Mission Statement

Our goal is to assist both freshmen and transfer students through their first year at UCCS in their academic and personal goals. We know that students who feel more connected on campus and supported by faculty/staff perform better academically and are more satisfied with their overall experience. We are here to help make sure students are working effectively toward their goals.

Our hope is to:
-teach and assist with academic skill development
-provide students with the resources and ways to get connected to their campus community
-support faculty and staff in retention initiatives for first year students
-promote the positive growth and development of UCCS students

Contact Us

Office of First Year Experience
Main Hall 324 | fye@uccs.edu | 719-255-3570

Barbara Gaddis, Ph.D. - Sr. Exec. Director
Student Support and Student Retention
719-255-3688 | bgaddis@uccs.edu

Ellen Burkart, M.S. - Director
First Year Experience
719-255-7551 | eburkart@uccs.edu

Missy Sernatinger - Program Coordinator
First Year Experience
719-255-7521 | msernati@uccs.edu

Student Staff
Jessica Asuquo - Student Connections Liaison
Beth Dandino - Student Connections Liaison
Stephanie Kol - Student Connections Liason
Kayleen St. Louis - Mountain Lion 360 Coordinator

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