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Communique items for Friday, Sept. 23


Going green. Pinching, as the Brits say, a gallon of gas can get you in big trouble. But squeezing a few extra miles from a gallon of gas is good for the environment and the university budget. Now included in the campus vehicle fleet is a new gas-electric hybrid Toyota Prius and two all-electric GEMs. Want to know about other “green” activities and what more a committee of faculty, staff and students think UCCS should be doing? Come to the first Chancellor’s Campus Forum scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University Center Theater. The Campus Sustainability Committee’s report – part of the Inventing the Future effort – will be shared. Next week, Communique will share details of the Prius and the Sustainability Committee’s report.
Seven years and counting. What will UCCS look like in 2012? And how will the campus get there? Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, in her first forum of the fall semester, will review the campus Seven-Year Growth Plan approved this summer by the CU Board of Regents. The forum is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University Center Theater.
Donut power. Some things are powered by gas, others electricity; still others by donuts and coffee. Meet the members of the campus Police Department at the annual “Donuts, Cops and Coffee” from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in Room 116 University Center.
Forum on federal relations. A campus forum to discuss the university’s relationship to the federal departments of defense and energy is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 30 in the University Center Theater.
            Tom Huber, dean, Graduate School, will moderate the discussion that will feature Jeff Cheek, assistant vice president for research and learning innovations, CU System, UCCS faculty and students, and Bill Sulzman, Colorado Springs, who will represent Citizens for Peace in Space. Forums will take place on all CU campuses as the university explores collaborative agreements with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Energy and, specifically, with the Los Alamos National Laboratories.
            Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will offer opening remarks for the forum and will stress the importance of civil discourse when dealing with emotionally charged topics. David Schmidt, professor, Engineering,  Chris Hill, professor, History, Kee Warner, associate professor, Sociology, Rogers Redding, vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, and Katie Collins, student co-executive, are expected to speak and to answer audience questions.
            “Universities must be a place where ideas are exchanged and issues of controversy discussed in a non-threatening manner,” Shockley-Zalabak said. “I am committed to this as both an ideal and a practice and ask that the campus community join me in this discussion.”
 One gift at a time. Last week, the Denver-based Gates Family Foundation announced its $1 million pledge to help build a new Science and Engineering building. On Monday, another Denver-based foundation will announce its gift. A press release will be issued Monday morning and will be available at www.uccs.edu  under the heading “Top News.” To read the Gazette’s story about the Gates Family Foundation’s gift, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~ur/media/mediawatch/view_article.php?y=mediawatch_articles&article_id=13888
Technology transfer. Terry Boult, El Pomar professor of Engineering, was quoted by the Denver Post in a story about CU efforts to take new ideas to market. Boult talked about his partnership with CU to create Securics, a company that specializes in developing biometric information. So, exactly what are biometrics? They are characteristics unique to each of us – things such as fingerprints and face geometry – that can be used to improve security. To read the Post article, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~ur/media/mediawatch/view_article.php?y=mediawatch_articles&article_id=13872
Kudos. Carlos Araujo, professor, Engineering, was recently honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics (known as Eye-Triple-E) for his work in the field of ferroelectric random access memory. Araujo was given the 2006 Daniel E. Noble Award. (MORE)
Campus safety. UCCS is a safe campus. But don’t take anyone’s word for it. See the official campus safety report, and learn tips to keep safe, at http://www.uccs.edu/~pusafety/2005Safety/CSSRpage1.htm
Regents are coming. The CU Board of Regents will hold its regular meeting on the Colorado Springs campus Oct. 5-6. To see the agenda, visit http://www.cu.edu/regents/BoardMeetings/index.html
Calling all leaders. In 1964, Bob Dylan told us “the times they are a changin.” Next week, academic deans, department chairs and faculty will meet to learn about changing times in academia and coping strategies to deal with the realities. Organized by the University Leadership Development Institute, the meetings will feature presentations by campus and CU System officials and a panel discussion by department chairs titled “What I Wish I Knew before I Took This Job.” The meetings will be Thursday at the Lodge. For more information, contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 262-3121.
Katrina update. As the country prepares for Hurricane Rita, Katrina’s bigger and meaner sister, faculty and staff continue to support hurricane relief efforts. Barbara Swaby, professor, Education, has collected 26 backpacks of books as part of her Literacy-on-the-Go effort. The backpacks were donated to School District 11 and are destined for children who left their homes and reading materials behind when fleeing to higher ground.
            Additionally, Cathy Emeis, instructor, Nursing, is collecting baby blankets and clothes (3T or smaller) for donation to hurricane relief efforts.
            To help, call Swaby at 262-4091 or Emeis at 262-4424.
Referendum C debate
. Organized by students, UCCS will host a debate about Referendum C. John Hazlehurst, a former member of the Colorado Springs City Council, will argue for the statewide ballot issues that ask if the state can keep excess revenues during the next five years. Douglas Bruce, El Paso County Commissioner, will argue against the measures. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 in room 116 of the University Center.
Heller gift celebrated. On Tuesday, a plaque commemorating Betty Taylor’s gift of her family’s 1,600 acre Montana ranch and the memory of her son, will be unveiled at the Heller Center. Proceeds from the sale of Taylor’s property will help fund renovations to the Heller Center buildings, preparing them for use as community and campus resource. To read about Taylor’s gift, visit http://www.uccs.edu/%7Eur/media/mediawatch/view_article.php?y=mediawatch_archive_2005&article_id=12188