Alumni Connections: School of Public Affairs
University of Coloado Colorado Springs

Alumni Connections: School of Public Affairs, February 2011

Terry SchwartzFebruary greetings!

I hope this letter finds you well and warm, wherever you may be. Staying warm has been a challenge here and we are hoping that Punxsutawney Phil's prediction of an early spring is accurate.

This new semester finds the School of Public Affairs continuing to grow in both undergraduate and graduate programs and students. In this newsletter, you'll meet instructor David Swaby, who comes to us with our new options in Forensics Studies in the BACJ and MCJ programs. You'll also meet Nashla Dawahre, the Student Success advisor (and MPA grad) who works with our BACJ students.

After many years of hosting the Master of Criminal Justice program here at UCCS, with the degree actually being granted by UC Denver, in January of this year the University of Colorado Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve UCCS granting the MCJ. You can read more about this development and what it means in this newsletter.

And, alumni, we will soon be asking for some input from you via a survey. You'll receive a letter from us with a Survey Monkey link and I hope you'll take the time to respond. Input from alumni is a very important part of our continuous program improvement efforts. Like you, I get many requests for my time and input, so I do not ask this lightly. Your thoughts will help us assess and improve our programs – I thank you in advance for your participation!

Cordially,

Terry Schwartz
Associate Dean

Regents Approve MCJ Degree

Dwire HallThe CU Board of Regents made the Master of Criminal Justice degree at UCCS official during a meeting earlier this month.

For more than 13 years, the UCCS School of Public Affairs offered the Master of Criminal Justice degree but relied on faculty at CU Denver for program oversight and degree granting. With the recent addition of tenure-track faculty supplemented by full-time instructors, UCCS now has the capacity to offer the degree independent of the Denver campus. The curriculum, as delivered by UCCS faculty, meets the standard of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. (More)

- Courtesy of Tom Hutton, UCCS Communique

Alumni Profile: Nashla Dawahre

Nashla DawahreNashla Dawahre, MPA 2010, began going to school at UCCS in 2002 as an undergraduate. She received her undergraduate degree in biology and Spanish from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Nashla explains that she when she went on to work on her master's degree, she "chose the School of Public Affairs not only because of its reputation in the community and the country, and its renowned faculty; but also because of the commitment the school had for the students in the Master of Public Administration program." (More)

Faculty Profile: David Swaby

David Swaby"It's blood spatter! Not splatter!" David Swaby notes as his pet peeve. It is not a common response, but then David Swaby, MCJ 2007, the newest addition to the UCCS School of Public Affairs faculty, is not a common person! David is an Instructor at the School of Public Affairs and his areas of interest are Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Theory and Social Issues. At the School of Public Affairs he will be teaching such classes as criminal profiling and introduction to forensics.

David is not too proud to admit that he started as a pre-med major about the same time that CSI made its debut on television. He loved, then, and still does love, watching CSI (CSI: New York is his favorite because he feels it is the most realistic) and wanted to be a forensic pathologist, even after he learned what he enjoyed on tv was not reflective of the real world. (More)

Campus Posts 3 Percent Enrollment Growth

Enrollment GrowthSpring 2011 student enrollment increased by more than 3 percent from a year ago, according to figures released recently by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Enrollment Management. (More)

Alumni Advancement Lecture Series to feature President Emeritus John Buechner presenting on The 11th Commandment: Thou Shall Not 'Wing' It

John BuechnerJoin the UCCS Alumni and Friends Association on Saturday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. for the semi-annual Alumni Advancement Lecture Series and Campus Tour.

Our keynote speaker will be President Emeritus of the University of Colorado John Buechner. Dr. Buechner will present on The 11th Commandment: Thou Shall Not 'Wing' It. He will cover a practical approach, with suggestions, for persuading and influencing others, e.g, work committees, public bodies, and groups. He will provide examples of "what not to do" as well as suggestions for helping to effectively develop these all-important skills.

This event also includes a complimentary breakfast buffet for alumni attendees, a campus update from UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, and an optional campus tour following the lecture (both shuttle and walking options will be available).

More information will be available as the event date approaches, or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (719) 255-3180 for details.

Alumni Relations Launches New Facebook Page

Facebook IconThe UCCS Alumni and Friends Association Facebook group has been so successful that it is in the process of transitioning to a Facebook page. The transition will allow us to to continue communicating with you about the latest developments at your alma mater, from new academic programs to special events designed specifically for our alumni.

If you're already a member of the group, it will be deactivated on March 1. Please "like" our new page today so that we don't lose touch with you.

Seeking Nominations for the 2011 Alumni and Friends Award

Venkat Reddy and Becky MedvedThe Alumni and Friends Association is seeking nominations for the 2011 Alumni and Friends Award. This award is given to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a significant contribution to further the growth and development of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

The criteria for the Alumni and Friends Award are as follows:

  • The candidate does not have to be an alumnus
  • The candidate can be an individual, organization, business or agency
  • The award is not open to current university staff, students or faculty, since these groups already have their own awards programs established
  • The candidate must have demonstrated a very strong commitment to our campus

Please send a letter of nomination to the Office of University Events and Alumni Relations before February 28. This letter should reflect the reasons why your candidate should be considered for this award.

The Alumni and Friends Advisory Board will review the nomination letters and select the recipient of this award. The recipient will be recognized for this award at the Campus Awards Ceremony on May 3 in Berger Hall.

In This Issue

Regents Approve MCJ Degree

Alumni Profile: Nashla Dawahre

Faculty Profile: David Swaby

Campus Posts 3 Percent Enrollment Growth

Alumni Advancement Lecture Series to Feature President Emeritus John Buechner presenting on The 11th Commandment: Thou Shall Not 'Wing' It

Alumni Relations Launches New Facebook Page

Seeking Nominations for the 2011 Alumni and Friends Award

Quick Links

UCCS Alumni and Friends Association

Update your Contact Information

Alumni Benefits and Services


Facebook Logo Find Us on Facebook

LinkedIn Logo Join Us on LinkedIn

Give to UCCS

Contact Us

Special Events

Looking for a better way to stay connected to upcoming non-alumni events at UCCS? Sign up for the Communique RSS Feed to receive timely updates about news and special events at your alma mater.

April 2:
Alumni Advancement Lecture Series and Campus Tour featuring Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Dr. John Buechner, Professor & President Emeritus of the University of Colorado.

April 12:
Café Scientifique, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Learn more online.

Renewing Your License Plates in February?

UCCS License Plate

Don't forget that you can display your Mountain Lion pride and support your alma mater with a UCCS license plate. Learn more about how to obtain your plate online.

5 Tips to Prevent Home Heating Fires

Liberty Mutual

When it's time to turn up the heat in your home this winter to battle the icy cold, follow these simple tips for servicing your furnace, chimney and other heating equipment to prevent the chance of fire. (More)

As a graduate of UCCS, you are eligible for a discount on your auto, homeowners and renters insurance through the convenience of electronic fund transfer or direct billing at home with Liberty Mutual. For more information about this program, please call 800-524-9400 or visit www.libertymutual.com/uccs.