News for September 2011

Community Commemoration Committee

CHS and CSTEME sponsor "Never Forget" Essay Contest

Few moments in U.S. history compare to the deliberate and deadly terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Our very freedoms came under attack, and thousands of innocent fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, friends and neighbors lost their lives that terrible and sad morning.

Responding to resolutions by the Colorado Springs City Council, and the Board of El Paso County Commissioners, a group of citizens is planning a solemn and respectful event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Our purpose is twofold: to honor the fallen, and to ensure that we never forget what happened that day. Our commemoration is dedicated to the victims and the heroes that died in the rescue efforts.

About the Essays:

As part of the commemoration, the Center for Homeland Security (CHS) and the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Education (CSTEME) at UCCS sponsored a “Never Forget" Essay Contest for area Middle School students ("What 9/11 Means to Me" and High School students ("How 9/11 Changed My Life?). Essay winners will be invited to read their essays at the September 11, 2011 event. Click below to read the many excellent essays we received.

High School


Click to view HIGH SCHOOL Essays

Middle School


Click to view MIDDLE SCHOOL Essays


"A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis"

Ralph W. Stockman

The Center for Homeland Security with its team of instructors, Dr. Scott Trimboli, Mr. Kurt Johnson, and Ms. Tina Markowski and Junior Teaching Assistants, Seniors Michelle Wood and Benta Christie, and Graduate Student Rebecca Menkhus, create an interactive learning environment with Freshman Seminar, “25”, the hour after Jack Bauer’s hyperactive day terrorizing terrorists. The Seminar introduces UCCS freshmen to the variety of threats to homeland security, including terrorism, cyber-attacks, germ warfare, natural disasters, and a host of other timely topics.

On their first day, students visited the Disaster Management Institute and the Center for Simulation at Aurora Community College to learn about ways in which emergency responders train for both natural and manmade

incidents. Subsequently, they have learned about personal safety and making the decision to act in an emergency from Commander Jim Reid, Deputy Fire Marshal from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office of Disaster Preparedness and the UCCS Public Safety department led by Steve Linhart. In addition, Mr. Mark Cravens from CAS Group, Wylie Incorporated, shared his knowledge and experience while serving in the capacity of Deputy Command Director at NORAD on 9/11. Finally, students are offered many opportunities to volunteer in the Colorado Springs community for events such as the 9/11 Commemoration and Remembrance and emergency management exercises.

“Students learn valuable skills that will carry them through the next four years of their academic career while participating in an active and engaging curriculum around today’s homeland security, defense, and emergency management issues. Critical skills such as writing, time management, study habits, personal development, and community involvement underscore the program as these Freshmen develop the confidence to be successful during their time here at UCCS and toward their future,” Markowski states.

Freshman 25


"The 9/11 Anniversary: Looking Back & Looking Ahead"

9/11 Video Where were you when the world stopped turning: Three UCCS staff members who played important roles in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks as members of the armed forces recently shared their impressions of the events of 9/11 and also their views of the future.

In “The 9/11 Anniversary: Looking Back & Looking Forward,” Kurt Johnson, Director, Center for Homeland Security, Ed Anderson, Executive Director, Strategic Military, Science, Space and Security Initiatives, and Michael Noll, Instructor, Center for Homeland Security share their views and perspectives based on their current positions as well as their previous roles. During the 9/11 attacks, Johnson was the senior legal advisor to the Commander of Navy and Marine Corps forces in the Middle East; Anderson was Deputy Commander of U. S. Space Command and Vice Commander of the U.S. Element NORAD; and Noll was Director of Intelligence for U. S. Space Command and NORAD. The online version of the 37 minute program, produced by the UCCS Department of Media Services, is available at