Sep 222003
 
Authors: Stephanie Lindberg

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a weekly series

examining the effects of budget cuts on each of the university’s

colleges. Next Tuesday, The Collegian will look at the College of

Applied Human Sciences.

After cutting $380,000 from its budget for this fiscal year, the

College of Natural Resources is planning on eliminating $126,000

more for next year.

Rudy Garcia, assistant to the dean of the college, said this

year’s cut is about 8 percent of their budget.

In 21 years at CSU, Garcia said he has never seen cuts this big

before.

“It’s one of the biggest cuts I’ve seen in my time here,” Garcia

said. “I just hope that the budget bounces back in the state of

Colorado.”

Garcia said the college lost a total of five positions. Due to

the loss of one department head, two departments were merged to

form the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Watershed

Stewardship.

One faculty position was left vacant in the wildlife department,

the director position at the Environmental Learning Center was

eliminated and two state-classified staff positions were not

renewed.

“The remainder was (cut) in operational funds,” Garcia said.

“Outside of the ELC cuts, I think we’ve done a really good job of

not impacting students. We are still teaching the courses. Our

responsibility is making sure our students are taught.”

Sarah Wadleigh, a junior wildlife biology major, said one thing

she has noticed in way of budget cuts is restrictions on paper

usage.

“The biggest thing I’ve noticed so far is paper usage,” Wadleigh

said. “(We have) paper quotas on the computers.”

Jennifer Courtemanche, a senior studying wildlife biology, has

noticed the loss of faculty and contributions to student events

such as conferences.

“(The college is) not replacing faculty that has retired,”

Courtemanche said. “There’s less money for special events.”

In the past, Randy Robinette, the wildlife department head, said

he has tried to help student organizations like the Wildlife and

American Fisheries societies with department funds. This year

because of budget cuts he cannot help as much.

“It’s been a real belt-tightening thing,” Robinette said. “A lot

of things that you’d like to support you just can’t.”

He also said the vacant human dimensions position, which deals

with the political and social aspects of wildlife management, has

been dealt with on an ad hoc basis.

“In terms of long-term impacts, positions aren’t being filled

because of budget cuts,” Robinette said. “My operational budget

isn’t as much as it was.”

The travel budget has also taken a hit, Robinette said. He was

planning on attending the national Wildlife Society meeting of

professionals in Vermont, but he said the trip was cancelled

because of budget cuts.

“I think the students have been minimally affected at this

point,” Robinette said. “Naturally we’d like to fill the position

that has been vacant but we can’t because of the budget.”

Garcia said future cuts will be dealt with by the dean and the

department heads who will collaborate to “decide what are our

priority programs.”

“We’ll keep those programs as safe as we can,” Garcia said.

“It’s very difficult for us to resolve. The more we lose, the more

it will affect students.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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