Faculty Assembly President’s Report

March 2007

Tom Napierkowski





1. Request from the Regents’ Academic Affairs Committee

I have been asked to help suggest relevant issues for discussion by the Regents’ Academic Affairs Committee. The issues on which the regents plan to focus are to be “large”; by this I assume that my suggestions should reflect campus-wide or even system-wide matters, not departmental or college concerns. Please forward to me your thoughts on this request by Thursday, March 8.


2. UCCS Faculty Governance Service Award

The Executive Committee of the UCCS Faculty Assembly is soliciting nominations for the 2007 UCCS Faculty Governance Service Award. Nominees should have distinguished themselves in service to faculty governance. This award is unique in two ways: it is the only award dedicated to the recognition of commitment to faculty governance and also the only award bestowed annually by the UCCS Faculty Assembly. Please submit your nominations to me or any other member of the Executive Committee (Professors Byerley, Durham, Klebe, Null, and Zwirlein) no later than March 23.


3. UCCS Academic Plan and Strategic Goals

UCCS is in the final months of its efforts to draft a new Academic Plan and an updated set of Strategic Goals. These documents may seem abstract and distant; but they will likely direct our academic development over the next several years. I urge you to share your thoughts on these efforts with your elected representatives to the Faculty Assembly and to attend the various meetings being organized to solicit your “best hopes and worst fears.”


4. Search for the UCCS Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

This month candidates for the new position of UCCS Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will begin visiting campus. It is imperative that faculty participate in the opportunities to meet with the candidates and that they then forward their evaluations of the candidates to the Search Committee. Specific dates for the interviews will be forthcoming.


5. Report from the Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs

The Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs has asked me to share with faculty its expanded mission statement; I am pleased to do so:


            The Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs recently expanded to assist active duty, dependants, military reservists, vocational rehabilitation students and veterans.  The goal of this office is to support students as well as faculty and staff with military related questions and to provide other services including military benefits, certification, and information regarding military deployment and UCCS policies and procedures.  Please feel free to contact Laura Barela, Assistant Director of Veteran and Military Student Affairs at lbarela@uccs.edu for additional information.


In January, the Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs and Extended Studies opened an office in the Ft. Carson Base Education Center.  This office can be used for marketing any programs your college offers and assisting faculty regarding college orientations.  Please contact Dana Rocha, Director of Veteran & Military Student Affairs/ Campus Wide Extended Studies for additional information at drocha@uccs.edu.