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Dec. 1, 2006 Communique

UCCS alumnus to lead Center for Space Studies. The first U.S. Native American astronaut and an alumnus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will lead the university’s Center for Space Studies. John B. Herrington, a member of the Chickasaw Nation who flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2002, will direct the Center for Space Studies, one of three centers within the National Institute of Science, Space and Security Centers at UCCS. (MORE)

Regents to discuss new degree, facilities plan. Members of the CU Board of Regents will meet Monday and Tuesday at the downtown Denver campus of the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. Among the agenda items regents are scheduled to discuss is a proposal for a doctoral degree in educational policy and leadership to be offered by the College of Education at UCCS as well as an update to the UCCS Facilities Strategic Plan. (MORE)

Volunteers help open Student Multicultural Center, commuter lounge. More than 25 faculty, staff, students and two workers from Wells and West Construction volunteered Nov. 18 (a Saturday) to put finishing touches on new space in the University Center for Student Multicultural Affairs staff members and a student lounge. The move from Main Hall to the University Center was recommended by a Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity. The project cost was about $25,000 and volunteers were credited with saving more than $7,000. (MORE)

Kwanzaa event moves to Hillside Community Center. A Dec. 9 event featuring Dr. Maulana Karenga, the founder of Kwanzaa, will be at the Hillside Community Center, 925 South Institute, according to event organizers. The event was previously scheduled to be at UCCS but was moved by the City-Wide Kwanzaa Celebration Committee in response to the university’s request that Karenga publicly state his opposition to violence against women. He was convicted in 1971 for torturing a woman.

Faculty, staff appreciated. What do “No More Diapers for Ducky” and “A New House for Mouse” have in common? Both are recommended donations to the Family Development Center at the annual Campus Appreciation Reception scheduled for 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Upper Lodge. (MORE)

Electrified Safari. Current UCCS students and alumni can attend the Electric Safari at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo from 6 -9 p.m. Dec. 8 at no charge. Kids 3-11 accompanied by an alum or current student are also free. Not an alum? UCCS faculty and staff are invited, too, but must pay $6 for adults and $3.50 for kids. Reservations are required. Call 262-3180 to reserve tickets.

Holiday shopping on campus. The UCCS Bookstore will have its annual winter sale complete with a book signing by authors Jim Keen, Jillian Lund, Mara Purl and Andy Cook from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday.

A ranking not missed.  UCCS rankings in esteemed publications such as U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges draw the attention of administrators and potential students alike. But what about an index of the top colleges for having the maximum amount of fun while putting forth the least amount of effort? UCCS did not make the list, one that ranks Michigan State at the top and includes CU-Boulder. We’ll skip a link to this one.

Doug Fitzgerald, sports information director, Athletics, won the 2005-06 College Sports Information Directors of America’s Fred Stabley Sr. writing award in the event coverage category. Fitzgerald’s entry was coverage of a softball game.

Eve Gruntfest, professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, spoke at the Weather Channel conference in Atlanta about her initiative, Weather and Society – Integrated Studies or WAS*IS.

In the News
The Denver Post wrote about possible state standards for high school graduates. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the hiring of 1983 UCCS graduate John Herrington. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette editorial staff wrote about diversity and a ranking of colleges. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about the latest Theatreworks production, “Arms and the Man.” (MORE)
The Denver Post wrote about the election of Steve Ludwig to the CU Board of Regents, three weeks after ballots were cast. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the move of the Student Multicultural Affairs office. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about children’s’ religious education and quoted Heather Albanesi, assistant professor, Sociology. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about Kwanzaa founder Maulana Karenga’s planned appearance in Colorado Springs. (MORE)

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