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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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Historic preservation group honors Heller

The Heller Center for Arts & Humanities earned a civic restoration award Oct. 26 from the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs.

The judges, architects and historic preservation professionals from outside of Colorado Springs, praised the renovation of the Pueblo-revival style former Heller home and noted the architectural stewardship and craftsmanship demonstrated in its renovation.

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Humanities in the news

The Colorado Springs Independent quoted a UCCS faculty member Daphne Greenwood in Ain’t afraid of no growth?

The Colorado Springs Independent quoted a UCCS faculty member Kevin Landis in
Facets of the feminine

KRDO interviewed a UCCS faculty member Jeff Shoales for Jesus Ween (video)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the newest Theatreworks production in TheatreWorks’ ‘Church’ tests expectations of believers and non-believers alike

The Denver Post wrote about a UCCS Theatreworks production in
Taking down Shakespeare

The Denver Post wrote about a UCCS Theaterworks production in Theater review: Is “Church” wholly spoof or holy spirit?


Natural science in the news

The Colorado Springs Business Journal wrote about Anatoliy Gluschenko's research in UCCS flexing its technological muscles


Social science in the news


Brock selected to Federal Reserve Bank advisory council. John Brock, senior instructor and director of the Center for Economic Education, Department of Economics, was recently selected to participate in the Denver branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Economic Education Advisory Council. (More)

Giant maps of Pacific, Africa on way to Colorado. Maps big enough to cover a gymnasium floor will soon arrive in area elementary and middle schools as part of a UCCS-based geography education program. (More)

Soifer recognized for USAFA assistance
Alex Soifer, professor, Interdepartmental Studies, was recently recognized by the United States Air Force Academy for his efforts to screen the film “The Moscow Siege” for cadets, faculty and guests Oct. 27. (More)

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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