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

Jennifer HaneWelcome to the April 2011 issue of Alumni Connections!

Seeking New Board Members
This month, we're excited to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the UCCS Alumni Advisory Board. Board members serve three-year terms and are involved in a variety of activities including event planning, selection of scholarship recipients, interaction with current students and more. If you're interested in serving your alma mater in this capacity, learn more online. Applications will be accepted through May 15.

Community Service Opportunity
We're also looking forward to a new alumni community service project that will allow the more than 15,000 of you who live and work in the Pikes Peak Region to make a difference in the community we love. This year, we are proud to be partnering with the American Heart Association for their annual Heart Walk that will be held at UCCS on Saturday, June 4. If you're interested in learning more or signing up to participate, please contact me for more information.

As the spring semester draws to a close, I'd like to thank each of you for your continued involvement with UCCS. As alumni, we have many reasons to be proud.


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

$2.2 Million Grant Brings UCCS Nursing Courses to Rural Colorado Community Colleges

El Pomar CenterA new University of Colorado Colorado Springs partnership will help five Colorado community colleges develop nursing professionals to serve their rural communities, thanks to a $2.22 million grant from the Colorado Health Foundation.

The gift is the largest in the history of the UCCS Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The Southern Colorado Rural Nursing Education and Practice Collaborative launched at Beth-El will enable community college nursing students to earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees in their home communities, taking courses at their local community college or online. (More)

UCCS Graduate Programs Earn National Ranking

University Hall Graduate programs across the University of Colorado system continue to earn national prominence based on the latest annual rankings from U.S. News & World Report. (More)



Bev Watson-Goodwin Retires

Bev Watson-GoodwinCongratulations to Bev Watson-Goodwin who will be retiring the end of May.

Bev has had a long and significant career with Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences as well as the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She started her service at Beth-El on December 8th, 1980. During her years at Beth-El she was the Assistant for four Deans: Jean Johns, Betty Hopping, Carole Schoffstall and Nancy Smith. Dr. Carole Schoffstall who served at Dean of Beth-El for 17 years remarked that Bev was an integral part of the major transitions that occurred within the College, including the merger of Beth-El (previously City owned) and UCCS. She worked closely with students, faculty, staff, alumni and "Friends of the College" including donors and Board members. Of all the responsibilities that Bev engaged in during her time at the College, Carole remarked that she seemed to enjoy most (and was a master at) planning events. Each year she planned the Convocation and Graduation ceremonies and other successful events that tied the community to Beth-El. After her service at Beth-El she joined the Human Resources Department of UCCS. Her contributions to UCCS have had a major impact on students as well as the success of Beth-El and UCCS.

Please join us in congratulating Bev Watson-Goodwin by attending her Retirement Party on May 5th from 3-5 PM in the Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA) on the UCCS campus. Call (719) 255-4421 for more information.

Faculty Profile: Mandi Sinclair

Mandi SinclairMandi Sinclair, EdD, ATC, assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at UCCS

What have been some of your greatest professional accomplishments?

While I have helped to create some great athletic trainers, I think some of my best accomplishments have come in watching them become not only great athletic trainers, but also well rounded people who are giving back to their communities. But, as an athletic trainer, I think one of my best accomplishments was learning to listen to my instincts. I knew I had done this when I was checking on an athlete who seemed perfectly fine after his competition but my gut was telling me something was wrong. After 30 minutes of watching him be "perfectly fine" I still didn't want to let him out of my sight. Unfortunately, about that time he began to complain that he didn't feel good and began to crash. It turned out that he had a severe internal injury and was air evacuated to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. I just remember how easily it could have been to send this kid on his way...but instead he received appropriate care and had a successful recovery. (More)

Beth-El Scholarship Reception

Scholarship ReceptionOn February 28th, Beth-El scholarship recipients, their donors, faculty, and staff attended a reception in the Upper Lodge on the UCCS campus celebrating the scholars. Over 110 were in attendance at the reception. The reception serves as an important time for donors to meet the students they support through their philanthropy. Equally important, the students meet individuals and representatives from corporations who support their education through scholarships.

Dr. Nancy Smith welcomed the attendees and provided an overview of Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Provost Peg Bacon shared of the importance of scholarships for UCCS students. Student scholar and President of the Beth-El Student Nurses Association Eugene Fisco shared his "attitude of gratitude." He plans to pay the generosity of the donors forward through his career as a nursing professional.

C.J. Moore, Public Affairs Director of Kaiser Permanente of Southern Colorado, spoke on behalf of the donors in the room as she shared why Kaiser Permanente supports scholarships at Beth-El. Kaiser believes in supporting the professional workforce of tomorrow's health care system. Without this financial support, many high-achieving students would not have the opportunity to attend school and serve the community's health care needs.

The attendees also watched a video, produced bythe University of Colorado Foundation, whose mission is to raise the private support for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, portraying a personalized thank you to the donors in the room. Also, the students compiled a slideshow of thanks for the donors played for the audience.

Buechner to Alums: Don't Wing It

John BuechnerCU President Emeritus John Buechner shared a personal eleventh commandment with UCCS alumni at the Spring Alumni Advancement Lecture Series, a summary of lessons learned in a 34 year CU career and as an elected official. (More)



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In This Issue

$2.2 Million Grant Brings UCCS Nursing Courses to Rural Colorado Community Colleges

UCCS Graduate Programs Earn National Ranking

Bev Watson-Goodwin Retires

Faculty Profile: Mandi Sinclair

Beth-El Scholarship Reception

Buechner to Alums: Don't Wing It

A Message from Liberty Mutual

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