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Sept. 22, 2006 Communique

Year in preview. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak took deans, directors and department chairs time-traveling this week as she reviewed progress since the Inventing the Future initiative of two years ago before leap-frogging to issues UCCS will face in the coming months. (MORE)

Employee of quarter known for initiative, follow through. If you would like to drop by and congratulate Jackie Konselman for being named the Employee of the Quarter, better get to it quickly. The Library Technician III, who has been employed by UCCS since 1978, will be retiring in late October. (MORE)

Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity to meet next week. CU President Hank Brown’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity will meet at UCDHSC’s Event Center Sept. 29 to review recommendations and responses from the CU campuses. The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To see recommendations from the Blue Ribbon Commission meeting for UCCS (MORE)

Have a hidden talent? Contributions are needed for the Staff Art Show scheduled for Oct. 24-Nov. 6 in the University Center. Submissions can range from original clothing, jewelry and furniture to oil paintings but must be submitted by 5 p.m. Oct. 23. For more information, contact Polly Cegielski, pcegiels@uccs.edu.

Military support. Eight boxes of cake mixes – some 400 pounds of flour, sugar, icing and sprinkles – were shipped Sept. 15 by Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences students to the 10th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq. The cakes came in response to a request from Army First Lieutenant Nickie Lacer, a 2004 Beth-El alumna, to boost morale at the hospital. Patients with birthdays will now get a cake, according to Cindy Roach, associate dean, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Researchers, research support staff, feted. A celebration to honor faculty and staff involved in the campus research initiative took place yesterday. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Peg Bacon, interim vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, thanked those involved for their role in propelling campus research funding from $2.5 million in 2002 to $8 million in 2006. The event was hosted by the Office of Sponsored Programs. Tom Huber, associate vice chancellor for research and dean, Graduate School, served as the event’s master of ceremonies (MORE)

NCA subject of next forum.  October’s all-campus forum is so important that it will be dedicated to a single subject and repeated to allow more faculty and staff to attend. At 2 p.m. Oct. 11 and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 12 in the University Center Theater, David Moon, associate vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, will give a detailed overview of expectations surrounding a ten-year accreditation visit from representatives of the North Central Association. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak has called accreditation fundamental to the university’s future and encouraged attendance at one of the forums. Refreshments will be served.

Grand opening. A grand opening celebration of the UCCS Ent Service Center is scheduled for noon-4:45 p.m. Oct. 2 on the first floor of the University Center. Food and prizes are planned.

Who’s New
Eduard Hoeckel accepted a position as a library technician in the Kraemer Family Library effective Sept. 25.

In the News

The Colorado Springs Business Journal interviewed UCCS El Pomar professors this week MORE

The Colorado Springs Business Journal wrote about the Southern Colorado Economic Forum MORE

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the CU Aging Center and its offer of memory tests to those more than 55 years old.  MORE

KRDO Television interviewed Jackie Berning, associate professor, Biology, abut e-coli (video) MORE

The Baltimore Times mentioned UCCS and the White Privilege Conference MORE

National Public Radio examined marketing trends in higher education (audio) 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