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May. 11, 2007 Communique

Lt. Gov. tours, emphasizes importance of science and humanities. Colorado Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien visited campus this week for a first-hand look at UCCS and to deliver a proclamation lauding public employees. In her comments before a University Center Theater crowd, O’Brien said science and engineering education are important to the state’s economic future but that the humanities are important in building complete individuals.(MORE)

Commencement 2007: one week and counting. The largest UCCS event of the year, Commencement, is a week away. In 9:30 a.m. (undergraduate) and 1:30 p.m. (graduate) sessions at the World Arena May 18, about 1,700 students will officially complete their UCCS educations. Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate and to provide a positive send-off for the soon-to-be-alums. (MORE)

Year in Review. UCCS is completing one of the most positive and productive years in its 42-year history with new degrees, new facilities, and new partnerships. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak reminded deans, directors and academic department chairs of the accomplishments of the past nine months and what lies ahead in “Year in Review” presentations this week. (MORE)

Get FOCUCCSED. After months of behind-the-scenes work to recruit new university students and retain existing ones, a UCCS marketing campaign went public this week with the debut of radio ads and, beginning this weekend, local newspaper advertising. Hear the radio spot and see the ads.(MORE)

Kane Scholars to be inducted. The largest UCCS scholarship, and one of the largest scholarships in Colorado, will be awarded during a recognition ceremony scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University Center Gym. Ten high school seniors who will attend UCCS and 12 who will attend Pikes Peak Community College will be officially recognized and learn the legacy of Andy and Wanden Kane, the scholarship’s benefactors. (MORE)
Strategic plan comments sought. Comments about a draft university strategic plan should be given to respective deans, directors and governance leaders as soon as possible so they can be included in a final version and included in University Budget Advisory Committee discussions. See the draft plan. (MORE)
Carmen Abeyta, student engagement, Office of the Dean of Students, was recognized for contributions to the Colorado Springs community May 5 by Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

In the News
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the performance of the Mountain Lion Golf Team. UCCS golfers second at regional
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the Palmer High School Student Body President who also attended UCCS. Student president motivated by brothers’ friend
The Durango Herald wrote about commitment to sustainability and mentioned UCCS. Committed to change
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about graduation rates trends. FOUR MORE YEARS?
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about welfare reform and mentioned a presentation at UCCS. Follow the leader in Illinois
The Boulder Daily Camera wrote about alcohol rehabilitation efforts. The courage to change: CU recovery center offers hope
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about minimum wage laws. Wage law can also harm low earners

This is the last edition of Communique for the Spring 2007 Semester. 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