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Communique, Aug. 31

Author to headline Reach Your Peak event. One of America’s most respected writers, known for his biographies of American leaders, will speak at UCCS as part of a scholarship fundraising effort. David McCullough, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom as well as two-time recipient of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, will speak at UCCS Sept. 28 during a Reach Your Peak Scholarship fundraising dinner. (MORE)

Research awards set CU pace. More than $637 million in sponsored research was conducted at all three CU campuses in 2007, making CU a national leader in areas as diverse as biofuels, space sciences, and childhood cognitive development. (MORE)

No more wires. Wireless Internet links at UCCS will be in place by mid-October, according to Jerry Wilson, director, Information Technology. Infrastructure work began in student housing this week and will progress to academic and administrative buildings.

Tighter wires. A memo from CU President Hank Brown this week put into motion an Information Security Campaign that will include new policies and training.  “It is not only about having the right technology to protect data but also every employee understanding his and her responsibilities,” Brown wrote.(MORE)

The real “CSI.” Meet one of the nation’s foremost experts in forensic science from 4-6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at University Hall when the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences hosts Dr. Vincent J.M. Di Maio, chief medical examiner for San Antonio, Texas, professor at the University of Texas, and editor of the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology. The cost for faculty and staff is $15. For more information or reservations, contact Deidre Green, dgreen@uccs.edu, 262-4486.

Exploring racism. The Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion and the Study Circles Resource Center will lead discussions about a community dialogue “Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation” at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Brooks Room of the University Center. For more information, contact Carol Scott, carolrw@aol.com.

Flip it. In an example of listening to potential students, Chris Beiswanger, director, Student Recruitment and Admissions Counseling, Admissions and Outreach, announced this week that campus tours will no longer start at either Cragmor or Main halls. Instead, campus tours for prospective students will begin near the Housing Village closely followed by a peek at the Campus Recreation Center and concluding, Beiswanger hopes, with questions answered and positive impressions made.

Beckham to visit campus. Well, not the soccer phenom David Beckham but the 2002 movie “Bend It Like Beckham” will play on a 25-by-15 inflatable screen at 8 p.m. Sept. at Mountain Lion field. The event is a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish foundation sponsored by the UCCS student-athlete advisory committee. For more information, contact Jessika Caldwell, head women’s basketball coach, 262-3602.

Free meal, really. Staff Council and the Professional Exempt Staff Association will sponsor the all-staff breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sept. 5 on the El Pomar Plaza. The breakfast offers an opportunity for staff to meet and to learn about the organizations.

Volunteers needed for free distribution study committee. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will form a faculty, staff and student committee to study free distribution of printed materials on campus. The committee is in response to concerns about a new policy of placing freely distributed materials (apartment guides to local and national news and entertainment publications) centrally in the University Center. To participate in the committee, send an e-mail expressing interest to ur@uccs.edu


  • The members of the 2007 Emerging Leaders Program were recently announced. From UCCS, the participants are: Anthony Cordova, director, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Outreach, Andrew Czaplewski, associate professor, College of Business, Christina Jimenez, assistant professor, History, Catherine Kelly, associate professor, Education, Robyn Marschke, interim director, Institutional Research, Terry Schwartz, associate dean, School of Public Affairs, Jessica Wood, head volleyball coach, Athletics.

  • Dan Couger, former professor, Business, was honored posthumously as a distinguished alumni of Phillips University, Enid, Okla. Couger died in 1997.


  • Kee Warner, professor, Sociology, to interim associate vice chancellor for diversity. He will work to implement a diversity strategic plan, facilitate faculty recruitment and retention efforts and coordinate community outreach. Christina Jimenez, assistant professor, History, will work as a faculty associate.

In the News
The Colorado Springs Business Journal wrote about Dwire Hall festivities in reopening in Dwire Hall grand re-opening
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about a stabbing at CU-Boulder in Stabbed CU student's dad prayed for the best
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about students selecting majors in MAJOR PRESSURE
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about the poverty rate in Colorado in Poverty rate in Colorado rises
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about a new UCCS grant in Business briefs, August 28
KOAA broadcast a story about UCCS emergency warning procedures in UCCS Plans to Implement Text Message Notification System
The New Republic wrote about UCCS faculty research in How Political Psychology Explains Bush's Ghastly Success

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