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Sept. 15, 2006 Communique

Forum jump starts semester. The current UCCS budget is more stable now than any time in the past five years, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak told faculty and staff who attended the first forum of the fall semester Wednesday. So how is the university’s $107 million annual budget spent? The answers may be a surprise. (MORE)

The view ahead. For nearly a decade, the UCCS College of Business and Administration has teamed with local industry to provide an economic forecast that is now considered a regional “State of the Union.” What’s on tap for this year’s Oct. 11 Southern Colorado Economic Forum? (MORE)

Enrollment steady. Official enrollment figures were released this week and showed increased student enrollment in nursing, engineering and public affairs. Other bright spots were increases in graduate student credit hours and non-resident enrollments. (MORE)

Holiday planning. While holiday celebrations for many at UCCS are months away, Vice Chancellor for Student Success Jim Henderson recently reminded the campus that members of the campus community celebrate a diverse set of holidays and family traditions. While UCCS does not endorse any religion, Henderson shared the information so faculty and staff have the opportunity to respect the beliefs and traditions of others.  (MORE)

Native plants. Tulips are deer treats and Kentucky blue grass (not the musical kind) is a water-thirsty transplant. So, what plants are native to the state and where can everything from prunus virginiana (chokecherry) to grindelia squarrosa (sticky gumweed) be found on campus? Steve Jennings, associate professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, recently led tour of the Colorado Native Plant Society on campus. See a list of native plants found at UCCS. (MORE)

Art and science mix. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit works that illustrate aspects of science or images that could be considered art as part of the first CU Art in Science/Science in Art exhibit. Selected works will be printed and hung in a traveling gallery show. The deadline is Oct. 13. Need more information? (MORE)

Kudos
Theatreworks recently earned four top awards from the Pikes Peak Art’s Center. The awards included best production, best costumes, best actor and best actress. Theatreworks was associated with ten of 12 awards given.

Mark Malone, professor, Education, was elected chair of the Colorado Faculty Advisory Council. In this role, he will attend meetings of the Colorado Commission of Higher Education and represent faculty from Colorado community colleges, state colleges and universities.

Doug Fitzgerald, sports information director, Intercollegiate Athletics, recently earned fifth place in the College Sports Information Directors annual publications contest. The award was for his work on a sports promotion called “You can’t hide your Lion eyes.”

Changes
Susan Szpyrka, associate vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, as campus sexual harassment officer. Concerns and questions should be directed to Szpyrka at 262-3678 or sszpyrka@uccs.edu.

In the News
A Department of Interior initiative that met at UCCS drew the attention of the Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page. (MORE)

A new doctorate degree in nursing practice prompted KOAA 5/30 to interview Carole Schoffstall, dean, Beth-El College of Nursing. (MORE)

Fred Crowley, associate research professor, Business, was interviewed about the “R” word by the Colorado Springs Gazette. (MORE)

Agreements by CU and other public universities with private companies attracted the attention of the Denver Post (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