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Oct. 27, 2006 Communique

Phone book delayed. Because of technical issues, the 2007 UCCS Telephone Directory is delayed. The Telecommunications Department, in coordination with Facilities Services, plans to deliver the new directories to campus offices beginning Nov. 6.

UCCS students satisfied. More than 93 percent of recent graduates from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs were satisfied with their education and 91 percent would recommend their field of study to others, according to a recently completed survey of the Class of 2006. (MORE)

Diversity strategic planning moves forward. Although UCCS has focused on diversity for many years, its strategic planning efforts have been sporadic. Under the leadership of Kee Warner, professor, Sociology, a revamped strategic diversity plan is underway with involvement from faculty, staff and community members.(MORE).

Open house. President Hank Brown will have an open house of new CU System offices from 2-5 p.m. Nov. 14 at 1800 Grant St., Suite 800, Denver. To attend, please RSVP to communityevents@cu.edu or (303) 860-5632.

Teaching at a distance. Thought about teaching a course online but nervous about taking the plunge? A new course, Getting Started with Online Teaching, will be offered free of charge to UCCS faculty. The course offers weekly seminars to support course development from syllabus to online class activities. (MORE)

Regents to consider new UCCS degrees. The CU Board of Regents will formally consider new degrees under the heading of Bachelor of Innovation at their Nov. 2 meeting. The Bachelor of Innovation will include initial offerings of the BI in Business Administration, BI in Computer Science and BI in Electrical Engineering as well as a bachelor’s degree in game design and development. (MORE)

Woman-to-woman series features national expert. The chief executive officer of Smart Girl Inc., a noted program to build confidence and self-esteem in middle school girls, will be the keynote speaker at a UCCS conference for women. (MORE)
Halloween Spooktacular. UCCS is offering many fun and safe ways for the community to participate in fall festivities.
Safe Celebrating: UCCS students living in Summit Village will host a Halloween celebration for little ghouls and goblins (aka sons and daughters) of faculty and staff from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. After trick or treating room to room, a carnival will be hosted by the Alpine Village housing staff in the Breckenridge seminar rooms featuring food, fun and games.

They vant to suck your blood: Don’t worry, no vampires will be on hand as the annual blood drive is underway 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday Oct. 30 and Tuesday Oct. 31 in University Center 303. This way when Dracula comes a knocking, you can tell him, “Sorry, I gave at the office.”
On-campus dialogue continues. As part of continuing discussions about the university’s relationships with the federal departments of defense and energy, an open dialogue is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the University Center Theater. Bill Sulzman, director, Colorado Springs Citizens for Peace in Space, and Bill Ayen, senior instructor, Information Systems, are scheduled to make brief presentations. Faculty members from the College of Engineering and Applied Science may also present updates on such items as campus-based, near-space research. Discussion moderators will be Jeremy Haefner, dean, Engineering and Applied Science, and Venkat Reddy, dean, Business. The discussion is part of a university commitment to the exchange of ideas on issues of national importance and is a follow up to a Sept. 30, 2005 forum on federal relations as the University of Colorado System sought public comment on a proposed affiliation to operate the Los Alamos National Laboratory. CU’s proposal was not accepted. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Doug Wert, director, Professional Golf Management, received the Horton Smith Award in recognition of outstanding and continuing contributions in developing and improving educational opportunities for future golf professionals. 

In the News
Fred Crowley, associate research professor at UCCS, wrote an article in The Colorado Springs Gazette about the unlikely possibility of a recession in the economy. (MORE)

Steve Ellis, director/registrar, Admissions and Records, was quoted in The Colorado Springs Gazette about high school seniors going through the college admissions process. (MORE)

YourHub.com did a piece on the Four-Year College Transfer Fair where college admission representatives from UCCS will be attending.  (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Gazette did a feature on a new project and partnership developing between educators in South Korea and the College of Education. (MORE)

The Denver Post ran a piece this week highlighting candidates and making recommendations for the three open seats in the CU Board of Regents. (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Gazette covered this years’ Colorado Springs NAACP Freedom Fund Awards banquet. LaVonne Neal, dean, College of Education was one of the recipients for her contributions to higher education. (MORE) 

UCCS’ successful ROTC program was mentioned in an article by CSU Pueblo. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette highlighted Theatreworks’ latest production of “Something’s Rotten,” presented in cooperation with the Buntport Theater Company of Denver. (MORE)

Communique is the online 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