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Feb. 9, 2007 Communique

UCCS vice chancellor to resume full-time teaching. A senior administrator will return to teaching next fall, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak announced this week. Jim Henderson, vice chancellor, Student Success and Enrollment Management, will resign his administrative post of four years effective April 1. He will take an unpaid leave of absence and return to full-time teaching and research as a professor of mathematics for the Fall 2007 semester.(MORE)

Getting older is getting better. It’s long been believed that when you hit a certain age (far be it from us to say exactly what that age might be), things start to go downhill – sometimes literally. But things might not be quite that bad, especially if you ask older adults.(MORE)

UCCS to host Colorado Science Olympiad. The Southern Colorado Regional Tournament of the Science Olympiad for middle and high school students will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3, organizers recently announced.(MORE)

Sustainability summit draws national leaders. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will represent UCCS at a sustainability summit Feb. 22 that will feature former U.S. Senator Gary Hart as well as leaders in the nation’s environmental movement. (MORE)

New tenure policies, mentoring are subject of faculty lunch discussion. Michel Dahlin, associate vice president, Academic Affairs, CU System, and other university leaders will share details of CU policies regarding tenure and post-tenure review beginning at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Lodge as part of the academic leadership luncheon series. Other speakers include Ellen Stevens, director, Center for Faculty Development, UCDHSC, Laura Goodwin, associate vice chancellor, UCDHSC, Rosemary Augustine, senior associate university council, David Moon, associate vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, and Peg Bacon, interim vice chancellor, Academic Affairs. Those interested in attending should contact Kathy Englund, 262-3037, kenglund@uccs.edu, as soon as possible.

Free help for federal forms. Staff from the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment will join with staff from other universities and local lenders to provide free help to complete the Federal Form for Student Financial Aid, an important part of the college admission process. The event, College Goal Sunday, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. Spanish translators will be available and $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

UCCS and Terry Boult, El Pomar Chair of Communication and Computation, were recently selected as finalists for the 2007 EE Times Inventor the Year Award. Winners will be announced April 3 at the third Annual Creativity in Electronics Awards Gala at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, Calif.

Craig Highline, police officer, Public Safety, was the first emergency official on the scene of Jan. 31 house fire near the campus at 1185 Stanton St. His prompt actions were credited in the prevention of serious injuries as a result of the blaze.

Carolyn Rupp, interim assistant controller, to assistant controller. Her appointment was announced Feb. 9 by Julie Brewster, controller.

Who’s New
Susan Defosset, administrative assistant, Admissions and Records, effective Feb. 19.
Felix Martinez, custodian, Facilities Services, effective Feb. 1.

In the News
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about College Goal Sunday, an event designed to help families with the cost of college.(MORE)
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about possible changes to Amendment 41.(MORE)
The Colorado Springs Independent interviewed Bob Melamede, associate professor, Biology, about the effects of cannabis.(MORE)
The Denver Post wrote about UCCS student Ryan Bradley’s work on the ice skating rink.(MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about Black History Month celebrations including a UCCS event.(MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about UCCS alum Dan Davies and his use of technology to help individuals with special needs.(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.