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UCCS and PCC Align with Pre-Collegiate and Engineering Programs - 01/30/23

University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Chancellor Venkat Reddy will join Pueblo Community College (PCC) President Patty Erjavec at noon on Friday, Feb. 3 to celebrate two new partnerships between the two institutions.

The two campus leaders will join members of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce and Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce to cut the ribbon on the new Pueblo location of the UCCS Pre-Collegiate Support and Success Center on the PCC campus. The new center will work with middle and high school diverse, first-generation and military connected students from the Pueblo community with programming intended to prepare students academically, socially and emotionally for their postsecondary journeys.

They will also sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create a pathway for students to earn an associate degree at PCC and then transition to UCCS where they can earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. This associate degree serves as a direct track for engineering students from PCC to UCCS, streamlining the transfer process.

“I am so pleased that a pathway to Engineering has been developed to ensure that PCC students interested in this career field can begin their academic journey with us and ultimately receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from UCCS,” said PCC President Patty Erjavec. “This will allow students to complete their degree in the most efficient, affordable manner possible with real-world experiences integrated into their experience.”

“We are excited to partner with Pueblo Community College in these two very unique programs which ultimately help our students succeed,” said UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy. “Our Pre-Collegiate Support and Success Center on the PCC campus will help students understand what our colleges and universities offer and what steps to take as they enter and complete a plan of study. The engineering MOU helps to create a pipeline for PCC students to start their engineering degree program at PCC and complete it at UCCS and, with help from industry, have internship opportunities in Pueblo and join the workforce of Pueblo.”

International Holocaust Remembrance Flag Display - 01/27/23

The Department of Student Life and its partnering student organizations are hosting UCCS' annual International Holocaust Remembrance Flag display on Friday, January 27. This display honors the millions of victims of the genocide that occurred during the second World War from the Nazi Regime and its collaborators. 

We place over 27,000 flags on the west lawn, with each flag representing a certain number of souls lost. 

Removal of the flags occurs on Friday, January 27, 2023 at 4:00 P.M. on the West Lawn. 

GOCA presents the Visual Arts Faculty Triennial Exhibition - 01/26/23

Beginning Thursday, February 2, the Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) presents the much-anticipated UCCS Visual Arts Faculty Triennial Exhibition. Distinguished faculty will present their newest works through March 18.

For the first time since the pandemic, world-class works from distinguished faculty will be on view in the Marie Sharpe Walsh Gallery at the Ent Center for the Arts. The artists, whose works have been recognized in galleries and museums across the globe, are also guiding the next generation of creatives as they work to perfect their craft. Come check out the artistic practices informing the future of art.

The free exhibition kicks off on Wednesday, February 1 at 6 p.m. with a Visiting Artist and Critics Series lecture by José Antonio Arellano, Assistant Professor of English at the United States Air Force Academy.

On Thursday, February 2, the artists and Lynné Cravens, Exhibitions & Events Manager, invite the community to join them from 6 – 7 p.m. for an opening reception.

The exhibition was collaboratively curated by Daisy McGowan, former GOCA Director; Lynné Cravens, GOCA Exhibitions & Events Manager; and the artists.

Corey Drieth, Professor, Painting/Drawing
Matt Barton, Professor, Sculpture/New Media
Ben Kinsley, Assistant Professor, Sculpture/New Media
Claire Rau, Senior Instructor, Sculpture
Nikki Pike, Senior Instructor, Social Practice
Marina Eckler, Senior Instructor, Painting/Printmaking
Stacy Platt, Senior Instructor, Photography
Rachel Guardiola, Instructor, Photography
Clark Valentine, Visiting Instructor, Painting
Nick Henning, Visual Art Technician

UCCS Daniels Fund Ethical Initiative Announces Southern Colorado Ethical Leadership Award - 01/24/23

The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program (DFEI) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) College of Business recently announced a joint effort with schools in the Southern Colorado Ethics Consortium to recognize outstanding organizations in El Paso and the greater southern Colorado region.

