UCCS news: what you missed over the summer

August 29, 2017

Jasmine Nelson

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William Bishop

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UCCS had an eventful summer, and students who were away from campus may have missed some noteworthy events.

     If you missed any of the happenings that occurred on or off campus, here is a summary of UCCS’ most newsworthy events that occurred over the summer.

    Venkat Reddy, dean of the College of Business, was announced as UCCS’ seventh full-time chancellor on May 8. Reddy served as interim chancellor after Chancellor-Emerita Pamela Shockley-Zalabak retired from UCCS on Feb. 15.

     Marc Pino was chosen as the new chief of the UCCS Police Department on June 13. McPike, who had served as interim chief of police since August 2016, replaced Brian McPike, former chief of police, who retired Aug. 23, 2016.

    On June 15, CU regents approved funding for the William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center. The center, which will house the exercise science degree program and a variety of clinical services will cost $61.42 million. Construction will begin in July 2018 and the center will open in December 2019.

    Susan Szpyrka, vice chancellor of Administration and Finance, announced her retirement on June 20. Chanellor Venkat Reddy named 14-member search-committee on Aug. 18 to search for new personnel for the position.

    The Ent Center for the Arts named Aisha Ahmad-Post as the new director of the visual and performing arts center, which is to be opened in January 2018. Ahmad-Post previously produced the New York Public Library’s flagship cultural series.

    Student enrollment for the fall 2017 semester increased by two percent. This summer, 4,118 students enrolled in classes. The enrollment for the summer increased by 79 percent from the summer 2016 semester, which saw 4,039 students enroll in classes.

    Graduate students mostly led the increase. Aug. 4 was the official end of the summer term.

      Student residents at West Edge, an apartment complex located across the street from UCCS at 702 Cragmoor Rd., moved into the new apartment complex on Aug. 20. Move-in day was delayed by two days. The apartment complex began construction last fall.

CORRECTION: The Scribe originally wrote that move-in was delayed for the original move-in date of Aug. 20. Residents moved in on Aug. 20.