@Metro (Vol. 4, No. 15)
President Sheila Kaplan announced earlier this week that she has reopened the Early Retirement/Separation Incentive program for faculty that was initially created earlier this year. Eligible faculty have until Friday to take advantage of the program. Those with questions should contact Director of Human Resources Linda Daubers at ext. 6-3120.
A group of students who oppose the war in Iraq have converted a small piece of campus near the Flagpole into an urban campground, vowing to stay outside until the end of the war. Since March 30, up to 20 students from the three colleges have lived at the camp, passing out anti-war literature and talking with supporters and opponents.
"I've been educated by and been able to educate a couple hundred people," said Martin Chase, a senior math major. Students treat the camp as their home, leaving it to attend class, go to work or run errands. "As soon as it's no longer a war we'll look for more effective ways to protest," Chase said.
Students were inspired to set up the peace camp by a similar camp at Indiana University in Bloomington, where students set up camp in October 2001 after the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan.
Two Metro State marketing classes are competing to see which campaign draws the most fans to the April 26 Colorado Rapids game, when the professional soccer team faces the D.C. United at Invesco Field at Mile High. To read more about this unique partnership, go to: http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/rapidsv4041603.htm
Here's a wrap-up of some of the latest Metro State faculty achievements.
Featured are Akbarali Thobani, Kelly Felice, David Klein and Herbert Stoughton.
Riddle: If 24 steel spheres, each with a radius of 1 inch, are melted down and reshaped into one large sphere, what is the radius of the large sphere?
Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, nearly 200 students from 18 high schools in metro Denver will test their knowledge of mathematics with brainteasers like the one above at the annual Math Day from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. today in the St. Cajetans Building.
In addition to brainteasers, students will compete in a variety of other events, including problem-solving in algebra, trigonometry and geometry. (The answer to the sphere riddle: The radius of the large sphere = the cube root of 24 2.88.)
For more information about Math Day, go to: http://clem.mscd.edu/~math-cs/mathday/mathday.html
Fifty federal agencies will be on campus Thursday for an all-day career fair for students. The Tri-Institutional Multi-Agency Federal Career Fair will be held tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the P.E. Building/Events Center. To gain entry, students must bring their student identification or current class schedule.
Agencies recruiting range from the Environmental Protection Agency to
the Department of Justice. The fair is sponsored by the Denver Federal
Executive Board, Metro State, CU-Denver, CCD and AHEC. For a list of agencies
attending, go to:
For more information, contact Shina duVall in Career Services at 303-556-3664.
Nominations for the annual Student Involvement & Leadership Awards must be submitted to the Student Activities Office, TIV 305, by 3 p.m. Friday. The awards program recognizes students for their contributions in strengthening the campus community at Metro State. Student organizations will be honored for event of the year in several categories, and several awards will be presented to outstanding student employees. Leadership awards will be given to an outstanding senior, junior and sophomore.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate deserving students and to invite them to attend the awards ceremony, which will be held May 1, 3-5:30 p.m., in the Tivoli Turnhalle.
To nominate a student, go to: http://studentactivities.mscd.edu/leader/Nomination_Form.html
"Grief, Loss and New Beginnings," a lunchtime workshop for administrative and classified staff, will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. April 23 in Tivoli Room 642. "As staff members we are constantly meeting new students, becoming involved in their lives and saying goodbye to graduating students who are off to start their professional lives," explained Russell Urrutia, facilitator and staff counselor at the Counseling Center. "This workshop may help participants develop strategies for beginning new relationships and coping mechanisms to deal with loss."
The American Journalism Review recently took an-depth look at media coverage of higher education. In its January/February 2003 issue, the magazine states that many colleges and universities are receiving more skeptical and in-depth coverage. At the same time, some newspapers are cutting back on higher education coverage. To read the article, go to: http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=2745
Congress last week approved a $2.3-trillion budget plan for the 2004 fiscal year that would not raise the maximum Pell Grant. The final resolution did not include $1.8 billion to raise the maximum Pell Grant from $4,050 to $4,500.
While the resolution isn't the final determination on spending, it does give an indication of lawmakers' priorities heading into the appropriations process. Lawmakers will decide how much money to provide each program when the House and Senate Appropriations Committees draft spending bills for the 2004 fiscal year, which begins on October 1. These bills must then be passed by the two chambers and signed by the president.
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