November 2008
In This Issue
Honors Program Ramps Up
Colorado Health Foundation Grant Connects UCCS to Community Elderly
UCCS Professor Studies in Jamaica as Fulbright Scholar
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Alumni Association Benefit Spotlight
 
Did you know that as a UCCS graduate, you still have access to the services at the Career Center?
 
Take advantage of those services this Thursday, November 13 from 12:30 - 5:00 p.m., at the UCCS Career Fair. Employers from throughout the Colorado Springs community will gather in the University Center Gymnasium and will be accepting resumes for a variety of positions.
 
To learn more about the Career Fair and about the services that the Career Center can provide to you, contact Bev Kratzer at (719) 262-3745. 
 
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 Officer Highline
 
In Memoriam:
Officer Craig Highline
 
Craig Highline, corporal, Police Department, died Oct. 17 following an off-campus traffic accident near his home in Security.
 
UCCS faculty, staff and students who donned blue ribbons and collected teddy bears in honor of Officer Craig Highline this week were joined in honoring him by members of the Colorado Springs Police and Fire Departments and law enforcement officials from around the state.
 
CSPD officers led a motorcade from his memorial service at Holy Apostles Catholic Church to a reception at the Odd Fellows Hall. In addition, CSPD Officers provided a bagpiper at the services and assigned reserve officers for campus, allowing UCCS police officers to attend the service. See Highline's obituary as well as KKTV's coverage of the motorcade online.
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Science Renovation Gets a Boost
 
Bonds to finance $231 million in construction projects at Colorado colleges and universities were sold this week and include $17 million to renovate the UCCS Science building. An architect and contractor are contracted and a nine-month schedule designed. Plans call for the renovated building to be ready for the Fall 2010 semester. Learn more online.
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Get Ready for 255
 
As reported in last month's issue, UCCS has outgrown its 262 telephone prefix.  As a result, UCCS is beginning its transition away from "262" toward "255."  The official change will take place on Jan.1, 2009, so update your address books accordingly.
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Update Your Contact Information
 
As you read in last month's issue, updating your contact information with the Alumni Association has never been easier. Simply visit our online update form, enter your new address, and click "Submit."
 
If you aren't sure what address we have on file, go ahead and complete the form anyway. We'll take care of the appropriate changes for you.
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Applications are Now Being Accepted for the PhD in Educational Leadership
 
The PhD Program in Educational Leadership, Research and Policy is designed to meet the personal and professional needs of educational leaders in school districts, higher education, and non-governmental organizations through rigorous courses in leadership, research and policy. This innovative program combines challenging coursework with collaborative faculty-student research labs that prepare students for successful completion of the dissertation and professional application of skills and knowledge.
 
For more information, visit the College of Education website or contact Melissa Schecter, Student Services Manager, at (719) 262-4526.
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If you do (and we know the answer is yes), encourage them to sign up for "Alumni Connections" if they aren't already on the list. To sign up, send an email to alumni@uccs.edu.
 
You can pass the newsletter on to your fellow graduates by clicking the "Forward email" link at the bottom of the newsletter.
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Upcoming Events
 
November 13, 12:30 - 5:00 p.m.: UCCS Career Fair
Take advantage of your Alumni Association Career Center benefit at the Career Fair in the University Center Gymnasium. Visit the Career Center website or contact Bev Kratzer at (719) 262-3745 for more information.
 
November 13, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.:
Graduate School Open House
Join us in University Center Room 303 for the Graduate School Open House to learn about the programs that best suit your needs. Information will be available regarding special admission programs for alumni. For more information, contact Jackie Francis at (719) 262-3072.
 
December 4 - 21:
 Theaterworks presents "The Lying Kind"
Learn more on the Theaterworks website (and don't forget to take advantage of your Alumni Association Theaterworks ticket discount).
 
  December 5, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.: 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. Tickets are available at $5.50 per person for adults (children 11 and under are free). To purchase tickets, contact the Alumni Association at (719) 262-3180 or (800) 990-UCCS x3180.
Greetings! Jen Hane

If you've been reading "Alumni Connections" for a while, you'll notice a few changes this month.
 
We've added some quick news stories on the left panel of the newsletter. Although you'll just see a few sentences about stories we think you'd like to know about, you can click the link at the end of each story (where applicable) for more information.
 
In addition to the stories below, we're also excited to share the following news:
  • News and information about the UCCS Alumni Association can now be heard on Radio UCCS, the campus internet radio station. You can tune in online every Monday at 4:00 p.m. MST. 
  • Governor Bill Ritter and Sen. Bill Cadman
    visited UCCS a few weeks ago to offer their insight on Amendment 58
  • Construction was completed at the intersection of Union and Austin Bluffs, thus eliminating excuses for being late to work or class.

Don't forget to join us at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on December 5 for UCCS Night at the Electric Safari. Additional details are available on the left, and more information about the event will be forthcoming.

Thank you again for your continued support!
 
Jennifer Hane, BA '01, MPA '04 
Director of University Events and Alumni Relations
Honors Program Ramps Up
 
Mike HackmanMichael Hackman, professor, Communication, is searching for the best and brightest. The director of the new UCCS Honors Program is scouring southern Colorado and the Western U.S. recruiting the program's first wave of UCCS honors students.
 
The program begins in just 10 short months and Hackman and the Honors Program committee are focusing on students who fit the designated criteria and also working through the final details of the program.
 
Although many colleges and universities currently have honors programs, the UCCS program is unique and rare in two distinct ways.
 
"Clearly in building an Honors Program from the ground up we are most concerned with developing a distinctive program that will challenge our highest potential students. Honors education is not one size fits all and we hope to create a program that will be meaningful to our student population at UCCS and will attract attention from prospective students throughout Colorado and the country," Hackman explained.
 
