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Feb. 23, 2007 Communique

A leading role. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak this week joined with leaders of 90 other American universities in pledging to develop plans to make UCCS carbon neutral. Developing a sustainability plan for UCCS is a key element in the university’s strategic planning efforts. Shockley-Zalabak participated in the Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit hosted by CU Boulder this week. To see a Chronicle of Higher Education article about university sustainability efforts, (MORE).

Scam alert. The Department of Public Safety this week warned about fraudulent solicitations to house international students from the university. Jim Spice, interim chief of police, issued the warning in response to concerns that unknown individuals are contacting local residents and asking them to provide housing for international students attending UCCS. (MORE)

Stamp unveiling added to Black History Month celebration. Representatives from the U.S. Postal Service will attend a campus Black History Month celebration this afternoon to unveil a commemorative stamp to celebrate contributions of African-Americans. The event begins at 4 p.m. in the Overlook of the University Center and will also feature La Vonne Neal, dean, College of Education, who will deliver will deliver “Communalism: Through Collaboration African Americans Can Overcome Crippling Obstacles of Slavery.” (MORE)

Forum to share strategic planning efforts. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak’s monthly all-campus forum, scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 28 in the University Center Theater, will provide an overview of UCCS strategic planning efforts and how individual plans for issues ranging from facilities, diversity and sustainability will come together. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend forums. Refreshments will be served.

Grad School open house. Individuals interested in additional education in preparation for career change or advancement are encouraged to attend an open house for graduate studies from 5 to 7 p.m. March 8. (MORE)

When things go right and wrong. Steve Baker, author of “Pushing Water Uphill with a Rake” will speak about the American dream and his personal story of both building and losing a successful company at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in the University Center Theater. The event is free but reservations are requested. For more information, contact the Colorado Institute for Technology Transfer and Implementation, (719) 262-3686 or citti@uccs.edu.

Employee of the Quarter tapped. Jane Muller, administrative assistant, Department of Women’s and Ethnic Studies and the Center for the Study of Government and the Individual, was recently selected as the UCCS Employee of the Quarter. Learn more about Muller and her award in next week’s Communique.

Virginia Lynch, lecturer, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and co-editor of “Forensic Nursing” received the 2006 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award for Best Nursing/Allied Health Title from Elsevier Inc.

David Weiss, assistant professor, Chemistry, was recently recognized by the American Chemical Society for his efforts to build a Student Affiliates Chapter at UCCS. The chapter recently received an Honorable Mention award from ACS.

Martin Wood, chief operating officer, University Advancement, was recently selected to join the boards of trustees for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and the board of directors for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Carolyn Rupp, deputy controller, Resource Management, to business manager, Facilities Services, effective Feb. 21.

In the News
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a new biotechnology company moving to Colorado Springs and mentioned UCCS.(MORE)
KOAA 5/30 aired a piece about fraudulent phone calls soliciting homes for students.(MORE)
The Colorado Spring Gazette wrote about the role of hair in women’s self-image and quoted Rhonda Williams, assistant professor, Education.(MORE)
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about the distribution of funds derived from legal settlements with tobacco companies.(MORE)
The Denver Post editorialized about the need to fund public higher education.(MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the UCCS men’s basketball team.(MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the UCCS women’s basketball team.(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.