December 2007
In This Issue
Facilities Services Goes Green
New Degrees and Event Center on the Horizon
Conference Offers Insight for Entrepreneurs

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.

Just a Reminder

UCCS depends on alumni support to bolster essential programs. Now is an ideal time to make that all-important tax-deductible gift. 

If you'd like to use the online giving option, please click here.

Feel free to search through the options to give to exactly the program to want to support. If you'd rather send a check, please make it payable to CU Foundation and send it to Campus Mailbox ADM6, P.O. Box 7150, Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7150.

Or, if you prefer to make a gift of marketable securities or for answers to any of your questions about contributions, please call the CU Foundation office at (719) 536-4499.

Greetings! Jennifer Hane

For those of you who braved the fog, snow, rain and ice to attend the Electric Safari, you know it's been an exciting semester of alumni activities at UCCS!
Several events this fall ranging from reunions to gatherings at Sky Sox Stadium have enabled many alumni to reconnect with one another and with their alma mater. As the new year approaches, I'd like to invite you to consider the ways in which you might like to reconnect with UCCS.
Throughout the upcoming year, we will be launching several new alumni programs that will allow you to play a key role in attracting new students to UCCS and in helping current students succeed in their academic endeavors. We'll also be expanding our communication with you through the addition of a printed publication.
I'd also like to extend a special note of congratulations to the new alumni who graduated from UCCS last Friday (read and see more about them online). We'd like to welcome you to the UCCS alumni family, and we look forward to keeping in touch with you in the coming years.
Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season and a productive new year!
Jennifer Hane, BA 2001, MPA 2004
Director of University Events and Alumni Relations
  "Green" Construction Leader to Direct UCCS Facilities Services

Gary ReynoldsAn engineer who led the construction of the first certified environmentally friendly higher education building in Colorado will direct the Department of Facilities Services at UCCS.

Gary Reynolds, former director of facilities services at Colorado College, will begin at UCCS Monday and will lead efforts to construct new buildings at UCCS as well as the maintenance of current campus buildings and grounds. His appointment was announced by Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance.

"We are delighted that Gary will be joining our campus," Burnett said. "He has more than 25 years of college and university construction and management experience that will help improve the UCCS campus and lead its continuing construction program."

For more than 10 years, Reynolds served as Colorado College's director of facilities services, providing oversight for operations, maintenance, capital planning, construction and utilities in addition to transportation and security services. He led the construction of Tutt Science Center at the college, which became Colorado higher education's first "green" building by achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) national certification.

Previously, Reynolds served in several positions during 16 years at Iowa State University, Ames. His positions included director of facilities management, associate director, assistant director and heading the university's facilities engineering and energy management offices. At Iowa State, he also served as a part-time instructor of mechanical engineering courses. He is a certified ski instructor, certified flight instructor and a management training facilitator. He began his professional career as a mechanical engineer in the private sector.

"I am pleased and very excited to be joining the UCCS family and to be a part of its fast-growing future.  The university has made it a high priority to provide continued leadership in sustainability and I look forward to being a part of that effort through excellent design and operations of the university's facilities."

Environmental sustainability is a cornerstone of UCCS strategic planning. The campus recently opened its first "green" building, a campus recreation center, and launched a campus-wide recycling program. Other efforts include energy conservation, renovations to make existing buildings more efficient, and new construction to meet LEED standards.

Reynolds holds bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from Iowa State University, is licensed as a professional mechanical engineer and certified as an Iowa Class A Energy Auditor. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Colorado Engineering Society, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, and the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers where he served as president.  

To  learn more about building projects in UCCS's future, visit the Construction Gateway website.
  New Degrees and Event Center in UCCS Future
LandscapeThe CU Board of Regents recently reviewed proposals for two new degrees at UCCS, a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Ethnic Studies. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Tom Christensen, Dean, Letters, Arts and Sciences, presented the new degrees to the Board of Regents Academic Affairs Committee. The Regents are scheduled to vote on the new degrees in January.
The Regents also approved preliminary planning for a 1,200-1,400 seat event center, an expansion of the current University Center Gymnasium. The estimated $7.1 million project will expand seating for indoor intercollegiate athletics and provide venues for large university events such as orientation and convocation. Financing will come from a $2 million presidential initiative fund and bond funds. Plans call for completion in late 2009.
  Conference Offers Funding Insight
CDEntrepreneurs and inventors with ideas and drive, but not funding, may be eligible for federal support through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Terry Boult, El Pomar Chair of Innovation and Security, will lead a workshop on the programs Jan. 9 in conjunction with IEEE WACV/MOTION workshops at the Copper Mountain Resort.
This workshop, for small businesses and entrepreneurs, is being put on by Dr. Boult (supported by the Colorado Institute for Technology Transfer and Implementation (CITTI) and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs). The goal of the workshop is to review the SBIR/STTR program and what it takes to produce winning proposals.
The workshop is intended for budding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and faculty, who are interested in innovative research funding - even if they don't have a technical staff or a business. SBIR/STTR programs offers the potential for partnerships for innovation, and UCCS/CITTI hopes to play a role in helping build such partnerships. For that reason the workshop may also be of value to technologists (and faculty) that have innovative ideas and are seeking business partners, or to companies looking to partner to gain/advance technology.
To learn more, visit the CITTI website, or call (719) 262-3686.
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