How will the UCCS program differ?
 
First, the UCCS Honors Program targets a population of students not frequently identified by other honors programs, first-generation college students of high ability. These students are typically from rural and historically under-represented population bases.
 
Lab Student 2Second, UCCS Honors students are required to not only perform at high levels in their course work, but also participate in cohort first-year and senior experiences that center around experiential learning. These students will be required to participate in various types of community service such as service-learning courses, internships, leading campus or community activities, or serving as an ambassador from the campus to other constituencies.
 
The Honors Program, structured as a minor, has a minimum of 18 credit hours of honors- designated work. Those accepted into the Honors Program will:
  • work with selected faculty in smaller class settings, encouraging students to engage in a collaborative, vigorous intellectual life that prepares them for admission to and success in graduate and professional schools;
  • enter as a cohort, taking a special section of Freshman Seminar;
  • enroll in at least 15 credits of honors-designated courses in the sophomore and junior year; and
  • return for a senior-level Honors Seminar to reflect upon their experiences, discuss their plans for the future, and develop a seminar project.
In addition to the Freshman Honor Seminar and the Senior Honors Seminar, there are also two types of honors courses. Dedicated Honors Courses are multi-section courses reserved for honors students and Designated Honors Courses are courses students take for honors credit after requesting permission from the faculty member teaching and by arranging distinctive course requirements.
 
For additional specifics about the Honors Program such as selection criteria, eligibility, curricular requirements, please visit the Honors Program website.
  Colorado Health Foundation Grant Connects UCCS to Community Elderly

Elderly handsWhen the physician at Peak Vista Community Health Centers South Senior Health Center suspected her elderly patient was addicted to anxiety medication, she decided to write a prescription for only one more month's supply.
 
As part of a collaborative program with UCCS and the CU Aging Center, the patient received follow-up mental health services in an uninterrupted flow of professionals. As the physician left the exam room, a fourth-year UCCS doctoral student entered and began work on a tapered-down medication plan and behavioral health counseling appointments to eliminate the psychotropic medicines.
 
Such interagency cooperation, as well as coordination of mental and physical health care, is the model of the future, according to Michael Kenny, executive director, CU Aging Center, and a clinical psychologist.
 
"Depression and cognitive decline lead to bad decision-making and failure to manage long-term health issues," Kenny explained. "The connection between mind and body, and treatment with professionals who appreciate the connection, leads to improved health and improved lives."
 
But Kenny is no longer opining about the future. Thanks to a three-year $467,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation, UCCS psychology faculty and students training to be clinical psychologists will work hand-in-hand with three Colorado Springs agencies to assist older residents and to provide mental health care integrated with physical health care and social services.
 
The three agencies, Silver Key Senior Services, Peak Vista Community Health Centers, and Sunny Vista Living Center, will partner with UCCS to improve the health and quality of life of clients. Students in the university's gerospsychology doctoral program, one of only four in the nation, will provide a seamless line between mental and physical health and social services under the supervision of university faculty.
 
Elderly gardnerBecause the agencies serve different populations, Kenny is excited to devise processes that effectively use each agency and its contact with older citizens. For example, Silver Key uses volunteers who often deliver meals to homes of citizens who live independently while Sunny Vista is a long-term care facility with a full-time nursing staff. At Peak Vista Community Health Centers, students will be working closely with medical professionals and patients who are seeking help for physical ailments.
 
For Silver Key, training volunteers to look for behavioral health issues of their clients, and having a mental health specialist available for consultation with case workers, will allow intervention before issues become more serious, or grim.
 
"A volunteer can observe a change in mood, for example, or might observe that a client isn't keeping himself up as well as he had in the past," Kenny said. "Noticing those things could lead to a consultation that could range from a specialist simply talking to the client about how he or she is doing to a recommendation to move to an assisted living facility."
 
At Sunny Vista, faculty and students will work closely with staff on individual cases as well as to design group therapy sessions to talk about managing diseases such as diabetes, coronary disease and arthritis.
 
From the experiences, UCCS faculty and community partners can demonstrate that an integrated mental and physical health model is an effective way to enhance health care and promote wellness. For Kenny, the issue is of concern as baby boom generation members age and place increasing stress on the nation's health care system.
 
In addition to community mental health outreach programs, the CU Aging Center provides traditional psychotherapy services, offers comprehensive neuropsychological testing and a memory clinic, and coordinates a caregiver program for distressed families and their aging loved ones. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (719) 471-4884.
 
The CU Aging Center opened in 1999 and is the premier mental health facility for older adults and their families in the Pikes Peak Region. The center operates concurrently with the UCCS Department of Psychology as a primary training site for doctoral students in the Psychology of Aging (Geropsychology) program. For more information, visit the Aging Center website.
UCCS Professor Studies in Jamaica as Fulbright Scholar
 
WelshonRobert "Rex" Welshon, associate dean, College of Letters Arts and Sciences was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to lecture at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, during the 2008-09 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
 
Welshon is teaching a philosophy of language course and a graduate-level course on analytic philosophy in addition to assisting with dissertation committees and consulting with University of West Indies leadership on its general education curriculum. He has also visited Jamaican high schools and will participate in various panel discussions and presentations over the next several months.
 
Welshon began his Fulbright in late August and will continue through May 2009. He is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program this year.
 
"I arrived in Jamaica three days before Hurricane Gustav, which brought torrential rain and a great deal of destruction, including the death of 14 people," Welshon said. "Being part of something as well-established as the Fulbright program is amazing, particularly as I have the opportunity to travel to more remote parts of the country and to interact with people as an expert rather than as a tourist."
 
JamaicaThe Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the Unites States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 286,500 people - 108,160 Americans who have taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States - with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
 
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership in their fields.
 
For more information, visit the Fulbright website.
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