Lamar Community College provides a wide range of student-related services. Included are many departments that serve students’ academic, housing, health, emotional, and social needs. Within this category are LCC’s many student organizations funded by student fees.
LCC Campus Bookstore
The Lope Shoppe at the LCC Campus Bookstore is stocked with the essential items necessary to meet course requirements such as textbooks, paper, pens, pencils, rulers, and art supplies. In addition to course supplies, the Bookstore also has a full selection of spirit gear, including t-shirts, caps, and many other items. Food items also are available. It is centrally located in the Betz Technology Center Atrium. Cash, MasterCard, VISA, and Discover are accepted for purchases.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires colleges to publish information regarding course textbooks and materials, including textbook names, edition, ISBN #, and costs. Semester textbook lists are available to students at www.lamarcc.edu/bookstore.
Textbook Return Policy
Most textbooks are returnable with an add/drop slip. The last day to return books to the Campus Bookstore is the course’s census date. Students have five (5) days to return textbooks for accelerated courses, i.e., five or ten-week. An original cash or charge receipt must be presented to receive cash back or a credit; a shelving fee may be assessed to returns.
All textbooks must be in original purchase condition. Defaced or damaged books, including soiled or highlighted pages, and/or pen or pencil marks voids a full return. Removing original shrink-wrapping that protects cds and info tracks also voids a full credit/cash return. Final determination of any refund rests with the Bookstore manager.
Books purchased in prior semesters may not be returned; check for buyback dates to sell these textbooks.
Textbook Buyback Policy
The Campus Bookstore schedules a textbook buyback period for students at the end of each semester. This may decrease the net cost students pay for their textbooks and replenishes the college’s used book supply. A book buyer will purchase a student’s textbooks if:
The books will be used the following semester
The Bookstore needs inventory in that textbook/edition.
The book is in reasonable condition. (No water marks, highlighting, or pen/pencil markings)
Book buyers do not buy workbooks, lab manuals or fill-in books.
This opportunity is offered, so students can lower the net cost of college textbooks. If students are unable to sell their textbooks on campus during buyback days, there is a link located on the Campus Bookstore webpage (www.lamarcc.edu/bookstore) to an approved used book purchaser. For additional information contact the bookstore directly.
At the beginning of each semester the Campus Bookstore offers students the option to rent selected textbooks for a reduced price. In order for a student to rent a textbook, the student must sign a rental agreement. The student is required to return the textbook at the end of rental period/semester end. If a student does not return a rental textbook by the agreed date, he/she will be charged the replacement cost (+ tax) noted on the rental agreement.
CCCOnline Textbooks & Course Materials
The LCC Campus Bookstore does special textbook orders for students taking CCCOnline courses, which should be prepaid. Orders should be placed 2-3 weeks prior to the course start date, so the Bookstore can order and receive the textbook and course materials. Special order textbooks are non-refundable.
LCC seeks to provide supervised residence halls that supply a safe and fun environment for residents. Residence life can provide important opportunities for growth in independent living, social skills, and leadership. All single freshmen under 21, not living with parents or relatives while attending LCC, are required to live in the College residence hall. Students who have completed two (2) full-time semesters on a college campus are exempt from this requirement. LCC reserves the right to automatically bill freshmen students who have not been exempted/received housing waivers. For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Residence Life.
The residence community at LCC is comprised of two buildings joined by a common lobby and dining hall. Todd Hall is a two-story facility located on the west side of the complex. Burch Hall is a three-story facility located on the east side of the complex. Laundry facilities on the first floor of each wing are available to all residents. Other resident facilities include a computer lab, weight room, and game room/lobby. Each room is equipped with wireless Internet service. Service is provided through a Residence Hall Technology fee.
Lamar Community College does not provide facilities for married student housing.
Todd-Burch Residence Hall has numerous planned activities for residents each semester. In addition to ping-pong and pool tournaments residents also participate in social nights and sports-related celebrations. These events help students to meet and interact with other residents.
