Upcoming Events


If you would appreciate a chance to unwind and have conversations with your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere, please come to the next wine and cheese reception, from 4:00 to 6:30 PM on the outside balcony on the main floor of Columbine Hall, Thursday, May 10th, 2012. In the even of inclement weather, the reception will be moved inside into the TLC.

A gathering of faculty and staff at the recent wine and cheese reception

Photos courtesy of Carole Woodall

The first three wine and cheese receptions, held on March 18 and May 13, 2010, and in the fall of 2011, in Columbine Hall, were by all accounts a huge success. Thanks to all who attended and thanks for your kind remarks.

The next wine and cheese reception in Columbine Hall will be on May 5, 2011, a Thursday. This reception is sponsored by the College of LAS, the School of Education, the Teaching and Learning Center and the LAS Associate Dean's office. Everyone from LAS, Ed and the TLC is invited.

Jim Burkhart
Associate Dean, LAS



SEED Programs:

This first program was completed. Presidential Teaching Scholars Teaching. It was held on February 5, 2010, room 334 in Columbine Hall, 9:00 to 11:00 AM.. Coffee and donuts at 8:45. Speakers start at 9:00. Featured speakers are Andre Herrerra, Tom Huber, Bob Camley and Jim Burkhart.

The Presidential Teaching Scholars Teaching, second program, was completed on Friday, September 24, 2010. Featured speakers were Andy Subudhi, Gene Abrams, Joan Ray and Fred Coolidge. All teachers were invited, especially newer teachers, including lecturers and student teachers.

There was a third "Presidential Teaching Scholars Teaching" in spring 2011. Dr. Paul Harvey of the History Department gave a presentation on Friday, April 8, 2011 which discussed the legacy of the American Historian, Frederick Remington. The presentation was well attended and well appreciated.


There will be more such presentations under the "SEED" banner this spring, 2012. Watch here for updates.


The Teaching and Learning Center:

Blackboard workshops will be scheduled this spring, 2012. Go to the calendar on the TLC webpage. In addition to the above, there are also self-paced training courses for BB. See the list when you log in to http://bb.uccs.edu. Use your IT user ID and password.

Whether you jump in on the new group fitness classes, or sign up for the Bash the Bluffs 5K Run/Walk, we hope to see you over here at the Rec very soon!!
Tim Stoecklein
Associate Director, Campus Recreation
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
(719) 255.7519


Dear Faculty,
As you are preparing for a new semester, I wanted to remind you about the services available to students and faculty in theWriting Center.
The Writing center is one of five Excel Centers on campus, and we offer all writers at UCCS individualized support in our center and through our online writing lab (OWL).
We are located in Columbine 316, and our hours are 8:30 am ? 8:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 am ? 12:30 pm on Fridays. Writing consultants are also available seven days each week to respond to students? papers submitted online.
In the Writing Center we believe that all writers, regardless of their abilities, can benefit from constructive feedback on their writing. To this end, we work with students at all levels of education, from first-year students to graduate students.
The Writing Center?s staff includes both graduate and undergraduate students who have completed a semester-long class in composition theory and writing center pedagogy. Consultants are trained to assist writers with assignments from across the disciplines, as well as with creative writing projects, applications for graduate and professional school, and resumes and cover letters.
Writing consultants work primarily with student writers one-on-one. During 45 minute sessions, consultants read students? papers and talk with students about their most pressing writing concerns. (We also offer asynchronous consulting sessions online through our OWL.) Consultants are trained to address a number of issues, including idea generation, thesis construction, essay organization and development, sentence construction, grammar, documentation conventions, and those concerns specific to English language learners and students with disabilities. Although consultants will not edit students? writing, they will help students develop the skills necessary for editing their own work and for becoming successful writers at the university and in their professional lives.
In addition to individualized consulting sessions, the Writing Center offers workshops for students during classes and out of class in the center. In the past, we have offered workshops on topics such as avoiding plagiarism, APA documentation style, close reading and analysis, writing in-class essays, and resume writing. We also have a variety of resources for writers, including handbooks, learner?s dictionaries, and documentation and style sheets, both in the center and online: http://web.uccs.edu/wrtgcntr.
We would be happy to visit your classes to introduce our services or conduct workshops for your students. If you would like to invite a representative from the Writing Center speak to your classes, you can contact me at 255-4335 or tfreeman@uccs.edu. And if there are other ways that we can support you and your students, please let us know.
Have a great semester!
Traci Freeman, PhD
Director, Excel Writing Center
Assistant Professor, Attendant Rank, Department of English
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Columbine 316 A



Learning Communities: Last fall we piloted four learning communities and early results are encouraging. Participating faculty included Julie Albertson, Peter Gorder, Cindy Applegate, Jo Ruth, Kee Warner, Ellen Pettijohn, and Anthony Cordova. The learning communities for Fall 2010 were Engineering Zone (linking MAE 1502 and math), Nursing Niche (linking CHEM 101 lecture and lab), and C3 Scholars (linking SOC 2200 and ID1110) with a Freshman Seminar class. The learning communities aim was to integrate learning, academic support, student engagement, experiential learning, and peer mentoring. If you are interested in learning more about being involved in a learning community, please let us know.

