March 4, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

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Fundraising leaders fund $2 million jazz studies endowment

Jeannie and Jack Thompson have made an unprecedented commitment to the Jazz Studies program at the University of Colorado Boulder -- building $1.6 million in combined gifts to trigger a new $2 million program endowment.

To honor and recognize this transformational gift, the program will be renamed the Thompson Jazz Studies Program, as announced at yesterday’s annual Spring Swing big band concert. It is CU-Boulder’s first named program.

Student life: Finding a community on campus

At first, Kisori Thomas had a difficult time acclimating to the campus climate at CU-Boulder.  Initially, other than her coursework, she wasn’t active outside the classroom.

Realizing she wanted a more well-rounded education, experience and personal growth, she took a big step outside her comfort zone and began looking for student leadership and multicultural organizations to join. This also included studying abroad in Chicoutimi, Canada, for a five-week French intensive program.

Community Notes

BuffUp the Rec

Rec Center construction update: Ice rink work intensifies, increased truck traffic in area

Construction on the new ice rink at the Rec Center will intensify on March 4. Expect to experience high truck traffic along Stadium Drive (connecting Folsom Street with the east side of the Rec Center) through late March.

Peace Corps patch

Peace Corps PALOOZA at CU-Boulder!

Thinking about the Peace Corps? Come learn what it is like from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have served all over the world! Visit our event page on Facebook, and join us in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom on Monday, Mar. 11 at 6 p.m. Round table discussions, snacks, information sessions and keynote speaker CU-Boulder alum and Honduras RPCV Ryan Van Duzer.

March is Women's Herstory Month

March is Women's Herstory Month. Women's stories matter! Among CU’s own stories are Mary Rippon, the first woman professor at CU, teaching math, French, German and English in 1878, and Lucile Berkeley Buchanan, who in 1918 became the first African American to graduate from the university.

Dirty water

Environmental Justice Discussion Series: Fracking a Messy Business

Interested in environmental and international social issues? Come hear about how fracking impacts the economic and environmental structure of both Colorado and Texas. In this discussion,we will analyze whether or not hydraulic fracturing should be federally or state regulated and will compare Colorado and Texas on produced water regulations. Join us Wednesday, Mar. 6 in the Dennis Small Cultural Center, UMC 457 from 2-3 p.m.


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