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April. 20, 2007 Communique

Provost announced. The dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Marshall University will become the first provost of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Christina Murphy, currently dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Marshall University, Huntington, W. Va., was selected following a national search. Her appointment was announced by UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak pending formal approval by the CU Board of Regents at a June meeting. (MORE)

Field house unveiled. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will replace the smallest basketball venue among NCAA Division II schools with a 1,500-seat athletic field house along North Nevada Avenue, according to plans unveiled Thursday to members of the CU Board of Regents. (MORE)

President Search Committee selected. The Board of Regents named 15 people to the presidential search committee that will conduct a national search for the university’s 22nd president. There were 63 nominations for the committee. The next president will succeed President Hank Brown, who announced in January that he will step down in February 2008. The committee will be chaired by Regent Steve Bosley, who will be joined by representatives from all campuses, alumni and community members. Representing UCCS on the committee are Suzanne Byerley, Kraemer Family Library, and Venkat Reddy, College of Business.

Showing our sympathy. The entire nation was shocked by this week’s tragic shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech. A Candlelight Vigil will be held to honor and remember those lost at Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Summit Village Residence Halls in the courtyard between Telluride and Steamboat houses. Everyone is invited to attend.
Additionally, the local student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the College of Engineering and Applied Science are sponsoring a journal to show support for the students, faculty and staff at Virginia Tech. Four notebooks (located in engineering, College of Business, University Hall and the University Center) are available to write your thoughts, they will be sent to the SWE chapter at Virginia Tech at the end of April.

Chancellor’s update to Regents. The Board of Regents met this week on the UCCS campus. In addition to the provost and field house announcements, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak provided an update to the board. (MORE)

Open enrollment time again. Open Enrollment begins Monday. The Open Enrollment Web Application will be available online from May 10 at 8 a.m. through May 25 at 5 p.m. Payroll & Benefit Services (PBS) encourages everyone to review your open enrollment materials and take advantage of the learning opportunities listed on the Open Enrollment Calendar.

Library survey reminder. Does Kraemer Family Library meet your service expectations? Whatever your answer, take the time to give the library feedback by completing the LibQUAL+™ survey. Go to http://survey.libqual.org/index.cfmID=501186. All survey participants may enter a drawing to win one of eight gift certificates.

How many professors does it take to change a lightbulb? One. And the good news is that is the same number to change the world too. Replacing one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb will result in at least a 66 percent energy savings, and the compact bulbs last 10 times longer. UCCS has reached 57 percent of our goal of 250 pledges to change at least one bulb from incandescent to a compact fluorescent.  Help make our goal by going online to make your pledge: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=cal.showpledge&cpd_id=1147. And to help make that pledge even easier, the Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability will be selling compact fluorescent bulbs on the plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26.

Improve your golf game. If your golf game is need of some polishing before summer arrives, here’s your chance. The Professional Golf Management Student Society is hosting a clinic, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday April 28 at Pine Creek Golf Club. Students in the program will be offering 15-minute lessons with full swing instruction, short game instructor or both. A $10 minimum donation is requested for each 15-minute lesson, all proceeds go to the PGMSS.

Invention to Venture series finale. The final speaker in the 2007 Entrepreneurial Finance Speaker Series is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 in the University Center Theater. Patrick Bultema is recognized worldwide as an expert in the business of high-tech startups.

Kudos
Andrew Czaplewski, associate professor, College of Business, is the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Also from the College of Business, Sheri Trumpfheller was named the Outstanding Instructor. Congratulate them both in person at the Awards Ceremony, 3:30 p.m. May 1.

Who’s new
Stephen Perucca, Information Technology Professional, Student Financial Services, effective April 3.