Berning, Stavrositu, Ilyasova to lead UCCS efforts at CU South Denver


Three UCCS faculty members representing two colleges will be the first to offer courses at the new CU South Denver campus in Douglas County.

Jacqueline Berning, professor and chair of health sciences, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing; Carmen Stavrositu, associate professor, Department of Communication; and Alex Ilyasova, associate professor, Department of English, will each offer courses this fall at the Liniger Building at CU South Denver.

The courses are intended to show the breadth of UCCS academic offerings as well as complement courses offered by faculty from CU Denver, CU-Boulder and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, according to David Moon, senior associate vice chancellor, Academic Affairs.

Jacqueline Berning

Berning, a longtime Douglas County resident who also consults with professional sports teams and premier athletes, will teach Nutrition for Health Professionals. The undergraduate-level course is designed for health care professionals and health sciences students as an introduction to the biological and environmental influences on nutrition needs. She will cover the role of nutrients in energy metabolism as well as the role of the professional in counseling others about diet. The course will include a personal diet assessment for students.

Berning is a registered dietician nutritionist who has consulted with the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Indians. She also initiated a healthy cooking program with the CU Buffaloes football team.

Alex Ilyasova

Ilyasova, who also directs the UCCS Professional and Technical Writing Program, will teach “Technical Writing and Presentation.” The undergraduate-level course is designed for those who work in technical fields or those interested in learning how to effectively compose technical information. The course is taught with access to software tools to assist in the design of written and visual text.

Alex Ilyasova

Stavrositu will teach “Emerging Communication Technology,” where she will introduce both undergraduate and graduate students to the latest trends and communication technologies, including social media. Practical applications as implications of new communication technologies will also be covered.

Stavrositu joined UCCS in fall 2007. She teaches courses in media effects, emerging communication technologies and statistical data analysis. Her research pertains to the social and psychological effects of traditional and new media.