July 2008
In This Issue
UCCS Leaders Accept Steel and Silver Series Award
New Master's in Education Approved at June Regents Meeting
CU Contributes to Colorado in Many Direct, Indirect Ways
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Alumni Association Benefit Spotlight
 
Did you know that one of your Alumni Association membership benefits is Kraemer Family Library Borrowing privileges?
 
Alumni must have a current membership card in order to check out (to get your card, send us an email).
 
With the card, alumni have the same rights as undergraduate students, i.e.: two week check-outs, inter-library loans through "Prospector," etc.
 
If a member does not have his/her card he/she may use a Public Library card to make check-outs, but there is a limit of five books, and some of the other Library privileges are not included. 
To take advantage of this benefit (and others), contact the
at (719) 262-3180 or (800) 990-UCCS x3180. 
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Upcoming Events
 
Through Aug. 7, the Gallery of Contemporary Art will feature the work of Matt Barton, assistant professor, Visual and Performing Arts, and Corey Drieth, assistant professor, Visual and Performing Arts.
 
Learn more online or call (719) 262-3567 for more information.
Greetings! Jennifer Hane

Greetings from the UCCS Alumni Association. In this month's issue of Alumni Connections, we'll spotlight athletic achievements, a new degree program and CU's prestige in and impact on the State of Colorado.
 
In addition to these stories, we're also pleased to announce the following:
We've also added a new feature to the alumni website entitled "Alumni in the News." Here, you'll be able to read about the achievements of your fellow graduates as we receive them.
 
If you have a news item to share, please pass it on or submit a "class note" - we want to celebrate with you!
 
Jennifer Hane, BA 2001, MPA 2004
Director of University Events and Alumni Relations
UCCS Leaders Accept Steel and Silver Series Award
 
trophyThe first presentation of a traveling trophy between UCCS and Colorado State University-Pueblo occurred on July 1 at one of Colorado Springs' busiest street corners.
 
Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak accepted the trophy from CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia, in front of Rutledge's, 102 N. Tejon, to mark UCCS Mountain Lion victory in the annual Steel and Silver contest between the schools.
 
The contest awards points to the winner of games between the schools in six men's and women's sports and a five-point bonus to the university whose student-athletes have the best grades. Mountain Lion teams won this year's contest with a score of 22-9, including the coveted five-point grade bonus. UCCS teams prevailed in women's volleyball, women's softball, and men's golf. CSU-Pueblo teams prevailed in women's basketball and men's soccer. The schools were even in men's basketball.
 
"I am extraordinarily proud of the accomplishments of UCCS student-athletes on the field and in the classroom," Shockley-Zalabak said. "It was an honor for me to accept this trophy in recognition of their accomplishments on behalf of the university. I also want to congratulate the athletes at CSU-Pueblo who have contributed to this spirited rivalry."
 
The Steel and Silver series is three years old. But the traveling trophy, created by Joan Aaland, Colorado Springs, is new. The 18-inch-high, 80-pound bronze and mahogany trophy features a beam representing Pueblo's steel production history and a pick axe representing the mining history of Colorado Springs. A wolf and a mountain lion are also featured. The trophy will be awarded to the annual winner of the series.

In addition to Pamela Shockley-Zalabak and Garcia, representatives from the Mountain Lion and the Thunderwolf athletic programs were in attendance, along with other university officials.

The Steel and Silver series was named in recognition of the economic history of the cities where the universities are located. Pueblo was one of the largest steel production centers in the West, while Colorado Springs served as a hub for the hard-rock miners in the area.
 
UCCS fields 13 men's and women's NCAA Division II athletic teams and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. For more information, visit www.gomountainlions.com.
 
 
New Master's in Education Approved
 

El Pomar CenterThe CU Board of Regents approved a proposal that will allow the UCCS College of Education to offer a Master of Arts in Leadership in Education at its June meeting.

 

Pending final approval by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the new program will have tracks in leadership for P-12 schools and student affairs in higher education.

 

The Master of Arts in Leadership in Education emerges from a reorganization of two existing tracks within the College of Education, the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and the Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services.

 

"Reorganizing these two separate programs into one new program is innovative and will allow the College of Education to continue to build and expand its demonstrated excellence in serving the needs of both students and the community," said La Vonne Neal, dean, College of Education. "I wish to complement the faculty for their work in developing this proposal."

