Moving forward by leaps and bounds….
John Marrin, President
Student Success Goal: The demands of Colorado businesses and communities shall be met through the development of a high skilled work force.
The Learning Resource Center / Library held a Lunch n’ Learn with the presentation by Vice President of Academic Services/Student Services Cheryl Sanchez and LCC adjunct faculty member Barbara Preskorn. The title of the presentation was “In Their Own Words: Dust Bowl Tapestries: Desert and Oasis.” Cheryl read letters from her grandparents that lived through the Dust Bowl.
Trained Lamar Community College students and staff will prepare and e-file tax returns free of charge for eligible individuals and families on behalf of Tax Help Colorado, a partnership with the Denver-based Piton Foundation. Tax Help Colorado at LCC kicked off on January 26 and will continue every Saturday through February 23; the service is quick and confidential.
Monday, January 21, Student Activities and the Learning Resource Center / Library co-sponsored an activity for Martin Luther King Day showing Mr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The eighteen minute long speech was shown on the hour and half hour throughout Monday.
Student Success Goal: Colorado students shall have the opportunity to succeed through high quality, cutting-edge instruction and educational services.
Lamar Community College is proud to announce that head baseball coach, Scott Crampton, was inducted into the Colorado Dugout Club Hall of Fame on January 18, 2013. Coach Crampton was one of ten inductees chosen from 125 nominees for the class of 2013. In his nineteenth season at LCC, Coach Crampton has forever made his mark on the community of Lamar and the state of Colorado. He has amassed a record of 787-331 with 18 winning seasons. Crampton has coached his teams to 11 Empire Conference championships, nine Region IX titles and made an appearance in the National Junior College Baseball World Series in 2002, finishing third.
LCC Head Baseball Coach Scott Crampton announced that catcher Drew Merten signed a national letter to play at Division I Baseball at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and catcher Max Schoen signed a national letter to play at the University of South Carolina – Aiken, a Division II powerhouse. Since Crampton’s arrival in the fall of 1993, 157 Runnin’ Lopes have signed to play baseball at the four-year level and 28 players have been drafted professionally. Last season, all twelve sophomores were placed in four-year colleges or universities. The 2013 LCC baseball team is preseason ranked #16 in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball. There are a number of talented ball players this year, but one in particular is Sam Wilson who should be a high draft pick in this year’s June professional draft.
The 2012-13 LCC baseball team had five student athletes achieve a 4.0 GPA this fall and the team finished with a 3.34 team GPA.
Softball finished with a team GPA of 3.22 and three 4.0 students
Women’s basketball finished with a team GPA of 3.01
Men’s basketball finished with a team GPA of 2.97
Lamar Community College Faculty of the Year Nancy Winsor
Nancy Winsor began her career as a Nursing faculty member at Lamar Community College in 2005. Her educational philosophy is to build a culture of learning. She spends many hours in and out of the classroom developing each student based on their strengths and weaknesses. Nancy earned a BHS in Respiratory Therapy and a MSN with a Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education. Nancy’s nursing background is in critical care medicine. She is extremely proud of her children, Clairissa and Mark, and has been married to her husband, Kett Winsor, for twenty years. Winsor lives by a quote from Mother Teresa, “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
Lamar Community College Administrator of the Year Anne-Marie Crampton
Anne-Marie Crampton originally joined Lamar Community College in 1998 as School-to-Career coordinator. In 2000, she became the college’s director of Communication & Development. Since then Crampton has focused primarily on leading the college’s marketing efforts with varying levels of responsibility within the LCC Foundation and grants administration. She has now assumed the role of full-time foundation director and is the director of Institutional Advancement. Crampton graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Business Administration – Marketing and completed her MA in Education Administration from Adams State. Anne-Marie is active in her community as a Rotarian and city council member. She is married to LCC’s head baseball coach, Scott Crampton, and together they have two children, Kathryn (18) and Brent (16).
Lamar Community College Classified of the Year Frank Vaca
Lifelong Lamar resident Frank Vaca is proud to be named Lamar Community College’s 2013 Classified Employee of the Year. This is Vaca’s third selection since he began working at LCC 12 years ago. He received this award in 2001 and 2005. As the Head Custodian, Vaca maintains a busy schedule being the sole custodian for LCC’s Administration Building and Equine Complex. Vaca also trains new employees and assists other custodians as needed. His contagious work ethic and positive attitude are recognized by staff and students. Vaca is quick with a genuine hello and willing to assist others. Prior to working at LCC Vaca was a welder for 7 years and a plumber for 5 years. When not at LCC, Vaca enjoys spending time with family friends and fishing.
Lamar Community College Adjunct Faculty of the Year Ian Blacker
Ian Blacker was born in England and raised throughout parts of England and Scotland. In 1980 Blacker moved to the United States to attend college where he met his wife Lori Maertens. Blacker and his family moved to Lamar 18 years ago. He is currently the lead pastor at Lamar Christian Church and has taught at Lamar Community College for five years as an adjunct instructor. Blacker, who has his master’s degree in Leadership, has taught Business Ethics, Critical Reasoning and Logic, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Philosophy, and Leadership. Throughout his career he has been a head women’s soccer coach and an assistant men’s soccer coach at Grinnell College in Iowa. He has also been a sports official for over forty years. Blacker stated, “Teaching at LCC is a huge privilege and a great responsibility. Many students, faculty, and staff have become friends over the years and I have treasured memories from the process of being an educator.” Blacker has three daughters, two son in-laws and a Chesapeake lab.