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August Communique

UCCS now an official enterprise zone. The Colorado Economic Development Commission recently approved four capital projects of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs as Enterprise Zone contribution projects. (MORE)

Mother of invention. Circular saws, disposable baby diapers and Liquid Paper correction fluid are products that may appear to have little in common. But each was invented by a woman, highlighting the often overlooked role women play in bringing new ideas and products to market, according to Michael Larson, El Pomar Professor of Engineering.(MORE)

Isaacson to headline opening convocation. Students, faculty and staff will begin the fall semester with a combination of barbecue 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)

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.

To be or not to be?  That is the question.  And the answer, according to THEATREWORKS, is definitely to be. Hamlet opens at the Bon Vivant Theater in University Hall Aug. 9. (MORE)

BioBreakfast and more. A half-day medical device symposium is scheduled for 7:30 to noon Aug. 22 at the Timbers Hotel, Denver. Representatives from the Colorado medical device industry will participate in panel discussions about current research trends and resources available to medical device researchers. Medical and engineering faculty may attend at no charge. (MORE)

“He represented all that is good about UCCS,”  Jim Burkhart, professor, Physics, recounted at a July 30 memorial service for Jim Busey, professor emeritus, Political Science. Busey was credited for having taught the first class at UCCS in 1965. Burkhart joined Jim Null, professor, Political Science, Ken Pellow, professor, English, Paul Ballantyne, professor, Economics, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, Busey family members and friends in remembering an early pillar of the institution. To see the Colorado Springs Gazette story about Busey, (MORE). To hear about early UCCS history in Busey’s own voice, courtesy of the Kraemer Family Library’s Archive Department, (MORE).

Bargain shopping. Discount prices this month on school supplies draw lots of shoppers. Organizers of the annual children’s School Supply Drive encourage UCCS faculty and staff to pick up a few extra items and keep them on reserve for the annual campus drive in February. Or, if your closets are full, storage is available at the Kraemer Family Library.Contact Liz Taylor, library technician, Kraemer Family Library, etaylor@uccs.edu, for more information.

Leave that rabbit alone. Campus police sent a warning to faculty, staff and students recently warning of the potential for so-called “rabbit fever” (scientific name Tularemia). While transmission to humans is rare, the disease is serious and can be avoided by not touching dead animals. (MORE)

Café Scientifique returns. John Cohen, professor, Medicine, UCDHSC, and Helen Macfarlane, medical illustrator, UCDHSC, will lead a discussion and showing of “Art in Science-Science in Art” program beginning at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Poor Richards Bookstore, 320 N. Tejon. For more information, contact Tom Huber, professor, Geography, thuber@uccs.edu.

CU taps Cortez as assistant vice president. The University of Colorado named Millie Cortez assistant vice president for administration in the university system office, effective Sept. 1. Her duties will include providing policy research and implementation for system administration, assisting the vice president for academic affairs and research with diversity initiatives and supporting the presidential search committee. (MORE)

Looking for a friend. A directory to help connect – or reconnect – UCCS alumni is off to a roaring start with more than 800 copies of the 2007 Edition of the Alumni Directory already sold. The directory project, an initiative of the CU Foundation, is the second in UCCS history. For more information, contact Jaime Garcia, 536-4480.


  • Nancy Gadachy, office manager, Student Health Center, is often the first person a student sees when visiting the health center. Her friendly, welcoming attitude, meticulous record keeping and ten years service led her to June 2007 Employee of the Quarter Honors.
  • Lindy Crawford, assistant professor, Education, presented research findings on the testing of students with disabilities to a U.S. Senate committee studying the No Child Left Behind Act July 13.


  • Chris Martinez, interim dean, Kraemer Family Library
  • Rita Hug, interim associate dean, Kraemer Family Library
  • Jeremy Haefner to positions of associate vice chancellor for research and innovation and dean of the graduate school. He will remain dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. (MORE) 
  • Sue Myers, special assistant, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
  • Jennifer Hane, director, University Events and Alumni Relations. Hane previously worked as coordinator of graduate student recruitment.

Who’s New

  • Mark Misch was named the first full-time cross-country/track coach at UCCS July 30 (MORE)
  • Holly Connors, administrative assistant, Admissions and Records, effective Aug. 13.
  • Kristina Woods, administrative assistant, Admissions and Records, effective July 27.
  • Linda Matthies, administrative assistant, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, effective July 30.
  • Rosemary Kelbel, administrative assistant, CITTI, effective July 11.
  • Bradley Bailey, accountant, Financial Services, effective July 16.
  • Laurie Sherman, custodian, Office of Residence Life and Housing, effective July 1.
  • Gerald Allen, structural trades, Office of Residence Life and Housing, effective July 1.
  • Whitney Porter, administrative assistant, Human Resources, effective July 1.
  • Caroline Curtis, library technician, Kraemer Family Library, effective June 4.


In the News (click on the headlines to see the full story)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about tuition at public universities in Certain majors get premium prices at universities
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about UCCS expansion in UCCS expansion is an irritant to its neighbors
The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about North Nevada redevelopment  in  UCCS can still win the war
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about the dismissal of CU-Boulder Professor Ward Churchill in The real Churchill
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about retired UCCS Professor Jim Busey in Former professor set up political science unit
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about Marilynn Doenges in Dusting off her WWII uniforms.
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about Theatreworks director Drew Martorella in Drew Martorella
The Colorado Springs Business Journal wrote about the UCCS College of Business in Best Colorado Business School
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the redevelopment of North Nevada in Shot in the arm for North Nevada
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about university research in Unlocking secrets
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the work of Karen Newell, associate professor, Biology, in BUDDING BIO-HUB
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about limericks and quoted Tom Napierkowski, professor, English, in Limericks need wit and rhyme

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