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Alumni Connections: May 2006

Alumni Spotlight: Gail Hamilton

Gail HamiltonGail Hamilton graduated from UCCS in 1975.  She began her career with Hewlett Packard in Colorado Springs.  Her first job has designing logic analyzers, and she designed a 6502 microprocessor module for the 1611 microprocessor analyzer.  “It was the best job in the world,” says Gail.  A little later, she made the move to Fort Collins with HP where she became the product marketing manager for UNIX.  She admits that she was drawn away from HP when the Silicon Valley bug bit, but she returned to HP four years later.  Her new position was general manager of the telecom division.  She liked the chance to grow the business by 50%, bringing the division to profitability, but received the most enjoyment from working with the cable companies to deliver broadband services.  Her division launched Time Warner’s Road Runner service and completed all the software and systems integration.

Gail’s next move was to Compaq Computers.  Gail deemed Compaq’s aggressive approach to the market as refreshing.  She served as vice president and general manager of their Telecommunications Division for three years, developing hardware and software systems for mission critical applications such as cellular switching and banking.  She is most proud that their organization was the first to achieve a SEI level 3 assessment.

Next, Gail was recruited by Symantec.  She started as senior vice president of their enterprise business and, later, became executive vice president of both the enterprise and consumer businesses.  Symantec grew by leaps and bounds while Gail worked with them.  They grew the market cap of the company from $2 billion to $20 billion over five years and became the world leader in security.  Gail personally helped steer the company through an aggressive acquisition strategy, leading eleven acquisitions.  In 2003, Information Security Magazine named her one of the “20 Women Luminaries” shaping the security industry. 

Gail left Symantec in 2005 but now serves on two public company boards and a private company board.  UCCS is proud of its alum, Gail Hamilton!

Alumni News~

A Call for Class Notes.
Attention all Alums! Here at the Alumni and Friends Association at UCCS, we are dying to know all about you. We want to know who you are, what you do for a living, and what your greatest successes are. Visit the class notes webpage at, and click on the Class Notes link. From there, you can add your information and view the shared information from your UCCS fellow graduates. This service is free of charge, and it is a great way to see how wonderful all of the UCCS alums are! We hope to hear from you soon.

Upcoming Alumni Events~

Lunch with James C. Humes
Thursday, June 22
Kraemer Family Library, 3rd floor

HumesProfessor James Humes, The Schuck Fellow for the Study of Statecraft, has been a speech writer for five U.S. Presidents and is an outstanding presenter himself, having performed a one-man show on PBS, called Blood, Sweat and Tears as well as numerous other performances.  He is the author of 31 books, including a biography of Winston Churchill which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  Another book, How to Get Invited to the White House, a humorous how-to-do-it, was a best seller.  He has two honorary doctoral degrees, earned his juris doctorate from George Washington University, served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and worked as a trial lawyer.  He previously served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and Colorado State University-Pueblo.  He was decorated by Queen Elizabeth II for his biographies on Churchill and Shakespeare.  His investiture was as a member of the Order of the British Empire.

Humes was a White House speechwriter for former Presidents Nixon and Ford and wrote on occasion for Eisenhower, Reagan and Bush.  He also assisted former President Ford in the writing of his memoirs, A Time to Heal.
Tickets are $20.  Please RSVP to or 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 the relationship between the local business community and the University, welcomes all business and professional leaders to consider a membership. The group fosters mutual understanding and support between the University and the business community, while actively engaged in student scholarship and faculty/staff recognition awards. Members are asked to contribute time, talents and resources toward 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.

“CU in Durango”
Join the University of Colorado Board of Regents, President Hank Brown, and Boulder Athletic Director Mike Bohn for a Community BBQ Dinner in Durango on May 31st.  For more information, and to RSVP, contact the Office of Community Relations at 1-800-228-4357 or email

“CU in Steamboat Springs”
Join CU President Hank Brown and the CU Alumni Association for CU in Steamboat Springs on June 16th at 5:30 pm.  Enjoy a community dinner and a special alumni program.  For more information, and to RSVP, contact the Office of Community Relations at 1-800-228-4357 or email

“CU at the Botanic Gardens”
August 3, 2006
Denver Botanical Garden
1005 York Street
Denver, Colorado
Dinner is $20.00 person
To ensure reservations, please respond by July 27, 2006.

In the news~

Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity. Guests, including former Denver mayor Wellingon Webb, recently visited UCCS as part of a CU System Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity. The commissioners and are expected to make recommendations about how all three CU campuses can improve the recruitment and  retention of students, faculty and staff from underrepresented groups.

Ground broken.  Campus administrators, students and CU Regents helped begin construction on a $12 million student-fee financed Student Recreation Center this month. Paul Schauer, chair, CU Board of Regents, lauded campus progress in the wake of difficult budget times. He was joined at the groundbreaking by CU Regent Jerry Rutledge.  Construction will begin on the recreation center this summer. (MORE)

Progress continues. In addition to the Student Recreation Center, UCCS will begin renovation of Dwire Hall, home to the College of Business and Administration and several departments of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences this summer. Other planned construction projects include a new Science and Engineering building and the Heller Center for the Performing Arts. (MORE)

What would Nixon have done? A former speech writer for U.S. President Richard Nixon believes the nation’s 37th president likely would not have invaded Iraq if president today. (MORE)

More to life than playing ball. UCCS student-athletes recently visited Memorial Hospital, boosting morale on a floor for pediatric patients and giving players a higher appreciation for their own physical abilities. (MORE)

Partnership nets turf, goalposts. An agreement between UCCS and neighbor Colorado Springs Christian School will mean artificial turf, bleachers and goalposts at a UCCS field. Those changes are in addition to recently installed field lighting and a $39,000 rebate on the cost of synthetic turf that uses recycled auto and truck tires. (MORE)  

Workforce development. The largest class in UCCS history will participate in commencement exercises May 19 at the World Arena. There will be 1,047 Spring 2006 graduates, 419 Fall 2005 graduates and 246 Summer 2005 graduates (a total of 1,712) eligible to participate in formal graduation ceremonies. Last year, 1,578 students were eligible to participate.

Curiosity Unlimited:
Curiosity Unlimited, a non-profit Organization, was founded in 1977 by a group of Pikes Peak area alumnae 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” which 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. Please join us in supporting the goals of Curiosity Unlimited. Meetings are listed on the UCCS calendar at


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