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NEW DIVISION NAME: Student Engagement, Inclusion, and Success

We are excited to announce the Student Affairs Division has been renamed to Student Engagement, Inclusion and Success.  The departments within the Division remain unchanged and include:

  • Admissions, Records, and Registration
  • Dean of Students
  • Student Financial Aid
  • Impact Programs (TRiO, CORE and Emerging Scholars, and the First Year Experience Program) 
  • Student Leadership and Development
  • Student Success Center (Academic Advising, Career and Transfer Services, Disability Access Services, Student Counseling Services, and the Testing Center)  

This exciting new chapter for our Division reflects our foundational purpose and also creates pathways to ground and center our practice on these three central pillars. Our hope is that the name Student Engagement, Inclusion, and Success provides a sense of clarity about our work for students and colleagues, and serves as a meaningful framework as we enhance our student programs and services.

Students Meet the FYE Peer Coaches!

The Center for the First-Year Experience is pleased to announce we’ve hired seven peer coaches to support students throughout the academic year! Peer coaches are here to create and sustain a learning environment that supports a successful academic and social transition of students into the Aims community at any point during their journey.

Peer coaches can provide social and emotional support, connect students to on and off-campus resources, encourage students to participate in campus events, clubs, and workshops, and offer academic support through assistance with study and academic skills (time-management, note-taking, and test-taking strategies) and technology questions related to their assignments (i.e. D2L, email attachments, Google Drive, Docs, and Sheets, etc…).

Peer coaches will be available during the below times in the tutoring area of the Greeley Learning Commons:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Fridays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Coaches can be found at other times throughout the week across campus, look for them in their blue shirts!

For more information visit our website here or contact Rachel Veretto at x6641 or rachel.veretto@aims.edu.

Scholarship 101 Smart Cents Workshop

SCHOLARSHIPS 101

Get the tools, tips, and strategies for searching for national, local, and institutional scholarships. Take advantage of the knowledge, support, and resources available to you as a student at Aims. Presented by Aims Financial Aid Staff.

  • Wednesday, November 1, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the Greeley Campus in Ed Beaty Hall 123
  • Tuesday, November 7 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the Fort Lupton Campus in the Prairie Student
  • Monday, November 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the Windsor Campus in the Automotive Student Lounge 

Smoke & Tobacco Town Hall Meetings

The Aims Community College Smoke & Tobacco Free Task Force invites the campus community to share their thoughts on making all four Aims campuses 100 percent tobacco and smoke free. We will be hosting Town Hall Meeting on each campus and you are invited to attend and share your thoughts on Aims going 100 percent Smoke & Tobacco Free. 

  • Monday, October 23 on the Greeley campus in Ed Beaty 123, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 25 on the Loveland campus in room 124, from noon - 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 1 on the Fort Lupton campus in Platte Building, room 111 from 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Monday, November 6 on the Windsor campus in PSI lounge 103 from noon - 1 p.m.

Food will be provided at each Town Hall. Students, faculty and staff are all welcome to join us.

Hope to see you there!

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Transfer Fair on October 24

We will be holding our Transfer Fair in the Cornerstone Conference Center on October 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will be able to speak with representatives from Colorado and regional universities. All students are welcome to this event.
 

Interested in Catalyst, But Not Sure if it is a Fit? Give it a Try Before You Apply!

Catalyst, available on the Greeley and Fort Lupton campuses, is now open to all Aims students who have completed at least one semester at Aims (3 credits min) and have a 2.0 GPA. Interested students must have a faculty or staff member submit a nomination on their behalf.

Meet & Greet Week

Come visit one of our weekly meetings to learn more about Generational Diversity. Lunch or dinner provided.

Greeley Campus

  • From 12:45-2 p.m. or 5-6:15 p.m. on October 26 in Ed Beaty Hall 123
  • From 12:15-1:30 p.m. October in Horizon Hall (HH) 122 
  • Or, stop by the FYE office in HH107 between 10/23-10/27 to visit with the program facilitators and current members.

