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Communique items for Aug 25th

Fall enrollment even. Preliminary Fall 2006 UCCS student enrollment figures after the first week of classes show a 14 percent increase in non-resident students as part of an overall stable enrollment picture. (MORE)

High marks from U.S. News.  The 2007 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” produced by U.S. News and World Report gave UCCS high marks, placing it among the top public regional universities in the West and recognizing undergraduate engineering as a national leader. (MORE)

National Science Foundation funds scholarships. On the heels of a national ranking for undergraduate engineering education, the College of Engineering and Applied Science recently received notice that the National Science Foundation will provide $500,000 in undergraduate student scholarship support over the next five years. The scholarships will provide for 36 scholarships for computer science and computer engineering majors. Jugal Kalita, associate professor, Computer Science, T.S. Kalkur professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Jim Stevens, associate professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, led the project.

Forgotten or just no longer relevant? The annual Beloit College Mindset List – this year for the class of 2010 – might make you feel older or simply serve as reminder that times change. Our favorites from the list (with thanks to Charlie Shub, professor, Computer Science for distributing it) is that today’s students are “wireless but always connected” or “have always known Google as a verb.” (MORE)

Partnership nets first-class field. The fruits of an agreement between UCCS and neighbor Colorado Springs Christian School were unveiled this week as dedication ceremonies for Mountain Lion Stadium took place. (MORE)

Not just any history lesson. Discount tickets remain to see one of the nation’s most prolific and respected documentary filmmakers. Ken Burns will deliver the 2006 UCCS Reach Your Peak Lecture Series address, presenting “Sharing the American Experience” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pikes Peak Center. Ticket prices are $50, $40 and $30. They are available at www.ticketswest.com or at the Pikes Peak Center box office, 190 S. Cascade Ave. A $10 discount for UCCS faculty and staff members is available. For website purchases, use promotion code mtnlion06. (MORE)

  Happy birthday. One of the hallmarks in the transition of UCCS from commuter campus to a mix of residential and commuter students will celebrate its tenth anniversary with an open house from 4-6 Monday. The Student Health Center will provide food, tours and answers to questions about health care and the services the center provides. Faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, contact Stephanie Hanenberg, director, 262-4444 or shanenbe@uccs.edu.

Keeping tabs. For those anxiously awaiting the completion of various construction projects, or wanting to keep tabs on every brick as it is laid, Facilities Services has installed three web cams that will update viewers every 15 minutes. The sites are: Student Recreation Center, http://uccs.oxblue.com/rec/, Dwire Hall, http://uccs.oxblue.com/dwire/ and Science/Engineering,  http://uccs.oxblue.com/scieng/.              
Codes change. Faculty and staff wishing to use their identification cards to borrow library materials or use other campus services must have their cards recoded. The recoding takes less than a minute and can be done at the Parking Services Offices. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays through Sept. 1. After Sept. 5, hours will 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

“Freedom’s Song: 100 years of African-American Struggle and Triumph” received a 2006 Bronze Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America.  A DVD and lesson plans for middle and high school students were developed by faculty from the College of Education in cooperation with Farmers Insurance and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

 Mickey Mendez, controller, recently accepted a position with the CU System in Denver.
Julie Brewster, assistant controller, will serve as interim controller until Sept. 18. Carolyn Rupp, contracts and grants accountant, will serve as interim assistant controller.
The changes were announced by Gayanne Scott, director, Resource Management.

Who’s New
Robert Burkhart, information technology technician, Information Technoloy, July 24.
Amy Fisher, administrative assistant, Residence Life and Housing, Aug. 21.
Keri Frisbie, accountant, Bookstore, effective Sept. 5.
Melissa Reynolds, general professional, Student Success Center, effective Sept. 1.
Frederick Slack, Intercollegiate Athletics, Jan. 3.
Doug Smith,  Counseling Center, Jan. 23.
Tara Lien,  Student Health Center, Jan. 1.
Russ Caton, Intercollegiate Athletics, March 20.
William Kappel, Intercollegiate Athletics, April 10.
Susan Myers, College of Business and Administration, June 1.
Christopher Brewer,  College of Business and Administration, June 1.
Dwayne Freeman, Facilities Services, June 1.
William Huddy, Excel Centers,  July 1.
Barry Mawson,  Facilities Services, July 1.
Christina (Nina) Frischmann, Teaching and Learning Center, July 1.
Rebecca Fuller, Small Business Development Center, July 1.
Lisanne McNew, Small Business Development Center, July 24.
Jerry Phillips,  Excel Centers, Aug. 1.
Tony Beld, Excel Centers, Aug. 1
Matthew Mitchell, Intercolleciate Athletics, Aug. 7.
Brian Contreras, Intercollegiate Athletics, Aug. 1.

In the News
The Colorado Springs Business Journal cited the Southern Colorado Economic Forum as a fall event to attend. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Independent profiled Ken Burns and his appearance as part of the Reach Your Peak Lecture Series. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette spoke with Fred Crowley, associate research professor, Business, about the effects of the war on the local economy. (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the dedication of Mountain Lion Stadium. (MORE)
The Denver Post editorialized about “No College Kid Left Behind” (MORE)
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about recent college rankings (MORE)

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.