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Student Clubs ROAR at Clyde’s Clyde’s was the venue for the 2011 ROAR Awards celebrating the accomplishments of UCCS student clubs and organizations. Several dozen students packed the campus pub in the University Center to honor and applaud the student leaders and groups that represent a growing tradition of excellence. Brad Bayer, executive director of Student Life & Leadership, shared master of ceremonies duties with Sabrina Wienholtz, program assistant, Amanda Koback graduate fellow in Student Life and Leadership and the event planner of the ROAR Awards, and Mitch Karstens, Program Coordinator for the Office of Student Activities. Bayer opened the event

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Mission Statement The Department of Student Life and Leadership works to enhance the educational experience of all students by facilitating personal growth and leadership opportunities outside of the traditional classroom. We collaborate with university and community partners to promote student engagement and the exploration of student interests, educational programming, civic engagement, relationship building, recreation, and entertainment.

describing overall progress made by student clubs and organizations in the past

Students join together for a group photo at the 2011 ROAR Awards

three years. He noted that UCCS has over 180 student clubs and organizations, representing

a 38 percent increase over three years and that club programs increased by 193 percent in that time. He said UCCS students enjoyed concert events like 3OH!3 and the Decemberists, and showed increased interest in campus athletic events. Bayer said Student Life and Leadership wished to recognize some of the clubs that did an outstanding job in general over the past year. Superlative Awards went to the Peer Mentor Club, Colorado BioScience Association, the I Heart Everything Korean Club and Phi Sigma Sigma. Continued on following page

F.A.S.T teaches awareness and survival Because UCCS experiences its share of unexpected situations and potential danger, emergencies happen, and Michael Thigpen wants students to be prepared. He's a leader in the student group known as FAST--First Aid Survival Techniques. Spring is Tornado

Season, and a time many campus organizations are advising emergency preparedness. Thigpen says FAST is a means for students to learn about being prepared on a number of levels. FAST was formed in fall semester 2010, and has offered Red Cross first

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aid classes and classes in tactical training. The group conducts fundraisers as well for money to pay the fees involved in attaining Red Cross certification. FAST is a part of the Student Response Team that comes forward to help in emergencies. Continued on page 5

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Student Clubs ROAR at Clyde’s Continued from preceding page Wienholtz presented the Emerging Club/Organization Award, recognizing a recently established club that distinguished itself through its mission and contributions to the campus community, to Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Sigma Alpha Epsilon is a fraternity in its’ early stages, promoting the Greek traditions of honor and service, strengthening school spirit and pride, and rebuilding after initially failing to become a colony of the national organization. They have worked with OSA, the Recreation Center, all other Greek organizations, participated in leadership trainings, and made connections with many organizations on campus like Relay for Life, Office of Sustainability, and Athletics. They have currently completed 60 percent of their chartering goals, accumulated over 100 hours of community service and raised hundreds of dollars for charity.

dance, Outstanding Small-Scale Program Award, with less than 50 students in attendance. Koback presented the largescale award to MAZE, presented by Campus Crusade for Christ. The program was one of the largest events ever hosted on campus, filling Berger Hall to capacity. Campus Crusade for Christ excelled in promoting and organizing the event, and coordinating it with the university. Other nominations included:

from SGA and the Office of First Year Experience. The small-scale award went to the Social Justice Fair, presented by Spectrum, APISU, the Matrix Center and others. The event was a unique collaboration of a wide variety of clubs and campus entities to bring awareness to social issues. Other nominations included: The Bonanza of Aspiring Talent (BOAT), presented by APISU

Ralph Bohn of Kappa Sigma won the Excellence in Service Award, which recognizes a student who has consistently contributed to the UCCS community through personal service to a club The Alcohol Free Party presented or organization. Bohn demonby Kappa Sigma won the medium strated great initiative as coordi-scale award. An annual Kappa nator for UCCS’ first 007 Dance Sigma tradition, the Party and co-leader objective of the Alcofor UCCS’ 3rd Annual hol Free Party is to Alcohol Free Party. The Outstanding Program Awards provide attendees Also nominated: recognize student clubs or organiza- with the knowledge of Emmy Cookson of tions for hosting exceptional events the dangers of alcoPhi Sigma Sigma. which benefit UCCS students. Events hol and substance may have been sponsored by more abuse and to provide The Emerging than one club/organization, in three an opportunity to Leader Award is precategories: have fun without sented to a stuKappa Sigma’s Logo alcohol. Other dent who has Outstanding Large-Scale Program nominations intaken on new leadAward, where more than 150 stucluded: ership responsibilities within a dents were in attendance, First Years Achieving Marks of student organization this year, Outstanding Medium-Scale Program Excellence (F.A.M.E.), presented with significant positive impact on Award, with 50-150 students in atten- by Peer Mentor Club with help the organization, and is either a The Raging Asian Cultural Event (RACE), presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (APISU).

