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Mar. 23, 2007 Communique

The road ahead. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak this week shared campus strategic planning progress with members of the CU Board of Regents and engaged regents in a discussion of hopes and dreams for the campus. See the PowerPoint presented to the Regents. (MORE)

Good things for those who wait. University leaders are anxiously awaiting the completion of the fiscal year 2008 budget and the “high water” mark of the Colorado General Assembly. Known as the Long Bill, funding legislation for 2008 could be voted on as early as Monday. In addition to funding for faculty, staff and programs, UCCS administrators are keeping close watch on the bill with hopes that $11 million in construction funds for Science and Engineering are included in the capital construction section.

Less is more. The Graduate School of Public Affairs will soon shorten its moniker to reflect its broadening scope. During the Regents’ academic affairs committee meeting this week, Dean Kathleen Beatty explained that since the school will offer a bachelor of arts in criminal justice beginning in the fall, the word “graduate” should be deleted from its formal name. At next month’s meeting, regents are expected to formally approve a new name, the School of Public Affairs, for the school which operates on both UCDHSC and UCCS campuses.

Regents coming to UCCS. The CU Board of Regents will meet at UCCS, primarily in the Lodge, April 17 and 18. The meetings are part of a regular schedule and rotation among the three CU campuses. To see the meeting agenda, (MORE).

Hope for the long haul. An award-winning author’s visit to UCCS changed what traditionally is one of the quietest days on campus – the Friday before spring break. More than 150 students and faculty members listened to author Paul Rogat Loeb speak about civic engagement and social responsibility. (MORE)

UCCS to explore racism, multicultural issues through national conference. The changing face of America and how community leaders can be more effective in a multicultural society will be the subject of a national, award-winning conference presented by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity. (MORE)

Final candidate to visit. Christina Murphy, Marshall University, Huntington, W.V., will meet with faculty and staff at 1:15 p.m. April 2 in the University Center Theater. Murphy is the last candidate to interview for the provost position.

North Nevada Ave. redevelopment discussions to continue. Additional discussions about private development plans along N. Nevada Ave. on the western edge of campus will continue in April. Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, and Martin Wood, chief operating officer, University Advancement, plan to display updated landscaping and land use renderings and answer questions informally on the University Center Plaza. Times and dates will be announced.

For whom the alarm tolls. While much of the campus is away for Spring Break, Facilities Services personnel will be testing building fire alarms. If you happen to be on campus during testing, don’t panic. But do go outside and get some fresh air.

Tell someone who cares. Think there is a violation of law or serious violation of university policy occurring? Call the CU EthicsLine, (800) 677-5590 or visit http://www.EthicsPoint.com.

Kudos
The UCCS College of Education will receive the 2007 President’s Diversity Award in the academic unit category in ceremonies scheduled for 2 p.m. May 1 in Denver.

In the News
The Colorado Springs Business Journal wrote about an upcoming leadership conference at UCCS. (MORE).
KOAA 5/30 interviewed Josh Dunn, assistant professor, Political Science, about “sunshine” laws. (MORE)
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about rules regarding the dismissal of faculty (MORE)
The Denver Post interviewed Jackie Berning, associate professor, Biology, about nutrition. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about UCCS student Ryan Bradley. (MORE)
The Chronicle of Higher Education interviewed President Hank Brown and created a podcast from it. (MORE)
KRDO 13 interviewed Carole Schoffstall, dean, Beth El College of Nursing, about efforts to reduce a shortage of health care professionals (MORE)

Communique on break. The next edition of Communique will be April 6.
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