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Alumni Connections: School of Public Affairs, April 2011


Cheri LeeCU President Bruce Benson talked with UCCS faculty and staff on Friday, April 1. Although he talked at length about political issues, appreciation for staff and faculty efforts and fiscal obstacles, he also reminded the audience of the four areas of excellence and impact for which the University of Colorado stands:

Learning and Teaching

Discovery and Innovation

Community and Culture

Health and Wellness

The UCCS School of Public Affairs is a model of these four areas of excellence.

Community and Culture

On February 24, the UCCS School of Public Affairs and the Center for the Study of Government and the Individual hosted the 11th Leadership Conference drawing together community members to learn together.

Discovery and Innovation

On April 1, students and faculty presented their research at the Mountain Lion Research Day. The purpose of Mountain Lion Research Day is to encourage and promote communication and collaboration between investigators at UCCS. This day has been set aside to recognize undergraduate and graduate student research efforts, highlight aspects of faculty research activities, and showcase the diversity and growth of research pursuits on campus. Presenting and participating at this event Dr. Katie Kaukinen, Associate Professor and Director of the BACJ and MCJ Programs, and two BACJ students, Laurie Buchanan and Tiffany Endres.

Learning and Teaching

Laurie Buchanan and Tiffany Endres shared the research completed as a part of their classroom work: Ms. Buchanan shared research Juveniles Tried as Adults and Ms. Endres on Behavior Traits of College Students: Killers on Campus.

Health and Wellness

Alumni, students, staff, faculty and community members welcomed spring in with laughter at the spring Alumni and Friends Networking Event featuring the Colorado Springs' premier improve comedy troupe, Stick Horses in Pants.

What is most amazing, however, is that examples of the excellence of learning and teaching, discovery and innovation, community and culture, and health and wellness can be found on any given day at the UCCS School of Public Affairs!

Sincerely,
Cheri Lee

Mountain Lion Research Day Highlights Criminal Justice Students' Research

Mountain Lion Research DayTwo Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice student participated in Mountain Lion Day, April 1, 2011. Laurie Buchanan's research was on Juveniles Tried as Adults and Tiffany Endres' research was on Behavior Traits of College Students: Killers on Campus. Both projects started as the result of research required in a class. (More)

 

 

Kaukinen's Research Featured at UCCS Mountain Lion Research Day

Katie KaukinenDr. Katie Kaukinen was selected as one of three featured speakers at Mountain Lion Day. Dr. Kaukinen spoke on "Violence against Women: Causes, Consequences, Victim Responses, and Prevention" an area of research that has been her focus for the past 15 years.

Dr. Kaukinen reviewed her body of research chronologically beginning with her dissertation work and ending with the areas of research she will be exploring under a recently awarded grant of $500,000 from the Office on Violence Against Women (2010 - 2013). (More)

 

 

Annual Leadership Conference Looks to the Future

University Center"Looking Fast to See the Future" was the theme of the 11th annual Leadership Conference hosted by the UCCS School of Public Affairs and the Center for the Study of Government and the Individual Conference on February 24.

Dr. Peter Bishop, an Associate Professor of Strategic Foresight and Coordinator of the graduate program in Futures Studies at the University of Houston, opened the conference. Dr. Bishop specializes in techniques for long term forecasting and planning. Dr. Bishop is also a founding board member of the new Association of Professional Futurists, and he is President of his own firm, Strategic Foresight and Development, which offers education and training in futures thinking and techniques to the corporate market. (More)

Alumni and Friends Networking Event Kicks Off Spring

El Pomar CenterSchool of Public Affairs students, alumni, faculty, community members, and staff gathered together to kick start their spring with Stick Horses in Pants at the annual spring Alumni and Friends Networking event.

Stick Horses in Pants has been entertaining since 2004 with their unique brand of family-friendly improv comedy. About themselves, they write, "Kids love us for our zany antics. Adults love us for our quick wit. Seniors love us because Matlock is only on three hours a day and they need some way to fill the rest of their time. Stick Horses in Pants is Colorado Springs' longest-running improv group; the group is "committed to their audience's laughing experience. The group has won the Gazettes Reader's Choice Award for "Best Theater Troupe," for "Best Artist" and "Best Comedy." (More)

UCCS Graduate Programs Earn National Ranking

Dwire HallGraduate programs across the University of Colorado system continue to earn national prominence based on the latest annual rankings from U.S. News & World Report. (More)

 

 

 

 

A Message from the Office of Alumni Relations

Jennifer Hane

Seeking New Board Members
This month, we're excited to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the UCCS Alumni Advisory Board. Board members serve three-year terms and are involved in a variety of activities including event planning, selection of scholarship recipients, interaction with current students and more. If you're interested in serving your alma mater in this capacity, learn more online. Applications will be accepted through May 15.

Community Service Opportunity
We're also looking forward to a new alumni community service project that will allow the more than 15,000 of you who live and work in the Pikes Peak Region to make a difference in the community we love. This year, we are proud to be partnering with the American Heart Association for their annual Heart Walk that will be held at UCCS on Saturday, June 4. If you're interested in learning more or signing up to participate, please contact me for more information.

As the spring semester draws to a close, I'd like to thank each of you for your continued involvement with UCCS. As alumni, we have many reasons to be proud.

Buechner to Alums: Don't Wing It

John BuechnerCU President Emeritus John Buechner shared a personal eleventh commandment with UCCS alumni at the Spring Alumni Advancement Lecture Series, a summary of lessons learned in a 34 year CU career and as an elected official. (More)

 

 

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In This Issue

Mountain Lion Research Day Highlights Criminal Justice Students' Research

Kaukinen's Research Featured at UCCS Mountain Lion Research Day

Annual Leadership Conference Looks to the Future

Alumni and Friends Networking Event Kicks Off Spring

UCCS Graduate Programs Earn National Ranking

A Message from the Office of Alumni Relations

Buechner to Alums: Don't Wing It

A Message from Liberty Mutual

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UCCS Alumni in the News

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