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Oct. 13, 2006 Communique

UCCS supports its military students. A task force of faculty, staff and students appointed Sept. 5 by Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak found no substantial problems in the university’s treatment of students who also serve in the military but made several recommendations to improve communication and understanding of student rights and responsibilities. To see a response from Shockley-Zalabak and student leaders, click here.
To see the full task force report, click here.

Not raspberries, onions. Faculty members are used to the occasional (and non-fruit) raspberries from students but what does 100 pounds of Colorado-grown onions mean? “Thanks,” according to Kathy Andrus, director, Teaching and Learning Center. The onions were provided as a thank you from a student whose family runs a vegetable farm in appreciation for faculty efforts on his behalf. Andrus offered the onions to the campus and enjoyed watching the Colorado agriculture disappear almost as much as watching a student learn a new concept.

Building community, one nail at a time. Faculty, staff and students can help relocate the Office of Multicultural Affairs and create a student community center on the first floor of the University Center beginning next week. Starting Monday between 7:30 and 3:30, volunteers can assist with construction after a short safety lesson. A legal waiver releasing the contractor from liability if you drop a hammer on your toe is needed but there are no other requirements (except hard-soled shoes). For more information, contact Anthony Cordova, director, Student Multicultural Affairs, acordova@uccs.edu.

Leadership qualities. Have ideas about what qualities the next vice chancellor for academic affairs should embody? Faculty and staff have an opportunity to share thoughts and review a draft position description with VCAA search committee members from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday in UC 124.

NCA accreditation team visit draws near. Evaluators from the North Central Association will visit campus Nov. 13-15 and the campus should be prepared for a myriad of questions, David Moon, associate vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, told faculty and staff who attended forums on the visit this week. To see Moon’s presentation on NCA preparations, (MORE)

Safe celebrating. UCCS students living in Summit Village will host a Halloween celebration for little ghouls and goblins (aka sons and daughters) of faculty and staff from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Children can go room to room to trick or treat and participate in a carnival.

Kudos
Steve Jennings, associate professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the University of Latvia. (MORE)

Don Klingner, professor, Public Administration, was a contributor to "Innovations in Governance" published by the United Nations. The book is based on papers and findings from a panel of experts who met in Tunisia in June with a goal of transferring innovations in governance and public administration within and across countries and regions.

Bob Hughes, professor emeritus, Sociology, was honored as a “Living Legend” by the CU-Boulder Athletic Department Oct. 7 as part of a reunion of the 1957 Orange Bowl team.

In the News
America’s reaction to terror and the research undertaken by  Tom Pyszczynski, professor, Psychology, was the subject of a story in the Wall Street Journal (MORE)

A columnist for the Colorado Springs Business Journal compared his children’s education at Brown University and UCCS. (MORE)

Foreclosure rates may be high but are not close to the rates seen in Colorado Springs in the 1980s, Fred Crowley, associate research professor, Business, told the Colorado Springs Gazette. (MORE)

A Sudanese refugee and UCCS student was profiled by the Colorado Springs Gazette in a story about “Lost Boys.” (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