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Alumni Connections: School of Public Affairs, September 2011

Cheri LeeEach August for the past 11 years, Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. It is the creation of Beloit’s Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and Public Affairs Director Ron Nief. The Mindset List is a reminder of the rapidly changing frame of reference for this new generation.   Here is the beginning of the list; you can read the entire list at http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2012/.

Students entering college for the first time this fall were generally born in 1990.

  • For these students, Sammy Davis Jr., Jim Henson, Ryan White, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddy Krueger have always been dead.
  • Harry Potter could be a classmate, playing on their Quidditch team.
  • Since they were in diapers, karaoke machines have been annoying people at parties.
  • They have always been looking for Carmen Sandiego.
  • GPS satellite navigation systems have always been available.
  • Coke and Pepsi have always used recycled plastic bottles.
  • Shampoo and conditioner have always been available in the same bottle.
  • Gas stations have never fixed flats, but most serve cappuccino.
  • Their parents may have dropped them in shock when they heard George Bush announce “tax revenue increases.”
  • Electronic filing of tax returns has always been an option.
  • Girls in head scarves have always been part of the school fashion scene.

My first reaction to this list is always a feeling of shock at how old I am.  The second is always a feeling of great joy and gratitude that there are young people in a changing, vibrant world ready to learn, to lead and to meet the challenges that the future faces.

Despite the changes in the world, however, there are many parts of the world that stay the same. For example

  • Internships continue to be one of the most effective ways to educate.
  • Art continues to bring joy both to the artist and to those who view the art.
  • And there is still the dark side of human beings – murder!

Sincerely,

Cheri Lee
School of Public Affairs

Undergraduate Internship and Graduate-level Field Study Enhance Classroom Learning

Dwire HallThe modern concept of an internship is similar to an apprenticeship, a system first developed in the later Middle Ages.  A master craftsman was entitled to employ young people as an inexpensive form of labor in exchange for providing food, lodging and formal training in the craft.  Completing an internship /field study or its equivalent is a requirement for the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Criminal Justice and the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree programs.

The UCCS BACJ intern develops self-directed learning skills and gains a better understanding and appreciation of knowledge gained in the classroom, and is exposed to and better understands the complexities of the criminal justice system. (More)

Field Study Helps Focus Career Plans

PhoenixPhilip Denman, current MPA student, started the MPA program directly after completing his undergraduate degree and with no real experience in a government organization. “Besides being a requirement to graduate, I wanted to test the waters and see if working for a municipal government was something I actually wanted to do.” Philip completed his field study this past summer at the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreations as a public information officer. Philip did a lot of searching for the perfect field study that would give him experience in the area of Public Administration in which he was most interested. (More)

Field Study Offers Strengthens Classroom Learning

Moore-CollinsKimberly Moore-Collins, current Master of Criminal Justice student, is convinced that the Field Study should be required.  “The classroom is not the only venue in which a person learns. Being in the field, gives students the opportunity to live what they have learned, to see that he or she has learned in the classroom can be applied, and what new ideas, strategies can be developed that can possibly lead to developing new ways of thinking that the classroom has not yet touched on.” (More

 

 

SPA Supports and Promotes Growth for All

Mike and PaintingThe disciplines of public administration and criminal justice are disciplines that focus on people. Maybe that is why Dr. Mark McConkie is always saying, “Our students are just good people.” And they are. The  UCCS School of Public Affairs encourages and promotes personal growth for everyone that steps through its door – including Mike Friloux. People who know Mike Friloux, custodian, Facilities Services, think he’s special for a variety of reasons, one of which for the School of Public Affairs is his passion for painting. More at  http://communique.uccs.edu/?p=4542

Mike is now enrolled in Beginning Drawing, starting to formally strengthen his skills.

School of Public Affairs Offers Freshman Seminar on Homicide

Students on BridgeHomicide!   Dr. Catherine Kaukinen, Mr. Michael Martinez, and Mr. David Swaby team teach the freshman seminar on Homicide. The course examines the topic of homicide in the United State, the nature and causes of American violent crime, the role of guns and handgun legislation, and the role of the media in shaping public policy and public opinion.  Students in the class all study the policy and legal controversies surrounding the application of capital punishment as a punishment for homicide. Students tour correctional facilities, meet with legal and criminal justice officials who deal with America’s most violent offenders and engage in debates on the death penalty, correctional reform, and the funding of prisons. (More)

It’s official: Enrollment is largest ever

Students in the LodgeStudent enrollment at UCCS this fall is the highest in the university’s history with more than 9,300 students enrolled, university officials announced Sept. 12.

Enrollment for fall 2011 increased by 429 students to 9,321, a 4.8 percent increase from fall 2010. This is the largest enrollment at UCCS since its founding in 1965. (More)

U.S. News: UCCS among best in the West

BoomerUCCS is among the best public regional universities in the Western United States, according to the editors of U.S. News and World Report.

In the 350-page 2012 college rankings edition, “ America’s Best Colleges,” to be released Sept. 20, the magazine’s editors ranked the overall quality of UCCS tenth in a three-way tie among public master’s degree-granting Western universities. Among all public and private master’s degree-granting universities, UCCS was ranked in the first tier and 39th overall. (More)

 

Regents approve housing, academic health services

Housing VillageThe CU Regents approved by an 8-0 vote plans for additional student housing at UCCS as well as a new academic health services building on North Nevada Avenue.

Plans call for converting nine commons areas in the existing Summit Village to two-person rooms as well as constructing two towers with approximately 100 students living in each and expanding dining facilities. The conversion of the commons areas will be completed by fall 2012, Reynolds said. Construction will begin on the towers and dining expansion in spring 2012 and should be completed for the fall 2013 semester. (More)

Campus selected for diversity and internationalization initiative

Washington DCUCCS will join a prestigious American Council on Education 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.” (More)

Alumni in the news

Graduates at CommencementThe Office of Alumni Relations extends its condolences to the family of Seyhan Dwelis ('92), who passed away in August 2011.

Mulliken Weiner Berg & Jolivet P.C. announced that Michael W. Taylor ('83) has joined the firm as an associate.

Photo feature: UCCS and Cheyenne Mountain artifact display unveilings. Two artifact displays remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and highlighting the interconnectedness of the world were dedicated this week at the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and on campus. (More)

 

In This Issue

Undergraduate Internship and Graduate-level Field Study Enhance Classroom Learning

Field Study Helps Focus Career Plans

Field Study Offers Strengthens Classroom Learning

SPA Supports and Promotes Growth for All

School of Public Affairs Offers Freshman Seminar on Homicide

It’s official: Enrollment is largest ever

U.S. News: UCCS among best in the West

Regents approve housing, academic health services

Campus selected for diversity and internationalization initiative

Alumni in the news

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