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Communique items for Mar. 10

Remembering Referendum C. A bipartisan group of legislators and the Bell Policy Center will host a Referendum C Accountability tour meeting at 4 p.m. March 17 in the University Center Theater. (MORE)

More than meets the eye. The Kraemer Family Library is more than a collection of books to borrow, the campus Bookstore is more than a place to buy books and the College of Letters Arts and Sciences has neither space nor money for books. Heads of these three campus units got the opportunity to share information as part of the March Chancellor’s Forum Wednesday. Miss the show? Not to worry. The PowerPoint presentations used – including Dean Tom Christensen’s “theme song” are available by clicking here (MORE)

Schedule of courses gets hip. Beginning with the summer 2006 semester, the Schedule of Courses will be primarily an on-line information source, according to Steve Ellis, director, Admissions and Records. The move to on-line publication will reduce mailing and printing costs as well as keep a few forests standing. The schedule can be downloaded to a PC, to a portable device (such as an I-Pod) or accessed from any computer connected to the Web. Students will be sent an invitation to register March 15 and registration begins April 3. A few printed course schedules will be available but look for the new electronic version at www.uccs.edu. For more information, contact Ellis at sellis@uccs.edu or 262-3375.

Contractor summit. While having contractors tossing bricks at 20 paces might be fun to watch, it likely would not result in much progress on the myriad of construction projects that will take place on and near campus in the next 24 months. In an effort to improve coordination, Dave Schnabel, director, Facilities Services, will host a “Construction Summit” March 23 where contractors can learn about the 15 UCCS projects that will soon begin as well as City of Colorado Springs projects along North Nevada and Austin Bluffs. The contractors will also learn about standards of conduct that are expected of them (i.e. no brick tossing, wolf whistling or speeding). The summit will begin at 10 a.m. in the University Center Theater. For more information, contact Schnabel at dschnabel@uccs.edu or 262-3935.

Future diplomats. Three UCCS students earned awards at the 2006 Canadian International Model United Nations conference in Ottawa this past week. Under the direction of Patricia Keilbach, assistant professor, Political Science, the five-member UCCS team participated in a simulation of the United Nations with more than 500 students from around the world. Model UN activities assist students in understanding the intricacies of global challenges while increasing abilities to engage in policy debate. Students who earned awards were: Tristan Solome, Highlands Ranch freshman, Best Delegate Award; Heather McAfee, Agate senior, Significant Mention Award; and Gabrielle Clary, Colorado Springs senior, Significant Mention Award.

Tenure bill sputters. A Colorado General Assembly bill, House Bill 1284, failed to move out of committee this week, effectively killing the bill that would have changed post-tenure review requirements for university faculty members. To see the Denver Post’s coverage of the action click here (MORE)

Students give back to neighborhood school. Members of Sigma Tau Delta, English honor society, recently donated $400 to Bates Elementary School to help with a “wish list” for the school’s library. Bates is located in the Cragmor neighborhood adjacent to the campus. Tom Napierkowski, professor, English, serves as the Sigma Tau Delta faculty advisor.

Doug Fitzgerald, sports information director, Intercollegiate Athletics, recently received a second place award in the 2005 Colorado Sports Information Director Association’s Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest. The award in the event coverage category recognized Fitzgerald’s work in highlighting the UCCS Women’s Softball team.

In the News
Zoot-suit wearing UCCS student Justin Bailey was mentioned in a Denver Post article “Dressed for the Dome. To see the story, click here.

Vanessa Ea, coordinator, Career Services, was interviewed by KOAA 5/30 about employment trends for recent college graduates March 10.

The death of a UCCS student killed in an apparent rock climbing accident at the Garden of the Gods was covered by several media outlets. To see the Colorado Springs Gazette story, click here.

El Paso County’s future water supplies, the subject of a Center for Colorado Policy Studies report, were mentioned by the Colorado Springs Independent. To see the story, 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