January 2009
In This Issue
Business Owner, Alum Contributes to UCCS Engineering Scholarships
UCCS, Seven other Colleges, Present Unified Front to Colorado Commission on Higher Education
UCCS Professor Most Productive in World
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Set Sail with Your Alma Mater
 
In February 2010, prepare to set sail with your Alumni Association. We'll be venturing to the Western Caribbean for a 5-day cruise, with ports of call in Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
 
For more information and details on pricing, visit www.plantocruise.com and click on the "Groups" link at the top of page.
 
If you have additional questions or concerns, please send us an email at alumni@uccs.edu or give us a call at (719) 255-3180.
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Lucinda Todd
 
Join Us for a Celebration of Black History Month
 
Lessons from Brown vs. Board of Education: The Quest for Black Citizenship
 
Keynote presentation by Nancy Todd-Noches, daughter of Brown v. Board plaintiff Lucinda Todd, and her husband, Ramon Noches.
Light supper buffet provided.
 
When: February 17, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: Upper Lodge, UCCS
 
Space is limited. RSVP to Carla Rupprecht at (719) 255-4153 by February 10 to confirm your attendance.
 
For additional details, please visit the event website.
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Gerry Riggs
 
In Memory:
William Gerald Riggs
 
 Gerry Riggs, former director of the UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art died on January 3 in Pagosa Springs, following an apparent suicide.
 
UCCS will be hosting a memorial for Gerry on Friday, January 23 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, contact Margie Teals-Davis at (719) 255-4552. Parking on campus will be free for guests after 4:00 p.m.
 
You can learn more about Gerry and his life online in the Gazette.
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In Memory:
Barbara Lorch
 
 Barbara Ruth Lorch (Day) passed away on December 16, 2008 at Westminster Village after a long illness.
 
An accomplished scholar, Barbara graduated from Washington State University summa cum laude in 1946 with a degree in psychology, and earned her master's degree in sociology from the same institution in 1947. Barbara completed her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Washington in 1956. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and the Delta Delta Delta sorority.

After receiving her master's degree, Barbara began her career as a college professor.  She taught sociology at a number of universities in the western United States, including Arizona State University, the University of Montana, California State University at Long Beach, and, for most of her professional life, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She retired as an emeritus professor in 1991.
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Special Thanks to Our Exclusive Sponsor
 
The Office of Alumni Relations would like to extend a special thank you to Ent Federal Credit Union, exclusive sponsor of our printed alumni publication, the Roar.
 
Ent Federal Credit Union is the leading financial institution in Southern Colorado with over 50 years of experience serving the community. Ent is a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union with 27 service centers, offering personal and business banking services to those in the Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Denver areas. Ent offers a variety of services and conveniences, giving members the FREEDOM to live life on their own terms.
Greetings! Jen Hane

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It's hard to believe that another semester is already underway. With the start of classes, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of all that's taking place.
 
Later this spring, we'll be opening our Science and Engineering Building. Many of you have read about the magnitude of this project over the past several months, and soon, the idea that the building represents will become a reality.
 
In addition, you'll read below that the Alumni and Friends Association is launching a travel program: we'll be setting sail for the Western Caribbean in February 2010, so mark your calendars now and plan to join us.
 
We hope that the new year finds you well, and as always, we wish you and your loved ones the best.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jennifer Hane, BA '01, MPA '04 
Director of University Events and Alumni Relations
Business Owner, Alum Contributes to Engineering Scholarships
 
Kevin O'NeilThe president of Braxton Technologies, a software engineering and design firm, recently donated $50,000 to support student scholarships for engineering students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Kevin O'Neil, president, Braxton Technologies, a Colorado Springs-based manufacturer of software used in satellite and weapons controls, pledged to support ten $5,000 scholarships for qualified engineering students beginning in fall 2009. The scholarships are for Colorado Springs- area high school graduates.

"We are deeply appreciative of Kevin O'Neil's support of the future generation of engineers and leaders," R. "Dan" Dandapani, dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, said. "This scholarship will help students achieve their dreams of designing solutions to challenges we face now and will face in the future, and the college will partner with Mr. O'Neil to spread the importance of engineering education to our community."

