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December 2011

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Alum to deliver globalization message at December commencement


Mike Fryt only traveled eleven miles from his Manitou Springs home to earn his first college degree.

But Fryt, the corporate vice president of tax for FedEx and the December 2011 Commencement speaker, found that his CU degrees would take him around the world.

Fryt, 56, will share his experiences at FedEx and Exxon Corp. with an estimated 400 students who will participate in December 2011 UCCS Commencement ceremonies scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Colorado Springs World Arena. He will join UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, CU President Bruce Benson and members of the CU Board of Regents in congratulating graduates and in the formal conferring of degrees.

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UCCS student to hear first commencement address

Many of the more than 400 students participating in University of Colorado Colorado Springs December Commencement exercises consider the speeches a formality that delays the receipt of a diploma and congratulations from friends and family.

But not Michael Ballard, a 29 year old candidate for a bachelor’s degree in communication.

Ballard, deaf since he was 18 months old, will be listening carefully to words of wisdom shared by CU leaders and alumni dignitaries, thanks to a cochlear implant he received a year ago. He’ll also likely watch a sign language interpreter and the speaker’s non-verbal cues as well.

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Alumni and guests enjoy parade accommodations

UCCS alums and their families attending the 27th annual Festival of Lights Parade Dec. 3 found hot drinks, snacks, and Boomer at GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon. The annual community event  featured a UCCS float and UCCS vehicles along with dozens of other parade participants. The Festival of Lights is a celebration of the December holiday season that includes programs, performances and other festivities.

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UCCS collaborates to prepare healthcare managers for future

Impending changes in the healthcare system require that managers be prepared for creative leadership and 12 local healthcare managers stand ready.

Collaboration between the University of Colorado Colorado Springs College of Business and healthcare organizations serving Colorado Springs resulted in a non-degree certificate program specifically designed to train healthcare professionals new to supervision, management and leadership. Managers from Colorado Springs Health Partners, Centura Health, Memorial Health System, and El Paso County Health participated in the program that addressed topics ranging from leadership, managing individuals, working in teams, and changing and improving organizations.

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Alumni in the news


The Colorado Springs Business Journal wrote about UCCS alum Craig O'Boyle (BS, '00) in Colorado Springs business standing firm thanks to O’Boyle’s early steps

Lon Rathmell (MBA, '03) has joined Pikes Peak National Bank as a commercial loan officer and will work with local small businesses.

The Gazette wrote about UCCS alum Tony Rose (BS, '93) in Q&A with Tony Rose: Realtor enjoys variety in his job

BBVA Compass has appointed Gregory Welch (BA, '88) as senior vice president for the bank’s commercial banking group.

In Memory:

The UCCS Alumni and Friends Association extends its condolences to the family and friends of Richard Jon Ferguson ("Fergy") (BS, '69). Mr. Ferguson was one of UCCS' first alumni - one of three BSEE grads in 1969. He began classes at UCCS in September 1965.

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