The Southern Colorado Ethical Leadership Award will honor businesses who demonstrate the “Best of the Best” in ethical leadership and embody the ethical principles of integrity as exhibited by Bill Daniels. The first recipients will be awarded in fall 2023 at the Southern Colorado Ethical Leadership Award Banquet. Eligible recipients are for-profit organizations in southern Colorado. Nominations can be made by members of the organization, employees, students, customers or community members.

Each nomination will be judged on the questionnaire responses nominees submit, including how the company follows the eight Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Principles. The judging will be performed by a group that includes select UCCS Ethics Club members/officers, UCCS Faculty Fellows and Southern Colorado Ethics Consortium (SCEC) champions.

“We are excited to announce the Southern Colorado Ethical Leadership Award,” said Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, Professor and Director of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at UCCS. “For over ten years, our focus has been on building collaborative partnerships beyond El Paso County. For example, DFEI at the UCCS College of Business supports Southern Colorado Ethics Consortium for higher education institutions in the southern half of the state. It is our distinct pleasure to extend this effort by presenting the Southern Colorado Ethical Leadership Award to organizations that practice trust, transparency, respect and more.”

Those seeking to submit a nomination can do so here. All nominations are due by March 2023. More information about this award can be found on the UCCS Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative website.

Korean-American play explores food as nourishment for more than just the body (Photo) - 01/23/23

Beginning Thursday, February 2, Theatreworks Colorado Springs presents Korean-American play “Aubergine.” This poignant play explores a father-son relationship nearing its end and how food provides nourishment for their family in unexpected ways. Audiences will join Korean-American Chef Ray as he tries to bond with his dying father, who never truly understood his life’s calling in the kitchen. Aided by the unannounced arrival of his uncle from Korea, Ray reconnects with food, family and, ultimately, himself.

“I love this play and I have been in love with it since I first saw it around 2016,” said Director Lisa-Marie Rollins. “Caitlin [the Artistic Director of Theatreworks] and I had a conversation about Aubergine pre-pandemic and again after we returned from isolation and spoke about this play being significant today because of how much we have lost as communities, as a country, and in relationships with one another. So, a moment to collectively process grief in relationship to an individual story of grief is, I think, an opportunity for us to figure out ways to talk to each other.”

Local restauranteur James Park, owner of American Seoul Food, will be onsite with his food truck to enrich the experience by offering foods similar to what audiences will hear about in Aubergine. Find James and the American Seoul Food truck outside of the Ent Center for the Arts surrounding each performance.

The most unique theatre experience available in Colorado Springs this winter, Aubergine is your chance to see live theatre performed in two languages. Both Korean and English will be subtitled so that everyone in the community can fully immerse themselves in Ray’s story.

If you are interested in exploring Korean-American culture and food, building on your working knowledge of the Korean language, planning an unforgettable date night, or simply enjoying an uplifting experience centered on familial bonds through shared humanity, add Aubergine to your winter calendar!

Aubergine opens Thursday, February 2 and runs through Sunday, February 19 in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater at the Ent Center for the Arts. Tickets on sale and available at tickets.entcenterforthearts.org or by calling the Box Office at (719) 255-8181. Tickets start at $10 and go up to $43.75. Show times are Thursday-Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m.

Take your experience with Aubergine to the next level with these exciting (and free!) conversations with cast, crew, scholars, designers, community members and more:

  • Opening Sunday Prologue Framing Panel
    • Sunday, February 5, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater
  • Community Conversations
    • Saturday matinees following the show on February 4, 11, and 18
  • Thursday Pre-Show Scholar Chats
    • Thursdays from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Murray and Betty Ross Lobby
  • Feb. 2: Designer Chat
  • Feb. 9: Scholar Chat
  • Feb. 16: Scholar Chat
  • Artist Talks
    • Stay after the 2nd Sunday matinee on Feb. 12 to hear from our actors about their artistic process and the experience of working on Aubergine.