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President’s Monthly Report – May 2013

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.

Lamar Community College had a successful second year participating in the Tax Help Colorado program.  Don Yoxsimer and four students helped 148 taxpayers and over $290,000 in refund claims which was an increase of 72% over last year.

The LCC Rodeo team members Clint Buringa and Tucker White finished 5th in team roping at the University of Wyoming.  Brooke Smith finished 8th in barrel racing, and Haley Keller finished 7th in break-away roping to complete the rodeo season.  Buringa and White will advance to the College National Finals Rodeo June 9-15 in Casper, Wyoming.

The LCC Baseball team had a successful season with over 40 wins. The Lopes competed in the Western District Tournament where they were 1-2.  The Lopes lost to Western Nevada in their first game, defeated Northeastern in their second game, and ultimately were eliminated by Western Nevada when they lost their third game.  The Lopes and coach Crampton had a season to remember as they were ranked number #1 for two weeks during the season, Crampton was inducted into the Colorado Dugout Club Hall of Fame and reached 800 career wins.

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

Lamar Community College honored faculty member David Northrup and his twenty year teaching career at a retirement reception held on May 2.  A Physical Science instructor at LCC since 1993, Northrup has taught Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Astronomy, and a variety of math courses.  Northrup served as LCC’s PTK advisor for 14 years and helped with the Science Fair for 13 years.  The Northrups have family connections to the College.  David’s father, Robert (Bob) Northrup was a member of the class of 1941, and three of his children graduated from LCC.  Lamar Community College thanks David for his hard work and dedication.

Brandon Stephenson is entering his first year at Lamar Community College as head volleyball.  Coach Stephenson comes to Lamar Community College from Highland Community College, where he was the assistant volleyball coach and wellness center assistant.  Before going to Highland, Stephenson was the assistant volleyball coach at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, TX.  Coach Stephenson received his masters in coaching education from Ohio University in spring 2013.  He has coached club volleyball since 2005, coaching the 15U-18U teams in Kansas.

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

Lamar Community College held its 75th Anniversary Weekend April 26 through April 28 for alumni, current students, current and former faculty and staff, and community members.  Friday morning started with free campus tours by College staff; the afternoon was filled with a fun and informative guided tour of Bent’s New Fort, Star Schoolhouse and Camp Amache.  The College held its annual Antelope Night for 2013 LCC graduates and their families at the Lamar Community Building.  Saturday’s festivities began with LCC’s Commencement; Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar was the keynote speaker.  A homecoming luncheon followed the graduation ceremony at the Lamar Community Building.  The Alumna of the Year, Marsha Willhite, was announced during the luncheon.  Retired History Professor Judy Arnold gave a heartfelt presentation on the history of Lamar Community College.

After the homecoming luncheon, Lamar Community College held its Nursing Pinning at the LCC Wellness Center.  Saturday evening the College held a social at the Lamar Elks Lodge to complete the exciting day of activities.  LCC rounded out the 75th Anniversary Weekend on Sunday with a Barrel Racing contest at Lamar Community College’s Equine Complex.  Friends of LCC were also offered tee times throughout the afternoon at Spreading Antlers Golf Course.  It was a wonderful fun filled weekend full of great memories and more importantly, good times for all that attended.

Marsha Willhite, 2013 Alumna of the Year, gave a heartfelt speech about her past, her family, and the influence the college has made on her life when President John Marrin introduced her at the Homecoming Luncheon. Marsha grew up on a farm in Baca County and attended her primary grades in Springfield. She is a farm and ranch wife in Prowers County, mother of four, and grandmother of six. Her family has called Southeast Colorado home for generations.  In December of 2007, Marsha was awarded the Prowers County Sheriff’s Department Officials’ Medal for Outstanding Public Service in the wake of a devastating tornado that ripped through the heart of Holly’s residential neighborhoods on a March evening in 2007.  The disaster claimed the lives of two Holly residents and caused millions of dollars of damage to homes, public areas, and the town’s infrastructure.  During the intervening years, much of her work has focused on recovery, reconstruction, and economic development and business retention in the Holly community.

Lamar Community College hosted the Rural Philanthropy Days workshop “Breaking the Ice: Philanthropy in Southeast Colorado” on May 15.  The full day of workshops included the topics; budgeting, the common grant application, capital campaigns and marketing.  The special lunchtime Funders Roundtable sessions featured representatives from grant-making foundations.

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