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Alumni Connections: School of Public Affairs, October 2011

Cheri LeeEvery day I interact with prospective students, current students, both graduate and undergraduate, tenure track professors, instructors, citizens. Each one of these individuals brings a new idea to me to think about. 

Last week a prospective student with an undergraduate degree in engineering talked to me about how a master’s in public administration could benefit civil engineers as they worked with municipalities. Not long after that a student talked with me about a class and how its focus needed to be changed because of the impact of the internet on government. An instructor chats with me regularly about online learning and if it is a viable way to teach people who will be going into public service. A professor walked through my area and handed me an article and added, “This might interest you.” And it did!  The article was The Founding Fathers, Unzipped by Simon Schama.  The article begins “The Constitution’s framers were flawed like today’s politicians, so it’s high time we stop embalming them in infallibility.”  The article is about leadership and history and human beings. The School of Public Affairs and the people who are teaching and learning about public service are the nation’s leaders and by being leaders the makers of our future’s history.   It is exciting to be right in the middle of this!

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Cheri Lee, School of Public Affairs

Steve Riggs, Current BACJ Student, Plans for a Future of Leading

RiggsBy his own admission, Steve Riggs, a senior in the BACJ program, is an “Air Force brat.”   He was born in San Antonio, Texas, but moved all over the United States growing up. After graduating from high school, he realized that he “would have to do something.  It didn’t really click that education was important!”   He enrolled at Pikes Peak Community College with the goal that he would become a police officer; he was looking for a vocational degree.   He really liked his law classes there even though they were the hardest classes he had even taken and he found that he was “pretty good at it.”  Steven achieved his Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. (More)

ASPA Supports Students and Public Service Professionals

ASPA LogoProspective students, current students and alumni ask, “What can I do with this MPA degree?  How can I use my degree to get a job?”  Professional organizations such as the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) can help students, alumni and current students get answers to these questions.

ASPA supports students and future public service professionals by providing networking and career advancement opportunities, introducing individuals to cutting-edge research that cannot be found anywhere else, and providing advice on advancing careers. ASPA’s programs help students and professionals acquire the knowledge, technical skills and resources necessary to be exceptional professionals and public servants. (More)

Teen Court Recognizes School of Public Affairs Instructor Paul Guidry

Guidry with StudentEach year, Colorado Springs Teen Court acknowledges all the work done by its volunteers and all the support given by its donors   with a special breakfast.  This year, however it was a luncheon on September 16 at the Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. acknowledging the fact that volunteers and donors make this important non-profit program possible for our at-risk youth.

Paul Guidry, Instructor in Criminal Justice at the UCCS School of Public Affairs was one of the honored guests.  He was acknowledged for his role and commitment to the at-risk youth as a Teen Court Case Manager and a Restorative Justice Mediator. Other special guests included District Court Judge Barbara Hughes, CSPD Chief Myers, CSPD Deputy Chief Rod Walker and several other prominent honorees from within the criminal justice system and the community. (More)

SPA Fall Alumni and Friends Networking Event

University CenterThe School of Public Affairs will hold its fall Alumni and Friends Networking event on November 10, 2011 from 5:00-7:00 pm in University Center room 303 for a panel discussion with School of Public Affairs authors. The panel of authors include the following:

  • Ms. Caron Allen, SPA alumna, addressing “Telling a Personal Story” and author of From Whence They Came
  • Dr. Penny Culbreth-Graft, SPA Scholar in Residence an aspiring non-fiction writer addressing  “What to Write About” 
  • Mr. Josh Gates, current MCJ student and aspiring fiction writer addressing            “Turning an Idea into Words”
  • Ms. Tina Markowski, SPA alumna and co-author of The United States Department of Homeland Security: An Overview co-author of The United States Department of Homeland Security: An Overview, addressing  Writing as a Collaborative Process.
  • Ms. Kae Rader, SPA alumna and author of Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization, addressing “Writing as a Relational Process”
  • Dr. Lonnie Schaible, SPA Assistant Professor and author of numerous journal articles, addressing “Publishing with a Student”

The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Terry Schwartz, Associate Dean of the UCCS School of Public Affairs.

This is a great opportunity for alumni and current students or prospective students to learn some basics about writing and publishing.   The UCCS Bookstore will be at the event with copies of the panelists’ books, and the Kraemer Family Library will have a table showing how the library can support your writing ventures. 

Call Cheri Lee at (719) 255-4993 by November 3 to make a reservation.

White House Highlights Chancellor, UCCS as "Champions of Change"

Pam Shockley-ZalabakEach week the White House highlights “Champions of Change” who are making an impact in communities and helping America rise to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

In September, UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, was selected as a “Champion of Change” and participated in a roundtable discussion on the positive impact of many community colleges across the nation. Shockley-Zalabak talked about the Southern Colorado Education Consortium, a partnership between two and four-year colleges in southern Colorado to improve student success in the region. (More)


Alumni in the News

BoomerMatt Carpenter (MPA '06) in El Pomar Promotes Two More Executives

Anthony Cordova (BA '97, MA '99) and Regina Lewis (BA '98, MA '01, PhD '10) and both received Excellence in Education awards at the October 15 NAACP Freedom Fund Community Awards Gala.

Robin Porter (DNU '82) in Southern Fried Comfort

Steven Weber (BA '10) in Steven Weber Seeks to Make a Difference

In This Issue

Steve Riggs, Current BACJ Student, Plans for a Future of Leading

ASPA Supports Students and Public Service Professionals

Teen Court Recognizes School of Public Affairs Instructor Paul Guidry

SPA Fall Alumni and Friends Networking Event

White House Highlights Chancellor, UCCS as "Champions of Change"

Alumni in the News

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