Community Briefs for 2/16

Feb 152011
Authors: Collegian Staff Report

CU-Boulder admin recommends discontinuance of journalism school

After more than five months of intense deliberation, CU-Boulder’s chancellor recommended to the president Monday the closure of its school of journalism in its current form, opting to restructure journalism education at the university pending budgetary discussions.

Students currently enrolled in the program and those who were admitted next fall will be able to earn a degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

They will have to complete their SJMC requirements by May 2013, even if they do not graduate at that time, according to the recommendation report sent to CU President Bruce Benson from Chancellor Philip DiStefano.

By fall 2012, the university will provide two options of undergraduate journalism education “that combines the strengths of a traditional journalism degree with in-depth education in a discipline,” according to the same report. Under the new system, students will either be able to pursue a double major in journalism and another subject or pursue a major in a subject with a certificate/minor in journalism.

Representatives from the Office of Faculty Affairs are scheduled to meet with tenured and tenure track faculty in SJMC to discuss career options –– these include moving to the Journalism Graduate School or other departments, leaving CU or preparing for retirement. Because non-tenure track employees are “at-will” employees under state law, instructional demand will determine employment of contingent teachers.

In the coming months, CU’s Academic Affairs will meet with interested faculty to design and strengthen educational options in journalism.

Get your information for graduation today

The 2011 CSU Spring graduation fair will be held in the main level of the CSU Bookstore inside the Lory Student Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Here, expecting graduates can get information about the graduation process.

Vendors at the fair will disperse information to students about caps and gowns, class rings, career guidance and invitations.
For more information contact Alyssa at 970-491-2081.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Career Fair today

Agriculture and Natural Resource employers will be in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center today at 10 a.m.

The fair is open to all majors and is designed to encourage students to seek networking opportunities, internships and jobs.

The event is sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Warner College of Natural Resources, and the Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture.
For more information contact Beka Crocket and Barb Richardson at 970-491-3721.

$25 million, CSU and the USDA join forces

CSU will collaborate on a $25 million USDA project concerning climate change’s effects on wheat and barley growth.

The project will span five years and is coordinated by the University of Califonia-Davis. CSU is one of 28 other institutions involved.

“This project is significant for Colorado because it will help locate the genes for two traits –– drought tolerance and nitrogen use efficiency –– that are critically important to the state’s wheat growers,” said Patrick Byrne, a professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences who is a primary CSU researcher on the project. “Equally notable is participating in a coordinated network of 28 institutions that will keep CSU’s wheat breeding efforts at the forefront of new technology developments.”

The study hopes to find the effects a changing climate can have on wheat production and allow the U.S. to continue to compete in the market.

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