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Communique items for June 2nd

Regents approve tuition rates, pave way for June 30 budget approval. Members of the CU Board of Regents approved Thursday UCCS tuition plan option two which called for an overall resident undergraduate tuition increase of 2.5 percent and resident graduate student tuition increases of up to nine percent. UCCS graduate tuition rates will increase six percent. The tuition increases and increased state support made possible by Referendum C will allow merit salary pools for faculty and exempt professional staff “not to exceed 3.5 percent” as well as increases in CU’s contributions for benefits such as health, life and dental insurance. A memo to deans and directors explaining the merit salary pool for faculty and professional exempt staff was sent last week.

Degrees, one step at a time. Sandy Ingersoll is best known on campus as the bursar. But on May 19, Ingersoll traded hats by participating in May 19 commencement exercises as a student. Wearing her cap and gown, Ingersoll felt the accomplishment of completing a 36-year trek to a college degree the moment she heard “Pomp and Circumstance” play in the World Arena. Ingersoll took advantage of a staff tuition waiver program to complete her degree with honors. For a list of other employees who graduated (MORE)

Bacon to serve as interim vice chancellor.  Margaret “Peg” Bacon, professor, Education, was recently named interim vice chancellor for academic affairs at UCCS pending approval by the Board of Regents. Her appointment is scheduled for consideration at the June 30 meeting. MORE

Faculty receive promotions, tenure. At a June 1 Regents meeting, 13 faculty members were approved for promotions. To see who was promoted click (MORE)

Staff service recognized. Julie Heintz, program assistant, Faculty Records, added a set of coasters emblazoned with the university seal to the shrine of service awards in the corner of her Main Hall office last month. Heintz was recognized for 30 years of university service, joining 50 other university recognized for service at five, ten, 15, 20, 25 and 30 year levels. To see a list of the service awardees visit (MORE)

Dean of students search committee recommends Moore.  A search committee has recommended to Vice Chancellor Jim Henderson that Tamara Moore, currently interim dean of students, continue in the position. Faculty and staff comments on the recommendation should be sent to Henderson, jhenders@uccs.edu.

Exercising emergencies. From 8 a.m. to noon next Friday, UCCS will participate in a city-wide emergency preparedness exercise. More than 100 volunteers will serve as mock evacuees to test the university’s ability to serve as an emergency shelter in the event of a true disaster. Areas affected will include Summit Village, the University Center and Parking Lot 4. For more information, contact Steve Linhart, deputy chief, Public Safety, slinhart@uccs.edu or 262-3924.

Gerald Oleszek, associate professor, Engineering, was recently recognized for his role in creating an agreement where UCCS, a university in Northern Ireland and Atmel Corp. will work cooperatively to develop new semiconductor technology. (MORE)

Irene Martinez, coordinator, International Student Services, graduated from the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) Academy at the end of May. Graduates were recognized at the annual conference in Montreal.

Who’s New
            Larry Gonzalez will join UCCS as police communication technician in the Department of Public Safety June 12.
            Leah Wicks accepted a position as an administrative assistant in Admissions and Records June 1.
            Kermit Bowen accepted a position as an equipment operator in the Department of Public Safety June 1.
            Tamara McCollough accepted a position as an administrative assistant in Admissions and Records May 18.
            For more information on new staff members, visit http://web.uccs.edu/staffcon/new_staff_at_uccs.htm

In the News
The awarding of Kane Family Scholarship generated several stories in local, regional and national media.
To see the Colorado Springs Gazette, click here
To see the Denver Post, click here
To hear national radio commentator Paul Harvey, click here  (starts at 6:17)
To see KOAA’s coverage, click here

Commencement also drew media attention
To see stories from the Colorado Springs Gazette, click here

            UCCS faculty and staff were also recently the subject of media attention.
To see a Seattle Times story about “redneck culture” quoting Michele Companion, assistant professor, Sociology, click here
            To see a Colorado Springs Business Journal story about teaching to the test quoting Alex Soifer, professor, Interdepartmental Studies, click here.
            To see a Colorado Springs Gazette story about Sue Mitchell, director, Student Success Center, click here

            The Colorado Springs Gazette also recently editorialized about the importance of supporting UCCS expansion plans. To see the editorial, click here

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.