August 24, 2007 Communique

Building futures, one student at a time. Preliminary enrollment figures for the Fall 2007 semester show small increases in both the number of students on campus and credit hours enrolled, according to Steve Ellis, director, Admissions and Records. Look for an official announcement in mid-September when an official student census is taken.

Old becomes new. The first building unique to UCCS became the most attractive last week when Dwire Hall was re-dedicated as the new home to the College of Business, the School of Public Affairs and the departments of Languages and Cultures and Economics. Members of the CU Regents and both campus and community leaders joined in Aug. 16 festivities, first at an official dedication and later at a College of Business alumni and friends reception that drew more than 400 people. (MORE)

Newest addition wows. With comparisons to the ancient Greeks who connected mind, body and spirit, UCCS, CU System and CU Board of Regents members dedicated a new $12 million campus recreation center Aug. 16. But the man who drew the attention was alumnus Bahram Akradi who donated exercise equipment, consulted in the building’s design, planted a kiss on Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak’s cheek, and presented her with a check for $100,000.(MORE)

Forums resume for fall. The first forum for the fall semester is now scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 26 in the University Center Theater. The planned topic is the university’s strategic planning and the process of linking university priorities with its budget. Forums specifically about the strategic plan are also scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 25, and 9 a.m. Nov. 27. On Oct. 10, a form is planned to discuss campus emergency planning. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Honoring the past, inventing the future. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak helped members of the CU Board of Regents meet some of the founders of university before detailing the university’s future plans in a presentation last week titled “Honoring the Past, Inventing the Future.” To see the presentation, and hear UCCS founder Jim Busey talk about his first visit to the campus, (MORE)

Program founder returns for encore. His doctor was convinced in early 2002 that he would not survive the year. But Timothy Tregarthen, professor emeritus, Economics, beat the odds. He not only lived through that year, he was forced to move from hospice care after a three-year stay. As students returned to UCCS this week, so did Tregarthen. (MORE)

UCCS: An economic engine that roars. U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce David Bohigian, in town to discuss free trade agreements with area business leaders this week, left behind a $100,000 check to assist UCCS in its efforts to build a research park. Brian Burnett, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, and Martin Wood, chief operating officer, University Advancement, accepted the funds on behalf of the university and said the money would be used to begin planning for a west-campus research park. (MORE)

Author begins academic year. Author and former news executive Walter Issacson began the academic year Aug. 15 with a convocation address that encouraged UCCS faculty, staff and students to accommodate the beliefs of others and to work, as Ben Franklin did in helping found the nation, to find compromise. To hear a segment of Issacson’s comments, (MORE)

Let it rip. With the start of classes, UCCS began a new recycling program in cooperation with Recycle America. Based on dual-stream recycling, all paper will go in one bin and all glass, aluminum, steel, tin, and plastic containers will go in a second. UCCS hopes to greatly increase its rate of recycling contributing less greenhouse gasses and keeping valuable materials out of the land fills. For the first time Summit Village provided a 30-yard container for recycling cardboard instead of waste at student move-in. The result? 2,900 lbs of material diverted from the land fill. (MORE)

Free materials at University Center. As part of an effort to keep campus clean and to encourage both re-use and recycling, freely distributed off-campus publications will now only be available in the University Center. Susan Szpyrka, associate vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, announced the policy change. The Silver and Gold Record and Scribe will continue to have multiple distribution points.

Never rolled down a car window?. In what has become an annual event, Charlie Shub, professor, Computer Science, alerted us to the Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2011 (today’s freshmen). Our favorites? To the class of 2011, Wal-Mart has always been a larger retailer than Sears (and a bigger employer than GM) and U2 has always been more than a spy plane. Find your favorite “Geez, I feel old” (MORE)

UCCS ranks high, again. Led by a national ranking of undergraduate engineering, UCCS was again highly ranked among Western U.S. regional public universities by U.S. News and World Report in a “Best Colleges” edition that hit newsstands this week. (MORE)

Ann Hickey, associate dean, College of Business, effective Aug. 1.
Nancy Smith, associate dean, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Who’s New
.Jenny Dorrington, director, Excel Mathematics Learning Center. She previously taught math at Colorado College and Pikes Peak Community College.
Jonathan Downs, accounting technician, Student Financial Services, effective Aug. 15.
Jacob Perea, custodial intern, Facilities Services, effective Aug. 1.
Michelle Gutierrez, custodial intern, Facilities Services, effective Aug. 1.

The Aging Center was selected as a finalist for a 2007 El Pomar Foundation Award for Excellence in the seniors category. An awards dinner is scheduled for Nov. 28.

The Credit Union National Association gave the Mountain Lion OneCard Program a Best Practices Award for its integration of services for UCCS students, faculty and staff.(MORE)

UCCS was featured in “Rock and Ready,” a publication of the Colorado Rock Products Association and the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association for the use of insulated concrete forms in the construction of the Campus Recreation Center.

Nancy Smith, associate dean, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, was named to the Governor’s Nurse Workforce and Patient Care Task Force.

Margaret “Marge” Mistry, senior instructor, Languages and Cultures, received an  Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award: University Level category from the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese at the AATSP conference Aug. 4.

In the News
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the new campus recreation center in FIT FOR A UNIVERSITY
The Colorado Springs Business Journal wrote about homeland defense in Taking aim homeland defense
The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about free speech zones in Student Survival
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about the CU Foundation in Audit: CU Foundation getting back on track
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about state retirement in PERA says fund problem fixed for most employees.
The Wall Street Journal quoted Lindy Crawford, assistant professor, Education, in From Disturbed High Schooler to College Killer
KRDO aired a story about college scholarship scams in Scholarship Scams Video
The Associated Press wrote about stress in military families and quoted David Fenell, professor, Education, in Military Families Face Deployment Stress

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