Briefs 3/20/12

Mar 192012

Our teachers who know best

The CSU Alumni Association has announced the six 2012 Best Teacher Award winners who stood out among the rest in this annual contest.

The teachers are Lumina Albert, an assistant professor in the Department of Management; Eric Aoki, a teacher-scholar in the Department of Communication Studies; Molly Eckman, a professor in the Department of Design and Merchandising in the College of Applied Human Sciences; Sven Egenhoff, an associate geology professor; Brett Kaysen, an instructor in the Department of Animal Sciences and Jared Orsi, an associate professor of history.

According to a Today@Colorado State report, the alumni association usually receives about 100 teacher nominations.

This year, the recipients will be recognized on April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at an awards dinner in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom. For more information, visit the alumni association’s official website at

Brain awareness is a “no-brainer”

CSU students, faculty, graduate students and staff interested in boosting their resumes and helping spread the word about brain awareness week can attend a volunteer orientation session tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Room WI of the Anatomy Zoology Building.

Volunteers would be tasked with speaking to more than 700 biology, anatomy, physiology and psychology students about local high schools about neuroscience research.

In previous years, Brain Awareness Week drew more than 100 CSU volunteers. At this year’s event, small groups of high school students will tour posters and exhibits featuring hands-on activities created by CSU volunteers.

This year’s Brain Awareness Week will be held at Rock Mountain High School on April 5 and 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Don’t wait until tomorrow to overcome procrastination

Yes, watching the latest episode of “The Jersey Shore” and checking your Facebook 100 times is more appealing than doing homework.

But it can also lead to stress and anxiety down the road, symptoms that can be alleviated by attending the Overcoming Procrastination Workshop at The Institute for Teaching and Learning (TILT) tonight.

The workshop will focus on the different causes of habitual procrastination and how to kick the habit.

The workshop starts 7 p.m. tonight in TILT Room 105.

Designer featured as CSU’s Design and Merchandising Executive in Residence

Jon Otis, the principal and creative director of Object Inc, has been selected as this year’s Designer in Residence in the Department of Design and Merchandising.

This program annually brings an industry leader to campus to share experience with CSU students and faculty.

Otis was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Milan, Italy in 1985, has worked as an industrial designer for various Italian companies and has done showroom design for Calvin Klein.

He will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 in Room A103 of the Chemistry Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The design department’s executive in residence program alternates each year between interior design and apparel merchandising.

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