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Communique items for Nov. 4

All smiles. A standing-room-only crowd of faculty and staff greeted Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak at her forum early Nov. 2, the day after Colorado voters approved Referendum C. The referendum’s passage means a five-year timeout from revenue restrictions imposed by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and the opportunity for UCCS to continue a seven-year growth plan approved in June by the Colorado Board of Regents.  Shockley-Zalabak thanked several members of the campus for their work to inform voters about Referendum C before extolling the campus to “not lose sight of the importance of innovation” and encouraging diligence in aggressively pursuing goals. To see the statement Shockley-Zalabak issued to the media Tuesday, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~ur/media/pressreleases/view_article.php?article_id=312

Work begins. With the passage of Referendum C, Vice Chancellor Rogers Redding announced plans to update the Campus Academic Master Plan and membership in a committee charged with the task. The committee will conduct a series of campus conversations to allow opportunities for input for possible new academic programs.   Committee members are: Redding (chair); Valerie Brodar, assistant professor, Visual and Performing Arts; Katie Collins, student government co-executive; Lex Higgins, professor, Business; Tom Huber, dean, Graduate School; Kelli Klebe, associate professor, Psychology; Kathy LaSala, associate dean, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Christina Martinez, senior instructor, Kraemer Family Library; Susan Mitchell, director, Student Success Center; Terry Schwartz, associate dean, Graduate School of Public Affairs; Sudhanshu Semwal, professor, Engineering; Austin Simonson, student government co-executive; Bev Snyder, associate professor, Education; Andrew Subudhi, assistant professor, Biology; Susan Szpyrka, director, Public Safety and auxiliary services; Kee Warner, associate professor, Sociology; Martin Wood, chief operating officer, Advancement.

Super Tuesday, two. On the heels of the Nov. 1 elections, Colorado Springs City Council Members will hear presentations from city staff, local economic development experts and UCCS representatives Tuesday as they consider plans to redevelop North Nevada Ave. Although the redevelopment involves private property on the west side of North Nevada, UCCS is affected. University officials, including CU Regent Jerry Rutledge and Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, will testify in favor of the redevelopment plans that could bring new life to the area.

Forecast? Partly cloudy. High energy prices and the continued loss of high-wage technology jobs will likely cause the southern Colorado economy to slow somewhat next year, according to Fred Crowley and Tom Zwirlein of the College of Business and Administration’s Southern Colorado Economic Forum. If you’re looking for good news, neither expert is nervous about a housing bubble in Colorado Springs. To read the Gazette’s coverage of the forum, visit http://www.uccs.edu/%7Eur/media/mediawatch/view_article.php?y=mediawatch_articles&article_id=14550

Half-staff for a stand-up lady. Flags on campus this week flew at half-staff, the result of a presidential declaration that the nation honor Rosa Parks, an early leader in the Civil Rights movement. To read Park’s obituary from The New York Times, visit  http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/25/national/25parks.html?ex=1145851200&en=4b6bd4603f35dfef&
ei=5087&excamp= GGGNrosaparks

Kudos. Jody Nelson, program development director, Family Development Center, for her role in obtaining the FDC’s first-ever federal grant. The grant will provide low-income UCCS students a discount on childcare expenses. To read about the grant, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~ur/media/pressreleases/view_article.php?article_id=309

            Robert von Dassanowsky, associate professor, Languages and Cultures, received word this week that he will receive the Decoration of Honor in Silver of the Republic of Austria for his work in Austrian studies.

Honored guest. The Violence Intervention and Prevention Center, part of the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will co-host the author of “Last Chance in Texas,” John Hubner, Nov. 10. He will speak at a luncheon at University Hall and, at 1 p.m. in Columbine 316, Hubner will discuss his book dealing with adolescents serving life prison sentences. The appearance is co-sponsored by the Pendulum Foundation. The VIP Center is relatively new and has joined with the Colorado Department of Corrections in enacting the Prison Rape Elimination Act and also works with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners network. For more information, contact Jody Glittenberg, associate director for research and scholarship, VIP Center, 262-4422.

Traffic flows. In preparation for a new campus entrance near the Parking Garage, City of Colorado Springs crews will install a new stop light on Austin Bluffs in the next few weeks. Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, said he hopes the work will be completed at night and by Thanksgiving to prevent disruption to the campus and, specifically, the Family Development Center. To see a map visit http://web.uccs.edu/ur/comm_email/FDCaccess.pdf

I am somebody!  This line from the 1979 film classic, “The Jerk” starring Steve Martin was repeated throughout campus this week as telephone directories were delivered to campus offices and to students living on campus. A free directory is provided to each telephone extension. To report an error, or if you did not receive a directory, contact Gail Lane, Information Technology, 262-3419.

A sense of place. What do a water tower, Cambell’s Soup, and campus history have in common? Each is part of a contest sponsored by the Kraemer Family Library for the campus community to identify a favorite campus location. For more information, contact Judith Rice-Jones, jricejon@uccs.edu, 262-3175.

Holiday celebrations. A feature writer for the Gazette is interested in profiling Thanksgiving celebrations that differ this year because of world events. Ideas include those who will invite friends, neighbors or students unable to be with their own families or the experiences of international faculty, staff and students with this traditional American holiday. If you’re willing to share your unusual holiday plans with the Gazette, contact Tom Hutton, 262-3439, or ur@uccs.edu.

Want to know what’s happening on campus? Want others to know about your event? Try the UCCS Event Calendar at http://tle2.uccs.edu/webcal/month.php. It’s a free and convenient way to let people know about your campus event.

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.

Suggestions and comments are welcome. Send ideas to ur@uccs.edu or call Tom Hutton, 262-3439.