FROM THE CHANCELLOR
CU in the Summer
Although commencement officially marks the end of the academic year, it's important to note that significant discovery, teaching and learning opportunities happen in CU-Boulder laboratories, classrooms and studios throughout the year, including summer.
The Boulder campus is a constant and vibrant hub of activity, as faculty, staff and students continually engage in meaningful research and educational projects. For example, at the beginning of this summer, the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics was selected by NASA to build two of the three instruments for a satellite that will launch in 2006 to study noctilucent clouds, the shiny, silvery-blue polar mesospheric clouds that form about 50 miles over Earth's polar regions each summer.
And thanks to the outreach efforts of faculty and staff, our campus is an attractive educational venue each summer for a variety of international, national and regional events.
The Office of Conference Services is coordinating 125 camps, conferences and academic institutes this summer. A sampling of activities include:
In addition, Summer Session is co-sponsoring a lecture series with the Chautauqua Association that features several distinguished visiting faculty.
There are a variety of summer academic diversity programs for middle and high school students, incoming freshmen and students preparing for graduate work, sponsored by the Pre-Collegiate Development program, Upward Bound, the Leeds School of Business, several programs in the CU-LEAD Alliance - including the Minority Arts and Sciences Program and the Multicultural Engineering Program - and the Graduate School. A joint leadership exchange program with Dillard University, a historically black liberal arts college in New Orleans, is also taking place this month.
Performing arts take center stage on campus in the summer. The 2004 Takács Quartet Seminar, a collaboration among the CU-Boulder College of Music, the Colorado Chautauqua Association and the Colorado Music Festival, gives three pre-professional string quartets from around the world the opportunity to study the art of the string quartet with members of the Takács Quartet, Professor of Cello Judith Glyde and Professor of Viola Erika Eckert.
CU Opera in the Summer features the delightful Gilbert & Sullivan nautical operetta, the H.M.S. Pinafore, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival marks its 47th year of presenting artists of the highest caliber in dramatic and comedic performance with Romeo and Juliet, Comedy of Errors and Antony and Cleopatra. And in partnership with KBCO, the university is once again co-sponsoring a community favorite, the Fourth of July concert and fireworks display at Folsom Field.
There are numerous academic, sports, and arts events throughout the year -including summer - that allows our campus to be a place for people of all ages to gain new knowledge and life experiences. My thanks to all of you for providing a welcoming and dynamic environment for our many different visitors.
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