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Regents considering rates of salary increases, tuition changes


For the coming fiscal year, administrators are recommending 4.5 percent raises for classified staff, to match the Joint Budget Committee’s stipulation for state employees. For faculty and exempt professionals, CU administrators are recommending a 3 percent merit pool.

Chancellor gives North Nevada, C4C update at campus forum

Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak provided an optimistic look at the university’s future on North Nevada during a Feb. 18 capital construction update. According to Shockley-Zalabak, construction on what is currently being called “Building 2” will come along much earlier than expected thanks to the City For Champions proposal. “That is simply because we have now received [...]

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Larson-led team to commercialize laser surgical device

A team led by Michael Larson, El Pomar Endowed Chair of Engineering and Innovation at UCCS, has developed a laser-based device for closing wounds during nasal surgery that circumvents several technical hurdles. Now a company that he formed, Tissue Fusion LLC, and the CU Office of Technology Transfer recently completed a license agreement that will [...]

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Bell presents on ‘Media Messaging’

Christopher Bell, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at UCCS, and the director of the Center for Excellence in Communication, recently presented “Media Messaging” at Pueblo Community College’s Hoag Theatre. Bell discussed how popular culture shapes the way people feel about themselves, how they treat other people and how they see the world. His [...]

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Dassanowsky appointed to Board of Advisors of the Salzburg Institute

Robert Dassanowsky, professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures and Department of Visual and Performing Arts at UCCS, recently was appointed to the Board of Advisors of the Salzburg Institute in Austria. The Salzburg Institute, originally a unit of Gordon College, recently expanded its roles as educational center and academic think-tank on Religion, Culture [...]

Be Colorado health assessment begins Monday

Be Colorado on Monday will launch its annual campaign for the SUCCEED Health Assessment (HA). The HA is a free, confidential online questionnaire that allows CU Health Plan participants to view a snapshot of their overall health and wellness. New prizes every week: This year, Be Colorado will be raffling off exciting prizes each week [...]

CU, Colorado Springs community celebrate Lane Center opening

Lane Center

The center is the result of a $4 million gift from the John E. and Margaret L. Lane Foundation to UCCS and Peak Vista Community Health.

Fundraising strong as CU-Boulder moves forward with athletics facilities

Fundraising strong as CU-Boulder moves forward with athletics facilities

CU-Boulder Athletic Director Rick George updated the Board of Regents on Wednesday, noting that more than half of the $50 million required to begin construction already has been raised. (Note: CU Connections will be updated later with news from today’s regents meeting.)

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Strong retention rates lead to record spring enrollment

Student enrollment for the spring 2014 semester increased by more than 7 percent from a year ago, thanks in part to improved student retention. Homer Wesley, vice chancellor of Student Success and Enrollment Management, on Feb. 11 announced that 10,129 students enrolled for the spring semester, a 695 student or 7.4 percent increase from the [...]

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Garcia named executive director of development


Jaime McMullen Garcia will become executive director of development, University Advancement at UCCS, effective March 1. Garcia has served as interim director since October. An 18-year veteran of UCCS, Garcia previously held fundraising positions with the CU Foundation and as a staff member in the Office of Student Recruitment. She began her UCCS career as [...]

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Former dean Sega honored at reception

Ron Sega, former dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at UCCS, recently was feted as part of a retirement celebration. Sega, who was dean from 1996 to 2001 and a member of the faculty since 1982, was recognized by current and former members of the faculty as well as several industry leaders. [...]

Data-driven Program Prioritization process begins

In 10 program evaluator training sessions last week, Kelli Klebe, dean, Graduate School, and Susan Szpyrka, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, outlined an inclusive data-driven process to complete a CU Board of Regents-directed Program Prioritization process at UCCS. More than 105 faculty and staff members will take part in evaluating 59 degree programs and 66 [...]

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Bailey to lead Southern Colorado Economic Forum


Tatiana Bailey, a leading expert on health economics, policy and urban economic development, is the new director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum at the College of Business at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Tom Zwirlein, professor at the College of Business, who has been with the forum since its 1997 inception and who [...]

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Dropping names …

Stan Soocher, associate professor of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies at CU Denver, presented the “Annual Entertainment Law in Review” to the Nashville Bar Association in December. This was his 20th consecutive year doing so. His 2013 speech covered recent court rulings on, among other things, band partnership disputes, rights of publicity, content in video [...]

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Staff Council seeks nominations for Service Excellence Awards

University of Colorado Staff Council (UCSC) is seeking nominations for the annual Service Excellence Award, an honor that recognizes one staff member from each campus and from system administration who have provided outstanding and sustained volunteer service to their campus, community/civic/professional organizations, and the university as a whole through active involvement in staff events, community [...]