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Courtney Cleverly, president of Phi Sigma Sigma

Bayer took a moment to note that several excellent freshman, nominees vied for the Outsophomore, or Karstens standing Club/Organization new transfer stucame forward to Award. The award dent. Brandon present the recognizes a student club or Clouse was this Mountain Lion organization that distinyear's winner. Award for Club/ guishes itself through its exThrough his Organization traordinary efforts in promotwork with the Excellence. The ing and accomplishing its Kappa Sigma award recogmission, contributing to the scholar nizes a student UCCS campus community ship committee, club or organiza- through involvement, proMitch Karstens Presents instituting new acation that distinguishes gramming and outreach. Mountain Lion Club Excellence itself through its exdemic practices, the Bayer acknowledged some Award campus chapter has traordinary efforts in difficulty in choosing the reimproved its GPA, and no members promoting UCCS’s core values of cipient from very worthy nomihave left the university for academic excellence, student success, commu- nations that included: reasons. Other nominees were: nity interaction, innovation, and lifeKappa Sigma Ashley Cornelius, vice president of long learning. The Beth-El Student The Association of Future Phi Sigma Sigma Nurse Association received this Teachers Afrasiyab "SK" Khan, PR officer of year's award. The BSNA hosted a Club Baseball APISU number of projects that reflected the BSNA core values of UCCS, constantly APISU Michelle Cutaran, APISU challenged the student body to enPhi Sigma Sigma president, was honored with the Out- gage in profesPi Beta Phi standing Leader Award. The award sional developColorado BioScience recognizes a student who has conment and acAssociation sistently contributed to the UCCS tively served the Spectrum campus community through involvecommunity by ment with a student club or organiza- promoting Club Baseball tion, and through his or her leaderhealth and well was named winner. ship, has positively impacted the orbeing. Other Through the efforts of ganization. Cuturan has shown connominations its dedicated leaders, tinuing service to UCCS through her included: the club has underinvolvement in multiple campus orgone a major turnganizations, and by encouraging Kappa Sigma around in recent APISU members to become involved APISU Asian Pacific Islanders Student years. A new wave has helped the club achieve great Phi Sigma of passionate stuUnion Logo success. Other nominations included: Sigma dents has sparked Monique Dixson, secretary/treasurer Colorado BioScience Association the transition from a dormant for the Peer Mentor Club student organization bur-

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Page 4 dened with deficit, to a high-performing organization. The club and its 25 student members enhance the educational experience at UCCS while providing character building and leadership opportunities. The organization is entirely student led and supports the mission of the university by providing a medium for studentcentered learning. The UCCS Baseball Club represents the university in the National Collegiate Baseball Association (NCBA) Division II – Region VIII. After seasons at the bottom of the division, the club is now 10-3 (W-L) in the conference and is currently battling for a playoff spot and championship. This remarkable turnaround has helped to build loyalty and support for the university while increasing school spirit and uniting the campus community. Bayer thanked his co-presenters, and invited the audience to have some cake to celebrate the student clubs and organizations for building positive values and traditions at UCCS.

“We acknowledge those who have

F.A.S.T teaches awareness and survival Continued from page 1 Not every contingency can be anticipated, but basic awareness is key, Thigpen said, and just reminding members of the campus community to look around and be aware of their surroundings is part of FAST's mission. Thigpen said that some FAST members, such as Al Marle and Clint Janulus have military experience they share. As former members of Army Special Forces, this pair are not only skilled in first aid, but have done some research in active shooter scenarios. Recent tragedies instigated by shooters at Virginia Tech and Fort Hood cost lives, but with differences Marle and Janulus consider significant. The pair's investigation showed that two thirds of the shooting victims at Virginia Tech were killed, while only one third of the shooting victims at Fort Hood were killed. Marle and Janulus theorized that those attacked at Fort Hood, thanks to military training, were more aware and better suited to sensibly take cover than the students, faculty and staff at Virginia Tech. All the more reason for FAST to help UCCS students prepare, Thigpen said. "Colorado has a very active population," he said. "Fitness is a priority for many people, and activities such as skiing and mountain climbing are popular. An element of danger exists in these activities, but potential for lightning and weather dangers is here, just as encounters with dangerous wildlife can happen in wilderness areas." FAST instructors in first aid show people how the body works and how to take care of themselves, but other situations can be circumvented if people know what the risks are, Thigpen said.

accomplished great things within their respective clubs and organizations, because they truly make this campus the great place that it is� -

Brad Bayer

"Colorado has a very active population," he said. "Fitness is a priority for many people, and activities such as skiing and mountain climbing are popular. An element of danger exists in these activities, but potential for lightning and weather dangers is here, just as encounters with dangerous wildlife can happen in wilderness areas."

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Page 5 FAST instructors in first aid show people how the body works and how to take care of themselves, but other situations can be circumvented if people know what the risks are, Thigpen said. Thigpen is a pre-med student graduating with a biology major and a chemistry minor. After graduating from UCCS, he plans to spend two weeks in Costa Rica with a team of volunteers teaching first aid there. He plans to attend medical school in fall 2012, and will be spending the year before training, volunteering and teaching. For more information contact FAST at and visit them at

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