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Oct. 5, 2007  Communique

McCullough a hit. One of America’s most prolific biographers, David McCullough, wowed a crowd of more than 500 campus and community members last Friday evening in the Campus Recreation Center, reminding the crowd that “nothing happened in the past,” that there was never a “more simple time” and that there is no such thing as a “self-made man or woman.” His appearance helped raise more than $68,000 for the Bruce and Anne Shepard Reach Your Peak Scholarship.

 “David McCullough reminded us that knowing history and writing are fundamental values required for excellence,” Tom Napierkowski, professor, English, said.

Home – and life – makeover. A 10-year-old local girl with a rare disease captured the attention of ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover” and much of the greater Colorado Springs community, including UCCS leaders, this week. Plans are underway to make Kayla Woodhouse and her brother, Josh, honorary members of the Mountain Lion family and for them to receive private scholarship support when they are ready for post-secondary education. See the KRDO story about the family, (MORE).

Flu Forum. It isn’t the average “ I’m-not-feeling-so-hot-flu” that members of the Department of Public Safety and Student Health Center want to talk about next week. Instead, campus emergency planners want to know how UCCS would react to a pandemic flu with catastrophic effects on faculty, staff and students. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, Stephanie Hanenberg, director, Student Health Center, Robert Wonnett, interim vice chancellor, Student Success, David Moon, associate vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, Susan Szpyrka, associate vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, and Brian Foltz, University Police, will lead a pandemic flu forum beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the University Center Theater. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and to share ideas and in refreshments but not the flu.

Iris the center of attention. Led by Sandy Berry-Lowe, associate professor, Biology, a small but hardy crew of faculty and staff replanted the iris flower bed in the roundabout at the Meadow entrance to campus Friday. In less than two hours – thanks to advance site work by Keith Valentine, Facilities Services, -- seeds were planted for a spring transformation.

Southern Colorado Economic Forum. Fred Crowley and Tom Zwirlein of the College of Business don’t have a crystal ball. But armed with reams of data and more than a decade of experience in predicting the economy of southern Colorado, the duo will again make their forecasts as part of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Antlers Hilton Hotel, 4 South Cascade. They, and several guest speakers, hope to lead discussions around global themes including immigration and the outsourcing of jobs. (MORE)

CU leads research way. CU’s three-university system maintained its position in the top ten percent of public universities in the United States in the latest rankings by the National Science Foundation on federal and non-federal research expenditures. The university maintained its top ranking for the last six years. CU is the number one ranked public university in federally financed research in environmental sciences, the third ranked in federally financed research in psychology and the fourth ranked in physical sciences.(MORE)

Newspaper distribution policy. A provisional policy that allows for the expanded distribution of free materials on campus was recommended today by a study group appointed by Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak. The group supported a new policy that will allow free materials to be centrally distributed at the University Center and, by agreement, at other campus locations including Columbine Hall, Dwire Hall, University Hall, The Lodge, and Campus Recreation Center. The agreement will require publishers to provide contact information, collect excess materials in a timely manner, and to recycle waste. A formal policy review with circulation to governance groups will proceed and may take 60 days.

In a related matter, the Colorado Springs Gazette has agreed to provide on-line access to members of the campus community. The Gazette can be read on-line by visiting www.gazette.com and using “UCCS” and “student” as the log-in and password.

Brown to have office hours. President Hank Brown will have office hours beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday in Main Hall 404. Appointment slots are available between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. by contacting the chancellor’s office, 262-3436.

In memory
Gregory J. Sajdak, former instructor, Engineering, died Oct. 2. Sadjak earned master’s and doctoral degrees from UCCS, served as a member of the Alumni and Friends Board and was an instructor in electrical engineering and computer until 2004. (MORE)

Who’s New
Michelle Sorenson, program assistant, Disability Services Department, Oct. 8.

In the News

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about congressional races and quoted Josh Dunn, assistant professor, Political Science, in Lamborn’s foes might unite to field a winner
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about college building priorities and mentioned the UCCS Science and Engineering project in $237 million sought for college campus upgrades
The Chronicle of Higher Education wrote about a new journal and Abby Ferber, associate professor, Sociology in A glance at the debut issue of Sociology Compass: A new journal
The Denver Post wrote about UCCS alum Tucker Hart Adams in Duchess of Doom" finally optimistic
The Pueblo Chieftain wrote about President Brown and grade inflation in CU's Brown: Make grades meaningful, not inflated

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