Alumni Connections: School of Public Affairs January 2011
On December 18, seven Master of Public Administration and two Master of Criminal Justice students graduated from the UCCS School of Public Affairs. During the days between graduation and the beginning of the new semester in mid-January, the busy-ness of courses starting and ending, applications being processed, capstone projects being written and presented, students talking to advisors, courses being planned, instructors learning to use a new online learning platform - day-to-day activity - can obscure the mission and purpose of the School of Public Affairs.
On January 10, professors returned to their offices. One professor, in response to a question about looking forward to the new semester responded, "It has been a good teaching week, but a hard living week." She then went on to explain that whenever the news is especially difficult to bear, as it is with the shootings in Arizona, public affairs classes are always good. But news that makes classes good is always the hardest to live with. Her statement focused the real work that is done at the School of Public Affairs: preparing individuals for public and nonprofit leadership. In addition, the professor's reflections on news resonated with the importance for people to have necessary knowledge, skills and abilities for critical thinking and analysis to lead and manage effectively in a diverse society through innovating and implementing in a complex world.
This spring over 20 new MPA and MCJ students joined continuing students in working toward the lofty goal of leading, solving and changing. In this newsletter are stories about just a few of the stellar UCCS School of Public Affairs students and alumni.
SIDE STREETS: Take a sip from your CamelBak and toast Paul Butcher
Take a hike.
And when you do, take a moment to remember Paul Butcher (MPA 1982) . Chances are he had a hand in creating the trail you are on.
Butcher, 57, retired April 30, 2010 after more than 16 years leading the city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. Under his watch, the city's inventory of parks and trails exploded, growing faster than any time since Springs founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer was donating land a century ago. (More)
Courtesy of BILL VOGRIN at THE GAZETTE
Marilyn Bosenbecker, MPA 1988, Receives Lillian Wald Service Award
The Lillian Wald Service Award for 2010 from the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association is awarded to Marilyn Bosenbecker RN, BSN, MPA.
Ms. Bosenbecker exemplifies the values that Lillian Wald put forth when she began public health nursing. Lillian Wald coined the term "public health nurse" and was the first nurse to formally practice that role. Her tireless efforts to link the health of children with the health of nations made her a model of achievement, caring, and integrity throughout her lifetime. Although Wald achieved international recognition, her efforts were always grounded in the belief that the world was simply an expanded version of the culturally diverse neighborhood.
Ms. Bosenbecker has shown that same vision of caring about her community as shown by her professional and volunteer service to the residents of El Paso County, Colorado as well as the residents of the state of Colorado. (More)
Tiffany Walsh Sings at Opening Ceremony of Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall
Tiffany Robinson Walsh, MPA current student, in late September sang for the opening of the traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at CSU-Pueblo, her undergraduate alma mater. "It was quite an honor to be asked to perform at this event and seeing the names on the black wall was truly overwhelming," commented Tiffany. Her performance can be viewed online.
The 80 percent replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall is 370 feet long and 8.5 feet high and includes all of the names on the original memorial wall dedicated in 1982 in Washington D.C. and bearing the names of those killed in the Vietnam War. The event concluded with a closing ceremony and candlelight vigil, at which time the names of individuals on the memorial wall from the region were read.
CJ Society's Toy Drive Supports Community's Children in Need
The UCCS School of Public Affairs Criminal Justice Society held a toy drive to support Christmas Unlimited's efforts to supply toys to children in need in the Colorado Springs area. The drive was held from December 8th through the 15th.
The society collected $210.10 in cash donations. Every dollar that was collected was worth $10.00 to purchase toys. In addition, the group collected 105 toys. (More)
CISCO, UCCS Partnership Shared with Global Audience
After a semester-long experiment, UCCS and computer giant Cisco shared a new way of delivering education before a world-wide audience last week.
During the fall semester, instructors from the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science taught to students at Otero Junior College and Lamar Community College via Cisco Telepresence in addition to students on campus. In doing so, Bob Kressin and Sue Davis put UCCS in the record books. UCCS is the first university to use Telepresence to deliver for-credit college courses. (More)
Donor's Gift Shows Devotion to UCCS Women's Athletics
UCCS supporter Glenn Williams aims to level the playing field with several gifts he has made toward UCCS women's athletics these past five years—including an endowed scholarship for women athletes.
And now, with a gift of a 12-foot-high sculpture that will grace the Four Diamonds Complex on North Nevada Avenue, Williams's legacy will be evident not only to his scholarship recipients, but to thousands who use these athletic fields each year. (More)
Alumni Night at Theaterworks featuring Boeing Boeing
Join us on February 11 at 6:30 p.m. for UCCS Alumni Night at Theaterworks. We'll have a networking social hour with appetizers and beverages from 6:30 - 7:30, with the performance of Boeing Boeing at 7:30. Order tickets online ($25/person) and use the discount code ALUMNI.
Boeing Boeing Bernard is a Parisian architect with three air hostess fiancées, each convinced she's the only one. It all works perfectly until an old school friend arrives and a new jet messes up the precision timetables. This classic French farce of the sixties was the most deliriously funny show we saw in London three years ago, and we promise it will fly just as high and just as fast in our own air space.
TheMatrix CenterandGreenberg Center for Learning & Tolerancepresent Freeland
Freeland is a dynamic hip hop theater solo show written and performed by Ariel Luckey, directed by Margo Hall and scored by Ryan Luckey. The show follows a young white man's search for his roots as it takes him from the streets of Oakland to the prairies of Wyoming on an unforgettable journey into the heart of American history.
When: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 Time: 6:00 p.m., Dessert reception to follow Where: Berger Hall, UCCS Campus
Learn more and access parking instructions online through the Matrix Center.