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Communique items for Feb. 10

Finish faster. In an effort to make it possible for students to finish their degrees at an accelerated pace, UCCS will offer courses during Spring Break and continuing on weekends. The courses that will be offered include offerings from the humanities, social sciences, math, and others, including a business course that combines a trip to the slopes for an up-close-and-personal analysis of how skiing is marketed in Colorado. For more information, contact Barbara Gaddis, director, Student Retention , 262-3688, bgaddis@uccs.edu, or visit http://www.uccs.edu/springbreak/

“We must do better,” in diversifying faculty, staff and student ranks, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak told faculty and staff who attended her February forum Thursday. Shockley-Zalabak broadly defined diversity as including age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and point of view and as something that “enriches all of our lives.” In reviewing numbers of ethnic minority faculty, staff, and students, Shockley-Zalabak said the campus must increase its minority representation and issued a reminder that plans call for hiring of new faculty and staff. To see the slides used for the presentation, click here  

Who are we? C-O-E. La Vonne Neal, dean, College of Education, was the first academic dean to present an overview of college goals during monthly campus Chancellor’s Forums. The presentations are part of a shift in emphasis by Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak to share more information about what’s happening on campus. Neal’s high-energy, multi-media presentation included college-specific goals and how they connect with broad campus goals, an explanation of culturally responsive teaching, and a personal credo of “Intention without action is insufficient.”  The next forum is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. March 8 in the University Center Theater and will feature and overview of the operation of the campus bookstore as well as presentations by Leslie Manning, dean, Kraemer Family Library, and Tom Christensen, dean, Letters, Arts and Sciences.

It’s official. Spring 2006 enrollment is down slightly from a year ago. In a Feb. 3 memo to administrators and deans, Steve Ellis, director, Admissions and Records, shared news that total credit hours for Spring were 83,720, a 1.6 percent decline from a year ago. There were 7,588 students who enrolled for Spring 2006 compared to 7,776 a year ago. The majority of the 188 student decrease occurred in graduate student enrollment.

In America, TV a full-time job. The average American watches 40 hours of television a week and is exposed to 1,600 advertising messages a day. But he (or she) only remembers 34, according to Andrew Czaplewski, associate professor, Business. Czaplewski used statistics to illustrate marketing clutter to members of University Club. Czaplewski predicts marketers will use highly sophisticated databases and new technologies to increasingly target customers with advertising messages.

Venue change. Tomorrow’s men’s and women’s basketball games against CSU-Pueblo will be on campus events. The women’s game will begin at 6 p.m. and the men’s at 8. The games were previously scheduled at Fort Carson. (MORE)

Kudos. Members of CU’s Design Review Board feted former UCCS Facilities Services Director Tom Ostenberg this week. Ostenberg, who is retiring today after 10 years service to the university, received a photograph of the El Pomar Center signed by the board’s members, top architects in the state. The group also provided laudatory comments about Ostenberg’s vision for the campus, his ability to complete projects on time and within budget, and his gentle manner. A retirement luncheon was scheduled for today. For the past year, Ostenberg has served as a special assistant to Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance.

Breach secured. Official letters to employees regarding the recent security breach of a Personnel Department computer may arrive in home mailboxes as early as tomorrow. The letters are a precaution after forensic testing of the computer’s hard drive could not determine if sensitive employee data was accessed, according to Kirk Moore of Information Technology. For information about the breach and how to protect yourself from identity theft, visithttp://www.uccs.edu/~webdept/csi/ .

In the News

Dale DeBoer, associate professor, Economics, was interviewed by KKTV 11 News about causes of inflation. To see the interview, click here

Sara Qualls, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies, was interviewed by the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Colorado Springs Business Journal about a new partnership between the Gerontology Center and a local senior housing developer. To see Business Journal article, click here  

The Center for Entrepreneurship within the College of Business and Administration was profiled this week by the Colorado Springs Gazette. To see the article, click here   

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