Stephen Brown, junior Economics major (photo from the Communique story linked here)

A recent story in the Communique featured 2 current Economics students and 1 recent Psychology graduate who are participating in the Quad Innovation Partnership’s program, “spending the semester designing solutions for Colorado Springs’ challenges and pitching strategies to bring the city into the future.”

The Communique story was written by Anna Squires: “The Sky is the Limit: Eight UCCS Students and Alumni Build a Bright Future for Colorado Springs.”

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.

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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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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Professors Robert and Barbara Lorch, circa 1995.

The family of UCCS Professors Bob and Barbara Lorch established the Robert S. and Barbara R. Lorch Department of Mathematics Endowed Scholarship in 2009. The late Drs. Lorch taught political science and sociology, respectively, at UCCS for more than 30 years. Bob and Barbara’s son John earned a B.A. degree in math at UCCS in 1988, went on to earn his Ph.D. in mathematics, and is now a Professor of Mathematics at Ball State University in Indiana. The funding provides for merit-based scholarships for junior or senior math majors. In 2019, the eleventh year of the scholarship, the Mathematics department awarded the Lorch Scholarship to Troy Johnson and Benjamin Schwartz. Read the notes of gratitude from these students below.

Ben Schwartz

“I am immensely honored and appreciative to be presented with the Lorch Scholarship. Receiving this award has allowed me to reflect on how much help my family, professors, and peers at UCCS have given me. They have challenged me to become the best version of myself. I cannot adequately express my gratitude to them and to the Lorch family. The Lorch Scholarship will give me more time to focus on my goals so I can worry less about paying my bills. I am passionate about mathematics because I believe it is the purest form of truth, and it is a privilege to be recognized for doing something I love. After graduating, I intend to pursue an MS in mathematics with the dream of one day becoming a professor. Understanding math and helping others do the same brings me great joy.”
–Benjamin Schwartz

Troy Johnson

“I am extremely appreciative and feel immensely honored to receive the Lorch Scholarship. As an avid student and fan of mathematics the Lorch Scholarship has aided me in both the pursuit of a degree and my passion. Receiving the Lorch Scholarship has helped alleviate many financial constraints that would have influenced my senior year and has unambiguously left a positive impact on my life and education.” A very grateful Troy Johnson

This story was originally published in the Fall 2019 UCCS Mathematics department newsletter. To submit story ideas please contact Mike Kisley, mkisley@uccs.edu

To support the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences you can visit our giving page, or contact Zuleika Johnson, Associate Director of Development at UCCS.

GeoClub teammates Hannah Daugherty, Alex Blanco-Castano, Giselle Rangel, and Natalie Luther

The UCCS Geography and Environmental Science Club (GeoClub), from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies (GES), joined six other teams on Saturday, 2 November at SGA to compete in the 7th Annual UCCS National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT). GeoClub was the only group to participate in all five rounds, losing only one round. After a quick playoff round, GeoClub faced the Dinos in the semi-finals and JT’s Team in the final (their one loss in the competition). In the end, it was the popular culture knowledge of the GeoClub’s teammates that ensured their win over JT’s Team (whose members have been in the final against GeoClub for the previous two years).

Continue reading “LAS Student Accomplishments: GeoClub Wins Third Straight Title”

In this installment of Faculty-Student Co-Authors we feature collaborative work and a publication by Psychology graduate student Katie Granier and her faculty mentor Dr. Dan Segal.

Katie Granier and her faculty mentor, Psychology professor Dan Segal

Katie Granier is a second-year clinical psychology M.A. student in Dr. Segal’s Aging and Mental Health Lab within the Geropsychology concentration. Her primary research interests are in anxiety and worry in older adults, aging and mental health, and protective and risk factors for cognitive decline in late life. At UCCS, she is currently completing a Master’s thesis on the multifaceted characterization of worry in relation to anxiety in older adults. She is also participating in clinical practicum at the UCCS Aging Center providing individual psychotherapy and memory clinic services to older adults in the Colorado Springs community. Katie is currently planning to graduate with her M.A. from UCCS in May 2020 and pursue doctoral studies in the 2020-2021 academic year.

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