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Communique items for Nov. 18

A campus conversing. The first “Campus Conversation” sponsored by Vice Chancellor Rogers Redding and members of the Academic Strategic Planning Committee drew more than 30 faculty and staff this week. The session generated ideas ranging from new degrees in computer game construction to shoring up existing UCCS programs hurt by three years of budget cuts. Buoyed by the number and variety of ideas, Redding and the committee have scheduled a second conversation for 3 p.m. Monday in the University Center Theater.

TRD explained. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Martin Wood, chief operating officer, University Advancement, will provide an overview of TRD – Total Resource Development – at the last chancellor’s forum for the fall semester. The forum is scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 1 in the University Center Theater. Refreshments will be provided. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Open door, open ear.  CU President Hank Brown will continue his open-door, open-office hours by visiting campus Monday morning. From 6-8 a.m. in Main Hall 402, Brown will meet individually with faculty and staff. No appointments are necessary.

President’s office may move south … but not as far south as Colorado Springs. Leonard Dinegar, interim vice president, Administration, presented an overview of plans to move CU System staff members to the Boulder City Council Nov. 15.  CU Regents will have the final say on the plan that calls for the moving of 44 staff assigned to the Board of Regents, President’s Office, Vice Presidents, Academic Affairs and Research, Budget and Finance, Institutional Relations, Counsel, and Human Resources from Boulder to new offices in Denver. Dinegar said 63 CU System staff members currently have offices in Denver. The plan calls for 240 CU System staff to remain in Boulder.

No shortcuts. Circumventing purchasing rules sounds tempting but could have personal checking account repercussions. In a Nov. 8 memo to deans, directors and department heads, Vice Chancellor Brian Burnett reminded the campus that purchases must follow state fiscal rules and should be coordinated through the PSC. Circumventing those rules could mean that the individual making the purchase can be held personally liable. Questions? See the policy at http://www.cusys.edu/psc/policies/downloads/ATF-Purch.pdf or contact the Division of Resource Management, 262-3837.

Need business skills but not an advanced degree?  A new UCCS program will allow individuals easier access to courses designed to improve specific business skills. Offered through the College of Business and Administration, the campus business certificate program will allow individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree to enroll in master’s-level  courses in areas ranging from general business administration to specific topics such as accounting, international business, operations, marketing, technology management, and finance.

It is how you look. Leaning on her own experiences as a professional basketball player as well as quotes from well-known NBA players linking uniforms to performance, first-year UCCS women’s basketball coach Jessika Stratton deemed it a priority to outfit her team in new duds. The Colorado Springs-native and former Big 12 Sportswoman of the Year award winner solicited local businesses to help her team look as good as they play. As a result, the Mountain Lion’s women’s teams will wear new white, black and gold uniforms emblazoned with UCCS when competing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this year. For more about the women's basketball program, visit http://www.uccs.edu/%7Eathletic/story.php?id=689

Want to see the basketball teams in action? Plans are in the making for free bus rides and tickets for UCCS faculty, staff and students to attend a double-header (men’s and women’s teams) Dec. 8 at the Olympic Training Center. The men’s game will begin at 6 p.m. and the women’s at 8 p.m. The Mountain Lions will face teams from Chadron (Neb.) State College.

C celebration. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will resume the Friday Afternoon Club events with a celebration of the passing of Colorado Referendum C from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 2 on the lower level of the University Center. There will be free pool and other games as well as discounted food and drink.

Shaping a community.  Have an opinion about what kind of housing and retail establishments would work near campus? Take a five-minute survey to share your thoughts and be eligible for a free I-Pod. Take the survey at   http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB224SDS2PDJS

What’s a hoo-doo? Or is it a hoodoo? And what are we going to do about them? Celebrate, cherish and seek out the mushroom rocks, umbrella rocks or “hoodoos” that can be found on campus says the Kraemer Family Library’s Judith Rice-Jones who has asked faculty, staff and students to identify their favorite place as part of a campus-wide contest. The contest deadline has been extended to Nov. 28. For more information, contact Rice-Jones at 262-3175 or jricejon@uccs.edu.

In the news. Plans for a Cancer Survivor’s Park at UCCS were profiled this week by the Colorado SpringsGazette. To see the story visit http://www.uccs.edu/~ur/media/mediawatch/view_article.php?y=mediawatch_articles&article_id=14756

Additionally, Ida Bauer, director, Family Development Center, appeared on KKTV to provide parenting advice, and Tom Zwirlein, professor, Business, was quoted by the Gazette in a story about holiday spending trends.

Holiday spirits. Theatreworks will present “Santaland Diaries” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and running through Dec. 18. "A Christmas Carol" will run from Dec. 15-24. All events are at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater in University Hall.  Call 262-3114 for show times or visit http://www.uccstheatreworks.com/

No Communique next week. There will be no Communique next week as the campus closes Thursday and Friday in celebration of Thanksgiving.

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.