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 Tuesday, June 28, 2005 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

FROM THE CHANCELLOR

Strengthening Our Colorado Partnerships

Two weeks ago, I traveled to the Western Slope with several outstanding faculty members and students to talk with alumni, students, parents, community members and the media about CU-Boulder. I"m pleased to report that there is a great deal of support for the University"s educational programs and outreach efforts in these communities and opportunities for strengthening our partnerships.

Outreach Tour Highlights
I believe it"s important to meet face-to-face with the constituents we serve to talk about challenges for the University, as well as recent accomplishments and opportunities that lie ahead. During June 13-16, I traveled to Durango, Montrose, Grand Junction and Steamboat Springs, the first of several trips in Colorado that I plan to make this year.

This trip was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our talented faculty and students. Joining me were three outstanding faculty members: Distinguished Professor Emeritus Del Elliott of sociology, director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence in the Institute of Behavioral Science; Professor Cindy White, associate chair for undergraduate education in the communication department; and Rich Wobbekind, director of the Business Research Division and associate dean for External Relations at the Leeds School of Business. Del, Cindy and Rich shared their expertise in research and teaching and demonstrated the many ways our faculty contribute to Colorado communities.

Two remarkable students also traveled with us to share their CU experiences. Jeunesse Grenoble of Durango, a May graduate in communication and a recipient of the prestigious Jacob Van Ek Award, and Crystal Olin of Canon City, a senior environmental design major and 2005 Morris K. Udall Scholar, provided great inspiration on how to make the most of a CU-Boulder education. Listening to their stories would fill you with great pride.

The outreach tour gave us an opportunity to highlight our special programs for undergraduate students, such as the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and the Honors programs. We also talked about the outreach opportunities we offer around the state, including the Science Explorers program, CU-Wizards and CU-Opera, to name a few.

With each group, we candidly discussed controversial issues, such as the proposed tuition increase. Everyone appreciated our openness and willingness to answer tough questions about our efforts to maintain a high-quality education for Colorado citizens.

We heard from current students and recent graduates in each area about their positive experiences in the schools and colleges and we welcomed incoming freshmen and their parents. We also talked with many alums and I want to thank Kent Zimmerman, president of the Alumni Association, for his participation on the tour.

At CU-Boulder, we have a shared partnership with students, parents, community members and state officials. I"m pleased that we were able to make valuable connections that will enable us to recruit more students from the Western Slope and better serve these communities through outreach programs. Most of all, I am pleased to have had the opportunity to showcase the talents and expertise of our outstanding faculty and students. I am very proud of our faculty, staff and students and this trip reinforced the excellence of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Partnering With Each Other
Outreach efforts are successful because of the hard work and collaboration of many people in different areas of the University. I want to thank the professors and students who took the time to visit the communities with me.

Behind the scenes were a number of people who helped to make the tour a success. I want to extend my great appreciation to Anne Heinz, dean of the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies and Wynn Martens, outreach coordinator, for organizing the Western Slope tour.

I also want to thank Jeannine Malmsbury and the News Services staff for their assistance in advising the local media of our visits; Gail Siegel, director of the Office of Community Relations, for organizing the Tony Ortega art exhibition at the Montrose Pavilion; and Jeanne McDonald, assistant to the chancellor, along with others on my staff and Monteith Mitchell, director of Internal Communications, for their staff support.

And as always, thank you all for your support and many contributions to the University of Colorado at Boulder. Colorado citizens can be proud of this great University.


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