Moving forward by leaps and bounds….
John Marrin, President
The Lamar Community College Runnin’ Lopes Booster Club announced the second annual Adopt-an-Athlete program. This exciting program gives Booster Club and community members the opportunity to show support for LCC athletes and become more involved in Runnin’ Lopes athletics. Families and individuals may adopt specific athletes or request that players be assigned to them. LCC student-athletes come to Lamar from all parts of the U.S. and the world. Many of them are away from home for the first time. Having a host family in the Lamar area makes their years in Lamar more welcoming and assists with a successful transition to college.
The Lamar Community College Rodeo team held the Antelope Stampede October 4-6 at the Prowers County Fairgrounds. LCC freshman Codie Brown won Breakaway Roping and is now 6th in the event in the Central Rocky Montain Region. Brooke Smith finished 6th in Goat Tying and James Ellet placed 10th in steer wrestling.
Residence Life held a Poker Night with nineteen players, two tables and hours of fun. The winner Emily Paulson received ceramic poker chip set, Poker bracelet, $50 to Walmart, $20 in quarters, and a copy of 007 Casino Royal & Quantum of Solace.
The Lamar Community College Fitness Center hosted its annual Fall Round-Up. Anyone who signed up for a four-month membership on the October 30 received one free month. Members could receive an additional free month if they used their DECA card. Door prize drawings were given throughout the day along with prizes for wearing a costume and 3-grand prize drawings. Those who signed up for a new-membership received a free t-shirt. Current members were encouraged to bring a friend or family member to work out for free during the event.
Lamar Community College held its bi-annual Frontier Historic Encampment Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5. The prestigious event reenacts times of the old west. This year LCC was lucky to have the State Board and CCCS Executive Staff participate in the Friday activities. Hundreds of area grade school children enjoyed the wagon ride and hospitality of the workers in the camp. Over 1000 people attended the two-day festivities.
Lamar Community College hosted the annual Josten’s Yearbook Workshop. The college was bustling with area high school students attending the informative event. The students attended the workshop in preparation for the production of their school’s annual yearbook.
Student Success Goal: Colorado students shall have the opportunity to succeed through high quality, cutting-edge instruction and educational services.
Lamar Community College hosted its first ever Explore LCC. The event was designed for prospective students who had a desire to visit campus and explore the educational opportunities and student support services that are available at LCC. The day kicked off with academic sessions, as attendees met with faculty members in their chosen area of study. Next, students received a tour of campus followed by presentations from the Admissions Counselor and Financial Aid Coordinator. Optional afternoon activities included the Frontier History Encampment, visiting the Lope Shoppe, and attending the LCC Antelope Stampede Rodeo. Students who applied for admission during Explore LCC were offered on the spot admission decisions. All students in attendance left with a free gift from LCC.
The LCC Tutoring staff has extended their hours to weekends in order to benefit students. Over fifty students attended the first academic session
Operational Excellence Goal: The financial stability of the system’s institutions and the physical safety of its students shall be ensured.
On October 3 and 4, the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE) and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) President and Executive Staff made their annual visit to the Lamar Community College campus. This year LCC highlighted some of the extracurricular activities taking place in Lamar and the surrounding area. Thursday night a chuck wagon dinner was held for the board in the front lawn by the administration building. Also in attendance were LCC Advisory Council members, LCC Foundation members, LCC Booster Club members, LCC Presidential Scholars, LCC President’s Council members, community members and members of the Frontier Historic Encampment. Friday morning the board was taken to Granada, Colorado for a tour of Camp Amache, a Japanese Internment camp during WWII. After returning from Granada the board attended slack performances at the LCC Antelope Stampede Rodeo at the Prowers County Fairgrounds. Before heading to lunch at the Kelly Union Cafeteria they were given a tour of the Equine Complex by President John Marrin. After lunch the group attended the Frontier History Encampment, a bi-annual event at LCC that features living historians portraying key figures from 1800-1900. SBCCOE 1st District Representative Ken Weil, CCCS President Dr. Nancy McCallin and CCCS Director of Public Information and Legislative Coordinator Rhonda Bentz shot the cannon at the Frontier Historic Encampment.
The Lamar Community College Foundation now has an additional incentive for individuals and businesses to invest in the College. Cash contributions to the Foundation designated for capital improvements and program development are eligible to receive an additional 25% Colorado tax credit through its certified Colorado Enterprise Zone (EZ) contribution project. In-kind contributions are eligible for an alternative 12.5% credit. The Colorado Economic Development Commission approved the Foundation’s request to create the Workforce Development project in its July board meeting, and the Foundation received its project number in mid-August. EZ contributions must pass through Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development, Inc. (SECED) to the LCC Foundation.
Lamar Community College received $1,092,663 from the U.S. Department of Labor Wednesday, September 18, as part of a $25 million grant to a consortium of nine Colorado schools focused on developing skilled advanced manufacturing workers throughout the state. Participation in Colorado Helps Advanced Manufacturing Program (CHAMP) will allow LCC to enhance and expand its welding program by adding employer-driven content and reorganizing the current certificate into smaller, stackable certificates. In addition, other equipment will be purchased to enhance the program. The three year grant, which is a part of the government’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, gives LCC an opportunity to grow a program that could greatly impact the community of Lamar and surrounding areas.
The Lamar Community College Foundation annual Antelope Classic Golf Tournament set another record, netting over $8,500 in proceeds for the Foundation. Held on Saturday, October 12 with a Friday evening social, the primary goal was to set itself apart from a substantial number of other charity-based community tournaments. Golfers agreed that the Foundation had a hit a hole in one and will be back next fall for another round.