World-Renowned Conservationist Jane Goodall to Speak at CSU April
Jane Goodall, conservationist and U.N. Messenger of Peace, will speak at Colorado State University on Wednesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., at Moby Arena. The lecture will be followed by a book signing. The doors to Moby Arena will open at 5:30 p.m. Goodall's lecture is supported by the Monfort Family Foundation as part of the Monfort Lecture Series at Colorado State.
Goodall's lecture, "A Reason to Hope," will address her life and work as well as the ability each person has to make a difference. Goodall began her work studying chimpanzees in Tanzania in June 1960, under the mentorship of anthropologist Louis Leaky. In 1965 Goodall established the Gombe Stream Research Center. Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall's pioneering research of chimpanzee behavior - research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats.
Tickets are available at the Campus Box Office by calling (970) 491-4TIX or visiting www.csutix.com. The Campus Box Office, located in the Lory Student Center, is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday. Admission is free; however, a ticket is required for entry to the lecture. There is a limit of six tickets per customer. To request tickets for groups larger than six, contact the Campus Box Office.
CSU Names Bob Rizzuto New Vice President for Finance and Administration
Colorado State University has named Bob Rizzuto, a longtime senior administrator
in Colorado's higher education system, as the new Vice President for Finance
"Bob brings vast knowledge of financial systems at institutions of higher education in the state," said Larry Edward Penley, President of Colorado State University. "He is well aware of the funding challenges we face in Colorado and will provide strong leadership as we build a stable financial future for Colorado State."
Rizzuto most recently served as interim president of Pikes Peak Community College. Prior to that, he served as chief administrative officer for Colorado Northwestern Community College from 2004 to 2006.
He will have a dual report to Tony Frank, Provost and Senior Vice President, and Rich Schweigert, the Chief Financial Officer of the Colorado State University System, who has also been serving as interim Vice President for Administrative Services, now the Office of Vice President for Finance and Administration. Rizzuto will serve on the President's Cabinet and as a member of the Cabinet Finance Subcommittee.
CSU Launches Two New Scholarships for Students from Low-to-Middle Income Working Families
Beginning in fall 2007, Colorado State University will offer two innovative new scholarship programs for students from low- and middle-income working families, part of an overall campaign focused on improving student access and success at one of the state's leading research universities.
"These two new scholarships are part of Colorado State University's Access with Success campaign, which aims to provide access to higher education for Colorado students from working families, many of whom could not otherwise afford a world-class education at a top-tier research university," Colorado State University President Larry Edward Penley announced today.
The new Colorado's Success Scholarships will support all qualified Colorado State students who are eligible for federal Pell Grants. Those with family incomes up to twice the Pell-eligible level who qualify for need-based aid will be eligible for the new Colorado's Choice Scholarships. Currently more than 3,000 students at Colorado State meet these criteria.
President Penley has been a vocal advocate nationally and in Colorado for the need to provide greater access to qualified students who otherwise could not afford tuition at top public universities. He has noted that nationwide demographic and educational trends point to a dramatic need to expand the pool of talented students who enroll in college and graduate in order for the United States to retain a competitive knowledge workforce. Increased access also is a key component of Gov. Bill Ritter's "Colorado Promise."
"Colorado is a low-tuition state if you're from an upper-income family, but it's a high-tuition state if you're from a working-class family in the low- to middle-income range," President Penley said. Colorado State's investment in these scholarships will total about $8.3 million.
In addition to the new scholarships, the University's Access with Success Campaign includes a comprehensive new retention plan, which focuses on improving the quality of the undergraduate experience at Colorado State for all students so that they will remain in school and graduate. Implementation of the plan, which was approved by the Board of Governors of the CSU System last fall, is already underway. It includes significant steps to enhance student advising, redesign course content and expand the number of living-learning communities on campus.
"To provide access, without an equal commitment to student success, is a fraud," President Penley said. "The public should expect success for its investment in higher education. That's why our Access with Success retention plan focuses on creating a culture of high expectations and exceptional educational experiences across the university. We want our students to graduate and become leaders for the state of Colorado."
President Penley and Colorado State officials anticipate that the University's six-year graduation rate will reach 70 percent when the new Access with Success retention plan is fully implemented.
"Our goal is to provide an enhanced student experience with upgraded facilities, more top faculty, and an overall commitment to improving the undergraduate experience," he said. "We are increasing the competitiveness of a Colorado State degree by improving enrollment and graduation rates for low- and middle-income working-class students who represent the state's future knowledge workforce."
Colorado State Supporters Jud and Pat Harper Endow Chair in Chemical Engineering
Longtime Colorado State University supports Jud and Pat Harper have named Colorado State University the beneficiary of a $1 million life insurance policy to partially fund a new $1.5 million endowed chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Jud Harper's long, distinguished record of service at the University includes serving as interim President from July 1989 through June 1990 and as Vice President for Research and Information Technology from 1982 to 2000. Previously, he served as Professor and Department Head of Agricultural Engineering (later Agricultural and Chemical Engineering) from 1970-1982.
In 2000, Harper accepted a part-time appointment as Special Assistant to the President under Al Yates until he fully retired in 2003. He has served on the College of Engineering Dean's Advisory Board and the Chemical Engineering Advisory Board.
Pat Harper has also been a strong ambassador for the University through such groups as the Colorado State University Women's Association.
"The Harpers have a long and impressive track record of generosity at Colorado State University," said Sandra Woods, Dean of the College of Engineering. "We will always be grateful for their support and love of the university. This gift will enable the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering to remain competitive and attract some of the nation's finest faculty."
Second Annual Art and Sciences Exhibition Open April 10-11
Artwork of both Colorado State University scientists and artists will be displayed during the second annual Art and Science Exhibition, opening at 10 a.m., April 10-11, in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. The exhibition showcases the creative energies of students, faculty and staff and exemplifies the common ties between scientific inquiry and artistic practice.The exhibition features artists who use aspects of science for their artistic inspiration or who use fundamental principals of science in the creation of their art. It also includes scientists who use or generate art in the creation of scientific models and imagery used to illustrate their concepts, theories and discoveries.