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RRCC 2011 News Release

December 2011

RRCC to Host Textile Art Exhibit: The State of the Art
College to partner with Studio Art Quilt Associates and Surface Design Association

LAKEWOOD, CO – Fabric and fiber will be the focus of The State of the Art, a joint exhibition of Red Rocks Community College, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Surface Design Association opening January 9 in the Susan K. Arndt Gallery at RRCC.  The exhibition is a cooperative project between RRCC and the two associations as part of the college’s ArtSmart program, a year-long celebration that recognizes the arts in everything around us.


Consolidated Mutual Water Co. donates mainline to RRCC :: New $25,000 mainline expansion to improve RRCC water quality and WQM instruction

LAKEWOOD, CO -- Red Rocks Community College will have better water quality and service due to the generous donation of a $25,000 water mainline by Consolidated Mutual Water Company. The water quality management department will also be able to provide more thorough instruction thanks to this expansion of RRCC's existing water system.


RRCC President Lauded by West Chamber
Dr. Michele Haney receives "Celebrate Women of Jefferson County" award

Dr. Michele Haney, president of Red Rocks Community College, is among this year's honorees at the West Chamber's "Celebrate Women of Jefferson County" and was recognized at a breakfast event last Friday.  The award honors women in our community that demonstrate professional spirit, community leadership, a passion for life, and dedication to charitable causes.


November 2011

RCC Lutherie Program to Exhibit Student-Crafted Guitars in Nov. and Dec. :: Visit Colorado's own respected guitar makers in training

LAKEWOOD, CO-- Some of the nation's finest guitars and stringed instruments come from Colorado, home to one of the largest guitar-building programs in the U.S. Red Rocks Community College offers a certificate in lutherie—the crafting of stringed instruments—through their fine woodworking department, staffed by well-regarded professional artisans and guitar builders. The lutherie program is proud to announce two upcoming guitar shows featuring their work.


October 2011


RRCC joins international partner Al-Huson University College to launch the first solar energy tech program in the Middle East

AMMAN, Jordan--Al-Huson University College (HUC), a partner school to Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) in Jordan, hosted  RRCC dean Joan Smith on October 24 for an event announcing the official start of HUC’s solar energy technology associate degree program. The event also celebrated the third graduation from HUC's piping supervisor program.


Concert at RRCC


World-renowned pianist and violinist to perform at RRCC

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College will host the “Magic of Dance,” a violin and piano performance by DuoClassica, on Tuesday, November 1. The free event will be held at the college’s Lakewood campus in the Community room at 5 p.m. and is open to the public.

DuoClassica includes Red Rocks faculty member Olga Dashevskaya on piano and Lydia Sviatlovskaya, the Colorado Ballet Orchestra concertmaster, on violin. The ladies typically perform a broad spectrum of music, from contemporary to traditional, but have chosen to focus on some of the more technical classical composers for this concert. Their “Magic of Dance” program will consist of pieces composed by Kriesler, de Falla, Shostakovich, Debussy, Piazzolla, Ravel, and Brahms, as well as short narrative segments.


NSF awards RRCC grant for Water Quality Management Program

LAKEWOOD, CO -- As Denver-area market demand for water grows, so does the demand for well-educated workers in the water and wastewater industries. The Water Quality Management program at Red Rocks Community College has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for $570,000 in light of the need to expand and maintain local infrastructure. These funds will be used for a state-wide expansion of the WQM program and to partner with local industry to expand and enhance training for water technicians.


University of Colorado Denver makes joint admission promise to Colorado Community College System graduates seeking bachelor’s degrees

DENVER (Oct. 7, 2011) – A degree from the University of Colorado Denver can begin at one of the Colorado Community College System campuses under a new program called the CC to CU Denver Admission Promise. The program will provide joint admission at a Colorado Community College and the University of Colorado Denver as well as on-campus advising from the University of Colorado Denver and from the Colorado Community Colleges as part of guaranteed seamless transfer between the institutions.


September 2011

RRCC Foundation receives $128K from Rolling Hills Country Club Foundation

Lakewood CO—Rolling Hills Country Club Foundation presented the Red Rocks Community College Foundation a check for $128,300 during a board gathering on September 7. The funds were raised during the country club’s 12th Annual Golf Classic tournament on June 27 and a companion event, Red Hot Rio on June 25. The funds will provide scholarships for Red Rocks students in need.


