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

White House Highlights Chancellor, UCCS as "Champions of Change"

Pam Shockley-ZalabakEach week the White House highlights “Champions of Change” who are making an impact in communities and helping America rise to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

In September, UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, was selected as a “Champion of Change” and participated in a roundtable discussion on the positive impact of many community colleges across the nation. Shockley-Zalabak talked about the Southern Colorado Education Consortium, a partnership between two and four-year colleges in southern Colorado to improve student success in the region. (More)


Surprise Donation Spurs Heller Guest House

Heller GateThe latest renovation project at the Heller Center for Arts and Humanities is underway as a result of an unexpected $200,000 donation to the CU Foundation.

The Heller guest house is undergoing a complete restoration that includes drainage corrections, foundation repairs, wall repairs, a new roof, new electrical and lighting systems and a complete new heating system.

This is all thanks to a donor who wishes to remain anonymous and who has promised another $200,000 early next year. It is also thanks to the UCCS staffer who did his best to serve the donor and meet the donor’s needs. (More)

In other news at the Heller Center:

Unknown Heller art discovered as restoration begins. A cache of undiscovered works created by local artist Larry Heller turned up as work began on the restoration of the guest house at the Heller Center for Arts and Humanities in September. (More)

Photo feature: Wild flowers and the SEAS garden at Heller. University Advancement’s Jeff Foster and retired Kraemer Family Library faculty member Judith Rice Jones combine efforts to share an end-of-the-season look at a student gardening project. (More)

Religion on Campus Draws Crowd, Spirited Discussion

El PomarBenjamin Broadbent used everything from relationship advice to Buddhist wisdom to convey the value of interfaith dialogue to UCCS students during the first event of the White House Interfaith and Community Service Challenge Tuesday at the University Center.

The importance of religious and non-religious students getting together to talk about their beliefs and converting these discussions into service to the community was the theme of the event.

“When I got married,” Broadbent, pastor, First Congregational Church said, “the minister who married my wife and me asked if I wanted to be right or be in a relationship. There’s your answer.” (More)

The Colorado Springs Independent also wrote about this initiative in What do you believe?

Humanities in the News

Columbine HallGreen named development director. Caitlin Green was recently selected as the development director for Theatreworks. She previously served as director and co-director of the Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Kozhevnikov participates in Russian poetry reading. Pavel G. Kozhevnikov, instructor of Russian, Department of Languages and Cultures, recently participated in the Pushkin Reading in Bernovo, Russia. (More)

Thorpe’s hybrid approach puts students in charge of learning. The eighth in a series of profiles provided by the Teaching and Learning Center features Janice Thorpe, instructor, Department of Communication. (More)

von Dassanowsky co-edits book. Robert von Dassanowsky, professor, Department of Languages and Cultures, and Department of Visual and Performing Arts, recently co-edited “The Nameable and the Unnameable: Hofmannsthal’s ‘Der Schwierige’ Revisited.” (More)

Women of Will at Theatreworks. Theatreworks will host a performance of “Women of Will” Nov. 9-13 at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre. (More)

The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about a Gallery of Contemporary Art exhibit in Audio graffiti

KCNC’s film critic mentioned a Theatreworks production in 39 Steps (video)

Natural Science in the News

Centennial HallSubudhi’s in-class demonstrations reach beyond the classroom. The eighth in a series of features provided by the Teaching and Learning Center highlights the work of Andrew Subudhi, assistant professor, Department of Biology. (More)

The Denver Post wrote about a community and UCCS science event in Colorado Springs science carnival has big hit with simulated cave

KOAA broadcast about a community and UCCS science event in Cool Science (video)

Social Science in the News

Snow-covered campusThe Denver Post quoted UCCS faculty member Fred Coolidge in Kiszla: Broncos’ Freudian battle pits Tebow vs. Elway

KRDO interviewed UCCS faculty member Joshua Dunn in Redrawing congressional districts (video)

KKTV interviewed faculty member Jeff Montez de Oca for Occupy movement (video)

Alumni in the News

BoomerMatt Carpenter (MPA '06) in El Pomar Promotes Two More Executives

Anthony Cordova (BA '97, MA '99) and Regina Lewis (BA '98, MA '01, PhD '10) and both received Excellence in Education awards at the October 15 NAACP Freedom Fund Community Awards Gala.

Robin Porter (DNU '82) in Southern Fried Comfort

Steven Weber (BA '10) in Steven Weber Seeks to Make a Difference

In This Issue

White House Highlights Chancellor, UCCS as "Champions of Change"

Surprise Donation Spurs Heller Guest House

Religion on Campus Draws Crowd, Spirited Discussion

Humanities in the News

Natural Science in the News

Social Science in the News

Alumni in the News

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