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Jan. 19, 2007 Communique

President Brown announces future plans. CU President Hank Brown announced at yesterday’s CU Board of Regents meeting his plan to step down from the president’s position in early 2008, fulfilling an earlier promise of providing the board a one-year notice of his departure. See Brown’s letter to the Board of Regents (MORE) and media coverage of his decision. (MORE)

Year-end gift boosts campus. In a last-minute year-end transaction, the CU Foundation acquired property at 3650 North Nevada to benefit UCCS. Uses are being explored for the site which was sold at a price far lower than its anticipated valuation. The funds for the purchase, part of a bargain sale and donation, came from the president’s initiative fund and were not from campus resources. See the property (MORE) and details from  the Silver and Gold Record. (MORE)

State of University. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak provided members of the University Club a “state of the university” this week, updating them on campus programs, the university’s vision and construction. (MORE)
Donations on record pace. The University of Colorado today announced it has raised $54.1 million since July 1, 2006, a 204 percent increase over the same period last year and more than 75 percent of its annual goal for the fiscal year. (MORE)
Diversity is January forum subject. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak’s first forum of the spring semester, scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 24 in the University Center Theater, will feature a discussion of diversity and the integration of diversity planning into campus strategic plans. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and to review draft plans at http://www.uccs.edu/~dsp/. Refreshments will be served.

Date set for annual Math Olympiad. The Colorado Mathematical Olympiad, the largest essay-type mathematical competition in the United States, is set for April 20 at UCCS. (MORE)

Alumni directory underway. A directory of UCCS alumni is being compiled and university alumni may be contacted by its publisher, Harris Directory. No information provided to the directory will be resold or used for non-university purposes, according to Jaime McMullen-Garcia, CU Foundation. Questions? Contact Garcia at 536-4480.

Winning ways lead to ticket policy change. Strong performances by men’s and women’s basketball teams are generating more attendance at home games. As a result, Steve Kirkham, director, Intercollegiate Athletics, recently instituted a new ticket policy, though faculty, staff and students with valid identification can still attend games at no charge. Questions? Contact A.J. Joseph, assistant director, Intercollegiate Athletics, ajoseph@uccs.edu or 262-3724. (MORE)

ENT issues 500th Lion OneCard. It is an identification card, an ATM Card, a Visa Check Card, a bus pass and a library card all rolled into one. This week, Ent celebrated issuance of the 500th Lion OneCard to students and staff at UCCS. (MORE)

Tenure expert to speak. Cathy A. Trower, a researcher on the changing generation of tenure-line faculty, will spend Feb. 8 with CU faculty and administrators to examine changing faculty demographics. Trower currently leads Harvard University’s Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Her  presentations will be at several downtown Denver locations. A live webcast is planned. Interested faculty are encouraged to “hold the date” with details to follow.

Kudos
Terrance E. Boult, El Pomar Chair of Communication and Computation, was selected by the CU Technnology Transfer Office to receive funding for his work on a privacy enhanced surveillance camera. (MORE)

Facilities Services staff. Recent winter weather and yeoman efforts by Facilities Service staff to keep roads and sidewalks passable prompted lots of compliments. But while dealing with winter weather, staff members also completed regular duties. Debbie MacDonald, administrative assistant, Center for Homeland Security, showed her appreciation for help in moving offices in a unique way.(MORE)

Martin Wood, chief operating officer, University Advancement, was recently selected to serve on the Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Board of Trustees.

Changes
Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, will serve part-time as loaned executive to the Colorado Department of Corrections during its leadership transition at the request of Gov. Bill Ritter. Burnett will serve approximately 30 percent of his time as deputy executive director for a period of several months. Burnett worked for the Department of Corrections from 1994 to 2002.

Vickie Hilty, personnel compliance officer, will retire from the university effective Jan. 31. Hilty served the campus for 26 years and the State of Colorado for 34.5 years.

David Fenell, professor, Education, returns to campus after completing a tour in Iraq as the command psychologist for the joint special operations task force. Fenell is a colonel in the Army Medical Corps Reserve. This spring, he will teach two sections of marriage and family counseling.

In memorium
Eldon Stevens, professor emeritus, Philosophy, died Dec. 28. Services were Jan. 10. (MORE)

Who’s New
Rudolph Chavez, custodial intern, Facilities Services, effective Jan. 1.
Stanley Powell, equipment operator, Facilities Services, effective Jan. 1.
Jane King, accountant, Resource Management, effective Feb. 1.

In the News
The Colorado Springs Business Journal quoted Fred Crowley, associate research professor, College of Business and Administration, about housing prices in Colorado Springs. (MORE)
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about the CU Foundation’s acquisition of the former TRW building on North Nevada. (MORE)
The Boulder Daily Camera wrote about the CU Board of Regents considering lottery proceeds as a funding source. (MORE)
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about Amendment 41 and possible changes by the General Assembly. (MORE)
Diverse Issues in Higher Education wrote about the appointment of John Herrington, director, Center for Space Education. (MORE)
The Arizona Republic quoted Jay Coakley, professor emeritus, Sociology, about violence in sports. (MORE)
The Pueblo Chieftain editorialized about the importance of state support for higher education. (MORE)

Communique is the on-line newsletter for UCCS faculty and staff. It is published weekly during the fall and spring semesters, monthly during the summer semester. Communique is sent to faculty and staff e-mail lists and, by request, to other e-mail addresses. Previous issues are available at http://web.uccs.edu/ur/communique.htm. Suggestions and comments are welcome. Send ideas to ur@uccs.edu or call Tom Hutton, 262-3439