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Community Connections:
January 2009
Pam Shockley-ZalabakDear Friends,
In December, I told a room full of Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation members that the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs could not be a great university without a great community. But the converse is also true. Colorado Springs cannot be a great community without a great university.

I went on to elaborate on a Southern Colorado Innovation Strategy, an effort that encourages us to follow the counsel of Eleanor Roosevelt given during the depths of the Great Depression. She said, "the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

The time is right for us to dream about what could be and what should be, using our current economic downturn as an opportunity to plan for collective and individual futures.

An important part of planning for the future is to share information and to invite others to build upon the ideas being launched at the university. This is the purpose of this e-newsletter, to share with you our actions and to invite you to join us in inventing the future of our region.

Future editions will carry less from me and more about the progress underway, including profiles of faculty members, updates on progress at the university, and key indicators of the university's future.

We ask for your attention for a few moments and for your assistance in building the kind of university, and the kind of community, that makes us proud. If, after reading our first edition of UCCS Community Connections, you wish to unsubscribe, please respond to the Office of University Advancement.

Pam Shockley-Zalabak

UCCS, Seven other Colleges, Present Regional Front to Colorado Commission on Higher Education
GraduatesIn what is believed to be an historic moment, eight southern Colorado college and university leaders pledged cooperation Thursday to improve the long-term future of the region through education.

Speaking at the Colorado Commission on Higher Education meeting on the campus of Colorado State University, Pueblo, the leaders of regional community colleges, state colleges, and universities spoke to commissioners about the need for regional collaboration, citing current examples and pledging to do more in an effort to provide short- and long-term economic boosts. Read More... 
Partnership Allows Rural Community to "Grow its Own" Health Professionals 
Hospital VisitA rural healthcare outreach effort between UCCS and Lamar Community College will support close-to-home baccalaureate and graduate nurse education for residents of southeast Colorado. Read More... 
Faculty Seek Input on Needs of Business Leaders 
professor in class with adultsCreating opportunities for making connections is one of the primary purposes of the Alumni Association, and in January, the College of Business Alumni Association Community Outreach team brought together faculty and business leaders for an evening of networking and brainstorming. Read More...
In This Issue
UCCS, Seven other Colleges, Present Regional Front to Colorado Commission on Higher Education
Partnership Allows Rural Community to "Grow its Own" Health Professionals
Faculty Seek Input on Needs of Business Leaders
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