University of Coloado Colorado Springs

Alumni Connections: College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 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)


Humanities in the news

Columbine HallCarole 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.

Natural science in the news

Centennial HallAbrams 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 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.

Social science in the news

Students in GrassThe 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 quoted a UCCS researcher from the Trauma, Health and Hazards Center in New First Responders: Twitter, Facebook

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:

  • Brandon Gavett, assistant professor, Department of Psychology in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, recently served as director of Neuropsychology at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. He earned his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York College at Geneseo, N.Y., and his Ph.D. from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He continues extensive research in Alzheimer’s disease, including work involving memory and aging, dementia, and cognitive decline.
  • Cerian Gibbes, assistant professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, comes to UCCS from the University of Florida where she earned bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in geography with a concentration in land change science. The author of numerous publications involving ecology and conservation, her research includes sponsorship from the National Science Foundation and NASA. Her research interests are human-environment interactions and the dynamics of socio-ecological systems, land use land cover change, natural resource management and adaptation to environmental change.
  • Inhan Kim, assistant professor, Department of Political Science in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, comes to UCCS from the University of Virginia. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science are from Korea University, Seoul. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from UV. His personal interest in how U.S. democracy and economic reforms were applied in different occupied nations influenced his academic research.

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

Humanities in the news

Natural Science in the news

Social science in the news

Alumni in the news

Quick Links

UCCS Alumni and Friends Association

Update your Contact Information

Alumni Benefits and Services

Facebook Logo Find Us on Facebook

LinkedIn Logo Join Us on LinkedIn

Give to UCCS

Contact Us

Special Events

Interviewing/Resume Workshop
October 5, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Roar on the Road: San Francisco Bay Area
October 6, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region/ UCCS PGA Golf Management Program Charity Golf Classic at the Broadmoor Hotel October 7

You can learn more about the events above and view additional opportunities for involvement online.

Life Insurance Awareness

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. Do you have the right amount of coverage? Visit our Alumni Insurance Program website for newly added videos showing how important having life insurance can be for your loved ones and information that shows why life insurance is such an important part of your financial plan.