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Communique items for Dec. 2

TRD, no vowels. Martin Wood, chief operating officer, University Advancement, explained a new model for improving campus finances, at the December Chancellor’s Forum this week. Total Resource Development, or TRD,  was defined as all efforts to obtain financial resources including fund raising, entrepreneurial ventures and partnerships. Faculty and staff were encouraged to develop new ideas to reduce costs and increase revenues as UCCS seeks to become less dependent on state revenues. To see the Powerpoint slides used at the forum, visit http://web.uccs.edu/ur/pam/DecemberChancellorForum.ppt

Efforts with Hispanic students recognized. UCCS is one of the nation’s top universities in the education of people of Hispanic descent, according to the editors of Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine (MORE)

On the rise. The Society of Success and Leadership at UCCS was recently awarded “On the Rise” status by national headquarters in recognition of the level of student participation in the organization. Formed in 2004 to provide leadership training for students, 330 students joined in 2004-2005 and the UCCS chapter is now the largest in the nation. Carmen Abeyta, director, Student Engagement, serves as advisor.

Campus conversations continue. The Academic Strategic Plan steering committee will have another open meeting for faculty and staff beginning at 12:15 p.m. Dec. 6 in the University Center Theater. Vice Chancellor Rogers Redding asked that comments focus on the “ What existing academic programs should be enhanced or re-directed to better meet regional, state and national needs?”

 “Oh, Mr. Darcy … Yes, I Said Yes!”  In the wake of the film release of “Pride and Prejudice,” movie critics and fans of author Jane Austen are focusing on differences between printed and film versions of the classic novel. Joan Ray, professor, English, and president of the Jane Austen Society of North America, was interviewed by the New York Times and criticized the movie’s love scenes as not representing Austen’s talent of presenting sexual tension with subtlety. The Times concluded that the movie was to the book “as if NASA had prepared an international mission to Mars and felt a need to lace the Russians’ Tang with vodka.”

A winning team. A Colorado Springs Economic Vitality Group whose members include community leaders as well as Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business and Administration, and Jeremy Haefner, dean, College of Engineering and Applied Science, was recently given  the Enhancing the Competitiveness of Local Business through Collaboration award from Blane, Canada, a business consulting firm. The team was credited with retention of 250 manufacturing jobs, winning 150 additional manufacturing jobs and helping a large company with property tax issues.

Graduation, not just in May anymore. While technically not a graduation ceremony, UCCS will honor the 252 students who graduated in August and another 452 students who hope to graduate in December in 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 ceremonies in the Campus Gymnasium. Interim Dean of Students Tamara Moore, Vice Chancellor Jim Henderson, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Student Co-Executive Katie Collinson will offer brief remarks and host a reception for the graduates and their families.

An obli-who?  A mock-up of the university’s first obelisk (hint: a four-sided stone shaft that tapers to a pyramidal point) will be placed in the Austin Bluffs Parkway median near Mallow Road between 10 a.m. and noon Monday. Vice Chancellor Brian Burnett, Chancellor Pam Shockley and City of Colorado Springs Senior Engineer Robin Kidder will be on hand to review the mock up. If approved, the obelisk, which is intended to mark the pathway to UCCS, will be constructed over the next few months.

Dwire update. A construction contractor is on board, drafts of designs are being circulated, and move plans readied for the renovation of Dwire Hall, according to Dave Schnabel, director, Facilities Services. While considerable work remains, the project is “on track” for 14 months of construction beginning May 2006. On Dec. 16, the renovation design will be shared with the members of the CU System Design Review Board. Questions? Contact Schnabel, 262-3935.

Regents to meet. Members of the CU Board of Regents will meet next Wednesday and Thursday at the Coors Event Center at CU-Boulder. Agenda items include establishment of a CU System Administration Office in Denver, the search for a CU president, and an operating agreement for the CU Foundation. Campus-specific items include plans for the Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities and an access road construction agreement.

To see the agenda, visit http://www.cu.edu/regents/Agendas/BORagenda.html

Holidays in full swing

            The Bookstore is inviting the campus to celebrate holidays around the world from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 6. Discounts, a book signing with acclaimed photographer Jim Keen, and prize drawings are planned.

            Holiday Service Project. The deadline for participating in the Campus Holiday Service Project is Dec. 7. For more information, contact Deidre Green, administrative assistant, Beth-El College of Nursing, 262-4486 or dgreen@uccs.edu, or your building coordinator.

            Campus celebration.  Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will host the annual campus holiday celebration beginning at 4 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Lodge. As in past years, a book donation for the Family Development Center reading room is requested.

Friday Afternoon Club returns. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will host a Friday Afternoon Club event today beginning at 4 p.m. today in the University Center lounge. Discounted refreshments and games will be available. So, quit reading and head over.