University Advancement Staff

Community & Regional Relations

University Advancement professionals coordinate the university's primary outreach activities to the community and region. This includes memberships in key organizations, attendance at key community events, representation on important community initiatives and the creation of partnerships supporting the university's mission.

Projects & Partnerships

  • FISU – International University Sports Federation
  • NANA Development Corporation
  • Operation 6035
  • Peak Vista Senior Health Clinic
  • Olympic Partnerships
  • Colorado Springs Sports Corporation
  • Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium
  • Anschutz Branch Medical Campus
  • Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Center for Regional Advancement

Government Relations

Advancement works closely with staff from the CU Office of Government Relations to represent campus interests at both the State and Federal levels. This includes monitoring of key legislation, working with the local delegations and promoting university opportunities for funding.

The Quick Version

Alumni Relations manages relationships between UCCS and its over 55,000 alumni and works to cultivate a strong bond between our graduates and their alma mater.

The Office of Alumni Relations is a division of University Advancement that exists to strengthen ties between UCCS and its alumni and friends through management of the UCCS Alumni and Friends Association.

In the spirit of educational advancement, the Alumni and Friends Association strives to be the central link between the University and its alumni. The Alumni Association promotes and fosters a lasting and mutually beneficial relationship between alumni, the University, its students, and the community to support the mission, goals, and traditions of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Alumni Communication

The Office of Alumni Relations communicates regularly with graduates via e-newsletters and invitations to special events. We also work with colleges and departments on campus to develop alumni relations strategies.

We also reach out to our graduates through a variety of social media networks including FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

Special Events

The Office of Alumni Relations also hosts numerous alumni events each year, including networking receptions, faculty lectures and family events. A complete list of upcoming events is available on the Alumni and Friends Association website.

Volunteer Program

UCCS offers dozens of opportunities for alumni and friends to donate their time and talents to our students and programs. Learn more and sign up today: alumni.uccs.edu/volunteer

How You Can Help

In addition to creating engagement opportunities for UCCS graduates, the Office of Alumni Relations is working diligently with colleges and departments at UCCS to develop strong, affinity-based alumni programming. If you are interested in contacting your graduates or hosting alumni special events that are college or department specific, please contact us so that we can provide resources and tools to assist you.

If you are a graduate of UCCS, you can update your contact information on the Alumni Association website. If you’re not sure what contact information we have in our database, feel free to submit our online information update form just in case – if there is a change to your information, we’ll take of it for you.

Contacts

The Office of Chancellor Events and University Events partners with the Chancellor’s Office and University Advancement team, focusing on the donor, scholarship, system-level, and campus annual events.  This Office averages over 200 events annually, varying in size and content.

University development professionals support fundraising on behalf of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Our donors are fueling success today and for generations to come. Private philanthropy allows UCCS to expand its excellence and impact by supporting the scholarships, buildings, centers, and programs that make UCCS an exciting place to learn, teach, research, and work.

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Internal Communications

The office produces Communique, the official newsletter for UCCS faculty and staff, which is constantly updated to provide fresh content and opportunity for reader interaction. We encourage you to visit communique.uccs.edu to see new information, sign up for an RSS feed, and share articles on social media such as Facebook or Twitter. Summary emails are sent to the faculty and staff email lists, and other email addresses by request, weekly during the fall and spring semesters and monthly during the summer semester. Previous issues, dating back to August 2005, are available in the Communique Archives. Go to communique.uccs.edu »

Media Relations

University Communications Media Relations serves as the university's official communication link to local, regional and national media. In many cases, Media Relations staff serve as official university spokespersons. In other cases, Media Relations staff work actively with faculty to publicize their work at the university or to link media members in search of faculty expertise. Faculty members are encouraged to work in coordination with Media Relations when contacted by the media or to develop publicity plans to highlight faculty research, service and teaching.

The unit responds to hundreds of inquiries and produces more than 60 press releases annually. The unit also provides informal and formal guidance to faculty and staff about responding to media inquiries or promoting actions through the mass media. University Advancement staff members also serve as advisers to the student newspaper and to the campus radio station. Visit www.uccs.edu/news »

Resources

Social Media

We coordinate the use of social media throughout campus by using social media to interact with the UCCS community, disseminating accurate information in real-time, and providing campus-wide social media training for faculty and staff. Our goal is to create a collaborative social media strategy that meets the university's needs. Information regarding the UCCS social media policy and campus-wide training for faculty and staff can be found at www.uccs.edu/socialmedia »

Contacts

Direct Marketing

We work with Student Recruitment to generate prospective student leads through targeted direct marketing. Over 130,000 direct mail pieces have been sent to prospects in Colorado, California, and Arizona.

