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Special edition (May 2015)
2015 CCA Commencement in Pictures
25 pages of behind-the-scenes, on-stage,
and after-event moments captured


May 2015

May 2015 Intercom cover-- Tokyo roll: Two students head overseas
-- CCA student plotting new course to bachelor's
-- Busy schedule didn't deter graduation speaker
-- Two-year wonders: Students who took two-year college literally
-- Richard Maestas reflects on time as VP, exit


March/April 2015
March 2015 Intercom cover-- Chris Tombari's Ethiopian diary from Adama
-- Model UN sent off to N.Y. in style
-- Meet the leadership in, and hear the vision of, the new Student Life
-- Program allows students to help in APS classrooms, seek DU teaching degree
-- Local girls get a crash course in STEM


February 2015
February 2015 Intercom cover
-- Raising a virtual kid isn't child's play
-- Lowry campus preps for major improvements
-- "Mockingbird" – From Kennedy Center to CCA
-- Campus forum a 'forestry service'
-- Info bank: PTK All-Colorado member named, more


January 2015
January 2015 Intercom cover
-- Q and A with CCA President Betsy Oudenhoven
-- CCA Foundation sets new course as part of reboot
-- New PATHS Center a one-stop shop for job seekers
-- Healthcare Bridge successful in first go-round
-- CCA Holiday Party in Pictures


November/December 2014
-- December grad leaves alcohol-fueled past behind
-- CCA adjuncts having their voices heard
-- Dutch delegation visits Colorado Film School
-- 17 students headed to United Nations in spring
-- Students define 'success' on own terms
-- Dibble's movie "Highly Functional" begins filming

October 2014
-- Refugee's harrowing tale a reality for many
-- Lt. Gov. lauds Student Success Center
-- Center for Workforce Development reboots
-- "To Kill A Mockingbird" goes beyond written page
-- Alzheimer's project in pictures
-- Revised scholarship application process a snap

September 2014
-- Employee challenging breast cancer head on
-- Welcome 'fast, Fest in pictures
-- Three students to get shot at launching dreams
-- Job fair draws food, foot traffic
-- New databases to enhance the student, staff experience
-- College, Adama building bridges

August 2014
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-- The Ortega sisters' strong college, family roots
-- New book dissects the actor's process, stresses sanity
-- Film school to benefit from new corporate partners
-- Weedin's tenure ends; precedes official CCA formation
-- Early equity efforts lauded by CUE leadership
-- Oudenhoven on college: "We will grow"

July 2014
-- Blind student possesses uncommon sense
-- American Ninja Warrior Mom
-- CCA adding new hires at rapid pace
-- Innovation grants provide key assist
-- CCA group = Aurora the Explorers

June 2014
-- Special Edition: 2014 Commencement Ceremony in Pictures

May 2014
-- Denver Sheriff's journey passes through CCA
-- "CSI: Aurora" tackles Borden case
-- Student overcomes fears for public speaking title
-- First wave of equity findings released
-- Student Success Center celebration in photos

April 2014
-– Nigerian students improve craft at film school
-- Model United Nations teaches real-world lessons
-- Sherlin Lecture explores exciting Pluto mission
-- Internship program could be a boon for CCA students
-- Translation and Interpretation program cited

March 2014
-- Perseverance runs in the family
-- Law enforcement training could save lives
-- Brandau, Sandoval-Lucero settle into VP roles
-- City, college see strong partnership moving forward
-- Pace, Eichenour honored

February 2014
-- Workforce workhorse transforms life
-- New hires greet campus after break
-- VanderMeer cited for nursing excellence
-- Five good questions with new Foundation exec Gene Sobczak
-- Five sisters share common ground: CCA experiences

January 2014
-- An in-depth profile of new President Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven
-- So you had a bad day? Not if art class has something to do about it
-- CCA jewelry instructor is a gem to her students
-- Future, present initiatives at college discussed
-- Student Success Awards in pictures

December 2013
-- Student's downward spiral halted by little boy
-- Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven named CCA president
-- Faculty profile: Mark Stephenson
-- Lecture discusses real big-bang theories
-- Lowry set for wayfinding, beautification projects

