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November 2011

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$4 million gift to spur academic health sciences building

The John E. and Margaret L. Lane Foundation and Margot Lane of Colorado Springs will donate $4 million to UCCS and Peak Vista Community Health Centers to build an academic health sciences building on North Nevada Avenue.

The building, which will integrate primary healthcare services for aging adults with UCCS academic programs, will be named the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences in the Lanes’ honor.

Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences
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'Rising Star' sings praises of UCCS education


A military spouse understands the challenge of frequent relocations all too well. Alumna Lisa Pratt, whose husband is in the Army, attended three colleges in three years before landing at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. But it was at UCCS that Pratt found her voice and the outstanding faculty support that assured her success – despite being challenged with severe dyslexia. Through the mentorship of her music and theater instructors and an outstanding Army program called Operation Rising Star, Pratt toured the country singing for the troops and cut a CD that was released in August.

“I’ve been able to do what my profession is and still be with my husband. It’s been huge in my life,” she said. “I get to do what I love.”

Lisa Pratt
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Independent highlights College of Education program


UCCS is participating for the first time in the Colorado Springs Independent Give! campaign, a year-end event designed to generate funds, volunteers and applause for the important work of 49 local nonprofits.

UCCS’ Reading for LIFE program helps local children in need of reading evaluations, clinics, tutoring and books under the direction of UCCS professor, Dr. Barbara Swaby.

Visit or call (719) 255-5105 to support UCCS’ Reading for LIFE. You will find UCCS’ Reading for LIFE under the community building tab.

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College of Education in the news

UCCS to welcome French political scientists. The College of Education’s Office of Global Programs will welcome students from the Institut Catholique d’Études during the first half of the upcoming spring semester. (More)

Cheesman publishes reading intervention study.
Elaine Cheesman, assistant professor, College of Education, recently co-authored “Teachers’ Knowledge Base for Implementing Response-to-Intervention Models in Reading,” published in Reading and Writing. (More)

US News and World Report published a column by UCCS faculty member Marcus Winters in Higher Salaries Won't Improve Teacher Performance

UCCS license plate turns one

A program that allows UCCS faculty, staff, students and alumni to display school pride on vehicle license tags will celebrate its first anniversary with a sale enabling purchasers to save $25 on orders placed before December 31.

Jennifer Hane, director, Alumni Relations, announced the birthday celebration as part of efforts to sell at least 500 license tags, the minimum required by the Department of Revenue for the program to continue.

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Alumni in the news

Matt Carpenter ('06) was mentioned in Nonprofits can share what works for them at upcoming seminar

Stockman Kast Ryan + Co. promoted Buddy Newton ('08) to senior tax consultant.

Jaclyn Reeves-Pepin ('00, '03) was named executive director of the National Association of Biology Teachers.

In memory:

The Alumni and Friends Association extends its condolences to the family and friends of UCCS alumnus John Ormanoski, Jr. ('92, '96).

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