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

Nancy SmithHappy Holidays from Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  

For many years, alumni have played a key role in supporting the College. Many of you have already made gifts this year, and I sincerely appreciate your support. For those of you who would like to give, please consider a year-end gift. Know that your contribution to Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences will have an important and immediate impact on our students and faculty. Our faculty are implementing innovative ways to deliver nursing and health sciences education to prepare tomorrow's health care professionals while maintaining the same high-quality education you experienced as a student.

Please make your contribution today using our safe and easy online giving site or by calling 719-255-5101 or 1-800-405-9488.

For more information about Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences and how your gift will make a difference, please visit our website.

Of course, giving is only one of the many ways we want you to be involved with Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Please reach out and find out how you can be engaged as an alumnus of the College.

Once again, thank you for your support. All the best for 2011!

Nancy Smith, PhD, APN, BC, FAANP
Dean and Professor
Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Faculty Profile: Tim Behrens

Tim BehrensI am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences. I coordinate the MSc in Health Promotion and teach graduate courses in Program Planning, Program Evaluation, Introduction to Biostatistics, Research Methods, and Physical Activity & Public Health. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I conduct research in physical activity and public health - primarily through planning, implementing, and evaluating community and worksite health promotion programs with a physical activity or weight management focus. (More)

 

Berliner Receives Honorary Doctorate

Robert BerlinerRobert Berliner, attorney, author, and founder of Berliner & Associates, was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at UCCS commencement ceremonies December 17.

Berliner is known for his expertise in all things relating to intellectual property. University officials consider his service invaluable in protecting the rights and interests of the university's creative minds. With decades of practice in all aspects of intellectual property, he uses his knowledge to benefit the university and its special needs. (More)

Other News from Beth-El

University HallThe College welcomed Rebekah Lynch, rural nursing educational specialist, effective Nov. 15.

 

 

 

UCCS Launches Weekend University

Snow-Covered UCCSUCCS is now offering Saturday courses in a condensed 10 week format via Weekend University!  Courses begin Feb. 12th and conclude April 30th.  Now you have the option to study on Saturdays without interrupting your weekday routine!  No charge for parking and scholarships are available for fall 2011.  For further information about Weekend University please visit our website or contact us at weekends@uccs.edu or 719-255-3498. 

Alumni Profile: Christy Sipsey, BA '01 and MBA '03, Chair of the UCCS Alumni Advisory Board

Christy SipseyChristy Sipsey graduated in 2001 with a BA in business administration and continued her education at UCCS, where she received her MBA in 2003. Since Christy arrived at UCCS as an undergraduate, the campus has benefited greatly from her involvement and leadership. She credits UCCS with her sound educational foundation based on the unique opportunities presented through smaller class sizes and greater opportunities for faculty-student interaction. Using her education from UCCS as a solid foundation, Christy has propelled herself to a high level of involvement with the business community in the Pikes Peak region. (More)

Alumni and Friends Association Scholarship Recipient: James Vedral

James VedralI am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Physics. Although it is a very challenging field, I find that it is very rewarding and want to someday use my knowledge of physics to address some of humanity's most challenging problems. I am working with Dr. Anatoliy Pinchuk's research team to address these issues. We currently have several projects that could lead to breakthroughs in cancer treatment, photovoltaic efficiency, and many other fields.

I feel strongly about volunteering and take time every year to help my community in some way. I hope to always continue this tradition and someday pass it along to my children. However, volunteering was becoming increasingly difficult with graduate school and work. Thanks to the Alumni Association Scholarship, I was able to give back to the community by donating time to local food drives and a winter coat drive for elementary school children. I want to thank the Alumni Association for their generosity, help, and everything they do. Without them the University would not be the great place it is today.

Grandma Joins Graduates

Debbie LapioliDebbie Lapioli was pragmatic when asked how she would use time off near the Thanksgiving holiday.

"I've got a paper due – that's what I'll be doing on my day off," Lapioli, executive assistant, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, said before elaborating on holiday plans that included visiting family.

It's not the first vacation day devoted to study in Lapioli's 14-year quest to complete a bachelor's degree at UCCS. But it may be the last as she is set to join an estimated 500 graduates Dec. 17 at the World Arena participating in commencement exercises.

"I've earned a Ph.D. in life," Lapioli says. "But I wanted a B.A. in communication." (More)

Be Among the First to Display your UCCS License Plate

UCCS License PlateJanuary 3 is just around the corner, and for those of you who don't already know, that is the first day that you can pick up your UCCS license plate at your local county clerk. The license plate program is a great way to support your alma mater while showing your Mountain Lion pride. Each plate costs a total of $100 - $50 of which is a tax-deductible contribution to the Alumni and Friends Association Scholarship Fund.

In order to keep the plate in circulation, we must sell 500 plates by January 1, 2012. We're 80 license plates toward reaching that goal, so the time to help us solidify this new program is today. Learn more online or call (719) 255-3180 for details.

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

Faculty Profile: Tim Behrens

Other News from Beth-El

Berliner Receives Honorary Doctorate

UCCS Launches Weekend University

Alumni Profile: Christy Sipsey, BA '01 and MBA '03, Chair of the UCCS Alumni Advisory Board

Alumni and Friends Association Scholarship Recipient: James Vedral

Grandma Joins Graduates

Be Among the First to Display your UCCS License Plate

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

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