O'Neil purchased Braxton Technologies in 2008 following a successful career in residential real estate, and business acquisition and investing. He is a 1990 UCCS graduate, having earned a degree in communication.

"I feel we all have a duty to build our community with the means we have available to us. Giving personal time to speak at the area schools to motivate our kids into local higher education and degrees from those institutions, will truly make our community stronger in the years to come."

O'Neil's two children, Jake and Lindy, also attend the university and are freshmen.

The scholarship will be administered by the CU Foundation, a privately governed nonprofit corporation founded in 1967 whose mission is to support the University of Colorado. Today, the Foundation manages an endowment that exceeds $430 million and has total assets of more than $717 million.
UCCS, Seven Other Colleges, Present Unified Front to Colorado Commission on Higher Education
 
El Pomar CenterIn what is believed to be an historic moment, eight southern Colorado college and university leaders pledged cooperation 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.

"It is a fact that income rates in southern Colorado are below those in the northern part of the state," Pam Shockley-Zalabak, chancellor, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, said. "It is also a fact that the percentage of adults with college degrees is less and that the number of young people participating in any kind of post-secondary education is less. We are here in an attempt to change that, improving access to college for all and focusing specifically on traditionally underrepresented populations."

Shockley-Zalabak was joined before the commissioners by Colorado State University-Pueblo President Joe Garcia, Pueblo Community College President J.D. Garvin, Adams State College President David Svaldi, Otero Junior College President James Rizzuto, Pikes Peak Community College President Tony Kinkel, Trinidad State Junior College President Ruth Ann Woods and Lamar Community College President John Marrin.

Each education leader talked about respective partnerships between respective schools and with home communities in an effort to improve personal well-being as well as collective, community improvement.

"We work together on a regional basis, not on the basis of our respective governing bodies or systems," Rizzuto said. "We work across those dividing lines to help our communities."

Kinkel and Woods cited a unique program to train linemen, a high-demand, high-wage field, as an example of cooperation.

"Trinidad had the expertise in this area and we (Pikes Peak Community College) did not," Kinkel told the commissioners. "Rather than duplicating efforts -- or worrying about service areas - we are working together with the result of 150 people enrolled in a program that Colorado Springs Utilities needs almost immediately."

Garcia focused his comments on cooperative efforts to recruit Hispanic students noting that while Hispanic students make up 28 percent of the enrollment in K-12 schools, only 12 percent of students enrolled at Colorado higher education institutions are Hispanic. Garvin talked about the merger of Pueblo Community College and San Juan Basin Technical College which resulted in improved education for students. Svaldi told commissioners about Adams State College efforts to offer four-year degrees at three community colleges and the importance of meeting students "where they are." Marrin used as his example a cooperative effort between Lamar and UCCS to allow nursing students to earn bachelor's degrees.

Colorado Commission on Higher Education leaders referred to the presentation as historic, noting that it was the first time leaders of so many institutions had presented a unified front.
UCCS Professor Most Productive in World
 
Gary KleinA professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is the most productive scholar in the field of information systems, according to a study recently published in the European Journal of Information Systems.

Gary Klein, Couger professor of business at UCCS, was cited at the top of a list of the "Top 32" most productive authors in the World in information systems. The study was completed by Michael Gallivan, associate professor, Georgia State University, and Raquel Benbunan-Fich, associate professor, City University of New York.

In their study, Gallivan and Benbunan-Fitch challenged previous rankings of productivity by examining criteria used to determine which journals were of the highest quality as well as whether there was geographic or gender bias. The study resulted in broader representation of authors from outside North America as well as of more women scholars but left Klein at the top of the list. Previous rankings had also placed Klein as among the most productive scholars.

"We are very proud to have the most prolific publisher of information systems among our faculty," Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, said. "This ranking confirms Gary's position as a leader in information systems and showcases the College's efforts in helping the campus accomplish the vision of becoming a comprehensive regional research university."

The complete article is available online.

Klein teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in emerging technologies, programming languages, and project management. His research interests include system analysis and design, model management, project management and decision support systems. He joined the UCCS faculty in 1998 and served as interim dean of the College of Business in 2003-2004. He earned bachelor's, master's and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.
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