There will also be Application Parties from Noon-2 p.m. in the FYE office (HH107) on Monday, October 30, with lunch provided, and from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, November 2, with breakfast provided, for interested applicants.

Fort Lupton Campus

  • From 12:45-2 p.m. November 7 in the Prairie Building room 110
  • Or, stop by between 11 a.m.-12 p.m. or 2-3 p.m. on November 7 in the Student Lounge to visit with the program facilitator and current members.

Program Highlights:

75 minutes weekly meetings on the Greeley and Fort Lupton campuses with topics covering: Johari Window, Servant Leadership, Diversity in the Workplace, Group Dynamics, Networking, Resume Development, Emotional IQ, Core Work Values, Service to Our Communities, Culture & Empathy, and Preparing for the Interview.

  • 86% of Catalyst students agree or strongly agree that Catalyst had a substantial impact on their retention (16-17)
  • Average 3.2 cumulative GPA for Catalyst participants, compared to 2.8 for non-Catalyst participants 
  • On average, 85% of students who participate in Catalyst continue at Aims, compared to 58% who do not participate in Catalyst

Applicants require a nomination from a faculty or staff member. You can request a staff or faculty member to submit a nomination on your behalf through the online form found at www.aims.edu/fye/lead/catalyst.

All eligible students can apply at www.aims.edy/fye/lead/catalyst.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Any application received by December 20, 2017, will considered for the spring 2018 cohort. Questions, please contact Ty @ X6595 or tyray.thompson@aims.edu.

Catalyst: A Social Justice Retreat

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Do you like discussing topics regarding social issues? Do you want to explore topics such as difference, power and privilege, and multiple identities? Do you want to create change on campus? Then Catalyst is for you! Catalyst is a social justice retreat sponsored by UNC in collaboration with Aims. There are 10 spots reserved for Aims students to attend.

Participant applications are due by 5 p.m. November 3 and can be found here.

Save the Date: Aardvark Underground - The Legacy Continues

Save the Date! From 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. October 25 at the Applied Technology and Trades Center (ATTC) building, we will dedicate a new time capsule! A fun ceremony to seal a NEW time capsule to be opened by the legacy of Aims! Join us as we gather as a community to move from reveling around the past 50 years, into a celebration focused on the future.

This Dia de los Muertos themed event will be a fun and festive connection of past, present & future. What will be in this new time capsule? Be a part of merry making where The Legacy Continues to find out!

 

The event will be streamed live at https://www.aims.edu/radio/webcam if you are unable to attend in person.

Be sure to join and share the event on Facebook by clicking here!

 

Be a Part of our 50th Anniversary Photo!

Please join us outside the Applied Technology and Trades Center in Greeley on Tuesday, October 24 at 1:30 p.m. for a 50th Anniversary photo! We will be standing in the shape of a 50 near the pergola that the welding students built.

EMS/ Fire Science Students Recruitment Day

Any Aims student interested in a career as an EMS/Firefighter is welcome to attend the Recruitment Day, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, October 30, 2017. Network with local, state, and regional EMS/Fire/ Rescue agencies from around the state of Colorado, explore opportunities to join their organizations at the Public Safety Institute, C-PAT Bay, Windsor Campus. 

Online iFocus Workshops - Success Strategies for Online Students Available to You!

Are you a new online student who is finding the online format challenging? Or maybe you’ve taken online courses before but lack the motivation this time around – check out these three free online iFocus workshop designed to help the online student succeed in their courses: 10 Tips for Success in Your Online Course, Online Courses: Staying Motivated & Disciplined, and Taking Tests Online: Strategies for Success at www.studentlingo.com/aims.

If accommodations are needed, please contact dana.jones@aims.edu.

Questions – please contact jackie.chabot@aims.edu

iFocus Workshops This Week

iFocus Workshop – The Language of Dreams

Tuesday, October 24 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the Greeley Campus in Ed Beaty Hall 123. Lunch will be served.

This session explores the importance of analyzing your dreams and what your subconscious is communicating to you. Additionally, you will learn practices for interpreting your dreams.

