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By Staff

Veterans Day ceremony to feature Colorado Sen. Shaffer

The University of Colorado at Boulder's University Memorial Center, the state's official memorial to war veterans, will host a Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The 11 a.m. ceremony in the Glenn Miller Ballroom will feature Colorado Sen. Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, and the CU ROTC Color Guard. Other speakers will include retired Col. Greg Akers, director of CU-Boulder's Office of Veterans' Affairs and CU-Boulder student Isabel Guerra, the UMC board chair. A reception will follow in the UMC Veterans Lounge.

Shaffer is president of the Colorado Senate and represents Senate District 17. The Denver native received his bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford University in 1993. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from 1993 to 1997. He then taught English in Japan for one year before returning to Colorado to enroll in the CU School of Law, from which he earned his law degree in 2001.

In 1947, more than half of all college students were World War II veterans. When funding began for the new student union building on the CU-Boulder campus that same year, CU students and Colorado citizens decided that the building would serve as a living memorial to Coloradans who had served in the two world wars.

Veterans will be recognized in the stands during the CU-Texas A&M football game on Saturday, Nov. 7. In celebration of Veterans Day and in recognition of their service to the country, veterans and their families also are eligible to buy tickets for Saturday's game at the reduced price of $5 each. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, Nov. 6. For more information call 303-492-0099.

Seminar aims to boost skills in business communication

Suffer from "writer's block" each time you sit down to write? Here's a seminar that could change that.

"E-mail and Business Writing" is designed to help you communicate more effectively through letters that are clear and concise.

The seminar, taught by Katherine Skallerud of Organizational and Employee Development, runs from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 5, at room 346 in the Administrative and Research Center, on Marine Street at the East Campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The course is free for Boulder faculty and staff; for system administration, a $25 fee will be charged to the participant's department. To register, call 303-492-8103 or e-mail Click here for more information on this and other job skills seminars.

Discounted football tickets available to faculty and staff

CU Athletics is offering $10 tickets for Saturday's Buffs football game against Texas A&M to all University of Colorado faculty, staff and their families. Game time is 11:30 a.m.

Seats, located in section 220, are limited and the price does not include fees. Advance purchase is required. To buy, click on this link and enter promo code COLORADO.

For more information, call 303-49-BUFFS.

Center for Service Learning offering grants of up to $2,000

The Center for Service Learning will award grants of up to $2,000 for faculty members and other instructors interested in incorporating service learning into their courses. Grants are available for design of a new course or for a major redesign of an existing course.

Service learning is a teaching method that fosters civic responsibility and leadership through the integration of academic instruction and community-based service. Those interested in developing a service-learning course for either Spring, Summer or Fall 2010 are asked to submit proposals to Marty Bickman, Service Learning director, by Nov. 16. Distribution of grants will be announced shortly after Thanksgiving.

For more information, contact Marty Bickman at 303-492-8945 or