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Communique items for Apr. 28

Tenure review to be discussed. A long-anticipated report on faculty tenure at the University of Colorado was released this week with mostly positive response from legislators and others who questioned CU’s policies. Two campus meetings are scheduled to discuss the report. At 11 a.m. May 12 in University Center 302, an open forum is scheduled. The report is also on the Faculty Assembly agenda scheduled for 12:45 p.m. May 12 in University Center 116. The study can be reviewed at (MORE)

Diversity debated. More than 20 staff members convened in two sessions this week to review preliminary recommendations to improve diversity at UCCS offered by members of a Blue Ribbon Commission. Responses ranged from general agreement with commission recommendations to suggestions that recommendations be more inclusive. Responses of faculty, staff and students to the draft recommendations will be used in a campus response and as part of an effort to develop a new strategic plan for diversity. To review the BRC recommendations, click here (MORE)

Accomplishments feted. Winners of awards ranging from top undergraduate, top student employee and recipients of both the chancellor’s award and the chancellor’s special award will be feted at 3:30 p.m. May 2 at University Hall’s Dusty LooBon Vivant Theater. All faculty and staff are invited to attend in the celebration of campus accomplishments and the official kick off of commencement and final exam season.

May forum. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will provide an overview of the anticipated FY 2007 campus budget and Vice Chancellor Rogers Redding will provide an update on the academic strategic plan at the May Chancellor’s Forum scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 9 in the University Center. Shockley-Zalabak and Redding will be joined by Jere Haefner, dean, Engineering and Applied Science, and Venkat Reddy, dean, Business and Administration. Haefner and Reddy will provide updates on their respective colleges. Refreshments will be served.

No thanks. Individuals claiming to be UCCS students and raising money through magazine sales for a class-sponsored overseas trip are liars, according to Campus Police and the Department of Communication. The Department of Communication is not sponsoring any fundraising efforts. Police advise not falling for the pitch.

Tires in the turf. Facilities Services received notice this week that a $39,000 “rebate” from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs was likely after the department agreed to use synthetic turf for a new soccer field. The rebate rewards the use of turf that utilizes “rubber crumb,” – a byproduct of recycled car and truck tires. An added benefit is that no one ever had to water a Firestone.

Enrolling now. Packets with a myriad of information about CU benefits are arriving at home addresses of current and retired employees. Benefits director Ted Baldwin encourages thorough review of the materials and, if questions remain, attendance at open enrollment sessions scheduled for May 3 and May 9. On May 3, meetings for faculty and exempt professionals are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the UC Theater. For classified staff, meetings are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and noon. A meeting for retirees and surviving spouses is set for 2 p.m. On May 9, a meeting for faculty and exempt professionals is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in UC 122; for classified staff at 10 a.m.

Results in. Staff council elected the following officers this week. Anthony Cordova, coordinator, Student Multicultural Affairs, vice-president/president elect; Kim Weaver, administrative assistant, Bookstore, executive secretary; Carolyn Rupp, accountant, Accounting Office, treasurer.

Kudo
Amy Kirlin, director, Chancellor’s Leadership Class, was named a “Rising Star” by the Colorado Springs Business Journal

Who’s New
Lewis Griffith accepted a position as a general laborer in Facilities Services effective May 1.

Kevin Long accepted a position as a structural trades worker in the Office of Residence Life and Housing effective May 1.

In the News

The Colorado Springs Gazette published a story about a May 4 Cinco De Mayo event. To see the story, click here

KRDO interviewed Fred Crowley, associate research professor, Business, about the high cost of gasoline. To see the story, click here

The Denver Post wrote about an independent review of CU tenure policies this week. To see the story, click here  

The Colorado Springs Gazette published a story about student elections at UCCS. To see the story, click here  

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