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Nov. 30, 2007  Communique

New degrees proposed, reviewed. CU Regents this week reviewed proposals for two new degrees at UCCS, a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Ethnic Studies. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Tom Christensen, dean, Letters, Arts and Sciences, presented the new degrees to the Board of Regents Academic Affairs Committee. The regents are scheduled to vote on the new degrees in January. (MORE)

Alumni connections. Faculty, staff and alumni interested in current Alumni Association activities can stay connected through the Alumni Connections e-newsletter. Published monthly by the Office of University Events and Alumni Relations and the Office of University Relations, Alumni Connections is an easy way to learn about new alumni programs and benefits, read about alumni success stories and receive invitations to special events. To sign up, e-mail alumni@uccs.edu

Utilities to go underground. Beginning Monday, Colorado Springs Utilities, in cooperation with UCCS and several private contractors, will begin burying power lines on the campus north and east side. Heavy equipment will be in place Monday near Cragmor Village Road and the Frontage Road on the campus’ east side. Traffic may be blocked or slowed as a result of the work that will make the campus more eye-pleasing as well as create a second power source, a redundancy that may prove helpful during storm season. Work will continue for several weeks along the north and east side of the campus, much of it during the semester break.

‘Green’ construction leader to direct Facilities Services. An engineer who led the construction of the first certified environmentally friendly higher education building in Colorado will direct the Department of Facilities Services at UCCS.(MORE)

Human resource specialist to lead compliance. A human resources specialist with experience in public school and university administration is the new UCCS Human Resources Compliance Officer. (MORE)

CU Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity to meet. A panel of community leaders appointed by CU President Hank Brown to advise on diversity issues at all CU campuses will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the UC Denver downtown campus. The commissioners are expected to hear presentations from campus leaders as well as from students.

Additional strategic planning forum set. An overflow crowd at a strategic planning forum this week prompted university leaders to schedule an additional session. A new forum is scheduled to allow faculty and staff to help set priorities for the campus. Faculty and staff who have not attended previous sessions are invited to the 1 p.m. Thursday forum in University Center 303.(MORE)

Tobacco ban favored. A small majority of CU faculty, staff and students who participated in a poll about banning tobacco use on CU property favor such a move, according to results released by the Office of the President. (MORE)

Dumpster diving nets information. Linda Kogan, sustainability officer, Facilities Services, shared with the campus this week the results of a recent dumpster diving exercise. Kogan estimates that 46 percent of what was found in the dumpster could – and should – have been recycled.

Campus prepares for first December graduation ceremony. More than 300 August and December UCCS graduates are making plans to attend the university’s first-ever December commencement ceremony, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Pikes Peak Center. (MORE)

Holiday cheer. UCCS moved closer to the holiday season this week with several announcements to help faculty and staff prepare for upcoming festivities.
For those who believe the holidays are as much about giving as getting, the annual UCCS Holiday Service Project is now underway with several options available for faculty and staff to assist less fortunate campus and community members.(MORE)
An annual campus appreciation event, sponsored by President Hank Brown and Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Lodge. A preschool through grade 5 book donation to project Literacy on the Go is encouraged
And if the best present is an extra day off, your wish will come true. Dec, 24 and Dec. 25 will be official holidays this year.

In memory
Scott Campbell McIntyre, former faculty member, College of Business. His obituary was published Nov. 25. (MORE)

Who’s New
Sharon Clark, administrative assistant, Beth-El College of Nursing, effective Nov. 26
John Garrett, general laborer, Facilities Services, effective Sept. 17.
Beverly Wasinger, program assistant, CITTI, effective Oct. 15.
Sherry McDonnell, accounting technician, Letters, Arts and Sciences, effective Nov. 1.
Larry Lawrence, administrative assistant, Mailroom, effective Nov. 15.
Karen Greis, administrative assistant, Beth-El College of Nursing, effective Nov. 14.
Barbara Scott, program assistant, Education, effective Nov. 2.
Susan Watson, administrative assistant, Human Resources, effective Dec. 1.
Adam Teeter, information technology technician, Beth El College of Nursing, effective Nov. 29.

In the News
The Denver Post wrote about response to a proposed tobacco ban in Smoking ban gets a cool response
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a UCCS student and an unusual honor in Springs cow stands tall
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about an honor for President Hank Brown in Hillel honors Hank
The Boulder Daily Camera wrote about boosting academic rigor in University of Colorado boosts 'rigor,' increases standards
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the local economy, quoting UCCS experts, in SPRINGS’ ECON0MIC HIT MAY BE $422 MILLION
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about student internships in INTERNSHIPS OPEN EYES TO GOVERNMENT JOBS
KXRM Fox 21 aired a story about generation gaps and cited UCCS faculty experts in Generation Gap
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about World AIDS Day in 2-day World AIDS Day event planned
The Colorado Springs Gazette published a column about additional local military installations in City ideal for Air Force cyber command
The Denver Post wrote about student concerns in Collegians' book, tuition concerns on same page

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