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Communique items for May. 5

Governor inks budget bill. Governor Bill Owens this week signed House Bill 06-1385, the so-called Long Bill. The bill, described as CU’s best budget in more than five years, provides funds for capital projects and increases in operating budgets and salaries for employees. Capital projects include $2 million for the UCCS Science and Engineering Building and $3.5 million for Dwire Hall’s renovation (bringing state funding to $5 million). Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will provide an overview of the state budget at her all-campus forum scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 9 in the University Center Theater.

Year in review. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak met this week with deans, department directors and academic department chairs to review the accomplishments of 2005-2006. “This has been a year of challenge and of great progress,” Shockley-Zalabak told those in attendance. To see the PowerPoint presented used at the meeting click (MORE)

Sustainability requires long-term view. Campus sustainability officer Linda Kogan thinks many are confused by the term “sustainability.” See her explanation of the word, and learn how we can all be part of the solution in a one-on-one question and answer session. (MORE)

Whistle blows for Redding. A farewell reception for Rogers Redding, vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, is scheduled for 4 p.m. May 12 in University Center Room 116. Redding recently announced plans to retire from academia. He will head officiating for the Southeastern Conference.

More than 150 faculty, staff and supporters attend the annual campus awards ceremony Tuesday in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre.  Among them was Barbara Swaby, professor, Education, who received the Chancellor’s Special Award for her more than 25 years of service to helping area young people improve literacy. To see Swaby accepting her award, and to see a full list of this years winners, click (MORE)

In the News
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about campus efforts to build a research park. To see the story, click here.

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about campus expansion efforts this week. To see the story, click here.

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the role UCCS plays in the Greater Colorado Springs community this week. To see the story, click here.

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