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Communique items for Dec. 16

Five-year facilities man turns plywood into beauty. Ken Gurrera loves a challenge. But the nearly five-year employee of the campus maintenance staff never thought he would build a 20-foot-tall mock-up of the university’s first obelisk and garner the attention of the local media. (MORE)

Holidays without ouch. Interested in enjoying the holidays without a trip to the emergency room, a call to the fire department or an ambulance (instead of Santa’s sleigh) in the yard? To ensure a safe holiday, Risk Management suggests a visit to this list of holiday tips. Check it twice.  http://www.coastal.com/Safety/emails/holiday_safety_tips_files/frame.htm

Older by the minute, better by the day. Colorado is the third-fastest growing state in the number of elderly residents, Sara Qualls, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging, told members of the University Club this week. With such rapid changes in the population on the horizon, a shift in public policy priorities will be necessary. Qualls provided an overview of UCCS efforts. In January, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will provide the University Club with a “State of the University” address. In February, Andrew Czaplewski, associate professor, Business, will talk about international trends in marketing. For more information about University Club, contact Jaime Garcia, 536-4480, or Jaime.Garcia@cufund.org.

Golf, it’s not just for fun. Golf is for business and life, according to the organizers of PGMT 105. Faculty, staff and students are eligible for this PGA-sponsored initiative to suggest ways people can use golf as a business tool in the professional world. Participants will learn an appreciation for golf history, improve golf skills, learn etiquette and play nine holes at Pine Creek Golf Course. Enrollment is limited. For more information, contact Doug Wert, program director, Professional Golf Management, 262-3609, or dwert@uccs.edu.

A toast to faculty and staff. At the annual campus holiday party Thursday afternoon, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak used the occasion to greet and thank those in attendance for their work and dedication to CU. With characteristic optimism, she lead the forward-looking toast of: "May the face of every good news, and the back of every bad news, be toward us.”

Santa’s helpers. The Campus Holiday Service Project recorded another successful season with 20 needy families benefiting from the generosity of faculty, staff, students, the under-5 set at the Family Development Center, and retired faculty and staff.  Deidre Green, administrative assistant, Beth-El College of Nursing, and project co-chair, thanked the campus for its contributions. In particular, Green thanked committee members Beverly Goodwin, Claudia Ryan, Debbie Lapioli, Dixie Vandeputte, Ella Stanton, Gudrun McCollum, Jennifer Fisher, Kathie Madson, Kim Weaver, Lisa Pibal, Megan Broeren, Nancy Lindenmier, Sheryl Botts, Stephanie Hanenberg and Samantha Villarreal.

In the news

            Vice Chancellor Brian Burnett was interviewed by KOAA, KRDO, and KKTV television stations about the proposed obelisk in the median of Austin Bluffs Parkway. To see the KRDO piece, click here

            Robert von Dassanosky, associate professor, Languages and Cultures, was interviewed by the Colorado Springs Gazette about his recent award by the Republic of Austria. To see the story, click here

            Mark McConkie, professor, Graduate School of Public Affairs, was interviewed by the Colorado Springs Gazette, about the role of religion in sports. To see the story, click here

            Jessika Stratton, coach, Women’s Basketball, was interviewed by the Denver Post about her first coaching position after a distinguished collegiate and professional basketball career. To see the story, click here

            Work by former UCCS catalog librarian David Dodd was included in a recent Denver Post story. Dodd, a member of the campus community from 1994 to 1997, recently published “The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics,” a 480-page illustrated book published by Simon and Schuster. Dodd, now the head reference librarian for the San Rafael (Calif.) Public Library, discovered links in Grateful Dead lyrics to such noted authors as Geoffrey Chaucer, Stephen Foster, T.S. Eliot and numerous other sources. And the inspiration for hit Dead song “Truckin?” A 1948 Pepsodent toothpaste commercial.

 No Communique. Communique will resume publication Jan. 20. In the meantime, Tom Hutton, like much of the rest of the campus, will devote his attention to overdue NCA drafts.

Editor’s note: I wish to thank the many campus faculty and staff who have provided suggestions and support for Communique during the fall semester. Each was appreciated. I also wish to thank Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak who endorsed Communique’s change in format and has given it considerable latitude, and to Laura Eurich, instructor, Communication, Craig Decker, web designer, Information Technology, and former UR student assistant Stacy Jackson. Eurich, Decker and Jackson each week helped turn ideas into reality.

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.