Save the date: Open house will introduce campus to Lane Center

UCCS faculty and staff will have the chance to peek inside the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences at an open house scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22. Representatives from each clinic will be available to answer questions while attendees take self-guided tours through the building. “This is a great opportunity for faculty [...]

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Meyer, Steele among UCCS ties to Sochi Olympics


As most of the world prepares to be spectators for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, three with University of Colorado Colorado Springs ties are actively involved in the Feb. 7-23 global sports event. For months, Nanna Meyer, associate professor, Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been working with Olympic athletes — specifically the [...]

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DuBois named Employee of the Quarter

Whether organizing travel expenditures, managing Listserv or shepherding newly admitted students through their graduate programs, David DuBois’ dedication is unquestionable. His work ethic recently was rewarded when DuBois, program assistant, UCCS Psychology Department, was named Employee of the Quarter. “(David) works diligently and efficiently, and manages to keep a calm and steady demeanor in the [...]

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Lotfi gives keynote address at conference in Switzerland

Sarah R. Lotfi, lecturer, Department of Visual and Performing Arts at UCCS, and a 2012 alumna, gave a keynote address on independent film at the World Intellectual Property Organization Jan. 22-23 in Geneva, Switzerland. The presentation was co-authored by Anastasia Cummings and Ben Sullivan of Novel Motion Pictures in Denver and examined the processes of [...]

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Northrop Grumman names campus a Core University Partner

UCCS on Tuesday joined an elite group of universities that will partner with Northrop Grumman Corporation to create an improved pipeline for current and future engineering students and faculty research and development opportunities. At a 10 a.m. announcement in the University Center, Northrop Grumman officials named UCCS a Core University Partner, a designation extended to [...]

Dropping names …

Eric Olson, professor, College of Business at UCCS, and director, Sport Management Program, was recently elected to the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau 2014 Board of Directors and Slate of Officers. The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau was incorporated in 1980 as a private non-profit corporation to promote Colorado Springs and the Pikes [...]

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Protect your pay in one simple step

Pay Phishing

The FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security are warning that colleges and universities are a new, ripe target for cyber criminals using fake “.edu” email addresses, an unfortunate fact some CU employees recently experienced firsthand.

UCCS, CSU-Pueblo basketball teams to square off in Downtown Classic

UCCS, CSU-Pueblo basketball teams to square off in Downtown Classic

The Downtown Classic returns to the historic Colorado Springs City Auditorium Feb. 8, when UCCS takes on Colorado State-Pueblo in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference basketball doubleheader. The women will tip at 5:30 p.m., with the men to follow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at GoMountainLions.com and are $10 for adults and $5 [...]

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Dropping names …

A new book by Sam McGuire of the College of Arts & Media at CU Denver, titled “Modern MIDI: Sequencing and Performing Using Traditional and Mobile Tools,” discusses the tools needed to properly and effectively use Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) in a modern setting while still incorporating vintage MIDI gear. In the book, released [...]

In memoriam

Names of current and former University of Colorado faculty and staff who have died in recent weeks. List compiled by Employee Services. CU-Boulder Otomar J. Bartos, 86, faculty retiree. Dec. 16, 2013. Lena G. Gordon, 66, faculty retiree. Dec. 22, 2013. Victor Ryan, 70, faculty retiree. Jan. 3, 2014. Andrew E. Valdez, 55, classified staff. [...]

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Call for research proposals: 2014-15 President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative

Faculty from all disciplines are invited to become investigators in the CU President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC), CU’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program, now beginning its ninth year and establishing its 2014-15 cohort of Faculty Researchers. Faculty Researchers design, carry out and publish research on a particular aspect of learning in a specific [...]

New policy brings consistency to hiring of retirees

Returning to CU after retiring

APS fosters environment where veteran employees with expertise can maximize their time training new staff, and expands career-advancement opportunities for staff members in general.

UCCS hires first-ever food service director

A 24-year veteran of the food service industry will be the first director of university-operated food services at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Mark Hayes, currently director of dining and summer conferences at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, was selected following a national search. His appointment was announced Monday by Susan Szpyrka, vice [...]

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Gruntfest honored with White award

Eve Gruntfest, a research scientist at the Trauma, Health and Hazards Center at UCCS and professor emerita, recently was awarded the Gilbert White Public Service Award from the Association of American Geographers. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement or welfare of geography. The AAG honor will be presented to Gruntfest on April 12 [...]

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Harvey book named outstanding academic title

Editors of “Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries” recently named the “The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America” one of the Top 25 Books in its annual Outstanding Academic Titles List. “The Color of Christ” was written by Paul Harvey, professor in the UCCS Department of History, [...]

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