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April 4, 2008 Communique


Police at UCCSMock emergency tests local, campus emergency responders. Angry students with guns and bombs are not part of the daily routine at UCCS. But March 28, the last Friday of Spring Break, more than 300 area emergency responders as well as campus police and university leadership forced themselves to think of the unthinkable, multiple catastrophic violent acts on the normally peaceful UCCS campus, with the goal of keeping students, faculty and staff safe.  (More)

Unstoppable women inspire. Inspirational. Uplifting. Charismatic.  These words describe the women honored today at the 5th Annual Unstoppable Women’s Luncheon. The luncheon, at the UCCS Gymnasium, paid tribute to the 2008 Karen Possehl Scholar Graduates and the 2008 Unstoppable Woman. (More)
Shh. New dean of Kraemer Family Library picked. A more than 35-year veteran of research and metropolitan university libraries will be dean of the Kraemer Family Library. (More)

A flying tree at a “topping off” ceremony. The final structural steel beam of the UCCS Science and Engineering Building was hoisted into place today bearing signatures as well as a four-foot-tall pine tree and an American flag. (More)

Share the blood. Members of the UCCS community can help others by donating at the annual UCCS Spring Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 in the UC Gym.  Memorial Hospital will staff the event and all donors will receive refreshments and “goodie” bags. For more information, or to set up a donation appointment, please contact Brad Bailey, accountant, Resource Management,, 262-3397.

Focus on health. The annual UCCS Health Fair is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 8 in the UC Gym. This year’s fair will feature dental, vision and hearing screenings and free chair massages in addition to sleep disorder, nutrition and acupuncture specialists. Attendees can win doors prizes from companies like Bicycle Village, Old Chicago and the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region.  For more information, contact Stephanie Hanenberg, director Student Health Center, 262-4444.

President to visit. CU President Bruce Benson will meet with faculty and staff governance groups April 8 in his first official visit to campus. Benson is expected to provide a “State of the University” update.

April Chancellor’s Forum date set.  The April Chancellor’s Forum is now scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 29 in the UC Theater. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will provide an update on the university budget and actions by the Colorado General Assembly.

Beth-El dean candidate. Nancy Smith, associate dean and professor, Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences, will make a campus presentation from 1:45 – 3 p.m., April 7 in University Hall 109.  She is a candidate for the position of dean, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.  (More)

Provost finalist. Peg Bacon, UCCS interim provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, is the third finalist for the position of provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.  She will make a campus presentation at 10 a.m. April 10 in the University Center Theater. (More)

Event Center construction begins with move. One of the first visible signs of a new event center between University Center and Dwire Hall is neither a wrecking ball nor a concrete mixer. (More)

U.S. News cites top graduate programs.  A dozen programs across the University of Colorado’s campuses in the fields of physics, medicine, nursing, law and chemistry are among the top 10 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of graduate school rankings. (More)

In Memory

  • Martha Jean McKissick Mattoon, friend and supporter of UCCS, passed away March 13, 2008. In 1993 Martha received the UCCS alumni and friends award. She was married to James Mattoon, UCCS professor emeritus and director of the biotechnology center. (More)

Who’s New

  • Ella Stanton, budget and policy analyst, Budget Office,  effective April 1.
  • Patricia Frazier, administrative assistant, Admissions and Records, effective April 7.
  • Avery Affholter, administrative assistant, Admissions and Records, effective April 17.

In the News

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