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By Staff

CU System Staff Council recruiting team for Race for the Cure

The University of Colorado System Staff Council is recruiting participants for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, set for Oct. 4 at Denver's Pepsi Center.

The day features a 5K run or walk, both co-ed, and a 1-mile family fun walk. A Sleep In for the Cure option is available for those who can't attend but wish to contribute to the cause.

Cost is $35 for adults, $25 for kids under 12 and adults over 65. Register online at After clicking on "Register," follow the "Join an Existing Team" link and search for "University of Colorado System."

Team members will contact registrants with information on a meeting place for race day.

President seeking applicants for humanities grants

Proposals for the fall 2009 President's Fund for the Humanities grants must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

The awards of up to $3,000 go toward preserving balance in the university's programs of education and research by giving special attention to the humanities. An advisory board comprising faculty representatives from each campus will consider proposals and make recommendations to President Bruce D. Benson for funding.

Details are on the president's Web site. For more information, contact Linda Starkey, special assistant to the associate vice president for academic affairs, at 303-860-5623 or

Conference considers how to join theory with practice

"Making It Real" is the theme of the second annual University of Colorado Conference on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, hosted by the Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement (IECE) at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The daylong event, set for Oct. 30 at the University Memorial Center, seeks to offer a space for exploration of critical topics and issues, and to promote discussion that improves the practice of service-learning and civic engagement. Peter Simons, director of the institute, says discussion will address how to put theories into practice.

The schedule features presentations and networking sessions on constructing courses, syllabi and assignments; forming community partnerships; and conceptualizing experiential and civic education. The afternoon will include a workshop on funding resources and application forms and deadlines from sponsoring organizations. The conference is part of the IECE's Education and Training Program, which seeks to provide faculty with the knowledge, understanding and tools to integrate the scholarship of engagement into academic courses

The attendance fee is $15. For more details, see the agenda and registration form or contact Peter Simons at

Board of Regents looks to honor those who excel

The Board of Regents invites nominations for 2010 honorary degrees, university medals and distinguished service awards.

An honorary degree (doctor of humane letters or doctor of science) is the university's highest award, recognizing outstanding achievement in intellectual contributions, university service and/or public service. Medals recognize people whose achievements and contributions are particularly associated with the university, while distinguished service awards honor those whose achievements are especially associated with the state and/or nation.

The nomination deadline is Nov. 15. For details or to download nomination forms, go to To request hard copies of forms to be mailed, contact the Board of Regents' office at 303-860-5667.

Best, brightest professors sought for Distinguished title

President Bruce D. Benson requests nominations for the 2009 Distinguished Professors, a title awarded to recognize the outstanding contributions of CU faculty members to their academic disciplines.

For a description of the nomination process, please see the administrative policy statement.

Nominations should be made through the department chair, and must be approved by the dean and provost. Campuses set deadlines for faculty dossiers, which are due to the president's office in July. Winners are announced in late fall.

NEA grant to bolster new plays, conference from Shakespeare Fest

An ambitious theater project being led by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) and a Massachusetts troupe has obtained a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The funding will fuel the creation of new plays and a conference planned for the University of Colorado at Boulder next year.

The CSF and Shakespeare & Company of Lenox, Mass., plan to co-commission and co-produce a cycle of plays dedicated to the American experience. This initial grant will provide funding for commissions to published playwrights Constance Congdon and J.T. Rogers; it also will fund a conference of 40 historians, playwrights and other scholars and theater professionals who will gather at CU-Boulder next April. The festival is working with CU's Center of the American West and the Conference on World Affairs to organize and host this event.

Philip C. Sneed and Tina Packer, producing artistic directors for CSF and Shakespeare & Company, respectively, conceived of this project in 2006. The cycle of plays will focus on what it means to be American and will feature the large casts typically employed by Shakespeare festivals.

As part of the plan, another conference will invite American playwrights, theaters, historians and scholars to gather and discuss the important components of the American history play cycle, and more playwrights will be commissioned. Finished scripts of the commissioned plays will be made available to other Shakespeare festivals, major theater companies, schools and universities. The project is expected to span at least a decade.