We believe every stakeholder (students, faculty, staff, alumni, the CU system and communities throughout Southern Colorado and beyond) engaged with the UCCS School of Public Affairs (SPA) can play a part in transforming our world. Our stakeholders bring their passions, goals, and eagerness to engage. The UCCS School of Public Affairs provides a collaborative environment and an unprecedented combination of rigorous academics, relevant research, practical application, and partnership networks that create the knowledge, skills, experience, and connections needed to create significant impact.
A unique balance of theory and real-world application is delivered not only through curriculum and class interaction, it is also represented by the make-up of carefully chosen faculty and staff as well as through SPA partnerships to stay on the cutting edge of the industries for which it supplies leaders. SPA takes an integrated approach connecting all of its programs under the Public Affairs umbrella including public administration and public service, public finance, public and nonprofit management, social and public policy, criminology and criminal justice, ethics and leadership, and homeland security and defense. The UCCS School of Public Affairs is poised to deliver knowledge, research, and leaders ready and able to create significant impacts that ensure a resilient community and world.
Chances are you’ve met Mickey Meehan before. You probably took a picture with him. For the last four years, Meehan entertained thousands at UCCS as the performer behind Clyde, the campus mascot. Meehan graduated in Fall 2019, and is working his way through interviews and tests to enroll in the Colorado Springs Police Department Training Academy. “I believe in doing the right thing, and I really want to help people. I feel that this provides me the best opportunity for it,” Meehan said. “I would be there for those really bad moments, but there’s also the positive engagement with the community on a day-to-day basis and keeping people safe. It’s the idea of service to the community that I’ve been drawn to for a long time.”
Joe Lewis is veteran and a Master of Public Administration alumni, who graduated from UCCS in Fall 2016. He is also the founder of Angels of America's Fallen, a nonprofit that sponsors the developmental activities of children of military or first responder parents who die while serving. The organization empowers and sponsors children who have lost a parent in service with developmental activities in their own communities. "We encourage and engage the kids of our fallen military and first responders in extracurricular activities outside of the home with a coach or an instructor," Lewis says. "And it's more than writing a check to pay for the activity. It's the encouragement, engagement, the long-term practice to be with them from the time they register all the way through 18 years old."
Lewis started the work in 2009 in his spare time with whatever extra money he had. In 2013, the organization was founded and gained its status as a nonprofit. With the help of sponsors and partners like Lamar Advertising and the Chick-Fil-A Foundation, Angels of America's Fallen has taken more than 400 kids under its wings every year.