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CU Advocates Day connects supporters, lawmakers

President Bruce Benson

The sound of the CU fight song reverberating across the walls of the House of Representatives isn’t an everyday experience at Colorado’s Capitol.

Expanded health care options to be offered during Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment 2015

This spring, faculty and staff will gain access to expanded health care options — including a health care plan offering services nationwide, coverage for acupuncture and a comprehensive diabetes prevention program.

Six community members honored by Board of Regents

Six community members honored by Board of Regents

Honorary degrees, Distinguished Service Award to be presented at spring commencements.

Campus leaders unveil University Studies program

About one-third of next fall’s UCCS freshman class will have a different first-semester experience from their predecessors. During a March 18 campus forum, UCCS leaders unveiled a new program for students who have not decided on a major, have low academic index scores or are pre-business, pre-nursing, pre-business majors. Called University Studies, the program delivers [...]

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UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak recently received a humanitarian award from the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross. Shockley-Zalabak received the award during an evening ceremony at the Antler’s Hilton Hotel. Eight other individuals were also honored as Colorado Springs Hometown Heroes. To see a video interview with Shockley-Zalabak, visit http://communique.uccs.edu/?p=18225 Henrikka Weir, assistant [...]

President Benson’s town hall series begins Wednesday

CU President Bruce Benson next week begins a spring slate of Town Hall meetings, where faculty and staff at all four campuses and system administration are invited to hear an update on the university and responses to questions posed by employees. His first appearance will be Wednesday at CU Denver. Benson plans to speak on [...]

Funding opportunity: Call for PTLC Faculty Researchers

Applications for the 2015-2016 cohort of President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC) Faculty Researchers are now being accepted. Central to the work of the PTLC is creating and publishing scholarship in teaching and learning that contributes both to theory and effective teaching practice in and across disciplines. To this end, each Faculty Researcher designs and [...]

Free info session precedes next My New Weigh class

Have you tried everything to lose weight, only to regain? Are you ready for a new way? Discover My New Weigh, medically supervised weight management, available at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Specifically designed for those needing to lose at least 30 pounds or those with health issues related to their weight, this [...]

Social media tip: Use appropriate branding

CU faculty and staff are reminded that the university logo or any other university images or iconography should not be used on personal social media sites. Do not use the university name to promote a product, cause, or political party or candidate.

Ludwig, Faculty Council discuss future of online education at CU


In an appearance before the Faculty Council at its meeting last week, Regent Stephen Ludwig said he’s “discouraged” with the evolution of online education at CU, but he has faith that faculty ultimately will play a vital role in growing an accessible, high-quality venture.

Retirement transition workshops draw hundreds of employees, questions


Hundreds of CU employees are taking to campus workshops to ask why the university’s retirement plans are changing, how their investments will be affected and where their money will be invested come July.

Student Success Center renamed, reorganization finalized

The Student Success Center recently changed its name as part of a new focus. Now Academic Advising, the new name more accurately reflects the office’s duties, according to Barbara Gaddis, executive director, Office of First Year Experience and Student Retention. Along with the name change, three staff members recently had interim removed from their titles. [...]

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Geeta Verma, associate professor in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in the CU Denver School of Education & Human Development, presented a paper last month at the Korean Association of Science Education in Busan, South Korea. In her presentation, “Enacting Acts of Authentications in an Informal Learning Environment: Opportunities for Creative Engagement,” she [...]

Graduate programs across CU system rate highly

Graduate programs across CU system rate highly in U.S. News

All four CU campuses are recognized for research and teaching achievement in the fields of health care, engineering, law, education and business.

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State lawmakers recommend historic funding increase for higher ed

higher education funding in the upcoming state budget year

The University of Colorado and other institutions of higher education across the state stand to gain $75.6 million in the upcoming budget year in the most recent recommendation of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee.

VETS course offers faculty strategies to teach, relate to veterans

VETS course offers faculty strategies to teach, relate to veterans

The resource is part of a growing number of CU programs dedicated to helping student veterans be successful.