Early Alert/Early Intervention: One of the best predictors of retention is academic success. Freshmen who are academically successful are retained to a much greater extent than students who earn lower GPAs. As you know, it is not easy to predict who will do well academically. Students who earned high grades in high school often have poor study skills, poor time management skills, and unrealistic expectations of how hard they?ll have to work in class. Early Alert can help identify such students before they get too far behind. This fall, you used the early alert system to identify over 500 students. Academic Advising, Housing, and First Year Experience Office staff then worked with the students you referred. The earlier we can start working with the students, the better the outcome.

Academic Workshops and Academic Coaching: This past fall we taught over 20 workshops on time management, study skills, test taking skills, reading skills, and other academic skills workshops. We can do this as part of your class, if you like, or you can refer students to us. Our office also meets individually with students to develop an academic success plan. For more information about the workshops, contact Ellen Pettijohn, Assistant Director of the Office of First Year Experience and Student Retention, at 255-7551.

Tutoring: Last fall, the Excel Centers had 38,000 student visits, including drop-in tutoring, extra instruction sessions, supplemental instruction, workshops, consultations, and other services. Students who use the Excel Centers earn significantly higher grades. Please encourage your students to use the Excel Centers. The directors are happy to work with your classes. Some departments provide additional tutoring for high risk classes. Let us know if you would like to set up tutoring for your class.

Extracurricular/Co-Curricular Activities: Students who get involved on the campus are more successful. We currently have over 100 clubs and organizations, with faculty advisors, including: APISU ? Sylvia Martinez; BSU ? Stephanie Spaulding; Pre-Health Society ? Jon Pigage; Renewable Energy Club ? David Havlick, Student Members of the American Chemical Society ? David Weiss; Alpha Kappa Delta ? Edward Portillos, French Club - Suzanne Cook, and many others. If you would like to get involved, or if you want to co-sponsor a lecture, event, or activity, contact Brad Bayer at 255-3344 or Mitch Karstens at 255-3540.

Spring Happenings in Our Office:
Academic Coaching: We provide one-on-one coaching with new students to help them develop academic skills and to improve their academic performance.

Peer Mentoring Program: The UCCS Peer Mentor Club was created last year to guide freshman and first year transfer students through their first year at UCCS. Our goal is to help first year students do well both academically and socially. Currently, we have 99 peer mentors/prot�g�es mentoring over 100 new students.

F.A.M.E. Reception for High Performing Students: Every spring we recognize new students who earn above a 3.25 their first semester by hosting a dessert reception for these students. We would like to invite faculty who teach freshman-level courses to join us. If you are interested in attending the F.A.M.E. Reception on February 24, please RSVP to FYE@uccs.edu.

Three Points of Contact: We call all new students at least three times during the semester: once during the first couple of weeks, at midterms, and near finals. If you have a student you are concerned about, or that you would like us to follow up with, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Registration is now open for: The Knapsack Institute: Transforming Teaching and Learning, June 6-9, 2012
The Knapsack Institute supports educators (K-12 and higher education) across the nation as they create curriculum and pedagogy to integrate race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and other forms of social inequality into their work and strive to create inclusive classrooms.
The Knapsack Institute provides educators with a framework for teaching about the matrix of privilege and oppression. Our interactive, collaborative Institute welcomes all educators (K-12, higher education, diversity trainers, non-profit staff, etc.). Alumni include faculty, teachers, and facilitators at many levels, from a wide range of disciplines, backgrounds, and organizations.
The Knapsack Institute:
� Is a forum for sharing ideas and strategies
� Emphasizes pedagogical approaches to teaching diversity
� Provides professional growth and development, including CEUs & academic credits
� Provides mentoring and leadership development
� Supports curriculum building
� Provides hands-on activities, tools and practices that can be replicated
� Provides strategies for dealing with resistance
� Provides suggestions for creating institutional change in your organization
� Provides resources and networking to support on-going change
� Is facilitated by University of Colorado faculty and informed by the latest research
New sessions for 2011 will focus on creating inclusive classrooms and dealing with resistance when teaching courses not focused on issues of race, gender, class or sexuality.
All New K-12 Track! We are partnering with a number of national organizations to offer a separate K-12 track. Breakout sessions will examine issues such as: bullying, ally building, issues of safety for students, gender identity, creating inclusive environments, and culturally responsive practices. Co-sponsored by the ADL?s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE� Institute

Participants may earn CEUs or graduate academic credit (three credits) in either Sociology or Curriculum and Instruction.
The Knapsack Institute is a program of The Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, the home of the national, award-winning White Privilege Conference.
Flier with further details attached. Early registration discounts available. Details and application at: http://www.uccs.edu/~knapsack/