Alumni Association Benefit Spotlight
As an alumnus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, you may be eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate School
via Fast-Track Admission - a process designed to expedite your admission to selected UCCS graduate programs.
For more information, contact Jackie Francis
, the Graduate Student Recruitment Coordinator at (719) 262-3072 or (800) 990-UCCS x3072.
You can also learn more at our Graduate School Information Session, which is scheduled for October 23 at 5:30 p.m. (see details in the event listing below).
October 17 - November 22:
Mind the Gap Exhibit at the Gallery of Contemporary Art
October 22, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.:
School of Public Affairs Alumni Networking Reception
Join the School of Public Affairs for "An Insider's View of the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics."
Contact Mary Lou Kartis
at (719) 262-4182 for more information or to reserve your space. This event is free for all graduates.
October 23, 5:30 p.m.: Graduate School Information Session
Learn more about the graduate programs available to you at UCCS, as well as special admissions programs for UCCS alumni.
October 30, 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.: Haunted Hall
Join members of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) as they guide you on a Halloween-themed excursion through Main Hall. You've heard the ghost stories...now you can experience them first hand at this annual fall event.
October 25, 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Toy and Game Designers' Workshop
Have you ever thought about inventing a new toy or game? Or dreamed of starting your own toy company? This workshop will get you started!
Sponsored by the El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization (EPIIC) at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and hosted by inventor and entrepreneur Dr. Michael Larson, co-founder of Innovention Toys and co-creator of Khet: the Laser Game ®.
Learn more online
, or call (719) 262-3631 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.
Thanks to all of you who were able to join us for this year's Back to the Bluffs festivities. Although the weather was less than ideal, several of you attended an alumni reunion, and many of you joined us for a campus tour. If you weren't able to join us this time, stay tuned: we'll be offering more opportunities to visit your alma mater next spring.
In this month's edition of "Alumni Connections," you'll learn about the opening of the Palisades at Broadmoor Park, our continued enrollment growth and efforts to link UCCS with the Colorado community.
In addition to the stories below, we're also happy to share the following news:
- Updating your contact information with the Alumni Association is now easier than ever before. Click here to update your contact information now.
- In January 2009, the UCCS phone prefix will change from 262 to 255. Learn more about the reasons for the switch online.
- You can witness the progress of the Campus Events Center and view renderings of the new facility on our construction website.
- A philanthropist gave UCCS business students a free subscription to the Wall Street Journal.
Thank you again for support of the UCCS Alumni Association. We're happy to have you with us!
Jennifer Hane, BA 2001, MPA 2004
Director of University Events and Alumni Relations
||Palisades at Broadmoor Park a Living Learning Community|
When Sara Qualls, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies, talks about the Palisades at Broadmoor Park, she sees the future.
The new senior housing campus that offers independent apartments and patio homes, assisted living, and a memory unit in southwest Colorado Springs represents the latest partnership between a private developer and the university. The partnership provides the opportunity for leading-edge research in helping Americans live their lives to the fullest.
"We baby boomers are going to benefit from the work that is taking place now with our parents as they age," Qualls said. "This leading edge research that is taking place is going to affect lives now and well into the future."
Qualls sees Palisades as a laboratory with plenty of room for university departments to apply knowledge and to create new models of older adult living.
The Palisades at Broadmoor Park was developed by Dunn and Associates and is located at 4547 Palisades Park View, near Broadmoor Bluffs Drive and Colorado Highway 115. For more information, call 226-CARE (2273).
Several university departments are actively involved in what Qualls calls an "integrated care model," a mouthful name for a project with straightforward goals.
"At Palisades, the residents will have a full wellness evaluation when they move in - although this is a standard for Palisades, we know of no other senior housing in the US that does a thorough wellness approach." Qualls said. "A year after moving in, the residents will have a follow up evaluation with the expectation that they will have improved physically and cognitively, or at worst, maintained well-being."
To achieve such a lofty goal, multiple services affecting the mind and the body will be wrapped around the Palisades residents. For example, students and faculty from the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences will operate an on-site wellness clinic and conduct a multidimensional wellness program, Theaterworks will provide dinner theater-style performances, and four undergraduate students dubbed "Palisades Scholars" will provide games, arts and crafts and technology support for residents in exchange for room and board. A live-in Palisades Scholar Fellowship is also available to a student who will live on-site and observe the new model.
