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We know your time is valuable, so I promise this will always be a quick update of something interesting happening at Trinidad State. Expect to see it around the 10th of each month.


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JANUARY 9, 2017

Hard to believe we're into 2017 already. Classes start next week. Please take Just a Minute to catch up on Trinidad State happenings!

National publicity
Magazine CoverOur gunsmithing program has been getting a lot of national attention lately and we believe it's well deserved. Ainsley Ridgeway, soon to start her fourth and last semester in the gunsmithing program, was featured on the cover of Women and Guns Magazine in the November/December issue. When she completes our program in May she will, at the same time, get her four-year business degree from the University of Wyoming.

She's an impressive young lady. Two other national gun magazines will also feature articles on our gunsmithing program soon.



More gunsmithing
While we're talking gunsmithing, we wanted to share a photo of this amazing rifle, built by Justin Kamal, who completed the program last month. He plans to use this as his visual resume as he looks for a job in the custom gunsmithing world. It's a single shot .50-caliber, weighing in at 43 pounds. It features an English walnut stock with intricate carving and silver wire inlay. We posted this and other photos on Facebook and had a viral moment with 99,000 views and more than 500 shares.
Nicely done Justin!

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Track and Field
With the Cross Country season officially in the books, we have discussed the possibility of initiating a Track and Field program for the College. With the blessing of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), we have taken the first steps. Four of our head coaches - Lauren Martin (Cross Country), Aaron Miller (Men's Soccer), Melissa Hardman (Women's Volleyball), and Peter Freeman (Women's Soccer) - have worked with Athletic Director Mike Salbato to make participation this spring a reality for students on both campuses. Three of our current student-athletes have already represented us at the Adam's State Early Bird Open held last month and we plan to attend track meets in Albuquerque, Gunnison and Alamosa in the spring semester. This is a great opportunity for our coaches, our students, and for Trojan athletics.

Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State




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FEBRUARY 10, 2017

Time is flying toward graduation and we've settled in for the end of winter. Please take Just a Minute to catch up on Trinidad State happenings.

Continuing and Community Education

Holster Making in both Trinidad and Alamosa After a tremendous amount of hard work we've assembled a diverse and interesting set of classes designed for the community -- without college credit attached. These are self enrichment classes with no test at the end! Your neighbors are right now involved in classes like Beekeeping, Cake Decorating, Basic Computers and Evening Welding. Coming up over the next few months we have more Photography, Mastering Self Care and Basic Drawing. Sign up now in both Trinidad and Alamosa for upcoming Hatmaking, Leather Holster Making and Metal Embossing classes. We're trying to honor our Western heritage while keeping the costs low. We think there's something for everyone. Check out our classes and contact Donna Haddow at 719 846-5724 to sign up. Whether you're in Trinidad, Alamosa, Walsenburg, Monte Vista, Del Norte or somewhere in between, Donna is ready for your call (and your ideas for future classes).

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Enrollment

Our spring semester enrollment is up slightly from a year ago and we believe we're on track to match the small increase we had in the fall. Looks like our hard work is paying off!

A viral moment

We were part of a viral moment on social media last week. A media company called Rated Red picked up our photos of an exceptional rifle built by Justin Kamal, who graduated from our gunsmithing program in December. Trinidad State was fully credited on the story they did, which attracted more than three million views on Facebook! If you're a Facebook user you can watch it here, otherwise click here to watch the youtube version.

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Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State




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MARCH 9, 2017

Spring is just around the corner and Trinidad State is bustling with activity. This month, it'll take Just a bit more than a Minute to see what's happening.

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An Oscar

Trinidad State graduate Jeff Gipson is on the Disney team that won an Oscar last month at the Academy Awards for "Zootopia." He works as a lighting artist. And this isn't the first time Jeff has had his hands on an Oscar. He also worked on "Frozen" and "Big Hero 6." After graduation from Trinidad State he attended the University of Colorado and got a degree in Environmental Design (Architecture). For a time he designed skate parks before landing a job at Disney in 2013.

National Champion!

Our Elias Gedyon, running in the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Nationals in Pittsburgh, Kansas finished first in the 1000 Meter. Elias and Daniel Haymes were both stand outs on our Cross Country Team last fall and did an amazing job here, with a 12th place finish as a team.

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Community Council road trip

Last week we hosted a van load of Valley residents for a tour of our Trinidad Campus. These are members of our Community Council who help guide us in our decisions and keep us grounded in the needs of the areas we serve. This is the first time the groups from both campuses have been together in the same room. Thanks to those folks who gave us an afternoon and made the trip!