Scholarship opportunity for RRCC students

LAKEWOOD, CO – Each year the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and USA Today sponsor the All-Academic Team competition designed to honor some of the country’s top degree-seeking community college students. The top twenty students receive a $2,500 cash stipend and are recognized at the annual AACC convention. Additionally, the Coca-Cola Foundation will recognize 150 students as New Century Scholars with scholarships ranging from $1,000-$2,000.


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship :: National sholarship awards up to $30K per year to transfer to four-year cpllege

LAKEWOOD, CO –The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation was established in 2000 through the will of prominent businessman, sportsman, and philanthropist Jack Kent Cooke.  A self-made billionaire who died in 1997, Mr. Cooke left the bulk of his fortune to establish a foundation dedicated to supporting individuals of exceptional promise – those who work hard, stay focused, and defy the stereotype that low income precludes high achievement.


Red Rocks celebrates graduation of Physician Assistant and Holistic Health students

LAKEWOOD, CO -- The Red Rocks Community College physician assistant (PA) program lauded its 12th graduating class on August 19. Diplomas were awarded to the 30 graduating students. As well, 30 first-year PA students were promoted to their clinical year with a traditional white-coat ceremony while 30 new students were welcomed to the program.


RRCC faculty lectures in Brazil on interracial marriage

"Red Rocks Community College faculty member Francis Wardle recently lectured at the State University of Sao Paulo in the city of Araraquara, Sao Paolo state, Brazil. His lecture was part of the Conferencia International do Centro do Estudos das Culturas e Linguas Africanas e da Diaspora Negra III held May 17-19. The conference focused on Brazil’s African descendants, and the African diaspora."


A Guitarist's Dream: RRCC Lutherie Department Participates in the Healdsburg Guitar Festival in Santa Rosa, CA

“If there is a heaven, it looks just like the Healdsburg Guitar Festival,” wrote guitar buyer Henry Lowenstein in the 2005 edition of Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars. And he continued, “The nation's best luthiers get together to talk, play, and show the best of what they have to offer to the public. Every year they have the grand masters as well as fresh faces at the show. This is not only a great chance to meet the luthiers themselves and learn some really serious academic guitar-building theory, but also to make use of the numerous "quiet rooms," which allow you to actually play and compare these extraordinary instruments.”

Starting in 1995, the Healdsburg Guitar Festival each year provides a place for guitar builders, guitar enthusiasts, and professional performers to come together in a festive community, validating the art of modern lutherie. RRCC lutherie faculty, Robbie O'Brien and Mike Snider attended the festival in Santa Rosa California this August and exhibiting a booth that represented the RRCC Lutherie program during the three day weekend. There were over 3,000 attendees over the weekend. Assisting with the booth, were RRCC students Gregory Fulghum, Brandon Aschenbrenner, Mike Peter and Rolo Padron.

RRCC Lutherie department at festival

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June 2011

RRCC, Rocky Mountain Education Center and Electric & Gas Industries Association partner to support Building Science students: Contractors grow business with performance partners

Lakewood CO-- Red Rocks Community College’s Rocky Mountain Education Center (RMEC) and Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA), a national non-profit contractor association, are partnering to support and educate the green collar workforce currently training to integrate energy efficiency, comfort, and renewable energy into the built environment.  This Performance Partnership provides business support services, sales and marketing training, and industry networking to contractors and building science students. 


May 2011

RRCC awards over 1,600 degrees/certificates at graduation on May 14

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) presented more than 1,600 degrees and certificates at the college’s 41st annual commencement ceremony at the Lakewood campus on Saturday, May 14.  RRCC granted Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of General Studies degrees, plus certificates in hundreds of fields from Accounting to Wind Technology.


RRCC Foundation Awards 2011-2013 Swede Johnson/Coors Foundation Teaching Chair to Fawn Oates, Psychology Faculty

Lakewood CO--Fawn Oates has been selected as the Swede Johnson/Coors Foundation Teaching Chair for 2011-2013.  The RRCC Foundation Teaching Chair Program, the only multi-year faculty award in the Colorado Community College System, is a meaningful way of recognizing and awarding outstanding faculty.   The Mike Leprino Family Foundation and Coors Brewing Company endowed the first two chairs in 2001.


RRCC International Club raises money for earthquake and tsunami victims

LAKEWOOD, CO – Students in the International Club at Red Rocks Community College held two recent fundraisers to help the victims of natural disasters overseas.

