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Communique items for Apr. 21

Partnership nets turf, goalposts. An agreement between UCCS and neighbor Colorado Springs Christian School will mean artificial turf, bleachers and goalposts at a UCCS field, according to an announcement this week. Those changes are in addition to recently installed field lighting provided by the University Center. (MORE)  

Blue Ribbon Commission recommends changes. A Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity has provided 18 preliminary  recommendations for changes to improve diversity at UCCS. In a memo to the campus community, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak shares the draft recommendations, a timeline for response and plans for a campus strategic diversity plan (MORE)

Stripes of a different color. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Rogers Redding shared plans to trade his slide rule and pinstripe suit for a position with stripes of a different kind. Redding will direct officiating for the Southeastern Conference. (MORE)

May forum. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will host an all-campus forum at 1:30 p.m. May 9 in the University Center Theater.  Anticipated topics include the actions of the 2006 Colorado General Assembly, the FY 2007 UCCS budget and presentations by provided by the Jeremy Haefner, dean, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business and Administration.

Freedoms explored. What’s the difference between the First and Tenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution? (hint: the answer is not nine) A group of fifth grade students from Keller Elementary will visit UCCS next week to quiz faculty, staff and students about the Constitution and to test your knowledge. (MORE)

No butts. Open burning is prohibited at UCCS, public safety officials reminded this week as the area continues to receive below-average amounts of precipitation. So, no fire pits, charcoal grills or fires are allowed on UCCS property. Propane grills required the approval of the UCCS Fire Marshall, Ron Honn, 262-3011. Smoking in undeveloped areas is also banned and smokers are encouraged to use ash cans in designated smoking areas.

Who’s New
Christina Parson accepted a position as an administrative assistant in the Telecommunications Department April 17.

In the News
The Colorado Springs Business Journal quoted Fred Crowley, associate research professor, Business, about El Paso County real estate trends. To see the story, click here.

The Colorado Springs Business Journal quoted Carole Schoffstall, dean, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, about a Massachusetts plan to provide universal health insurance. To see the story, click here.

The Colorado Springs Gazette quoted Stephanie Hanenberg, director, Student Health Center, about an outbreak of mumps and steps to prevent the disease. To see the story, click here.

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution wrote about Rogers Redding’s appointment to the Southeastern Conference. To see the story, click here.

KKTV produced a story about anti-Semitic flyers found at UCCS. To see the story, click here.

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about Alex Soifer, professor, Letters, Arts and Sciences, and the Math Olympiad. 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.