News Releases

December 17, 1998

When Charles F. Wilkinson delivers the main address during the winter commencement exercises at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Saturday, he will advise the new graduates that their educations are too valuable to be used only for earning a paycheck.

Wilkinson, a distinguished professor of law at the university, is recognized as a champion of the American West through his decades of writing and legal work, and he would like the students to dedicate themselves to what he calls "this sacred place."

December 11, 1998

Brian D. Smith of Decatur, Ill., and Li Zhao of Broomfield have received the 1998 Brian Butterfield Fellowship in Telecommunications awarded by Andersen Consulting LLP.

The recipients are first-year graduate students in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado. As this year's awardees, they receive scholarship money and an internship position during the summer at Andersen Consulting's Denver office.

December 10, 1998

Editors: Ross will be available for interviews from Dec. 28 through Jan. 6.

Bertrall LeNarado Ross, who rose from poverty and a broken home to become an honors student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has won a prestigious British Marshall Scholarship that will sponsor several years of advanced studies at a university in the United Kingdom.

December 9, 1998

Editors: Photos of many of the listed events are available by calling Wynn Martens, 492-7084, or Amy Taylor, 492-6431.

Campus response to the "CU in the Community," campaign during October was positive and overwhelmingly achieved the goal of increasing faculty, student and staff involvement in community programs, according to Wynn Martens, director of community relations at CU-Boulder.

December 9, 1998

NightRide/NightWalk, the volunteer service at CU-Boulder that shepherds students safely to their homes, has expanded its operations to meet the growing number of people dialing 492-SAFE.

Cumulative statistics from August through October of this year show the service was used 895 times, more than double the 367 requests recorded in the same three months of 1997.

December 9, 1998

By the fall semester 1999, all 5,400 students at the University of Colorado at Boulder who live in residence halls will have their own high-speed computer connections, allowing them to download reference and educational material quickly from around the world on their personal computers.

December 8, 1998

Teams of students from the College of Business and Administration at the University of Colorado at Boulder will compete in the Bank One Business Plan Competition at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 9.

The competition, which will be held in Room 200 of the College of Engineering, is free and open to the public.

The competition is hosted by the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, a joint venture between CU's colleges of business and engineering.

December 8, 1998

Special recognition ceremonies will be sponsored by most University of Colorado at Boulder schools and colleges in addition to the university-wide commencement ceremony on Dec. 19 in the Coors Events/Conference Center.

Following is a schedule of special events to be held by the schools and colleges, which also are open to the public:

- Architecture and Planning – Recognition ceremony for architecture and planning graduates, Dec. 18, 3 p.m., Environmental Design Building.

December 8, 1998

What did Winston Churchill, Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin have in common? Not only did their lives shape history, but their ability to convey gigantic ideas was all the more remarkable because each stuttered.

"The movies often portray the stereotype of people who stutter as being less intelligent," said Professor Peter Ramig of the University of Colorado at Boulder. "That certainly is not the case." In fact, even a couple of Hollywood’s best-known stars with unique speaking styles - Marilyn Monroe and James Earl Jones - stuttered.

December 7, 1998

Much of the energetic electron activity in Earth's radiation belts, once thought to be generated by the sun and solar wind, actually is accelerated to light-speed by Earth's own magnetic shell, creating periodic havoc with satellites.