March 2008
In This Issue
Veteran Faculty Member Selected for Endowed Chair
UCCS Joins Education Effort to Secure Nation's Ports, Islands
Mountain Lions Pounce on Children's Hospital
Theaterworks Faces Islam

Upcoming Events
March 18, 6:30 pm:
Cafe Scientifique featuring Dr. Michael Larson, El Pomar Endowed Chair of Engineering and Innovation at Poor Richard's Bookstore
Dr. Larson will give a presentation entitled "Development of a Medical Device for Laser Tissue Fusion: an Example of Invention at the MIND Studios."
Learn more online, or call (719) 262-3180.
Ongoing through April 5:
Dario Solman's The Heart of Perspective, The Making of the Film at the Gallery of Contemporary Art
Visit the Gallery's website or contact Christopher Lynn for more information.

Ongoing through April 5:
Theatreworks presents 9 Parts of Desire at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater
Visit the Theatreworks website or call (719) 262-3232 to learn more.
Ongoing through April 6:
Theatreworks presents Dar Al-Harb at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater
Visit the Theatreworks website or call (719) 262-3232 to learn more.
April 11, 5:00 pm:
Opening Reception for "Poland: Photographs by Jurek Durszak" at the University Center
Contact Jane Muller at (719) 262-4553 for more information.
April 14, 5:00 pm:
Legacy Lecture - Helene Tremblay presents Families of the World
Visit the Kraemer Family Library for more information.
April 15, 6:00 p.m.:
Third Annual UCCS Student Short Film Festival
Visit the UCCS Event Calendar for more information.
Greetings! Jennifer Hane

Campus activities for the spring semester are in full-swing, and its a great time to take advantage of some of the benefits available to you as a UCCS alumnus.
The event listing on the left panel of the newsletter contains information about two current Theatreworks productions, 9 Parts of Desire and Dar Al-Harb. All UCCS alumni receive a $1 discount on ticket purchases. In addition, all alumni receive free admission to the UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, which is currently featuring Dario Solman's The Heart of Perspective: The Making of the Film.
If you haven't been back to campus in a while, now is a great time to stop by for a visit. Let us know when you're planning to visit - we'd love to give you a tour of the campus and answer your questions about how you can remain connected with your alma mater.
We hope to see you on campus soon!
Jennifer Hane, BA 2001, MPA 2004
Director of University Events and Alumni Relations
Veteran Faculty Member Selected for Endowed Chair
CarlosA professor whose work revolutionized cell phones and other electronic devices will be the Symetrix Chair of Device Science and Technology at UCCS.

Carlos Araujo, a 25-year member of the faculty and professor of electrical and computer engineering, will continue his research in applied electronics including technology to improve vision, detect disease, and to assist older Americans.

"This named chair position, made possible with generous funding from Symetrix Corporation, recognizes the leadership and achievements of Dr. Araujo," Jeremy Haefner, dean, Engineering and Applied Sciences, said. "Additionally, it ensures that he continues to pursue innovations that have the promise to positively affect lives and improve the human condition."

The endowed chair position will allow Araujo to pursue research in micro electronics and nano electronics, independently and in cooperation with other parts of the university including the assisted-living work done by Sara Qualls, professor, Psychology.

Araujo is considered a pioneer in the area of ferroelectric random access memory, a critical infrastructure for the development of cell phones, and other computer-related technologies such as smart cards which are used in thousands of applications ranging from ATM machines to toll roads. In 2006, he became the first American university professor to receive the Daniel E. Noble Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The award, named in honor of a former Motorola executive, recognizes outstanding contribution to emerging technologies.

Araujo joined the UCCS faculty in 1983 as an assistant professor. He was named associate professor in 1988 and professor in 1991. He has served as assistant dean of research and was named a CU outstanding faculty member. He also is editor of the "Journal of Integrated Ferroelectrics" and has edited two books on ferroelectrics, holds 176 patents and is author or co-author of more than 286 scholarly papers on ferroelectrics. He is a founder of Ramtron and Symetrix Corp. He holds bachelor's, master's, and PhD degrees from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.

