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Ann Komara, associate professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) at CU Denver, presented a paper at the 67th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians in Austin, Texas on April 11. Her presentation was “Wilderness Playground: Image and Reception, Rocky Mountain National Park.” … CAP colleague Amir [...]

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Three things to know before Open Enrollment closes Friday

Procrastinators take note: Your window to enroll in benefits for the 2014-15 plan year will slam shut at 5 p.m. Friday. Whether you’re happy with your current plans and don’t plan to take action or are still making final decisions, here are three things you should know before Open Enrollment closes. 1. The last day [...]

Merit increases announced for classified staff

Classified Staff Merit Increases

Classified staff at the University of Colorado will receive a 2.5 percent cost of living adjustment effective July 1, 2014.

CU finding immense value in MOOCs


Nearly a year after introducing a partnership between the university and online technology platform Coursera, the benefits of offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) have begun to take shape – make that many shapes.

Social Climate Survey set to conclude on Sunday

A reminder email with notification of the survey closing was distributed Wednesday. CU faculty, staff and students have only a few more days to provide their input.

Regents receive Program Prioritization plans

The CU Board of Regents on April 29 reviewed UCCS Program Prioritization efforts, putting into motion a 15-point plan for future campus actions. UCCS and CU-Boulder leaders presented responses to the Board of Regents-directed Program Prioritization efforts during meetings at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. CU Denver and Anschutz will present at a later date. [...]

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Gould receives Spirit of the Springs Award

Janice Gould, associate professor of Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, received the Spirit of the Springs Award from Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach during an on-campus public ceremony Monday at El Pomar Plaza. Gould recently was named the 2014-2016 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate by the Cultural Office of the [...]

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LAS Lasting Legacies Lecture to honor Wynn

Tom Wynn, professor, Department of Anthropology at UCCS, will begin a new campus lecture series that honors retiring faculty members with a presentation, “The Mosaic of Cognitive Evolution,” at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the University Center Theater. Wynn, a 36-year member of the faculty, plans to retire next fall. The LAS Lasting Legacies Lecture will [...]

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Linda Kogan, director, Office of Sustainability at UCCS, accepted a Greenie Award on behalf of the university April 26 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. She was joined by several UCCS students and alumni who celebrated the recognition of UCCS sustainability initiatives. UCCS was cited in the school category for efforts including construction of [...]

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CU Health Plan membership has its rewards

If you’re still thinking about whether to enroll or re-enroll in a CU Health Plan, here’s something that may sway you: CU Health Plan members receive discounts and rewards through six wellness programs. The programs — including a new initiative aimed at engaging children — are part of the health and wellness package you’ll receive [...]

Groundbreaking marks beginning of expanded student housing

Groundbreaking marks beginning of expanded student housing

University of Colorado Colorado Springs leaders, construction contractors and representatives of the CU Board of Regents broke ground late Friday morning on a $74.5 million 515-bed expansion of UCCS student housing. The first phase of Village at Alpine Valley is scheduled to open in August 2015 and will include space for 292 students, a new [...]

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Janssen, Adoretti newly named to roles

The UCCS College of Business recently selected a new director of graduate programs and promoted a staff member to the position of assistant dean. Jenni Janssen, previously executive and external education coordinator for the Southern Illinois University College of Business, is the new director of graduate programs. She previously was SIU’s MBA marketing director, assistant [...]

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Dawes leading new exercise program for UCCS police

Police officers face particular challenges when taking care of themselves. Shift work, irregular hours, poor eating habits and a propensity to pick high-intensity exercise programs top the list, according to Jeremy Simenson, police officer in UCCS’s Department of Public Safety. “Many law enforcement officers are adrenaline junkies,” Simenson said recently. “This causes them to choose [...]

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Charlene Lydick, director of procurement operations for system administration’s Procurement Service Center, recently was elected to serve on the board of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP). The three-year term begins in May. NAEP is dedicated to the advancement of excellence in the purchasing profession servicing higher education and associated communities. Lydick will represent [...]

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Videos, sessions and more help CU employees navigate Open Enrollment

CU’s 2014-15 Open Enrollment is underway, and Employee Services is giving you some tools to help you select your benefits plans for the coming plan year. Orientation videos: Receive virtual training on your benefits with colorful, animated guidance by checking out CU’s Open Enrollment video guides. There are three videos—one for faculty, officers and university [...]