Benson sets town hall schedule for April, May

Faculty and staff at all four campuses and system administration are invited to hear an update on the university and responses to questions posed by employees.

College of Business and Colorado Rapids partner to offer soccer management track

College of Business and Colorado Rapids partner to offer soccer management track

Students with a passion for soccer will be able to pursue a business degree with an emphasis in soccer management at the College of Business beginning this fall. Students in the program will gain hands-on experience through professional practicums with the Colorado Rapids organization. Soccer management will be housed within the high-demand Sport Management Program, [...]

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Havlick a collaborator on Fort Carson research

David Havlick, associate professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, UCCS, and Eric Perramond, associate professor of environmental science and Southwest studies, Colorado College, spent more than seven years tracking the efforts of the U.S. military to expand the Army base at Fort Carson and the rural resistance against it. The pair wrote “Militarized spaces [...]

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Shockley-Zalabak to receive CC honor

UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will receive an honorary degree from Colorado College during the college’s commencement exercises May 18. Shockley-Zalabak is one of three people who will receive an honorary degree. She was selected in recognition of her efforts to promote regional economic growth and access to higher education in the Pikes Peak region. Other [...]

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Dropping names …

Eleven people accepted teaching and non-teaching positions at UCCS in February. They are: Yanjie Cheng, international services and recruitment coordinator, Office of International Affairs; Mary Ward, transfer admissions counselor, Office of Student Recruitment; Nicole Anthony, communication cultivation and events professional, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Shannon Christopher, nurse practitioner, Beth-El College of Nursing and [...]

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Leadership in administrative systems technologies to be showcased at conference

From University Information Systems: CU’s primary administrative systems are based on Oracle’s PeopleSoft backbone. These include student, financial and human resources systems, as well as the university’s employee portals. This in an exciting time for CU’s technology systems with the extensive upgrades of our finance and human resources systems (the Elevate project), our portal applications [...]

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Pioneering spirit provides inspiration at CU Women Succeeding

Pioneering spirit provides inspiration at CU Women Succeeding

About 140 faculty and staff from across the University of Colorado system gathered last week for the 13th annual CU Women Succeeding, a professional development symposium that shines the spotlight on achievements and takes stock of ongoing challenges.

CU’s Jefferson Awards honor achievement in academia and beyond


Two faculty members and two students from the University of Colorado community have been named recipients of the 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award, among the highest honors given at CU.

Employees can prepare for retirement plan changes at Transition Workshops

Sessions will put faculty and staff face-to-face with representatives from CU Employee Services, TIAA-CREF and Innovest, CU’s retirement plan consultant, who will explain upcoming changes and answer questions.

New videos show off ‘A Place for You at CU’

A Place for You at CU Video

Two staff members outline the challenges faced by diverse communities and the support available through Diversity and Excellence Grants and other programs at CU.

Private support shines at Golden and Growing reception

Private support shines at Golden and Growing reception

UCCS leaders on Feb. 25 announced $31 million in private support commitments to fund several arts and health care priorities. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak announced the contributions at the university’s Golden and Growing reception celebrating the UCCS 50th anniversary. More than 250 donors and community supporters attended the event at Berger Hall. “Business and foundation leaders, [...]

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Social media tip: Respect copyright and fair use

CU faculty and staff are reminded that, when posting on social media, be mindful of the copyright and intellectual property rights of others and of the university. For guidance, consult CU-Boulder’s copyright resources and facts.      

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CU looks to keep tuition increases low

CU looks to keep tuition increases low

For the second consecutive year, proposed tuition increases for all University of Colorado campuses came in significantly below the 6 percent cap mandated by the state Legislature for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal years. The budget calls for between 3 percent and 3.7 percent in tuition increases and up to a 3 percent salary increase for university employees.

CU announces changes to modernize employee retirement plans

CU on Tuesday announced it will modernize its retirement plan lineup, providing employees best-in-class investment options, lower fees, enhanced advising and streamlined investment choices.