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Jan. 26, 2007 Communique

Diversity of thought. Diversity is more than having the certain numbers of faculty, staff and students in various categories, creators of a campus diversity strategic plan said at the first forum of the spring semester Wednesday. Diversity is about people and ideas, organizers said, as they displayed draft plans and sought feedback from the campus community. (MORE)

Winds of change. UCCS and its faculty must embrace a public agenda that includes helping students prepare for college, being affordable, preparing graduates for life and work, and demonstrating the benefits of university work to the people of Colorado, Jim Applegate, vice president for academic affairs, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, told more than 100 faculty members who attended a retreat earlier today. (MORE)

Next steps. CU Board of Regents Chair Patricia Hayes this week promised frequent communication and a broadly representative search committee as CU begins its search for its 22nd president. She also reminded the university community that the CU’s 21st president, Hank Brown, will not leave the president’s post for another year and that considerable work remains. (MORE)

We wouldn’t be UCCS without you. Staff council kicked off an employee appreciation campaign this week, delivering cards and candy (or for the diet conscious, popcorn) to staff offices.

Pencils, paper, and a tooth brush, please. Faculty and staff are leading a drive to help students at Washington Elementary School, 924 West Pikes Peak Ave. The school serves many economically disadvantaged families, including those living at a nearby Salvation Army Shelter. All kinds of school supplies, as well as personal hygiene and non-perishable foods, are sought. Need more specifics or want to help? Contact Laurie Williams, interlibrary loan coordinator, Kraemer Family Library, 262-3285, lwilliam@uccs.edu.

New student information system on way. Oracle Campus Solutions. (formerly PeopleSoft) was selected by a team of 60 university staff and faculty to replace CU’s 1980s-era student data system. The selection was made following demonstrations that included hundreds of participants from the three CU campuses. Steve Ellis, director, Admissions and Records, is planning a town meeting to share details of the new system in early February.
Culturally responsive teaching. A grant from the President’s Diversity Initiative will assist the College of Education in leading a weekend symposium on culturally responsive teaching and counseling. Educators from throughout the region are expected to attend the event which will focus on Latino culture and will bring to campus national experts in the field.(MORE)
Great decisions in business – and life. An economist who believes freedom and free markets work to solve problems better than government regulation will be the first speaker in the Entrepreneurial Finance Speaker Series at UCCS. David Henderson, a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, author and Hoover Institution research fellow, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the University Center Theater. The event is free but reservations are suggested. Contact the Colorado Institute for Technology Transfer and Innovation, 262-3686 or citti@uccs.edu. (MORE)

Spring forum schedule. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak has set a tentative schedule for monthly forums for the spring semester. Forums are scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 28, 1:30 p.m. March 15, 3 p.m. April 16, and 11 a.m. May 10 in the University Center Theater. Forums provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to receive updates on university activities and to ask questions. E-mail reminders of the forums will be sent and summaries will appear in Communique

The Syringa Tree grows at Theaterworks. Two families, one white, one black, grow up side by side in South Africa during Apartheid, living and dying though generations of oppression, strife, and revolution. It's an epic tale which is remarkably told by a single remarkable actress in “The Syringa Tree”, coming to Theaterworks for a limited run of eight performances, February 1-11 in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre.(MORE)

Union and Austin Bluffs, what’s coming. A presentation by City of Colorado Springs officials about changes to the Union and Austin Bluffs intersection is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Colorado Springs Christian School, 4845 Mallow Road. (MORE)

Why don’t we do it in our sleeves? As cold and flu season approaches – and worries about an flu pandemic are the subject of emergency planning exercises on campus, statewide and nationally --  a team of health researchers is suggesting a simple idea that changes the way most of us were taught to cough. (MORE)

Anatoliy Glushchenko, assistant professor, Physics, was named New Inventor of the Year for UCCS by the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office. (MORE)

Zbigniew Celinski, professor, Physics, was named Inventor of the Year for UCCS by the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office. (MORE)

Michael Larson, El Pomar Chair of Engineering and Innovation, received funding from the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office for the development of a device for laser fusion of septal tissue. (MORE)

Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, was recently selected to the board of directors for Goodwill Industries.


Vickie Hilty, personnel compliance officer, will retire from the university effective Jan. 31. Hilty served the campus for 26 years and the State of Colorado for 34.5 years.

In memory
Ann Bodensteiner, 43, Colorado Springs, died Jan. 22. She was an oncology nurse who was enrolled in art courses at UCCS. Members of the Visual and Performing Arts Department attended funeral services Jan. 25.

Who’s New
Tina Markowski, administrative assistant, Facilities Services, effective Feb. 5.
Amanda Garrison, general professional, Financial Aid/Student Employment, effective Feb. 12

In the News
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the acquisition of the former TRW building by the CU Foundation. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the history making UCCS men’s basketball team. (MORE)
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about higher education funding and the possibility of voter action.(MORE)
KOAA 5/30 aired a story about teacher ethics and cited the UCCS College of Education (MORE)
KOAA 5/30 aired a story about the English village and the partnership between the UCCS College of Education and a South Korean university. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about human memory and quoted Ede Green, professor, Psychology.(MORE)
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about the number of adjunct faculty at Colorado universities and colleges.(MORE)
CBS 4 interviewed President Hank Brown about his tenure as CU’s president.(MORE)

Communique is the on-line newsletter for UCCS faculty and staff. It is published weekly during the fall and spring semesters, monthly during the summer semester. Communique is sent to faculty and staff e-mail lists and, by request, to other e-mail addresses. Previous issues are available at http://web.uccs.edu/ur/communique.htm. Suggestions and comments are welcome. Send ideas to ur@uccs.edu or call Tom Hutton, 262-3439