@Metro (Vol. 4, No. 23)
1. MetroConnect Replaces Calendar, Task and Contact Options
Beginning July 7, with just a single login, faculty, staff and students will be able to utilize MetroConnect from anywhere, anytime, using the Internet. "Because of this, the service of auto-forwarding your Metro State e-mail to another account e-mail account will be discontinued," said Yvonne Flood, Director of Administration for IT. Flood added that some ISPs allow the forwarding of personal e-mail accounts into your MetroConnect account. Contact your ISP for more details.
MetroConnect will replace Metro State's current e-mail (Outlook and WebMail). As a result, users will no longer be able to utilize the calendar, task and note options available through Outlook. "However, MetroConnect will offer more efficient e-mail services, as well as individual and group calendars with task options," said Flood.
"Users will need to migrate their Outlook address book (contacts)
over to MetroConnect after July 7," said Flood, adding that after
July 7, users will need to re-enter personal WebMail contacts (except
for campus addresses) in their new MetroConnect e-mail address book. For
simple instructions on migrating your address book, click: http://www.mscd.edu/metroconnect/helpdocs/html/importingContacts.htm
The Board of Trustees last week adopted an operating budget for the 2003-04
fiscal year of $117 million that includes a 5 percent tuition increase
and a student fee increase ranging from 2.0 to 2.5 percent, for a total
cost increase to students of approximately 4.7 percent. To read more,
go to http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/budgetv4061103.htm
The Trustees Policy Manual and Handbook for Professional Personnel was adopted at the board's regular monthly meeting June 4. By a vote of 7-1, the board adopted the manual and handbook effective immediately. Faculty trustee Gene Saxe voted no because of concerns he had with the reduction in force policy for faculty.
"Faculty, administrators and classified staff are the heart and
soul of this college," said board chair Bruce Benson prior to the
vote. "We have tried very hard to listen to your concerns. We are
on your side, and we want to make this institution the very best."
The Board of Trustees has elected Bruce Benson to chair the board for a second year, and Ann Rice has been re-elected vice chairman. English Professor Gene Saxe was re-elected by the faculty to serve as faculty representative and the students elected Harris Singer to the Board of Trustees for another year. In addition, Benson and Rice agreed to share duties of representing Metro State on the Auraria Board of Directors.
More changes to the nine-member Board of Trustees are expected in the
next few weeks. Under an amendment to SB 03-304, Metro's Board of Trustees
will be expanded from seven to nine gubernatorial appointees. Trustees
Gin Butler and Pat Wiesner complete their one-year term June 30. Gov.
Bill Owens is expected to make appointments to the board sometime in June.
The Texas Legislature has voted to give the state's public universities control over tuition, in a move that lawmakers say will help the state deal with mounting budget shortfalls.
The bill, which Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, has said he will sign, would end decades of legislative control over tuition rates. Under the new plan, the Board of Regents, rather than the state legislature, will approve tuition increases for public universities.
Although the change would take effect on September 1, no tuition increases
are planned for the fall, college officials said. But with a slumping
economy and growing enrollment, higher prices might not be far off. Some
legislators and student representatives said they expected a 50-percent
increase in tuition over the next two years at many public colleges in
Bobbie Fernandez from the Teacher Education Center is the winner of the
Governor's Diversity Award, one of only seven awards presented as part
of the prestigious STAR (State Top Achievement Recognition) program. To
read more, go to http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/diversityv4061103.htm
Gov. Bill Owens has appointed Carol Nesland, past president of the Metro State Alumni Association and a current member of the Metro State Foundation Board, to a two-year term on the newly formed Mesa State College Board of Trustees.
Earlier this year, Owens signed HB 1093, which repealed the Board of
Trustees of the State Colleges in Colorado and established separate governing
boards for Adams, Mesa, and Western state colleges. Appointments are effective
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