June 2008
In This Issue
Not Just Any Mountain Lion: Live Mascot Joins UCCS
Let the Sun Shine In
UCCS to Implement Tuition Increases for Fall Semester
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Call for Applications
 
The UCCS Alumni Board is currently seeking board members willing to serve a three-year term beginning in July 2008.
 
The Board meets on a quarterly basis. Additional information on the Alumni Board and membership responsibilities can be found online.
 
If you are interested in serving your alma mater through a position on the Alumni Board, please email a letter of interest and a current resume by July 1, or call (719) 262-3180 with questions.
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Great Music to Support a Great Cause
 
Crosby, Stills and Nash are coming to Denver! You can enjoy a great concert and support the American Transplant Foundation at the same time.
 
A portion of the concert proceeds will benefit the transplant program at the University of Colorado Denver's Anschutz Medical Campus. Tickets purchased though the American Transplant Foundation are tax deductible and will include premium seats and an invitation to the pre-concert VIP cocktail party.
 
To purchase tickets for the June 26th concert at the Wells Fargo Theatre in Denver, click here or call (303) 757-0959.
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Alumni Association Benefit Spotlight
 
Did you know that as a member of the UCCS Alumni Association, you are eligible to receive a discounted rental at Alamo Rent A Car?
 
Since you're already spending a lot on gas, why not save money on your car rental during your next vacation or business trip?
 
To take advantage of this benefit (and others), contact the
at (719) 262-3180. 
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Parking Rolled into UCCS Recreation Center Membership
 
For those of you who have been considering taking advantage of the discounted alumni membership at the Campus Recreation Center, good news awaits: parking is now part of your membership fee.
 
For additional information or to become a member, visit the Recreation Center website or call (719) 262-7515.
Greetings! Jennifer Hane

I hope that this issue of Alumni Connections finds you well and enjoying the summer. Here are a few quick updates on the latest happenings at UCCS:
  • Last month, we welcomed over 1,000 new alumni to the Association after Commencement.
  • At Commencement, UCCS alumnus Tom Saponas was presented with the Distinguished Service Award.
  • Construction on the Science and Engineering Building continues to change the campus landscape.
  • Governor Bill Ritter signed SB 233, which authorizes the issuance of Certificates of Participation to finance $200 million in building projects at Colorado universities and colleges. $17 million of this funding will support the renovation of the UCCS Science Building.
In addition, we are seeking your involvement as we review applications for open positions on the UCCS Alumni Board (see more information on the left, or visit our website). We hope that some of you will take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to serve your alma mater.
 
I look forward to working with all of you as we move UCCS and the Alumni Association forward!
 
Jennifer Hane, BA 2001, MPA 2004
Director of University Events and Alumni Relations
Not Just Any Mountain Lion: Live Mascot Joins UCCS
 
ClydeAn 18 month-old, 165-pound male mountain lion recently visited students, faculty and staff in the UCCS gym. This was no ordinary mountain lion, however: he is the new, live UCCS mascot.
 
Donated by Serenity Springs Wildlife Rescue in Calhan, the mountain lion will soon make visits to campus. Beginning in fall 2008, the mountain lion, still a "kitten," will be a regular at events like basketball games. And while during his last visit he was kept within the confines of his cage, in the future, he'll be with his handlers on a leash.
 
Currently the mountain lion answers to the name Clyde, but students, staff and faculty will have the chance to submit the name they think best suits him and his new responsibilities as the UCCS mascot, according to Robert Wonnett, vice chancellor, Student Success.
 
In addition to the mountain lion's regular visits to campus, students and alumni can also see the mountain lion, and 150 other big cats, through volunteering at Serenity Springs Big Cat Rescue. For more information on how to volunteer, please contact Meredith Barrow.
  Let the Sun Shine In

NatureStudents at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs believe so strongly in the potential of solar power, they will pay an extra $5 fee per semester to install collection panels on campus buildings.
 
During a recent student referendum, students voted to pay the extra fees for five years. The $5 per student, per semester, fee is expected to generate $400,000.
 
"On an increasingly populated and warming planet, change has to happen," Joe Lavorini, Butler, Pa., senior in geography and environmental studies, said. "This referendum is evidence of that change at UCCS."
 
Lavorini serves as co-executive of Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability (SEAS) at UCCS. The SEAS group, as well as student government, joined forces to encourage students to place the initiative on the ballot and to support the fee. In campaigning, the groups noted that UCCS is fast-growing and located in one of the sunniest states in the nation. Use of solar power was a logical link.
 
Records show that 796 UCCS students voted in favor of the increased fee and 146 against it. An additional 99 students cast votes of abstention while voting for other issues on the ballot. The referendum was part of annual campus-wide student voting to elect student government representatives and to endorse student fee increases to the university administration. Before being enacted, student fees must be approved by campus leadership and the CU Board of Regents. Both approved of the solar power fee, making UCCS one of an estimated 40 colleges and universities in the nation to have fees that support sustainability and renewable energy efforts.
 
Sustainability is a cornerstone in the UCCS Strategic Plan. New campus buildings will be constructed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design "green" building standards. In 2007, UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak signed a pledge in support of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to make college campuses more ecologically friendly. This fall, UCCS instituted its first campus-wide recycling program, which has successfully diverted more than 25 percent of the campus waste stream to recycling.
 
Specific locations for the new solar panels have not been determined, according to Linda Kogan, director, Office of Sustainability. The campus recently received funding for the renovation of an existing science building and is constructing a new Science and Engineering Building. An event center expansion will begin this summer.
  UCCS to Implement Tuition Increases for Fall 2008 Semester
 

GraduatesFull-time Colorado-resident undergraduate students at UCCS will pay $150 to $200 more tuition per semester beginning next fall, according to plans approved by the CU Board of Regents.

 

The Regents approved tuition increases for all three CU campuses. The 7.5 percent average increase for UCCS students was the lowest of CU campuses and below a 7.7 percent rate cap established for the four-year state colleges in Colorado by the state appropriations bill. Prior to deductions for students who participate in the State of Colorado's College Opportunity Fund program, new freshmen and continuing sophomore-level students will pay $186 per credit hour, a $13 per credit hour increase from last year. Most students enroll in 12 credit hours per semester.

 

Junior and senior-level students will see increases of $180 to $250 per semester, depending on their field of study. Most junior and senior-level students are also eligible for College Opportunity Fund participation. In past years, the COF provided students with approximately $90 per credit hour in state support. The COF level is determined by the Colorado General Assembly which will continue to meet until mid-May.

 

"We have worked diligently to keep tuition reasonable and to ensure that increases are as small as possible while maintaining the high quality of instruction and keeping pace with increasing costs of operation," Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. "We remain committed to providing financial aid to students who need assistance to attend our university."

 

The amount of the campus budget dedicated to Student Financial Aid has doubled in the past five years, Shockley-Zalabak said.

 

Non-Colorado resident undergraduates pay about $765 per credit hour to attend the university and are not eligible for the Colorado Opportunity Fund. Non- resident tuition rates will not increase next year.

 

In addition to tuition, students pay course and instructional fees for specialized labs and campus services. When student tuition and fees are combined, along with other costs of attendance, the overall cost of attending UCCS will increase approximately 4.7 percent over the current year.

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