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Communique items for Friday, Aug. 29

To the campus community:  

As with many other things on campus, Communique is changing with the goal of better meeting the communication needs of UCCS faculty and staff members.  

Gone are the web-page format and longer feature-length articles. Replacing them will  be a brief e-mail that highlights important campus actions and activities. The e-mail version will appear weekly and, when possible, with web links for those who seek more information.  

By making these changes, we hope to maintain Communique as an important, up-to-date information source that also has a light-hearted side. We also hope to preserve the interaction the publication has had with the campus community and encourage you to continue to provide suggestions for improvement and items for inclusion.   Your support is appreciated as Communique makes this change. It will continue to evolve over the next several months.  

Respectfully,    
Tom Hutton, director, Office of University Relations and Communique editor  
Laura Eurich, instructor, Department of Communication and Communique contributor  
Stacy Jackson, student assistant, Office of University Relations and Communique contributor  
Craig Decker, web designer, Student Success, and Communique technical consultant      

Aug. 29, 2005 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Communique  

FRESHMEN BLOOM.  Following the first week of classes, UCCS expects to break last year?s record enrollment of freshmen, according to Steve Ellis, director, Admissions and Records. A total of 1,030 first-time freshmen were enrolled compared to 953 in 2004 and 425 in 1995. Overall enrollment is anticipated to be level with 2004. The official head-counting day, also known as census date, is Sept. 8. To see the Gazette story about UCCS enrollment visit http://www.uccs.edu/~ur/media/mediawatch/view_article.php?y=mediawatch_articles&article_id=13570  

CONSTRUCTION BLUES. If you?ve ever undertaken a minor home remodeling project, you?ve experienced what professional construction crews on campus have faced ? unexpected challenges. The latest occurred when Pinkard Construction crews building a new campus traffic round-about had more than 20 feet of freshly poured curbing collapse after torrential rains hit the campus last week.  The good news is two fold: the damage was covered by insurance (Pinkard?s) and crews expect to complete the job in about two weeks.

CLASSROOM HUES.  Two new Science Building classrooms will be ready for use Monday. Ribbons were cut this week on a 72-seat classroom and a 40-seat classroom in Science. The classrooms were carved from ?don?t-call-it-a-crawl space? area in Science left unfinished for more than 20 years.   EARLY RISER. New CU President Hank Brown will be on campus Monday and will begin his day early. From 6-8 a.m., faculty and staff are invited to visit Brown in the Room 402 (Chancellor?s Office) conference room. The visits are part of Brown?s commitment to have regular campus office hours.   

HOLD THE DATE. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will continue her tradition of holding monthly campus forums to both share and receive information from faculty and staff. The first forum is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the UC Theater.   For more dates and times of campus events, visit the campus calendar at www.uccs.edu (it?s on the right side of the page under events).  

HASN?T THERE ALWAYS BEEN STARBUCKS? If you?re interested in the mindset of the class of 2009, you might enjoy the annual Beloit College mindset list. It is available at http://www.beloit.edu/~pubaff/releases/mindset_2009.htm.