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Alumni Connections: Sept 2005

Alumni Association has a new look.  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! This 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. Please apply today.

Alumni night at theatreworks.  Please join us for alumni night at Theatreworks.  Santaland Diaries, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.  There will be an alumni reception prior to the show at 6:30 p.m.  Please call Alisha at 719-255-3180 to reserve your spot.   Tickets are reduced for this event, so they will go quickly!

University Club news.   On Thursday, September 8 the University Club will have its annual membership kick-off reception.  The University Club fosters mutual understanding and support between the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the business and professional communities of the Pikes Peak Region.  Members are asked to contribute time, talents, and resources toward the sustained growth of UCCS as a vital, dynamic component of the Pikes Peak Region.

If you would like more information about University Club, please contact Jaime at 719-536-4480.

Freshmen bloom.  Following the first week of classes, UCCS expects to break last year’s record enrollment of freshmen, according to Steve Ellis, director, Admissions and Records. A total of 1,030 first-time freshmen were enrolled compared to 953 in 2004 and 425 in 1995. Overall enrollment is anticipated to be level with 2004. The official head-counting day, also known as census date, is Sept. 8. To see the Gazette story about UCCS enrollment visit

Construction blues. If you’ve ever undertaken a minor home remodeling project, you’ve experienced what professional construction crews on campus have faced – unexpected challenges. The latest occurred when Pinkard Construction crews building a new campus traffic round-about had more than 20 feet of freshly poured curbing collapse after torrential rains hit the campus last week.  The good news is two fold: the damage was covered by insurance (Pinkard’s) and crews expect to complete the job in about two weeks. For a view of the campus’ newest architectural feature visit here

Classroom hues.  Two new Science Building classrooms will be ready for use Monday. Ribbons were cut this week on a 72-seat classroom and a 40-seat classroom in Science. The classrooms were carved from “don’t-call-it-a-crawl space” area in Science left unfinished for more than 20 years.

Early riser. New CU President Hank Brown was on campus Monday, August 29 and began his day early. From 6-8 a.m., faculty and staff were invited to visit Brown.  The visits are part of Brown’s commitment to have regular campus office hours.  Brown, a two-time CU graduate, CPA, lawyer, and former U.S. Senator, began his duties as head of the three-campus CU System Aug. 1. 

Campus Calendar 

Back to the Bluffs - October 21- 23        

For dates and times of campus events, visit the campus calendar at (it’s on the right side of the page under events).

Hasn't there always been Starbucks? If you’re interested in the mindset of the class of 2009, you might enjoy the annual Beloit College mindset list. It is available at

Near Space. Innovation divisions of the U.S. Army and Air Force will work cooperatively with UCCS faculty to explore near-space opportunities. An agreement was completed in official ceremonies scheduled July 22. To see the Gazette’s story on the agreement, visit

Tenants.  172 Army officers called UCCS home through Aug. 9 as soldiers return from Iraq and units are transferred to Fort Carson. The officers will replace athletic trainers who stayed in university housing during the recent state games competition. UCCS students moved in Aug. 17.

Seven-year plan. Earlier this summer, the CU Board of Regents approved a seven-year plan for UCCS that outlines growth in student enrollment, faculty, staff and campus infrastructure. For more on the seven-year plan, visit

History lives. UCCS faculty will play a role in making 100 years of African-American history come alive in classrooms across the nation this winter. Working in collaboration with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and with a grant from Farmer’s Insurance Group, faculty from the UCCS College of Education will create teacher lesson plans and assist in the production of a classroom documentary DVD about African-American history. The project’s goal is to improve teaching of African-American history with a debut scheduled to coincide with the Feb. 2006 national celebration of Black History Month. For more about the project, visit

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