November 2013 - II
(Bonus holiday issue)
-- The Years in Pictures: Candid images from 30 years of CCA

November 2013
In this issue:
-- Student Thanh Nguyen's path to CCA has seen choppy waters
-- HLC reaccreditation includes numerous high marks
-- Composition students are life preservers
-- CCA's Got Talent: In Pictures
-- "The Little Prince" will dazzle, entertain

October 2013
In this issue:
Part IV of the history of CCA is chronicled to mark the college's 30th birthday
-- Dr. Linda S. Bowman plots course for academic excellence
-- Fiscal crises, higher-ed policies burdens to overcome
-- Tiny ESL, concurrent enrollment programs show explosive growth
-- The life and times of the since-defunct Faculty Development program
-- Five good questions with Dr. Linda S. Bowman
Also in this issue: Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven discusses CCA's role in pivotal Equity in Excellence study

September 2013
In this issue:
Part III of the history of CCA is chronicled to mark the college's 30th birthday
-- Dr. Larry Carter ushers college into the future as master 'builder'
-- CentreTech campus is shiny new chapter for college
-- College spreads its wings -- to Lowry
-- Five good questions with Dr. Larry Carter
-- Three-pronged effort gets Student Centre off the ground
Also in this issue: Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven sets future vision at All-College Meeting
                          Connect sessions get students' CCA experience off on right foot

August 2013
In this issue:
Part II of the history of CCA is chronicled to mark the college's 30th birthday
-- Legislation is passed in 1983: CCA lives
-- East Park Plaza, a pseudo campus
-- College Without Walls
-- Chang wins election to become 1st president
Also in this issue: Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven is named interim president

July 2013
In this issue:
The history of CCA begins to be chronicled on the college's 30th birthday
-- The newspaper publisher with a vision
-- Ellin Mrachek exerts her will
-- Aurora Outreach Center sets the table
-- Police/fire building not your average locale
-- Dr. Nai-Kwang Chang makes waves

June 2013
In this issue:
-- Residual effects of tragedy don't deter Woten
-- CFS duo not only wins competition, but may get feature film
-- Nearly five decades as an educator comes to close
-- CCA Commencement: In Pictures
-- Developmental education structure undergoes overhaul

May 2013
In this issue:
-- Outside-the-Box thinking allows students to reach for sky
-- 'Typical student' to give commencement address
-- Prestigious health program selects pair from Student Success Center
-- Admitted 'dabbler' settles down in teaching profession
-- Foundation's scholarship luncheon replete with stories
-- "Take Back the Night" fights the good fight

April 2013
In this issue:
-- Skills of Translation and Interpretation grads speak volumes
-- Five Good Questions: Chris Ward, HLC Executive Team
-- Pre-Algebra class gets 'net' result
-- Adjunct can't kick 'The Hobbit'
-- Sherlin Lecture to discuss stunning migration of cosmos

March 2013
In this issue:
-- The Hendersons sing CCA's praises, and much more
-- Silver screen, behind the scenes merge in Hollywood simulation
-- Aurora mayor lauds college with HLC visit looming
-- Faculty profile of the month: Melanie Briscoe
-- Tiny cone is big inspiration for art show at Lowry

February 2013
In this issue:
-- Student's courageous battle fed by passion, inspiration
-- Grants funding allows for LRC kiosks at Lowry
-- New scholarship application system eases process
-- Faculty handbook gives newcomers helping hand
-- President Scales addresses college on HLC visit

January 2013
In this issue:
-- Integrated Nursing Pathway is one of a kind
-- Model U.N. at Colorado community college first time since 1975
-- Sherlin lecture opens minds about extraterrestrial life
-- CCA student tops in state in North American competition
-- Student Success Awards meshes stories, academics

December 2012
In this issue:
-- The inside story behind President Obama's CCA visit
-- Memorial service is emotional release, celebration
-- Ceremony to honor the late Todd Bergren
-- Five good questions with the HLC Executive Team
-- International students benefit from mentor program

November 2012
In this issue:
-- One-time math prodigy adds son to equation at CCA
-- Sudanese couple among 21 Student Success Award winners
-- Poets, authors chime in on power of writing
-- Retraining program gives unemployed vets a year to retool
-- Middle school kids see what's attainable in STEM
-- Inspirational 75-year-old feeds creative side

