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Nov. 2, 2007  Communique

Step It Up. UCCS students will join with Colorado College students and other community members from noon until 3 p.m. tomorrow at Garden of the Gods and Rockledge Ranch as part of National Day of Climate Action. Music, speakers, nature walks and information booths are planned for this family-friendly event. (MORE)

Library dean candidate to visit. Gregg Sapp, the head of science libraries of State University of New York at Albany, will visit UCCS Monday and Tuesday as a candidate for library dean. At 9:30 a.m. Monday in the UC Theater, Sapp will present to faculty, staff and students. A faculty session is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday in the theater.

Searching for a provost. A revamped search committee led by Tom Christensen, dean, Letters, Arts and Sciences and Leslie Manning, former dean, Kraemer Family Library, requests the campus community nominate qualified individuals with the goal of application reviews beginning Dec. 17. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak reopened the search last week.

Career Fair. New potential employers of current UCCS students and alumni are expected to attend an expanded UCCS Career Fair from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Recreation Center Gymnasium. For more information, contact Bev Kratzer, director, Career Center, bkratzer@uccs.edu, 262-3340.

Memory Clinic offers answers. Are losing the car keys, misplacing a coffee cup or leaving the garage door open normal signs of aging or indicators of more serious problems? Researchers at UCCS will offer low-cost memory screening and consultation to help make the call. (MORE)

Daegu English Village opens with fanfare. An official opening of the $40 million Daegu English Village drew dignitaries from throughout Korea and from UCCS Oct. 30. A Nov. 12 campus event is planned to celebrate the first collaborative effort between Korean and American universities to create a full-scale immersion experience in American culture. (MORE)

Veteran’s efforts recognized. Veteran’s Appreciation Week will be celebrated Nov. 12-16 at UCCS with the Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs offering door prizes and refreshments in addition to information about scholarship and educational assistance in Cragmor Hall Room 007. For more information, contact Laura Barela, assistant director, Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs, 262-3606, lbarela@uccs.edu

Sister city visitors. Teachers and other community leaders from Nuevo Casas Grandes in Chihuahua, Mexico visited campus today as part of a sister city exchange program. Anthony Cordova, director, Student Multicultural Affairs, organized the tour, including a Día de los Muertos exhibit honoring the memories of deceased family and friends in the University Center. Edgar Cota-Torres, assistant professor, Languages and Cultures, arranged the exhibit with the help of students.

Personal computer use raises ethical questions. Using an office computer to buy and sell stocks or inviting friends to an after-work event are ethical issues than can cause problems for unsuspecting faculty and staff members, an Illinois State University dean opined in a recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The commentary of Gary Olson was widely circulation on campus this week. (MORE)

Connected. It’s not just computers that connect the campus. An access road linking University Hall to main campus opened this week. The road leads from parking lot 1 on the east side of campus to University Hall, allowing the bypass of Austin Bluffs Parkway and speeding motorists.

Surviving an update. Beginning Wednesday, Information Technology will offer quick classes to help students, faculty and staff transition to new Microsoft Office 2007 products. Learn about wireless access, spyware, anti-virus, data storage and other scary things in one and two-hour sessions in El Pomar Center Room 239. (MORE)

Governor recommends increases for higher ed. Gov. Bill Ritter this week proposed a 2008-2009 budget that increases state funding for higher education by $59.5 million, an 8 percent boost over current year funding. (MORE)

Making learning a game. Tim Chamillard, assistant professor, Computer Science, will lead a presentation “Using Video Games for Education” beginning at 12:15 p.m. next Friday in UC 124. The presentation is part of the Intersection Series sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Center. Faculty and staff are invited. Lunch will be provided. Respond to 262-48712 or tlc@uccs.edu by Nov. 7.

Mike Hackman, professor, Communication, participated in the 2007 Leadership Forum recently held at the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong in Shanghai. Hackman presented Leadership Approaches and Models: Strategies for Improving Innovation in the Global Environment. Think you know what Shaghai looks like? Be surprised. (MORE)

Paul Sondrol, assistant professor, Political Science, received the Earhart Foundation Fellowship Research Grant to prepare an article on “Semi-dictatorship in Paraguay and Venezuela.”

UCCS received the Fort Carson 2007 Community Partner Award in Sustainability this week. The award recognized the creation of a sustainability plan at UCCS as well as research study partnerships between UCCS and Fort Carson.


In the News

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about UCCS athletics in STANDOUT CENTER TRIPP LEADS UCCS INTO NEW SEASON
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about Governor Ritter’s proposed budget in GOV. RITTER PROPOSES $18B BUDGET
The Denver Post wrote about the UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art in Springs pushes envelope with art show
The Rocky Mountain News wrote recruiting veterans in CU aims to recruit veterans to campus
The Denver Post wrote about Governor Ritter’s proposed budget in Ritter seeks 8% boost in higher-ed funds
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the Daegu English Village project in UCCS behind project in South Korea
The Washington Times quoted Jon Shields, assistant professor, Political Science in  The values voter is us

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