Karen Possehl Women's Endowment

The Unstoppable Women's Luncheon

May 16, 2017  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Gallogly Event Center - UCCS Campus

2017 KPWE Luncheon Save the DateClick Here to Register Now for the 2017 KPWE Unstoppable Women's Luncheon
Karen Possehl made a pledge that has, with the help of community donors and mentors, forever changed the lives of many UCCS scholars. By attending and donating at this year's Unstoppable Women's Luncheon celebration and fundraiser, you can help ensure that even more "unstoppable" students attain their educational goals and strengthen our community. Join us in celebrating the great accomplishments of the KPWE scholars and honor our 2017 Unstoppable Woman. Thank you for your support!  

Individual Tickets ~ $55    Table for 10 ~ $550
All net proceeds go to support the KPWE Program at UCCS 

About the 2017 Unstoppable Woman, Dr. Barbara Swaby   

"My commitment to community service is total. I view it as a personal mandate, a valued opportunity, and a way to show gratitude for the space I occupy on earth."
                                       ~ Dr. Barbara Swaby
UCCS Professor Emerita Dr. Barbara Swaby has served the literacy needs of the Colorado Springs community and beyond for more than thirty-five years. When she was not in the classroom or in the field with graduate students teaching effective reading instruction, writing curricula, authoring books, or serving as Director of the Graduate Teaching Program and Teaching Clinics at UCCS, Dr. Swaby evaluated the reading needs of roughly 500 children a year from our community and beyond and provided valuable counseling to families desperate to improve their children's performance.  

As a Professor of Education and President's Teaching Scholar Honoree, her passion for literacy and the rescuing the futures of struggling readers was easily ignited in her graduate students, enabling Dr. Swaby's work to expand well beyond her reach.  

Dr. Swaby is known for the Literacy for All Children program - the LOGO project. LOGO stands for Literacy On the Go and began when children displaced from Hurricane Katrina relocated to our region. Dr. Swaby pulled together backpacks filled with books for these children who had nothing. Soon, Dr. Swaby realized that there were children right here in Colorado Springs who did not have access to books, and her program expanded without bounds. The LOGO Program has collected and distributed over 170,000 books to our community!  

Chancellor Emerita Pam Shockley-Zalabak nominated Dr. Barbara Swaby to be this year's Unstoppable Woman with great admiration of her lifetime of service to education. Dr. Swaby's commitment to not just children's literacy in Colorado Springs, but to the world makes Dr. Barbara Swaby a role model and a truly Unstoppable Woman

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Winslow BMW  


Amethyst Sponsor - Ent Federal Credit Union       Mackenzie Place Leisure Care

Past Honored Unstoppable Women                   2017 Graduating Scholars

2016 - Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson

2015 - Jan Martin

2014 - Nancy Lewis

2013 - Margot Lane

2012 - Sharon Berthrong

2011 - Mary Osborne

2010 - Mary Lou Makepeace

2009 - Karen Possehl

2008 - Barbara Yalich

2007 - Mary Mashburn

2006 - Mary Ellen McNally

2005 - Kathy Loo

Rebekah Acosta

Lois Eisenhauer

Carlene Gray

Erin Hobson

Stephanie Kleemann

Katrin Kramer*

Jennifer Mast

Kimberly Maxson

Jenna Register

Nicole Renfrow

Phoebe Schwab

Rachel Stevens

Shae Thomas

Rebecca Waneka

Jeanne Wickham

*Receiving Graduate Degree

Karen Possehl Speaking at 2012 Luncheon   

 Above: Karen Possehl

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Event Contact

Susie Sargent
(719) 255-5108