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Communique items for Sept. 1

UCCS helps storm stricken students. UCCS will offer assistance to students whose college plans were interrupted by Hurricane Katrina.

Steve Ellis, director, Admissions and Records, said streamlined admissions processes will be available to students whose college plans were disrupted by the storm. The decision to offer special accommodations was made following several phone inquiries about UCCS transfer policies from family and friends of students.

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The day the computers quit working. A still-under-investigation server problem meant no network computer access for about 24 hours beginning early Tuesday morning. The interruption caused problems with financial transactions, e-mails and, for Meeting Maker users, tardiness.  The problem, according to Jerry Wilson, director, Information Technology, was the unauthorized installation of a device that caused main and back up computer servers to conflict. The result was that parts of the campus were without network access much of Tuesday.

So, what’s the upside of no computer network? Office doors were opened, invitations were issued for coffee or a glance at new baby pictures, documents were delivered in person, and “snail” mail got opened.

In other words, the way we used to do business.

Teaching in action. A group of exemplary UCCS teachers, including past winners of campus and CU System teaching awards, will share their techniques and ideas about how to engage students in a series of events throughout the fall. The first presentation will be by Gene Abrams, professor, Mathematics, at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in Engineering Room 109.

For more information about the activities of the Teaching Excellence Council, contact Chip Benight, associate professor, Psychology, 262-4180, benight@uccs.edu, Kathy Andrus, director, Teaching and Learning Center, 262-4108, kandrus@uccs.edu, or visit the Teaching and Learning Center web site at http://www.uccs.edu/~tlc/.

We’ve recruited them, now we must retain them. UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak told faculty at an Aug. 26 retreat that those who engage their students are the most important factor in helping them persevere. Shockley-Zalabak provided examples of appropriate engagement – everything from holding office hours to speaking to students outside of class – and identified the costs of failure. In addition to the loss of human capital and students failing to achieve their goals, a below average retention rate costs UCCS more than $4 million each year. If you’re having a hard time imagining that much money imagining 1,716,738 lattes at Jazzman’s.

To read more about student retention, visit http://web.uccs.edu/bgaddis/retention or contact Barbara Gaddis, director, EXCEL Centers, 262-3688 or bgaddis@uccs.edu. She leads a campus-wide effort to retain students.

Nurse Ratched  -- Not. A two-time Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science alumna, Stephanie Hanenberg, began as director of the Student Health Center Aug. 15. The former Fountain Valley School Student Health Director is looking to build connections to the campus, not just with students. For more about Hanenberg, click here

What happens if Referendum C doesn’t pass? The Denver Post posed that question to the CU System’s John Bliss as well as administrators at Colorado State University and the state’s community colleges. See the answers that appeared in last Sunday’s edition at

http://www.uccs.edu/~ur/media/mediawatch/view_article.php?y=mediawatch_articles&article_id=13628

What is the future of Colorado? Can affordable health care be quality care? The campus-based Center for Colorado Policy Studies, along with CSU-based Colorado Institute of Public Policy will sponsor a day-long (9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) forum on the topic Sept. 30. For more information, or to make reservations, visit http://web.uccs.edu/ccps/index.html or contact Daphne Greenwood, professor, Economics, 262-4031, dgreenwo@uccs.edu.

Think we’re Web-intensive? What about an on-line laundry service? Students at American University in Washington, D.C., are using an Internet laundry service called E-Suds.

While we’re used to computers doing everything under the sun, E-Suds doesn’t wash and fold clothes. Instead, it notifies students when the load is complete at shared facilities, saving students from having their clean clothes unceremoniously dumped on the floor by the next impatient user. For more about “clean” Internet use, visit http://washingtontimes.com/business/20050824-114425-9215r.htm

Thanks to Charlie Shub for sharing the latest in Internet – and laundry -- trends. Other suggestions for items to include in Communique are encouraged and should be sent to ur@uccs.edu.

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