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Rick George eager to embrace changes at CU-Boulder

Things have changed at CU. What Rick George steps into in 2013, both locally and nationally, bears little resemblance to what he left when he waved so-long to college athletics in 1998. Since then, he’s remained in sports but in different positions at different levels – a factor that played well to the CU search committee.

“I’ve been in sports all my life and never done anything else . . . I don’t want to do anything else,” George told athletic department staffers about an hour before his introductory press conference in the Byron White Club Room at Folsom Field.

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"This project is not just about food"

The landscape of Denver’s Westwood neighborhood is changing. Squash, tomatoes, chiles, spinach and melons are sprouting up in backyards. Family members are tending to their gardens and harvesting their own fresh food. And community members are working side-by-side to help transform their neighborhood from its designation as a “food desert”—the United States Department of Agriculture’s term to classify densely populated, low-income areas that lack easy access to healthy food—to a model of urban sustainability.

2013 Colorado Shakespeare Festival opens this weekend

A Midsummer Night's Dream kicks off the 2013 Colorado Shakespeare Festival season, with a preview performance on Friday, June 7 and opening night on Saturday, June 8. Dream a little dream of love and laughter as Shakespeare's most beloved comedy casts its spell on the enchanting Mary Rippon stage.

CU-Boulder helps tap crowds to digitize museum records of bugs and plants

Inside the natural history museums of the world are billions of animal and plant specimens from birds, fish and beetles to flowers, mushrooms and grasses, all stacked, stored and preserved in jars and collection drawers.

The rich and diverse collections could be critical to understanding how the Earth’s biodiversity is changing in the face of a growing human footprint — if only the information were easily accessible.

Bardfest 2013 offers both tradition and twists

The 56th annual season of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival will feature a classic lineup — a comedy, a tragedy, a history — alongside a hilarious Shakespeare sendup and a return engagement of an Off-Broadway hit.

But if anything, expect the unexpected, as two veterans and two of CSF’s favorite comic actors take the helm and offer their own visions, from the exotic to the traditional.

Learn more about the Class of 2013: an in-depth series

The University of Colorado Boulder held its spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10, at Folsom Field. The ceremony honored candidates for 6,084 degrees, including 4,687 bachelor’s degrees, 903 master’s degrees, 171 law degrees and 494 doctoral degrees. Read more about the Class of 2013 >>

Fiske Planetarium flies into the digital age

Since 1975, Fiske Planetarium has been the Johnny Appleseed of astronomy. Each year, 30,000 K-12 students and 4,000 University of Colorado Boulder students go there to take a front-row seat on the universe. Soon, they’ll get a better, clearer and deeper view. The campus is renovating the planetarium, retiring its analog star projector and upgrading to a powerful star plus video system paired with a high-definition screen capable of achieving nearly eight times more resolution than the standard HD television, completely surrounding the audience with a 360-degree view.

CU student lands prestigious postgraduate position with accounting board

When it comes to social responsibility, Emily Booth is getting down to business.

Booth will graduate with distinction this May with concurrent bachelor's and master’s degrees in accounting and a certificate in Socially Responsible Enterprise from the Leeds School of Business at CU-Boulder. 

A Sher thing: Students, faculty will fete outgoing music dean

After 20 years as dean of the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music, Daniel P. Sher will step away from the post in June — but he isn’t going quietly. First, student musicians at the college will dedicate their performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver on May 1 to the outgoing dean. The celebration will continue May 2 with a free, public musical fete by faculty performers at Macky Auditorium, including world premiere performances of “Sher’s Originals,” penned by faculty composers.

CU takes Shakespeare on the road to spread message of forgiveness in Colorado schools

In "The Tempest," Prospero conjures a mighty storm to shipwreck his enemies on his remote island domain. But as he plots revenge on those who wronged him years before, he ponders his actions and at the last moment turns to forgiveness.

“The rarer action is in virtue rather than vengeance,” Prospero says, renouncing his schemes for payback.

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