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June 28, 2007 Communique

Regents approve new tuition structure, modest increases. Tuition for new, part-time freshmen undergraduate students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will decline this fall as part of a tuition plan approved today by the CU Board of Regents. (MORE)

UCCS strategic plan backed by Regents. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak’s presentation of a strategic plan for the university’s future, set to John Lennon’s “Imagine,” drew unanimous agreement from members of the CU Board of Regents during a regularly scheduled meeting at CU-Boulder. To see the presentation,.(MORE)

Former teacher to lead CSTEME. David Khaliqi a former physics and biology teacher at The Classical Academy, Colorado Springs, will direct the UCCS Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education. He is the first director of the new center charged with designing programs to encourage more middle and high school students to take science and math courses and to consider college degrees in science, math and engineering. He began June 11. (MORE)

More students select UCCS. Summer session enrollment at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs increased by 6 percent with almost 2,800 students enrolled, according to official enrollment figures. The university’s eight-week summer session began June 11. A June 20 enrollment report showed 2,782 students enrolled, a 158 student or 6 percent increase in headcount, from the summer 2006 session.(MORE)

Fall forums scheduled. Monthly chancellor forums for the fall semester are scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 13, 2 p.m. Oct. 10, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Faculty and staff are invited to forums in the University Center Theater. Refreshments will be served. Topics for the forums will be announced in future editions of Communique.

Isaacson to headline opening convocation.  Students will begin the fall semester with a combination of barbeque and inspiration. Walter Isaacson, former CEO of Cable News Network and managing editor of Time Magazine, will deliver a keynote speech scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15 in the University Center Gymnasium as part of the university’s opening convocation ceremony, the first in recent university history. (MORE)

Record fundraising year. The CU Foundation recently completed a record-breaking year, including foundation efforts at UCCS. Cash donations and pledges will exceed $7 million, according to Maurin Anderson, vice president, CU Foundation, and a $5 million bequest will highlight the year. (MORE)

Dedications set. Formal dedication ceremonies for remodeled Dwire Hall and the Student Recreation Center are scheduled for Aug. 16. Dwire Hall ceremonies are scheduled for 1 p.m. with the Student Recreation Center ceremony immediately following, approximately 2:30 p.m.


  • UCCS Police Department. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak praised officers for their responses to an incident earlier this month that led to a disorderly conduct citation to a campus visitor who brought a pellet gun to campus.
  • Leslie Manning, dean, Kraemer Family Library, announced retirement plans effective Aug. 31. Planning for an Aug. 9 reception is underway.
  • Diane Dickerson, CU Foundation, to development associate.
Who’s New
  • John Arusto, equipment operator, Department of Public Safety, effective June 1.
  • Joseph Callaway, equipment operator, Department of Public Safety, effective June 1.
  • Paul Church, equipment operator, Department of Public Safety, effective June 1.
  • Virgil Cordova, equipment operator, Department of Public Safety, effective June 1.
  • Larry Darnall, police officer intern, Department of Public Safety, effective June 1.
  • James Harold, equipment operator, Department of Public Safety, effective June 1.
  • Timothy Hightower, equipment operator, Department of Public Safety, effective June 1.
  • William Soule, administrative assistant, Admissions and Records, effective June 1.
  • Kami Stum, business support assistant, CU Foundation, effective July 1. Stum previously worked as a student assistant for the foundation.

In memory
Funeral services for former UCCS staff member Diane Ferrell are scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow (July 29) at Christ the King Church, 1708 Horseshoe Drive, Pueblo. She was an administrative assistant for the departments of sociology, continuing education, and facilities from 1988 to 2003. (MORE)

In the News
The Colorado Springs Gazette editorialized about UCCS tuition increases in Tuition hikes reflect hard realities

The Rocky Mountain News wrote about the CU Regents and speaker fees paid by CU in CU regents gasp at $160,000 speaker's fee for ex-U.N. boss

The Denver Post wrote about additional higher education funding in GOP plan pumps Roan lease funds into higher ed

The Rocky Mountain News wrote about CU tuition plans in CU tuition takes hike

The Pueblo Chieftain wrote about a visit to Pueblo by CU officials in CU prof: Pueblo should celebrate diversity, resilience, courage

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about baby bottle safety and quoted David Weiss, assistant professor, Chemistry, in Glass bottles pacify fear of chemical

KRDO aired a story about wildfire volunteer Mark Janssen of the University Center staff in  Wildfire Education Brings Award To Volunteer

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about arts in the community and quoted Fred Crowley, associate research professor, College of Business, in Arts enrich the Springs culturally, economically

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a potential tax windfall and mentioned UCCS as a beneficiary in State forecasts big tax windfall

KRDO aired a story about a new weight loss drug and interviewed Jackie Berning, associate professor, Biology, in Weight loss drug

The Denver Post editorialized about solutions to higher education funding in Higher ed solution: overhaul constitution

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the history of tuberculosis in the area and mentioned UCCS in ‘America’s Greatest Sanitarium’

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a new task force to improve Colorado education in 2 county educators will join board

Other CU and UCCS media mentions are found at www.uccs.edu/ur.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