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Sept. 21, 2007  Communique

Strategy sessions moved. The first forum for the fall semester is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 26 in the University Center 303. The planned topic is the university’s strategic plan and an interactive 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. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend only one of the forums and to participate in a priority-setting exercise.

Free distribution direction expanded. A committee of faculty and staff agreed today that the University Center will remain a central point for distribution of free materials ranging from newspapers to apartment rental guides. However, publishers of freely distributed materials will also have the option of having materials in other UCCS buildings, including Columbine Hall,by agreeing to conditions such as removal of old editions, recycling, and using authorized distribution points. A revised policy will be drafted and shared with the committee and campus. The committee members are Bill Huddy, director, Oral Communications Center, Christina Martinez, interim dean, Kraemer Family Library, Susan Szpyrka, associate vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, Rex Welshon, associate dean, Letters, Arts and Sciences, Tom Hutton, director, University Relations, Ben Fagan, administrative assistant, Student Success, Andrew Czaplewski, associate professor, Business, Elaine Thomas, assistant director, Student Retention, Kee Warner, interim associate vice chancellor for diversity, Academic Affairs, Rosemary Augustine, senior associate, General Counsel,  and Robert Wonnett, interim vice chancellor, Student Success.

DHE visits. There is more than a new name for the Department of Higher Education, formerly the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. There’s a new attitude. David Skaggs, executive director, Department of Higher Education, spent a day in Colorado Springs and more than five hours on the UCCS campus, including sitting in the on the class of Larry Eubanks, associate professor, Economics. He later gave an interview to KRCC. (MORE)

Year in Preview. With a reference to one must look back to know what’s ahead, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak briefed deans, directors, and department chairs about what lies ahead in two Year in Preview sessions this week. To see her presentation, (MORE)

Offices to shuffle. More than 30 offices, many in Main Hall, will shift in the coming weeks. The largest changes include moving CU Foundation offices to the third floor of Main Hall, student recruitment offices from Cragmor to Main, and offices for the Silver and Gold Record and ISAMI internet radio in the CITTI building. Future issues of Communique will have specific move dates and locations.

 Freedoms forum. Josh Dunn, assistant professor, Political Science, James Colvin, instructor, Political Science, and Michelle Companion, assistant professor, Sociology, will lead a panel discussion about constitutional freedoms, including the freedom of expression, beginning at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in the University Center Theater. Lemonade and cookies will be provided.

Biometrics company licensed by CU. The University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office reached agreement with Securics Inc. to assist in the development of technologies developed by Terry Boult, El Pomar Endowed Chair of Innovation and Security. (MORE)

Rip it. Rip it good. A new, expanded recycling program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will begin with personal pledges from faculty, staff sealed with a signature. But campus community members won’t be signing a piece of paper. Signatures will adorn recycling bins during a “Let it Rip” kick off event beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 25 at the University Center Upper Plaza. (MORE)

Laura Tesman, assistant professor, Visual and Performing Arts, was selected Colorado Higher Education Theatre Educator of the Year at the Sept. 7 meeting of the Alliance for Colorado Theatre.

Joan Ray, professor, English, was featured in radio interviews about Jane Austen and her book, “Jane Austen for Dummies” in Los Angeles, New York and Denver.

Ida Dilwood to director, Student Disability Services. She previously served as interim director and assistant coordinator of the office. Her appointment was announced by Tamara Moore, dean of students.

Who’s New
With previous positions ranging from vice chancellor to performing at Chuck E Cheese’s and with credentials from top U.S. (and Canadian) universities, the largest group of new UCCS faculty in recent history arrived on campus this fall. Meet them.(MORE)
Holly Connors, administrative assistant, Admissions and Records, Aug. 16.
Mary McGill, administrative assistant, Political Science and Geography and Environmental Studies, Aug. 27
Fenema Aldas, accounting technician, Student Financial Services, Sept. 1.
Joan Carlo, library technician, Kraemer Family Library, Sept. 11.
Kevin Jacobs, library technician, Kraemer Family Library, Sept. 12.

In the News
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about free publication distribution at UCCS in COMMITTEE REVIEWING CANVASSING AT UCCS
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about actions taken by the CU Technology Transfer Office in Selling the security of BIOMETRICS
The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Web Extra: Instant gratification
The Denver Post wrote about Referendum C proceeds in Referendum C
The Colorado Springs Gazette published a guest column by Daphne Greenwood, professor, Economics, in Creative thinking needed to boost city’s economy
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about UCCS student athletes in Colleges: UCCS volleyball player earns RMAC honor
The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about Michael Larson, El Pomar Endowed Chair of Engineering and Innovation in MICHAEL LARSON blends creativity, science, entrepreneurial drive as director for design and research studio at UCCS

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