A profile of three extraordinary graduates
2. MetroConnect improvements in store for next semester
3. New operational mission statement approved
4. BOT grants emeritus status to four profs
Pearl Harbor remembered
profile of three extraordinary graduates
This Sunday, nearly 650 students will receive their diplomas, a symbol
of many years of hard work. While each graduate has traveled a path
filled with ups and downs, @Metro profiles three soon-to-be graduates
whose path has been anything but ordinary. To read more go to
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improvements in store for next semester
New features are coming for MetroConnect spring semester, making it
easier to use e-mail and improving the "My Courses" tools
for faculty. Director of IT Yvonne Flood said the upgrades will be made
between semesters and should be fully functional by Jan. 1.
include the ability to add an e-mail channel on the home page. "This
channel will display a user's e-mail on the home page as soon as they
log in, eliminating the need to go into e-mail separately as we do now,"
Flood said. Another key enhancement is the addition of a search option.
"Many users were dissatisfied with the MetroConnect e-mail package's
inability to search," Flood said. "This new option will allow
users to search their e-mail for messages using criteria like sender
name, subject, recipient name or even message content."
Flood added that
several improvements to the "My Courses" tools for faculty
will be made. "Faculty will be able to perform file sharing - post
their syllabus, articles, photos, etc. - on the course page for easy
access by their students," Flood explained. "There are enhanced
group functions for courses and faculty will be able to delegate administrative
responsibilities for their courses to the department administrative
In addition browser
support for MetroConnect will be expanded to include Internet Explorer
(Windows) 5.5 SPS, 6.0, Internet Explorer (Mac) 5.1.6 (Mac OS 9), 5.2.2
(Mac OS X), Netscape (Windows) 6.3,7 and Netscape (Mac) 4.79.
Education and training
on these enhancements will be provided via tips, cheat sheets and on-line
documentation. Classroom training on the new features will be available
beginning in January.
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operational mission statement approved
Metro State has
a new operational mission statement that supplements the statutory mission,
providing a more thorough explanation of the college's philosophy.
A draft of the
mission statement was first introduced to the Board of Trustees at its
November meeting. Following input from faculty, administrators and staff
on the wording of the proposed operational mission, revisions were made
and a final draft was presented to the Board of Trustees last week.
The new operational mission statement was unanimously approved. "This
is a perfect example of shared governance," said Interim President
Ray Kieft. The new operational mission will be made available shortly.
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grants emeritus status to four profs
The Board of Trustees
last week approved emeritus status to four longtime faculty. Those attaining
emeritus status are Robert Cohen, professor of biology and Human Performance,
Sport and Leisure Professors Mark Harvey, Jane Kober and Frank Powell.
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society Phi Alpha Theta and History Professors Patricia Richard and
Jennifer Wynot sponsored a dramatic interpretation of the events of
Dec. 7, 1941, aboard the battleship the U.S.S. Tennessee last week.
Four readers told the story of the sailors aboard the Tennessee in the
first person, using hundreds of Tennessee sailor interviews and actual
battle reports filed by the ships after the attack. Special guests included
members of the Colorado Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.
To view photographs of the event to go
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