Amy Kirlin, 262-3065 Tom Hutton, 262-3439

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. The members of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs recently earned top honors in a statewide competition.

The 42 members of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class were presented with the Summit Cup Feb. 26 during El Pomar Foundation’s fifth annual Colorado Leadership Alliance Summit at the Broadmoor Hotel and Penrose House. The CLA is an organization that promotes student leadership development through seven leadership programs at Colorado university campuses.

This year, the Summit Cup was awarded to the program that excelled in a community food drive, in performing a leadership presentation, and participation during the event. UCCS students were awarded a three-foot-tall traveling trophy that will reside on campus for the next year.

“We have exceptional students who participate in this program,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “This competition recognizes the abilities of those students and their dedication to pursuing leadership studies.”

The Chancellor’s Leadership Class is a highly selective undergraduate honors program designed to develop future community leaders. Through coursework, community service, skill building and mentoring, students enhance leadership abilities. A $3,500 renewable scholarship is provided.

Chancellor’s Leadership Class members have completed more than 3,000 service hours with organizations such as Goodwill Industries, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The students collected $5,571 for the Care and Share Food Bank. Those funds, along with canned goods collected, provided 56,133 pounds of food, enough for 1,871 families for a week.

“Our scholars are truly dedicated not only to their personal leadership development, but to making a positive impact on both the campus and the Colorado Springs community,” Amy Kirlin, director, Chancellor’s Leadership Class, said.

For more about the Chancellor’s Leadership Class, visit http://web.uccs.edu/clc/.

UCCS, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs, is the fastest growing university in Colorado and one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 25 bachelor’s degrees, 17 master’s and two doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls about 7,800 students annually.