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Nov. 3, 2006 Communique

Degree “family” approved. The University of Colorado Board of Regents unanimously approved a new family of degrees for UCCS students at the Nov. 2 meeting (MORE).

Smart Girl headlines woman-to-woman conference.  A UCCS conference for women will feature the chief executive officer of Smart Girl Inc., as its keynote speaker.
Nicky Marone, Boulder, will deliver “Tickled Pink: Women, Health and Humor” Nov. 11 (MORE).

Forum to highlight NCA visit, campus safety. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will host a November forum beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the University Center Theater. Anticipated topics include the upcoming North Central Accreditation visit and a presentation by Susan Szpyrka, associate vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, and Jim Spice, interim chief, Public Safety, about campus safety and security. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Where do mice and free market environmentalism collide? The Center for the Student of Government and the Individual will host an endangered species symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Lodge to discuss the future of the Endangered Species Act, the Preble’s Meadow Mouse and related topics. To reserve a space, contact Jane Muller, jmuller@uccs.edu or 262-4093 by Friday.

Chemistry in the street. Radha Pyati, associate professor, Chemistry will talk about street chemistry at a Nov. 21 Café Scientifique. But Pyati won’t be talking about methamphetamine production. Instead, she will talk about soil analysis in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward following Hurricane Katrina and possible after-effects of the storm. The discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Phantom Canyon, 2 East Pikes Peak Ave.

UCCS, the backbone of Colorado Springs. The Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation recognized UCCS Nov. 2 with an Excellence in Local Industry Award. The university received the Community Infrastructure Award in recognition of “organizations or agencies that provide exceptional service and support in regard to community infrastructure, workforce, etc.”   Other local organizations receiving EDC awards in various categories included T. Rowe Price, Sinton Dairy, Intelligent Software Solutions, Pyxant Labs, HemoGenix, Inc., the City of Colorado Springs Rapid Response Team, RT Logic, Intel Corp., the Space Foundation and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Kudos
Christopher V. Hill, professor, History, recently received two fellowships for research and writing in India in the spring of 2007.  He has accepted a senior research fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies for research in the Indian state of Orissa and a government of India University Grants Commission Fellowship as a visiting professor at the University of Hyderabad.

Changes
Maurin Anderson, associate vice president, CU Foundation, to vice president, CU Foundation.

Eric Nissen, graduate research assistant, Office of Student Multicultural Affairs, to assistant director, Student Recruitment.

Who’s New
Megan Fisher, development associate, CU Foundation, effective Nov. 1. Fisher previously managed the Colorado AmeriCorps Promise Fellows Program for Pikes Peak United Way. She can be reached at Main Hall 416, 536-4485 or megan.fisher@cufund.org

Kelley Revels, police communication technician, Public Safety Department, effective Nov. 1.

In the News
KKTV interviewed Josh Dunn, associate professor, Political Science, about upcoming elections. (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Gazette featured the Army ROTC unit based at UCCS. (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about retail giant Costco and plans for University Village.(MORE).

Reliable Plant magazine wrote about the Bachelor of Innovation Degree as did several other national and regional publications (MORE).

The Denver Post wrote about Gov. Bill Owens final budget proposal and suggested increases for higher education spending (MORE).

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about finalists for the presidency of Pikes Peak Community College (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