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 Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


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By Interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano

Although December marks the end of the calendar year, it represents the halfway point for those of us in academia. Therefore, several important matters facing the University will continue on a path towards resolution in the coming months. Key issues for CU-Boulder include our community response to bias-motivated incidents, our hopes for additional state funding and changes in the football program.

In support of Provost Avery's request to faculty, I strongly encourage everyone to take time to discuss issues of racism and hate crimes against underrepresented groups with students and with each other. It is critically important that we confront these acts and attitudes and work together to improve the campus climate. Planning is underway for a series of campus-wide meetings on racism next semester, in addition to the annual campus diversity summit in February, and I hope that many of you will participate. I will continue to work with students, administrators, faculty and staff on identifying the best strategies for developing a diverse community and supportive environment.

In regard to the budget, we are optimistic about an increase in state funding since voters passed Referendum C in November. However, it's possible that we may not see major increases until next fiscal year. We will work with governing officials this spring to reinstate cuts in state funding we've taken over the past five years, while continuing to outline new initiatives that chart a successful course for CU-Boulder's future.

As you know, we're moving in a new direction with the football program. Our focus remains on the best interests of our student-athletes, the athletics program and the University. We intend to take the necessary steps to continue moving this program forward into the top tier of competitive intercollegiate athletics.

This fall we've had successes to celebrate and difficulties to overcome. Your loyalty and hard work have helped us to gain national and international recognition for our accomplishments and to weather the storms; let us also share our hopes for tomorrow. Best wishes to you and yours for a joyous holiday season and thank you for all you do for the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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