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Alumni Connections: College of Education, May 2011

Jennifer HaneGreetings from the College of Education!

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)

Snyder to be College of Education Dean

Mary SnyderThe dean of the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Education will become dean of the UCCS College of Education for the 2011-12 academic year, university officials announced May 13.

Mary L. Snyder, currently dean of the University of Alaska Anchorage, College of Education will begin her leadership of the UCCS College of Education July 1. Her appointment was announced by Provost Peg Bacon following a national search. She replaces David Fenell who has served as interim dean since July 2010. Fenell plans to return to the faculty in the Department of Counseling and Human Services.

“Dr. Snyder’s long experience in leading the preparation of teachers, administrators and counselors, as well as serving as an administrator of K-8 school, is unique,” Bacon said. “I believe she will provide outstanding leadership in a field that is vital to the future of southern Colorado.’’ (More)

Fenell Joins ROTC Hall of Fame

David FenellDavid Fenell, interim dean, College of Education, was inducted into Oklahoma State University’s ROTC Hall of Fame prior to the university’s officer commissioning ceremonies May 6 in Stillwater, Okla.

After 26 years of military service, Fenell retired last year from the U.S. Army as a colonel in the Medical Services Corps. His military record included combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq where he earned Bronze Star Medals for each tour.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in physiology from Oklahoma State University in 1968.

College of Education in the News

Columbine HallCrossover applications symposium demonstrates education technology. Supporters of improving education for the blind took part in demonstrations of new technology May 14 at UCCS as part of the second annual Crossover Applications Symposium. (More)

The Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Daily News Journal quoted UCCS faculty member Marcus Winter in Indiana on verge of creating most expansive voucher program in U.S.

The Colorado Springs Gazette mentioned UCCS in D-2 official's work with English-language programs earns award.

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)

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

Snyder to be College of Education Dean

Fenell Joins ROTC Hall of Fame

College of Education in the News

Edna Daniels Selected for 2011 Alumni & Friends Award

Alumni in the News

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The Golf Foundation of Colorado Announces Two Golf Events for 2011

The Golf Foundation of Colorado awards partial/renewable scholarships to Colorado high school graduates wanting to attend a PGA Golf Management university programs. To learn about upcoming golf events that support this mission, visit the Golf Foundation of Colorado's website.