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Alumni profile: Melissa Lafontaine ('09)

Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

My love for the outdoors and the environment has led me to pursue work in organizations dedicated to environmental activism. I recently participated in the World Wildlife Fund International’s Explore Youth Volunteer Programme in Midongy- Atsimo, Madagascar (August 2011- December 2011).

While in the field, I worked with the local community based natural resource management group toward protection, conservation and restoration of forest corridors. I worked to strengthen the effectiveness of communal goals through environmental education, enhanced agricultural techniques (i.e. vegetable gardening), and healthy livelihood alternatives. I lived within a remote village community where translators interpreted French to the local language of Malagasy in order to communicate with the locals.

After participating in this experience, I am motivated to obtain a master's degree in natural resource environmental studies and would like to focus my research on gender equality in community based natural resource management groups in rural communities. I have recently relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia where I will apply for entrance for graduate studies at several surrounding universities.

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UCCS alumni news

In memory:

The UCCS Alumni and Friends Association extends its condolences to the family and friends of
Nancy Joanne Kellner ('90) who passed away on March 14.

In the news:

UCCS leaders and community supporters attended University of Colorado Advocacy Day last month at the Colorado Capitol to encourage state support for higher education. Read More

Professional Builder featured Christina Presley ('95) in "Meet Professional Builder's 40 Under 40
class for 2012"

The Herald News featured Joycelyn Robinson ('10) in "Joycelyn Caprice Robinson engaged to Charles Joseph Neville"

The Coloradoan featured Sandy Squicquero ('80) in "Squicquero's desire to help others has been a life journey"

The Gazette featured Matt Seay ('11) in "UCCS scholarships are paying it forward"

The Wet Mountain Tribune featured Christopher Selle ('07) in "Three C-1 superintendent finalists are selected"

Bruce Shepard and UCCS Alumnus Matt Seay

University supporters and mascots celebrate CU Advocacy Day

CU graduate programs earn high marks in national report

One UCCS graduate program earned national recognition in the 2013 edition of Best Graduate Schools published by U.S. News & World Report and a total of 28 programs at the four CU campuses are included in the annual guide.

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USA Wrestling's women's program to come to Colorado Springs

USA Wrestling will relocate its Women’s Freestyle Education Program to Colorado Springs for the 2012-13 academic year and increasing the possibility of more elite athletes studying at UCCS.

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Living green

From roofing to flooring, “eco-friendly” materials and devices can help you save money when you’re maintaining, repairing or improving your home. Even better, they help save the environment. Join the Green Revolution and consider these simple ways to conserve energy and other natural resources.
  • Use impact-resistant roof shingles made from asphalt, metal or simulated tile. They deflect hail, wind and fire better than asphalt and keep roofing material out of landfills.
  • Replace appliances more than ten years old with energy-efficient models, which could save you hundreds of dollars a year according to the EPA.
  • Install low-flow shower heads and toilets to conserve water.
  • Exchange your most-used lighting fixtures for Energy Star models to help reduce greenhouse gasses.
  • Switch to compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, which can save more than $30 in electricity costs compared to an ordinary incandescent bulb.
  • Substitute recycled plastic lumber for concrete, work and metal in decks, fences, swing sets and landscaping.
  • Choose renewable flooring materials when you build or redecorate, such as bamboo, cork, reclaimed glass and salvaged wood.
  • Lay carpeting made from natural, organic or fair-trade fibers that are friendly to the environment and hypoallergenic.
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Reprinted with permission from Liberty Mutual. ©2012 Liberty Mutual Group. All rights reserved.

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