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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.
Melanie L. Brown, daughter of Cameron and Lynn Brown of Centennial, graduated from Colby College, Waterville, Me. She majored in English and Psychology and is a graduate of Arapahoe High School.
Hartley Mellick received a B.A. in economics, public policy from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
Kelly Okerman graduated from Gustavus Adolfus, Minn., magna cum laude in Elementary Education.
Stephen Rodrick graduated with a Bachelor of Innovation in Game Design & Development from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, College of Engineering & Applied Science.
Justin Wilson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography & Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Thomas Ainscough graduated with an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University, Houston, Texas.
Liana Boraas earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., graduating with Distinction and Departmental Honors in engineering. Boraas attended Arapahoe High School.
Rachel Fendrich graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, with a B.A. in Biology.
Andrew Hilger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., graduating with High Distinction. Hilger attended Cherry Creek High School.
Logan Jacobson graduated with a B.S. degree from Beloit College
Anthony Racine graduated with a B.A. degree from Beloit University, Beloit, Wis.
Alexander M. Root was awarded a degree in mathematics and computer science from St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y. Root and is a graduate of Overland High School.
Andrew Tilley graduated magna cum laude from Rice University, Houston, Texas, with a B.A. degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics and Statistics.
Bailey A. Walker received a B.S. degree with distinction in financial information and analysis from Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y.
Mary Ward of Centennial, earned an M.S. in Health Informatics from the University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
Kristen Blodgett was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated with cum laude honors and was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Kristen is a graduate of Cherry Creek High School and the daughter of Robert Blodgett and Adrienne Leonard.
Christopher Corey received an M.S. degree in environmental science from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
Marissa Romer received a B.F.A. in theatre from Southern Methodist University.
Allison Schley received a B.A. in mathematics (Teaching) and a B.S. in secondary education from Ft. Hays University.
Kelly Strohm was awarded a B.S. in Nursing degree from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She also was awarded a B.A. degree in Spanish. She is the daughter of John Strohm and Mary Pat Link.
Matthew Schovee received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Southern Methodist University.
Ibrahim Hassan Alhidar graduated from the University of Scranton, Scranton, Penn., with an M.B.A., majoring in marketing.
Agnes Tatarka earned a CERT in Health Information Management from the University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
Elizabeth Brophy received a B.A. in International Relations/Global Affairs and minors in Journalism and Spanish from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Evan Carter received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Southern Methodist University.
Katherine Doyle received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Interdisciplinary Arts and a minor in Biology from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Nell Erzinger graduated from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa. She majored in Art History.
Sarah E. Rich, daughter of Robert and Julie Rich, graduated from Colby College, Waterville, Maine. She majored in Anthropology and is a graduate of Kent Denver School.
Samuel Dubinski graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University, Houston Texas.
Brian Shin earned a DPT From Dominican College, Orangeburg, NY.
Elizabeth Canon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Carlyann Couvertier graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences.
Steven Keller graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, College of Education.
Tyler Koets graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, School of Public Affairs.
Kimberly Kuehl graduated with a Bachelor of Science-Business in Marketing from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Mary Martin received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Southern Methodist University.
Clare Sobetski graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. She received the Jan Mejer Award for Best Essay in Environmental Studies, an award established in 1998 to honor a previous director of the Environmental Studies program. She was also elected as a new member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Jennifer Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business in Management from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Allison Card of Littleton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, graduating with High Distinction from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif.
Stephanie Harper graduated from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn.
James Sandberg graduated from Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., with a major in Accounting.
Caitlin von Stein graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., and earned a B.S. degree in geology.
Jacqueline D. Murphy of Littleton has been awarded a Fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi–the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Murphy, the daughter of Ralph and Donna Murphy, received her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Colorado State University. She will continue studies in Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University.
Elise Davis, a sophomore from Centennial, and Emily Haskins, a junior from Centennial, studied abroad in Accra, Ghana, for six weeks during January and February. During their time in Ghana, students engaged in service-learning internships throughout the city and lived with Ghanaian families in Accra. They are students at Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.
