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Nov. 17, 2006 Communique

High marks. Although the findings are preliminary, consultant/evaluators from the Higher Learning Commission who visited campus this week will recommend UCCS not undergo another review for 10 years. See Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak’s memo to the campus, (MORE).

Commencement on the move. A walking tour shows many campus changes underway. But a quiet change in campus traditions is also in progress. Beginning in 2007, UCCS will have two commencement ceremonies annually. Spring graduates will don caps and gowns in May at the World Arena while summer and fall graduates will walk in a just-for-them December 14, 2007 ceremony at the Pikes Peak Center. For additional information on this year’s on-campus December graduate recognition ceremony, (MORE).

Holiday spirit hits campus. Faculty and staff members contributed more than $20,500 to the Colorado Combined Campaign this fall, an increase from last year’s contributions, to aid local charities and non-profit organizations. Additionally, the annual Campus Holiday Service Project is underway. Faculty and staff can adopt a family for the holidays, contribute new toys or food to “holidrop” boxes, select a needy gift recipient from tree or gift box display, or make a cash donation through Dec. 6. For more information or to volunteer, contact Samantha Villarreal, program assistant, University Center, svillarr@uccs.edu , Kim Weaver, program assistant, Bookstore, kweaver@uccs.edu  or Deidre Green, administrative assistant, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, dgreen@uccs.edu.

Holidays for the eyes. The Student Art Club will host an art sale for students, faculty and staff Nov. 28 in the University Center. To sell items, contact the University Center today. Buyers can wait until the 28th – a Tuesday – to bring home a one-of-a-kind original. (MORE)

Looking for a mousetrap. Faculty and staff can catch the final performances of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Osborne Studio Theater in University Hall. Cost is $5; students are free. (MORE)

Sustaining campus for today and tomorrow. As part of campus strategic planning, a group of more than 40 faculty and staff member are working on to create a campus sustainability action plan by March 1. To see the group’s progress to date and future meeting schedule, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~facsrvs/sustactplan/index.htm or contact Linda Kogan, sustainability officer, lkogan@uccs.edu, 262-3757

Kudos
A self-professed “Jill of all trades,” Tina Collins, assistant to the dean, Dean of Students Office, is the Employee of the Quarter. (MORE).

In the News
The Denver Post wrote about state funding for higher education in Colorado how universities fare compared to other states. (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Business Journal wrote about the value of a college education and compared Colorado education rates to the rest of the nation. (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Business Journal wrote about a new form of health insurance and quoted UCCS instructor Suzanne Discenza. (MORE)

KRDO News 13 covered an endangered species symposium sponsored by the UCCS Center for the Study of Government and the Individual. (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about Americans’ geography skills and used UCCS students as part of its story. (MORE)

The Rocky Mountain News wrote about the at-large race for CU Regents which is still “too close to call.” (MORE)

KKTV 11 News aired a story about what germs are found on the bottom of purses and used UCCS experts to help. (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about American’s propensity to plan for trips, not retirement, to promote a retirement seminar it is sponsoring with the College of Business and Administration. (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