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Communique items for Friday, Sept. 9

Davis opens door to alum
            Hasker Davis, professor, Psychology, posted his willingness to help victims of Hurricane Katrina to an Internet Web site, but he didn’t expect a former student to call.
            When Davis’ phone rang this week, on the other end of the line was former student Paul Columbo asking if his old professor would be willing to have a roommate.
            The response?
            “Absolutely.”
            Colombo, who earned bachelor’s (1983) and master’s (1988) degrees from UCCS, is an associate professor of psychology at storm-damaged Tulane University.  He hopes to use Davis’ home as a temporary base to apply for research grants and to rebuild his severely damaged lab at Tulane.
 
President praises CU response
            CU President Hank Brown this week praised the responses of CU campuses to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
            At UCCS, 10 students were admitted as a result of the disaster. Of those students, four are from outside Colorado, according to the Office of Admissions and Records. For more on CU’s response, visit http://www.cusys.edu/hurricane/hurricane-relief-brown-praises.html
 

Faculty expertise explains feelings
            Members of the UCCS faculty have offered their expertise to news media interested in learning more about the hurricane and its effects on people far away from the storm. Kee Warner, associate professor, Sociology, and Charles “Chip” Benight, associate professor, Psychology, were interviewed by the Colorado Springs Gazette. To read their comments, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~ur/media/mediawatch/view_article.php?y=mediawatch_articles&article_id=13695
 
Faculty, staff, students, mobilize
            Under the banner of “Donate an Hour,” UCCS faculty and staff will join together to assist hurricane victims Sept. 13, 14 and 15. A collection of needed supplies and cash is planned. For more information, visit http://web.uccs.edu/housing/
 

Enrollment solid
            A record freshman class of 1,030 helped counterbalance a decline in graduate students and led UCCS to a slight – less than one percent – overall enrollment increase, according to preliminary figures from the Office of Admissions and Records. Expect detailed analysis from Steve Ellis, director, Enrollment Management, next week. To see a 10 year trend of enrollments at colleges across Colorado, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~irpage/IRPAGE/enrollmentchange.htm
 
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 2 p.m. Monday in UC 116 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/
 
Constitutionally speaking II

Part of a democratic society is the right to vote. Some might even say that as a member of a democratic society, one is obligated to vote. To exercise your right – or fulfill your obligation – to vote in the November elections, visit http://car.elpasoco.com.
 
Diversity not just a holiday
The Student Diversity Council didn’t need Chinese New Year or Cinco de Mayo to celebrate cultural diversity in the campus community. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, the students will host the Mosaic Cultural Celebration on the UC Upper Plaza. Admission is free. Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome. Food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and entertainment is planned. For more information, contact Marcus Garcia, 232-9764.
 
Chancellor to reach out
Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will join with leaders of Trinidad State Junior College and Otero Junior College to host community meetings about the future of Colorado public higher education Sept. 20 and 21 in Trinidad and La Junta. For more information, contact the Chancellor’s Office, 262-3436
 
Veep named

CU President Hank Brown named, and CU Regents approved this week, the appointment of Robert G. Moore as vice president for finance and operations. His appointment is effective Oct. 10. Moore will report directly to Brown and will serve as the chief financial officer of the CU System as well as one of the president’s chief strategy advisers. For more about Moore, visit http://www.cusys.edu/news/releases/brown-taps-moore09-08-2005.htm
 
Art, please
Think your colleagues aren’t creative? Be surprised at the staff art show that will begin Tuesday and will continue through Sept. 25 on the UC’s main floor.
 
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