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Volume 68, Issue 1

May 7, 2010

May 1-7, 2010

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New health insurance rates published; enrollment encouraged. Rates for CU benefits plans were made available this week, allowing faculty and staff to complete enrollment by a 5 p.m. May 21 deadline. (More)

Year in Review casts glance at future. While the university's finances over the next 14 months remains a top priority, UCCS should celebrate its progress during the 2009-2010 academic year, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak told campus deans, directors and department chairs this week. (More)

Business enterprise offers campus potential. UCCS can use its facilities to help boost the campus budget, Susan Szpyrka, senior associate vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, told those who attended a Wednesday all-campus forum. (More)

Legislative acts affect PERA contributions. Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, and Cindy Corwin, director, Human Resources, met with the executive board of Staff Council this week to explain legislative changes affecting university employees who are members of the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association. (More)

Campus gets Googled. A professional triker from Google spent Tuesday riding the campus on a three-wheeled cycle carrying 250 pounds of sophisticated camera equipment to capture street-level images for the Street View feature of Google maps. (More)

Nurses celebrate. Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences students commemorated National Nurses Week by decorating faculty offices with inspirational sayings as well as light-hearted thanks and balloons.(More)

International visitor studies English and culture. A member of the Croatian Parliament is visiting UCCS May 2 to June 26 to participate in an English as a second language and American culture course. (More)

Free workshops offer business insight. The Small Business Development Center at UCCS is offering several business training workshops free to staff, faculty, and students and some at minimal cost, every month. (More)

Pictures of the week. See photographs from Tuesday's Campus Awards Ceremony. (More)

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Dean emerita wins Nightingale Award. Carole Schoffstall, dean emerita, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is a recipient of the prestigious Nightingale Award for Human Caring for 2010. (More)

Staff Council executive board elected. Outgoing UCCS Staff Council President Tish Fleener, program assistant,Chemistry, announced the new Staff Council Executive Board for 2010-2011. (More)

Who's New

Four new employees joined UCCS in April. They are:

  • Victoria Taylor, product development specialist, Center for Science,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, April 1
  • James Edgren, custodian, University Center, April 1
  • Vanessa Ea, academic support, Transfer Student Recruitment, April 14
  • Richard Wesselhoff, security, Public Safety, April 15

In the News

The Colorado Springs Gazette published a photograph of campus Cinco de Mayo events in CINCO DE MAYO

KKTV aired a story about the Kane Scholarship in Student Scholarship

KRDO aired a story about fuel prices and quoted a UCCS professor in Area Gas Prices Begin Seasonal Increase

The Colorado Springs Business Journal published a column by a UCCS staff member in Thinking outside of “Starbox”

The Denver Post wrote about higher ed finances in Tuition change advances in Senate; new bill would expand lottery

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about campus weapons bans in College-campus bans soon will be gone

KRDO interviewed a UCCS faculty member in its story Hearing for 14 year old continues

KOAA interviewed a UCCS staff member in its story NY Terrorist attack

KOAA interviewed a UCCS faculty member for its story Oil spill

The Colorado Springs Gazette published information about UCCS students in UCCS film festival rewards best student shorts


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