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Dec. 8, 2006 Communique

And then there were four. The fourth doctoral degree at UCCS – a PhD. in educational leadership – was approved by the CU Board of Regents this week with classes set to begin this fall. The new degree will be research-intensive and is designed for school leaders and those who head education-related non-governmental entities. (MORE)

Daniels Fund gives boost to military students. Military students with financial need will benefit from a $100,000 grant from Denver-based Daniels Fund, officials announced this week. (MORE) (

System selects academic affairs vice president. The director of the division of education programs with the National Endowment for the Humanities, Michael Poliakoff, will become vice president for academic affairs, President Hank Brown announced this week (MORE)

January forum to focus on diversity plans. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak’s January forum is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 24 in the University Center Theater. Shockley-Zalabak will provide a brief update on university activities before initiating a discussion on diversity planning efforts. Kee Warner, professor, Sociology, recently shared preliminary drafts of a diversity strategic plan with the campus. (MORE)

Employees appreciated. An appreciation event for faculty and staff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Upper Lodge. Donations to the Family Development Center reading room are encouraged (MORE)

Holiday cheer for the soul. Contributors to the Holiday Service Project helped 24 student families have a happy holiday season. Students picked up gifts and food in Breckenridge 5101 this afternoon, creating visual validation of the power of many small donations.

Holiday cheer for the ears. Seattle-based jazz trumpeter Cuong Vu will perform with his trio at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Gallery of Contemporary Art. The performance is free. (MORE)

Holiday cheer for the back and neck. The Student Health Center is offering one-hour massages for faculty and staff for $40. For repeat customers, a buy-three-get-one-free offer is available. For more information, call 262-4444.

Just say no – to Phoenix. Intel Corporation will no longer pay for its employees to take courses at proprietary universities, including Phoenix University, according to published reports. National accreditation is a key indicator of quality – and UCCS and its College of Business and Administration have it.(MORE)


Big den. One-third more fans can now watch Mountain Lion athletics in the campus gymnasium. The new seats – 100 of them – bring the gym’s capacity to 400. Originally designed for recreational use only, the gym has been home to intercollegiate athletics since 1988. In 1999, the gym was named the Lion’s Den, replacing the previous moniker of the gold pit. (MORE)

Greg Plett, associate professor, Engineering, won an Ipod Nano as part of a Kraemer Family Library promotion to encourage use of a new database, Scopus.

In the News
The Colorado Springs Business Journal interviewed John Herington, director, Center for Space Studies. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about new scholarships for needy military students.(MORE)
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about the financial condition of the state’s colleges. (MORE)
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about a decision to withdraw investments from the Sudan. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a new UCCS PhD in educational leadership. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about UCCS instructor Carole Dass.(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