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Alumni Connections: Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, May 2011

Jennifer HaneGreetings from the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences!

The close of the spring semester at UCCS brought a flurry of activity on campus, including the launch of our $1.5 Billion fundraising campaign and the rededication of the Science & Engineering Building to the Osborne Center for Science and Engineering. The activity culminated last Friday when hundreds of students walked across the stage at the World Arena and became members of the UCCS Alumni and Friends Association, which is now over 32,000 graduates strong.

We're so proud of the positive changes that continue to occur both on campus among our faculty and students and off-campus within the alumni family. Thank you for all you continue to do for your alma mater; we look forward to launching additional benefits and services in the months to come.


Jennifer Hane
Director of Alumni Relations and Special Projects

CU Announces $1.5 Billion Fundraising Campaign

Bruce BensonUniversity of Colorado President Bruce Benson recently announced Creating Futures, a $1.5 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in university history, which will benefit people, programs and places across CU's four campuses.

The university has raised more than $900 million since the silent phase of the campaign began in July 2006. Major fundraising campaigns typically conduct a silent phase to build momentum and engage key constituents. The public phase will continue until the goal is reached. (More)

Science & Engineering Building Now Osborne Center

Ed and Mary OsborneThe largest building at UCCS was renamed in honor of its largest donors, Ed and Mary Osborne of Colorado Springs.

During an outdoor ceremony, the Science & Engineering Building was renamed the Osborne Center for Science and Engineering. The ceremony featured comments by CU President Bruce Benson, UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and both Osbornes. But stealing the stage were youngsters from the Family Development Center who performed two songs and presented Mary Osborne with a bouquet. The Family Development Center is one of several campus units benefiting from the Osborne's generosity. (More)

UCCS Graduate Students Place Top 6 in National Contest

Beth-El StudentsIn February 2011, three first year Health Promotion graduate students, under the direction of Dr. Tim Behrens, implemented the ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine on CampusTM campaign at UCCS. As a project for their Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation class, Becky Lauersdorf, Jeff Bakke, and Rachel Cline decided to implement this campaign in efforts to increase physical activity and encourage healthy lifestyles across the whole campus. Exercise is MedicineTM (EIM) was initially created to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of disease prevention and treatment within physician’s offices. This campaign was then expanded to be implemented at colleges and universities to support the EIM mission and collaborate among university departments and other schools.

Lauersdorf, Bakke, and Cline involved the health center, recreation center, and health sciences department to implement this campaign at UCCS. At the health center, patients were screened for physical activity as part of their vital signs. If the student’s score reflected below recommendation levels for physical activity, they were referred to the recreation center. For a referral, the students received a free group fitness pass, a free gym orientation, and a free fitness assessment from the recreation center. To increase physical activity participation on campus, there was an “Exercise is Medicine” team created to run the annual Bash the Bluffs 5K run together. Students were also educated on the benefits of physical activity through flyers, brochures, and social media.

The students submitted their project for a contest through ACSM called the “Active U Challenge.” This contest was searching for a great collegiate program that was implemented based on EIM on CampusTM principles. The students placed in the top 6 universities and will be recognized on the national website. Congratulations to our outstanding students on this accomplishment!

Edna Daniels Selected for 2011 Alumni & Friends Award

Edna DanielsEdna Daniels, chair, Board of Directors for the Community Partnership for Child Development, has volunteered and served professionally far beyond the environment of the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the UCCS campus.

Edna's work with the SACHS Foundation to promote scholarships for African American students at UCCS has been called extraordinary. She is involved in the selection, mentoring and general support of these students, with an obvious affection for them that underscores her dedication to Beth-El, UCCS and this community. A 1983 alumnus of Beth-El (prior to its merger with UCCS), Edna has made profound contributions to the welfare of Colorado Springs through her professional nursing activities and volunteer efforts. (More)

University Hall Occupants Plan Summer Construction-Forced Caravan

University HallUniversity Hall occupants recently packed up for eight weeks away from their offices and classrooms as a $500,000 project to improve building safety gets underway.

Faculty, staff and students from the Beth-El College of Nursing vacated University Hall the week of May 16 to make way for what University Architect Carolyn Fox calls “a lot of dust and noise.”

The commotion is part of a $500,000 project to install fire sprinkler systems in about 50,000 square feet of the building along with reconfiguration of three classrooms and new emergency exit signs. The project was funded by the State of Colorado because of safety concerns. (More)

Beth-El in the News

El Pomar CenterThe Colorado Springs Independent wrote about the work of UCCS instructor Lynne Bryant in Hope, but not without history.

The LaJunta Tribune Democrat wrote about rural nursing education efforts in OJC nursing program virtually connects with UCCS, Washington, D.C.

The La Junta Tribune Democrat mentioned UCCS in $2.22 million grant brings UCCS nursing courses to OJC and other southern Colorado community colleges

Alumni in the News

Snow-covered campusThe Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a UCCS alum in Remembering Maj. Philip Ambard: AFA professor's life full of inspiration.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent wrote about a UCCS alum in Garfield County interviews four finalists for lead county attorney featured an article by a UCCS alum in ADD and ADHD symptoms can be a sign of excess sugar and boredom.


In This Issue

CU Announces $1.5 Billion Fundraising Campaign

Science & Engineering Building Now Osborne Center

UCCS Graduate Students Place Top 6 in National Contest

Edna Daniels Selected for 2011 Alumni & Friends Award

University Hall Occupants Plan Summer Construction-Forced Caravan

Beth-El in the News

Alumni in the News

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