 

iFocus Workshop – Degree Works 4 U

Wednesday, October 25 from 1-2 p.m. on the Greeley Campus in Horizon Hall 134.

Degree Works allows you to view your completed, in-progress, and transfer coursework and how these classes fit into your degree program. Plan for future semesters and use the what-if tool to see how your courses fit into other Aims degrees. See how “Degree Works” for you!

 

Writers' Community Fall 2017 Schedule

Join the Writers' Community for writing sessions, research and games!

  • Word Games! From 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, October 25 in the Library Atrium (enter library and turn right.) Join us for word games such as Words with Friends, Bananagrams, You’ve Been Sentenced, Snake Oil Salesman & more. Give your brain a break—then check out the next session below on MLA citations! 
  • Citing Sources MLA Style. From 12:45-2 p.m. Wednesday, October 25 in the Library Presentation area. Are you writing a paper using sources? Learn the basic tricks of MLA citations—how to locate authority in texts, cite properly, and avoid plagiarizing! **Bring your sources and/or Works Cited page if you can! 

Learn more.

PERC Intramural Program Registration is Open

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Did you know you can play IntraMural Sports at Aims?

  • ​​3v3 Basketball Tournament - November 18 - Register by November 15

Sign up today at the PERC's front office or by emailing Tanner Wiemers (tanner.wiemers@aims.edu) or Michael Graff (michael.graff@aims.edu). 

Aims also has "Drop-In" Volleyball every at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the PERC. No registration required. Simply show up, make, friends and play volleyball.

For more information, visit http://www.aims.edu/student/gym/intramural-sports/index.php

Click here for the Fall 2017 schedule.

How Did I Get Here? Business Leaders Share Their Stories

On November 14, Aims Loveland Campus will host a panel of Larimer County business leaders and entrepreneurs to discuss how they achieved their career successes. Meet:

  • John Metcalf from Perfect Square, a design firm specializing in visual communications and graphic design;
  • Tracie Reeves-Hartman from Fresh Plate Catering & Café, which offers fresh, healthy, and delicious food that is fun and has style;
  • Rice Williams from Keysight Technologies, a company that has been building electronic test and measurement equipment since 1960;
  • Debbie Davis from Guaranty Bank, a Colorado bank for over 60 years that provides high quality, relationship-based banking; and
  • Kate Durkin and/or Susan Kurzeka from the Larimer County Workforce Center, which provides easy access to a wide array of employment and training services.

Each panelist discuss their journey, sometimes unplanned, discovering their career passions. They will discuss the five - 10 year outlook for their industry and then share valuable lessons they have learned along the way.

Join us for a light lunch at 12:15 p.m. in Room 109 of the Loveland Campus.  

Career Services has Changed, Morphed, and Grown!

Career Services is now Career and Transfer Services (CTS) Office. We would like to welcome two new team members and an expansion in services!

Dara Lawyer is the new Program Coordinator. She comes to Aims with 21 years of experience in higher education and public health. She started in higher education in career services and has served in many student and academic affairs roles over the years. Prior to joining Aims, she developed a new public health program for the State of Wyoming. Dara’s main goal for this academic year is to reboot Career and Transfer Services. This goal is perfectly timed with the development of the new Aims’ strategic plan and the implementation of the CAS Standards.

We welcome Beau Bienvenu to the new Career and Transfer Services team. Beau has been with Aims since 2012 in different roles and is looking forward to helping Aims students in achieving their educational and career goals. Beau will focus on Transfer Students Programming and Services. He will assist students in finding their ideal transfer college/university, help them make connections to their transfer institution to ease the “transfer shock,” and execute transfer-related programming, such as transfer fairs and campus visits.

And, we are most fortunate that Claudia Ward will focus her time solely on Career Services. Her extensive experience in education, workforce development, and training will continue to benefit Aims students. She will assist students with career assessments, resume development, interviewing preparation, job search skills, and career-related programming, such as career workshops and job fairs.

The CTS team is looking forward to assisting students and partnering with faculty and staff. We welcome your ideas! Let us know how we can help.

