September 2008
In This Issue
UCCS a Top University Again
Earth Moves; Events Center Underway
Olympic Athletes Lead Lives as Scholars, Too

Alumni Association Benefit Spotlight
Did you know that your Alumni Association membership card entitles you to free admission to all UCCS sporting events?
If you haven't heard, athletic events at UCCS are more popular than ever, so now is a great time to get back to campus and support your Mountain Lion athletic teams.
To take advantage of this benefit (and others), contact the
at (719) 262-3180 or (800) 990-UCCS x3180. 
Upcoming Events
September 12 - November 22:
Mind the Gap Exhibit at the Gallery of Contemporary Art
Learn more on the Gallery website.
September 19, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.: School of Public Affairs Breakfast with Dominique Dawes
Learn more about the graduate programs in the School of Public Affairs and meet Dominique Dawes, the first African American to win an Olympic medal. Seating for this event is limited. Call (719) 262-3637 or email University Advancement to reserve your space.
October 11, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.: African American Alumni Reunion
Reconnect with your fellow classmates and with your alma mater at our first ever African American Alumni Reunion. Contact the Alumni Association at (719) 262-3180 or (800) 990-UCCS x3180 for more information.
October 11, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Alumni Campus Tour
If it's been a while since you've visited campus, don't hesitate to come back - we're rolling out the red carpet for you. Join us for a campus tour and see the changes you've read about first-hand. Contact the Alumni Association at (719) 262-3180 or (800) 990-UCCS x3180 for more information.
October 11, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.: Latino(a) Alumni Reunion
For the second year in a row, Latino(a) alumni will gather to share memories of their time at UCCS at reconnect with the campus. Contact the Alumni Association at (719) 262-3180 or (800) 990-UCCS x3180 for more information.
December 5: UCCS Alumni Night at the Electric Safari
Join the Alumni Association at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for an evening of family fun at the Electric Safari. Contact the Alumni Association at (719) 262-3180 or (800) 990-UCCS x3180 for more information.

Greetings! Jen Hane

The fall semester is well underway at UCCS, and we're excited to welcome you back to another edition of "Alumni Connections."
In this issue, you'll learn about the latest campus news, including our recognition as a top university in U.S. News and World Report and the successes of our Olympic athletes. In addition to the stories below, we're also happy to share the following news:
  • Sally Ride, the first woman in space, visited UCCS on September 13 for the Sally Ride Science Festival.
  • The College of Education recently hosted Eugene Garcia, an authority on helping public schools assist students who are English language learners.
  • Chinese-American author Gus Lee welcomed new UCCS students at the annual Convocation Ceremony.
Make sure to stay in touch this fall - we have several exciting alumni events on the horizon (see full listing on the left), including two reunions and a campus tour.
We hope you'll be able to join us!
Jennifer Hane, BA 2001, MPA 2004
Director of University Events and Alumni Relations
UCCS a Top University Again
US News LogoThe undergraduate engineering program at UCCS is among the best in the nation and the entire university is among the best public universities in the Western United States, according to the editors of U.S. News and World Report.
In the 2009 college rankings edition, "America's Best Colleges," released Aug. 25, the magazine's editors ranked the UCCS undergraduate engineering program tenth in the nation among public engineering schools offering bachelor's or master's degrees. The magazine's editors ranked the overall quality of UCCS sixth among public master's degree-granting Western universities.
For the past several years, UCCS ranked in the top tier of all public and private master's universities in the West. Master's universities provide a full range of undergraduate and master's degree programs.
The undergraduate engineering program at UCCS was ranked in the same category as U.S. military academies. Other top engineering programs at public universities offering bachelor's or master's degrees were California Polytechnic-San Luis Obispo, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, California State University Polytechnic-Pomona, Rowan University, San Jose State University, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Virginia Military Institute, and UCCS.
The top public Western universities granting master's degrees were California Polytechnic-San Luis Obispo, New Mexico Institute of Technology, Western Washington University, California State University-Long Beach, Evergreen State College, Arizona State University-West, California State University Polytechnic University-Pomona, and UCCS.
In ranking more than 1,400 colleges and universities, U.S. News relies on quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality. Among the measures are student retention rates, graduation rates and class size.
"On behalf of all UCCS faculty and staff, I am pleased the high-quality of UCCS was recognized from a non-partisan and objective point of view," Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. "Rankings demonstrate the commitment of this university to providing affordable, accessible education opportunities for the southern Colorado region."
A round up of rankings of other CU System universities is available at The complete rankings are available at
  Earth Moves; Event Center Underway

GroundbreakingA line of spades awaited members of the CU Board of Regents who joined with UCCS students and administrators to begin a $7 million 1,200-seat University Event Center Aug. 21.
Located between the University Center and Dwire Hall, the Event Center will aim for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification in areas such as energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, and recycled materials.
Student government supported the quest for certification. Expect construction fencing to appear on the site soon.
To view full-size images of the groundbreaking ceremony, visit the August issue of Communique.
Olympic Athletes Lead Lives as Scholars, Too
An alumnus and a currently enrolled student at UCCS returned from the 2008 Summer Olympic Games bearing medals.
Matt EmmonsMatt Emmons, who earned a master of business administration degree in 2006, earned the silver medal in the men's 50 meter three-position rifle competition. Emmons, a 27-year-old New Jersey native who now calls Colorado Springs home, earned a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics and was an honored guest at a meeting of the CU Board of Regents. He later appeared in a testimonial for the UCCS College of Business.
Adam Wheeler, 27, is a student in the School of Public Affairs. He enrolled at UCCS this summer and hopes to pursue a master's degree in public administration. Wheeler is also a recruit for the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Wheeler earned a bronze medal in the 96-kilogram class of Greco Roman wrestling, his first. The Lancaster, Calif.-native spent five years in the U.S. Coast Guard and has spent years perfecting his wrestling technique.
"Colorado Springs and its research university are honored to be represented in world-class competition," UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. "I congratulate Matt and Adam as well as their teammates for their efforts."
Emmons and Wheeler were joined by 10 other students who combine life as Olympians with that of a college student. The State of Colorado provides Olympic athletes who train in Colorado Springs with in-state tuition rates at UCCS. Each year, approximately 30 Olympic hopefuls enroll.
Members of the 2008 U.S. Summer Olympic Team who have attended UCCS since 2005, their sports and hometowns are:
  • Jaime Beyerle, shooting, Lebanon, Pa.
  • Casey Burgener, weightlifting, Bonsall, Calif.
  • Clarissa Chun, wrestling, Kapolei, Hawaii
  • David Durante, gymnastics, Garwood, N.J.
  • Carissa Gump, weightlifting, Essex Junction, Vt.
  • Jeffrey Holguin, shooting, Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Ryan Reser, judo, Denver
  • Rebecca "Beki" Snyder, shooting, Grand Junction. Snyder earned a bachelor of science in business in May 2007.
  • Taylor Takata, judo, Wahiawa, Hawaii
  • Marcie Van Dusen, wrestling, Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
  • Natalie Woolfolk, weightlifting, Buffalo, Okla. 

The Office of Alumni Relations extends a proud congratulations to all of our Olympians.

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