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Arapahoe High School will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with an open house, Sept. 27, 6 – 9 p.m. The event will be open to all current and former AHS students, staff, parents and community members.
The evening will include self-guided tours, student performances, displays of student work and memorabilia, a pep assembly and refreshments.
In 1964, AHS opened its doors to about 800 juniors and sophomores. Since then, more than 21,000 students have graduated from the recognized school of excellence. For more information, visit www.arapahoe.littletonpublicschools.net or contact Bryan Jesse at 303-347-6013.
Officials from the City of Littleton, Littleton Public Schools and the South Metro Denver Chamber cut the ceremonial ribbon officially opening the new location of The Littleton Preparatory Charter School at 5301 S. Bannock St. The school offers an academically rigorous curriculum, direct instruction, positive discipline and a precision placement system. www.littletonprep.littletonpublicschools.net
Renee Sitler, a 1962 graduate of Flood Middle School, takes a photo of the recently demolished school. A large residential development will take its place. Photo by Tom Barry
Recently, Englewood’s storied Flood Middle School on the southeast corner of Hampden and Broadway was demolished after an asbestos abatement process this summer. The rubble has since been removed to make room for a large residential development.
The school was officially named Mary Louise Flood Junior High years ago, probably in the mid 1950s.
Renee Sitler (taking a photo), a 1962 graduate of Flood School visited the site to record the events for her three sisters, Joy, Marlita and Nancy, all graduates of the school, taking photographs. The original school’s name was Englewood Junior High and the name was changed to honor Flood who had been the principal when Sitler attended. The schools mascot was the Pirates.
Flood School closed in 2007 with 300 students. Sinclair Middle School, now named Englewood Middle School, instructs the students from both schools. The property was sold by the Englewood Public School District, for $2 million to Barbury Holdings, one of the developers.
After site work is completed on this 4.5-acre property, developers will begin construction on 300 to 350 rental apartments.
Anne Jacobs, principal of DCIS at Fairmont, center, joins Cailey Karshmer, Abby Foster, Lior Yaron and Chloe Howard of Colorado Kids for Kids. The students from different schools represent the kid-run nonprofit organization whose mission is to help sick, disabled, homeless and underprivileged kids by supporting their needs, raising awareness and volunteering. Students donated supplies, spending hours sorting them and getting them ready to donate. On Aug.15, the board delivered the supplies to the Denver Center for International Studies at Fairmont. Photo courtesy of Sandra Yaron
Several thousand fans attended the Broncos training facility last Saturday morning at Dove Valley to watch the team. Photo by Tom Barry
By Tom Barry
In last week’s edition, The Villager shared that the Broncos plan to invest $30 million constructing a new indoor field house and potentially other structures on adjacent Dove Valley vacant property.
Last March, the Denver Broncos Football Club and The Dove Valley Business Park Associates filed applications to amend the master plan to allow for expansion to the west of the current training facility. The landowners lease the land to the Broncos organization for their athletic complex and administrative offices.
The property is filled with sizable dirt mounds and weeds that will be leveled to make way for the new training facility as early as next spring, sources have indicated.
The property is just northwest of Broncos Parkway and Jamison Street. To the west is the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s administration complex. Immediately to the north is the expansive Arapahoe County Detention Facility that currently houses approximately 1,050 inmates, including high-profile prisoners like James Holmes and Nathan Dunlap.
In late July, David Berwanger, a semi-retired civil engineer from Highlands Ranch with DAB Engineering, Inc., returned to Arapahoe County to request some amendments to the property that would include new uses and signage allowances.
“The revision adds ‘Special Provisions for Professional Sports Teams,’” said a letter from Berwanger. “Lots 2 and 3 are currently occupied by the Denver Broncos Football Club. Lot 1 is directly west of the Broncos facilities and is being considered as a location for future expansion of the Broncos facilities.
“The Special Provisions include allowing an 8-foot security wall around the outdoor practice facilities allowing the buildings to use team colors in their architecture, and a special signage section,” according to the document filed with Arapahoe County’s Planning Division.
The proposed revisions will be presented to the Arapahoe Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners for hearings as early as September.
In reviewing the drawings submitted by Berwanger, it appears the conceptual structure will be considerably larger than the existing indoor facility currently being utilized by players.
The approximate height of the new indoor practice facility at the center point will be about 70 feet. There are potential plans to incorporate a full-sized field, which is 100 yards long by 53.33 yards wide. It is not expected that the new facility will have any stands.
