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University Relations

Volume 51, Issue 3

November 21, 2008


Pyszczynski named distinguished professor. The University of Colorado Board of Regents Thursday honored four CU faculty members with the distinguished professor title to recognize their outstanding contributions to their respective academic disciplines.The board honored Thomas A. Pyszczynski from UCCS and Spero Manson, Robert Murphy and Paul Teske from the University of Colorado Denver. (Read more)

New regents attend meeting. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak introduced UCCS to three new members of the CU Board of Regents this week. See the presentation here. To see profiles of the new regents, see the Silver & Gold Record profile at

Grant leads geography education revamp. The U.S. Electoral College, soccer, and water supplies don’t seem to have much in common. But two UCCS geography faculty members hope to connect such disparate topics with elementary, middle, and high school students, en route to improving student learning about the world that surrounds them. (Read more)

Funds, present and future, focus of December forum. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will provide an update on state funding projections at forum scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Dec. 5 in the University Center Theater. She will be joined by members of the CU Legislative Relations staff who will provide an overview of CU’s lobbying efforts.

Efficiency, effectiveness focus of task force, forum. A task force formed by CU President Bruce Benson seeking to identify ways to improve CU System administration and interaction with the campuses will meet at UCCS at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the University Center Theater. The forum is an opportunity to express concerns about policies, procedures or processes. For Read more information, visit or contact task force members Jane King, accountant, Resource Management, Jackie Berning, associate professor, Biology,, or Rosemary Augustine, senior associate, General Counsel,

Goal surpassed. Campus organizers for the Colorado Combined Campaign announced this week that Read more than $23,224 was raised to support non-profit organizations in the community, surpoassing the goal of $21,368. Forget to contribute? Visit to make your donation before Dec. 31.

Electric Safari kicks off holiday season. UCCS alumni and members of the campus community can attend a special evening at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Discounted tickets, hot chocolate, and cookies will be available. For reservations and Read more information contact Jennifer Hane, director, University Events and Alumni, 262-3637 or

Help for the holidays. The UCCS Holiday Service Project offers faculty, staff and students several ways to assist members of the campus community during the holiday season. See the options and how you can participate here. (Read more)

Communique on holiday. Communique will not publish next week in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Ten UCCS faculty members were recognized by alumni as favorite faculty and were highlighted during a Nov. 5 forum on student retention. Those recognized were: Michael Hackman, professor, Communication; Kate Lane, instructor, Sociology; Sam Milazzo, professor, Physics; Paul Miller, professor, Business; Barbara Swaby, professor, Education; Tom Napierkowski, professor, English; Sheri Trumpfheller, instructor, Business; Pat Walker, instructor, Sociology; Kee Warner, professor, Sociology; Linda Weaver, instructor, Nursing.

UCCS will host the regional business meeting of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls in February. Known as the “No Frills” conference, a team of UCCS students presented a written bid at a conference and were selected as conference hosts. The students are advised by Molly Kinne, assistant director, Residence Life.

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