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L E T T E R F RO M T H E D I R E C T O R By Ed Kelbel, PGA Director, UCCS PGA Golf Management Program Hello PGA Golf Management Alumni,
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Recap from Director
Where Are They Now
PGM Gives Back
The score card • 74--alumni • 76--students • 2--2011 graduates • 38--Fall 2011 freshmen
Welcome to our summer edition of our newsletter! I know that I speak not only for myself but for the other PGM Program Team Members when I say how very proud we all are of you and the job you are doing at various sites in the golf business! We PGMSS Honorary President Dan Ferg, Lissa Putman sales representative of GolfPride Grips, Rhonda know that recently, Miller, Manager of Global Ethics Education and Training at Eaton Corporation and PGA Golf ManageMark Bacheldor (also ment Director Ed Kelbel our first annual outstanding alumni award I would like to take this time to instruction, luncheon winner), Keith Stilwell and recap our 2010-11 school followed. Tom Morris have been year with the following October – First year for the named Head Golf snippets: now annual “PGA Golf Professionals at their August – First year for our Management/Boys and Girls facilities here in the Colorado “Welcome/Welcome Back Club” charity fund raiser Springs area. We would love students event at Pine Creek. sponsored by the Broadmoor to hear more news when you Colorado PGA instructor of the (where the event is held) and receive promotions at your year award winner Trent El Pomar Foundation. places of employment. Wearner gave video golf (cont. on page 3)
NEW PGA CURRICULUM CHANGES By Dr. Paul Miller Academic Advisor Beginning in August 2011, new PGA Golf Management students will be the first to go through version 2.0 of the PGA/PGM training program.
There are a number of improvements and we think it’s going to work out better. The most obvious difference is that the same sort of Checkpoints will no longer occur. Instead of those three
comprehensive exams, the students will take four series of exams at the Qualifying Level, and then Levels One, Two, and Three. (cont. on page 3)
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P G M SS N E W S By Steven Ermisch PGMSS Vice-President
â€œThis has been one exciting year for the PGA Golf Management Program at UCCS.â€?
Hello PGMers, This has been one exciting year for the PGA Golf Management Program at UCCS. We have had so much positive growth within the program this year that you might think we were on steroids. Everything from exceptional guest speakers and internships sites to additions in the swing lab has launched the reputation of our program to the top. Some of our internships sites this year include Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pinehurst Resort, and the Hank Haney and Jim Mclean Golf Academies. With students on internship all over the country, we are really able to get our name out there and build our reputation. With this recognition we have been able to bring in some outstanding guest speakers. One of these was Jim Keegan, a consultant
PGM S T U D E N T S G I V E
Samaritan's Purse Volunteers
for struggling golf facilities and author of the book The Business of Golf: What Are You Thinking? We also were fortunate enough to have executives from the Business Ethics Division of Eaton Corporation, the sales representative of GolfPride
Grips, attend a luncheon with students and community leaders to discuss the importance of ethical decisions in business. In addition, two of our students, myself and Student Society President Mike Bonicelli, (Cont. to page 4)
PGMSS Vice President Steven Ermisch, President Mike Bonicelli, Whittney Coon & Lissa Putman sales representative of GolfPride Grips at the College of Business Ethics Luncheon
Interfaith Hospitality Backpack Drive
Family Development Center Garden Box Project
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KELBEL, CONT. (cont. from page 1) This is our new ALUMNI event going forward as well. There will be many more details to follow soon on this. November – Guest Speaker John Hagen who is close friends with Jack Nicklaus and many other tour players. John also purchased the St. Andrews Old Course Starters box the day before 9/11/2001 and told us all about how that purchase came about. February- 7 UCCS PGM Alumni in the area were our guest speakers for the monthly PGMSS meeting. They shared their wisdom and acquired on the job knowledge with our students. It was a very informative and interesting session that alumni, students, and program team all enjoyed. March – our PGM along with the COB Ethics Initiative hosted the first ever Eaton Corp. - Ethics Lecture Series event attended by 40+ PGM students and 130 people overall. The guest speakers were the Director of Ethics at Eaton and a leading Golf Pride Grip sales manager who I met while attending the Jones Cup in Florida in
Walter Glover, Zach Brehm, Theo Gregory and Dan Ferg participating in the PGA Golf Management/Boys and Girls Club golf outing.
