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Volume 73, Issue 2

October 8, 2010

Oct. 4-8, 2010

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Heller Center opens to fanfare. Ferried by private car from main campus to keep dust and noise to a minimum, campus community members got to peek at the newest addition to UCCS this week, the Heller Center for Arts and Humanities. (More)

Academic/athletic combination puts UCCS atop new ranking. Athletic programs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs are in the top one-third of NCAA Division II programs in the nation when success on and off the playing field is calculated, according to the author of a new study. (More)

Report outlines campus crime concerns. Thefts and burglaries are significant problems at UCCS, according to a recently issued report. (More)

Tuition plans are placeholders. A request that Colorado colleges and universities submit tuition plans in advance of action by the Colorado General Assembly generated news coverage this week but should not cause concern among UCCS students or family members who might help pay bills. (More)

FDC earns grant to help low-income students. Current and future students at UCCS may be eligible for assistance with child-care expenses, according to the terms of a four-year $186,000 federal grant (More)

Times are changing for IT. Big changes are coming for every telephone, computer and smart phone on campus, according to Jerry Wilson, executive director, Information Technology. (More)

Graduate School open house is Oct. 14. Individuals interested in additional education in preparation for a career change or advancement are encouraged to attend an open house for graduate studies Oct. 14. (More)

Ben Franklin has Theatreworks tea party. What happens when our best-loved founding father is miraculously teleported into a 21st century television studio to face questions from an aggressive group of lively panelists? (More)

Human nervous system subject for math lecture. An explanation of the 100 billion neurons and 200 trillion connections that make up the human central nervous system will be shared Oct. 14 as part of the Second Annual Distinguished Math Lecture. (More)

Cops, coffee and 180 doughnuts draw crowd. Faculty and staff added to their knowledge of work undertaken by Campus Police officers and their waistlines Wednesday during an annual event organized by the Department of Public Safety. (More)


Campus, community projects earn Gold Hard Hat Awards. A UCCS building project and one near the university received Gold Hard Hat Awards from the publishers of Mountain States Construction. (More)

Who's New/Changes

Four staff members joined UCCS in September. (More)

In the News

The Denver Post wrote about upcoming ballot initiatives and mentioned CU in Amend. 60 would reverse impact of mill-levy freeze

The Laramie Boomerang wrote about a UCCS professor in Jane Austen scholar to speak Thursday

The Colorado Springs Independent wrote about the UCCS Graduate School in Go back to school! Learn how!

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about tuition planning in Tuition hike requests provide options if cuts come

The Denver Post wrote about tuition planning in College tuition hikes up to 25 percent proposed

The Colorado Springs Gazette quoted a UCCS professor in Medical marijuana brings new meaning to 'Rocky Mountain High'

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about the death of a UCCS student in Neighbor's slaying brings back memories of grisly 1997 murder

KOAA aired a story about a UCCS student in Recovering Addict (video)

The Colorado Springs Gazette wrote about economic recovery and quoted two UCCS faculty in NOREEN: We can wait for economic recovery, or help it along


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