To learn more about faculty, research and activities taking place within the College of Engineering and Applied Science, click here.
  UCCS Joins Education Effort to Secure Nation's Ports, Islands

El Pomar CenterThe University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will help education efforts to secure the nation's ports and islands as part of a Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence Awards announced Tuesday, Feb. 26.

The UCCS Center for Homeland Security was selected to work as part of a team for research and education to support maritime, island and port security. The team members will be led by researchers at the University of Hawaii and Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J., to develop plans to protect the Alaskan pipeline, mitigate natural threats including earthquakes and tsunamis, and improve port security.

"Investments in long-term, basic research are vital for the future of homeland security," said Jay M. Cohen, under secretary for science and technology.  "These colleges and universities are leaders in their fields of study.  They will provide scientific expertise, high-quality resources, and independent thought -- all valuable to securing America."

The UCCS Center for Homeland Security was selected because of its strong relationship with U.S. Northern Command, according to Steve Recca, director, UCCS Center for Homeland Security, and will assist through educational and training efforts that involve faculty. Additionally, the UCCS center worked previously with the Hawaii-based Pacific Disaster Center.

"We are proud to be part of a very accomplished center of excellence in an area vital to our long-term national security," Recca said.

For more information about University Programs and current Centers of Excellence, click here.

The Center for Homeland Security at UCCS provides advanced education, conducts leading-edge and applied research and develops process innovation environments that nourish homeland security and defense discoveries. It is one of four centers in the National Institute of Science, Space and Security Centers. 

  Mountain Lions Pounce on Children's Hospital

Hospital VisitThe student-athletes of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs made an appearance on February 20 at the Children's Hospital, a part of Memorial Hospital. Their presence filled many patients' rooms with smiles, joy and laughter.

It was fascinating to see how much joy the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee could bring into a hospital. There were about 24 student-athletes that attended the event, and they passed out handmade valentines for patients.

"It's something that we started last year, and we like working with the Children's Hospital," said Jessika Caldwell, women's basketball coach and CHAMPS/Life Skills coordinator at UCCS. "We wanted to do something special and making homemade cards is kind of endearing and is a little bit closer to the heart."

The student-athletes went to the new East Tower of the hospital where they visited both the Pediatric and Mommy and Baby Floor. There, they handed out valentines to children and parents.

"Every student-athlete had a mission to make homemade valentines," said Caldwell. "So we ended up getting one from every student-athlete on our campus. It was neat to see some of the creativity that came out, whether it was cute poetry or creative pop-up designs. It's fun to see that we have student-athletes that can do other things."

Not only did it make the athletes stand out more, dressed in UCCS apparel, but it also showed that they really do care about the Colorado Springs community.

"We do it to reach out to the kids and the community and show them that we want to be involved" said volleyball player Lindsey Myers. "Not only do we play a sport, but we are icons to these kids. They look up to us."

By taking just an hour out of their day, these SAAC members showed how important this is to UCCS. They also said that they will take part in this in the future.

"We definitely plan on doing this again for awhile," said Caldwell. "Chris Valentine, the director of public relations at Memorial Hospital, does a really good job working with us and getting us set up on different floors and rooms."

The involvement of these student-athletes showed their concern and willingness to be a part of something greater than the campus.

"It's very successful, and we get a lot of kids coming to our camps that we hold," said Myers. "A lot of people recognized UCCS as a growing program and they want to be involved in it."

Volleyball teammate Heidi Fehringer agreed. "It's great to volunteer and see what this hospital is about, and we can come here on our own and promote it to people."

To learn more about the UCCS athletics program, visit the athletics website.
Theatreworks Faces Islam

Two contemporary plays, one a world premiere, are making their way from the heart of the Middle East to THEATREWORKS in March. One is Heather Raffo's acclaimed 9 Parts of Desire, starring the incomparable Karen Slack playing nine contemporary Iraqi women. The other is Dar Al-Harb, a new work about the Islamic radical, Sayyid Qutb, who learned to hate America while attending university in Greeley, Colorado, in 1949. Both plays, produced in repertory from March 13 through April 6, will give audiences fresh perspectives on a situation which has involved us all since the beginning of our new century.

