Alumni Connections: College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, September 2011
Student 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)
UCCS 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)
The 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)
Students 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)
UCCS 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)
Meral 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)
Carole Woodall, assistant professor, Department of History and Department of Women’s and Ethnic Studies, recently published “Awakening a Horrible Monster: Negotiating the Jazz Public in 1920s Istanbul” in Comparative Studies of South Asia Africa and the Middle East. See an abstract (More)
The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about an upcoming UCCS film festival in Watch and Learn.
The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about a UCCS professor and an exhibit at the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Beauty and the Bee.
The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about a new Gallery of Contemporary Art project in Special Batch.
The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about a new Theaterworks production in Twisting Hitchcock, without a hitch.
Abrams recognized by mathematics association. Gene Abrams, professor, Mathematics Department, was recently honored by the Mathematical Association of America. (More)
Eugenia Olesnicky Killian, assistant professor, Department of Biology in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, joined the UCCS faculty from Princeton University where she was a post-doctorate fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology. Previously she was a post-doctorate fellow at the CU-Denver and Health Sciences Center Department of Craniofacial Biology. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Drew University, Madison, N.J., and master’s and Ph.D.in Biology from New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York. In addition to her research, she spent the last decade mentoring and teaching.
Zachary Mesyan, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics, recently published “Groups where free subgroups are abundant” in the Journal of Algebra. See an abstract. (More)
Greg Oman, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, left a position with the Ohio University Center of Ring Theory and its Applications to join the UCCS faculty. He earned bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from the Ohio State University. His area of research interest is ring theory, involving algebraic structures in which addition and multiplication are defined and have similar properties. He brings expertise in a number of other mathematical theories to UCCS.
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about UCCS instructor Tim Casey in Book smolders with confessions of a Colorado Springs firefighter
WTVT in Tampa, Fla., broadcast about research undertaken by UCCS faculty member Fred Coolidge in What makes a Successful Marriage (video)
Education Next quoted UCCS faculty member Joshua Dunn in No Federal Case
Gould selected for writing fellowship. Janice Gould, assistant professor, Women’s and Ethnic Studies, was recently selected as the 2012 Writer-in-Residence for the School for Advanced Research, a Santa Fe, N.M. center for the study of the archaeology and ethnology of the American Southwest. (More)
Aging Center a finalist. The CU Aging Center was recently notified that it is a finalist for a 2011 Award for Excellence (health category) by El Pomar Foundation and the Awards for Excellence Selection Commission.(More)
The Street interviewed a UCCS faculty member in New First Responders Twitter and Facebook
UCCS also welcomed the following new faculty members in social science:
The 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)
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