Loveland Veterans' Club Cultural Awareness Panel

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Get to know your fellow veteran students and learn about the veteran culture on campus at an informal Question & Answer panel from 10:35 - 11:25 a.m. Friday, November 17 on the Loveland Campus, room 109.

Pizza and drinks will be served!

For more information or to submit your question in advance, email kara.tripician@aims.edu

Know Your Vote

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Join the Associated Students of Aims Community College and the League of Women Voters of Greeley-Weld County to learn about the voting process.

Stirring Awareness Through Melting of Gender Roles

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Join Associated Students of Aims Community College in taking down barriers surrounding stereotypical gender roles one by one.

Join us for Trick or Treat Track!

Tuesday, October 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (setup starts at 4 p.m.) in the PERC.

ASACC is hosting the Trick or Treat Track event in celebration of Halloween. This event is paid for with Aims student fees and is therefore only open to Aims students and their families. The Student Code of Conduct will be in effect for all attendees. 

The following items are NOT allowed: clown outfits, simulated or fake weapons, or masks for children over the age of 12. Rules and restrictions are subject to change at any time prior to the event. This is for the safety of Aims Community College and we appreciate your cooperation.

Stop, Serve and Mingle

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Join the General Assembly of Aims Students (GASO) and the Associated Students of Aims Community College (ASACC) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. November 8 at each campus for a day of volunteer service.

Aims Veterans' Student Club Fundraiser

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The Aims Veterans Club (VEST) will be selling paracord bracelets and keychains between 11 a.m.2 p.m. on October 25 and 26 in the Student Center to raise money for breast cancer research. The bracelets and keychains are $5.00. The Veterans Club will be giving away free chicken wings from The Wing Shack.

University Representative to be on Campus

Sue Hendrickson from Colorado State University will be available to meet with students on the Greeley Campus on Tuesday, October 24 in the College Center. These meetings are by appointment only. If you are interested, please call and schedule an appointment at 970-339-6251.

Join Other Greeley Residents as We Imagine Greeley!

Take a look at the draft Plan highlights and proposed changes to City policy that will impact you. Join us at one of two identical open house meetings to get information, ask questions and provide feedback. 

The meetings will be an open house format with presentations occurring from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 26 at Aims Community College, Cornerstone Building and from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, October 30 at the Greeley Recreation Center, 651 10th Ave., Room 101.

Learn more.

College Deals for Skiers and Riders in Colorado Ski Country

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA)’s member resorts recognize between tuition, textbooks, meal plans and everything else, college is expensive. Ski areas across Colorado, from the Front Range to the Western Slope and down to the southwest corner of the state, offer dozens of deals and discounts to keep skiing and riding affordable for college students and young adults.

Learn more.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

Recognized every October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that all Americans have the information they need to stay safer and more secure online.

In 2015, Aims Community College announced its partnership with STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™, a global online safety awareness and education campaign. Aims is joined by hundreds of organizations around the world in support of a safer, more secure and more trusted internet.

Securing the internet is a responsibility we all share. As a partner, Aims Community College will help create a culture of online safety, cybersecurity and privacy awareness throughout the college and in the community. Keep an eye out for NCSAM resources across campus and be sure to do your part in protecting yourself online!

Being safer and more secure online starts with STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Follow these tips to better protect yourself, your information and the larger digital community:

  • Lock Down Your Login: Secure your accounts by using strong passwords and consider using two-factor authentication. Many online services offer this feature at no additional cost.
  • Keep a Clean Machine: Keep all software on internet-connected devices–including PCs, smartphones and tablets–up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware.
  • Protect Personal Information: Be conscious of what information you are sharing about yourself with apps and online. Cybercriminals profit by selling personal information to the highest bidder.
  •  When in Doubt, Throw it Out: Cybercriminals often use links or attachments to try to steal your personal information or infect devices with malware. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.
  • Own Your Online Presence: Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s OK to limit how and with whom you share information.

For more online safety tips, visit https://stopthinkconnect.org.