Skills Development Series

Professional Skills Development Series

About: Both academic and professional skills are addressed via presentations and workshops in the Skills Development Series, open to all UCCS School of Public Affairs students. Several events, the content of which, are selected in response to student and faculty input, are held throughout the academic year.


Upcoming Events

Mergers, Acquisitions and Top Talent Development in the Nonprofit Sector

Monday, February 12, 2018 from 5:00 - 6:30pm in Columbine 324. This event is open to School of Public Affairs students.

Developing Human Capital for Nonprofits

Monday, February 26, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:00pm in Upper Lodge. This event is open to UCCS students.

Managing Disasters: Challenges for NGOs in a Multi-Agency Response

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:00pm in UC 303. This is open to UCCS students.

Past Events

Advocacy for Nonprofits

Representatives from Northern Colorado Health Network to discuss how advocacy works--stakeholders, communication strategies, and so forth--for nonprofits.

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Social Impact Businesses

The Colorado Coalition for Social Impact and Better Business Bureau presented on Social Enterprise, Social Business, Conscious Capitalism, and Benefit Corporations to our students.

Video of Social Impact Businesses:

Skills Development: Literature Reviews Made Easy

Part of our Professional Development series, the Lit Reviews Made Easy goes over critical and fine points of writing a graduate-level literature review. September 12, 2016.

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Grant Writing and Resources

Dave Somers, Executive Director of Center for Nonprofit Excellence, and Tammy Sayles, El Pomar Nonprofit Resource Center Librarian, presented to our Master of Public Administration (MPA) students on the ins and outs of seeking and sources of grants. November 18, 2015

Video of Grant Writing & Resources:

Toxic Leadership

Dr. George E. Reed, Dean, School of Public Affairs, presented on Toxic Leadership. He clarified definitions and describe the effects of toxic leadership on people and organizational climate as well as on efforts and quality of work. November 2, 2015

Video of Dr. George Reed on Toxic Leadership:

Capstone Projects

Dr. Anna Kosloski explains the requirements and preparations to complete the graduate Thesis or Capstone Project. In addition Dr. Deborah Kenny, Director of UCCS' Institutional Review Board (IRB), talks about the IRB process, while Tabatha Farney, Director of Web Services and Emerging Technologies at UCCS' Kraemer Family Library, introduces the library's resources to facilitate the Capstone Project.

Video of UCCS School of Public Affairs Capstone Project:

Work/Life Balance

Presenter: Provost Mary Coussons-Read
April 6, 2015

Video of Provost Mary Coussons-Read:

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Planning for Your Future

Date: Thursday, March 5

  • 9:00 - 9:45am: Creating Notable Resumes and Cover Letters, Pam Sawyer
  • 10:00 - 10:45am: Professional Networking via LinkedIn, Matt Getze
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm: Panel Discussion
    • Preparing for a Master's or Ph.D. program, Dr. Katie Kaukinen
    • Preparing for Law School and a Career in Law, Rich Radabaugh
    • Preparing for a Career in Law Enforcement, Brian Barela, SPA MPA student and retired CSPD, with Texas Department of Public Safety representatives
Video of Career Panel Discussion:

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Social Media for Academic Purposes and CSRP Info Session

Presenter: Matt Getze, Educational Technologist for School of Public Affairs
About: Matt Getze will present on using social media in the academic setting, with special emphasis on selecting and integrating tools that foster student engagement and data analysis.
Time: 5:00 - 6:00pm

Presenter: Jeremy Wimer, Colorado Springs Rising Professionals
About: Jeremy Wimer will provide an information session and the benefits of joining the popular Colorado Springs Rising Professionals organization.
Time: 6:00 - 6:30pm
Date: Monday, October 19, 2015