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Communique items for Jan. 20

When borrowing becomes illegal, immoral, improper. Plagiarism is taking ideas or writings from others and trying to pass them off as your own. (Plagiarism would also be not telling that the previous definition comes from Webster’s New World Dictionary.)

While the definition of plagiarism is clear, finding it – and more importantly preventing it and dealing with it – isn’t always easy. To help, Shaun Jackson, Instruction Coordinator/Reference Librarian, will present “Understanding, Detecting and Preventing Plagiarism: For UCCS Faculty” at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 in EPC 239. (MORE)

Finishing touch. A crane will add a cupola atop Alpine Village Wednesday morning, adding a final detail to the university’s newest building. Barring high winds, snow, or other January Colorado weather variants, the cupola’s installation should begin by 8 a.m. and be finished by 11, according to Dave Schnabel, director, Facilities Services. So why wasn’t the cupola installed when the building was occupied? Crews put off the detail to concentrate on getting the buildings open, students moved in, and rents collected.

Left in, right out. A new campus entrance opened for the Spring 2005 semester, bringing to three the number of ways to enter campus with the aid of a stoplight. The entrance also makes the traffic roundabout at Regent Circle functional. Think you have to be British (or live near the Broadmoor) to navigate in a circle? Visit http://web.uccs.edu/facplng/docs/Roundabouts.pdf to learn.

COSMIX Update. Users of the I-25 off-ramp at North Nevada will soon need to find alternate routes. Beginning Monday, and continuing through February, the ramp will be closed as part of the improvements in the Rockrimmon area. Motorists will be directed to use the Garden of the Gods exit. For more COSMIX news visit www.cosmixproject.com

Homeland security. The Network Information and Space Security Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will receive $4.6 million as part of the Defense Appropriations Bill signed into law by President George W. Bush Jan. 5. (MORE)

Personal security.  The Department of Public Safety will offer two self-defense courses for women this spring. The first course, Rape Aggression Defense, is Feb. 3-5 and offers self-defense techniques and risk reduction strategies. The cost is $25. For more information, call 262-3444.

Donating money the modern way. CU Foundation staff was puzzled recently by a 270 percent increase in on-line giving directed at Theatreworks which now accounts for 78 percent of all on-line giving to UCCS. But before conclusions are reached about Theatreworks patrons being particularly generous or computer savvy, there may be a more simple explanation. How about a hyperlink from the Theatreworks web site and some active promotion by director Drew Martorella? For more information about on-line giving, contact the CU Foundation office, 536-4499

State of the University. President Hank Brown will host an open meeting for faculty and staff beginning at 9:30 a.m. in UC 303. Brown plans to discuss the state of the university and to hear concerns, recommendations or questions from those in attendance.

State of the Campus. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak provided members of the University Club an overview of the state of UCCS Jan. 9. Shockley-Zalabak provided an overview of the UCCS Seven Year Plan approved by CU Regents in June and provided an opportunity for the members to comment on the Academic Strategic Plan under development by a faculty committee led by Rogers Redding, vice chancellor, Academic Affairs.

At the Feb. 7 meeting, Andrew Czaplewski, associate professor, Business, will talk about modern marketing trends, including the data that is collected when consumers use preferred shopper cards.

Developing small business. A new director of the Small Business Development Center, Matt Barrett, began Jan. 1. Barrett previously directed the Oklahoma Native American Business Center and served as assistant pastor at a Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, church. (MORE)

Calculating kudos. A group of mathematicians and mathematics educators from throughout the world will honor a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor for his role in promoting math. (MORE)

In the News

  • Changes at the UCCS Bookstore were covered by the Colorado Springs Gazette Jan. 18. To see the story, click here.
  • The super Sauter sisters of UCCS Women’s Basketball were profiled in the Jan. 17 Gazette. To see the story, click here
  • Fred Crowley, associate research professor, Business, offered investment advice in a Jan. 16 column published in the Gazette. To see the column, click here.
  • A local biotechnology company with roots to UCCS was the subject of a Jan. 14 article in the Gazette. To read the story, click here.
  • Retiring Galley of Contemporary Art Director Jerry Riggs was profiled in the Jan. 13 edition of the Gazette. To read the story, click here.