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Alumni Connections:
College of Letters, Arts & Sciences,
August 2010
Dear ,
 
Jen HaneAs you can see from the content below, we have much to report from the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences! We hope you're enjoying the increased specificity of our new publication style, and that it is allowing you to establish stronger connections to the faculty and programs at UCCS that mean the most to you.
 
Please feel free to contact us with suggestions or comments - we want to hear your feedback.
 
Hope to see you on campus soon,
 
Jennifer Hane, BA '01, MPA '04
Director of University Events and Alumni Relations
U.S. News 2011 Best Colleges Guide: UCCS seventh in the West
 
Clock Tower CloseWASHINGTON, D.C. - Undergraduate engineering at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is among the best in the nation and the high-quality of all programs make UCCS among the best public universities in the Western United States, according to the editors of U.S. News and World Report.
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Centennial Hall Opens with Fanfare
 

Centennial HallAt an Aug. 19 dedication ceremony, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak officially re-named the Science Building Centennial Hall and concluded a year-long, $17 million renovation project.

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The Colorado Springs Gazette also wrote about Centennial Hall in UCCS science building enters modern age with new look, name.

 

In addition, KOAA aired an interview with a UCCS vice chancellor in New science building at UCCS
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Alum Leaves Estate to Benefit English Department
 
BooksA woman whose Air Force career taught her to stand up to those in positions of authority left her estate to the Department of English. (More)
Biochemistry Degrees Now Offered
 
Campus PanoramicThe Colorado Department of Higher Education approved UCCS to offer Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry. (More) 
CU Scientists Secure $847 Million in Research Funding
 
testUniversity of Colorado faculty researchers on four campuses secured more than $847 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2009-10 to advance scientific work in laboratories and in the field, remaining highly competitive among peers despite the economic downturn.
 
UCCS researchers received more than $8 million in sponsored research funding. Important ARRA-funded projects included the $415,000 NSF grant won by an engineering professor to develop high-performance batteries for hybrid vehicles, and a $314,000 grant won by a psychology professor to support geriatrics research. (More)
LAS Welcomes New Faculty Members
 
Roger MartinezRoger Martinez, assistant professor, Department of History, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Martinez comes to UCCS from Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas, a master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas.
 
 
Zachary MesyanZachary Mesyan,
assistant professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Mesyan comes to UCCS from Ben Gurion University, Israel, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree from Brown University, Providence, R.I.
 
 
Jeffrey Montez de OcaJeffrey Montez de Oca,
assistant professor, Department of Sociology, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Montez de Oca comes to UCCS from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa., where he was a visiting assistant professor. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, a master's from New York University, New York, N.Y., and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
 
 
Joseph Postell,
assistant professor, Department of Political Science, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Postell comes to UCCS from Alexandria, Va. He is a candidate for a Ph.D. in politics from the University of Dallas. He holds a master's degree from the University of Dallas and a bachelor's degree from Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio.

Dena Samuels, assistant professor, Department of Women's and Ethnic Studies, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Since 1999, Samuels has taught as an honorarium instructor, instructor and senior instructor at UCCS. She holds a Ph.D. in education from UCCS, a master's degree from UCCS and a bachelor's degree from Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.

Stephany SpauldingStephany Spaulding, assistant professor, Department of Women's and Ethnic Studies, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Spaulding comes to UCCS from Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C., where she was an assistant professor of English. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., a master's degree from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga.
LAS Students Can Now Exchange to Over 200 Universities
 
Students CragmorTraditionally, when most think of student exchange they think of crossing oceans and international borders which are thousands of miles from home. These global living and learning opportunities are encouraged by colleges and universities throughout the country and are usually pictured as life-changing opportunities for young college students venturing out to capture a full-rounded education. (More) 
LAS Humanities in the News
 
Columbine Hall
Elissa Auther, assistant professor, Visual and Performing Arts, recently published "String, Felt, Thread: the Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art." The book was published by the University of Minnesota Press.
 
Raphael Sassower, professor, Philosophy, and Louis Cicotello, professor, Visual and Performing Arts, recently published "War images: fabricating reality." The book was published by Lexington Books, Lanham, Md.
 