October 2012
In this issue:
-- Horrific accident steels Sanchez for old college try
-- National Day on Writing has top-notch lineup
-- New Chinese class met with enthusiasm
-- Interfaith forum provokes thought
-- New "Glimpses" isn't the same old
-- CCA helping Staples regional office manage

September 2012
In this issue:
-- Crunch time: Admin Building handles late rush to Fall semester
-- CCA library opens up "whole universe"
-- Lowry Cafe set to open
-- 5 good questions with President Alton D. Scales
-- Raytheon, college partnership strong
-- Student Success Center merges best practices

August 2012
In this issue:
-- Gym dandy relationship: Five Points meets West Point
-- Colorado Film School means business with pilot project
-- EMT/Paramedic championships take over Lowry
-- High-fidelity mannequins are smart dummies
-- Dr. Geri J. Anderson's interim role as president ends
-- Recent grad gets NASA internship

July 2012
In this issue:
-- Profile of new CCA president Alton D. Scales
-- Scholarship winner winds down Spain educational tour
-- Best EMS tandem in U.S. to be crowned at Lowry
-- College gets high marks from recent graduates
-- Police Academy class honored

June 2012
In this issue:
-- Oldest community college student in state reflects
-- Grad hoping change comes in multiple ways
-- Mandatory orientation program getting off ground
-- Degree focus having a 'major' impact
-- Spring 2012 Art Show shows off talent

May 2012
In this issue:
-- Graduation speaker plans message of hope
-- Inimitable Wayne Gilbert braces for retirement
-- "Erin Brockovich" judge heaps praise on CCA
-- Foundation scholarship luncheon showcases perseverance
-- Kudos on staff, student accomplishments

April 2012

In this issue:
- Xeturah Woodley takes over as VP of Instruction
- Chinese student who toured home country at 5 plays CCA
- Preparedness exercise takes over Lowry
- "Take Back the Night" all about educating public
- "Spoon River Anthology" takes on a comic twist


March 2012

In this issue:
- Dr. Geri J. Anderson begins interim tenure as CCA president
- Five questions with outgoing CCA president Dr. Linda Bowman
- Lt. Gov Joseph Garcia visits Lowry's Tax Help Colorado site
- Interfaith discussion touches on non-violent ties between icons
- Regional artist opens Moravec Gallery in style

November 2011

In this issue:
- Geoff Chadwick and Colorado Film School faculty, students partner with DAVA
- Operation Mountain Guardian offers chance to showcase, reflect
- Meet Leader of Promise Scholar Gibe Gelan
- Novelists, slam poets inspire on National Day on Writing
- Seen Around Campus and much more!

September 2011

In this issue:
- CCA "Team Pioneer" gravitates to NASA opportunity
- Transformation! Lowry ribbon cutting celebration to be held Sept. 16
- College offers Denver International Airport special expertise
- CCA earns "Military Friendly School" prestigious designation
- Dr. Geoff Hunt appointed CCA rep to State Faculty Advisory Council

July 2011

In this issue:
- Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven appointed Vice President for Student Services
- CCA contributes to Korea's efforts to reshape English language instruction
- Dr. Geoff Hunt interviewed for National Geographic's new show
- Partnership expands with Original Aurora Community Integration Collaborative
- Xcel Energy Foundation supports STEM outreach at CCA
- College mourns passing of Dr. Todd Bergren

May 2011

In this issue:
- Commencement 2011: "Rise to become whatever you want"
- Visible progress made in Lowry Expansion Initiative
- Rich Bogdanovich earns prestigious award
- Scholarship luncheon celebrates students, donors
- "Dialogue with our Muslim neighbors" inspires frank discussion

April 2011

In this issue:
- Aurora City Manager George "Skip" Noe addresses students
- Come "Explore the Cosmos from the Moon" in the April 18 Sherlin Lecture
- The courage to start over: Benin native finds new home in Aurora
- Students Ryan Manzanares, Susanne Withrow earn Rising Star Awards
- Math enthusiasts enjoy some Pi

