UCCS is 50: A thank you to all who helped build it

May 11, 2015
50 Year Issue

Scribe Staff
scribe@uccs.edu

Dreams have an impenetrable power to live on, despite the obstacles that are thrown in front of them. UCCS is a perfect example.

This university has faced challenges throughout the 50 years. Everything from finding the proper name to ensuring students have welcoming places to learn has been tackled through our history.

Critically, as with anything that lasts 50 years, UCCS has seen that universal law of life: change.

In Colorado, the saying is “If you don’t like the weather, wait fi ve minutes.” At UCCS, the saying could be “If you come back five years later, do you recognize the campus?”

UCCS has exploded in recent years, both in enrollment and physical footprint. Often, areas so familiar to students in the past are unrecognizable. Even for current students, the new buildings and students have come in at an almost inconceivable rate.

But the dream has continued, despite the massive amounts of change.

So it is with great respect, and a bit of amazement, that we thank all those who helped turn UCCS into what it is today.

To all the administrators who saw a university when they looked at an old sanatorium, thank you.

To the students who dared to be the first (and there have been a lot of firsts, that continue to today), thank you.

To the faculty who saw the bluff on the outer reaches of Colorado Springs as a nexus of higher learning, thank you.

Overall, to all of those who strive and have striven to make this a better place on a daily basis, thank you. UCCS would not be where it is, as one of the fastest growing universities in the country, without your efforts and commitment.

With all this change in our past and present, it is tough to find a definitive history of all that has happened here. It’s tough to talk about history when you are still busy making it.

Therefore, The Scribe owes a big thank you to our sources, especially campus archives librarian Mary Rupp, in helping us unearth our stories.

UCCS has done a lot in 50 years, and we continue to make great strides as a campus.

To all those who have made this a great 50 years, thank you. Here’s to the future, whatever it may hold. We have a feeling it’ll be pretty great.

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