Last month they raised over a thousand dollars for the victims of the Haitian earthquake with their “Change for Change” campaign. Students set up tables on campus and also went door to door visiting offices to seek donations of spare change from faculty and staff. 


April 2011

Join RRCC to celebrate Earth Day- All week long: Activities aim to educate and entertain

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College is celebrating Earth Day with a week of activities Monday April 18 through Friday April 22. The festivities at the Lakewood campus will include recycling, a vendor fair, healthy snacks, and other fun and educational activities to expand our community’s knowledge on preserving the environment.


Own your health: Attend 9Health Fair this Spring

Screening Location on Saturday, April 16, 2011
13300 West Sixth Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

LAKEWOOD, CO — On April 16, 2010, Red Rocks Community College is partnering with 9Health Fair to present more than 20 free and low-cost health screenings and education offerings.  9Health Fair, Colorado’s largest volunteer-run, non-profit health care program, is urging anyone over 18 to attend.  With more than 150 sites across Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska, 9Health Fair delivers free and low-cost health screenings and education. 


RRCC celebrates National Week of the Young Child: EARLY YEARS ARE LEARNING YEARS

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College is bringing faculty, staff, students, and the community together for children during the Week of the Young Child (April 11-17, 2010). As part of the national Week of the Young Child celebrated across the country, RRCC is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.


Two RRCC students named to PTK All-Colorado Academic Team

Red Rocks Community College students Vinh-Thuy Nguyen and Rita Erickson were selected for the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Colorado Academic Team fssor 2011.  Each year, the PTK honor society recognizes outstanding students at two-year colleges around the state.


March 2011

Military culture brown bag lunch on Thursday, March 10 from 11:30 am- 1pm

We'll be hosting a Brown Bag Lunch on Thursday, March 10th from 11:30 – 1pm in the Mt. Evans room on “Military Culture.” We will have a guest speaker, Rebecca Nordin, a retired SMSgt (First Sergeant) from the Air Force. She was in the Air Force for over 22 years and spent 6 years working with members from the 4 DOD branches of service (Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force). She is currently a therapist at Jefferson Center for Mental Health and will be on campus soon to counsel RRCC students who are Veterans. She will provide a short presentation and we will have a Q & A time.

Bring your lunch and let’s learn together! I will also be taking a survey of additional topics that would be interesting & helpful to discuss in future mental health brown bag lunches. See you on March 10th!

For more information, contact Julie Brackey.

Coming next month...Giving Blood Tuesday, March 8

Giving blood is one of the easiest ways you can volunteer and give back to your community.
Red Rocks Community College Blood Drive
Tuesday, March 8th 10:00 – 11:40 a.m. & 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Student Life Great Hall. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact: Bonfils’ Appointment Center at 303-363-2300 or on-line at (please use Site Code 0074) Walk-ins are welcome as space permits!

For more information about Bonfils Blood Center, visit Click here for general information about blood donor eligibility or click here to contact Bonfils’ Donor Relations department with questions about blood donation.

Did you know that there is another way you can save lives? Each year thousands of people are diagnosed with diseases like leukemia and lymphoma for which a stem cell or marrow transplant could be the only cure. About 70 percent of these people are unable to find a donor match within their family and must search for an unrelated donor on the Be The Match® Registry. Joining the registry through Bonfils’ Colorado Marrow Donor Program is easy and it saves lives. For more information, visit, call 800.619.1099 or 303.363.2345.

Bonfils Blood Center 717 Yosemite Street Denver, CO 80230
Contact us 303.341.4000, opt. 3 or 800.365.0006, opt. 3

February 2011

RRCC students pocket billiards wins in ACUI Recreation Tournament

LAKEWOOD, CO – Eight students from RRCC traveled to the University of Arizona to compete in the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region 13 Recreation Tournment on Feb 4 and 5.  Region 13 consists of colleges and universities from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Arizona. Students in attendance represented Utah State, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Sheridan College, University of Wyoming, New Mexico Tech, and Red Rocks Community College.  Events were held in nine-ball billiards, table tennis, and the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT).


Billards Event

January 2011

RRCC to honor diversity and humanity at annual celebration

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College invites the community to participate in a Celebration of Humanity on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 in the Community Room at the college’s Lakewood campus, 13300 W. 6th Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Celebration of Humanity recognizes the lives of leaders who have made a positive impact on humanity, particularly remembering the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and encourages each of us to continue his courageous efforts.


Celebration of Humanity




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