October Title
In This Issue
UCCS Joins "Extreme Home Makeover" to Offer Scholarship Support
CU Leads the Way in Research
STAT Begins Changes on Campus
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Upcoming Events
October 30: Haunted Forest
Sponsored by Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT). Tours of the forest will depart from Main Hall from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Contact STAT President Melissa Lafontaine for more information.
 
December 7: Alumni Electric Safari at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
More information coming soon.
 
December 11: Alumni Breakfast
This event honors May and December graduates. If you'd like to volunteer to help with this event, let us know.
 
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Share Your Feedback on the Alumni Website
 
The Office of Alumni Relations is in the process of making some changes to the UCCS Alumni Website.
 
We'd like to make the site an outstanding tool for our alumni, so if you have suggestions for features or changes, please let us know.
Greetings! Jennifer Hane

I'm happy to report that some of the events you read about in last month's issue were a great success. Over 500 people attended the Reach Your Peak Lecture Series featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, and their contributions helped UCCS to raise over $58,000 toward the Reach Your Peak Scholarship Fund.
 
In addition, over 150 alumni joined us for the Latino(a) Alumni Reunion last weekend. It was wonderful to see so many of us reuniting and sharing stories about our experiences at UCCS. And although Sunday's hay rides were cancelled because of the weather, Family and Friends day was also a great success.
 
If you'd like to be part of our next event and contribute to the UCCS alumni legacy, then mark your calendar for the UCCS Electric Safari at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on the evening of December 7. More details will be coming soon.
 
I look forward to seeing you soon at UCCS!
 
Jennifer Hane, BA 2001, MPA 2004
Director of University Events and Alumni Relations
  UCCS Joins "Extreme Home Makeover" with Scholarship Support

Extreme Home MakeoverFervor to assist a Colorado Springs family whose child suffers from a rare disease reached a new peak this week. UCCS officials provided honorary Mountain Lion status to Kayla and Josh Woodhouse of Widefield, CO. The Woodhouse family was selected for ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," receiving a new home, car, and dozens of other gifts. Kayla Woodhouse suffers from a rare neurological disorder.

Robert Wonnett, interim vice chancellor, Student Success, presented Jeremy and Kim Woodhouse with a certificate naming their children, Kayla and Josh, as honorary UCCS Mountain Lions and outlining the details of a full scholarship offered to the children.

UCCS also presented Jeremy and Kim Woodhouse with items ranging from a UCCS pennant and stickers to notebooks and pencils.
 
To learn more about how you can support student scholarships at UCCS, click here. Or, if you would like to show your support for the Alumni and Friends Scholarship Fund, you can learn more by clicking here.
  CU Research Leads the Way
 
ResearchCU's three-university system maintained its position in the top ten percent of public universities in the United States in the latest rankings by the National Science Foundation on federal and non-federal research expenditures. The university maintained its top ranking for the last six years. CU is the number one ranked public university in federally financed research in environmental sciences, the third ranked in federally financed research in psychology and the fourth ranked in physical sciences.
 
"The NSF rankings are a noteworthy measure of the important work and productivity of our faculty," said CU President Hank Brown. "With a downward trend in federal research funding across the country, CU faculty continue to display an impressive level of productivity."

CU recently reported research awards granted to its faculty and students totaled $637.5 million.  Research awards granted to CU have increased by nearly 118 percent from 1996 to 2007 ($292 million to $637 million).

Research conducted at CU is not confined to the laboratory. There have been more than a dozen companies started based on federal-government funded research conducted by CU faculty.  Some examples of discoveries include: genetically targeted therapies for heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases; a treatment for inflammatory disease; new alloy and polymer materials for orthopedic and minimally invasive surgical instruments; a solar thermal process that uses feedstock; a new curriculum to improve the education by teachers in math and sciences; and creating engineering lessons for high schools to meet state math and science standards.

To learn more about CU's research - and specifically the research occurring at UCCS - click here.
  New Student Organization Strives for Ties between Students and Alumni
 
GraduatesThis fall, a new student organization is already making a big impact on campus. Known as Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT), the club has a different mission than many other student organizations on campus: STAT's goal is to raise awareness about the Alumni Association among current students and to build mentoring relationships between current students and UCCS alumni.
 
By focusing on the creation of campus traditions, the club's leaders hope to build stronger relationships between students and the campus that will ultimately lead to a stronger alumni organization in the future. From activities such as an annual fall bonfire and haunted forest, the club is already off to a great start.
 
Most importantly, however, STAT members are interested in helping other students to achieve their educational goals through a project called Change for Change. Change for Change will be a student-organized initiative to raise money for an annual scholarship by collecting students' extra change at campus coffee shops, dining locations, and common areas. The club hopes to award its first scholarship next fall.
 
If you would like to get involved with STAT to help build relationships between students and alumni, there are many ways you can do so. Consider volunteering as a guest speaker to talk about your experiences and career at a STAT meeting. Attend a STAT-sponsored event. Let us know about employment opportunities that might be of interest for this group.
 
Get involved - our students are looking to you for support!
 
For more information about STAT, contact the Office of Alumni Relations or STAT President Melissa Lafontaine.
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