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Communique items for Sept 1

Getting older or getting better? Forgetfulness can be a normal sign of aging. Or it can indicate presence of medical conditions – some reversible, others more serious. The CU Aging Center is offering the Memory Clinic to help those over the age of 55 determine if their memory changes are serious. (MORE)

Web updates encouraged. As part of its preparation for a visit from the university’s accreditation agency, campus departments are encouraged to review websites and update them as necessary. A meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 7 in the UC Theatre to respond to questions, according to Jerry Wilson, director, Information Technology. Need help? Call IT Web Services for assistance, 262-3418 or kmoore@uccs.edu

Regents to review construction, degree plans. Members of the CU Board of Regents will meet Sept. 6 and 7 on the CU Boulder campus. Among the UCCS items to be considered are a proposal to offer the Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree, program plans for the renovation of the Science Building and revisions to the program plan and financing plan for the Science/Engineering Building. (MORE)

A wee bit of Scotland. Freshman students in the Professional Golf Management program were indoctrinated to the traditions of golf and of academia this week on the steps of El Pomar Center. A bagpiper, and words from PGM Director Doug Wert, helped transport the students’ minds to Scotland while their bodies remain at UCCS. (MORE)

Chancellor statement. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak issued a statement this week in response to a student-led petition drive and resulting media coverage. (MORE)

New, improved calendar of events returns. The UCCS Calendar of Events is again available for faculty, staff and student event postings. The site, accessible, from www.uccs.edu, provides an overview of important events and dates on campus. While the new calendar looks similar to previous versions, it sports improved security measures that prevent unauthorized use. The calendar is a combined effort of University Relations and IT Web Services.

Celebrating freedom. Sept. 17 will be celebrated nationally as Liberty Day and providing an opportunity to celebrate American traditions such as the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. (MORE)

Chancellor’s Forum. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will begin the fall semester with a forum on 2 p.m. Sept. 13 in the UC Theater.  Expected topics include the university’s 2007 budget as well as the upcoming accreditation visit.

Kudos
As part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, and Dave Schnabel, director, Facilities Services, accepted the 2006 Community Servant award on behalf of UCCS earlier today. The award, presented by David Ervin, executive director, The Resource Exchange, recognized UCCS as Colorado Springs’ leading public sector employer of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Changes
Anthony Cordova, coordinator, Student Multicultural Affairs, was recently promoted to director, Student Multicultural Affairs and Outreach. He will be responsible for the development of a strategic plan and structure to increase student diversity. Student Multicultural Affairs will move from Main Hall to University Center.
Kee Warner, professor, Sociology, has accepted a part-time administrative appointment as director of Diversity Strategic Planning. Warner previously served as chair of the Sociology Department and is a member of the Faculty Minority Affairs Committee.
Betty Trout-Kelly, executive director, Academic Diversity and Social Equity, will be a visiting professor in the College of Education, teaching courses in educational leadership and ethnic studies.
Vickie Hilty, director, Personnel, to Compliance Officer, with responsibilities for the campus Affirmative Action plan, human resource policies, conflict of interest compliance and compliance with State of Colorado classified personnel systems.
Valerie Bivens-Young, personnel specialist, to Human Resources Manager.
Juli Heintz, program assistant, Faculty Affairs and Records, to Human Resources Records Manager
John Szpyrka, administrative assistant, Personnel, to a vacant position in Facilities Services.

The changes are part of the creation of a Human Resources Department responsible for both classified and professional exempt employees. The Human Resources Department will report to Susan Szpyrka, associate vice chancellor, Administration and Finance.
The changes were announced Aug. 31 by Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance.

Correction
Last week’s Communique was incorrect in the effective dates for changes in the Resource Management Division. The correct information is
Mickey Mendez, controller, recently accepted a position with the CU System in Denver.
Julie Brewster, assistant controller, will serve as interim controller effective Sept. 18. Carolyn Rupp, contracts and grants accountant, will serve as interim assistant controller.
The changes were announced by Gayanne Scott, director, Resource Management.

In the news
The Colorado Springs Business Journal interviewed Tom Zwerlein, professor, Business, about the concept of taxing windfall oil company profits (MORE)  
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a student petition drive.(MORE) 
The Denver Post wrote about President Hank Brown’s concerns about grade inflation)   (MORE) 
The Colorado Springs Gazette interviewed Jeff Davis, director, University Center about the advantages of on-site child care (MORE) 
KOAA 5/30 interviewed Ken Burns as part of its coverage of the UCCS Reach Your Peak Lecture Series (MORE) 

The Colorado Springs Gazette quoted Jim Burkhart, professor, Physics, about the dangers of radon gas. (MORE) 

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