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Alumni Connections: College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, May 2011

Jennifer HaneGreetings from the College of Letters, Arts and 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)

Former Faculty Member Receives University’s Highest Honor

Don BirkelandA former UCCS faculty member received the University of Colorado’s highest honor during Spring Commencement ceremonies May 20.

Don Birkeland, a member of the Department of Psychology faculty from 1971 to 1980, was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the CU Board of Regents during the commencement ceremony.

As a faculty member, Birkeland taught undergraduate courses in organizational psychology in addition to serving as department chair and assistant dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. After leaving the university, Birkeland joined Minneapolis-based Personnel Decisions Inc., later Personnel Decisions International, serving 11 years as its president and directing the growth of the company to a worldwide organization with hundreds of team members. PDI pioneered the use of personality-based measurements and inventories as well as leadership development. The company’s clients include leaders in industries as diverse as oil and gas, retail and wholesale food, high technology, manufacturing and finance. (More)

Humanities in the News

Columbine HallGOCA exhibit celebrates former director. The UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art presented an exhibition in memory of its late director, Gerry Riggs. (More)

Soifer service recognized. Alex Soifer, professor, Interdepartmental Studies, received the Colorado Mathematical Olympiad Service Excellence Award from Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak April 29 in recognition of 28 years of outstanding service to the university and the region. The award was presented following the 28th Colorado Mathematical Olympiad. (More)

The Colorado Springs Gazette quoted UCCS faculty member Kim Walker in Verdict stands in documentary on Newmiller murder case

Social Science in the News

El Pomar CenterThe Colorado Springs Gazette quoted UCCS faculty member Joshua Dunn in ’02 RULING CALLED FOR KEEPING COUNTY IN 1 DISTRICT.

KKTV interviewed UCCS faculty member Josh Dunn about Osama bin Laden in Community Reacts to Debate Over Bin Laden Photos  (video)

Havlick bridges gap between classroom and outside world with technology. The seventh in a series of occasional features provided by the Teaching and Learning Center highlights the work of David Havlick, assistant professor, Geography and Environmental Studies. (More)

Herrera recognized by Latino forum. Andrea Herrera, professor, Department of Women’s and Ethnic Studies, received a certificate of appreciation from the Colorado Latino Forum April 16 in recognition of her contributions to Latino communities in the area of education.

The New York Times quoted UCCS faculty member Tom Pyszczynski in Celebrating a Death: Ugly, Maybe, but Only Human.

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

Former Faculty Member Receives University’s Highest Honor

Humanities in the News

Social Science 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.