Desire9 Parts of Desire is based on interviews of Iraqi women conducted between 1993-2002. The results were condensed into nine very different but representative characters. These women are all played by one actress. But not just any one actress. Karen Slack is well known to Colorado audiences for her extraordinary ability to shift into multiple roles, each with a compelling story, each with a distinct individuality. Her performance at THEATREWORKS last year, playing 24 characters in The Syringa Tree, astounded local audiences and moved them to laughter and tears. 9 Parts of Desire showcases a comparable virtuosity, as Ms. Slack's Iraqi women include a little girl who can no longer go to school because she waved at American soldiers, an ancient gypsy street peddler, a doctor who has been exposed to Uranium, and an artist creating a watercolor on stage.


The THEATREWORKS production of 9 Parts of Desire is being produced in association with Denver's Curious Theatre, where it has just played to rave reviews. The Denver Post said the play was "a heartbreaking and eye-opening night of theater that's both profoundly sad and strangely wonderful." Karen Slack's performance was described as "in every way triumphant  . . . From the start, this gifted actress is in a state of utter abandon and complete control at once."


Dar Al-HarbRunning in repertory with Nine Parts of Desire will be the premiere of a new play by the company's Artistic Director, Murray Ross, called Dar A-Harb, based on a chapter in the life of Sayyid Qutb, often regarded as the father of modern radical Islam. In 1949, when he was a progressive Egyptian intellectual and a minister of schools, Qutb was sent abroad to study in the United States. He enrolled at the Colorado State Teacher's College in Greeley, and he stayed through most of the fall semester. It was an eventful time, for it was in Colorado that Qutb learned to hate America. He returned to Egypt where he became more revolutionary and a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, eventually becoming the proponent of violent jihad against the west. He was jailed and finally executed in 1966 for his fierce opposition to President Nassar. His legacy has been profound, extending all the way to the terrorism of Osama bin Laden.


Dar Al-Harb-the phrase is Arabic for the "world of chaos," the world that is not Islam - is a fictionalized drama based on Qutb's experience of America in Greeley. While much of what Qutb speaks and thinks in this drama is taken directly from his own extensive writing, the play is by no means a documentary drama. It is part dream play, and part fable about the clash of two entirely different cultures. It is also, says its author, "something like a forties comedy which includes a preview of a darker future. We hope our audiences will see Greeley in 1949 both as Americans saw it, full of robust and cheerful energy, but also as Qutb came to reject it, as a world of triviality, materialism and animal temptation."


Dar Al-Harb will bring together some extraordinary regional talent, including four nominees for last year's Denver Post Ovation awards. The leading role of Sayyid Qutb will be played by Michael Cobb, who triumphed last summer in Antonio's Revenge at THEATREWORKS. He will be accompanied by David Pinkney, playing a most unusual spirit released from a most unusual bottle. The attractions of women were strong in Greeley, as Qutb himself noted, and with Concetta Troskie, Saskia Kesners and Alisha Pagan you'll understand why Qutb might have found himself so powerfully tempted. The trio of fetching women will be countered by three Islamic clerics, played by Steve Wallace, Melvin Grier and Hossein Forouzandeh. Benjamin Bonenfant  makes his THEATREWORKS debut as the college football star, Bob Maiden. The visual world of Greeley in the 40's as well as the disturbing dream-like visions of the alienated Egyptian will be evoked in sound and projections orchestrated by Brian Freeland, as well as in dance choreographed by Nola Rocco. Dar al-Harb is not a play easily summed up in a tidy phrase, but it promises to be a theatrical experience like no other.


Dar Al-Harb and 9 Parts of Desire run in repertory at The Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre in University Hall on the UCCS campus from 13 March through 6 April. There are performances every week, from Wednesday through Sunday. For specific performance times, dates, and ticket reservations, visit the Theatreworks website or call the box office at 719-262-3232.


The Caspian Café is offering special pre-theatre specials for both Dar al-Harb and 9 Parts of Desire. 10% off entrees plus free glass of wine.  Reservations recommended. Call 719-528-1155 for details. The Caspian Café is located minutes from THEATREWORKS at 4375 Sinton Road.

Heather Raffo's 9 Parts of Desire is produced in association with Curious Theatre Company and is sponsored in part by Memorial Health Systems and the Spirit of Women.
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