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Volume 71, Issue 2

August 27, 2010

Aug. 27, 2010

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Welcome to the fall semester. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak welcomes newcomers and campus veterans alike in an open letter that expresses appreciation and encourages patience. (More)

First fall forum. The first fall forum, scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 31 in the University Center theater, will begin with an overview of the university's budget. (More)

Biochemistry degrees now offered. The Colorado Department of Higher Education approved UCCS to offer Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry. (More)

U.S. News 2011 Best Colleges Guide: UCCS seventh in the West, engineering lauded. Undergraduate engineering at UCCS is among the best in the nation and the high-quality of all programs make UCCS among the best public universities in the Western United States, according to the editors of U.S. News and World Report. (More)

UCCS a 2011 military friendly school. G.I. Jobs magazine named UCCS to its 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools, an honor given to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools working to embrace America's veterans as students. (More)

Students get high-level help. More than half of an anticipated 1,200-student UCCS freshman class had some high-level help when they moved to campus Aug. 17. (More)

Abrams' convocation address offers counsel. Gene Abrams shared insight gained from 29 years as a professor and nine years as a college student with UCCS freshmen Aug. 19. (More)

Centennial Hall opens with fanfare. At an Aug. 19 dedication ceremony, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak officially re-named the Science Building Centennial Hall and concluded a year-long, $17 million renovation project. (More)

Campus complies with fire testing statute. Fire alarm testing will continue on campus next week as UCCS completes mandated testing of its fire emergency procedures. (More)

Interim benefits counsel offered. A benefits counselor will be at UCCS five days during the fall semester to assist current and retired faculty and staff members. (More)


Heather Albanesi, assistant professor, Sociology, recently published "Gender and sexual agency: how young people make choices about sex." The book was published Lexington Books, Lanham, Md.

Elissa Auther, assistant professor, Visual and Performing Arts, recently published "String, Felt, Thread: the Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art." The book was published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Raphael Sassower, professor, Philosophy, and Louis Cicotello, professor, Visual and Performing Arts, recently published "War images: fabricating reality." The book was published by Lexington Books, Lanham, Md.

Who's New/Changes

New faculty arrive. Meet 13 new tenured and tenure track faculty members who recently joined UCCS. Their names, titles, department and college, and brief information about them follows. Next week, new instructors will be introduced. (More)

Hill to lead global education. In an effort to improve global education at UCCS, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak recently appointed Amy Hill as  director of campus-wide efforts. (More)

New staff. Six staff members recently joined the university. (More)

In the News

The Colorado Springs Gazette included UCCS in an opinion column NOREEN: It' silly season. Kill the Terrible Trio

The Colorado Springs Business Journal quoted a UCCS faculty member in Local economy improving, Crowley says

The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about the success of the UCCS Theaterworks program in Build a tribe

The Colorado Springs Business Journal wrote about ballot initiatives in Ballot initiatives would be devastating, local leaders say

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a scholarship program at UCCS in Former Gazette columnist remembered fondly at book launch

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about military friendly rankings in 4 Springs colleges military-friendly

KRDO aired an interview with a UCCS vice chancellor in Nervous Parents - Freshmen Start College

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the newest UCCS building in UCCS science building enters modern age with new look, name

KOAA aired an interview with a UCCS vice chancellor in New science building at UCCS

The Denver Post wrote about criticism of general education requirements in Conservative group criticizes U.S. colleges for curricula failings

The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about a UCCS art exhibit in The science of art, the art of science

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