Events Archive

The Arapahoe Community College Career and Transfer Center and ACC's Sigma Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will co-host a transfer scholarship reception on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Library and Learning Commons.  This event, which is free to attend, is open to all students.

Meet with representatives from local colleges and universities whose institutions offer scholarships specifically for Phi Theta Kappa members who are transferring into their schools.  LIST OF ATTENDING SCHOOLS

Please RSVP for this event no later than Friday, Feb. 21, at or 303.797.5805.  Light refreshments will be served.

Not a member of Phi Theta Kappa?  Learn more about becoming one at this event, or visit the Sigma Phi homepage.

UPDATE - FRIDAY, APRIL 4 (4:30 p.m.) - Due to overcast skies, tonight's Astronomy Star Party may be moved inside to Room M3740 (third floor in the main building).  Please check for signs at the West Entrance if you do not see Astronomy Professor Jennifer Jones and the ACC telescopes out on the West Lawn upon your arrival to campus.

The Arapahoe Community College Astronomy Program will host "star parties" to observe the night sky on Feb. 21, March 7 and April 4 at the Littleton Campus (outside on the West Lawn; between the main building and lot G).

All three star parties will be held in an open house format from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. (please dress appropriately for these outdoor events), and attendees are welcome to arrive at their convenience.  ACC will provide a telescope at all three star parties, which are free and open to the public (no RSVP necessary).

Additionally, FREE hot cocoa and cookies will be served.

Join ACC Astronomy Professor Jennifer Jones at these star parties for your chance to observe the celestial bodies and explore the vastness of the universe.  For more information, please contact Jennifer at or 303.797.5839.

Astronomy Star Parties

The Interior Design and Architectural Student Exhibition opening reception is today from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  The exhibition runs through Mar. 12.

Light refreshments will be provided at this event, which is free and open to the public.  The Colorado Gallery of the Arts is located on the first floor of the ACC Annex building at 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton (map).

For more information about the Interior Design and Architectural Student Exhibition, please contact Trish Sangelo at or 303.797.5649.

Arapahoe Community College will once again serve as a location for the Tax Help Colorado program in 2014, as announced by The Piton Foundation and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS).

The Piton FoundationTax Help Colorado, which is a partnership between The Piton Foundation and the CCCS, provides Colorado families with the opportunity to have their tax return prepared and e-filed by IRS-certified college students.  These services are free to Colorado taxpayers whose annual household income was less than $50,000 in 2013.

ACC will facilitate Tax Help Colorado at its Littleton Campus (5900 S. Santa Fe Drive) each Friday from Jan. 31 - Mar. 14 in Room A1540 (first floor of the Annex Building) from Noon – 3:00 p.m.  IRS-certified ACC students will prepare and e-file these tax returns.  No appointment necessary.  WHAT TO BRING TO A PARTICIPATING TAX HELP COLORADO SITE

Furthermore, for Colorado families who make less than $50,000 and have children at home, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit can reduce the amount of income tax paid and may even mean a much bigger tax refund – as much as $5,000 more.  Additionally, there are tax credits that can help to pay for college.

This is the third straight year that ACC has worked in conjunction with The Piton Foundation to support the Tax Help Colorado program.  The ACC site facilitated 193 combined returns for a grand total of $347,781 in refunds (includes State, Federal and EITC) during the 2013 tax season.

For more information about the Tax Help Colorado program, please visit or call 2-1-1.

Student Affairs presents Preparing for Parenting: A Beginners Guide on Thursday, Feb. 20, beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Half Moon (Room M1800).

ACC Early Childhood Education Department Chair and Faculty Member Kristin Habicht will speak about simple tasks for expectant parents to prepare themselves for the experience of becoming a parent.  Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to inquire about accommodations, please contact the Student Affairs Office (Room M2820) at or 303.797.5668.

Arapahoe Community College will host the 2014 FirstBank Community Leaders Forum on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. in the Dining Hall (Room M1900) at the Littleton Campus.

2014 FirstBank Community Leaders ForumRegistration will begin at 7:00 a.m.  This is a free event for the south metro Denver community and seating is limited.  A light breakfast will be served.  Please RSVP in advance to Marilyn Manning at or 303.763.1865.

ACC President Dr. Diana Doyle will serve as the event moderator.  Please join event sponsor FirstBank and other members of our community in a discussion about:

• opportunities and challenges for 2014 and beyond
• education
• economy
• legislation that will affect our local governments, businesses and neighborhoods

Featured Speakers

MAYOR PHIL CERNANEC – LITTLETON – Phil Cernanec was elected to the City Council in November 2009 for a four-year term representing District III. Previously, Cernanec served as an elected member of the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District Board of Directors.  Cernanec has had a long career in the financial services industry, serving as a product actuary for several insurance carriers and as a consultant to international firms. He has also been an adjunct professor and certified leadership facilitator.  Cernanec is involved with the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the City Council Audit Committee, and is an alternate to the Board of Directors of the Denver Regional Council of Governments. Cernanec is an advocate for responsible fiscal management, strong neighborhoods, and having Littleton open for business expansion and investment. He is focused on the City Council goals of pursuing a balanced and sustainable local economy, preserving and cultivating a quality community, and assuring a financially-sound city government.

MAYOR JIM GUNNING – LONE TREE – Jim earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering that launched him into 20 years of combined service on active or reserve status in the United States Air Force. In 2001, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and currently works for United Airlines as an Airbus A-320 Captain.  Jim was elected to the Lone Tree City Council in May 2006, and then elected Mayor in 2008. He is credited for advocating $10 million in recreation amenities and for building a new city-owned $18 million 500-seat performance venue that opened in 2011. Jim is currently the chair of the Metro Mayor’s Caucus and board member of the Denver South Economic Development Partnership. He is married and has two children.

