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Communique items for Mar. 24

Lost track of the New Year’s resolution to have a healthier lifestyle? Tired of suffering from “dunlop” (my belly done lopped over my belt) syndrome? Curious about your blood pressure level? Or simply looking to win a door prize, including a new mountain bike? A campus-wide health fair and blood drive will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4 in the University Center Gymnasium. Representatives from more than 25 organizations will be on-site to offer information ranging from the benefits of massage to smoking cessation and alcohol abuse prevention. For more information, contact Stephanie Hanenberg, director, Student Health Center, shanenbe@uccs.edu.

Calculated genius. The inventor of the first graphing calculator, Casio’s Hideshi Fukaya, will be an honored guest at the 23rd Annual Colorado Mathematical Olympiad scheduled for April 21 on campus. The event will bring an estimated 900 middle and high school students to campus to tackle five math problems during a four-hour competition. The students earn recognition as well as prizes that include college scholarships. For more information on the Colorado Mathematical Olympiad, click (MORE)

If Fargo, North Dakota, can.  Fargo is more than the title of 1996 murder classic. It is the home of one of the nation’s most successful university-based research parks, Joe Chapman, president, North Dakota State University told campus and community leaders in a series of meetings this week. Chapman told how in the span of seven years NDSU moved student enrollment from 9,700 to 12,000, added 25 buildings, 25 PhD programs and is now ranked  nationally in receipt of National Science Foundation grants. “We asked the Legislature for authority to do business like a business,” Chapman said at an open forum. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak called Chapman’s visit an official kick off for exploration of a North Nevada-based UCCS research park.

Who’s New
Russ Caton, assistant men’s basketball coach at Adams State University, was named coach of the UCCS Mountain Lion men’s basketball team this week. For more about Caton, click (MORE)

In the News

Vanessa Ea, coordinator, Career Center was quoted by the Colorado Springs Business Journal about dream jobs. To see the story, click here.

Tom Zwirlein, professor, Business was quoted by the Colorado Springs Business Journal about the effect an avian flu pandemic could have on the economy. To see the story, click here.

Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, was included in a story in the Colorado Springs Gazette about COSMIX and cooperative agreements between the campus and a local construction firm. To see the story, click here

Daphne Greenwood, professor, Economics was quoted in a Denver Post story about the Fort Carson’s expansion. To see the story, click here.

Research into El Paso County water issues undertaken by UCCS student Jacob Stiedemann was the subject of a Colorado Springs Gazette story. To see the story, click here.

Editor’s note: There will be no Communique next week in recognition of Spring Break.

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