About our Students

Todd Hollenbeck Todd Hollenbeck
Outstanding Student in Political Science

Todd was the Outstanding Political Science Student for 2008-2009. He has a minor in Marketing. Todd interned Fall 2008 semester with the Leadership Institute in Washington, DC. and was a Field Representative for the institute for two semesters before that. He worked for them as a Field Rep in Spokane, WA in Fall 2007 and in Colorado in Spring 2008. Todd also Interned with the Independence Institute In Golden, CO in summer 2008. In summer 2009 he will be interning at Americans for Tax Reform in Washington, DC. While at the Independence Institute Todd wrote an Issue Paper called "TABOR: What was said vs. what really happened." He is currently working on an Issue Paper on Referendum C to be published by the Independence Institute. In the fall of 2009, Todd hopes to find a full-time job, preferably in Colorado at the Independence Institute or with Local Liberty Online. He is also going to be looking at think tanks in Washington, DC or in other states, such as the Evergreen Freedom Foundation in Olympia, WA or the Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine, CA.


Tim Canon Tim Canon
$1200 Marion Sondermann Scholarship award winner

Tim started off at UCCS in Fall 2006 as a History major, but after taking Macroeconomics with Dr. Ballantyne, he quickly switched to Economics and added a Political Science major. His favorite courses so far have been Constitution and Economy with Dr. Larry Eubanks, Great Books of Economics with Dr. Dale Deboer, and Political Ideas with Dr. Joshua Dunn. Tim is not sure at this point whether he will do an honors thesis in Political Science, but if he does, it will likely discuss the possibility of an electronic market for votes, a topic of great interest to Tim. Last year, he did a great deal of work for the campaigns with the College Republicans on campus, and he writes political columns for the Scribe. In fall of 2009, Tim will assume the Scribe's Managing Editor duties. After UCCS, he plans to attend law school, hopefully at George Mason University. A career in law is likely, and he would consider the possibility of teaching law at some point as well.


Fiona Palmer Fiona Palmer
$1000 Anita & Pres Cordova Memorial Scholarship 
$1000 Curiosity Unlimited Scholarship 
$1750 Daniels Opportunity Scholarship-Military 

$1000 Financial Aid / Student Employment Director’s Scholarship 
$5000 Karen Possehl Women Endowment Scholarship 

Fiona emigrated as a teenager from her native Jamaica to the United States in pursuit of the American dream. Following high school she served 4 years in the Army, including one year in Iraq. When her military service ended, Fiona returned to school. After volunteering in the 2008 presidential campaign, she decided that she wanted to earn a degree in political science. Though Fiona has been a student at UCCS for only a year, the school has had a tremendous impact on her academic life and she anticipates another great year. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society) and a pending member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. In an effort to become more active in campus life, she hopes to become a member of the Student Government Association for the 2009-2010 school year. She will be taking the Law School Admission Test in September with the goal of attending a DC-area law school in Fall 2010. As a staunch advocate for children, she volunteers with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Pikes Peak Region, an organization that is very influential in the lives of children who are often abused and neglected. Fiona is profoundly grateful to the many scholarship donors who have facilitated her academic journey. "This is a humbling experience and I am honored to have even been considered and ultimately chosen. Thank You."
Sarah Strickland Sarah Strickland
$1600 Robert S. and Barbara R. Lorch Scholarship award winner

Sarah transferred to UCCS in 2007 to pursue a degree in Global Politics. Her emphasis is on the role of international organizations and international law in the prevention of genocide and promotion of human rights. This passion was fostered by her participation in the 2008 Canadian International Model United Nations conference where she won the Best Delegate award for her performance on the Security Council. Sarah is the Chair of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society, and STAND, a student anti-genocide coalition. Additionally, she served on the Student Government as both a Senator-at-Large and a House Representative for the 2008-2009 academic year. She will graduate in December 2009, after which she plans to attend law school with international law and African studies as foci. Sarah is extremely grateful to the patrons of the Robert S. and Barbara R. Lorch Political Science Scholarship for making it possible for her to achieve her academic goals.