A conceptual drawing of the proposed Broncos indoor practice facility submitted to Arapahoe County. Courtesy of Arapahoe County
A massive colorful Denver Broncos logo adorns the sides of the proposed new structure, which is shown in the drawing.
“… The Broncos are going through the steps to build an indoor training facility, including a full indoor field for us to practice indoors in case of inclement weather and expand the overall space of our facility,” said Patrick Smyth, executive director of media relations for the Denver Broncos in a previous interview. “This is a preliminary stage of this process and nothing has been finalized.”
Berwanger said, “This past summer, the Broncos replaced the underground electric system on one of the fields and both of the fields now have an underground heating system utilizing a boiler that is new.”
In 2003, an inflated bubble used by the Broncos for weight training blew down during training camp and a metal building was then erected for weight training and a practice facility.
In a conversation at deadline Smyth said, “There are no new updates on our progress regarding the indoor practice facility. We continue to finalize details with the builder and the county.”
A clarification relating to last weeks story is that Joe Ellis is president of the Broncos and oversees all business operations.
John Weksler. Photo courtesy of Regis University
Submitted by Regis University
John Weksler wants to make $125,000 every month. Why? To give it away.
“You have to put a number on it, but it’s not about the money,” said Weksler, who graduated from Regis College for Professional Studies in 1994. “You can’t take money to heaven. I want to make it famous to give money to children. I believe in success being shared.”
Weksler has big dreams; he always has. At age 6, he knew he wanted to be a pilot. At 51, he graduated from Regis. Now at 70 he wants to use his earnings to support orphanages.
The youngest of seven, Weksler was an orphan until he was almost 4 years old. His mother died when he was born and his father, unable to care for all the children, put him and an older brother in an orphanage. Orphanages, said Weksler, give children a better opportunity to be adopted than foster homes.
Weksler’s adoptive parents taught him what it meant to work hard for what you want. If he wanted a car, he would have to buy it himself. If he wanted to go to college, that would be his responsibility. Weksler learned he could set great goals and that he could achieve them.
He took that determination into his service with the Navy, Army and National Guard. He carried it through the rigors of flight school and his two tours in Vietnam. He brought it into a successful career in banking and then into the classroom at Regis.
“I wanted to know the business world, and the best way to learn it was through school,” he said. “I was in college at the same time as my son. It didn’t matter how old I was. I knew I could do anything I set my mind to.”
Weksler studied marketing, finance and economics. His professors gave real-life examples instead of only teaching out of the book, he said. Today, he uses what he learned in his work as a health insurance consultant for small businesses.
“You have to pick something you really want, as big as you can think of, and say, ‘I can do this,’ and then do it,” said Weksler. “My dreams have always been pretty big. The bigger the dream, the better.”
Lewis wins U.S. Team points race; Mallon names Piller, Wie as captain’s picks
Meg Mallon revealed Gerina Piller and Michelle Wie as captain’s picks for the 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team at a press conference tonight following the RICOH Women’s
British Open at the Old Course. Led by British Open winner and runaway U.S. points leader Stacy Lewis, Mallon’s 12-player squad includes eight Solheim Cup veterans and four rookies.
The 13th edition of The Solheim Cup will be played Aug. 16-18, 2013 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker. The U.S. Team seeks to keep their undefeated record on home soil intact when the biennial match-play competition.
Based on the final U.S. Solheim Cup standings, the top-eight players who automatically qualified for the team via a points race that began at the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open are (listed in order of points ranking): Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Brittany Lang. The two highest ranked players not in the top-8 spots on the points list who qualified via the Rolex Rankings are No. 19 Lizette Salas and No. 41 Morgan Pressel.
“I’m just thrilled to finally have my team announced,” Mallon said. “I have 12 players who I am very excited to have on this team. They have all played their hearts out over the last two years.”
Wie will make her third appearance on the U.S. Solheim Cup Team with a 4-3-1 all-time record in the event.
“I am so happy and so honored and so grateful to be a captain’s pick,” Wie said. “To play under Meg and be with all the girls again, it’s a dream come true.”
Piller is making her first appearance in The Solheim Cup.
“I feel a thousand emotions, but I’m just honored to be considered and ecstatic to be picked,” Piller said.