February/March 2011

In this issue:
- Theatre production "Black Heart" fast approaching
- D'Angelo named "Faculty of the Year"
- Parent Institute a roaring success
- Winners announced in MLK poetry contest
- Pfaff, Sessions honored with Brosh Award
- Downey, Harges to receive Phi Theta Kappa recognition

December 2010

In this issue:
- "Play hard, but always work hard": Student Success Award winners earn recognition
- Gov. Ritter engages students
- Phi Theta Kappa inductees celebrated
- Students offer Veterans Day tributes
- Scenes and successes from around campus

November 2010

In this issue:
- Romeo and Juliet Reinterpreted
- Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr., to offer lecture
- CBS-4's Dr. Dave Hnida to address Global Citizens Student Conference
- CCA to help Aurora celebrate "Top 100 for Youth" status
- Business executive Dale Mingilton to encourage students to finish strong
- Successes shared with White House

September 2010

In this issue:
- Disaster Management Institute to be unveiled
- Richard Gentile: Wired to innovate
- United Way Pathways Scholars earn unparalleled opportunity
- Higher Learning Commission approves concurrent enrollment initiative
- Lowry facelift in the offing

May 2010

In this issue:
- Student Puja Kapoor earns national opportunities with NASA
- A trip to Red Rocks, Dinosaur Ridge changes lives
- Moving stories heard at Scholarship Luncheon
- Outstanding APS biz, tech students recognized
- News and photos from end-of-the-semester events

April 2010

In this issue:
- Record $2.3 million returned to taxpayers thanks to CCA volunteers
- College hosts Daniels Fund reception for scholars
- Colorado Film School production invited to Indie Spirit Film Festival
- Internationally known abolitionist Francis Bok visits campus
- International Festival to feature "Planina"
- 9Health Fair slated for April 18

March 2010

In this issue:
- Bernice Harris tapped for national award
- Phi Theta Kappa names two CCA students to academic team
- Spring production of "Anon(ymous)" kicks off March 18
- CCA introduces Facebook, YouTube, Twitter sites
- Higher Education for Refugees workshops held
- Math Day for Girls gets girls thinking about their futures
- Thank you CCAF donors!
- Colorado Film School earns recognition in national mag

February 2010

In this issue:
- Tax Help Colorado under way at Lowry
- Welcome to new faculty and staff
- President Bowman a panelist at Aurora Town Hall meeting
- Solar tech program a first in CCA renewable energy series
- BalloonSat missions launched above Colorado plains

December 2009

In this issue:
- Dr. Matt Gianneschi named VP for Student Services and Enrollment Management
- Gripping stories shared at Student Success Award ceremony
- Hundreds take part in Mass Casualty Training Exercise
- Military Wall of Honor dedication a solemn event
- ESL program event thanks community partners
- And other news from around CCA

November 2009

In this issue:
- Mass Casualty Training Exercise: It's only a drill
- Wall of Honor dedication
- CCA's inventive "recession-proof" workshops reach out
- George Brown key member of College Board Accuplacer team
- President Bowman presents at Council of State Governments meeting
- And other news from around CCA

October 2009

In this issue:
- Contortionist caterpillars and twirling tweedles: don't miss "Lookingglass Alice"
- The Bowmans bring back tales from Africa
- Transfer Fair helps students with seamless transfer to four-year institutions
- CCA partners with Global Academy Village, APS on grant
- Near-earth asteroids the focus of Sherlin Lecture
- And other news from around CCA

September 2009

In this issue:
- Mini-graduation celebrates accomplishments of Buckley military spouses
- A/D Works! welcomed to Lowry Campus
- CCA student Hanh Hoang named "Leader of Promise" by national organization
- eXpress Ed = Opportunity
- Psych Club raises funds for NAMI
- And other news from around CCA

July 2009

In this issue:
- Richard Maestas named VP for Administrative Services
- Dr. Jill Biden tours CCA
- NSF grant to fund CCA Faculty Institute in GIS
- Outstanding business students from APS honored at CCA
- Cherry Creek teachers participate in workshop on dual credit
- Africa Agenda holds Cameroon Information and Education Day
- "In Times of War" screened at national GI Film Festival
- Aurora legislators discuss disability issues
- Community Jazz Band seeks new members
- And other news from around CCA


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