Briefs 2/26/12

Feb 262012

Stadium public forums scheduled for this afternoon

The Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) will be holding its third and fourth public stadium forums Monday from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Ballroom of the Lory Student Center.

The forums will be a chance for students, faculty and community members to share their opinions about the process regarding the on-campus stadium and take part in discussions facilitated by student members of the CPD.

While RSVP’s are encouraged, they are not required. According to an email from Martin Carcasson, the founder of the Center, walk-ups will be seated if there is room. As of Sunday night, Monday’s sessions were not yet filled.

The RSVP form is available at, along with a full schedule of the forums.

The next public meeting with the entire stadium committee is scheduled for March 29 at the Fort Collins Hilton.

CU-Boulder fills posts with retirees earning salaries plus pensions

According to a report in the Boulder Daily Camera, CU-Boulder has filled three key administrative posts with retirees who are limited to working 140 days a year, despite receiving nearly full salary from the university plus pension benefits from the state.

One of these positions is the university’s chief financial officer, Ric Porreca, who, between his salary and pensions, makes roughly $500,000 a year. Due to his retired status, the article states that Porreca only technically works seven months a year.

In a memo sent by CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano, DiStefano claimed that using retirees is a “cost-effective and valuable personnel strategy,” the article states.

“I would much prefer that if they choose to work, that their work continues to benefit this university,” DiStefano wrote in the memo. “This arrangement is not unique to these individuals or to higher education throughout the state.”

CSU, Colorado Department of Agriculture, teaming up to analyze Colorado agriculture

CSU and the Colorado Department of Agriculture are teaming up in a study that will map the relationships between sectors tied to farm and ranch production in Colorado.

The project, which was announced by Gov. John Hickenlooper Thursday, is part of the Colorado Blueprint, which a news release describes as the “state’s bottom-up look at economic development.”

CSU’s Agriculture Cluster, which was first recognized by the state of Colorado this year, will play a huge role in the project.

“We’re trying to shine a light on all the different facets of agriculture,” said Kathay Rennels, CSU assistant vice president for community and economic development and leader of the Colorado Agricultural Cluster. “We want to create foundational knowledge about the depth and breadth of the agricultural industry and its role as an economic driver, as well as its role in our state culture.”

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