John Sutherland, Cherry Creek High School graduate and Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design Illustration student, recently won first place at the annual Sand Arts Festival held on Tybee Island’s North Beach. Sutherland won top honors in the Sand Relief category. Sutherland and teammates Chris Alfaro, Chock Bun Lam and Cory Brangman designed and collaboratively sculpted stunning relief piece that features realistic looking dinosaur bones emerging from the sand, reminding the viewer of a paleontological dig.
The following local students displayed works of art at State of the Art, Fort Lewis College’s Spring 2013 Graduating Seniors Art Majors Exhibition: Ashley Craver, Littleton; Taylor Sennett, Littleton; and Ryan Sheridan, Centennial. This biannual exhibition is curated, designed, and installed entirely by graduating art majors completing their capstone Senior Seminar.
Arapahoe Community College will offer an opportunity for anyone to begin the process of enrolling in fall classes with the Start Now! event on Saturday, July 20, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Start Now! will provide all prospective and currently-applied, but not enrolled, students with the opportunity to complete student orientation and placement testing while receiving assistance with advising, financial aid and registration during this one-day session held concurrently at ACC’s Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock campuses.
Participants will have the opportunity to complete the Accuplacer assessment test for free as long as they check in 8-9 a.m. and have preregistered prior to July 17.
Start Now! will include regular tours and staff will be on hand to help answer any questions about ACC’s programs or getting started in college.
Additionally, the Financial Aid Office and Cashier’s Office will be available to assist new students with the process of applying for financial aid and understanding how to pay for classes.
For more information, or to apply for admission, contact the Admission and Records Office at email@example.com or 303-797-5621.
Three new graduates from Centennial high schools were recently presented a Youth Achievement Award. From left, Mike McCurdy (SAFEbuilt), Samara Rusakow (Youth Commission), Maheema Haque ($1,000 winner), Meredith Lutz ($500 winner) and Sanjana Garimella ($500 winner). Mayor Cathy Noon is at right. Photo courtesy of City of Centennial
City presents 3 Youth Achievement Awards
Three new graduates from Centennial high schools were presented a Youth Achievement Award by the Centennial Youth Commission at a recent City Council meeting.
The Youth Achievement Awards honor and recognize youth who have made a significant impact on the Centennial community through volunteer work or other special deeds that demonstrate exceptional leadership.
The 2013 $500 scholarship recipients are Sanjana Garimella and Meredith Lutz.
Garimella is a recent AP scholar graduate from Smoky Hill High School and plans to attend the University of Colorado at Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus this fall. Her accomplishments include serving as secretary for her chapter of the National Honor Society, president of the Greenhouse Club, Science Bowl officer, Indian Dance Club president and International Baccalaureate mentor. Additionally, she was a member of the Speech and Debate team and Council of Clubs and is a proud recipient of a Tae kwon do Black Belt. Garimella is also a major contributor to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event in the community and was founder of Smoky Hill High School’s very first Relay for Life event.
Lutz is a recent AP scholar graduate from Arapahoe High School and plans to attend Bucknell University this fall. Her contributions include involvement with the Arapahoe Warrior Marching and Pep Band, Arapahoe High School Pit Orchestra, National Science Bowl, National Honors Society and Warriors of the Word Bible Study. She was also a volunteer counselor for the Arapahoe High School Science Camp.
Maheema Haque, a recent graduate of Smoky Hill High School, received the $1,000 scholarship. Her accomplishments include holding positions in her school as co-president of Amnesty International, captain of the Speech and Debate team, Indian Dance Club vice president and state champion of International Extemporaneous Speaking. She was also active in Model United Nations, the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society and Varsity Tennis.
Haque is passionate about human rights and has shown commitment to service projects in the community such as the Hunger Banquet, an event created by Oxfam in which the guests are fed according to the worldwide distribution of food. This is an effort to help change the way people think about poverty and hunger. Haque believes that spreading awareness about these human-rights issues takes action against poverty, hunger and injustice in our communities.
