News Releases

December 31, 1997

Nearly 35 years after the end of his presidency at CU-Boulder, Quigg Newton returned to campus last fall for the opening of “A Changing University for A Changing World: The Newton Years.”

The tribute at the CU Heritage Center documents world and local events from 1956 to 1963 and will be on display through March 1998.

December 29, 1997

The School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder has awarded 18 scholarships to individuals who met specific criteria for academic merit, commitment to teaching, effectiveness in teaching and financial need.

The Adopt-A-Teacher program provides scholarships of $1,000 and is intended especially for students during their student-teaching semester when they must pay full tuition but cannot work because they are student teaching full-time.

December 23, 1997

Students can register now for full-term Session I and Session 2 spring credit courses through the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Many full-term evening courses begin the week of Jan. 20.

The cost for Colorado residents is $90 per credit hour. Non-residents pay $170 per credit hour for the first three semester hours, but non-resident tuition rises for courses totaling four or more credit hours. Most Session I courses are three or four credit hours.

December 20, 1997

Editors: Enclosed are the names of degree candidates from your area. This list was accurate as of Nov. 21 and is subject to change pending final grade reports.

Local students were among 1,937 students receiving degrees Dec. 20 in winter commencement ceremonies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The Chancellor’s Recognition Award for students receiving all A’s in their college careers was given to Amy Dawn Robison of Englewood, who received a bachelor of arts degree in English.

December 19, 1997

For those contemplating giving a loved one the ultimate Christmas gift -- having a star named after him or her -- think twice, says University of Colorado at Boulder astronomy Professor Ted Snow.

December 18, 1997

The next time you’re out on the golf course and your partner begins bragging about his hot-shot fund manager and his high return on investment, be skeptical. Be very skeptical.

That investor is probably better off in equity index funds, and his fund manager is likely to know it.

“I was clueless about this index fund vs. actively managed fund idea four or five years ago,” said Donald Lichtenstein, a professor in CU-Boulder’s College of Business and Administration. “Then I started reading and listening to good advice.”

December 16, 1997

December marks the time of year when children behave better than usual because Santa Claus is checking a list from his North Pole home to find out who’s naughty or nice.

According to Michael Bell, an English professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Santa’s real name was Saint Nicholas and he was drawn from a bishop of the Greek Empire during the fourth century A.D.

“If he’s real, there are a couple of legends explaining how he came about,” Bell said.

December 16, 1997

Friends of the University of Colorado Libraries and RTD are teaming up to offer a free Seniors Day at Norlin Library on Jan. 7.

Transportation to the event is free on any RTD bus and on Boulder’s HOP and SKIP shuttles. The HOP stops on Colorado Avenue just east of the library’s east entrance, where the tour will begin at 9 a.m.

Seniors can pick up their free ride coupons from Jan. 2 through Jan. 7 at the Boulder Public Library, 1000 Canyon Blvd., the Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, or the George Reynolds Branch Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive.

December 12, 1997

Neil Ashby, professor of physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been named co-chair of the campus’ Sexual Harassment Committee, according to Chancellor Richard L. Byyny.

Ashby replaces former Co-Chair Jane Bock, professor of environmental, population and organismic biology, who recently stepped down from the committee. The other co-chair is Shari Robertson, administrator in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration.

December 12, 1997

The earth's interior may contain three to five oceans of water locked within billions of crystals that could help regulate the level of water on the surface of the planet, a University of Colorado at Boulder geologist says.

Ten years ago, Professor Joseph Smyth discovered that a mineral called wadsleyite, located 250 miles to 350 miles below the earth's surface, could contain water. The wadsleyite does not contain liquid water, but the elements needed to make water bound up in crystals in solid form.