Eugenia Olesnicky-Killian
Christina Biermann

Four of 5 women faculty from UCCS recently featured on the national Academic Minute radio program are from the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences: Christine Biermann, Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, Oksana Bihun, former Associate Professor of Mathematics, Elizabeth Daniels, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Eugenia Olesnicky Killian, Associate Professor of Biology. The theme of the broadcast was “Women in STEM Takeover.” Jessi Smith, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Psychology, selected the participants. More information is available from an article in the UCCS Communique.

Michele Okun

A study conducted on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on students’ health was recently featured in the UCCS Communique. The study was conducted by Michele Okun, Lectuer, and Leilani Feliciano, Professor, both from the Psychology Department.

Leilani Feliciano

Chip Benight, Professor of Psychology, was interviewed recently by CU on the Air about his work on human adaptation from trauma.

Chip Benight
UCCS Department of Communication

The Online BA in Communication, offered by the UCCS Department of Communication, was selected to be part of a CU System initiative to promote select online degree programs for fall 2020. The UC-Denver Office of Digital Education is currently working with faculty in the UCCS Communication department – as well as with the Provost’s Office and the offices of Marketing and Admissions at UCCS – on a targeted marketing effort as a part of a larger collaborative system effort that includes a total of 14 degree programs across the Boulder, Denver, Anschutz, and Colorado Springs campuses. Faculty members Janice Thorpe and Connie Staley, together with department chairperson David Nelson, are leading the Communication department’s contribution to this accelerated marketing caompaign. Read more below…

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More than 75 faculty in the College, along with representatives from the Career Center, Public Safety, and the B.I. program offer words of congratulation and encouragement in a video tribute to the graduating class of 2020. The video features original music composed and played by Colin McAllister from the department of Visual and Performing Arts, and closes with a message from Interim Dean Rex Welshon. Margie Oldham, LAS Director of Community Relations, lead the effort to create the video.

Click here to view the video, and congratulations to our 2020 graduates and their families!

Dear LAS Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Due to the current restrictions we are under, we are unable to host our traditional LAS Awards Ceremony and reception in honor of our many outstanding students and award winners. We are all saddened by this, and although we would prefer to be together as a college to celebrate these academic honors, the amazing accomplishments of our students deserve our celebration and recognition, nonetheless.

It is with great pleasure that I announce on Friday, May 8th, LAS will launch a special website and video in recognition of our graduates and our departmental outstanding students and scholarship awardees. Please join me as we congratulate all awardees and all students of the Class of 2020.  It is both a pleasure and an honor to serve you and the Class of 2020 as Interim Dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. I wish our students all the best as they embark on their future professional and academic endeavors. 

Congratulations, graduating Class of 2020!

Robert C. (Rex) Welshon
Interim Dean
College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
Please go to our congratulations video and LAS Awards Website at the following link:
LAS Awards Website
Jacob Fiala

Alumni of the Department of Psychology graduate programs are having an impact in their respective sub-fields.

The research of Jacob Fiala, a recent graduate of the M.A. Psychology program, Clinical Psychology track, was recently described in detail in a Blog post at Psychology Today: “Do Conservatives View Trump Differently From Liberals?” Jacob conducted this research under the direction of Fred Coolidge, Professor of Psychology. Jacob is currently working as a Psychometrist at the UCCS Aging Center, but will be leaving next year for a doctoral program in Florida.

Sarah Steinmetz, Ph.D.

Dr. Sarah Steinmetz, a 2010 graduate the Clinical Track of the Psychology M.A. program, is at the National Center for PTSD. Her Center recently launched an app called COVID Coach. The app is designed to help folks stay sane, cope with stress and anxiety, and find resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Covid Coach is free and intended for everyone. To download for iOS: Android:

Carrie Yeager

Carrie Yeager will be graduating this spring, and is the first student to graduate from the Trauma Track of the Psychology Ph.D. program. Carrie was recently featured in a Communique article: “Commencement Feature: Yeager brings technology background to address trauma treatment,” written by Ian Gassman.

Cerian Gibbes

Cerian Gibbes, Associate Professor of Geography & Environmental Studies (GES), was recently featured in the UCCS Communique. Dr. Gibbes has received a second prestigious Fulbright award. For this award she will travel to Taiwan to “study how the small, technologically advanced state is making strides in environmental sustainability, innovation, education reform and geopolitics.” (UCCS Communique, April 16, 2020). The Communique article was written by Anna Squires, and features an original photograph of Dr. Gibbes taken UCCS Student Daisy Monticelli .