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Alumni Connections: School of Public Affairs, June 2011

Cheri LeeIs there anything more that needs to be said as the 2010-2011 school year closes, than “Congratulations”?   To our graduates, to our students, great people who have chosen to be, as Representative Pete Lee said in his address at the Graduation Dinner, “catalysts for change in this world.”

In this newsletter are highlights from:

  • Graduation Dinner
  • Commencement
  • Representative Pete Lee’s address to SPA graduates
  • The Recognition of Toni Selman, MPA Student of the Year
  • The Recognition of Laurie Buchanan, BACJ Student of the year

Sincerely,

Cheri Lee
School of Public Affairs 

UCCS School of Public Affairs Honors 2010-2011 MPA and MCJ  graduates and Pi Alpha Alpha  Inductees

SPA DinnerOn May 17, over 60 current students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff gathered to give their congratulations to the 2010-2011 UCCS School of Public Affairs masters degree recipients.

Colorado State Representative Pete Lee, addressed the graduates:  “Graduates, I am honored to be here to share your accomplishment and to honor your Commencement, your beginning.    I celebrate and commend you for your choice of careers in Public Affairs or Criminal Justice.  Both can be extraordinarily rewarding.  In both, you can serve as catalysts for change.  I have been moved by Robert Kennedy’s words: “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”  I assume you, too, are not satisfied with things as they are.” He continued by noting that it is not a coincidence that this celebration at the end of years of study is called a Commencement because graduates are at a beginning that can be the beginning of enormous change for each of the graduates as well as each of the communities in which they reside.  “You need only exercise your strongest power, your power to choose.    You can choose to be a catalyst for change.”  Lee continued by describing his work with Restorative Justice, an area he believes can change the criminal justice system and communities. (More)

Commencement Marks an End and a Beginning

SPA Grads and Pink LimoFor some the UCCS Commencement exercises on May 20, 2011 were the culmination of years of study and hard work, the making of solid friendships, the joy of success, the happiness that comes with the end of a hard task.

For Marina Connor, Rhea Taylor, Jennifer O’Connell, Nicole Leonhard and Carolyn Upchurch  started with a ride to the World Arena in a pink limo. (More)

Colorado State Representative Pete Lee Addresses Graduates at Graduation Dinner

Pete LeeColorado State Representative Pete Lee addressed graduates and their families at the 2011 Graduation Dinner. After his remarks he fielded questions on Restorative Justice from the audience.

Thank you to Dean Terry Schwartz for inviting me to celebrate this momentous event with you. To the Graduates, I am honored to be here to share your accomplishment and to honor your Commencement, your Beginning. I celebrate and commend you for your choice of careers in Public Affairs or Criminal Justice. Both can be extraordinarily rewarding.  In both, you can serve as catalysts for change. I have been moved by Robert Kennedy’s words: “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” I assume you, too, are not satisfied with things as they are. (More)

Selman Named Outstanding 2011 MPA Student

Toni SelmanIn 2006 there were several City of Pueblo employees that were interested in working on Master’s degrees in Public Administration.  Toni Selman, 2011  MPA Student of the Year,  contacted Dr. Terry Schwartz and asked her if there would be the possibility of the school supporting a cohort of students from Pueblo. “ Dr. Schwartz not only supported the idea but was instrumental in its success,” states Toni, as she accepted her award at the Graduation Dinner on May 17.  This May saw Toni Selman, Meg Scarlett, Lori Pinz and Troy Davenport – all members of this original cohort- complete their MPA degrees. (More)

Laurie Buchanan Recognized as Outstanding BACJ Student

Laurie Buchanan“I grew up as the middle child of nine children and was raised in the small town of Bad Axe, Michigan, where I attended Bad Axe High School,”  Laurie begins, accepting her award as Outstanding Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.  In high school, she was a member of the student council, National Honor Society, and the captain of both the track and cross country teams. After graduation she joined the U.S. Army to serve during the first Gulf War.

“During my 14 years in the Army, I served primarily as a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Operations Specialist in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona; Stuttgart, Germany; Ft. Riley, Kansas; Taegu, South Korea; and Ft. Hood, Texas.  Although I enjoyed my time in the military in 2006 I made the decision to leave the Army rather than have my husband and I deploy at the same time and our sons separated to live with relatives for a year.” (More)

Elite Triathlon Academy launched at UCCS

USA TriathlonThe Elite Triathlon Academy, a landmark program that will provide the United States’ top up-and-coming triathletes the opportunity to receive a top-notch college education while benefiting from a full-time coach and the nation’s best training resources, will debut this fall at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs with national-level support from USA Triathlon and the United States Olympic Committee.

The ultimate goal of the program, directed by Keith Dickson, the founder of the Illinois-based Multisport Madness Triathlon Team, is to develop potential Olympic triathletes into medal contenders on the sport’s biggest stage. Five of the nation’s best emerging multisport athletes, including 2010 Youth Olympic Games medalists Kevin McDowell and Kelly Whitley, comprise the first class of the Elite Triathlon Academy, which will enroll at UCCS in August. (More)

Alumni Association Update

Jennifer HaneWe hope this email finds you well and enjoying a beautiful summer season. At your alma mater, we're busy planning programs and activities for the coming Academic Year. While specific dates will be announced shortly, a few highlights we're excited about are as follows:

  • Career Guidance: A month of career/educational guidance for alumni, to include an interviewing/resume workshop, an evening of speed mentoring, and a graduate school information session and open house.
  • Roar on the Road: Visits to Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco and Washington, DC - watch for more information and additional destinations soon
  • Chapters: Alumni chapters forming in Phoenix, San Diego and Washington, DC
  • Online Community: A new online community that will allow you to search for former classmates, manage your communication preferences, register for events, post photos and class notes and more. We'll have more information on this exciting opportunity for alumni later this summer.

As always, if you have suggestions or comments regarding event programming, let us know! We value your feedback and are working to create meaningful ways for you to stay connected to your alma mater.

Renewing your license plates this summer? Don't forget to order the new UCCS license plate!

UCCS License PlateYou asked for it, and it’s finally here: a UCCS license plate to show your mountain lion pride! Ordering is easy:

  • Make a $50 tax-deductible donation to the UCCS Alumni and Friends Association. Use our online application or print a license plate application to submit your payment today.
  • We will mail your License Plate Approval Certificate to present to your local county clerk. (Please note that the county clerk will charge you an additional one-time fee of $50 to purchase the special UCCS plate in addition to your regular registration fees).

That’s a total plate cost of $100. We look forward to seeing you on the road!

Alumni in the News

University CenterSteve Bach was mentioned in Steve Bach sworn in as Mayor of Colorado Springs

Andrew "Drew" Gorgey was mentioned in Gorgey named new Garfield County attorney

Richard Olson was mentioned in Erie names 4 finalists for town administrator post

Candace Thornton was mentioned in Mustangs name girls basketball coach

In This Issue

UCCS School of Public Affairs Honors 2010-2011 MPA and MCJ  graduates and Pi Alpha Alpha  Inductees

Commencement Marks an End and a Beginning

Colorado State Representative Pete Lee Addresses Graduates at Graduation Dinner

Selman Named Outstanding 2011 MPA Student

Laurie Buchanan Recognized as Outstanding BACJ Student

Elite Triathlon Academy launched at UCCS

Alumni Association Update

Renewing your license plates this summer? Don't forget to order the new UCCS license plate!

Alumni in the News

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