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UCCS School of Public Affairs

Alumni Connections: November 2010
School of Public Affairs

Cheri LeeWhen I was at the Pueblo Chili and Frijoles Festival, I met my two youngest students interested in the School of Public Affairs: Eliscia age 9 and Sunnie Rae age 6. Of course, they made me smile and later they prompted me to think about the people who choose to study public service through the School of Public Affairs.

John Reasoner, a current MPA student, stops in once in a while to chat with me. His enthusiasm with learning and making the world a better place is contagious! And I am certain, most of you, as practitioners and students have this same passion and commitment. I am always just grateful that people like you and John are in this world, but John is not satisfied with just that, he wants to get started doing things, great things. But, he asks, "How?"

SPA at FestivalThis newsletter is about how some of his teachers, colleagues, and fellow passionate individuals are going about working to change the world for the better. What are they doing?

  • Research that can and will drive policy changes
  • Education to promote understanding and open lines of communication to affect change
  • Sharing a vision and sharing and sharing and sharing
  • Working at jobs that serve the people

Thanks, John, and thanks to each student and all alumni of the UCCS School of Public Affairs who have a vision, who work tirelessly, who educate at every opportunity they have, who are on the path to make the world a better place. I hope Eliscia and Sunnie Rae will be on this path someday.

Cheri Lee
School of Public Affairs

Alumni Relations Launches New e-Newsletter Platform

Jennifer HaneYou'll notice a few changes in this month's issue of Alumni Connections - primarily the fact that we're now using a new email marketing tool to communicate with you. Our hope is that this new platform will allow us to better manage your communication preferences and create a reading experience that is more enjoyable for you. We'll continue fine-tuning the system in the months ahead, so please feel free to share any feedback on design or content via email. We value your opinion.


Kaukinen Awarded Grant from Office on Violence Against Women

Katie KaukinenDr. Katie Kaukinen was awarded $499,645 from the Office on Violence Against Women (Department of Justice, GMS Award 2010-WA-AX-0019) to support her project entitled "Developing and Coordinating Campus Resources, Services, and Programs to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus."
The project will run from 2010-2013 implementing an innovative campus-based program focusing on violence prevention and intervention. This program will coordinate campus and local law enforcement and community programs to improve resources and services for student victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. (More)

Engagement and Academic Development Series Focuses on Community

Teen CourtCommunity…It is a word that permeates every aspect of UCCS. Nestled in the center of Colorado Springs from all directions, UCCS is very much a part of the Colorado Springs community. The UCCS's vision statement is interesting in that it talks about "unsurpassed, student-centered teaching and learning, and outstanding research and creative work that serve our community, state, and nation." According to the Office of Institutional Research, 74% of the students live in Colorado Spring and nearby communities. An estimated 69% live in the area after graduation. So important is the community to UCCS that one of the core values is Community Interactions. (More)

UCCS SPA Students Find New Jobs

El Pomar Clock TowerThree MPA students with new jobs are starting to put what they are learning in their classes to work early! Jay Anderson anticipating graduating in December 2010 was hired by the City of Colorado Springs as the Grants Coordinator. David Arrambide recently took a job as Associate Director of Development for the CU Foundation; David is looking toward a May graduation. Molly Herman, new to her studies in the School of Public Affairs, works for UCCS in the Department of Recruitment as an Admissions Counselor. (More)

Klingner Shares Passion with Alumni and UCCS Retired Staff and Faculty

Don KlingnerDr. Donald Klingner is passionate about education and public administration, and it shows. Dr. Klingner, a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor, takes every opportunity to encourage all people to take responsibility for making this world a better place.

In two presentations in October, one on October 2 for the Alumni Advancement Series and the other on October 11, at the Retired Faculty and Staff Luncheon, Dr. Klingner spoke on his favorite topic: Civic Engagement and Public Service. To both groups he addressed the Vital Role of Colorado's Public Universities. "The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is not an ivory tower. It is a strong and vital force for economic development, political engagement and social equity in the Colorado Springs community and beyond. We are the physical and virtual arena for civic engagement." (More)

Southern Colorado Colleges Cooperate to Improve Regional Education

Graduates at CommencementFueled by a $750,000 Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education grant from the U.S. Department of Education, a group of southern Colorado colleges and universities will work cooperatively to increase the number of southern Colorado residents who attend college. (More)



Save the Date: 2011 CU Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

Capitol DomeSave the Date for the 2011 CU Advocacy Day on Friday, January 28 from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Colorado State Capitol (200 East Colfax, Denver, CO). Watch for more details and online registration during the first week of January.

In This Issue

Alumni Relations Launches New e-Newsletter Platform

Kaukinen Awarded Grant from Office on Violence Against Women

Engagement and Academic Development Series Focuses on Community

UCCS SPA Students Find New Jobs

Klingner Shares Passion with Alumni and UCCS Retired Staff and Faculty

Southern Colorado Colleges Cooperate to Improve Regional Education

Save the Date: 2011 CU Advocacy Day at the State Capitol

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