@Metro (Vol. 4, No. 17)
Inside Today's Issue:
On July 7, the college's new portal system, MetroConnect, will replace the current way you access your Metro State e-mail account. Instead of logging in to Outlook or Webmail, users will retrieve their college e-mail directly through the portal, using a single login. "Outlook e-mail service will be disabled at this time," said Yvonne Flood, director of administration for IT.
To accommodate the portal's conversion needs, there will be no access to Metro State e-mail July 4-6. On July 7, MetroConnect goes live. IT has requested that all college e-mail users move personal e-mail folders (those stored on your hard drive) to the mail.mscd.edu folders (those stored on the server) by July 3. If this isn't done by July 3, you must schedule an appointment with the Help Desk to search and retrieve any e-mail folders saved on your hard drive. "This will cause a significant delay in accessing your e-mail folders after July 7," said Flood. For easy directions on how to move your folders, click on: http://www.mscd.edu/metroconnect/helpdocs/.
Macintosh users accessing Outlook Express can follow the same directions. Macintosh users utilizing any other e-mail client will need to contact the Help Desk.
"MetroConnect will provide users with a one-stop shopping approach to their calendar, e-mail and much more," said Flood. In addition to a more efficient and enhanced tool to navigate your e-mail, MetroConnect will provide users with calendar access, replacing Corporate Time. Instructions on the migration of Corporate Time will be available next week.
If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk at 6-4508.
An additional 650 parking spaces may be available on the Auraria campus as soon as a year from this August. The Auraria Higher Education Center is pursuing a plan to build a four-story parking garage on campus on the north side of the Tivoli, where the tennis courts currently are. The tennis courts will be relocated to the east side of the Tivoli.
AHEC Director of Parking Mark Gallagher said that campus parking lots are now at 98 percent occupancy, leaving little room for growth. "We think with the increases in enrollment that are anticipated that we need to be ready to go with additional parking as soon as possible," Gallagher said.
The parking garage will be paid for with a bond issue loan, and parking revenue will pay off the loan. Pending final approval by the AHEC board, work on the new parking structure may begin this summer.
The Auraria campus will celebrate Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, a few days early. Action will get under way at 10 a.m. with a parade that starts and ends at the flagpole. Live music, dancers, crafts, piñatas and food will follow the parade. The celebration ends at 2 p.m.
Graduates and scholars of the Student Support Services program will be honored at an award ceremony 3-5 p.m. on Friday in Tivoli room 320. To RSVP, call 303-556-4722.
A bill that would allow illegal immigrants to attend state colleges at resident tuition rates appeared headed for defeat last Wednesday after it was voted to the State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, known as the committee where bills are sent to die.
House Bill 1178 was sent to the committee on a 35-30 vote. The bill would allow illegal immigrants who have spent three consecutive years in a Colorado high school to get resident rates for the first year in a state college, but only if they apply for U.S. residency during that time.
Auraria students last week voted to extend the RTD Student Bus Pass Program through December 31, 2003. Of the total 1,782 votes cast, 1,687 - 95 percent - were in favor of continuing the program and increasing the fee. The estimated cost of a student bus pass is not expected to exceed $22 per semester.
Students from the Hospitality, Meeting and Travel Administration (HMTA) Department hosted the "College Consumer Trade Show" last week at the Tivoli to raise funds to send students to the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) annual meeting. About $2,500 was raised.
This was the first year of the trade show, and more than 600 people attended. "We were very excited to try something new and different," said Cynthia Vannucci, director of HMTA's meetings and conventions program. In previous years an internship/career fair was held in the spring, but due to hard economic times a trade show seemed the next best choice. "We like to give students an opportunity to apply what they are learning. Managing the trade show added one more tool to the students' knowledge and skills," Vanucci said.
Sponsored by the HMTA Department, the Rocky Mountain PCMA Student Chapter and the "Special Events Management" class, the show featured 31 exhibitors offering information on graduate school, credit counseling, insurance, professional clothing, makeup and fashion accessories.
To read about Vince Porreco, Metro State's head baseball coach for 11 years, go to: http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/porrecov4043003.htm
The work of Metro State's top graduating art students will be on display May 10-24 at the Center for the Visual Arts. The exhibition, "On the Verge: Senior Honors Thesis," will feature students who were selected through a vote by art faculty.
Works in two- and three-dimensional media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, computer art, photography and sculpture will be included. Most of the artwork will be for sale. A Meet The Artists reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 15 at the CVA.
The exhibition is sponsored by Mile Hi Ceramics and the Metro State Student
Affairs Board. The Center for the Visual Arts is located at 1734 Wazee
St. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 303-294-5207.
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