The City of Centennial’s Building Services provider, SafeBUILT, provided the $1,000 scholarship. SafeBUILT President Mike McCurdie presented Haque the award. The two $500 scholarships were provided by the Centennial Youth Commission.
Brandon Skogen of Centennial is heading to college in September with assistance from Jewish Guild Healthcare. Skogen, who was profiled by The Villager in February, is one of 16 legally blind college-bound high school seniors to receive scholarships of $10,000 from the Guild for this upcoming academic year. Skogen, a Grandview High School graduate, will be attending the Colorado School of Mines.
Additional recipients of the Jewish Guild Healthcare’s 2013 Guild Scholar awards have been accepted to colleges and universities across the country, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, Georgetown University, University of Denver, George Washington University, Marquette University, Brigham Young University, Texas A&M and Loyola University Chicago.
In September 2005, the Guild announced its scholarship program for high school seniors who are legally blind. The Guild Scholar Program awards each student a scholarship to help assure that more students with vision impairments are able to enroll in a college or university that might otherwise be out of their reach financially.
While there are other scholarships available for such students, this is the largest program of its kind in the United States. It was created, in part, through a generous grant from the Jeannette A. Klarenmeyer Trust. As many as 16 students are selected for scholarships each academic year.
For information on scholarships for the 2014 academic year, contact Gordon Rovins at 212-769-7801 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A-Lake Whaler team members Abby Ettel, Mable Miao, Emily Ettel and Allison Cremer pose for a photo with Coach Sarah Couch before swimming their relay event at the June 8 swim meet.
Submitted by Julie Hunn
The Whaler Swim team has been hotter than the weather the past two weeks. The swim team broke an unprecedented 12 pool records at the first two home meets of the season on June 8 and June 15 at the A-Lake pool located in unincorporated Arapahoe County.
“It’s especially fun to be a coach when you are able to watch the kids you grew up with swim so well,” said 18-year-old Whaler coach and swimmer, Sarah Couch.
Couch is swimming her last season for the team and recently finisher her first year of college at Louisiana State University.
The following swimmers now hold A-Lake pool records:
17.03 – Girls 8 & younger 25 fly
27.66 – Girls 11-12 50 free
32.91 – Girls 11-12 50 back
37.88 – Girls 11-12 50 breast
1:10.50 – Girls 11-12 100 IM
29.82 – Boys 9-10 50 free
1:07.13 – Boys 9-10 100 free
31.90 – Boys 9-10 50 fly
Allison Cremer, Emily Ettel, Mable Miao, Miriam Calisher 2:21.91 Girls 11-12 medley relay
31.75 Girls 11-12 50 butterfly
16.84 Boys 8 & Under 25 butterfly
Head coach Jeff Elliott and his fellow superhero coaches, Talia Halfon, Emily Jackson, Sarah Couch and Lindsey Kuster, lead the opening cheer at the A-Lake swim meet on June 15.Photos courtesy of Julie Hunn
Bridger Jackson, Matt Miao, Jack Huun, Mark Morrison
1:42.53 – Boys 15-18 200 free relay
Mable Miao, 12, who broke five pool records over the past two weeks, downplayed her accomplishments.
“Summer swim team is all about being on a team and having fun,” she said.
Her teammate and friend, Grace Parrish, 11, agreed and said she loved cheering on her friends.
Bridger Jackson, 16, whose relay team broke the record in the Boys 15-18 200 free relay, said their effort felt like a payoff because they had trained hard before the summer started. He and his teammates Matt Miao, Jack Huun and Mark Morrison all swam for the Cherry Creek High School Swim and Dive Team this spring.
The A-Lake Whalers are a part of the Mountain Hi Swim league. All five of the coaches, Lindsey Kuster, 18, Sarah Couch, 18, Emily Jackson, 21, Talia Halfon, 20, and head coach, Jeff Elliott, 22, grew up swimming for the Whalers.
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