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Alumni Connections: Nov 2005Santaland Diaries

Alumni Night at Theatreworks
Friday, December 9 is Alumni Night at Theatreworks.  Join us at 6:30 pm for a private alumni reception.  Then at 7:30 pm, join us for Theatreworks: Santaland Diaries. Tickets are $15 if you reserve your seat now.  This is a $10 savings.  These discounted tickets are limited, so call now!  719-255-3180.

All smiles. A standing-room-only crowd of faculty and staff greeted Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak early Nov.2, the day after Colorado voters approved Referendum C. The referendum’s passage means a five-year timeout from revenue restrictions imposed by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and the opportunity for UCCS to continue a seven-year growth plan approved in June by the Colorado Board of Regents. To see a presentation on the UCCS plan for the future, visit

Clean, green and celebrities. What does UCCS have in common with such celebrities as Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robin Williams? All are proud owners of a Prius – one of the hybrid gas/electric vehicle offerings from car manufacturer Toyota. (MORE)

Visa Card 1Alumni credit card.  We recently changed our credit card program to bring you the best possible value.

On behalf of the UCCS Alumni and Friends Association, we would like to thank you for your support and inform you that if you currently carry a UCCS credit card and it does not have a U.S. Bank logo on the back, we invite you to make the change to the card officially endorsed by our Alumni and Friends Association. Please make sure you have the right card!

Visa Card 2This is your opportunity to benefit a great cause. The UCCS Alumni and Friends Association couldn’t provide important alumni benefits and services without the support of caring people like you. Click here to apply now or call 1-800-853-5576 x8663!  


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
, the "must see" production of 2005!UCCS alumni members and supporting staff receive $3.00 off per adult ticket or $10.00 off per child ticket when you present your membership card or attached coupon at the box office.  This discount excludes the lowest priced ticket available, no combined discounts.  "Critics rave: If you want to see a quality production, from start to finish, and don’t want to travel to New York City, remember Moscow Ballet for 2005.” Get coupon here.

Moscow Ballet

What effect will increased gasoline prices have on the economy? Tom Zwirlein, professor, Business, thinks we ought to be ready to don our cardigan sweaters as energy costs increase. To see Zwirlein’s thoughts on other likely effects of higher energy costs, visit

One gift at a time. The Denver-based Gates Family Foundation has announced its $1 million pledge to help build a new Science and Engineering building. MORE

One gift at a time 2. The Denver-based Boettcher Foundation has announced its plans for a $290,000 gift to help build a new Science and Engineering building. MORE

Technology transfer. Terry Boult, El Pomar professor of Engineering, was quoted by the Denver Post in a story about CU efforts to take new ideas to market. Boult talked about his partnership with CU to create Securics, a company that specializes in developing biometric information. So, exactly what are biometrics? They are characteristics unique to each of us – things such as fingerprints and face geometry – that can be used to improve security. To read the Post article, visit
Kudos. Carlos Araujo, professor, Engineering, was recently honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics (known as Eye-Triple-E) for his work in the field of ferroelectric random access memory. Araujo was given the 2006 Daniel E. Noble Award and profiled by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. (MORE)

Taylor gift celebrated. A plaque commemorating former Colorado Springs resident Betty Taylor’s gift of her family’s 1,600 acre Montana ranch and the memory of her son, was recently unveiled at the Heller Center. Proceeds from the sale of Taylor’s property will help fund renovations to the Heller Center buildings, preparing them for use as community and campus resource. To read about Taylor’s gift, visit

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and math. While it doesn’t have the same ring as the jingle for an auto company, UCCS math faculty members were recently recognized for their efforts to combine math skills with one of America’s favorite pastimes. In the August/September issue of the newsletter of the Mathematical Association of America, the Math Department’s four-year partnership with the Sky Sox baseball team and Agilent Technologies was highlighted. The partnership brings students in grades four through eight to the ballpark for a connection between a fun activity (baseball) and math. If you’re wondering about the connection between the two, try the formula to calculate a pitcher’s Earned Run Average, (R/IP) x 9, or the trivia question of “Henry Aaron holds the major league record for career home runs with 755. In actually circling the bases during those 755 home runs, how many miles did he run?”

Chemical kudo. The American Chemical Society recently honored the campus student affiliate ACS chapter with its Commendable Award, making it one of the top college ACS chapters in the nation. The chapter will be honored March 26 at a national meeting in Atlanta. For 2004-05, 32 chapters received outstanding awards, 62 were rated commendable and 81 were rated honorable mention from the 970 chapters at colleges in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. David Weiss, assistant professor, Chemistry, was lauded for his three-year effort to revitalize the UCCS chapter. An article on Weiss and the UCCS chapter appeared in the Autumn 2005 edition of “Chemistry.”

Back to the Bluffs draws the largest crowd to date.  More than 500 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members attended both Family Day and the comedy show.  Thanks to all the alums who stopped by the Alumni sponsored 'Bungee Bull'.  We hope to see you there next year!

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