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Volume 56, Issue 3

April 17, 2009


Notice: Effective at 1:30 p.m, April 17th, UCCS is closed. All classes and activities are cancelled and all non-essential services offices are closed.  Essential services personnel should report to work.

Ombuds office seeks harmony. Nina Gomez spent almost 30 years teaching undergraduate students the principles of communication. Now, as the first ombudsperson for UCCS, Gomez is applying those principles to real-life conflicts facing faculty, staff and students. (More)

Business to offer project management certificate. Students at UCCS will be the first to earn a student certificate in project management from a national body of project management. Under the direction of Gary Klein, Cougar Distinguished Professor of Information Systems, students studying at both graduate and undergraduate levels in the UCCS College of Business will have the opportunity to earn a student certificate in project management. (More)

Wounded Warriors. The U.S. Department of Education, in conjunction with the UCCS Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs, will conduct an information session on working with injured veterans beginning at 1 p.m. April 28 in University Center 303. The session will feature a student and discussion about how the university can assist veterans in accessing programs and services. For more information, contact Dana Rocha,, or 255-4662.

Budget forums scheduled. Forums to review budget plans for 2009-2010 are scheduled throughout early May. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend one of the forums. The forum times and locations are:

  • 3 p.m. May 4, Columbine 317;
  • 8 a.m. May 5, Engineering 103;
  • 2 p.m. May 5, University Hall 109;
  • 9 a.m. May 6, Dwire Hall 204;
  • 3:30 p.m. May 7, Science 192.

An all-campus forum is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 12 in the University Center Theater.

Low flush. Linda Kogan, director, Office of Sustainability, provided toileting tips this week following the installation of dual flush valve-equipped toilets in several campus buildings. The toilets, recognizable by their green handles, allow users to move the handle up to dispose of liquid waste and down for solid material. The dual-valve equipped toilets are in women’s restrooms. Low-flush urinals are in place in men’s restrooms. The changes will reduce campus water use.


David Moorhead, custodial worker, Facilities Services, was named Community Worker of the Year by Goodwill Industries and was featured in the Colorado Springs Gazette. (More)

Staff council recently announced the election of 2009-10 officers. They are: co-presidents: Andreanna Romero, program assistant, University Advancement and Megan Broeren, program assistant, Student Success; secretary: Michelle Sorensen, program assistant, Disability Services and University Testing; treasurer: Rose Johnson, program assistant, Department of English.

Carole Schoffstall, dean emerita, was recently inducted to the Colorado Nurses Association Hall of Fame. She was one of three women recognized for professional accomplishments.

Neal Lane, chancellor emeritus, received the American Institute of Physics Karl Compton Medal for Leadership in physics. He will receive the award May 3 in Denver. Lane, now a professor at Rice University, served as chancellor 1984-86.

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