Welcome to a new semester and a new year!
For those returning to UCCS, I hope you had a restful Winter Break. For those joining UCCS for the first time, welcome! We are so glad to have you here.
Let me first express my great pride and gratitude for all of our returning students. Despite the continued challenges we face, you have stayed committed to your studies, your work and your vision for a bright future. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have not seen a single COVID-19 case transmitted in a UCCS classroom. I give all the credit to you and our phenomenal campus community.
We continue to take precautions against COVID-19. On Feb. 1, you will receive a personal email with a link to take an updated COVID-19 vaccination attestation, with exemptions available for eligible individuals.
Students, I know that more health and safety precautions are not what we were hoping for. Thank you for your continued patience, flexibility and responsibility. Your efforts are seen and appreciated, and you are helping to keep us Mountain Lion Strong.
My hope is that this semester is filled with a sense of excitement and potential. As always, there is a lot happening at UCCS, and I hope you will take advantage of all the opportunities available.
The Ent Center for the Arts is bringing a number of performances, exhibitions and concerts to campus in the coming weeks, for which UCCS studentsalways receive free admission. For those interested in internships and career support, the recently remodeled T. Rowe Price Career and Innovation Center is offering more services and events than ever. And as always, there are many events, classes and excursions offered through the Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center.
On Monday, I addressed the Colorado Springs community in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I echoed words that Dr. King spoke on March 31, 1968: “Our world is a neighborhood…We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”
We are all in this together, Mountain Lions. Take care of yourselves and all those around you. And if you need resources or support, reach out. The entire UCCS community is cheering for you, and ready to do everything we can to ensure your success.