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Sept. 14, 2007  Communique

More students select UCCS. Led by increases in the freshman class and transfer students, UCCS posted an almost 2 percent enrollment increase this fall with 7,662 students officially enrolled. (MORE)

Federal funds to boost programs. U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard announced Sept. 11 that $4 million will be included in the Defense Appropriations bill for a homeland security PhD program offered by the School of Public Affairs and the downtown Denver campus of UCDHSC. Many of the courses will be offered at UCCS. Additionally, Sen. Allard announced $2 million for the Partnership in Innovative Preparation for Educators and Students program based at the UCCS College of Engineering.

Connecting computers to people. A traditional UCCS strength in computer engineering will combine with emerging technologies in game design, animation, digital content creation, wearable computing, and virtual reality to create new opportunities for students.  (MORE)

Information security, it’s not just about technology. All UCCS employees received a memo this week outlining training requirements to improve information security on campus. For most faculty and staff, a 20 minute on-line training program is required. (MORE)

Strolling for a cause. The youngest members of the UCCS community and their parents will have a stroll-a-thon beginning at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Bear Creek Park, 21st and Rio Grande. Funds raised will purchase classroom materials at the Family Development Center. For more information, call 262-3483.

Overcoming Obstacles. Four UCCS faculty members and an administrator will lead a panel discussion at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in Science 127A about such topics as fear, isolation, frustration, success and leadership. The discussion is sponsored by the Student Diversity Council and will feature Nina Gomez, associate professor, Communication, Ramon Tirado, instructor, Physics, Larry Bryant, assistant professor, Education, and Lynda Dickson, associate professor, Sociology. Robert Wonnett, interim vice chancellor, Student Success will moderate.

Flu season. Herb Siegel, professor emeritus, Avian Physiology, Pennsylvania State University, will present “Avian Infleunza” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Poor Richard’s Bookstore, 320 N. Tejon. His talk is part of the Café Scientifique series. For more information, contact Tom Huber, professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, 262-3790 or thuber@uccs.edu

Sandra Berry-Lowe, associate professor, Biology, completed a 13 mile 7,400 vertical foot climb to the summit of Pikes Peak Sept. 8 as part of the Pikes Peak Challenge Hike for Brain Injury Awareness.

Judith Rice Jones, senior instructor, Kraemer Family Library, presented the “History of Monument Valley Park” to a group of 120 at Colorado College this week in celebration of the park’s 100th anniversary.

La Vonne I. Neal, dean, College of Education, presented "Partners in Education: Moving from Vision to Action." at the Colorado ACT Annual Conference Sept. 7.

Doug Fitzgerald, sports information director, Athletics, received a third place award in event coverage in the 2007 Fred W. Stabley National Writing Contest.

Who’s New
Profiles of new tenured and tenure-track faculty members will appear in the next issue of Communique.

In the News

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art in ART SHOW:
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about college enrollments across Colorado including UCCS in CSU, CU-Denver, Metro State break fall enrollment records
The Denver Post wrote about college enrollments in Colorado colleges' enrollments up
The Rocky Mountain News wrote about colleges adopting text messaging systems in DU, CSU roll out emergency text messaging systems
The Denver Post wrote about a CU professor’s gift in CU prof donates $20M for biotech center
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about a UCCS student in Longtime judo understudy ready to ace test
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about court actions involving CU in Court: CU indifferent to football rape claims

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