Student Affairs


Student Affairs

The CCCS Student Affairs Division works collaboratively with the Student Affairs divisions at each of our 13 community colleges by providing strategic leadership, planning, and support for student success initiatives, strategic enrollment management, student financial aid programs, student enrollment services, student life and government programs, and other student development functions. The work of the Student Affairs Division is centered on ensuring the personal growth and success of all Colorado Community College System students, and on those strategic initiatives which focus on the improved efficiency, effectiveness, and excellence in advancing the mission of the System and its colleges. In prepare our students for the workforce needs of the future, the Student Affairs Division aims to improve innovation and equity in education through collaborative efforts within the System, other higher education institutions, the K-12 education community, and partnerships with Colorado workforce leaders.

System level support to the colleges includes:

    • Policy development, monitoring, analysis and evaluation
    • Service coordination and program oversight for greater efficiency and resource leveraging
    • Technical assistance and coordination
    • Strategic planning in the areas of equity and inclusion, enrollment management, student success, and student support services


Meet the Staff

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Landon K. Pirius PhD
Vice President for Organizational Effectiveness, Student Affairs, and Strategic Initiatives Colorado Community College SystemStudent Affairs

Landon K. Pirius is the Vice President for Organizational Effectiveness, Student Affairs, and Strategic Initiatives for the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). At CCCS, Landon provides leadership related to all aspects of student services, enrollment management, student financial assistance, organizational effectiveness, institutional research and data analytics, and student organization functions, including the State Student Advisory Council. In addition, Landon partners with CCCS colleges to develop a culture of evidenced-based decision making and manages the ongoing execution of the CCCS strategic plan.

Prior to his current position, Landon was the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at North Hennepin Community College in Minnesota where he was committed to building a collaborative culture of student success, data-driven decision-making, strategic planning, and continuous quality improvement. Landon also served in a variety of leadership roles at Inver Hills Community College, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Walden University, and as an adjunct faculty member at different institutions. Landon completed his undergraduate degree in Russian Studies and Environmental Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. His focus in graduate school was on comparative and international development education. In his free time, Landon enjoys spending time with his family, obstacle course racing, cooking, gardening, traveling, and playing video games.


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Tina Moore
Senior Project Manager for Student Affairs and Organizational Effectiveness Colorado Community College SystemStudent Affairs

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Stacie Leigh Amaya
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Organizational Effectiveness, Student Affairs, and Strategic Initiatives Colorado Community College SystemStudent Affairs

Financial Aid

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Karla Nash
Financial Aid Director Colorado Community College SystemFinancial Aid

Rhonda Martinez
Financial Aid Advisor Colorado Community College SystemFinancial Aid

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Bethany Wagar
Financial Aid Specialist Colorado Community College SystemFinancial Aid

Michael Pearce
Financial Aid Specialist Colorado Community College SystemFinancial Aid

Enrollment Services

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Michael A. Schulman
Director of Enrollment Services Colorado Community College SystemStudent Affairs

Michael has a Masters of Science in Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University. He has worked in various aspects of higher education administration for over 14 years, including Financial Aid, Finance, and Information Technology. Michael spent close to five years as a higher education consultant helping colleges across the country implement new technology and business processes in the areas of student finance, enrollment services, and financial aid. He then spent five years working in Information Technology at the Colorado Community Colleges System, primarily supporting Enrollment Services, before stepping into his current role as Director of Enrollment Services for the Colorado Community Colleges System.


Tammy Ward
Director of Concurrent Enrollment Services Colorado Community College SystemStudent Affairs

Institutional Research

Dianne Lefly
Director of Institutional Research & Decision Analytics Colorado Community College SystemInstitutional Research

Deborah Godshall
Database Manager Colorado Community College SystemInstitutional Research

Sean Flohr
Data Analyst Colorado Community College SystemEducation Services

Ian Burke
Data Analyst Colorado Community College SystemStudent Affairs

State Approving Agency for Veterans Education

Dan Webster
Director Colorado Community College SystemState Approving Agency for Veterans Education

Dave Eberle
Program Research Assistant Colorado Community College SystemState Approving Agency for Veterans Education

