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January 2012

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Cancer battle helps shape UCCS graduate

Fourteen years ago, Emily Brown was not thinking about graduating from college or what she wanted to do with her life.

Diagnosed with cancer at age 11, Brown spent much of her childhood dealing with grown up challenges such as radiation treatments, chemotherapy, surgeries, and even an experimental treatment first used on dogs.

Now 25, Brown took her place among about 400 other December 2011 graduates of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs at the Colorado Springs World Arena. She received a bachelor’s degree cum laude (with honors) in English with a concentration on professional and technical writing along with a minor in American Sign Language.

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Alumni Association launching chapters across the country


The Alumni and Friends Association is proud to announce the launch of chapters in Washington, DC and Phoenix, AZ. With plans for more chapter launches in the coming months, we are looking for volunteers interested in helping to organize chapters in their area.

UCCS' more than 33,000 alumni span every state in the nation. Click on the map (see right) to view the locations of graduates with known addresses. Other than Colorado, California and Texas lead the nation with over 1,200 alumni each. In addition, several hundred UCCS alumni live in foreign countries.

Ready to learn more about how you can connect with fellow graduates in your area? Contact Jennifer Hane, Director of Alumni Relations, at (719) 255-3180 for more information.

Burnett to serve downtown organization

Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, was recently selected to serve as vice president of the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership.

The Downtown Partnership is the lead organization for planning, advocating and promoting a vibrant downtown Colorado Springs. The organization was created in 1997. Several associated entities work with the Downtown Partnership including the Greater Downtown Colorado Springs Business Improvement District, Community Ventures Inc., and the Downtown Development Authority.

Sam Eppley, owner of Sparrow Hawk Gourmet Cookware, will serve as president. Retired pastor Gay Hatler will serve as secretary/treasurer.

Dean named to new Chamber and EDC governing board

Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, was recently selected as one of 15 directors to form the new governing board of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation.

The groups formally announced an agreement Dec. 15 to unify as one organization to be known as The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, effective February 1, 2012.

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Alumni in the news


Robert Meyer joined Lake Regional Health System, where he will work as a family nurse practitioner. Meyer has a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Before joining Lake Regional, he worked in the emergency department at Evans Army Hospital in Fort Carson, Colo., and in other health care settings. He also served for several years in the U.S. Army and is fluent in Russian and proficient in Serbo-Croatian.

Marjorie Noleen
has joined the staff of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado as the director of marketing and events. Noleen graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s degree in business in 2001. Since then, she has worked at several companies along the Front Range in a variety of positions in the fields of marketing, communications and events. She is currently pursuing an MBA in marketing and health care at UCCS.

Sara Price has been promoted to manager of benefits and recruiting at Ent Federal Credit Union. She also oversees the credit union’s wellness initiatives. Price has been with Ent for nearly six years and in the HR industry for more than 10 years. Most recently, she served as Ent’s senior recruiter and welfare specialist. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

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