Before any student can be guaranteed living space in Todd-Burch Hall, the student must send a completed Application for On-Campus Housing and a $150.00 deposit to Lamar Community College in care of the Coordinator of Residence Life. This includes students attending the College on Residence Hall scholarships. A $15.00 fee is deducted from the deposit for residence hall activities. If a student moves out or is removed before the census date, he/she is charged 1/3 for room and board. If a student moves or is removed after the census date, he/she is charged the full amount the semester’s room and board. And if a student does not follow proper checkout procedures as outlined in the student handbook, he/she forfeits the entire deposit. Any property damage is charged to the student and additional charges are assessed if the damage amount exceeds the deposit. If there are no damages, the remaining $135.00 is refunded. If a student submits a room deposit and chooses not to live in the residence hall, $100.00 of the full amount is refunded. This amount is refunded only after the student has notified the college that he/she does not need the room. If a student has an unpaid bill at Lamar Community College, the deposit is applied to the outstanding balance.
The LCC dining hall is housed in Kelley Union directly north of the residence halls. The staff works with students to meet nutritional and special needs. Special events (barbecues, holiday meals, birthday parties, and theme nights) are planned throughout the year. The dining hall features an all-you-can-eat concept with a variety of choices available at each meal.
The LCC College Wellness Center is a recent addition to the campus. The facility is home to Runnin’ Lopes athletic offices and facilities for basketball, baseball, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The gymnasium holds 978 fans for athletic events as well as other athletic and school-sponsored events and activities. The gym is open to students on designated evenings.
Located within the Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art Fitness Center equipped with treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, and weight machines. It also includes an indoor walking track.
Campus Health Center
Also located in the Wellness Center, the Lamar Community College Campus Health Center provides ambulatory healthcare services and offers health education programs to help students, faculty, staff, and their families achieve a healthy life. Its goal is to provide accessible health services at a reasonable cost to the LCC community on the campus and/or make referrals to the appropriate entities. All individual medical information is confidential. The Campus Health Center is made possible by an agreement between LCC and High Plains Community Health Center.
For full-time uninsured students taking 12 or more credit hours, the cost is written off. For students having applicable health insurance, it is billed and any office visit co-pay or deductible due from the student is written off.
Part-time students may choose to pay the $33.60 fee per semester that entitles them to Campus Health Center benefits that are provided to full-time students. If additional services are required such as lab, x-ray or immunizations, the High Plains Community Health Center usual and customary charges apply.
Professional, confidential counseling is available for both day and evening students. Personal counseling consists of individual and small group counseling sessions, seminars, and workshops to provide students with information and strategies in the following areas: goal setting, crisis intervention, adjustment to college, time management, effective communication, codependency, relationship skills, stress management, and decision making. If necessary, referrals are made to campus or community resources to provide long-term psychotherapy, legal assistance, financial aid, tutoring, job placement, assessment, and medical services. A student who wishes to use these counseling services is encouraged to stop by Learning Support Services or contact LCC’s Counselor directly.
Alcohol and Drug Counseling
These services are provided by local agencies in Lamar. Contact LCC’s Counselor for referrals for alcohol or drug counseling.
Because of its size, the College gives students the opportunity for close contact with members of the faculty and staff and with other students. This is important to all students as a means of becoming a part of campus life, and it can lead to a greater measure of success in higher education.
Opportunities for leadership development abound on community college campuses, and Lamar Community College is no exception. All students are encouraged to participate in activities, including student government, which promote the idea that “everybody is somebody” on campus.
Student groups, in cooperation with faculty and staff, plan student activities at Lamar Community College. The mission of the College’s Student Life Office is to enhance student life outside of the classroom by providing events and activities that appeal to students of all types. As part of its mission, the Student Life Office recognizes such activities as National Health and Wellness Week, Alcohol Awareness Week, and other health care and related issues. It also works with LCC’s Multicultural Club to plan events that emphasize the campus’ diversity. Entertainment and activity events include comedians, hypnotists, magicians, bands, movies, bowling, barbecues, and others. Support of LCC’s athletic programs and campus elections also involve the entire student body and faculty.
Student representatives serve on administrative committees that involve student life on campus. Activity and Student Government fees serve as income for all student activities and organizations listed in the catalog. In addition, some groups and clubs choose to perform additional fundraising activities.
The following is an outline of current student organizations at LCC, open to all students.
Student Government Association (SGA)
The Lamar Community College SGA is comprised solely of students. The president, vice president, secretary/treasurer, state student advisory council representative, residence hall liaison, and up to eleven senators play prominent roles in student life. It is the governing fee board responsible for allocating student fee monies to requesting groups and organizations on campus. The group is involved in formulating many rules and policies set forth by the College and is a very important programming body for students. All students are invited to attend meetings as well as State Student Advisory Council meetings, which allow them to familiarize them selves with the entire Colorado Community College System as well as LCC. Elections for the five executive officer positions occur each spring semester while applicants for senator are voted in by the Executive Committee in the spring and fall semesters.
