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Communique items for Aug 4th

Regents approve new degree. The CU Board of Regents unanimously approved Thursday a new degree for UCCS, the first since the 2000-2001 academic year. (MORE)

UCCS, Ent to offer ‘one’ card. UCCS students, faculty and staff will soon have the convenience of a multiple-use identification card because of a partnership between Ent Federal Credit Union and the university. (MORE)

Business Journal readers pick College of Business and Administration. The UCCS College of Business and Administration is a winner in the 2006 Best of Colorado Springs Business readers’ poll by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. The UCCS College of Business and Administration was named best over rivals University of Denver and University of Phoenix. A reception to recognize the award is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Lodge. Campus community members are invited to participate.

Burns to deliver Reach Your Peak lecture. One of the nation’s most prolific and respected documentary filmmakers will deliver the 2006 UCCS Reach Your Peak Lecture Series address. Burns will present “Sharing the American Experience” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 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)

Dwire Hall silo goes down, hopes go up. Regardless of whether it served as reminder of rural life or the Cold War, few tears were shed as contractors in charge of renovating Dwire Hall successfully removed its characteristic silo this week and turned the building into a shell of its former self. As faculty and staff from the colleges of Business and Administration and Letters, Arts and Sciences moved out, contractors began the estimated $10 million project. Some dealt with the transition better than others. (MORE)

Salaries subject of July forum. Faculty and staff compensation accounts for 71 percent of the UCCS budget. Not surprisingly, a July 19 discussion of the campus budget quickly turned to decisions regarding faculty and staff salaries. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Al Schoffstall, professor, Chemistry, and chair of the University Budget Advisory Committee, shared processes used to determine FY 2007 salaries and how UCCS funds in general are used. Budget and salaries will be the subject of the first forum of the Fall semester scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 13 in the University Center Theater.
Fall forum schedule announced. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will host monthly forums during the fall semester. Tentative times and dates are: 2 p.m., Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 10, and 3 p.m. Dec. 13. The forums will take place in the University Center Theater.
Freshman barbeque. New UCCS students are not to be doused in sauce and held over gray-red coals for most of an afternoon. Instead, freshman students and their parents will be welcomed to the campus at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 on the upper plaza of the University Center and treated to dinner. For more information, contact the Office of the Chancellor, 262-3436.
Ethics line established. The CU EthicsLine is now available to provide employees an anonymous method of reporting fiscal misconduct and other concerns anonymously by calling a toll-free number or using a web-based reporting tool. This reporting service is provided by EthicsPoint, an independent company that provides similar services for hundreds of companies and universities. The service provides a communication option available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The July pay advice included a brochure on CU EthicsLine.  You can also obtain more information on Internal Audit’s website at www.cusys.edu/audit.  To report a concern call the toll free number:  1-800-677-5590 or www.EthicsPoint.com

Susanne Solario loves the people she works with and the campus. She spent the summer as the UCCS Employee of the Quarter. (MORE)
John C. Miller, professor emeritus, Spanish, was selected by the U.S. Department of State as a Senior English Language Fellow for India. He will begin his 10 month appointment in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) in September. As part of his fellowship, Miller will develop curricular materials for English language teachers, conduct seminars and workshops and participate in the Ahmedabad Management Association development programs. In addition he will work with the ACCESS micro scholarship program for the predominantly Muslim community.
Radha Pyati, associate professor, Chemistry, was part of a group that traveled to New Orleans to test soil chemistry in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. For more about the project, visit http://www.commongroundrelief.org/node/168

Who’s New
Sary Lee accepted a position as a trainee with Facilities Services Aug.1.
Andrea Deschaine accepted a position as an administrative assistant in Admissions and Records July 12.
Joseph LaConte accepted a position as an Information Technology Technician with the Department of Public Safety July 1.
Ida Dilwood accepted a position as a general professional in Disability Services June 12.

For more information on new staff members, visit http://web.uccs.edu/staffcon/new_staff_at_uccs.htm

In the News

Fred Crowley, associate research professor, Business, was quoted by the Wall Street Journal in an article about the Colorado Springs economy (MORE)
            An agreement between UCCS and ENT Federal Credit Union drew the attention of the Colorado Springs Gazette. (MORE)
Eve Gruntfest, professor, Geography, wrote an opinion piece for the Fort Collins Coloradoan about floods and lessons learned. (MORE)
Future UCCS building plans drew the attention of the Colorado Springs Business Journal.(MORE)
Dave Schnabel, director, Facilities Services, was quoted by the Colorado Springs Business Journal about the importance of sustainability. (MORE)
Building plans at UCCS and a new president at Colorado State University-Pueblo prompted an editorial from the Pueblo Chieftain. (MORE)
College of Engineering and Applied Science success in graduating women engineers drew the attention of KRDO television. (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.