October. April – Career enhancement bus ride to Denver to visit Sport Haley and Imperial Headwear Companies where we were treated to a complete tour of their facilities and lunch at Imperial. Also, we had our semester team event at Walking Stick GC in Pueblo, CO. A great course on a nice day! May – Annual Family and Friends event at Kissing Camels/Garden of the Gods Club. We had another full field of golfers and over 150 for the awards luncheon. National PGA Junior Golf
Leader Ann Finke was our guest speaker who sent an inspiring message out to our students. $18,000 in student awards and scholarships were presented at the banquet! In closing, I wish all of you a very happy, healthy and successful 2011 golf season. I would like to stay in touch with you when your time permits and am very proud of how you represent our program! Sincerely,
Ed Kelbel, Director
MILLER, CONT. (Cont. from page 1) What’s going to be really different is that exams will be administered online immediately after the topic is studied in class, which should produce far higher pass rates and much less stress. The Qualifying Level exams cover the basics, including rules, PGA constitution, and professional development.
This series will be completed in the first two-thirds of the students’ first semester. The Level One exams will then be administered in the last part of the fall semester and throughout the spring. Thereafter, students will take exams for Level Two and Three in the succeeding two spring semesters.
We have responded by changing the PGMT classes, primarily by converting all of them to two hours, but we also added three new ones and dropped one. PGMT 1000 will become 1002, 1010 turns into 1012, 1020 will no longer be taught, and 2000 and 3000 will become 2002 and 3002. (Cont to page 5)
“I wish all of you a very happy, healthy and successful 2011 golf season. I would like to stay in touch with you when your time permits and am very proud of how you represent our program!”
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W H E R E A R E T H E Y N OW ? By Mollie Sutherland, PGA Assistant Director/Internship Coordinator Where are they now? Here is a little information on some of the UCCS PGA Golf ManFirst
â€œWe are proud that they are living daily by the PGA of America brand and values: Passion, Honor, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Pride.â€?
agement graduates and where they are now! We are proud that they are living daily by the PGA of America brand and values: Passion, Honor, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Pride. We are so
proud of your commitment to elevating the standards of PGA Members and your constant contributions to growing the game.
The Woodlands CC-Palmer
Colorado Springs Country Club
The Country Club at Castle Pines
Hyland Hills Golf Course
Sportz Skillz PGA Center for Golf Learning & Performance
Denver Country Club
Phoenician Golf Club
Vesper Country Club
Eisenhower Golf Club
Riverside Country Club
Gleneagle Golf Course
Golf TEC-Woodlands Hills
Prairie Dunes Country Club
Rolling Hills Country Club Spring Hill Golf Club
If your facility would like to host an intern, hire an alum or upcoming graduate of the UCCS PGA Golf Management Program, call Mollie Sutherland at 719-255-3609.
PGMSS CONT, (cont. from page 2) were invited to a Student Leadership Conference in Florida in April. Along with 38 other PGM students, we learned about the importance of leadership not only within the program, but in the workplace. Our Swing Lab has seen many changes this year as well. In addition to the Golf Tec Simulator we now have a Golf Achiever Simula-
tor. This allows students to track ball flight and distance, and even play rounds of golf at various famous courses. We also introduced a K-Vest system that allows students to improve their swings in several key areas. We have added two fitting carts as well, one with Titleist 910 drivers, woods, and hybrids, and the other with Ping irons. We have also given students easier access to the swing lab
by allowing them to use their student ID cards to swipe in and out during normal Dwire Hall hours. We are very excited about the events and changes of this past year. We hope to continue to grow and evolve to become the best program in the country.
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MILLER, CONT. (Cont. from page 3 There will be three new classes: 1202 for Beginning Golf Instruction, 2202 for Intermediate, and 3202 for Advanced. Mollie will teach all three of those and the PGA will send in an examiner to assess the students’ performance. Although change is virtually always inconvenient, we find that this one holds great promise for creating a better environment for succeeding on the tests. We’re eager to get it started and see how it works. There will be unexpected wrinkles, no doubt, but we will press ahead to make everything work to our students’ advantage! One more thing: it’s OK to complain that the new students have it easy compared to what you went through!
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COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ETHICS INITIATIVE FEATURES EATON CORPORATION AT ETHICS LUNCHEON SERIES March 15, 2011 Saying that ethics policies must be led from senior management, Rhonda Miller, Manager of Global Ethics Education and Training at Eaton Corporation, (pictured) shared her company's philosophy on corporate ethics. Miller spoke at the inaugural luncheon in the
College of Business Ethics Initiative Luncheon Series. More than 130 local business people, students, faculty and staff of UCCS attended the event. Read the Gazette's full coverage here.
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