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 Tuesday, August 10, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Breaking New Ground for our Future

Excellent academic facilities are essential to recruiting and supporting quality faculty and students. Our students and donors understand this and have committed to fund several high priority buildings to meet some urgent needs.

Based on the new financing, we have received final approval from the state for construction of the new Law School building, and the last authorization needed for the new ATLAS Center is expected next month. Completion of these important projects marks two significant milestones for the Boulder campus.

We continue to raise funds from private gifts to support these projects. The Law School's fundraising goal is $12.8 million and to date they have received $8.3 million in private gifts, including $3 million from Marvin E. and Judi Wolf of Denver, Marvin's brother and sister-in-law Erving and Joyce Wolf of Houston, and Elaine Wolf of Denver, widow of their late brother Melvin. The new law facility will be named the Leon and Dora Wolf Law Building, honoring the Wolf brothers' late parents.

Enhancements for the new, larger Wolf building include an expanded library; improved classroom, teaching, research and office space; and better-quality technological and basic system requirements. The expanded facilities also will allow Law School enrollment to grow over time.

Thus far, about $3.35 million in private gifts has been contributed towards the ATLAS Center, in addition to $3 million in federal funds. The facility will house and support multidisciplinary student and faculty teams that address new educational and research opportunities in technology, including the CU Teaching and Learning Initiative, the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program, the Graduate Teacher Program and the National Center for Women and Information Technology. In addition, the facility will support technology-enriched classrooms, performance and production studios for the campus's creative and performing arts, and an exhibition space and auditorium to complement new outreach endeavors to visitors and the community.

Development of these two buildings signals an end to a serious logjam in our efforts to ensure our future as a premier institution with top-quality facilities and programs. Construction activities will begin this fall and occupancy is expected to occur in fall 2006.

I greatly appreciate the support of the student body and our many friends of the university, and it is with much excitement and gratitude that we move ahead to the next phase of these important initiatives. My thanks to Law School Dean David Getches, ATLAS director Robert Schnabel, the CU Foundation development staff, and the many faculty, staff and students who worked hard on behalf of these projects.

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