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Communique items for Mar. 3

Going for gold. Fast on the heels of the Winter Olympics and images of skiers, boarders, and skaters, UCCS will host a different kind of Olympics. Tomorrow, the southern regional tournament for the Colorado Science Olympiad will begin at 8 a.m. in several campus buildings. Students will compete in activities ranging from “The Wright Stuff” (think Orville and Wilbur) to “Disease Detective” and “Awesome Aquifer.” Winners will proceed to a state-level contest at the Colorado School of Mines. To learn more about Science Olympiad, visit http://coloradoscienceolympiad.org/ or contact R. “Dan” Dandapani, professor, Engineering, rdan@eas.uccs.edu, or 262-3572.

Going for green. Returns on investments made by the CU Foundation this year propelled it to assets of more than $800 million. The average rate of return was more than 10 percent (MORE)

Going for red. A combination blood donation drive and health fair is on tap for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4 in the Gymnasium. Prizes, and food (including pizza which won’t help those looking to lose weight) are planned. For more information, or to volunteer to help, contact Suzanne Salario, budget analyst, Office of Budget and Planning, ssalario@uccs.edu, or Stepanie Hanenberg, director, Student Health Center, shanenbe@uccs.edu.

Pride and Prejudice is a literary masterpiece and may earn Oscar awards this week. But what makes a 19th century novel a great 21st century movie? Joan Klingel Ray, professor, English, will explore the staying power of Jane Austen’s work during a four-part public lecture series that begins March 19. (MORE)

CU Regents visit campus. Members of the CU Board of Regents were on campus Wednesday and Thursday and were greeted by protestors concerned about the use of lab animals at the Health Sciences Center and by members of the Colorado General Assembly interested in the Regents’ position on a bill relating to faculty tenure. UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak also provided an update on the UCCS Seven-Year Plan. To see a Power Point version of the presentation, click here (20 MB file size with video) (MORE).

Teaching with technology. Technology has changed nearly every facet of American life, including the college classroom. David Anderson, associate professor, Chemistry and a recipient of CU’s Teaching with Technology Award, will demonstrate how faculty use technology to improve learning for members of the University Club Tuesday afternoon. For more information about University Club, or to attend Anderson’s presentation, contact Jaime Garcia, Jaime.Garcia@cufund.org, 536-4480.

An alternative Spring Break. More than 100 students are signed up for late-enrolling spring courses, including intensive courses during Spring Break.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to let students know about the newest tool to complete degree requirements by directing them to www.uccs.edu/springbreak.

Chancellor’s Forum. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will host an all-campus forum at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the University Center Theater. Anticipated topics include a presentation from Susan Szpyrka, director, Public Safety and Auxiliary Services, about the bookstore and copy center, and presentations by Leslie Manning, dean, Kraemer Family Library, and Tom Christensen, dean, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Who’s New
The Center for the Study of Government and the Individual will host a welcome reception for James Humes, Schuck Fellow for the Study of Statecraft, beginning at 4:30 p.m. March 10 in the Gallery of Contemporary Art. Humes is a noted author, historian, performer, and former U.S. presidential speechwriter who recently joined the center. To RSVP, contact Jane Muller, jmuller@uccs.edu, or 262-4093.

Did you know?
31 percent of Colorado residents feel positively about CU while 32 percent are neutral (neither negative or positive) and 18 percent feel negatively about the university. (Source: Carnegie Communications telephone survey of 401 Colorado residents)

In the News
The Colorado Springs Independent gushed this week about the latest Theaterworks production, “Miss Julie.” Theaterworks is offering discounted weekend tickets for faculty and staff. To see the Independent story, click here

The Denver Post interviewed CU President Hank Brown and members of the CU Board of Regents about a proposed bill calling for post-tenure review. To see the story, click here

The Denver Post reported on a security breach involving student identities at Metropolitan State College this week. 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