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Nov. 9, 2007  Communique

Forum to discuss student retention issues, success. A Chancellor’s November Forum is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 13 in the University Center Theater. Barbara Gaddis, director, Student Retention, and Robyn Marschke, director, Institutional Research, will present information about student retention strategies and successes. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Director of Admissions services selected.  A veteran admissions officer and enrollment management specialist at public and private universities will become the first director of admissions services at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. (MORE)

UCCS faculty, staff, students to dumpster dive for cause. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students, staff and faculty will “dumpster dive” Nov. 15 to celebrate American Recycles Day. From 9 –11 a.m. near Columbine Hall on the UCCS campus, members of the campus community will empty a dumpster of campus waste to identify what could have been recycled.(MORE)

Renewable energy expert to speak. Bjorn Gunnarsson, academic director, the School for Renewable Energy Science, Akureyri, Iceland, will present “Alternative Energy Use in Iceland” at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 in UC 303. RES is a private institution that concentrates on graduate education and research in renewable energy. Gunnarsson’s visit is sponsored by the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Office of Sustainability. (MORE).

Library dean candidates to visit. Christopher Cox, assistant director of libraries, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will present to the campus at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 13 and to the faculty at 2 p.m. Nov. 14.. John Culshaw, faculty director of systems, University Libraries, CU-Boulder, will present to the campus at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 15 and to the faculty at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 16. All sessions are in the University Center Theater.

A near failing grade. Slightly more than 60 percent of UCCS faculty, staff and student employees completed an Information Privacy and Security General Course by an Oct. 31 deadline. To take the course, visit http://blackboard.cuonline.edu. Questions? Contact Christine Dellacroce, IT security principal, Information Technology, cdellacr@uccs.edu, 262-3211.

Tobacco ban proposed. CU Regent Michael Carrigan this week asked for exploration of a tobacco ban on all CU campuses, indoor and out. CU President Hank Brown promised surveys and broad discussions of the topic.(MORE)

Veteran’s Day celebrated. While campus offices will be open and classes in session Monday, 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.

Lego robots to invade campus. More than 300 pre-teens and teens, Lego-constructed robots in hand, will take over the University Center Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the first Southern Colorado Lego League robotics competition. Think Legos are for fun? Participants will compete in 14 different robot challenges, including setting up windmills and deploying satellites. Hosts include the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the UCCS IEEE Chapter in addition to local schools and industry. (MORE)

UCCS expands campus footprint. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will grow by 10 acres. Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, briefed members of the University Budget Advisory Committee Thursday about the CU Foundation’s purchase of slightly more than 10 acres directly east of the campus, an area known as University Summit. The site is east of parking lot 1 and west of University Hall (MORE)

In the News
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a proposed smoking ban at CU campuses in CU WANTS TO CLEAR THE AIR
The Colorado Springs Gazette mentioned the latest Theaterworks performance in ONGOING — LOCAL  
The Denver Post editorialized about a proposed smoking ban in Smoking ban goes too far
The Colorado Springs Business Journal quoted UCCS experts in Soaring home equity loans threaten U.S., local economy
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about CU research in Colorado study offers hope for addicted teens
The Denver Post wrote about CU Boulder student efforts to reverse a campus gun ban in CU students to fight ban on concealed guns on campus
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about Mountain Lion Women’s Basketball in UCCS WOMEN RALLY TO WIN HOOP TOURNEY
The Grand Junction Sentinel wrote about President Hank Brown’s education funding ideas in CU chief wants to see changes in funding for higher education

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