Where is news coverage of campus faculty assembly meetings?

We are approaching the one-year time point since the demise of the Silver & Gold. I count exactly 14 letters to the editor during the entire existence of the Faculty and Staff Newsletter. Two of them (one is mine) discuss how few letters there are. The demise of print journalism is lamentable on many counts, [...]

Alumni status should always be acknowledged

I always find it disappointing and even appalling when CU publications don’t mention that someone they’re writing about is an alum of CU. Maybe you didn’t know, but Joanne Belknap (Feb. 17 issue) graduated from CU-Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1981. Marc Killinger Alumni Association, CU-Boulder  

Of football and finances

This past week, Boulder’s Daily Camera had numerous articles about Division I football and university financing. Once again I am asking myself, ‘What is wrong with this picture?’ A few examples: At CU-Boulder, the proposed $50 million initiative to upgrade the intercollegiate sports facilities and programs in order to be more competitive Elsewhere in college football, [...]

PERA’s mix of assets needs to change

After attending the Boulder campus PERA presentation in which proposed legislative changes were explained, I came away with some disturbing thoughts. By reducing benefits to accommodate poor market performance, we end up with a defined contribution plan masquerading as a defined benefit plan. When the benefit guarantee is removed, the difference between the two vanishes. [...]

State must allocate more funding for higher ed

I am concerned about CU’s fiscal policy and the initiatives that are under way to deal with the crisis. We have read about a number of proposals from the president’s office about fiscal flexibility (exemption from public oversight), increasing tuition and increasing out-of-state and foreign student enrollment because they pay more. Why have we not [...]

Legislative coverage is welcome

I was so glad to read that you will be covering the Capitol this legislative session (Jan. 6 issue). I and many of my colleagues are very interested in knowing about the PERA bill and the changes that will be happening to our retirement plan as well as all of higher education. One of our [...]

Why so few letters?

I’m wondering why there are so few letters (many weeks: none) to the editor in the Newsletter. Compared to the Silver and Gold Record, there are very few. I’d be curious to hear from readers as to why they think there are fewer letters, though perhaps there’s been a drop in readership, which would explain [...]

PERA’s plan of action raises doubts

PERA’s hat-in-hand shtick is becoming tiresome. Yes, of course we need to fix the funding shortfall. And many, if not all, of PERA’s recommendations might constitute a prudent course of action. What troubles me is that the remedies are built largely on the backs of workers whose trust in the system continues to be shaken. [...]

Forging twin paths of giving

As we enter the traditional season of giving, I respect the contributions the Colorado Combined Campaign (CCC) makes to our community. United Way, its partner organizations with tight budgets, donors and volunteers do so much good to help so many that I have always felt my small contribution was a good investment in our community. [...]

Gifts from scientists immeasurable

In reference to “Conference eyes how technology can improve lives of people with cognitive disabilities” (Oct. 14): Technology … not only did it enhance my son’s life, cochlear implants are gifts from dedicated scientists that make it possible to simply hear the wind blow … and then some. Gary Lovato Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps [...]

New mission statement: making it count

The Regents are not alone in their inability to figure out how many institutions comprise the University of Colorado. That has been an amusing exercise since I’ve worked here. Why not let the number of chancellors determine the magic number? I count three. This institutional confusion brings up that expensive branding study. I thought that [...]

Fashion statement falls flat

It caught my eye in the sports section that the Buffs had commemorative jerseys and helmets (for the Wyoming game). How much of the money that we don’t have did this cost? We are all tightening our belts, some layoffs, some furloughs. Couldn’t they have bought patches? Diana Warren University of Colorado Denver  

Feedback deserves prominent place on site

I appreciate the attempt to fill the void many of us feel now that we no longer see the Silver and Gold in our buildings. While it may not be possible to replace a print newsletter with an electronic version, nor will having insufficient staff to cover various events and meetings meet the needs of [...]

Insurance companies shouldn’t punish prevention

Two medical news items in the Aug. 19 Newsletter garnered my attention. First, the record-breaking SOM class is good news for the university and a key part of the solution to help contain health care costs while increasing availability of care. It takes more doctors to accomplish these two objectives. Second, the expanded state funding [...]

Branding

To the editor, If the university can afford to spend more than $700,000 on “new campus logos,” but can’t fight to get its employees a pay increase, then there is something seriously wrong. We read the news, too. Bryan Walker, CU-Boulder

Campus logos

To the editor, If the university can afford to spend more than $700,000 on “new campus logos,” but can’t fight to get its employees a pay increase, then there is something seriously wrong. We read the news, too. —Bryan Walker, CU-Boulder

Branding complexity

To the Editor, I am amazed by the apparent complexity that has developed during the “new” branding process of the university. Even though the whole university and all campuses are under one administrative umbrella of a president and the Board of Regents, it appears that each campus should have the common University of Colorado (UC) [...]

What business is CU in?

May 21, 2009 ( Sent via e-mail) Dear editor: President Benson and at least one of the regents said that the university is not in the business of running a newspaper. One might well ask, “What business CU is in? Football? Sweated labor? Country-club perks for the few? Commercial research? Self-serving administration?” Paul M. Levitt [...]

Not in the business?

Dear editor: President Benson and at least one of the regents said  that the university is not in the business of running a newspaper. One might well ask, “What business CU is in? Football?  Sweated labor? Country-club perks for the few? Commercial research? Self-serving  administration?” Paul M. Levitt English, CU-Boulder (Sent via e-mail)