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Communique items for Apr. 7

Brown sole finalist. Current CU President Hank Brown was named the sole finalist for the permanent CU presidency Wednesday night by a 12-member search committee with two UCCS representatives. (MORE)

Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity. Commissioners, and other guests for the CU System Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity, will be on campus 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. today. The commission will review UCCS efforts to build an inclusive community and offer suggestions. Primary meetings will be in the Gymnasium with small break out sessions throughout the University Center. (MORE)

Budget watch. The FY 2007 CU budget will likely be the best in five years, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak told faculty and staff at her April forum Thursday morning. But the so-called “long” bill is in the hands of the Senate and will likely go to a conference committee to resolve differences between House and Senate versions before formal spending plans can be made. Among the issues are the sizes of tuition increases and anticipated increases in health insurance costs. Shockley-Zalabak said the May forum, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 9, would likely provide opportunity for a “robust” look at budget plans.

Future cast. Carole Schoffstall, dean, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Kathleen Beatty, dean, Graduate School of Public Affairs, provided peeks into the future for their respective colleges as part of the Chancellor’s Forum Thursday. For Beth-El, increasing demands for nurses has prompted an accelerated program and student growth averaging more than 11 percent annually. Beatty focused her comments on the challenges of operating a small college on two campuses and plans to offer undergraduate programs. To see Schoffstall’s presentation, click here. To see Beatty’s presentation, click here.

Ground breaking. The official start of construction on a student fee-funded campus recreation center is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 12 in Lot 8 (between Alpine and Summit village housing complexes).  Need some exercise before the building is complete? Try your snow shovel.  April is the heaviest snowfall month for Colorado Springs.

Getting oriented. Volunteers are needed to help make attending UCCS less scary and  more productive for new students. To help, contact Sue Mitchell, smitchel@uccs.edu or visit http://web.uccs.edu/orientation/Staff/vol_advisors_form.htm to find out more about orientation.

Now on display. The Student Art Club and Gallery of Contemporary Art will present the 2006 Student Art Exhibit and the Salon des Refusés at the University Center. The exhibit begins today and continues through June 2. An opening reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. tonight.

Inventor featured at Math Olympiad. The inventor of the graphing calculator will talk about his path of discovery with middle and high school students who will participate in the 23rd Mathematical Olympiad. (MORE)

Ella Stanton, budget analyst, Budget and Planning Office, received the 2006 Service Excellence Award from the University of Colorado Staff Council. She will receive her award April 14 at the All-Staff Council Conference in Boulder.

David Nelson, associate professor, Communication, earned a Telly Award for his work on the film “Touch Math.” Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as video and film productions.

Al Davis, professor, Business, was recognized in the March 2006 issue of “Communications of the ACM.” Davis’ book, 201 Principles of Software Development, was voted as one of the top 25 out-of-print classic computer science books by the organization’s members.

In the News

UCCS student elections were featured by the Colorado Springs Gazette. To see the story, click here

Steve Tragesser, assistant professor, Engineering, was quoted by the Colorado Springs Gazette in a story about technology. To see the story, click here.

The Smart-Girl program at UCCS was profiled by the Colorado Springs Gazette. To see the story, click here.

KRDO Channel 13 produced an advance story about the Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity. 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.