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Communique items for Friday, Sept. 16

Campus opens arms to Hurricane Katrina victims

            A total of 12 students were admitted to UCCS in the last two weeks, the result of Hurricane Katrina. Most who enrolled were Colorado residents who decided to return home. But at least four students left their homes in the South for much higher ground. A student from Mississippi arrived on the recommendation of her father, a trucker, and was admitted in a record 48 minutes. A New Orleans resident arrived in Colorado Springs to live with her sister and has enrolled as a nursing student. At UCCS, more than $10,000 in cash donations were raised as well as clothing, food and other supplies.

            For more about CU’s response to Hurricane Katrina, visit http://www.cusys.edu/hurricane/

Literacy alive through LOGO

             A child’s ability to read is directly linked to the number of books in his or her home, according to Barbara Swaby, professor, Education, and a nationally recognized literacy expert. With their homes destroyed and families on the move, many child victims of Katrina are without books and other materials to help them improve their reading and writing skills and to succeed in school. Swaby, in coordination with local school districts, is collecting backpacks with a recommended dozen age-appropriate books for donation to children relocated to Colorado Springs as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Called Literacy on the Go, the plan calls for backpacks with age and gender-appropriate books, as well items such as paper, pencils and note cards, to be collected. For more information, or to participate, contact Swaby at 262-4091.

Gift to be announced

            A substantial donation from a Denver-based family foundation to aid in the construction of a new Science and Engineering Building will be announced Monday. The press release will be sent to the faculty and staff lists Monday morning and will also be posted at www.uccs.edu under the “Top News” heading.

Instructor gives students real-life assignment

            What do the following have in common? A young boy with impaired hearing, a poodle owners group, a women’s high school lacrosse team and Ben Franklin.

            Stumped?

            They are among the beneficiaries of English 313: Web and Print Document Design. The course allows students to design, write, edit, evaluate and revise information and instructional documents for both print and online uses. (MORE)

Executive moniker axed

            Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, in what may be a flashback to 60s anti-establishment rhetoric, has officially changed the name of her internal advisory group to “Strategy Team,” doing away with the previous title “Executive Team” and also expanding its membership beyond her direct reports. New members include  representatives from enrollment management, facilities and campus auxiliaries. The expanded group will meet monthly.

            “It was simply time for a change and to bring more ideas to the table,” Shockley-Zalabak explained.

Enrollment stable

            A record freshman class of 1,026 helped counterbalance a decline in graduate students and led UCCS to a slight – less than one percent – overall increase in student credit hours, according figures from the Office of Admissions and Records.

            For more about UCCS enrollment, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~ur/media/pressreleases/view_article.php?article_id=294

Constitutionally speaking

            Don’t know the difference between the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and Ben Franklin flying his kite? A chance to learn will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday on the lower level of the University Center as the campus celebrates U.S. Constitution Day. Dan Ponder, associate professor, Political Science, is organizing the campus celebration although events will take place across the nation. For more information, visit http://www.constitutionday.com/

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 1:40 p.m. Sept. 21 in Engineering Room 101. For more about UCCS efforts to emphasize teaching, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~tlc/

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.

Back to the Bluffs, the Austin Bluffs that is

            Three days of fall celebration are being planned to help UCCS alumni and greater Colorado Springs community members connect with the university Oct. 14-16. For more on the events, visit http://www.uccs.edu/proto2005/alumni_sub.shtml#news

A Seven-Year Plan, not itch

            Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will provide an overview of the Seven-Year Campus Growth Plan at her first campus forum of the fall semester scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the UC Theater. Other anticipated topics include a report from the Campus Sustainability Inventing the Future team.

Want to know what’s happening on campus? Want people to know what your organization is doing?

            Visit the campus calendar at http://tle2.uccs.edu/webcal/month.php to see what’s going on or to post your event.