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Alumni Connections: College of Education, September 2011

It’s official: Enrollment is largest ever

Students in the LodgeStudent enrollment at UCCS this fall is the highest in the university’s history with more than 9,300 students enrolled, university officials announced Sept. 12.

Enrollment for fall 2011 increased by 429 students to 9,321, a 4.8 percent increase from fall 2010. This is the largest enrollment at UCCS since its founding in 1965. (More)

U.S. News: UCCS among best in the West

BoomerUCCS is among the best public regional universities in the Western United States, according to the editors of U.S. News and World Report.

In the 350-page 2012 college rankings edition, “ America’s Best Colleges,” to be released Sept. 20, the magazine’s editors ranked the overall quality of UCCS tenth in a three-way tie among public master’s degree-granting Western universities. Among all public and private master’s degree-granting universities, UCCS was ranked in the first tier and 39th overall. (More)

Regents approve housing, academic health services

Housing VillageThe CU Regents approved by an 8-0 vote plans for additional student housing at UCCS as well as a new academic health services building on North Nevada Avenue.

Plans call for converting nine commons areas in the existing Summit Village to two-person rooms as well as constructing two towers with approximately 100 students living in each and expanding dining facilities. The conversion of the commons areas will be completed by fall 2012, Reynolds said. Construction will begin on the towers and dining expansion in spring 2012 and should be completed for the fall 2013 semester. (More)

UCCS offering online bachelor’s degree completion

Online DegreesStudents can complete UCCS degrees in four high-demand fields by completing the final two years of coursework online beginning this fall.

Students can now complete degrees in business, criminal justice, nursing, and allied health without traveling to campus, according to Venkat Reddy, executive director of online program development. Throughout the spring and summer, UCCS faculty prepared junior and senior level courses to be available on line. More than 300 students are expected to enroll for the fall 2011 semester. (More)

Campus selected for diversity and internationalization initiative

Washington DCUCCS will join a prestigious American Council on Education project funded by the Henry Luce Foundation to promote collaboration between internationalization and diversity education initiatives on college and university campuses.

“Colorado Springs is a globally connected community and today’s students must be prepared to navigate a complex world,” Provost Peg Bacon said. “Connecting UCCS students to the world requires particular ingenuity. For many UCCS students, the traditional semester-long study abroad program is not a viable option. We must open additional paths for global engagement.” (More)

Rocket Science = Summer Fun

Meral SarperMeral Sarper spent the summer learning and doing research. But she also got to travel, make friends, and hit things with a hammer, courtesy of the NASA Propulsion Academy program.

The NASA Propulsion Academy, based at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is a 10-week, residential summer program of higher learning for college students interested in pursuing professional and leadership careers in space-related fields. Sarper, a junior at UCCS, prevailed through a rigorous selection process to be chosen for the program. (More)


Alumni in the news

Graduates at CommencementThe Office of Alumni Relations extends its condolences to the family of Seyhan Dwelis ('92), who passed away in August 2011.

Mulliken Weiner Berg & Jolivet P.C. announced that Michael W. Taylor ('83) has joined the firm as an associate.

Photo feature: UCCS and Cheyenne Mountain artifact display unveilings. Two artifact displays remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and highlighting the interconnectedness of the world were dedicated this week at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and on campus. (More)


In This Issue

It’s official: Enrollment is largest ever

U.S. News: UCCS among best in the West

Regents approve housing, academic health services

UCCS offering online bachelor’s degree completion

Campus selected for diversity and internationalization initiative

Rocket Science = Summer Fun

Alumni in the news

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