Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight: Rod Thirion’s Business is Students

By Israel Larson, Staff Writer Professor Rod Thirion is an ambitious leader who has seen a major evolution in business since beginning his career at PPCC. The Associate Professor of Business, and former Chair of the PPCC Business Department, focuses on teaching his students ethics and the value of hard work. A former PPCC student …
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Spotlight: Professor Amie Sharp, Resident Published Poet

By Suzanne Seyfi, Staff Writer Professor Amie Sharp is an award-winning poet and a PPCC English, Literature, and Creative Writing professor. “I’ve been pretty fortunate, after, you know, years of toiling in obscurity. I’ve got some good fortune and some good recognition coming my way, so I’m really grateful for that,” Sharp said. She encourages …
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Faculty Art Show Highlight Reel: One Week Left to Catch the Show

By Ryan Haller and Israel Larson, Staff Photographers If you happened to miss out on the faculty art show, here is a highlight reel of the many thought-provoking pieces displayed. The gallery is open at the Downtown Campus till the end of the week, October 7th.

Spotlight: Dean Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan Tells it Straight

By Re’nesia Mills and Evelin Rivera-Cabral, Staff Writers Like many in attendance for Ron Stallworth’s presentation at the Centennial Campus Theater, Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan, Dean of the Math and English Division, was excited to share her takeaways of the conversation and discuss how the topic of diversity continues to be a work in progress for the …
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PPCC’s Phi Beta Lambda Advances to Nationals

By Dejanique Calloway Last weekend students from Pikes Peak Community College’s Phi Beta Lambda Chapter scored big at the State Leadership Conference. The conference which was held at the Community College of Aurora welcomed chapters from across the State of Colorado to compete in numerous events that involved objective tests and live action role play. …
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Faculty Spotlight: Kris Akse, Community College Champion

By Jodie Bomze Kristian “Kris” Akse, a long-time PPCC faculty member, loves inspiring and challenging students at PPCC. Akse (pronounced ‘AWK-suh’), is a Multimedia Graphic Design (MGD) professor and the Professional Photography Department Chair at PPCC. He is also a dual-citizen of the United States and Norway. When he isn’t correcting the pronunciation of his …
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Spotlight: Keith Barnes is Passionate About Including Everyone

By Dejanique Calloway, reporter Keith Barnes, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion waters the seed of diversity among students and faculty through his work with many organizations at Pikes Peak Community College. One word that describes Barnes: Passionate. If you have ever attended a Q & A with the President, an LGBTQ Alliance meeting, …
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Red Cross Recognizes PPCC Hometown Heroes for Mobile Food Pantry

By Jake Altinger, News Editor The American Red Cross Professors recently honored professor Ann-Marie Manning and Dr. Tiko Hardy with their Hometown Hero Award for their work launching and leading the Mobile Food Pantry program at PPCC. The award honors individuals, businesses and nonprofits who have made a significant difference in the community through courage, …
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Spotlight: New Military Services Director Empowers Student Vets

By Marko Salopek, reporter PPCC’s Director of Military and Veterans Program (MVP), Paul Dececco, says his mission as the new program director is to “empower military personnel, veterans, and their families to achieve their academic, career, and personal goals.” Dececco, who has been at his post since Oct. 1, 2017,  grew up in eastern Pennsylvania, …
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Faculty Spotlight: Bruce McCluggage, Passion Personified

By Marko Salopek, reporter Like many of the excellent professors at PPCC, Bruce McCluggage can be summed up with one word: passionate. Anyone who has met McCluggage can attest to this. McCluggage loves talking about students, teaching, and the community, and can discuss these subjects for hours. Twelve years ago, McCluggage started his journey as …
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