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Communique items for Apr. 14

Editor's note: A technical problem prevented Communique's distribution on Friday. As a result, it is being distributed this morning with apologies for any inconvenience. Friday publication will resume this week.

Meet the candidate. As CU’s sole candidate for president, Hank Brown will participate in campus visits this week. At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, Brown will participate in an all-campus forum in the University Center Theater. The CU Board of Regents seeks input from the campus and will distribute evaluation sheets at the meeting. (MORE)

Lobbying rules outlined. The State of Colorado and CU have specific guidelines regarding the lobbying of the General Assembly. Those rules were repeated this week as the 2006 General Assembly begins its final deliberations about state agency budgets. (MORE) 

Ground broken.  Campus administrators, students and CU Regents helped break ground on a $12 million student-fee financed Student Recreation Center last week. Paul Schauer, chair, CU Board of Regents, lauded campus progress in the wake of difficult budget times. Construction will begin on the recreation center this summer. (MORE)

Diversity Commission meets; action to follow. This week, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak outlined steps that will follow a meeting of a CU System-appointed Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity. Among the steps is an update of the campus diversity plan that will include a definition of diversity more broadly defined than used by the commission. (MORE)

Reminders of death increase support for suicide bombings and nuclear attacks. In both American and Iranian students, thoughts of death increase support for extreme actions, according to the first study of the role fear plays in attitudes toward conflict in the Middle East. (MORE)

What would Nixon have done? A former speech writer for U.S. President Richard Nixon believes the nation’s 37th president likely would not have invaded Iraq if president today. (MORE)

More to life than playing ball. UCCS student-athletes recently visited Memorial Hospital, boosting morale on a floor for pediatric patients and giving players a higher appreciation for their own physical abilities. (MORE)

Café Scientifique. Livia Gilstrap, assistant professor, Psychology, will present “Child Witnesses: Basic Developmental Science Meets the Courtroom” at 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron. Gilstrap’s presentation is part of Café Scientifique.

Calling mother Earth. Earth Day will be celebrated on campus 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the University Center Upper Plaza. But organizers hope that 90 minutes of fun, food and prizes will make a lifetime of difference. (MORE)

Families celebrated. Campus activities will host a Spring Family Day April 22 in the Housing Village Quad. (MORE)

Freedom’s Song continues to sing. A final scheduled presentation utilizing the lessons of Freedom’s Song: 100 Years of African-American Struggle and Triumph is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. April 24 in the University Center Theater. Tom Huber, dean, Graduate School, and Tom Christensen, dean, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, will present "Tuskegee Airmen."

Yellow Dress. A one-woman show portraying the lives of five victims of sexual violence will be presented for the first time to the UCCS campus and community at 7 p.m.
April 20 in the University Center Theater. (MORE)

Love at first sight? Helen Fisher, research professor, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., will discuss myths and scientific thought about human attraction at 5 p.m. April 17 at the Kraemer Family Library on the UCCS campus. Fisher’s lecture, “The Drive to Love,” will also discuss the evolution of human sexuality, marriage, divorce, gender differences, and family life. A reception and book signing will begin at 4 p.m. (MORE)

Author to highlight Cinco de Mayo festivities. James Escalante, author of “Determination + Discipline + Hard Work = Way to Success” will be the keynote speaker at an El Cinco de Mayo event at 6 p.m. May 4 in the University Center Gymnasium. The event is free but tickets are required. (MORE)

In memory. Former UCCS faculty member Janice Hays died April 6. (MORE)
In the News
The Colorado Springs Gazette published a story about Maryland’s decision to use Freedom’s Song: 100 Years of African-American Struggle and Triumph in the state’s public schools. To see the story click here

KOAA 5/30 covered the groundbreaking for a new Student Recreation Center. To see the story click here

The Colorado Springs Gazette and the Denver Post each published stories about the Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity and its meeting at UCCS. To see the Post story, click here

The Colorado Springs Business Journal interviewed Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance about the possibility of a downtown UCCS campus. To see the Business Journal story, click here

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