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Rotating art show in the President's Office

We're starting a rotating art display in the President's Office in the Berg Building on the Trinidad Campus. Trinidad is rich with artists and we'd like to celebrate with them and offer our office as an additional community location to display their work. Our first featured artist is Doug Holdread. He retired from teaching art at Trinidad State a few years ago, but he certainly hasn't laid down his brush yet. We'll feature a reception with light refreshments and a dozen works on Friday, March 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. We invite you to come to campus and enjoy some of Doug's work with us!

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Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State




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APRIL 10, 2017

We're just a month away from graduation ceremonies in both Trinidad and Alamosa. We'll get you caught up in Just a Minute.

A dark day is coming

NASA ImageEven though August 21 is the first day of class this fall, it will be a dark day. Not because of the new semester, but because there will be a solar eclipse that day. About 85 percent of the sun will be blocked here in southern Colorado. If you'd like to know more about it, come to a free talk by Astronomy Instructor Bob Philbin on April 11 at 12:15 p.m. at the Pioneer Room on the Trinidad Campus. We call this monthly feature Food for Thought. We encourage folks to bring their lunch or buy something in our cafeteria and learn something new.

We are also planning a trip to western Nebraska to allow members of the community to experience the total eclipse at a nominal cost. Transportation will be provided by the college from the Trinidad Campus and we've already reserved a limited number of hotel rooms for the night before the eclipse. After viewing the eclipse the group will drive directly home, arriving back in Trinidad late Monday night on August 21. For more information contact Keith Gipson at 719 846-5577.
You may also visit our Eclipse page
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Register now

We are now accepting students for the summer and fall sessions at Trinidad State. The summer classes are helpful for someone wanting to pick up some extra credits before fall. We also offer many continuing education courses. These are often hands-on and unusual classes like metal embossing, hat making and leather holster making. Click here for information on summer and fall classes.

Graduation

Graduation is just over a month away. This is my favorite day of the year when hope moves one big step closer to reality. Our ceremonies will happen on May 12 (10 a.m. in Trinidad and 6 p.m. in Alamosa). Join us if you can.

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Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State




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MAY 10, 2017

TSJC image of GraduationIt all comes down to this: Graduation is this week in both Trinidad and Alamosa.

We'll try to catch you up in Just a Minute.

Graduation happens May 12

The big moment arrives later this week, when our graduates move on to a new chapter in their lives. For us it will be bittersweet. We'll be sad to see them go but happy about the possibilities that await them. More than 100 graduates will receive degrees at an outdoor ceremony (weather permitting) in The Pit at the Trinidad Campus starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 12. Another 100-plus will graduate at 6 p.m. at Plachy Hall on the Campus of Adams State University. Receptions will follow both ceremonies.

Other year-end ceremonies and celebrations include Rocky Mountain Line School in Colorado Springs, the Entrepreneur Program at the Trinidad Correctional Facility, Nurse Pinnings and Adult Basic Education on both campuses and our Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy in Alamosa. We're so excited about the future of these students!

Softball team wins Region IX Championship

Our Lady Trojans won their first ever Region IX Championship over the weekend! This team is special in many ways having shattered the school record for home runs and pushing Coach Steve Swazo past 300 wins in his career. We now host defending national champs Butler Community College of El Dorado, Kansas on Friday afternoon at 3 and 5 at South Side Park. A third game, if needed, will happen at 11 on Saturday. Our baseball team finished second in Region IX standings and will try to defend the title in a tournament beginning tomorrow in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

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Robotics Team at NASA

TSJC Robotics imageCLOEE Our Robotics Team will head to Johnson Space Center in Houston to try out CLOEE in the "Mars Yard" next week. CLOEE (Computer-controlled Land-based Optical Electronic Explorer) will attempt to pick up rocks in a simulated "Mars Yard" while controlled from a distant location. The student operator will see what CLOEE sees using multiple cameras mounted on the robot. Commands are sent to the robot through a cell phone link. This is an unforgettable learning opportunity for these students!

The next generation of college presidents

I am humbled to have been chosen to represent the Western Region of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Presidents Academy Executive Committee. This is an organizing group for a mentor program for new college presidents and a chance to represent Trinidad State on a national stage.

Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State




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JUNE 9, 2017

Our summer has begun! Please take Just a Minute to catch up on Trinidad State news.

