@Metro (Vol. 4, No. 16)
President Sheila Kaplan last week unveiled a plan to merge the three existing schools into two schools of equal size and to realign and combine disciplines and departments within the two new schools. http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/restructurev4042303.htm
The state Legislature on Monday gave final approval to the $13.4 billion proposed budget for 2003-04. The budget, which reflects about $1 billion in reductions, now goes to Gov. Bill Owens, who has 10 days to sign or veto it. http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/budgetv4042303.htm
The Office of Homeland Security has downgraded the national threat condition from High (Orange) to Elevated (Yellow). Auraria Campus Police encourage all personnel to remain alert and report any suspicious activities.
State legislator Lola Spradley will deliver the commencement address at spring graduation, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at the Colorado Convention Center.
Spradley, a Republican representing District 60 in the southern part of the state, is Speaker of the House. She was first appointed to the House of Representatives to fill a term in 1997 and then was elected in 1998, 2000 and 2002. She is owner/operator of Spradley Ranch and president of Lil Kid's Stuff, Inc. A Colorado native, Spradley graduated summa cum laude from Regis College in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
An estimated 950 graduates are expected to receive their diplomas during the ceremony. The Convention Center is located at 14th and California streets.
Family businesses are the backbone of the American economy, accounting for 60 percent of total U.S. employment. They make up nearly 90 percent of all business enterprises in North America. However, fewer than one in three family firms survive to the second generation, and fewer than one in 10 make it to the third generation.
Cherry Crandall, executive director of the Colorado Family Business Center, a program of Metro State's School of Business, is out to improve those odds. http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/familybizv4042303.htm
Colorado State University has announced it will no longer accept major credit cards for payment of tuition and fees as a result of serious budget cuts the university has faced this year. Visa and MasterCard will no longer be accepted as of July 1. http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/creditcardv4042303.htm
Metro State will host an open house for transfer students from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Tivoli Turnhalle.
Potential students, who are advised to bring their transcripts, will be able to meet with admissions counselors, transfer evaluators and academic advisors. Campus tours will be available, and student services representatives as well as academic departments will be on hand to provide information.
"It's one-stop shopping," said Vaughn Toland, assistant director of admissions. "Transfer students can do everything they need to in order to get started at Metro in one day," he said. Toland said that about 300 people have signed up to attend the open house.
The Center for the Visual Arts will present a lecture, "False Evidence: Photography as Theater, " by Lisbeth Kohloff of Working With Artists. Kohloff will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the center, 1734 Wazee St. The lecture is $10 general admission, $5 for CVA and WWA members and free for students. For more information about current exhibits and programs at the center, go to: http://www.mscd.edu/news/cva/exhibitions.htm
Metro State's Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team took home a second runner-up trophy at the regional competition earlier this month in which 23 schools competed. http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/sifev4042303.htm
About 200 students from 18 area high schools attended last week's annual Math Day. Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, students tested their mathematics knowledge with brainteasers and algebra, trigonometry and geometry problems. To see photos, go to: http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/mathdayv4042303.htm
A national "road map" to the nation's most pressing higher education issues has been released and forwarded to Congress as it begins debating the future of postsecondary education during the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The nonpartisan report, "Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Issues and Options," was written by the Institute for Higher Education Policy.
The report evaluates 10 core policy issues facing Congress and the president. Key issues analyzed are barriers to college access and success; costs, loans and grants; quality and accountability; and policy responses to changing demographics, workforce and technology. To read an abstract of the report, or to download a report, go to: http://www.ihep.com/Publications.php?parm=Pubs/Abstract?68
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