Community Briefs

Jul 122011
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

Man arrested in fire, assault incident

Monday night Fort Collins police arrested 31-year-old Travis Eugene Forbes for the suspected July 5 assault of Lydia Tillman, a press release said.

On July 5 Poudre Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a house fire at 5:33 a.m. When paramedics arrived on scene the victim, 30 year-old Tillman had jumped from a 2nd story building and had appeared to have sustained injuries from the fire and possible assault.

Police now believe Forbes set the fire in Tillman’s home. He has been arrested for attempted 1st degree murder, 1st degree assault, arson, aggravated motor vehicle theft and sexual assault.

Forbes was also a suspect in the case of missing Aurora teenager Kenia Monge.

Tillman remains hospitalized and the investigation into the incident continues.

New swim coach named

After the retirement of longtime women’s swim coach, John Mattos, the CSU Department of Athletics decided on former assistant coach Chris Woodard, who worked under Mattos from 2000 to 2005.

Woodard, 38, spent time as a volunteer assistant for the team from 1998 to 2000, while working toward his master’s degree. More recently, Woodard has spent the past six years at North Carolina State as an assistant coach, training swimmers like Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones.

“Chris has great experience,” said head of CSU’s athletic department Paul Kowalczyk. “He also provided a vision for the program where he wants to grow the program and build on the successes of Coach Mattos.”

Kowalczyk added that Woodard shares the athletic department’s ultimate goals of winning conference championships, graduating student athletes and getting swimmers in the NCAA championships.

In addition to overseeing the swimming program, Woodard will do so for the water polo program as well, keeping water polo coach Mike Moody and diving coach Kevin Witt.

New head of Soil and Crop Sciences named

After 22 years as a faculty member in CSU’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Eugene Kelly has been named the new department head. Kelly, a professor of pedology, will replace current head Dr. Gary Peterson, as he steps down after eight years. Throughout Kelly’s career, he has attracted grants totaling more than $20 million and served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the National Cooperative Soil Survey.

Marines dive in Poudre

This week could see U.S. Marines using the Poudre River for swift-water diver training. A group of 10 Marines gathered at the river on Sunday and Monday to learn diving techniques, which may end up being used for rescue in areas like Afghanistan. The training comes, in part, because of a 2010 incident where two Army soldiers in Afghanistan drowned after trying to retrieve a pallet from an aircraft that had fallen into a river, said Capt. Anthony Mercado in a July 10 Coloradoan report.

CSU to teach sustainability to Iraqi students

CSU is opening its doors and offering its knowledge to a group of students from Iraq this month.

With the hopes of promoting positive change in Iraq, the school will be teaching about advocacy and environmental sustainability.

The school is one of four institutions that participates in the 2011 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. This is the fourth year that CSU will participate in the program.

The program was implemented by World Learning, a Washington-based non-profit organization, and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The students will spend time both in the classroom and in service-learning projects. These projects are with organizations like Poudre Wilderness Volunteers and the CSU Environmental Learning Center.

— Collegian Staff Report

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