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Mar. 9, 2007 Communique

N. Nevada subject for March forum. An update on the private development along North Nevada Ave. is among the topics scheduled for the March Chancellor’s Forum scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the University Center Theater. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Provost candidates to visit. Four finalists for the position of provost were announced and two will visit campus next week. On Monday and Tuesday, Ruben Martinez, director, Center for Policy Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio will visit campus. Martinez will make a campus presentation at 10:45 a.m. Monday in the UC Theater. On Wednesday and Thursday, David Bejou, dean, School of Business, Virginia State University, will visit. His campus presentation is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in the UC Theater. Christina Murphy, dean, College of Liberal Arts, Marshall University, will visit March 19-20. John Taylor, College of Education, University of Arizona, will visit March 22-23.

A southern Colorado solution. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak outlined a public agenda for UCCS in southern Colorado before the joint committee on education of the Colorado General Assembly this week. In her presentation, Shockley-Zalabak linked the role of education to economic development and individual success. (MORE)

Henderson farewell fete scheduled. A farewell celebration is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in University Center 303 for Jim Henderson, vice chancellor, Student Success. Henderson will take a leave of absence beginning April 1 and return to campus in August as professor of mathematics.

Employee of Quarter manages multiple issues, responsibilities. Look up Jane Muller in the campus directory and you might get a little confused. Program assistant I or administrative assistant III? Ethnic and Women’s Studies or Center for the Study of Government and the Individual? (MORE)

Way finding. Road construction blues have you wondering how to get to campus? While road construction, particularly from the east, is likely to be an issue for UCCS faculty, staff and students for some time, there are alternatives to traditional routes to and from campus. (MORE)

Veteran and Military Affairs office opens. An office for veterans, active duty military members, and dependents recently opened in Main Hall to help with special student needs. An expansion of the previous Veteran’s Affairs office, the office will be directed by Dana Rocha. Laura Barela will serve as assistant director. Questions? Contact Rocha, 262-4662, or drocha@uccs.edu.

Orientation assistance needed. Remember feeling lost the first time you came to campus? Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak this week asked faculty and staff to consider helping turn the lost into the found by assisting with new student orientation sessions. Questions? Contact Sue Mitchell, director, Student Success Center, 262-3651 or smitchel@uccs.edu. (MORE)

ET call home.  Have a cell phone, PDA, satellite phone or walkie-talkie that is used for university business? A new procedural statement requires several new steps for departments with wireless communication devices. The new procedures are scheduled for an April 13 campus forum. For a sneak peak at the new rules, (MORE)

Building budding scientists. An estimated 900 local middle and high school students participated in regional Science Olympiad contests last weekend on campus, the scientific equivalent of March madness. Winners from the UCCS-hosted event will compete next month in Golden and from there at a National Science Olympiad in Wichita, Kan. Organizers, including Ramaswami “Dan” Dan Dandapani, associate dean, Engineering and Applied Science, thanked campus and community members who assisted with the event.

Stars on and off the court. A dozen UCCS student-athletes shared their off-court abilities recently, celebrating Dr. Seuss and the importance of reading with students at Will Rogers Elementary. The student-athletes were assigned a classroom and read for 30 minutes before applying Mountain Lion tattoos (temporary, of course) on the students. Jessika Stratton, head coach, Women’s Basketball, led the effort.

Staff enrichment. Looking to get motivated? Enriched? And have a free lunch, too? Sign up by 5 p.m. today for Staff Enrichment Day scheduled for March 15 by contacting Bev Goodwin, general professional, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, bwatsong@uccs.edu.

Discover your body’s wisdom. Mary Ann Kluge, associate professor, Health Sciences, will lead a discussion about the importance of listening to one’s body as part of a campus wellness effort scheduled for 7:30 a.m. April 24 in UC 124. But don’t expect to just listen. Comfortable shoes and clothes are recommended.

Spring forward. Look for instructions from the IT Help Desk on how to make sure your computer “springs forward” as Daylight Savings Time takes effect early this year, possibly confusing automatic update settings on everything from PCs to televisions and alarm clocks.

Kirk Moore, web services manager, Information Technology, presented “The Secret is in the Encoding and then some” at the National Association of Campus Card Users meeting in Atlanta. Moore worked closely with Ent Federal Credit Union in developing the Mountain Lion One Card.

Who’s New
Sandra Starczewski, general professional, Human Resources, effective March 1.

In the News
The Colorado Springs Gazette reviewed the latest Theaterworks performance, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette interviewed Fred Crowley, associate research professor, Business, about the slowing local economy. (MORE)
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about the efforts of the Colorado General Assembly to clarify Amendment 41. (MORE)
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about federal government efforts to curtail alcohol advertising and promotions on college campuses. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the appearance and how it affects humans, quoting Robin Cornwell, researcher, Psychology. (MORE)
The Denver Post wrote about Gov. Bill Ritter’s response to student lobbyists. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the eastward expansion of the city and quoted Tom Zwirlein, professor, Business. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the Science Olympiad hosted at UCCS. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette quoted Al Ramirez, associate professor, Education, in a story about high school drop out rates. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a Graduate Program fair at UCCS. (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