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Alumni Connections: Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, November 2010

Jennifer HaneYou'll notice a few changes in this month's issue of Alumni Connections - primarily the fact that we're now using a new email marketing tool to communicate with you. Our hope is that this new platform will allow us to better manage your communication preferences and create a reading experience that is more enjoyable for you. We'll continue fine-tuning the system in the months ahead, so please feel free to share any feedback on design or content via email - we value your opinion.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season,

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

Beth-El Opens Nutrition Clinic to Aid Campus Health

Nanna MeyerThe 50-year-old man who visited the newest outreach efforts of the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences had a specific goal in mind when he came to the Peak Nutrition Clinic at University Hall: he wanted to lose weight.

But the plan developed for him by Nanna Meyer, a registered sports dietitian and assistant professor, Health Sciences, and Kelly Ping, registered dietitian and graduate student, was far from an off-the-shelf low-calorie meal plan. Meyer and Ping are also certified as health and fitness specialists by the American College of Sports Medicine. (More)

Kenny Selected as Nursing Fellow

Deb KennyDeborah Kenny, associate dean, Beth-El College of Nursing, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing during the academy's annual meeting and conference Nov. 13 in Washington. (More)




Beth-El Student Profile: Eugene Fisco, BSNA PresidentEugene Fisco

Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences has a long and established history of producing potent and knowledgeable nurses, and I wanted to take part in that tradition. Sometimes, Beth-El's reputation precedes its students while we are out in the community and in our respective hospital settings. Though there have been a few bumps on the road, I believe the faculty and administration are trying their best to acknowledge and meet their students' needs, and for that I am proud to soon call myself a Beth-El graduate. (More)

Get Fit at the Garden - a Walk for Wellness

Garden of the Gods WalkIf you ventured to Garden of the Gods this fall you may have seen UCCS students out enjoying some morning walks alongside a group of older adults from the Colorado Springs area. Under the auspices of the Innovations in Aging Collaborative and its director, David Lord, Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center was invited to offer Colorado Springs residents a weekly health walk at Garden of the Gods Park – a choice of one, two or three miles – to enhance personal fitness while enjoying the beautiful vistas of the park. Following each outing, the scenic Visitor Center café offers a free nutritious refreshment, camaraderie, and an informative educational presentation to elevate the mind as well as to tone the muscles.

The hikes are offered on Wednesday mornings at 9 am, convening at the lower level entry. Upon the advice of University of Colorado Foundation Director of Development, Megan Fisher, the September and October outings were especially energetic. She recommended that we invite Health Science students from Beth-El College at UCCS, enrolled in Jessica Kirby's fall Health Teaching course to lead the exercises and share useful fitness tips about wellness, diet and exercise.

Laura Sutherland, Jaimie Doyle and Maddison Gunnels enthusiastically delivered these tips to the group each week. The Health Teaching course teaches students how to effectively deliver health information in a variety of professional settings. The students were able to work on their Advocacy, Education and Outreach project for the course through this excellent community engagement opportunity. Laura, Jaimie and Maddison had an excellent experience and hope to continue to be involved in the future.

A determined group of 20+ hikers has continued into November as the Colorado autumn weather has prevailed. The Visitor Center continues to offer hospitality each week. New participants are welcome! Dress for the weather, wear appropriate shoes, bring water, hat and sunscreen as needed.  Questions, call 719-219-0108.

Admission Policy Changes End Nursing Wait Lists

University HallThe end of a Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences admissions process that spawned a 400-person, three-year wait list is within sight, college officials announced recently. (More)



Southern Colorado Colleges Cooperate to Improve Regional Education

El Pomar Center Clock TowerFueled by a $750,000 Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education grant from the U.S. Department of Education, a group of southern Colorado colleges and universities will work cooperatively to increase the number of southern Colorado residents who attend college. (More)


Lamar Community College, UCCS Announce "Two plus Two" Program

UCCS CampusLamar Community College and UCCS announced the beginning of a significant partnership between the two colleges during halftime of a scrimmage between the LCC and UCCS men's basketball teams recently. (More)


Save the Date: 2011 CU Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

Capitol DomeSave the Date for the 2011 CU Advocacy Day on Friday, January 28 from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Colorado State Capitol (200 East Colfax, Denver, CO). Watch for more details and online registration during the first week of January.



Special Thanks to Our Sponsor: Ent Federal Credit Union

Ent LogoThe Office of Alumni Relations would like to extend a special thank you to Ent Federal Credit Union for sponsoring the 2010 issue of The Roar. Ent Federal Credit Union is the leading financial institution in Southern Colorado with over 50 years of experience serving the community. Ent is a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union with 27 service centers, offering personal and business banking services to those in the Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Denver areas. Ent offers a variety of services and conveniences, giving members the FREEDOM to live life on their own terms.

In This Issue

Beth-El Opens Nutrition Clinic to Aid Campus Health

Kenny Selected as Nursing Fellow

Beth-El Student Profile: Eugene Fisco, BSNA President

Admission Policy Changes End Nursing Wait Lists

Southern Colorado Colleges Cooperate to Improve Regional Education

Lamar Community College, UCCS Announce "Two plus Two" Program

Save the Date: 2011 CU Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

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