Practical ways you can support breast cancer awareness

healthcare, people, charity and medicine concept - close up of wDid you know that one in eight U.S. women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime? (Men can also get breast cancer, but in smaller numbers). This shocking statistic tells us that the disease, in some way or another, will affect most people. Though many are aware of this widespread form of cancer that touches so many, there is still a long way to go to ensure that people will get exams and receive the treatment they need. This is where October comes in.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is obvious as many buildings, household products and even football players are draped in pink. National attention to breast cancer detection and treatment is still an important cause, and there are many ways to participate beyond simply wearing pink (but that helps too). Check out some of the best ways to get involved in Colorado. Continue reading »

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Experience the courageous tales of Los Valientes

LosValientesIn celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from September 15 to October 15, CCA’s School of Liberal Arts and Office of Student Life will present “Los Valientes” on Monday, October 12. “Los Valientes” (The Courageous Ones) is a musical theater production by The Core Ensemble.

The theatrical interpretation of “Los Valientes” will feature the stories of three influential and audacious men, Diego Rivera, Archbishop Oscar Romero and Joaquin Murrieta. All three will be played by Kevin Melendez, who will be backed by a musical trio consisting of cello, piano and percussion. The Core Ensemble, who hail from Lake Worth, Fla., have redefined chamber music and are on a mission to spread their compositions to a wide-reaching demographic. Continue reading »

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Four tips to amp up your motivation

motivation on a piece of paper in front of a person wearing glassesAs the semester moves forward, motivation often wanes; this can lead to procrastination and ultimately result in poor grades. Don’t fall victim to the mid-semester slump – reinvigorate your enthusiasm by following these simple, but effective tips.

Take it One Step at a Time

Don’t start your semester with procrastination. Things seem much more manageable when you have a smaller to-do list. When projects get put off and that to-do list of yours starts getting bigger, it’s easy for panic to set in. Make yourself tackle at least one project or one task each day. Starting with the easier, quicker tasks will get them out of the way while helping to build your confidence. The semester will go much more smoothly if you’re not cramming it all in during finals week.

Reward Yourself

If you’re having trouble getting started on your schoolwork, promise yourself a reward once you’ve completed it. For example, you could reward an hour of studying with 15 minutes of an activity you find enjoyable, like video games, TV, or reading your latest page-turning novel. If you finish a project or paper, take yourself out for a treat before starting your revisions.  Promise yourself some sort of reward each time you complete a step or task, and you’ll be much more relaxed, happy and motivated.

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OneSearch: Research Simplified

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Many college courses require some research during the semester, and some will assign full-blown research projects. Learning how to properly conduct research is a tool that will help in many areas of your college career and professional life as well.

Community College of Aurora just adopted a new tool that allows students to access million of items in one place. OneSearch is a reference resource that searches through databases of books, journals, eBooks, newspapers, magazines and other sources all in one search bar. Whether you’re looking for up-to-date business news, environmental research, psychology data, science facts or more, OneSearch will scour the databases to deliver results. The tool allows for both simple or advanced search options, ensuring that if there’s information out there, you can find it.

OneSearch does a lot of the legwork for you, but there are several other ways to ensure that you have all the skills you need to ace your next research project. Continue reading »

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A CCA Welcome Back Guide

Welcome Students with fall leaves on wood deckWhether you’re a new student or an old pro, the first few days of a new semester can be a whirlwind of activity and have the potential to cause some pretty major stress. Rather than wasting precious time and energy worrying about the details, we want students to focus on their studies, so below is some helpful information that should ease your transition into the new semester.

Campus Resources

There are many resources available to assist CCA students during every step of their educational journey. It’s good to be aware of these options in case you find that you need a little extra help.

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