CLOEE in the NASA rock pileCLOEE vs. the Mars Yard

Our Robotics Team is off for the summer, with an assignment: How could we do this better? Just after graduation last month they boarded a bus for a challenging trip to the "Mars Yard" at NASA's Johnson Space Center. CLOEE (Computer-controlled Land-based Optical Electronic Explorer), operated from afar by students in Mission Control, had to traverse difficult terrain and pick up specially colored rocks. Using a cell phone connection, operators could see video from robot-mounted cameras and then respond with movement commands.

While this was a test run, their scores were comparable to those earned by top tier four-year schools in last year's Robo-Ops event. The team plans to compete in Houston next year. Thanks to everyone who donated money to get them to Texas and back.

Isabella NacarroTrojan slugger named NJCAA Division I Offensive Player of the Year

Isabella Navarro Our Softball Trojans won their first ever Region IX Championship last month before falling to eventual national champion Butler Community College in the next round. It was a special season in many ways. The school record for home runs was shattered and Coach Steve Swazo passed 300 career wins. Plus, Isabella Navarro of Bernalillo, New Mexico was named NJCAA Division I Offensive Player of the Year. She batted .511 on the season and had 30 home runs and 93 runs batted in. She will play for Colorado State in the fall.
Congratulations to you, Isabella!

Elias Gedyon won the NJCAA Elias Gedyon Elias Gedyon wins another national title

Trojan runner Elias Gedyon won the NJCAA outdoor track and field national title in the Men's 1500 Meter in Hutchinson, Kansas three weeks ago. His time was 4:01.35. Elias also won a national championship at 1000 meters at the indoor track and field meet back in March. He'll stay in the Valley, running for Adams State in the fall.
Great job, Elias!

Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State



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JULY 10, 2017

Our summer has begun! Please take Just a Minute to catch up on Trinidad State news.

We're about halfway through the summer and we have some catching up to do. This will take Just a Minute.

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College for Kids had a successful run on the Trinidad Campus in June, and this month we've brought the same program to the Valley Campus in Alamosa. Educators know young minds need to be stimulated during the summer, and we're trying to help. The free program is supported by our staff, the University of Colorado and community donations, and helps us show kids ages seven to 11 a glimpse of nature and science and the wide, amazing world that awaits them when they grow up.

Upward Bound Math and Science
Another group, this one high school age, is wrapping up six weeks on the Trinidad Campus as part of a college immersion program. Upward Bound Math and Science takes students who might not have seriously considered college and exposes them to science and technology with a hope of inspiring new life goals. We're hosting just over fifty students from southern and western New Mexico who arrived on June 9. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, they live in our residence halls and eat in our cafeteria and use the great technology we have on campus. It's just another way Trinidad State is making a difference.

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Colorado Community College System President Dr. Nancy McCallin has announced she will retire a year from now. She's been system president since 2004, guiding Trinidad State and 12 other community colleges in Colorado. It is the largest higher education system in Colorado with 137,000 students with an economic impact of over $3 billion. We will miss her vision and leadership.

Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State



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AUGUST 10, 2017

Can you believe classes start in a week and a half? Please take Just a Minute to catch up with Trinidad State.

Fall semester begins
We're busy getting ready for the beginning of the fall semester on August 21. Our campuses look great and our hardworking staff has been preparing for this for the last couple of months. You'll soon see posters and banners around Trinidad and Alamosa welcoming students to our communities. And when you see the students, and their families, please give them a friendly smile. The students are at the center of all we do at Trinidad State.

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Lynette Bates portraitVice President Bates honored
Our Vice President for Academic Affairs recently received an award from the National Council of Instructional Administrators. Lynette Bates was chosen for the Emerging Chief Academic Officer award for work which enhances educational opportunities for the students at Trinidad State. She is known to our staff and students as approachable, hard working and innovative and this award bears that out. Congratulations Lynette!

College Vision
We're constantly evolving at Trinidad State, trying to stay ahead of the needs of our students and the communities we serve. Recently Dean of Instruction Jack Wiley moved into a new position: Director of Community, Concurrent and Continuing Education. Our new Dean of Instruction is Dr. Evert Brown who comes to us with decades of experience which includes teaching and running an outdoor school in Wyoming.

I'll talk about those changes and more as I outline our vision for the college at public meetings on August 14 an 15. Join us in the Pioneer Room on the Trinidad Campus on August 14 at 5:30 p.m. or at the Auditorium on the Valley Campus at 6 p.m. on August 15 to hear about our exciting future plans.

Until next time,

Carmen M. Simone, Ph.D.
President, Trinidad State



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