Digital Content and Digital Marketing

Our office works with units across UCCS to improve their digital presence. We help optimize and create content for websites across the university, and we also can help create targeted digital campaigns to help meet program or enrollment goals. 

eComm

UCCS sends millions of emails each month, and our office helps create and manage these marketing campaigns and efforts. 

Mass Marketing and Brand Building

We promote UCCS through various mass marketing and brand-building efforts. Our annual campaigns, conducted in partnership with Karsh Hagan, reach millions of prospective students and their families annually. 

Brand Management

It is important to have a strong, consistent, recognizable brand identity. We're here to help, provide guidance, and answer questions. We'll work with you to make sure what you produce contributes to a strong and effective UCCS brand, which in turn supports our university's long-term strategic goals. Information about the brand, including the Brand Identity Standards document as a downloadable pdf, as well as downloads of logo artwork and templates, are available at the UCCS Brand website. This is also where you go to request customized artwork, send feedback, and ask questions.

Contact Jeff Foster with questions or visit www.uccs.edu/brand »

Design and Creative

We are here to help. Our goal is to help elevate the impact of the university brand throughout our community by applying consistent brand standards and well-executed design. We’d love to work with you on any projects you have—big or small—to implement the brand in print, digital and interactive design, share best practices, assist with design thinking and strategy, identify resources, provide feedback, and clarify a path forward. If we can’t directly help produce your piece, we can suggest assets and resources to help you complete your project. Contact Jeff Foster to get started.

Trademarks and Licensing

Information about the university's trademark licensing program is available at www.cu.edu/trademarks »

Photography Coordination and Digital Asset Management

We help coordinate the photography needs for the campus by maintaining both an online selection of downloadable UCCS photography as well as a more comprehensive physical collection. We can also help you hire a professional photographer to capture your event or photos for your marketing materials. Contact Jeff Foster with questions or visit the UCCS Photography Collection at photography.uccs.edu »

Resources

 

 

The Process of Making a Video with Media Services

A promotional video is a great way to promote your services on your website, in email marketing and other marketing opportunities. Media Services can create this for you. This video will fill you in on the fun, collaborative process of creating a video and what your role in that process will be. Watch this video and start thinking about the purpose of your video, the takeaways for your viewers and then give us a call and let the brainstorming begin.

Services

Creative Video Request

We work with individual departments and colleges on their video goals. Help to develop a concept, shoot interviews and any additional footage that is needed and edit the final piece together for content that is prioritized by Marketing and Communications. If you are interested in a video for your area please contact Angie Kinnett.
Contact Angie Kinnett with your request »

Broadcast Educational Content

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) provides educational programming to the greater Pikes Peak community. Programming includes community and campus happenings, academic programming, student produced shows, sporting events and other educational development programs.

When UCCS in not airing University-related original programming, SCOLA news programming in native languages from various countries around the world is aired. This multicultural news programming brings a more global perspective than is available on cable and network news. This programming is a mainstay for many members of the international community living in the Pikes Peak region.

Video content that meets broadcasting and educational television requirements maybe broadcast on the UCCS cable stations Comcast channel 20, Century Link channel 2001, and Falcon Broadband channel 77. Contact Angie with questions.

Event Capture

A one-camera video of an event/speaker held on campus (note: this is only for events, not currently for classroom lectures). Contact Angie with questions.

UCCS TV Studio

Located in the lower level of El Pomar Center, the 3,100 square foot studio encompasses a nonpermanent set complete with light grid, five cameras, green screen wall, 360 degree SIC wall and virtual studio through our Tricaster 8000 system.

Contacts

The Auxiliary Services Marketing Department provides high level support to UCCS Auxiliary Services units—Bookstore, Dining, Parking, Housing, etc.—through strategic marketing planning, internal marketing campaigns, creative design, and internal communications.

Find out more at auxmarketing.uccs.edu