Rick Wuellner
Education Specialist I Colorado Community College SystemState Approving Agency – Veterans Ed

Michael Roberts
Educational Specialist Colorado Community College SystemState Approving Agency for Veterans Education

2018 CCCS Student Affairs Conference

Call for Proposals – 2018 CCCS Student Affairs Conference

You are invited to submit a proposal to present at the 2018 CCCS Student Affairs Conference. This is an annual conference aimed at providing meaningful leadership development experiences that will advance our organizational practices. The conference planning committee is seeking submissions from a diverse range of scholars, practitioners, faculty members, staff members, managers, directors, administrators, community leaders, consultants, and business partners for program proposals that reflect the conference theme, Equity Innovations – Moving Toward Inclusive Excellence. We are looking for facilitators for breakout sessions, functional group workshops, and keynote speakers.

This year’s conference will be held on Friday, June 29th at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs Conference Center. Below is a tentative schedule of events:

Friday, June 29
8:00-9:00am Registration & Breakfast
9:00-9:45am System Leadership Opening Welcome
10:00-10:50am Session 1
11:00-10:50am Session 2
12:00-12:50pm Lunch & Keynote Speaker
1:00-1:50pm Session 3
2:00-2:50pm Session 4
3:00-3:50pm Functional Group Workshops
4:00-4:30pm Closing

Proposal Information:

Proposals should emphasize audience participation through engaging activities such as interaction with the presenter, facilitated exercises, and peer-to-peer sharing. Interactive sessions should provide opportunities for participants to engage in problem-solving around critical issues. Ideal facilitators will be able to guide participants to apply new knowledge, and inspire them to take action. Conference participants will be able to select their own breakout sessions.

Potential programming topics may include: Ethical Leadership; Social Justice; Identity Development; Equity & Inclusion; Self-Care for Leaders; Using Your Strengths; Leadership Styles and Philosophy; Understanding Biases; Politics and Policies; Structural Hierarchies and Institutional Transformation; Restorative Justice as a Disciplinary Practice;  High-Impact Practices and Evidence-Based Strategies; Supervision and Developing Work Study Students; Understanding Your Learning Style; Helping Frontline Staff Embrace the Important Part They Play in Student Success and Retention; Creating a Culture of Success; Learning and Experience Strategies that Frontline Staff Can Employ to Help Students Become More Empowered and Successful in College; Creating a Culture of Retention; Empowering Students to Succeed and Persist; Identifying a Process that Allows Frontline Staff to Help Students Resolve Problems While Practicing the Skills Needed to be an Effective Frontline Staff Member, and much more.

Conference Learning Objectives:

We are looking for presentations on a variety of topics that are in line with the conference learning objectives. 2018 CCCS Student Affairs Conference programming should focus on developing a participant’s ability to:

  1. Identify areas of personal leadership strength and opportunities for personal leadership growth.
  2. Demonstrate effective, meaningful, and culturally competent communication and connection between individuals, organizations, and societies.
  3. Implement strategies that advance understanding of and affect meaningful change around critical issues such as identity, equity and social justice, on campuses.
  4. Tap into a network of peers who share a focus on and are committed to improving organizational growth and development.
  5. Practice effective, heart-centered leadership and efficient administration of student support and success services.
  6. Understand how to apply concepts within daily work in all areas of student services to create a more inclusive experience on our campuses.

Review and Notification Process:

Deadline for Submission of Programs is April 13th, 2018.

Once the committee has completed the process to review and select sessions, you will be contacted by a member of the selection committee to let you know if your proposal has been accepted.

Your experience in this field is a valuable asset to the continued development of our organizational practices. We look forward to receiving your proposals, and encourage you to ask us any questions regarding this conference. Thank you in advance for dedicating your time and effort to shaping our future success. Please encourage your colleagues to facilitate a session by sending this Call for Proposals to other potential presenters.

To submit your proposal:

"Click Here" Button linking to the proposal submission form

CONTACT INFO:

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following:

Stacie Amaya
Executive Assistant to the VP for Organizational Effectiveness, Student Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, CCCS
Stacie.Amaya@cccs.edu

Landon Pirius
Vice President for Organizational Effectiveness, Student Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, CCCS
Landon.Pirius@cccs.edu