COLTT registration now open

Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner, and so is COLTT. Registration for the 2014 edition of the ever-popular Colorado Learning and Teaching With Technology (COLTT) Conference is now open. The event runs Aug. 6-7 on the CU-Boulder campus in the Wolf Law Building. To register or to request a funded registration, sign [...]

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Community connections strong among Staff Council honorees

Staff Council’s annual honorees

Four University of Colorado staff members received Service Excellence Awards for their contributions to the university, their campuses and communities during the University of Colorado Staff Council (UCSC) Retreat at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at CU-Boulder.

Social Climate Survey set to relaunch

Social Climate Survey

A revamped CU Social Climate Survey is expected to be distributed this week after the Board of Regents and administrators made changes to the instrument in the wake of concerns about the previous version’s level of identifying information.

Three exceptional CU educators awarded high honors

The title of President’s Teaching Scholar signifies CU’s highest recognition of excellence in and commitment to learning and teaching, as well as active, substantial contributions to scholarly work.

Groundbreaking planned for latest housing expansion

Housing Expansion

The campus community is invited to attend groundbreaking ceremonies for a $74.5 million, 515-bed expansion to campus housing at 11 a.m. April 25. About 20 university and student leaders and general contractor representatives are expected to dig a few inches into former parking lot 9 and officially begin a two-year  project to build the Village [...]

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Bauer named Outstanding Staff Member of Year

Ida Bauer’s generosity, knowledge, emotional support, and caring attitude make the UCCS Family Development Center a destination for families throughout Colorado Springs, according to her colleagues. Bauer, director of the Family Development Center, recently was selected as the UCCS Outstanding Staff Member of the Year. She’ll accept her award as well as a $1,000 bonus [...]

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Ken Schroeppel, instructor and director of Professional Engagement for Planning at the College of Architectue and Planning at CU Denver, recently gave three one-hour walking tours of the Denver Union Station project. On March 20 and 22, he guided 75 people as a fundraiser for the Denver Architectural Foundation and, specifically, Doors Open Denver (DoD). [...]

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Applications for PTLC Faculty Researchers being accepted

Funding is available as part of the the President’s Office for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: 2014-2015 President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC). Applications for the 2014-2015 cohort of PTLC Faculty Researchers are now being accepted. Central to the work of the Collaborative is creating and publishing scholarship in teaching and learning that contributes [...]

UCCS students receive first John Suthers Scholarship

The scholarship was funded through donations to the CU Foundation and will support up to two students majoring in criminal justice annually.

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Program Prioritization results to be shared Monday at forum

Preliminary results of efforts to review and categorize 59 degree and 66 non-degree UCCS programs will be shared with faculty and staff during the April Chancellor’s All-Campus Forum. The forum is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday in Berger Hall. The venue was selected to allow more interested faculty and staff to attend and learn details [...]

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Hankiewicz receives honor from Tech Transfer Office


Janusz Hankiewicz, a member of the University of Colorado’s BioFrontiers Center and a research associate at UCCS, received the UCCS New Inventor of the Year Award from the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) for his efforts in developing and commercializing new medical imaging contrast agents. Hankiewicz’s research focuses on diagnostic medical imaging techniques like magnetic resonance [...]

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Spicher receives national honor

Jeff Spicher, director of the UCCS HealthCircle Primary Care Clinic, received the Outstanding Faculty Practice Award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). The Washington, D.C.-based organization honored Spicher as the top nursing faculty practice member in the nation. “Jeff Spicher’s work inside and outside of the classroom is outstanding as judged by [...]

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Wienholtz earns Employee of Quarter honor

Sabrina Wienholtz, assistant director of the Office of Student Life and Leadership has been named the UCCS Employee of the Quarter. Brad Bayer, executive director of the office, said no one is more deserving of the award. “Sabrina has an amazing work ethic, demonstrates ongoing flexibility, is solution-focused and has a genuine passion for student [...]

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Samantha Bruner, alumni relations with the College of Business at UCCS, recently received the Leadership Pikes Peak 2014 Emerging Leader Award. Bruner was cited for her work with the College of Business as well as with a business she operates, Colorado Springs Food Tours, and a Leadership Pikes Peak alumni advisory board. She is a [...]

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Five questions for Daisy McConnell


She says her “bohemian upbringing” likely was influential to her decision to choose a career in visual arts. She’s director of the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art.

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