Qualifying points for the U.S. Team are awarded weekly to the top-20 finishers and ties at official LPGA tournaments. Points are doubled at the four major championships every year. Points during a Solheim Cup year are weighted with 60 points for a win, 30 for second, 28.5 for third, 27 for fourth, 25.5 for fifth, 24 for sixth, 22.5 for seventh, 21 for eighth, 19.5 for ninth, 18 for 10th, 16.5 for 11th, 15 for 12th, 13.5 for 13th, 12 for 14th, 10.5 for 15th, 9 for 16th, 7.5 for 17th, 6 for 18th, 4.5 for 19th and 3 for 20th.
The European Solheim Cup Team, led by Captain Liselotte Neumann, was also announced at St. Andrews this evening. Based on the final European Solheim Cup standings, the top-4 players who automatically qualified for the team are: Suzann Pettersen (Norway), Carlota Ciganda (Spain), Catriona Matthew (Scotland) and Caroline Masson (Germany). Based on the Rolex Rankings, the four highest-ranked players not in the top-4 spots on the points list who qualified are: No. 20 Beatriz Recari (Spain), No. 22 Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), No. 24 Karine Icher (France) and No. 27 Azahara Munoz (Spain). Jodi Ewart Shadoff (England), Caroline Hedwall (Sweden), Giulia Sergas (Italy), and Charley Hull (England) – who will be the youngest competitor in Solheim Cup history at 17 – round out the European Team as captain’s picks.
For more information and tickets, visit www.solheimcup.com.
Regis University capstone project class, staff and allies: Back row: LaToya Linzey, Alicia Hawthorne, Nancy Virostek, Jonny Feiten, Gantuya Brown, Nevia Chiclacos, David Kaplan and Courtney Gibson; second row seated/standing: Allison Gerdes, Marie McNichol, Karimot Gamu, Lisa Olcese; front: Brian Bartony (South Metro Denver Chamber), Bill Chrismer (GQ Barber Lounge) and Mike Fisher.
By Hannah Breece, Regis University
Thanks to a relationship with the South Metro Denver Chamber, students in the Regis University College for Professional Studies School of Management now have the opportunity to complete an alternative capstone that provides hands-on experience with a live business. According to Dr. Mike Fisher, the professor facilitating the course, MBA and MS- Organization Leadership students who have completed most of their degree, have honors-level GPAs and “diverse and substantial business resumes” from their own professional experience are eligible for this experience.
Brian Bartony, senior marketing and visibility consultant for the chamber, said the program began as an idea several years ago as a way to give students access to business professionals, support local small business owners and promote networking. The program was formally introduced in 2012 when the students collaborated to advise a local, family-owned restaurant. This year, students worked with GQ Barber Lounge, which is a high-end men’s grooming service located in downtown Denver.
The class is divided into three teams: Market Strategy, Strategic Human Resources and Business Analysis & Finance. During the eight-week course, members work with the business owners and managers, chamber members and Regis faculty to “produce an impressive deliverable and presentation” for the business.
According to a report on the course, the quality of work produced in the class is so high, in fact, that the business owner of the 2012 company felt it was equal to that of a professional consultant. Looking at what the students have done so far, business owner Bill Chrismer believes that this has been “an extraordinary experience,” and he is interested to see where it goes.
Business owners are not the only ones impressed by the program. Students are enthusiastic in sharing their experiences, emphasizing the real-world nature of the project.
“When working on business case studies in other classes, while useful, everything is controlled and results can be predictable,” said Robert Sloat, a student from the 2012 class. “In this live working environment, we ran into several unexpected situations that forced us to constantly adapt to current realities and adjust our plans for our analysis and presentation.”
Students from the 2013 class agree with Sloat. In a full-class discussion and reflection, nearly everyone commented on the challenges that a live business faced as opposed to a simulation. They were actually “making decisions that matter” both now and in the business’ future. Some also commented on the project’s ability to really expose the full picture of a company and the business process, not just the limited scope of one particular portion like marketing or finance. Everyone and everything matters, explained one student, from the people and information in management, accounting, and marketing to the more overlooked aspects in IT, maintenance, and custodial work.
While the course certainly presented students with challenges from predictability to the home-school-work balance, it also served as a particularly unique—and beneficial—transition between the classroom and the workplace.
“This class is changing the line between what a student is and what a consultant is,” Fisher said.
In today’s fast-paced business world, this extra experience makes a difference.
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