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Dec. 7, 2007  Communique

Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity.  Members of the three-campus CU community met in Denver earlier today to review progress in both defining diversity and improving inclusiveness on campus. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, Kee Warner, interim associate vice chancellor for diversity, Christina Jimenez, associate professor, History, Robert Wonnett, interim vice chancellor, Student Success, Peg Bacon, interim vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, and Clint Fisher, assistant professor, Education, represented UCCS and answered questions from a panel of community members. (MORE)

Event center in UCCS future. The CU Board of Regents recently approved preliminary planning for a 1,200-1,400 seat event center, an expansion of the current University Center Gymnasium. The estimated $7.1 million project will expand seating for indoor intercollegiate athletics and provide venues for large university events such as orientation and convocation. Financing will come from a $2 million presidential initiative fund and bond funds. Plans call for completion in late 2009.

Leaders to sign cooperative agreements. Faculty and staff members at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College will be able to take courses under the state’s tuition policy at each other’s campuses and PPCC student can live at UCCS, according to new agreements between the two schools. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and PPCC President Tony Kinkel will sign the agreements in a 10:30 a.m. Monday ceremony. (MORE)

Conference offers funding insight. Entrepreneurs and inventors with ideas and drive, but not funding, may be eligible for federal support through Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Terry Boult, El Pomar Chair of Innovation and Security, will lead a workshop on the programs Jan. 9 in conjunction with IEEE WACV/MOTION workshops at the Copper Mountain Resort. (MORE)

The 6th Room. UCCS music faculty, with musicians, dancers, and media designers from around the globe will perform tonight at 7:30 in the Gallery of Contemporary Art. Performers will interact through video streaming from Berlin, New York City, Tokyo and Amsterdam. In the gallery will be Mary Oliver, Michael Schumacher, Ellen Knops, Glen Whitehead and Randy Bowen.

CU settles long-running feud. A dispute about actions taken by CU to recruit football players was settled this week after more than six years of litigation and complaints. President Hank Brown led the effort to settle the case. (MORE)

Desk-side recycling. Offices in Science, Cragmor, Campus Services, Main, Dwire, Columbine and Engineering began expanded recycling programs this week. Mixed paper in blue bins will be collected Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Other trash is collected Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Glass, plastic and aluminum should be taken to bins in all buildings. (MORE)

 

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.

Kudos
Robert Von Dassanowsky, professor, Languages and Cultures, was elected to fellow of the Royal Historical Society, London, based on his work in film and central European cultural history.

Changes
Carmen Abeyta to director of inclusive student and community engagement. She previously served as director of student engagement. In her new position, she will work closely with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs.

In the News
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about CU’s settling of a lawsuit in CU throws in the towel
The Colorado Springs Business Journal wrote about hospital locations and quoted Fred Crowley, research associate, College of Business, in Hospital systems following health care dollars to suburbs
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about an interview with CU President Hank Brown in University of Colorado president speaks out
The Denver Post wrote about CU’s legal settlement in Rape settlement should be a lesson for university
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about the declining dollar and quoted Daphne Greenwood, professor, Economics, in Canadians find Vail doggone cheap, eh?
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about Carole Schoffstall, dean, Beth-El College of Nursing, in New position reflects Beth-El dean's passion
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about UCCS funding requests in Schools ask state for building funds
The Rocky Mountain News published a column about improving education in First steps toward a better system
Communique on break. This is the last edition of Communique for the Fall Semester. Publication will resume Jan. 25, 2008.

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