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Communique items for Oct. 7

 

Changing places. After an approximately 30-year residence in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the Math Department will return to its roots in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, according to the respective deans of the colleges. The transition, effective July 1, 2006 will not affect currently enrolled students, but those who enroll for the Fall 2006 semester will follow general education guidelines for Letters, Arts and Sciences. MORE
 
Showcased. Presentations by Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, Staff Council’s John Szpyrka, Psychology’s Bob Durham, Athletic Director Steve Kirkham, and other campus administrators, helped UCCS shine this week as the members of the CU Board of Regents held their regular meetings on campus Wednesday and Thursday. Following Shockley-Zalabak’s presentation of a campus report, Regent Cindy Carlisle and Regent Pat Hayes complemented the campus’ forward progress and the quality of the student body. To see Shockley-Zalabak’s presentation, visit http://web.uccs.edu/chancellor/2005/speech/Octoberregents.ppt
 
 A family reunion. Current and former participants in the University Leadership Institute’s Emerging Leaders Program will reunite today in Denver. The program will have a communications theme with a presentation by a Faculty Council Communications Committee which includes GSPA’s Don Klingner, a presentation of communication challenges to leadership by Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, how the business community views CU, federal relations, restrictions on communication efforts as they related to referenda C and D, and a “what’s next” session. For more information on the Emerging Leaders Program, visit http://thunder1.cudenver.edu/citt/elp.
 
Bertha, meet your sister. A group faculty and staff from Boulder will visit UCCS Tuesday as part of a program designed to inform campuses of common issues and to cement relationships under the CU umbrella. The group will spend much of the day in the University Center but are likely to venture throughout the campus. Warm, “UCCS-style” welcomes are encouraged, along with reminders that Mountain Lions eat Buffalos.
 
Referendum C, sorting it out.  The airwaves are filled with pro and con advertisements and each day’s newspaper seems to have conflicting information on how referenda C and D will affect us as individuals and UCCS as an institution. How can you decide for yourself what Referenda C means? One way is to attend the forum sponsored by the Campus Activities Board at 11 a.m. Oct. 18 in the Lodge.
 
Campaign restrictions. According to state law and university policy, work time and equipment– including the campus computer network -- is not to be used for political purposes. That is neither a restriction on free speech nor a head-in-the-sand view that the initiatives won’t affect UCCS. Instead, the regulations are intended to protect university and state employees from the political winds of the day and to prevent abuses of power. Does that mean faculty and staff shouldn’t pay attention and participate in the process? Inform others of their views? Of course not. It simply means we should not do this at work. For more on what’s OK – and what’s not – visit http://www.cusys.edu/president/ref-cd.html
 
 Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and math. While it doesn’t have the same ring as the jingle for an auto company, UCCS faculty were recently recognized for their efforts to combine math skills with one of America’s favorite pastimes. In the August/September issue of the newsletter of the Mathematical Association of America, the Math Department’s four-year partnership with the Sky Sox baseball team and Agilent Technologies was highlighted. The partnership brings students in grades four through eight to the ballpark for a connection between a fun activity (baseball) and math. If you’re wondering about the connection between the two, just try the formula to calculate a pitcher’s Earned Run Average, (R/IP) x 9, or the trivia question of “Henry Aaron holds the major league record for career home runs with 755. In actually circling the bases during those 755 home runs, how many miles did he run?”
 
So, how many miles did Aaron run? The answer will be in next week’s edition.
 
Chemical kudo. The American Chemical Society recently honored the campus student affiliate ACS chapter with its Commendable Award, making it one of the top college ACS chapters in the nation. The chapter will be honored March 26 at a national meeting in Atlanta. For 2004-05, 32 chapters received outstanding awards, 62 were rated commendable and 81 were rated honorable mention from the 970 chapters at colleges in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. David Weiss, assistant professor, Chemistry was lauded for his three-year effort to revitalize the UCCS chapter. An article on Weiss and the UCCS chapter appeared in the Autumn 2005 edition of “Chemistry.”
 
Helping others. A recent cold weather snap serves as reminder that holidays are fast approaching and that there are many local residents who are in need. The first meeting of the Holiday Service Project Committee – which helped 26 needy families last year -- is at 10 a.m. Oct. 28 in University Hall Room 125. Campus community members interested in helping are encouraged to attend.
 
On Oct. 17 at 11:30 a.m. in University Center 303, the Colorado Combined Campaign will kick off. The campaign, which will run until Oct. 31, hopes to exceed the more than $1.4 million contributed last year by state employees. To attend the kick-off, or to get the name of your building coordinator, contact Jane Lloyd, jlloyd@uccs.edu.
 
When’s the next chancellor’s forum? At 8:30 a.m. Nov. 2 in the University Center theater. Be there to discuss the future of UCCS.
 
Communique is the on-line newsletter for UCCS faculty and staff. It is published weekly and 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
 
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