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January 2012

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Happy New Year!

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A new year has arrived and a new semester follows closely. For faculty, staff and students, the rhythms of the academic schedule bring regular opportunities for renewed energy, fresh starts, and applying the knowledge gained in previous semesters in new ways to new material or challenges. To those of you who are current students, make the most of these cycles, including the semester just ahead! To those of you who just graduated in December, enjoy the sense of achievement and let us know how your degrees are influencing your professional accomplishments. And to our alumni from semesters and years past, we remain keenly interested in your endeavors – please stay in touch.

For those of us in the School of Public Affairs, 2012 brings the ongoing opportunity to maintain and enhance what we are doing well, to stay abreast of the dynamism in our world and what that means for preparing individuals for excellence in public service, and to grow with excellence accordingly. We will strive to serve you well this year and into the future. If you have thoughts about how we can do so, please contact me – I look forward to your email or call.

Warm regards,
Terry Schwartz
Associate Dean, UCCS School of Public Affairs

Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.

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January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to focus on a crime that affects 3.4 million victims a year. This year’s theme—“Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.”—challenges the nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it.

Stalking is a crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, yet many victims and criminal justice professionals underestimate its seriousness and impact. In one of five cases, stalkers use weapons to harm or threaten victims, and stalking is one of the significant risk factors for femicide (homicide of women) in abusive relationships.

Stalking is difficult to recognize, investigate, and prosecute. Unlike other crimes, stalking is not a single, easily identifiable crime but a series of acts, a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause that person fear. Stalking may take many forms, such as assaults, threats, vandalism, burglary, or animal abuse, as well as unwanted cards, calls, gifts, or visits.

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Program/Resource Development Director Added to Team

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Long ago, the Associate Dean of the School of Public Affairs referred to the UCCS School of Public Affairs as the “little school that could.” However over the past several years, SPA has grown significantly. SPA boasts of about 300 students in the BACJ program. In January SPA welcomed seven new Master of Criminal Justice candidates and the Master of Public Administration program continues to grow steadily. This growth, however, is happening in the context of the UCCS campus as a whole continuing to grow both in population and in programs. To accommodate this growth and, in looking to the future, to foster further growth, a new position has been filled by Pam Sawyer.

As the Program/Resource Development Director, she is responsible for researching, recommending, and developing new programs, as well as enhancing existing programs, which advance SPA’s mission. It is also within her charge to identify and obtain the resources necessary to implement those programs. This position requires collaborative strategic visioning and planning, coupled with effective and efficient implementation, in order to produce maximum results. Pam finds this position challenging, but is enthusiastic about new and renewing opportunities for teamwork, partnerships, and development of big ideas.
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Pam Sawyer, 2008 MPA, Joins SPA Team

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To accommodate the growth that the UCCS School of Public Affairs has experienced in the BACJ, MCJ and MPA programs recently and, in looking to the future, to foster further growth, a new position Program/Resource Development Director has been filled by Pam Sawyer. Pam is responsible for researching, recommending, and developing new programs, as well as enhancing existing programs, which advance SPA’s mission.

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UCCS Named to ACE "At Home in the World" Initiative

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UCCS will join a prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) project funded by the Henry Luce Foundation to promote collaboration between internationalization and diversity education initiatives on college and university campuses.

“Colorado Springs is a globally connected community and today’s students must be prepared to navigate a complex world,” Provost Peg Bacon said. “Connecting UCCS students to the world requires particular ingenuity. For many UCCS students, the traditional semester-long study abroad program is not a viable option. We must open additional paths for global engagement.”

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CJ Society Works to Make Community Better

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For the UCCS Criminal Justice Society members, students went home for the break knowing that they had ended 2011 in the true spirit of Christmas.

The group held their annual Christmas toy drive and collected 110 toys and over $180.00 in cash.

The money and toys went to Christmas Unlimited. Established in 1923, Christmas Unlimited is one of the oldest and most respected charities in the Pikes Peak Region.

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