, while waiting to go into dinner with students, G. Mark recalled to Laura that his colleague suggested making an “honest woman” of her. Laura responded, “Well, I wouldn’t mind.” G. Mark said,
Did you just propose to me?
Laura said, “I think I did!”
They had kept their relationship so quiet that very soon after, G. Mark told the Staff Association board "Laura's going to get married!" and the group asked, "To who?!"
Laura and G. Mark were married in 2001 and they honeymooned in Estes Park. They both still work at Aims Community College, Laura as an Institutional Research Data Specialist and G. Mark as a part-time instructor of photography. G. Mark also runs a photography business out Artworks in Loveland, just around the corner from Aims’ Loveland campus. They have been together for nearly 20 years and are both grateful to Aims for bringing them together.
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