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Dear CCA students,

As president of the Student Government Association, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the start of 2019-2020 academic year here at the Community College of Aurora. I hope your summer was restful and restorative! And to those who completed summer classes, congratulations on a successful semester — on to the next!

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Club Kickoff - 2 Days - 2 Campuses - 2 Times Bigger Than EverWhat is your passion? What are your hobbies and interests? Interested in something else? You can start your own student-led organization! Join the Student Government Association (SGA) and your student leaders for Club Kick-off on February 7 and 8 at Community College of Aurora. Explore the magic of being involved with a student-led organization and having a voice at CCA! Have fun and meet other students with similar interests and engage in meaningful conversations! See you at Club Kick-off: Wednesday, February 7, 1 to 6 p.m. – CentreTech Campus, Student Centre Building, The Rotunda (S100) Thursday, February 8, 1 to 6 p.m. – Lowry Campus, West Quad Building, Lobby Stop by Club Kick-off to find out more information about existing clubs or find out how to start a new club of your own. For more information email SGA: sga.ccaurora@gmail.com Here are some of the current student-led organizations that you can join:

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The Community College of Aurora Model United Nations team is in New York this week to participate in National Model United Nations. All week long we will update this blog with images, updates, thoughts, and other insight from CCA students and staff as we join them on their journey. Keep following this space for periodic updates. You can also follow the CCA Model UN Facebook page for more live updates.

Updated 3/27: CCA's Model United Nations team is back from successfully bringing home another Honorable Mention award from the National Model United Nations conference in New York City last week. Below are some thoughts from some of the team members about their experiences:

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CCA faculty Michael Pickering and the Red Fox point at the cameraThe Community College of Aurora is a place where everyone is welcomed and accepted as an individual and a student. CCA's Student Government Association tries to accomplish this by trying to include students, faculty, and administration in any decisions and events held at CCA. We are a very diverse school and we would like to celebrate this diversity by hosting a week-long event called CCA Spirit Week. One of SGA's goals when events are hosted is to have as much student involvement as possible and we are inviting every student to celebrate Spirit Week by being involved and participating with us. CCA Spirit Week will begin on March 6th through March 9th. It will be a fun and exciting week with activities and themes planned for each day.

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Students on a bridge raising their armsWelcome to CCA! Whether you are a new or returning student, CCA wants you to feel welcome, included, and involved. This is your campus and we want you to feel like this is your second home. Join us for Week of Welcome – or WOW – to attend various events on both the CentreTech and Lowry campuses. WOW events will help you discover all of the exciting things CCA has to offer you as a Red Fox. Additionally, there are events happening all throughout the month to help you realize your potential. Do you want to star in a play? Auditions will be held this month for the CCA theater production of “Paradise Park Zoo.” Want to start a club? Find out how from the Office of Student Life. Want a snack between classes? We can do that too! Check out the list below and find something that you enjoy! Tuesday, January 17 Transfer Tuesday! Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Students looking at the cameraIs this your first week at CCA? Feeling overwhelmed? Unsure about where to go or who to talk to? You're not alone; many of your CCA peers have been where you are before. Fortunately, they are willing to help you figure out what to do and where to go. Read below for 20 tips and tricks veteran CCA students suggest for new students on how to navigate your way around and how to succeed and realize your potential here:

Jonski Ortiz has attended CCA since 2014 and is a work-study student in the Financial Aid Office. What's her advice? “Try to meet people. Try to sit in the front of the class." "Definitely use your resources; try to be involved in campus.”        

Josh Morgan has attended CCA since spring 2014. What's his advice? “Talk to your professors to see what you can do to improve your work." "Carpool if needed and also take public transportation; it can be hectic to get to school on time." "I would recommend going to the tutoring lab.”    

Hands holding banners - Spirit Week We all want to be in a community that gets us. We have a need to feel accepted. We want to be in a place that celebrates our diversity and includes it in all activities. This is how Student Government Association feels about CCA. We have a richly diverse community here that should be celebrated. CCA is a place that is more than just a college of students, faculty, and administrators - it is our community. It is something to celebrate and have pride in. To show this, SGA is hosting a weeklong celebration called CCA Spirit Week. CCA Spirit Week begins Monday, March 14 and runs through Thursday, March 17. It will be a fun week full of activities and themes for each day.

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ScienceofLove-484x252 - CorrectSuffering from a post-Valentine's love hangover? Broken heart giving you the blues? Before you put on that sad song, get some of the facts about love – or at least some of the research theories regarding human attraction.   Barb Francis, science faculty at CCA, gave a presentation on February 10 regarding the “Science of Love” on the Lowry campus of CCA. While there is still research being conducted on love science, Francis provided information about what research has been done on love and attraction:

A blue register button on keyboard close-up Fall semester has ended, but the last item on your to-do list may be outstanding: Register for spring classes.

More choices. Less scrambling. Do you need to fulfill a specific prerequisite? Are you only missing a few classes before graduation? Do you have a favorite instructor? Register now for your classes, and you'll have many more choices than your procrastinating classmates. Get into the class you need, have it on the day you wish, or at the time that works best for you and with the instructor everyone's been raving about. 

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.

Welcome Centers To welcome our new and current students, answer any questions and offer snacks and drinks, there will be two Welcome Centers set up on Monday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Welcome Centers will be located in the CentreTech Administration Building and on the Lowry Campus in the West Quad Lobby.

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