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Alumni Connections:
LAS Social Science,
October 2010
Dear ,
Jen Hane

The fall semester has brought many opportunities to stay connected with your alma mater, including faculty lectures, campus tours, and arts events throughout the community. Thanks to all of you who have been able to join us for this series of special events - it's been wonderful to see you, and we hope you enjoyed being involved.


This month, the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado requests your assistance in soliciting nominations for the 2011 University of Colorado Honorary Degrees, University Medals and Distinguished Service Awards.


An Honorary Degree (Doctor of Humane Letters or Doctor of Science) is the highest award the University of Colorado can bestow. It is the policy of the Board of Regents to award Honorary Degrees in recognition of outstanding achievement in one or more of the following areas: intellectual contributions, university service, and/or public service.


University Medals are awarded in recognition of those persons whose achievements and contributions are particularly associated with the university, while Distinguished Service Awards are awarded in recognition of achievements and contributions particularly associated with the state and/or nation.


You can learn more about how to make a nomination online.


As always, if you have suggestions regarding alumni benefits, programming or services (or ideas for special events), please let me know.


Jennifer Hane, BA '01, MPA '04
Director of University Events and Alumni Relations
Heller Center Opens to Fanfare

Heller CenterFerried by private car from the main campus to keep dust and noise to a minimum, campus community members got to peek at the newest addition to UCCS recently, the Heller Center for Arts and Humanities. (More)
Faculty work to improve senior mental health care

Elderly gardnerIntegrating mental and physical care into a seamless model is the future of U.S. health care and improving lives of older adults, according to a UCCS professor. (More)
UCCS to Lead 9/11 Monument Design

WTC BeamAmid waving U.S. flags commemorating those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, formal ownership of a 750 pound piece of New York's World Trade Center was transferred to representatives of the Cheyenne Mountain Air Station on October 15. (More)

KKTV aired a story about the ceremony in

KXRM also aired a story about UCCS students designing a monument in WTC Beam (video)

Magazine Names UCCS to Military Friendly List

MilitaryUCCS is one of the nation's top military-friendly colleges and universities, according to the editors of "Military Advanced Education," a monthly magazine directed at active duty members of the armed forces. (More)
Series of Fall Events Brings Alumni Back to Campus

Lecture Check-InSeptember and early October brought a number of alumni events to the UCCS campus. From a gathering of alumni to celebrate the opening of Clyde's to an 80-person breakfast, lecture and campus tour, there were many opportunities to get involved. If you weren't able to make it, we've captured event highlights so that you can better identify where and how you'd like to be involved in the future. (More)
LAS Social Science in the News

Columbine HallCharles "Chip" Benight, professor, Psychology, and director of the Trauma, Health and Hazards Center, was recognized at a campus Celebration of Research for generating over $1 million of research funding during his career.

Fred Coolidge, professor, Psychology, was featured in the WNYC radio program "Radio Lab," a nationally syndicated show, explaining his theory of hypnic jerks, the scientific term given to the sudden jerk that often accompanies the beginning of the human sleep cycle. (More)

Edie Greene, professor, Psychology, was recently appointed a visiting scholar at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. (More)

Eve Gruntfest, professor emeritus, was recently appointed
to the science advisory board of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She is a research associate with the UCCS Trauma, Health and Hazards Center and directs the Social Science Woven into Meteorology Program at the University of Oklahoma.

Sarah Qualls, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging, Psychology, and director of the Gerontology Center, was recognized at a campus Celebration of Research for generating over $1 million of research funding during her career.  


 Sandy Wurtele, professor, Psychology, was the keynote speaker
at the 11th National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation Prevention Aug. 24-26 in New Orleans. She recently published two books on the prevention of childhood sexual abuse, "Out of Harm's Way," published by Parenting Press and "Off Limits" published by Safer Society Press.

 The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a new UCCS program in UCCS program produces teachers trained in math, science.

The Colorado Springs Gazette quoted a UCCS professor in Medical marijuana brings new meaning to 'Rocky Mountain High'.

KOAA quoted a UCCS faculty member in
Negative Ads Frustrate Voters.

KOAA aired a story about political races and interviewed a UCCS faculty member in A UCCS POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR SAYS (video)

Pre-Order Your UCCS License Plate Now and Save $25

UCCS License Plate Thinking about ordering a UCCS license plate? Even if you aren't due to renew your vehicle registration, make your $25 contribution to the Alumni Association before December 1 to save money on your total plate cost. Learn more online.
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
Heller Center Opens to Fanfare
Faculty Work to Improve Senior mental Health Care
UCCS to Lead 9/11 Monument Design
Magazine Names UCCS to Military Friendly List
Series of Fall Events Brings Alumni Back to Campus
LAS Social Science in the News
Pre-Order Your UCCS License Plate Now and Save $25
Quick Links

Special Events

Cafe Scientifique on "Vitamin D:  Hyped Up or Home Run for Health?"
November 9, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Clyde's Pub, UCCS University Center. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (719) 255-3180 for more information.

Roar on the Road: San Francisco
November 15, 6:30 p.m., Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Meet fellow grads living in the Bay Area and hear a campus update from Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak. Learn more online.

Alumni Night at Theaterworks featuring "A Cowboy Christmas"
December 16, 6:30 p.m. More details will be available as the event date approaches.
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