Business & Technology Club
This club is designed for students who are interested in how business and technology may have a role in their futures. BTC encourages leadership development and teamwork among student members through social interaction with involvement in campus and community business activities on and off campus. BTC expects students to participate and share ideas, strengths, and energy with the club.
Collegiate Farm Bureau
Students interested in agriculture/equine are encouraged to join the LCC’s Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter. Recognized by Colorado Farm Bureau, this club is open to all majors and provides a wide range of activities for all. Student-driven, this club provides for leadership development, education, and promoting the agriculture/equine industries.
Cosmetology Student Club
LCC’s Cosmetology Student Club, a Skills USA club, engages students currently in Cosmetology with outside activities related to Cosmetology, including community service. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills and emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work through conferences, networking opportunities, and and travel.
The LCC Multicultural Club was created by students and LCC staff to promote awareness of cultural differences at LCC and surrounding communities, to develop knowledge and comprehension and understanding of various ethnicities, to respect and appreciate one another through multicultural events and community activities, and to organize opportunities to broaden educational horizons of diversity club members. Past events included Día de Independencia de Mexico, Taste of International Traditions, Día de Los Muertos, Black History Month, and Marti Gras.
Fellowship of Christian Students
LCC’s Fellowship of Christian Students seeks to provide Bible study and activities for all interested students.
Nursing Student Organization
The Nursing Student Organization constitutes a vital part of our campus community. Members of this organization work to increase knowledge and awareness of health issues of college students, faculty, and administrative staff and to provide opportunities to learn about holistic methods of self-care.
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is an international scholastic honor society to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. The Beta Eta Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa promotes academic excellence at LCC and is active on campus. To be eligible, students must have a 3.5 grade-point average after completing 12 or more credit hours of college-level work, be currently enrolled, and pursuing an associate degree. Induction of new members occurs every fall and spring semester. Phi Theta Kappa members are honored at commencement for their outstanding academic achievements. Over $35 million dollars in scholarships are available to Phi Theta Kappa members transferring to four-year institutions.
Many students choose to participate in the LCC Rodeo Club. Participants have weekly meetings to plan the Antelope Stampede, LCC’s annual rodeo, and other rodeo activities.
Intercollegiate Judging Team
Livestock Judging is an excellent supplement to a student’s education at LCC. Students learn to accurately evaluate market and breeding livestock, including cattle, sheep, hogs, meat goats, and horses.
They acquire valuable decision making and communication skills necessary in the agricultural industry. LCC’s Livestock Judging program instills confidence, leadership, and teamwork—qualities that can be best learned outside the classroom.
Livestock Judging allows students to apply their knowledge and experience at national contests. This includes meeting and networking with industry leaders throughout the country. LCC draws upon its location in the heart of Colorado cattle country and provides for some of the best opportunities to evaluate livestock on a daily basis.
Lamar Community College provides opportunities for students to participate in intercollegiate athletics. LCC is a Division I member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and participates in Region IX. Its Rodeo Team participates in the Central Rocky Mountain region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. LCC sponsors teams in men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s baseball, women’s softball, men’s golf, and men’s and women’s rodeo. Scholarships are offered to athletes based on skill level and need. Additional information is available at http://www.lamarcc.edu/athletics/index.html.
LCC also hosts a men’s soccer club team to teach competitive athletic skills through structured athletic activities, to develop good sportsmanship and conduct among participants, and to promote and encourage camaraderie among club members through team participation in athletic events. For more information on club soccer, see www.lamarcc.edu/athletics/soccer/index.html.
Lamar Community College recognizes the importance of every individual and his or her right to an education commensurate with his or her maximum ability. In turn, the student is expected to make full utilization of the learning opportunities offered by the College.
Athletics is a vital part of education and is an avenue for important educational opportunities. The Athletic Department is an integral partner in the overall educational process at Lamar Community College and helps student athletes to reach their highest potential both in the classroom and in competition. Athletic programs provide a well-rounded schedule of intercollegiate competition designed to encourage participation by a segment of the student body, which complements and is consistent with the educational goals of the institution. They are dedicated to providing an atmosphere of pride, integrity, and entertainment for the College and the community.