2012 CU Football schedule and campus scheduling

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Date: Fri Dec 16 2011 - 00:05:31 MST

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    From: Administrative E-Memo <memofrom@Colorado.EDU>
    Subject: 2012 CU Football schedule and campus scheduling

    TO: Boulder Campus Teaching & Research Faculty, Staff,
             Deans, Directors, Dept Chairs, System Administration

    FROM: Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano

    SENDER: Office of the Chancellor

    DATE: December 15, 2011

    SUBJECT: 2012 CU Football schedule and campus scheduling

    Dear colleagues:

    As early as tomorrow, the Pac-12 Conference will unveil the 2012 football
    schedule to a national audience. Before the full announcement is made I want to
    be the first to let you know that we have been selected to host an evening game
    on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012.

    As I have shared before, I appreciate these opportunities to showcase our
    campus. Weeknight football games are an excellent national platform to
    highlight our university's accomplishments on and off the field, and the
    scenes we can share of Boulder and its environs underline the reason we all
    choose to call this area home.

    That being said, I recognize a Thursday night game presents logistical
    challenges for our campus community. One advantage garnered from our west coast
    conference membership is a later kickoff time of 7 p.m., giving our campus more
    time to transition from daytime academic pursuits to the evening's sporting event.

    I am fully aware that the academic life of our campus continues past 5 p.m.,
    and that there are traffic, parking and scheduling impacts that start well
    before kickoff. I have charged the committee that led the planning efforts for
    this year's evening game against USC to bring its experience and logistical
    know-how to the planning for next fall's contest. This group will share
    logistical updates with the campus community as game day approaches. I am
    reassured that we have abundant advance notice, and will balance the needs of
    our entire university community.

    I am pleased we once again have an opportunity to highlight our beautiful
    campus and its many achievements. Weeknight games provide a spotlight on
    CU-Boulder for a national audience, and create a sense of excitement and
    community across the campus. Pac-12 scheduling requirements will make these
    games a more regular occurrence on the campus. Fortunately, we have a strong
    record of minimizing their impact, given our participation in weeknight games
    this past season and against West Virginia in 2008. With this in mind, please
    accept my personal thanks for your flexibility and cooperation.

    With warm regards,

    Philip P. DiStefano, chancellor

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