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Sept. 29, 2006 Communique

UCCS partners with South Korean university. What may be the first agreement between an American university and a South Korean university to operate an English-only village was signed this week between the UCCS College of Education and Yeungjin College. The schools will cooperatively manage the Daegu English Village, which is designed to provide Koreans an immersion experience in English language skills and American culture. (MORE)

Blue Ribbon Commissioners meet. Today in Denver, members of the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity will meet to make final recommendations on improving diversity at CU. Several UCCS faculty and staff attended the meeting and Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak presented actions taken by the university since the commissioners met at UCCS in April. (MORE)

Gazette article puts center into motion. Soon after “Tests may identify minds gone from sharp to sieve” appeared in the Sept. 16 edition of The Gazette, the phone at the CU-Aging Center started ringing. (MORE)

“Sentence first – verdict afterwards,” cackles the decapitation-happy Queen in “Alice in Wonderland.” The sentence? To see New York Flying Machine’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” before it’s too late. Theatreworks joined forces with the Pikes Peak Library District and New York’s Flying Machine to bring to life “Alice in Wonderland,” this year’s selection for the All Pikes Peak Reads Program. The production puts a modern twist on the classic children’s story. The show runs 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 15 in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater. Tickets are $12-$22; call 262-3232 or www.uccstheatreworks.com.

Ent roaring to go. Ent Federal Credit Union, the official financial service partner of UCCS, is scheduled to kick off the grand opening of its 21st Service Center.  Activities will be from noon to 4:45 p.m. Monday in the University Center. (MORE)

Buddy, can you spare a pint? In cooperation with Memorial Hospital, staff council will sponsor a Halloween Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31 in University Center 303. Faculty and staff are encouraged to donate. Questions? Contact Suzanne Salario, budget analyst, Resource Management, ssalario@uccs.edu

Changing the world, one bulb at a time.  A new compact fluorescent light bulb uses one-third as much energy as a standard light bulb and can save up to $30 annually in energy costs, according to the Office of Sustainability. On Oct. 25, UCCS will celebrate Campus Sustainability Day and Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability will sell the new-style light bulbs on campus. (MORE)
Regents are coming. Members of the CU Board of Regents will be on campus Oct. 4 and 5 for regular meetings at the Lodge. (MORE)

Cops and Coffee. Meet the people behind the badge and share a cup of coffee with them from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday in University Center 303. New campus police officers and dispatchers whose voices are often heard (but faces rarely seen) will be on hand.

Seal the deal. University web sites should be reviewed for accuracy and content as part of preparation for the university’s accreditation visit. Updated sites should carry a special seal available from IT Web Services. (MORE)

Former UCCS faculty member leaves more than fond memories
Janice Hays a tenured professor and former director of the writing program at UCCS passed away this past April.  Throughout her career, she was known for her love of people and literature. Half a year has gone by and Hays continues to leave her mark on the UCCS community. (MORE)

LaVonne Neal, dean, College of Education, is a finalist for a Community Excellence Award provided by the Colorado Springs branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Elaine Cheesman, assistant professor, Education, was selected as a member of the Colorado Reading Directorate, which will review reading and literacy coursework for Colorado university teacher licensure programs.
Matt Barrett, director, Small Business Development Center, was recently named a 2006 State Star of the Colorado Small Business Development Center. The award was given at the Association of Small Business Development Centers national conference in Houston.

In the News

The Pueblo Chieftain featured Minette Church, assistant professor, Anthropology, and her l work at the Lopez Family Plaza near La Junta. (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Independent featured the first solo exhibit in more than a decade at the newly remodeled Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS. (MORE)

Whole Life Times featured an article about nutritionists questioning the long-advised eight daily glasses. Jackie Berning, associate professor, Biology, contributed her thoughts. (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Gazette reviewed TheatreWorks’ presentation of The Flying Machine’s ‘Wonderland.’ (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Business Journal interviewed Vanessa Ea, coordinator, Career Services, about skills sought by employers. (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Gazette quoted Tom Napierkowski, professor, English, in an article about the decline in interest in classic literature. (MORE)

Business Wire mentioned UCCS and the Student Investment Program in an article. (MORE)

The Colorado Springs Gazette mentioned UCCS’ Southern Colorado Economic Forum and Small Business Development Center in an article about small business driving the local economy. (MORE)

The Associated Press wrote about minority student enrollment in the University of Colorado System. (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