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Feb. 2, 2007 Communique

Governor recommends funds for Science and Engineering. Governor Bill Ritter announced this week his support for $7 million in state funds for the UCCS Science and Engineering project. Ritter’s comments came at a meeting of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and in an official press release.(MORE)

UCCS to celebrate African American History. La Vonne Neal, dean, College of Education, will provide a keynote address at a Feb. 23 event sponsored by UCCS and the African American Voice in commemoration of African American History Month. (MORE)

Searching for a provost. A search committee charged with selecting a new provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs narrowed the field from 88 to 16, according to search co-chairs Tom Christensen, dean, Letters, Arts and Sciences, and Leslie Manning, dean, Kraemer Family Library. From sixteen, the committee hopes to narrow the list to seven. Three candidates will be invited to campus for interviews in mid-March. The search will replace Peg Bacon, interim vice chancellor, Academic Affairs.

CU in the top 10. The three universities that make up the University of Colorado System remain in the top ten percent of universities in the United States in the latest rankings by the National Science Foundation. (MORE)

Good things for those who wait. While considerable attention is being paid to the launch of the latest Windows-based operating system, Vista, Information Technology this week advised faculty and staff to delay purchases of it and Office 2007 until a purchasing contract is completed. The reward for patience is an anticipated 80 percent discount.

Amendment 41 and electronic information laws detailed. Exercise care when accepting gifts, Rosemary Augustine, senior associate university counsel, urged staff members this week, when discussing Colorado’s newly enacted Amendment 41. Special occasion gifts from family and close friends are likely fine but Augustine encouraged those with questions to contact her directly. Augustine also shared that new federal law may require faculty and staff to retain electronic information indefinitely.(MORE)

Better-- or just older? Older Americans are more likely to take setbacks in stride than, say, their children and grandchildren, according to a study where a UCCS faculty member collaborated. Michael Kisley, assistant professor, Psychology, was part of a National Institute of Aging study that found older people process information differently than younger people and are less responsive to unpleasant information. Look for more information about Kisley’s research in next week’s Communique.(MORE)

In memory
Elizabeth Anne “Lizzie” Teichler, a former assistant professor, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She died of ovarian cancer Jan. 13 in Louisville. (MORE)

In the News
The Colorado Springs Gazette editorial staff mentioned community fundraising efforts undertaken by UCCS students. (MORE).
The Colorado Sprngs Gazette wrote about the winning attitude of the UCCS Mountain Lion men’s basetball team. (MORE)
The New York Times wrote about an agreement to increase Pell Grants for needy college students (MORE)
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about Gov. Bill Ritter’s endorsement of funding for UCCS. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about efforts by Terry Boult, El Pomar Chair of Communication and Computation, to encourage young inventors. (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.