 

The impetus for the change was three-fold.

  • The college recently identified demand for the program through a needs assessment conducted in El Paso and other counties in southern Colorado. Respondents said the newly configured degree would better fit their needs than separate tracks.
  • The implementation of the program for a doctoral degree in leadership, research and policy last year makes the Master of Arts Degree in Leadership in Education a more logical foundation for the leadership in P-12 schools track.
  • As school districts in the immediate Pikes Peak region continue to service more than 100,000 students, programs are needed to develop practitioners who can assume leadership roles within those organizations.
The new degree will not require any additional resources because the college is able to re-deploy existing resources. Following approval by the CU Regents, the degree must be reviewed by the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
  CU Contributes to Colorado in Many Direct, Indirect Ways

LandscapeThe University of Colorado system contributed $4.7 billion to the Colorado economy in 2007, including $3.7 billion in direct payroll, construction and technology expenditures, according to an economic impact report the university released in June.
 
The report, available online and in print, details the direct and indirect ways in which the university contributes to Colorado's economy through work force and business development, employment, tourism, demand for goods and services, technology transfer and health care, surpassing some of Colorado's other major economic drivers.
 
"This report articulates what I have known for quite some time: higher education is a sound investment for the state of Colorado," said CU President Bruce D. Benson. "Universities not only enrich the lives of students through education and preparation for an increasingly competitive global marketplace, but are engines that drive long-term, statewide economic development."
 
The University of Colorado system, the state's fourth-largest employer, continues to provide a good return on Colorado's investment, giving back $26.50 to the state economy for every $1 of unrestricted state general fund support it receives.
 
The university has accomplished these contributions despite dwindling higher education support over the past six years. Colorado is ranked 49th nationally for per-student state funding compared to peer institutions. Since 2002, the state's per-student funding has dropped by 19.3 percent, leaving higher education searching for new funding, including tuition increases.
 
High among the University of Colorado's core missions is academic research on all its campuses. Researchers working in the university system attracted some $637 million in research funding in fiscal year 2007-2008, exploring and innovating in a variety of fields such as medicine, aerospace, renewable energy development and biotechnology.
 
University of Colorado students contribute substantially to the state's economy as well. When students - and the visitors who come to Colorado to see them - spend money around the state, Colorado's tourism and the retail sectors benefit as well. Last year, University of Colorado students and their visitors generated $1 billion on meals, rent, entertainment, clothing and utilities.
 
The University of Colorado boasts a combined total of 55,000 students at campuses in Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver, including the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Among Colorado's four-year public universities, it confers 42 percent of all bachelor's degrees; 60 percent of all master's degrees; 57 percent of all doctorates; and 82 percent of all first-professional degrees.
 
Contributions by alumni do not end at graduation, however. Many University of Colorado graduates choose to remain in Colorado, supplying the state with civic, political and business leadership, a highly skilled, entrepreneurial work force and cutting-edge, start-up companies.
 
DnaTechnologies developed at the University of Colorado - from biotechnology to renewable energy solutions - have formed the basis of 44 new Colorado companies over the past five years. All but four still operate, and of those all but four are based in Colorado or have significant Colorado operations. Revenues from royalties based on sales of products protected by university patents, including legal settlements, was $113.5 million in fiscal year 2006-07. The University of Colorado is among the top 10 universities nationwide in the number of companies created.
 
In the health care arena, the University of Colorado is the only Colorado university that prepares physicians, dentists and pharmacists. UC Denver's Anschutz Medical Campus also trains physical therapists, medical technicians, dental hygienists and other medical professionals. It joins the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UCCS as a leader in the preparation of nurses. Last year, the university produced 137 medical doctors, 59 dentists, 157 pharmacists and 474 nurses.
 
For every dollar of state funding, the UC Denver School of Medicine generates more than $52 in clinical revenues, grants, contracts and other revenues. Last year, the school received $12 million in state funding and provided $26 million in uncompensated care for Coloradans.
 
Last year, university employees - about a third of them in the state classified system - contributed $34.5 million in Colorado payroll taxes. The university's three-campus, four-location system employs some 24,000 faculty, staff and students, and created additional jobs in the public and private sectors through demand for construction, goods and manufacturing.
 
To read more about the University of Colorado system and its 2007 economic impact report, go to http://www.cu.edu.
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