On Saturday, June 6th, UCCS students Emily Nguyen and Jessi Asuquo hosted a peaceful march to insight social change within the Colorado Springs community. During this event, they held 8 minutes and 45 second of silence for George Floyd and discussed the racial injustices that many people in the black community face today, before marching on behalf of all the people who have died unjustly in this country. A short movie of the event was featured on LAS Peak Moments.

Christina Jimenez

Dr. Christina Jimenez, Professor and Chair of the Department of History, was recently featured on a national podcast from the Movement is Life Caucus. The following was taken from a brief description of the podcast episode:

“COVID-19 is severely impacting underserved communities. Health disparities continue to make the headlines as we transition from the acute phase of the pandemic to the chronic phase. This new normal means we must learn to live with the coronavirus for the foreseeable future. We will continue to peel back layers of disparities to reveal the factors behind health inequities being amplified by this pandemic. In this podcast for Movement is Life, Episode 41 we discuss privilege. We hear the p-word (privilege) used a lot in the context of health disparities, but what does it really mean and how does it perpetuate health inequities?”

Movement is Life Caucus Movement is Life is a multi-disciplinary coalition seeking to eliminate racial, ethnic and gender disparities in muscle and joint health by promoting physical mobility to improve quality of life among women, African Americans and Hispanics. Strategic Objectives. To Reduce Musculoskeletal Health Disparities at the Patient, Healthcare Provider.
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

LAS Peak Moments – YouTube Friday Release!

Meet Madison Fox, current UCCS student studying Pre-Med Biochemistry and a LAS Peak Ambassador, Cody Stein, UCCS Alum, previous LAS Peak Ambassador, and post-bac research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. James Kovacs, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCCS.

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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
Sean Williams, Associate Professor and Director of the TCID program

After about three years in planning and preparation, the new bachelor’s degree in Technical Communication and Information Design (TCID) has received final approval and will enroll its first class in fall of 2020. The bachelor’s degree will prepare students for rapidly growing career fields and high-salary positions in user experience design, technical writing, web creation, and professional communication. Read more below…

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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: https://lnkd.in/g7SdrFH Android: https://lnkd.in/gA484yR

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.

Faculty from all 3 major divisions of the College (Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences) were awarded grants by the Committee on Research and Creative Works (CRCW) this Spring. Each investigator was asked to provide a very brief description of their project for the LAS News Feed. Read more below…

Continue reading “Five LAS Faculty Faculty Members Receive CRCW Seed Grants”