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May. 4, 2007 Communique

Budget bill signed, UCCS to benefit. Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law this week the state’s FY 2008 budget. Highlights of the budget include $11 million in capital construction funds for Science and Engineering and 5 percent salary increases for most state classified employees. Other late-passing bills include the funding of maintenance projects on campus including a Cragmor Hall waterline replacement project.

Governor to recognize public employees. Governor Bill Ritter will sign a proclamation Monday declaring May 7-11 as public employee recognition week. As part of the proclamation, Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien will meet with UCCS employees at 10:15 a.m. in the University Center Theater. Brief remarks are expected. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

The few and the proud. Outstanding faculty, staff and students were recognized this week for contributions to the university and the greater community during the annual Campus Awards Ceremony. See who was recognized, and for what. (MORE)

Popcorn and a movie. While likely a far cry from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” principals of the National Institute of Science, Space and Security Center will present a video overview of their work and answer questions during a campus forum scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday in the University Center Theater. David Nelson, associate professor, Communication, produced the video.

In progress. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak this week distributed a draft campus strategic plan and asked for feedback from campus community members prior to review by the University Budget Advisory Committee and the linking of budgets and priorities.  Miss the memo? See the plans. (MORE)

Invest in success. The first endowment for athletics at UCCS got underway this week with a $40,000 contribution to the CU Foundation to create the Glenn D. and Joan R. Williams Endowment for Women’s Athletics. The fund will provide scholarships to women athletes, beginning with the softball program and rotating to include basketball, volleyball, soccer and any future programs.

Invest in success II.  Patrick Hannaway became the first UCCS student-athlete to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship this week. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. Hannaway has maintained a 3.92 GPA in biology and plans to attend medical school. (MORE)

Invest in yourself. Ent is offering free online planning services to help faculty, staff and students make sound financial decisions at each stage of life. (MORE)

Who’s New
Kakki Brown, general professional, Student Success Center, effective May 1.
Andrew Hitcock, information technology  professional, Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment, effective June 1.
Richard Rowcotsky, information technology professional, Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment, effective June 1.
Bobbi Sankey, general professional, Student Success Center, effective May1.

Kudos
La Vonne Neal, dean, College of Education, recently received the Gateway to Opportunity Award from the Black Student Union at Pikes Peak Community College.

Kyla Hammond, executive director, Enrollment Operations and Extended Studies, College of Education, will participate in the American Council on Education leadership forum for women in higher education in June.

Kim Weaver, program assistant, Bookstore, and Tina Collins, administrative assistant, Dean of Students, will serve as co-presidents of Staff Council. Andreanna Renteria, program assistant, University Advancement, will serve as secretary. Ida Dilwood, assistant coordinator, Disability Services, will serve as treasurer. Jane Muller, program assistant, Women’s Studies, is president-elect.

Don Gardner, professor, Business, and John Milliman, associate professor, Business, faculty advisors for the UCCS chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management recently learned the chapter was recognized as a “Top 10” student chapter and will receive a Superior Merit Award.

In the News
The Colorado Springs Independent published an education guide and included the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences and UCCS. Education Guide
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about Gov. Bill Ritter’s first budget. Governors 1st blueprint boosts higher education, but skips lawmakers’ help
The Colorado Spring Gazette wrote about a construction downturn and quoted Fred Crowley, associate research professor, Business. Building's downward turn
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about Older American’s Month and mentioned the CU Center on Aging. People age 65 and older to be honored during month of May
The Denver Post wrote about changes at the Silver and Gold Record. CU faculty paper updating

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