This is a word cloud created from the text of the Executive Summary of the 2017 LAS Faculty and Staff Retreats. The size of each word represents the relative frequency of that word’s appearance in the summary document.

Dear LAS Community,

Welcome to the LAS news feed, a source for news and information about our College of Letters, Arts & Sciences community. The goals of this feed are to inform us, connect us, and help build our community. Here you’ll find news and information from all corners of the college including but not limited to Departments, Programs, Centers, and the Dean’s office. We’ll also feature faculty, staff, students, and members of the local community with whom we work.

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Anna Faye Hunter. Photo by Anslee Wolfe.

Anna Faye Hunter graduated from UCCS in 2013 with a degree in Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) with a theater focus. She was recently featured in the Communique for her engagement in the local community, including the local arts scene. Link to the full story, written by Anslee Wolfe.

Ryan Maikell. Photo from Faces of UCCS.

Ryan Maikell is a Professional Communication major with an emphasis in Strategic Communication. He works as a PIPs (Positive Impacts Points) Engagement Specialist for the UCCS Office of Sustainability. He was recently featured on Faces of UCCS.

The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has created a new way for our donors to support us. The LAS Student Assistantship Support Fund will support LAS students who are assisting faculty in their research, scholarship, creative works, and teaching. This funding approach is intended to directly support our students, and to indirectly support the faculty members they are assisting. Application instructions will be shared at a future date. In the meantime donors can contribute through this direct giving page: LAS Student Assistantship Support Fund Giving Page.

The LAS Student Assistantship Support Fund was established through a collaboration between Zuleika Johnson, Associate Director of Development, Mike Kisley, Associate Dean of LAS, and a private donor who will be featured in a future news feed post, and who provided the initial contribution to establish the fund.

Dr. Brandon Vogt, Associate Professor, Department of GES

The UCCS Communique recently covered Dr. Brandon Vogt’s capstone snow hydrology course in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies (GES). Several of the 12 enrolled students were interviewed for the article, and they describe the course as transformative. The article was written by Anna Squires. Link directly to the article.

Dr. Laith Al-Shawaf, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Laith Al-Shawaf, Assistant Professor of Psychology, was recently recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). From the association’s website, “The APS Rising Star designation is presented to outstanding APS members in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD. … this designation recognizes researchers whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.” (https://www.psychologicalscience.org/members/awards-and-honors/aps-rising-stars). Selection as a Rising Star involves evaluation of a candidate’s publications, previous recognitions, substantive contributions to the field of research, and the potential for broad impact.

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Matthew Copus, winner of the 2019 Grand Slam competition, presenting his research, “Magnetic Rogue Waves.” Matthew’s research mentor was Dr. Bob Camley, Professor of Physics

The UCCS Mountain Lion Grad Slam competition finals, this year an all-LAS event, will take place Friday (1/31/20) from 12-1 in Berger Hall. Graduate students will explain their research in an engaging way. Each student gets 1 slide and 3 minutes to present their research to a layperson audience. The winner of this competition represents UCCS at the Colorado Graduate Schools competition and at the Western Association of Graduate Schools competition.

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Dr. Emily Skop

The research of Dr. Emily Skop, Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, was featured in the UCCS Communique: “UCCS researchers highlight changed perceptions of refugees over past 100 years.” The article, written by Anna Squires, also mentions a special issue of the journal Geographical Review that Dr. Skop co-Edited on “Bordering Practices, Local Resistance and the Global Refugee ‘Crisis’ .”

Mary Lynn Stockman (Willis), 1987 UCCS Grad, Biology

Attending UCCS gave Mary Lynn Stockman (Willis) an excellent foundation for further studies and led to a fulfilling career as a Nutritionist. She received several scholarships as a UCCS student, and felt that she would have been unable to complete her studies without them. She has a special place in her heart for single parents who are also university students and desires to pass along the gifts of scholarships.  Read more about Mary Lynn and the Scholarship she established below.

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