November 2007
In This Issue
UCCS Expands Campus Footprint
UCCS Introduces Winter Commencement Ceremony
Get Involved: University Club
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Upcoming Events
November 15, 1:00-5:00 p.m.: Career Fair at the UCCS Recreation Center
Come prepared to meet with recruiters from some of the top regional employers as well as those from across the nation. Visit the Career Center website or call (719) 262-3340 for more information.
 
December 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Alumni Electric Safari at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. To purchase tickets and confirm your attendance, contact (719) 262-3279 or email alumni@uccs.edu. Please note that guests must check in before 7:00 p.m. in order to receive the special ticket price.
 
December 11, 9:00-10:30 a.m.: 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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Support the Alumni Association
 
Are you looking for ways to support the Alumni Association and receive a tax write-off? Supporting UCCS and the Alumni Association Scholarship is easy and fun through the purchase of CU License Plates or Commemorative Paver Stones.
 
License Plate
 
CU License Plates
Look your best for photo radar: order your CU license plates today! All donations made to the license plate program support the Alumni Scholarship Fund and contribute to student success at UCCS.
 
Commemorative Paver Stones
Commemorate the past and participate in the future of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs by purchasing an engraved paving stone. Pavers will be placed in the plaza in front of Columbine Hall.

Pavers make excellent gifts for graduation, birthdays, retirements and Christmas. You can also honor or provide a memorial for a friend, relative or professor.
 
Greetings! Jennifer Hane

Where does the semester go? After the many alumni activities that took place during the fall semester, we only have a few left in 2007:
  • UCCS Career Fair on November 15
  • UCCS Night at the Electric Safari on December 7
  • Alumni Breakfast on December 11
If you haven't had the chance to attend an alumni event this year, I encourage you to try and make it to one of the events above (additional information can be found on the left pane of the newsletter). Or, if you'd like to stop by the campus for a visit, please let me know. I'd be happy to give you a tour of the latest changes on campus and hear about your experiences as a UCCS student.
 
I look forward to seeing you soon at UCCS!
 
Jennifer Hane, BA 2001, MPA 2004
Director of University Events and Alumni Relations
  UCCS Expands Campus Footprint

New LandThe University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will grow by 10 acres.

Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, briefed members of the University Budget Advisory Committee on November 8 about the CU Foundation's purchase of slightly more than 10 acres directly east of the campus, an area known as University Summit. The site is east of parking lot 1 and west of University Hall.

"The foundation is helping us realize a long-term goal to secure property between the current campus boundary and University Hall," Burnett said. "This is an investment in the future of UCCS."

The property, measuring 10 acres and including four abandoned homes, was purchased from a local developer for $1.375 million. The CU Foundation completed the purchase Nov. 1. Using presidential initiative funds made available by President Hank Brown, UCCS will purchase the land from the foundation. At the November CU Board of Regents meeting, UCCS will seek formal approval to proceed with the transaction.

"That this parcel was purchased without taking funds from the UCCS operating budget is truly remarkable for this campus," Al Schoffstall, professor, Chemistry, and University Budget Advisory Committee chair, said. "This action points to the strong support of UCCS by the central administration of the university."

Burnett explained that the developer planned luxury homes on the site prior to the expansion of the intersection of Union and Austin Bluffs and the construction of a frontage road linking University Hall with the main UCCS campus.

"Given the campus development, the seller felt the land was better utilized by the university," Burnett said.

It is too early for formal plans for use of the site, Burnett said, but owning the land creates future opportunity. A residence hall for nursing students and additional parking space were ideas quickly suggested by UBAC members. In the near term, Burnett said the abandoned homes, their windows boarded and partially hidden by brush, must be demolished. The seller of the property will be responsible for removing any asbestos in the homes as well as ensuring any other environmental issues are rectified.

"This is great news," David Fenell, professor, Education, said. "This is so exciting, it makes me want to stick around and see what's going to happen."

With this purchase, UCCS now controls approximately 550 acres stretching from North Nevada Avenue on the west to Union Boulevard on the east.

To see photos of the property that was purchased, visit the University Relations website.
  UCCS Introduces Winter Commencement Ceremony
 
CommencementUCCS Commencement Ceremonies have taken many forms over the years: some of you graduated outside in the parking lot, others at the World Arena. For those of you who graduated in August or December, you may have participated in the May Commencement or attended a special graduation reception in the University Center Gymnasium.
 
With the rapid growth of UCCS, however, the University has decided to move forward with a formal Winter Commencement to honor August and December graduates. Scheduled for December 14 at the Pikes Peak Center, the ceremony is expected to attract around 350 student participants (out of over 700 graduating students) and their families. 
 
To congratulate August and December graduates on their accomplishments, the Alumni Association will be hosting an Alumni Breakfast on December 11 to welcome new graduates into the Alumni Association. The Alumni Association will also be present at the Winter Commencement Ceremony to meet new alumni and provide information about the benefits of the Association.
 
If you are interested in attending either of these events to represent the Alumni Association, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations or call (719) 262-3180.
  Get Involved: University Club
 
University ClubAre you looking for a way to enhance your relationship with your alma mater? As a UCCS graduate, there are many things you can do to support the growth and development of the campus. One way for you to get involved and to show your support is through the University Club.
 
The University Club is a group that exists to enhance the relationship between the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the business community. Members are committed to using the Club's financial resources for student scholarships, teacher awards, and campus and community outreach efforts. The University Club actively encourages members to participate in campus functions and to help foster community support.
 
Annual membership is open to anyone from the Pikes Peak Region who shares a deep interest in and enthusiasm for UCCS. There are three types of membership categories: regular, retired and honorary. Members enjoy direct access to a myriad of resources from one of the state's fastest growing, nationally ranked universities.
 
Activities are designed to facilitate interaction between University faculty and club members, contribute to the development of University programs and increase financial support for student scholarships.
 
Membership in the University Club provides the following benefits:
  • Monthly luncheons with selected topics of interest
  • Interactions with University faculty
  • Networking
  • Annual Fall Reception
  • An information exchange between the community and the University
  • Tickets to UCCS events
  • Support for student scholarships and outstanding faculty award
If you or your organization is interested in learning more about the University Club, visit our website or contact Jennifer Hane at (719) 262-3180.
 
To learn about additional ways in which you can become involved on campus, visit the Alumni Association website.
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