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In This Issue
David McCullough to Visit UCCS
Honoring the Past, Inventing the Future
Support the Bouldering Wall
Alumni Spotlight: Christopher Paige
Call for Volunteers
 
The Disability Services Office is seeking volunteer readers to help with the Alternate Format Program (to create audio texts for students with disabilities ranging from sight disabilities to head injuries). We provide the materials needed: books, tapes, and tape-recorders, which permits you to read from the comfort of your home.
 
If you are interested in volunteering for this program to help UCCS students succeed, please contact Brittany Cox at (719) 262-3354.
Upcoming Events
September 28, 7:30 p.m.: Reach Your Peak Lecture Series featuring David McCullough
 
October 12-14: Back to the Bluffs
(On-campus lodging available - call (719) 262-4327 for more information)
 
October 13, 5:00 p.m.: Latino(a) Alumni Reunion
 
December 7: Alumni Electric Safari at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (more information coming soon)
 
Greetings!

Welcome to our newly redesigned UCCS alumni newsletter, Alumni Connections. We hope that the information provided helps you to stay connected with your alma mater.
 
With the arrival of the fall semester, many changes are taking place on campus. You can learn about the completion of two major construction projects below. If you haven't been to campus for a while, stop by for one of our upcoming events (listed on the panel to the left). You will be amazed at the transformation - the UCCS landscape has changed significantly.
 
In addition, your feedback on our newsletter, website and other alumni activities is always welcome. Feel free to let us know what you think.
 
I look forward to seeing you soon at UCCS!
 
Jennifer Hane, BA 2001, MPA 2004
Director of University Events and Alumni Relations
  Pulitzer Prize Winner David McCullough to Give Lecture at UCCS
David McCulloughOne of America's most respected writers, known for his biographies of American leaders, will speak at UCCS as part of a scholarship fundraising effort.

David McCullough, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom as well as two-time recipient of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, will speak at UCCS Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. during a Reach Your Peak Scholarship fundraising dinner.

"We are honored to have David McCullough - the master of the art of narrative history - visit our campus and to draw attention to the need for private scholarships," Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. "Whether you are a fan of his latest work, '1776,' or earlier works such as 'John Adams' or 'Truman,' this promises to be an enlightening evening."

The Reach Your Peak Scholarship Program provides high-achieving low-income students with scholarships to UCCS. Launched in 2000, the program is generously supported by Bruce and Anne Shepard, Colorado Springs, and other community members. There are 120 students at UCCS who receive Reach Your Peak scholarships.

Lecture sponsors include the Hill Foundation, ENT Federal Credit Union, and the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado.

UCCS alumni may purchase tickets at a special discounted rate of only $10/person. To purchase tickets, call (719) 262-3637, or learn more about the Reach Your Peak Lecture Series online.

  Honoring the Past, Inventing the Future
 
Dwire Hall 
Rededication of Dwire Hall
The first building unique to UCCS became the most attractive last week when Dwire Hall was re-dedicated as the new home to the College of Business, the School of Public Affairs and the departments of Languages and Cultures and Economics. Members of the CU Regents and both campus and community leaders joined in August. 16 festivities, first at an official dedication and later at a College of Business alumni and friends reception that drew more than 400 people.
 
You can learn more about the transformation of Dwire Hall online, including a timelapse video of the renovation from start to finish.
 
Dedication of Campus Recreation CenterRecreation Center
With comparisons to the ancient Greeks who connected mind, body and spirit, UCCS, CU System and CU Board of Regents members dedicated a new $12 million campus recreation center August. 16. But the man who drew the attention was alumnus Bahram Akradi who donated exercise equipment, consulted in the building's design, planted a kiss on Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak's cheek, and presented her with a check for $100,000.
 
You can learn more about the new Recreation Center online and also access information about becoming a member at the special UCCS alumni rate of $16.67/month.
  Support the Bouldering Wall in the Recreation Center
 
Classes, work, classes, study, classes, exams...college can be like climbing a mountain.
 
Help students strive to reach the top of whatever "mountain" may be in front of them.  The UCCS Alumni Association would like to motivate students to keep climbing with words of inspiration on the new Bouldering Wall in the NEW Recreation Center.  

To make a contribution to this project, please contact Jaime at 719.536.4480 or
jaime.garcia@cufund.org.

Thanks for your support!
UCCS Alumni Board
  UCCS Alum Serves Country and U.S. Presidents
 
Christopher PaigeChristopher Paige graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1999, receiving his Master of Science degree in Nursing from the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. He is originally from Connecticut, where he received his Bachelors' of Science in Nursing from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut.  Christopher Paige is currently a Major in the Air Force and is the Assistant Director of Operations of the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.  He and his team are charged to fly transport nursing missions across the globe, traveling to places like the Ukraine, Portugal, Poland, England, North Africa and Southwest Asia.
 

In December 1996, Christopher moved to Colorado. In 1997 he began his journey as a Family Nurse Practitioner attending the Beth-El College of Nursing while working full time in the Air Force Academy Emergency Room. Christopher spent his first two semesters with the Beth-El College of Nursing before it merged with UCCS. He has always been very excited to be a part of the University of Colorado, and he fondly recalls his favorite professors: Dr's Cindy Roach, Kathy LaSala, Jenenne Nelson, Joyce Griesbach and Mary Hagedorn.

 

Chris also enjoyed Beth-El's focus on assisting underserved communities.  He recalls the amazing opportunity to work at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver with patients that did not have medical insurance, as well as his work in Lake City during his clinical rotation. Both of these experiences had a great impact on Christopher and they galvanized what UCCS had taught him.

 

Christopher credits UCCS with preparing him for his future; with all of the knowledge he gleaned from this campus, he was "definitely prepared" for his career to begin. After graduating from UCCS, he moved to Washington DC and served as a White House Nurse. In this role, he took care of the president, first family the cabinet and staff at the the White House. He and six other nurses would rotate 24 hour operations caring for the first family both in Washington D.C and wherever the president traveled to include care in the air on Air Force One.  Arriving in July of 2000, Christopher had the unique opportunity to serve both Presidential administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

 

In his role as a White House nurse, Chris was a member of an Executive Health Care Team delivering worldwide contingency planning, direct protective medical coverage of the president, travel medicine, immunization programs and acute care. During his final year at the White House, Christopher was the Senior White House Nurse and the Nursing supervisor for five tri-service (Navy, Army, Air Force) nurses in this role.

 

Beyond his White House tenure, Christopher has now served in the Air Force for fourteen years.  He has trained in austere, pre-hospital, transport (ground/aeromedical), emergency/critical care and family practice nursing.  He holds national registration as a  paramedic, is working on his Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, is certified in flight and emergency nursing as well as family nurse practitioner.

 

Christopher is happily married to his hometown sweetheart Colleen.  They have four children - three boys and one girl.  He is scheduled to be in Germany one more year job. Christopher's achievements and successes are all reflections of the quality of education he received at UCCS.  The Alumni Association is very proud of his overwhelming accomplishments.
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