As Qualls is fond of saying, the image of "Uncle Joe" in the rocking chair is gone. Palisades leases are all-inclusive of an exercise room, a billiards room, an internet café, and a saline pool in an effort to help keep older adults active and engaged. Those features are obvious. But Qualls sees considerable opportunity for behind-the-scenes efforts. All staff share in designing engaging activities that foster intergenerational community among staff and residents. An example of hidden benefits might be information technology systems that connect personal training data with physician and nursing records to provide early warning systems of potential physical and mental changes.
The possibilities are nearly limitless, Qualls says, and incentives exist for faculty and staff to participate. The intellectual property rights from new developments will remain with the university, allowing them to be used commercially. Additionally, Palisades will provide 1 percent of its gross revenues to UCCS. Additionally, faculty and staff (and their first degree relatives) receive a 5 percent discount in lease rates.
"This is matter of using what we know, and what we can learn, to enhance the quality of life" Qualls said. "This is a noble mission to change the standards of the entire senior housing industry."
||Enrollment Nears 8,000, Includes Largest-Ever Freshman Class|
Led by a record freshman class, total enrollment at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is 7,960 this fall, a 4 percent increase from 2007, according to figures compiled by the Office of Admissions and Records.
This year, there are 1,157 new freshmen at UCCS, an increase of 144 students or 14 percent, from last year. Overall undergraduate enrollment increased to 6,494, a 269 student or 4 percent increase from 2007. Graduate enrollment increased to 1,466, a 29 student or 2 percent increase from 2007. The overall UCCS enrollment of 7,960 is the largest in campus history.
"I am deeply appreciative of the work by faculty and staff to recruit and retain students to our campus," Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. "Our enrollment is a record but perhaps just as important is our retention of students from the freshman to sophomore year, putting them on track to graduate and to realize their potential as educated members of our broader community."
Retention of freshman students increased to 70 percent this year, a record for the campus. Shockley-Zalabak attributed improved retention to innovations such as the Freshman Seminar program as well as outreach and intervention efforts guided by the Office of Student Retention and First Year Experience.
The office has renewed contact with students and also has encouraged faculty and staff to assist in helping students with personal and academic challenges that might cause them to quit school. Enrollment of students who self-identify as a member of an ethnic minority group increased to 1,450, a 61 student or 4 percent increase from last year. Ethnic minority students are now 18 percent of all students and 19 percent of the undergraduate student body.
The campus also saw increases in the number of men who enrolled. Of the 298 student increase from a year ago, 240 new students were men. Men now account for 43 percent of the campus enrollment.
In a summary of student credit hours, UCCS students enrolled in 91,426 credit hours, a 4.7 percent increase from last year, according to the Office of Admissions and Records. Student credit hours are determined by the number of students on campus and the number of courses selected. On average, UCCS students enrolled in 11.5 credit hours, a slight increase from last year and continuing the trend of recent years.
||Disaster Recovery Website Launched|
A new free tool to help disaster survivors take charge of their own recovery will be available to Weld County residents thanks to a partnership of local and regional behavioral health experts.
Researchers at the UCCS Trauma, Health, & Hazards Center and partner company BlueSun, Inc. developed Journey to Disaster Recovery, an interactive website that empowers people to take charge of their recovery following a traumatic event like a natural disaster.
The Journey to Disaster Recovery website helps people feel more in control after a disaster and gives them information about the recovery process. The free, interactive website is now available through the Colorado Spirit program to the disaster survivors affected by the May 22 tornados that struck much of Weld County and a small portion of Larimer County.
Because of the tornados, North Range Behavioral Health, the community mental health agency for Northern Colorado, was designated by the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health Disaster Planning and Response Team as the provider agency for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Crisis Counseling Program. The local Crisis Counseling Program, called Colorado Spirit, supports these communities' recovery by offering educational, community outreach and crisis counseling services.
The tornados that struck Northern Colorado on May 22 damaged or destroyed more than 4,200 homes and 225 businesses and killed one person. The tornados-one reaching three quarters of a mile wide-were accompanied by high winds and large hail. Because the storm struck in the late morning and early afternoon, many people were at work, school, and daycare, which increased the psychological stress levels of those in its path. The Colorado Spirit team estimates that more than 3,000 people, including residents, business owners and employees, and hundreds of children in school or at daycare, were affected by this disaster.
The website is available for free and was launched on October 15. Brochures describing the website are available at public locations and local businesses throughout the areas damaged by the tornados.
In addition, Colorado Spirit staff are looking for survivors willing to test the website for 30 days as part of the UCCS research effort. To find out more about how to participate in this research study, please contact the UCCS Trauma, Health, & Hazard Center at (800) 990-8227, ext. 3843 or the Colorado Spirit staff at (970) 347-2358.