@metro (Vol. 4, No. 25)
1. Ray Kieft Appointed Interim President
The Metro State Board of Trustees voted yesterday to appoint Raymond N. Kieft as interim president.
"Ray will hit the ground running having 11 years of experience as a college president, eight with Mesa State College in Grand Junction and three with Framingham State College in Massachusetts," said chairman Bruce Benson. Keift will not be a candidate for the permanent position. To read more go to http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/kieftv4062503.htm
MetroConnect, the college's new portal system, is just days away from making its July 7 debut. To accommodate the portal's conversion needs, there will be no access to Metro State online services (including Outlook, WebMail, Corporate Time calendar, Banner Web services and CLEM) after 5 p.m. on July 3 until 7 a.m. on July 7. All incoming e-mail will be held and delivered through the new MetroConnect e-mail on July 7. To read more go to http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/portalv4062503.htm
The Board of Trustees is scheduled to hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, July 2, from 8 a.m. to noon in room 320 of the Tivoli Building. A meeting agenda will be posted on the trustees section of the college Web site: /trustees/
Even though state budget forecasts released last Friday indicate the state's 2003-04 state budget will need to be reduced anywhere from $97 million to $207 million, Metro State "probably" won't face any additional budget cuts, says Mike Barnett, vice president of administration and finance. That's because the college's budget for the 2003-04 fiscal year, which begins July 1, already assumes that the legislature will further reduce its appropriation to Metro State by an additional $2 million, on top of the $6.4 million already reduced. To read more go to http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/budgetv4062503.htm
More than 1,000 potential students are expected to attend the Summer Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Auraria Events Center. As a result of the four-hour event, the Admissions Office is anticipating that 250 students will enroll.
"Since its inception in 2001, Summer Open House has emerged as Admissions' single largest visitation program with attendance figures reaching over 1,000 people," said Paul Cesare, assistant director of Admissions.
In summer 2001, 1,000 people attended, resulting in 135 students enrolling
that fall. Last summer, 1,100 people attended the fair, resulting in 185
new students the next fall.
Yolanda Ortega-Ericksen, who retired last week as vice president of student services, has been appointed to Mayor-elect John Hickenlooper's transition team, which consists of 29 committees charged with reviewing how the city government operates and identifying the best applicants for top city jobs. She will co-chair the Theaters and Arenas committee.
The men's and women's bathrooms on the first floor of the Administration
Building will be closed for expansion until Monday, Aug. 18. Restrooms
are available directly above on the second floor. Questions can be directed
to Terry Buck in Facilities Management at x63957.
Americans give colleges and universities high marks for the quality of their academic programs and the value of a degree, although they want access to higher education improved by providing financial help and ensuring that high school graduates are prepared for the academic challenges of higher education.
These are among the findings from a survey released last week by the Educational Testing Service. Researchers surveyed adults in general, deans and professors, higher education students and business leaders.
"Higher education remains the jewel in America's education crown according to students, parents, educators and business leaders," said Kurt Landgraf, president and CEO of ETS. "However, our survey shows that most feel that young people are missing their chance to attend college because of high tuition costs."
To read about the other findings, go to: http://www.ets.org/aboutets/americaspeaks/survey2003.html
The Auraria Library will begin charging users to print pages from its workstations. Starting July 1, the cost for each printed page will be 15 cents. To read more go to http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/libraryv4062503.htm
Overall undergraduate enrollment has increased in the past three decades, with the enrollment of women and minority students increasing at a greater rate than that of men and white students, according to a report released last week by the U.S. Education Department. Metro State enrollment figures show similar trends. To read more, go to http://www.msudenver.edu/collcom/@metro/@metro_vol4/enrolltrendv4062503.htm
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