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Oct. 20, 2006 Communique

Future of N. Nevada Ave, UCCS linked. Boarded windows at past-their-prime North Nevada motels area a sign of progress but there is more to come, Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, told members of the University Club this week. To see Burnett’s presentation, (MORE).

UCCS reaches out. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Jim Rizzuto, president, Otero Junior College, hosted a reception in La Junta this week for community leaders, parents of UCCS students and UCCS alumni. (MORE)

Shh, it’s a secret.  UCCS will receive an award Nov. 2 as part of the 2006 Excellence in Local Industry Awards presented by the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation. The exact award is secret until the ceremony. Look for more details in the Nov. 3 Communique.

Freshman seminar mirrors UCCS change. The UCCS student body has changed over the past 20 years and so has the curriculum. No more evident are the changes than the Freshman Seminar which introduces students to the university and, in many cases, to issues they will face the rest of their lives. Constance Staley, professor, Communication, and Freshman Seminar director reflects on the changes at UCCS and in the popular program (MORE).

Back off, truckers. UCCS recently joined with Colorado Springs Christian School and Cragmor Village neighbors in opposing the designation of Austin Bluffs Parkway as a truck route by the City of Colorado Springs. Currently, large trucks are not allowed on Austin Bluffs. The designation should remain because of the road’s grade, turns and pedestrian traffic, the university argued in a letter to Craig Blewitt, transportation planning manager, City of Colorado Springs.

White privilege the topic. Four campus deans will provide perspectives on white privilege as it affects campus administration at noon Tuesday, Oct. 24, on the third floor of the Kraemer Family Library. The presentations by Tom Christensen, dean, Letters, Arts and Sciences, Carole Schoffstall, dean, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, La Vonne Neal, dean, College of Education, and Terry Schwartz, associate dean, Graduate School of Public Affairs, are part of fulfilling a UCCS core value of creating an enriching campus environment as well as preparing for the national White Privilege Conference April 18-21 on campus.

School violence is forum topic. Concerned about campus safety in light of recent violent incidents at public schools in Bailey and Lancaster County, Pa.? Jim Spice, interim chief, Police Department, will lead discussions about efforts to keep UCCS safe at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 in the University Center Theater.

Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, to associate vice president for administration for foundation relations, CU System. Burnett will retain his current duties as vice chancellor at UCCS and will work closely with Leonard Dinegar, vice president, Administration, to negotiate an annual development services budget with the CU Foundation, manage an agreement with the CU Foundation for the Annual Giving program, manage planning and goal-setting for fundraising and assist with an annual review of the CU Foundation fundraising program.

Who’s New
Grady Weeks accepted a position as a general laborer with Facilities Services effective Oct. 12.

In the News
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the opening of ‘Something is Rotten’ at Theatreworks. (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page praised UCCS for its response to student concerns about treatment of students in the military. (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the Fulbright Scholar Award to Steve Jennings, associate professor, Geography and Environmental Studies. (MORE)

KOAA 5/30 covered the Southern Colorado Economic Forum. (MORE)

The Pueblo Chieftain mentioned the ROTC program housed at UCCS. (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