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Alumni Connections: Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, January 2011

Jennifer HaneWelcome to the January 2011 issue of Alumni Connections. We hope that the new year finds you well.

In the Office of Alumni Relations at UCCS, we're working toward a number of goals for the spring semester. Within the next few weeks, you should receive a letter asking you to update your contact information, particularly your employer and job title. If you'd like to do that in advance of receiving the letter, you can do so quickly and easily on our website.

As your alma mater continues to grow, we want to tell our current and prospective students about all our alumni have achieved, and you are part of that story. Thank you in advance for sharing your career progress with us.

As always, suggestions for new alumni programs or feedback on what we're already doing are always welcome. Feel free to email us anytime at alumni@uccs.edu. We'd love to hear from you!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Hane, BA '01, MPA '04
Director of University Events and Alumni Relations

Beth-El Alumnus Dr. Michael Rager Receives AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence

Michael RagerDr. Rager, it sounds like you have been busy since graduation. The dean, faculty, and staff would like to extend our congratulations to you for receiving the 2011 AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence which will be presented to you during the AANP 26th National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada this June. Tell us, how is it that you came to be recognized for such a prestigious award?

I was nominated by my former nurse, who worked with me at a practice that serves the primary health care needs of the working uninsured. I had the honor to serve as her professor in a LPN to ADN nursing program. Then, shortly after her graduation, she began working as my nurse within the clinic, which was such an honor. I have worked within the clinic, serving the working uninsured since 2005, and as a result of being a DNP student was able to design/implement a hypertension program to serve the clinic population. This award is presented annually to a nurse practitioner in each state who has exhibited clinical excellence. Therefore, I feel very honored to have been selected from among all the nurse practitioners in the state of Kentucky. I know there are many nurse practitioners who are also deserving of the award and feel very blessed to have achieved this honor. (More)

Learn more about the award online.

Other News from Beth-El

University Hall William Crouch, director of extended studies, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, recently joined the Memorial Health System Foundation Board. He is a retired cardiothoracic surgeon and also serves on the board for AspenPointe board and the Peak Vista fundraising board.

 

CISCO, UCCS Partnership Shared with Global Audience

El Pomar Clock TowerAfter a semester-long experiment, UCCS and computer giant Cisco shared a new way of delivering education before a world-wide audience last week.

During the fall semester, instructors from the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science taught to students at Otero Junior College and Lamar Community College via Cisco Telepresence in addition to students on campus. In doing so, Bob Kressin and Sue Davis put UCCS in the record books. UCCS is the first university to use Telepresence to deliver for-credit college courses. (More)

KRDO also aired a story about UCCS and its partnership with CISCO in UCCS IS THE FIRST COLLEGE IN THE US TO USE TELEPRESENCE.

Donor's Gift Shows Devotion to UCCS Women's Athletics

SculptureUCCS supporter Glenn Williams aims to level the playing field with several gifts he has made toward UCCS women's athletics these past five years—including an endowed scholarship for women athletes.

And now, with a gift of a 12-foot-high sculpture that will grace the Four Diamonds Complex on North Nevada Avenue, Williams's legacy will be evident not only to his scholarship recipients, but to thousands who use these athletic fields each year. (More)

 

Alumni Night at Theaterworks featuring Boeing Boeing

Boeing BoeingJoin us on February 11 at 6:30 p.m. for UCCS Alumni Night at Theaterworks. We'll have a networking social hour with appetizers and beverages from 6:30 - 7:30, with the performance of Boeing Boeing at 7:30. Order tickets online ($25/person) and use the discount code ALUMNI.

Boeing Boeing
Bernard is a Parisian architect with three air hostess fiancées, each convinced she's the only one. It all works perfectly until an old school friend arrives and a new jet messes up the precision timetables. This classic French farce of the sixties was the most deliriously funny show we saw in London three years ago, and we promise it will fly just as high and just as fast in our own air space.

The Matrix Center and Greenberg Center for Learning & Tolerance present Freeland

Freeland LogoFreeland is a dynamic hip hop theater solo show written and performed by Ariel Luckey, directed by Margo Hall and scored by Ryan Luckey. The show follows a young white man's search for his roots as it takes him from the streets of Oakland to the prairies of Wyoming on an unforgettable journey into the heart of American history.

When: Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m., Dessert reception to follow
Where: Berger Hall, UCCS Campus

Learn more and access parking instructions online through the Matrix Center.

In This Issue

Beth-El Alumnus Dr. Michael Rager Receives AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence

Other News from Beth-El

CISCO, UCCS Partnership Shared with Global Audience

Donor's Gift Shows Devotion to UCCS Women's Athletics

Alumni Night at Theaterworks featuring Boeing Boeing

The Matrix Center and Greenberg Center for Learning & Tolerance present Freeland

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January 27:
GOCA 1420 presents "Rupture." Opening reception from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Learn more online.

January 28:
CU Advocacy Day at the Capitol

January 28:
Alumni Tailgate at UCCS Basketball Game

February 2:
The Matrix Center and Greenberg Center for Learning & Tolerance present Freeland

February 4:
GOCA 121 presents "Breaking the Sound Barrier." Opening reception 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Learn more online.

February 8:
Café Scientifique, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Learn more online.

February 12:
Alumni Night at Theaterworks featuring Boeing Boeing

April 2:
Alumni Advancement Lecture Series and Campus Tour featuring Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Dr. John Buechner, Professor & President Emeritus of the University of Colorado.

April 12:
Café Scientifique, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Learn more online.