MAYOR CATHY NOON – CENTENNIAL – Cathy is the second Mayor to the City of Centennial. In 2001 she served as Chair for the committee to pass three initiatives to fund the new city and served on the task force to write Centennial’s first Comprehensive Plan. Cathy served as Chair of the Home Rule Charter Commission which wrote the city’s charter.  Cathy is the Founder of the Centennial Council of Neighborhoods (CenCON), consisting of approximately 60 neighborhoods and representing more than 22,000 households. Uniting neighborhood and civic associations in municipal decision making proves her passion to enhance Centennial’s identity and unite the community.  She serves on many state, regional and local committees and boards. She is married, has two children and grandchildren.

MAYOR RANDY PENN – ENGLEWOOD – Randy retired in 2008 after 35 years as a physical education teacher, head football coach, and head track coach at Englewood High School. Randy was elected to the Englewood City Council in 2007 and since that time has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Englewood School/City Committee and the Denver Regional Council of Governments. He also served as the Executive Director of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce for four years and continues to serve on the Chamber Board.  He was elected as Mayor in November of 2011 after being elected to a second Council term. Randy has lived in Englewood since 1953. He has three children and five grandchildren.

MAYOR RON RAKOWSKY – GREENWOOD VILLAGE – Ron was elected mayor by the City Council on January 3, 2011 to complete the term of Mayor Sharpe who resigned to become an Arapahoe County Commissioner. He began a four term November 21, 2011, after an uncontested election. Ron had served as Mayor Pro Tem of the Village since November 2005 and as a council member of District 4 since November 2003.  Ron’s current service to the community includes serving as Chair of the Arapahoe County Justice Coordinating Committee since September 2004, which includes the District Attorney, Sheriff, Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial District, and the Board of County Commissioners. Ron serves as Vice Chair of the board of the 18th Judicial District Juvenile Assessment Center. Currently he also serves as a Trustee of the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School Foundation located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  Ron and his wife Margaret moved to Greenwood Village in 1988. Their two children and two grandchildren live out-of-state. He enjoys rooting for Air Force Academy Falcons, Colorado Rockies and the Denver Broncos.

COMMISSIONER JILL REPELLA – DISTRICT III – DOUGLAS COUNTY – Jill is the 2013 Chair of the Board of the Douglas County Commissioners. Ms. Repella was elected to her first term as a Douglas County Commissioner in November of 2008 and re-elected in 2012 for her second four-year term. Over a cumulative total of 30 years, prior to her induction as Commissioner, Jill served in various elected and appointed positions in Douglas County.  Among the policy priorities about which Jill continues to have the most passion and commitment is economic development. She believes it is a fundamental role of government to facilitate and maintain a fertile environment for business – an environment in which jobs can be created that will in turn create economicwell-being and quality of life for the County’s citizens. Exemplary of her commitment to Economic Development is her role in the passage of House Bill 12-1029 “The Colorado Jobs Act”.  Jill and her family are actively engaged in many sport, education, church and community activities.

Arapahoe Community College professors Dr. Jeff Broome and Dr. Kathryn Winograd will host book signings for their recently-released books at the ACC Library and Learning Commons on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 2:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.

Broome’s book, Cheyenne War: Indian Raids on the Roads to Denver, 1864-69, details numerous Indian raids on the three roads to Denver (Santa Fe, Smoky Hill and Platte River) during that era, as well as the hardships that pioneers encountered in the settling of the American West.

book coversBroome, a fifth-generation Colorado native who has been a philosophy professor at ACC since 1985, has written two other books about the wars between pioneer settlers and native tribes, including Dog Soldier Justice: The Ordeal of Susanna Alderdice in the Kansas Indian War and Custer into the West with the Journal and Maps of Lieutenant Henry Jackson.

Winograd’s book of western landscapes and inscapes, Phantom Canyon: Essays of Reclamation, is a collection of hybrid and lyric essays connected by the phantoms – her own and others’ – that follow one woman’s quest for solace, spirituality and reconciliation resulting from childhood trauma.

Winograd, English faculty and the coordinator of the Writers Studio at ACC, is also the author of Air into Breath and Stepping Sideways into Poetry, as well as the co-author of You Can Learn Online and You Can Teach Online.  Winograd’s poetry has appeared in multiple literary journals, including The New Yorker.  A Colorado Book Award winner, Winograd has also published numerous articles, essays, children's stories and poems.

Both book signings on Feb. 19 are free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact Dr. Broome at or 303.797.5787.

Student Affairs will host its semi-annual BINGO game on Wednesday, Feb. 19, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Atrium.

Enjoy a healthy snack and play to win grand prizes.  Game on!

For more information or to inquire about accommodations, please contact the Student Affairs Office (Room M2820) at or 303.797.5668.

Undecided about your major or career path?  Join the Career and Transfer Center for the Career Explorer Series on Feb. 11 and 18 (2:30 - 4:30 p.m. both days in Room M2070).

•    Explore career option
•    Research career information
•    Create an action plan
•    Career assessments include:
     - Strong Interest Inventory
     - Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Registration and pre-assessment required.  Fee waived for current students, $25 for alumni.  Register through ACC Career Connect or the Career & Transfer Center.

For more information or to inquire about accommodations, please contact the Career and Transfer Center at or 303.797.5805.

The Interior Design and Architectural Student Exhibition opens today.  The exhibition runs through Mar. 12.

The Colorado Gallery of the Arts is located on the first floor of the ACC Annex building at 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton (map).

For more information about the Interior Design and Architectural Student Exhibition, please contact Trish Sangelo at or 303.797.5649.