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Alumni Connections: College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, April 2011

Jennifer Hane

Welcome to the April 2011 issue of Alumni Connections!

Seeking New Board Members
This month, we're excited to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the UCCS Alumni Advisory Board. Board members serve three-year terms and are involved in a variety of activities including event planning, selection of scholarship recipients, interaction with current students and more. If you're interested in serving your alma mater in this capacity, learn more online. Applications will be accepted through May 15.

Community Service Opportunity
We're also looking forward to a new alumni community service project that will allow the more than 15,000 of you who live and work in the Pikes Peak Region to make a difference in the community we love. This year, we are proud to be partnering with the American Heart Association for their annual Heart Walk that will be held at UCCS on Saturday, June 4. If you're interested in learning more or signing up to participate, please contact me for more information.

As the spring semester draws to a close, I'd like to thank each of you for your continued involvement with UCCS. As alumni, we have many reasons to be proud.


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

UCCS Graduate Programs Earn National Ranking

Dwire HallGraduate programs across the University of Colorado system continue to earn national prominence based on the latest annual rankings from U.S. News & World Report. (More)


Humanities in the News

Columbine HallOur Class Wiki. The fifth in a series of profiles of teachers and unique strategies features Liesl Eberhardt and her Com 3240 students. (More)

UCCS professor to participate in religious discussion. UCCS's Jeff Scholes will participate in a discussion regarding religious belief at Colorado College on the evening of May 5. (More)

Shockley-Zalabak earns community trustee award. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak was selected as the 2011 recipient of the Makepeace Community Trustee Award by Leadership Pikes Peak. (More)

Soifer gives conference presentation. Alex Soifer, professor, Interdepartmental Studies, presented "A Proof from The Book: A Lower Bound of the Polychromatic Number of the Plane" at the 42nd Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla.

Theatreworks offers Russian classic. Theatreworks will present its rendition of the classic play "The Seagull" April 21-May 8 in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater in University Hall. (More)

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about UCCS students in  UCCS SENIOR VISUAL ART STUDENTS GROUP EXHIBIT

Natural Science in the News

Centennial HallSonja Braun-Sand explores lecture capture, clickers for chemistry. The sixth in a series of occasional features provided by the UCCS Teaching and Learning Center features Sonja Braun-Sand in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. (More)

The Denver Times quoted UCCS faculty member Jim Burkhart in Radon levels untested in some schools

Tom Christensen returning to faculty. Tom Christensen, dean, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, recently announced plans to return to the faculty in June 2012. (More)

UCCS to host Colorado's 28th Math Olympiad. The Colorado Math Olympiad will return to UCCS for its 28th year on April 22. (More)

KOAA interviewed a UCCS professor in Digging Deeper: Hydrochloric Acid (video)

KKTV interviewed a UCCS professor in Hydrochloric Acid Spill in Monument  (video) 

Social Science in the News

El Pomar CenterThe Kansas City Star quoted UCCS professor emeritus Jay Coakley in What it takes to keep rooting for Royals

Student Employee of the Year brings innovation to Department of Corrections. Ryan Hollamby, graduate student, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, became this year's UCCS Student Employee of the Year, after introducing technology used in geography to the Colorado Department of Corrections. (More)

Buechner to Alums: Don't Wing It

John BuechnerCU President Emeritus John Buechner shared a personal eleventh commandment with UCCS alumni at the Spring Alumni Advancement Lecture Series, a summary of lessons learned in a 34 year CU career and as an elected official. (More)



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In This Issue

UCCS Graduate Programs Earn National Ranking

Humanities in the News

Natural Science in the News

Social Science in the News

Buechner to Alums: Don't Wing It

A Message from Liberty Mutual

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June 4: UCCS / American Heart Association Heart Walk - join our team!

June 13: Roar on the Road - San Diego, CA. More details will be available as the event date approaches.

UCCS Alumni in the News

The Canon City Daily Record mentioned a UCCS alum in Retired teacher keeps busy these days.

The Colorado Springs Gazette mentioned a UCCS alum in Lewis-Palmer High assistant principal moves into top spot.

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