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May 2013 – Monthly President’s Report


JoPicture2hn Marrin, President

Student Success Goal:  The demands of Colorado businesses and communities shall be met through the development of a high skilled work force.

Lamar Community College is offering EMT training at little or no cost.  Lamar Community College has been awarded a grant through the Daniel’s Fund for scholarships to assist area citizens and EMT volunteers to receive training as EMT’s.  Upon successful completion of LCC’s program, participants should be able to perform complex skills such as spinal immobilization, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), assisting patients with medications, performing patient assessments, performing CPR and taking vital signs.  Successful graduates are eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Computerized Test.

Lamar Community College hosted a free three-hour overview workshop for “Simple Steps for Growing your Business”.  “Simple Steps for Growing your Business” is a six session workshop that follows last years’ “Simple Steps to Starting your Business.”  “Simple Steps for Growing your Business” is an interactive program that provides small business owners and managers with the knowledge and tools necessary to switch their strategy from start-up to growth mode.  The workshop gave in-business clients customized strategies through the mentoring of SCORE professionals.  The workshop included free mentoring, facilitated roundtable discussions, and in-class exercises.

Lamar Community College hosted the FFA Career Development Day.  435 students from 27 schools participated in 10 different contests.  FFA Career Development events are an extension of classroom learning which test students’ knowledge.  Students are judged individually and in teams.  The contests were not only held at Lamar Community College, but also the Sand and Sage Fair Grounds and Lamar High School.  The events prepare contestants for the Colorado FFA State competition.  The winner of each contest received a $500 scholarship to Lamar Community College.  This special event would not have been successful without the support of the LCC staff, the FFA Advisors and community volunteers.

The LCC Library hosted a Lunch ‘n Learn on April 18th.  In keeping with Lamar Community College’s 75th Anniversary celebration the topic was “Lunch and Listen,” a program of popular music spanning the decades.  The library staff provided short biographies and other information to enrich the listening experience.  Some selections were played from 78 rpm records.  LCC annuals showed pictures of bands and choirs.  Music also played a role on the LCC campus at formal and informal dances.

Prowers Medical Center and High Plains Health Center held an open meeting at Lamar Community College.

The 2013 Spring HTM/EBM Horse Show was held Friday, April 19 at LCC’s Equine Complex.  Freshman students illustrated their horsemanship during the day-long event presented to horse owners, parents, community members, and staff.  All guests were treated to a luncheon during the horse show.  Sophomore students are completing their internship in time for graduation on April 27.

Student Success Goal:  Colorado students shall have the opportunity to succeed through high quality, cutting-edge instruction and educational services.

The 2013 Colorado Community College System’s (CCCS) Rising Star Recognition Ceremony and Honorary Luncheon was held on April 9.  This annual awards luncheon is designed to recognize the outstanding contributions made by students in college activities and community service.  Lamar Community College was proud to recognize Ratna Malkan and Kristina Morben as its 2013 Rising Stars.  Ratna Malkan is completing her Associate of Science degree and is the reporter/historian in LCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Beta Eta Gamma chapter.  Kristina Morben is a model student-athlete and has thrived at balancing her studies with her responsibilities on the LCC softball team.

Lamar Community College’s Beta Eta Gamma chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa inducted 17 new members during the spring induction ceremony on Monday, March 4.  LCC Recruiter Brenda Brown was the guest speaker.  Brenda, a graduate of LCC, is a past member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Lamar Community College held their HTM interviews for potential fall students this month.  Interviewees are required to participate in a personal riding test at the Equine Complex.  The potential students receive pre/post-admission advising and counseling, a tour of campus, and are treated to lunch at Kelly Union Cafeteria.

Operational Excellence Goal:  The financial stability of the system’s institutions and the physical safety of its students shall be ensured.

Lamar Community College will hold its 75th Anniversary Weekend April 26 through April 28.  Friday morning will start with free campus tours and the afternoon will have a guided tour of Bent’s New Fort, Star Schoolhouse and Camp Amache.  Antelope Night 2013 is Friday evening at the Lamar Community Building.  LCC’s Commencement is Saturday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m.  A homecoming luncheon will follow the graduation ceremony at the Lamar Community Building.  After the homecoming luncheon, Lamar Community College will hold its Nursing Pinning at the Wellness Center.  The Lamar Elks Lodge will be the location for a College social.  Sunday is a Barrel Race Contest at Lamar Community College’s Equine Complex.  Friends of LCC are invited to tee times Sunday afternoon at Spreading Antlers Golf Course.

The Lamar Community College Foundation Presidential selection committee had their work cut out this year as they had a record number of LCCF Presidential Scholarship applicants.  The high school seniors were asked to complete an application with many requirements including GPA, ACT and letters of recommendation from their current high school officials.  Each student participated in an on campus interview with the LCCF Presidential Scholarship selection committee comprised of Foundation Directors and LCC Staff.  As most selection members agreed, it was the most rewarding but toughest job to select the finalists.  The entire process is a positive reinforcement for the future as the students are enthusiastic and high achievers.

The LCC Booster Club held its Athletic Recognition Banquet on Saturday, April 20.  Lamar Community College was very fortunate to have Dave Logan as the guest speaker for the evening.  5 lucky student-athletes received a $1000 scholarship from the Booster Club.

The Colorado Workforce Board held its meeting at Lamar Community College on Tuesday, April 23.  President John Marrin and Career Coach Kayla Tefertiller represented LCC as members of the Workforce Board.


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