Photo feature: Campus says farewell to Shockley-Zalabak

Pam Shockley-Zalabak hugs Richard Dukes, professor, Sociology Department, during a surprise visit of longtime faculty to the chancellor’s office.

A series of both formal and informal events lauding Pam Shockley-Zalabak and her tenure at UCCS took place this week.

Formal actions included a scheduled Feb. 17 vote by the University of Colorado Board of Regents to name her chancellor emerita and a Feb. 8 community reception introducing Interim Chancellor Venkat Reddy.

Informal actions included a surprise visit by longtime faculty members who presented her with a glass paperweight noting her status as a campus Legacy Builder and the opportunity for faculty, staff and students to share their well wishes by placing sticky notes on giant UCCS letters. The notes were compiled by Kelli Klebe, associate vice chancellor for research and faculty development, Academic Affairs, into a scrapbook.

A Jan. 26 campus appreciation event was intended as a farewell for Shockley-Zalabak whose tenure at UCCS spanned 41 years, the last 15 as chancellor. Shockley-Zalabak was unable to attend the event as she assisted in the management of a controversial campus speaker and various protests.

Pam Shockley-Zalabak was surprised by a visit of longtime faculty to her office.
Professors Tom Napierkowski, Connie Staley, Richard Dukes, Bob Durham and Don Warrick (from left) presented gifts during a surprise visit to the chancellor’s office. Also attending was Professor Ken Pellow.
More than a hundred notes of encouragement were placed on giant UCCS letters outside of Main Hall.
Pam Shockley-Zalabak joined in the welcome of Venkat Reddy as interim chancellor during a community event.

— Photos by Tom Hutton and Tom Kimmell

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