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Communique items for Oct. 28


A breach in my breeches. Based on concerns about the devastating effects of a computer security breach, the campus IT department will now require all servers operating on the campus network to be registered and individual computer users to use free virus protection software. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak’s campus-wide e-mail highlighted the danger of security breaches, pointing out that they can result in fines in the millions of dollars. That kind of breach would put a substantial hole in the pocket of the campus breeches. To see the chancellor’s memo, visit here 

Owens visits campus. For the first time in recent history, a sitting Colorado governor made a public appearance on the UCCS campus. Gov. Bill Owens, flanked by Sen. Abel Tapia, D-Pueblo, Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera, City Council Member Jerry Heimlicher and local industry leaders appeared at a Referenda C and D rally Tuesday at the University Center. The event drew more than 400 spectators. To see photographs of the event, visit here

Students with children get break.  A $168,000 four-year federal grant will give current and future UCCS students financial help with child care at the campus Family Development Center.  FDC Director Ida Bauer credited assistance from Gwen Gennaro, director, Sponsored Programs, as well as the Offices of Student Financial Aid and Financial Services for a team effort that resulted in the FDC’s first-ever grant.  (MORE)

Recognizing minority contributions. Kee Warner, associate professor, Sociology, was quoted by the Colorado Springs Gazette in its coverage of a community debate about recognizing prominent African-American leader Milton Proby. To read Warner’s comments, visit http://www.uccs.edu/%7Eur/media/mediawatch/view_article.php?y=mediawatch_articles&article_id=14430.

On-line contributions. Enrollment in the Math Department’s on-line programs reached a new high this year as word about the program’s high-quality spread. Students from rural Colorado, deployed soldiers, and students from hurricane-ravaged areas are enrolled. The program drew the attention of the Denver Post this week. To see the paper’s coverage, which included a photo of Instructor Shannon Michaux, visit http://www.uccs.edu/%7Eur/media/mediawatch/view_article.php?y=mediawatch_articles&article_id=14447

…and a good time was had by all. The Back to the Bluffs celebration Oct. 14-16 brought an estimated 550 people to campus for the family day portion and another 500 came to see comedians Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson. Both events set new attendance records. More than 50 faculty and staff served as volunteers for events as varied as a hay ride and a “bungee bull.”  To see photos of the event, visit here

Don’t trust the calendar. Many popularly sold calendars list Tuesday, Nov. 8 as “U.S. election day.” That date may be accurate in other parts of the country but not for Coloradoans who will cast ballots Tuesday, Nov. 1. Why the confusion? A provision in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) legislation requires tax issues to be offered in odd-numbered years and those elections held on the first Tuesday in November. Plan to vote Tuesday or, if you’re a resident where mail ballots are used, your ballot must be received by Nov. 1. For more election information, visit the Secretary of State website at www.elections.colorado.gov.

“99 bottles of blood in the bank” is what Memorial Hospital nurses were singing after two days on campus as part of the annual Halloween-season blood drive.  Participation was down slightly from previous years but, in an area where every drop counts, there were no complaints.

Spooktacular times at UCCS. Not only are they great athletes but members of Mountain Lions athletic teams are good citizens, too. In addition to a trick-or-treating event at the Housing Village and the annual trek by the youngest members of the campus community to offices, UCCS student-athletes will have a Spooktacular for kindergarten through fifth grade students from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in the University Center Gymnasium. A costume parade is planned as are drawings for prizes. The event is sponsored by the NCCA CHAMPS/Life Skills program and was organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Regents gather UCDHSC. The CU Board of Regents will have its regular meeting Nov. 2 and 3 at the Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building on the Fitzsimons campus. At noon Nov. 2, a finance, audit, and capital study session is planned followed by an academic planning study session. Beginning at 8 a.m. Nov. 3, is the regular board meeting. To see an agenda, visit http://www.cu.edu/regents/Agendas/BORagenda.html.

Cells as art. Richard Elliott, a former Colorado Springs resident, professional artist, and adjunct professor at California College of the Arts in Oakland, Calif., will give a public lecture and a student workshop beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 in UC 302. Elliott is known for his use of pattern and the enlargement of microscopic images in his art. For more information, contact Lin Fife, professor, Visual and Performing Arts, 262-4052.

What’s the forecast? Tom Zwirlein and Fred Crowley know better than to predict Colorado weather but will use their skills to predict the economic future of southern Colorado next week in the Ninth Annual Southern Colorado Forum at the Antler’s Hilton Hotel. (MORE)

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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.

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