The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about the latest production at the Osborne Studio in 'Stick your nose in it'.
 
The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about the success of the UCCS Theaterworks program in Build a tribe.
 
The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about a book signing event featuring an emeritus faculty member and benefiting a UCCS scholarship in Honoring Lou.
 
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a scholarship program at UCCS in Former Gazette columnist remembered fondly at book launch.
 
The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about a UCCS art exhibit in The science of art, the art of science
LAS Natural Science in the News
 
Test TubesJames Daly, professor, Mathematics, retired from UCCS after 25 years of service.
 
KKTV mentioned UCCS in a segment
Wash Reusable Shopping Bags to Prevent Foodborne Illnesses
LAS Social Science in the News
 
Elderly hands
Heather Albanesi, assistant professor, Sociology, recently published "Gender and sexual agency: how young people make choices about sex." The book was published Lexington Books, Lanham, Md.
 
Paul Grogger, associate professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, retired from UCCS after 35 years of service.
 
Robert Larkin, professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, retired from UCCS after 35 years of service.
 
Mary Mack Greene, who served as an assistant professor of geography and environmental studies from 1991 to 2000 died July 16 in Lake Oswego, Ore. (More)
 
Matrix Center honored. The Colorado Springs Diversity Forum honored the Matrix Center for Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion based at UCCS with its Inclusion Award Aug. 10. (More)
 
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a UCCS program in Diversity Forum announces Inclusion Award winners.
 
Professor publishes parent guide. Sandy Wurtele, professor, Psychology, recently published "Out of Harm's Way: A Parent's Guide to Protecting Young Children from Sexual Abuse." (More)
 
The Colorado Springs Gazette quoted a UCCS faculty member in Digging history: Geology buffs uncover details about Colorado mining towns
Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) Aims to Build Bridges between Alumni and Students
 
Joe GriebelMy name is Joe Griebel and I am a senior at UCCS, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I grew up in Colorado Springs, and I am the third in my family to attend this fine institution. This is my second year as President of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow. "STAT," as we are better known, is a student-run group focused on bridging the gap between students and alumni, while simultaneously enabling current students to feel a greater connection to the UCCS campus community.  We do this through connecting students with their peers as well as with other alumni. In addition, we have numerous campus events throughout the year that are open to all UCCS students, alumni and faculty. In just 3 years, STAT has already had a significant impact on this rapidly-changing campus and the scope of our influence is continuing to grow with continued student and alumni support. For more information, email stat@uccs.edu or add us on Facebook, search word: STAT. 
Special Thanks to Our Sponsor 
 
Ent LogoThe 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. 
In This Issue
US News 2011 Best Colleges Guide: UCCS Seventh in the West
Centennial Hall Opens with Fanfare
Alum Leaves Estate to Benefit English Department
Biochemistry Degrees Now Offered
CU Scientists Secure $847 Million in Research Funding
LAS Welcomes New Faculty Members
LAS Students Can Now Exchange to Over 200 Universities
LAS Humanities in the News
LAS Natural Science in the News
LAS Social Science in the News
Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) Aims to Build Bridges between Alumni and Students
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Special Events
 
College of Business Networking Event (Alumni from all Programs Welcome)
September 9, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Dwire Hall. Call (719) 255-5174 for more information.
 
Clyde's
Grand Opening:
Join us on September 28 at 4:00 p.m. as we unveil Clyde's, the new pub in the University Center. Call (719) 255-3180 for more information.
 
Alumni Night at Theaterworks featuring I am Nikola Tesla
Join us on September 30 at 6:30 p.m.for the next 
Alumni Night at Theaterworks. More details will be available as the event date approaches. 

Rotary Group Study Exchange

 

The Rotary Club of Garden of the Gods is seeking young professional applicants, ages 25-40, to visit Alsace, France from March 26 - April 23, 2011. Rotary International pays all the expenses except for personal ones. Learn more online (click on the Group Study Exchange link) or call (719) 650-6197.
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