Briefs 2/20/12

Feb 192012

H*ow to make your website not suck*

For CSU students looking to bolster their online presence, The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) is offering short, non-credit courses in beginners web design.

The course starts Monday night, with additional sessions on Feb. 22, 27 and 29. The only prerequisite is proficiency with Photoshop.

Topics covered will include: standards-based (tableless) layouts, linked cascading style sheets and image preparation.

Students interested in enrolling should email Heather Landers at with their name and CSU identification number.

Protect yourself from “dangerous times in the Colorado backcountry” with avalanche clinic

According to a Feb. 17 Denver Post article, this year marks the most dangerous year in 30 years for avalanche deaths — a condition the article said was caused by unstable snow conditions.

“These are dangerous times in the Colorado backcountry,” reads the latest forecast from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

For students wanting to learn about some much-needed precautions before venturing out in the backcountry, the Outdoor Program is offering a free, hour-long presentation on avalanche safety Monday at 6 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center, Meeting Room B.

Following the presentation, attendees will be offered hands-on training with avalanche beacons. The course, according to the event description, should not be used as a substitute for a certification class.

“We recommend that anyone serious about traveling in avalanche terrain take an Avalanche Level 1 certification course,” the description said.

Everyone who attends the clinic will receive a free beacon, probe or shovel rental through CSU’s Outdoor Program.

Woman found alive, unconscious near popular trail in Rocky Mountain National Park

A 54-year-old Estes Park woman was found alive but unconscious Sunday morning near Odessa Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

She was reported missing by her family Saturday evening, according to a press release, when a family member found her car at the popular Bear Lake trailhead, though the family member did not know where she had hiked or snowshoed to.

Rangers and family members stayed at the trailhead until after midnight. She was later found unconscious roughly three miles up the summer trail to Odessa Lake.

She was picked up by St. Anthony Flight for Life and transported to St. Anthony Central at approximately 11 a.m. Sunday. No other information regarding her identity or condition is known at this time.

Have a “Ram Good Time” at athletics auction

Tickets are currently on sale for the 31st annual “Ram Good Time Auction,” the largest fundraiser for student-athlete scholarships.

The auction raises $200,000 annually and has raised more than $3.7 million during the past 30 years, according to a Today@Colostate article. The event, sponsored by the Ram Club, includes silent and live auctions, a dinner buffet and complimentary beverages.

The auction is set for Saturday, March 3 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Loveland. Prizes include a golf outing with men’s basketball coach Tim Miles, dinner with football coach Jack Graham and a horseback riding and barbecue outing with Jack Graham and his wife, Ginger.

Tickets cost $125, and you can register online at or by calling 970-491-4061.

Bikes and brews team up for charity

In an attempt to help the Boulder Food Rescue with their sustainable mission, Fort Collins’ New Belgium Brewing Co. and Cycletote, a local bicycle trailer company, are teaming up to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to those at BFR.

Volunteers at BFR collect food from local grocery stores and restaurants and take it to homeless shelters and soup kitchens.

Since its inception last fall, BFR has transported almost 26,000 pounds of food, according to an article in the Fort Collins Coloradoan. The organization usually tries to do the majority of their food pickups on bicycles and, with New Belgium’s help, will be able to have even more bike trailers.

In addition to donating $1,000 to the organization, New Belgium employees also set up a deal with Cycletote, which built four industrial bike trailers for BFR.

CSU scientists study cats carrying disease

A recent CSU study has shed light on diseases that can be shared between domestic cats, bobcats and pumas that live in the same areas.

According to a Today@Colostate article, the study has evidence that cats that share the same outdoor areas in urban environments can carry the same disease, including bartonellosis and toxoplasmois, which can be spread from felines to people.

CSU scientists in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Warner College of Natural Resources used data from 800 blood samples from 260 bobcats, 200 pumas and 275 domestic cats.

The bobcats and pumas have since been released.

Results of the multi-year study were published in a scientific journal and in an edition of the Journal of Molecular Ecology.

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