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Communique items for Oct. 17


Let freedom ring. What are the sounds of freedom? And why is African-American history integral to American history? Faculty within the College of Education, working in cooperation with Farmer’s Insurance and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, are involved in a national program to make black history come alive in middle and high school classrooms across the country.  To see a preview of the project, and to hear the sounds of freedom, visit http://tle2.uccs.edu/videos/FreedomsSong.mpg

What happens when mathematics and computer science skills are turned to biological problems? The resulting discipline of bioinformatics is expected to be one of the largest influencers of future scientific and engineering discovery and the basis of future economic development. Leaders in the field will be at UCCS Oct. 20-21 as part of BIOT-05. (MORE) 

Referendum C and D forums. Two forums on Referendum C are now scheduled. At 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Lodge, former Colorado Springs Council Member John Hazlehurst will debate El Paso County Commissioner Doug Bruce. At 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the University Center Theater, three speakers will present their views on the referenda. The speakers will be Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, Sen. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Abel Tapia, D-Pueblo.

Referenda by the numbers.  Tom Zwirlein, professor, Business, and Fred Crowley, associate research professor, Business, estimate that 13,265 more jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of additional “output” will be created in Colorado if referenda C and D pass versus providing small tax refunds. Zwirlein and Crowley conducted the analysis as part of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum.

Another UCCS faculty member, Daphne Greenwood, professor, Economics, also concludes that “Referenda C and D are good for the state.” To see her column in the Gazette visit http://www.uccs.edu/~ur/media/mediawatch/view_article.php?y=mediawatch_articles&article_id=14320

By example. At 4:30 p.m. today in Dwire 153, Don Warrick, professor, Business, and Presidential Teaching Scholar, will lead the second in a series of open lectures designed to highlight and inspire campus teaching excellence. Warrick will open his regularly scheduled class to visitors to highlight innovative teaching at UCCS. Last month, Gene Abrams, professor, Math, opened his classroom to visitors. Can’t make the classes but want to see what award-winning teachers have to say? Visit  http://www.uccs.edu/~tlc//teachingexcel.htm to see interviews.

Would you like fries with that? The benefits of alternative fuels are many but what about the smell of fresh fries from the truck in front of you? Jack Wallick, a Colorado Springs chemical engineer, will talk about what his views of an alternative energy “sleeper,” bio diesel, at the October Café Scientifique scheduled for 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron. Wallick will outline the promises and pitfalls of fuel made from alcohol, sodium hydroxide, and triglycerides including animal and vegetable fats.

And a pint, too. The annual UCCS Halloween blood drive will be from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. Oct. 27 in University Center 303. Conducted in cooperation with Memorial Hospital, the drive turns a fun-filled holiday into a benefit for members of our community. Donations can be completed in about an hour. Appointments are available by calling 262-3541.

University Club in full swing. A group of business and community leaders that supports UCCS, University Club, has set a program schedule for the fall that includes presentations from La Vonne Neal, dean, Education, (Nov. 8), and Sara Qualls, professor, Psychology, (Dec. 13). The group also recently endorsed referenda C and D. To learn more about University Club, or to attend one of the group’s lunches, visit http://web.uccs.edu/ur/uclub/ or call Alisha Pagan, 262-3180.

Want to know what’s happening on campus? Want others to know about your event? Try the UCCS Event Calendar at http://tle2.uccs.edu/webcal/month.php. It’s a free and convenient way to let people know about your campus event.

Communique is the on-line newsletter for UCCS faculty and staff. It is published weekly and 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.