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Alumni Connections: March 2006


Alumni and Friends Association at Theatreworks

Bring the entire family for a night of fantastic adventure at the 2006 Alumni Night and Reception at Theatreworks.The Acting Company, America’s best known classical touring company, returns to Colorado Springs with the ultimate swashbuckling adventure. There’s more romance, comedy, spectacle and heroic action packed in these two hours than you’ll find anywhere. Did we mention secret assignations? A beautiful spy? A precious necklace? A ruthless cardinal? Swordfights? C’est magnifique, non? Oui!

Friday, April 21, 2006
Reception at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:30 PM
Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater at UCCS
Discounted tickets: $20 for adults, and $15 for children under 16
To RSVP please call, Theatreworks at 719-255-3232.

UCCS Gears up for Annual Fund

Later this spring, watch your mailbox for a letter from Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak regarding the importance of the Annual Fund to the UCCS campus.

Alumni Day at Sky Sox Stadium

sky sox logoBatter up. Watch the Colorado Springs Sky Sox aim for a win against the Portland Beavers. Guests of the UCCS Alumni and Friends Association will be seated in the new Sky Sox Clubhouse, an area with great views of the ball field and lots of room to move around. The event will also include a catered meal and an incredible fireworks display at the conclusion of the game.

Friday, June 30, 2006
Picnic at 6:00 PM, Game at 7:05 PM
Sky Sox Stadium
Discounted tickets: $19.50
For more information and/or to RSVP, please contact Alisha Pagán at 719-255-3180.

Special University Club Rates for Alumni Association members
Did you know that there is a growing group of business and professional leaders in the community dedicated to the sustained growth of UCCS? The University Club was established to focus on improving the relationship between the local business community and the university. The club encourages all business and professional leaders to consider membership. The group fosters mutual understanding and support between the university and the business community and is actively engaged in student scholarships and faculty/staff recognition awards. Members are asked to contribute time, talent and resources to enhancing the university’s image as a dynamic component of the Pikes Peak Region. The club welcomes inquiries; please contact Jaime McMullen Garcia at 719-536-4480 for further information.
Join us at our next monthly luncheon. 2005’s UCCS Outstanding Teacher Award recipient, Jeff Ferguson, professor, Business, will speak about spiritual leadership. “Leadership is not about power and control.  It is about helping people realize their potential and pursuing a higher purpose.  Spiritual leadership is a paradigm of leadership that focuses on values, vision, developing people, building community, and committing to a higher purpose, according to Ferguson.”


One of ours is over there. David Fenell, professor, Education, and an Army Reserve officer, was recently activated. Fenell is now on assignment far away from Columbine Hall and students in the counseling program. This is Fenell’s second activation since the war in Iraq began. Those interested in participating in a morale booster drive (small donations of candy, movies, books, etc) are encouraged to contact Diane Alberico,, or 255-3626.

Curiosity Unlimited:
Curiosity Unlimited, a non-profit Organization, was founded in 1977 by a group of Pikes Peak area alums and citizens to provide a forum for stimulating community interests in the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, creating opportunities to become acquainted with UCCS faculty members, study relevant issues through free on-campus lectures, and engage in leisure time learning. More than two hundred UCCS professors have lectured on their areas of expertise.

The university provides a program called “Listening In” that offers free class enrollment to residents over 55. As a result of enjoyable encounters with the lectures, many of our members have participated in this program. Some participants have become major UCCS donor/supporters after attending Curiosity Unlimited lectures. An important goal of Curiosity Unlimited is providing scholarships to UCCS students, which are made possible by membership dues. Thank you for making possible scholarship awards of $1000 each to four seniors for the academic year 2005-2006. Scholarships totaling $31,250 have been awarded by Curiosity Unlimited to deserving students.

Our next meeting will be Friday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the University Center, room 116. (Parking is permitted in Lot 3 and Lot 4 courtesy of the UCCS Public Safety Office.)  Susan B. Taylor from the English department will be speaking about The Bronte Sisters.  For more information, please contact Pauleta at 719-598-3020.

In the news~

Blue Ribbon Panel. A special committee appointed by CU President Hank Brown to study diversity at CU will visit UCCS from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7 in the University Center Gymnasium. Interested alumni are encouraged to attend the meeting but should register. For more information click here (MORE)

Burke Memorial. Beginning at 8 a.m. April 15, a campus based 5K run will honor former biology professor Ed Burke. The 5th Annual Bash the Bluffs Run and Walk winds through campus, presenting runners and walkers with a challenging but “doable” (easy for them to say) experience. Burke, whose specialty was exercise science and who was well known in Olympic and professional cycling circles, died in 2002. Event proceeds will fund a scholarship. For more information, or to volunteer to help, contact Matt Gaden, coordinator, Recreation and Fitness, or 255-3463.

Café Scientifique. April 18, 2006, will be the next Cafe Scientifique. The topic is “Child Witnesses: Basic developmental science meets the courtroom” The presentation by Livia Gilstrap, assistant professor, Psychology, will be at the Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St. Come at 6 pm if you would like something to eat, the meeting will be from 6:30-8: p.m.

Freedom’s Song launches. The first national curriculum developed at UCCS was unveiled to local VIPs and to both the UCCS and Pikes Peak Community College campus communities this week. The curriculum, originally designed for middle and high school students, will be a catalyst for discussions throughout the spring semester. To see a list of future events and photos from the VIP reception, visit (MORE). 

Students give back to neighborhood school. Members of Sigma Tau Delta, English honor society, recently donated $400 to Bates Elementary School to help with a "wish list" for the school's library. Bates is located in the Cragmor neighborhood adjacent to the campus. Tom Napierkowski, professor, English, serves as the Sigma Tau Delta faculty advisor.

Did you know?~

  • 96 percent of seniors are satisfied with their UCCS education and 95 percent would recommend their degree program to other students. (Source: Office of Institutional Research Graduating Senior Survey Highlights)
  • 31 percent of Colorado residents feel positively about CU while 32 percent are neutral (neither negative nor positive) and 18 percent feel negatively about the university. (Source: Carnegie Communications telephone survey of 401 Colorado residents)

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