FRIDAY FOLDER 8/28/09: A roundup of regional school news

August 27, 2009

UCCS expands homeland security program
The Center for Homeland Security, part of the National Institute of Science, Space and Security Centers at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has added two new certificates: security intelligence for graduate students and disaster public health for undergraduate and graduate students.
Each certificate requires four courses that may be completed within a year and that may be applied toward various degrees.

CC dinged over free speech issue
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has rated Colorado College as being among “the worst of the worst” when it comes to liberty on campus. The nonprofit civil rights group took out a full page ad of “Red Alert” schools in the 2010 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue, released this week. The organization monitors schools for what it sees as violations of free speech, due process, religious liberty and other civil rights issues.
CC was singled out for finding two students guilty of violence for posting a flier that satirized a racy feminist flier circulated by students in the Feminist and Gender Studies Program and posted in campus bathrooms. The incident, which occurred in April 2008, led to forums on free speech.
Joining CC on the list are Brandeis University, Johns Hopkins University, Michigan State University, Tufts University and Bucknell University.

D-12 sidewalks get a makeover
It should be much safer for students walking to several schools in Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 this fall after sidewalks are added along a stretch of Cresta Road. Construction is slated to begin Monday and should be done by late October, according to a city news release. The work is being funded by a $372,000 Safe Routes to School grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation. The work will add sidewalk where it’s missing along Cresta between Cheyenne Road and Hercules Drive, as well as pedestrian ramps, signal modifications, utility relocation, signs and striping. Bicycle and turn lanes will be blocked during construction.
D-12 schools in that area include Cheyenne Mountain High School and Junior High School and several elementary schools. D-12 does not provide bus transportation for students.

Entrepreneurship author gets UCCS position
Thomas N. Duening has been appointed El Pomar Chair for Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He previously directed the Entrepreneurial Programs Office at Arizona State University.
Duening has written 12 books on investing in entrepreneurship, including “Technology Entrepreneurship,” released this month.
He and two other El Pomar chairs work through the El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization to build partnerships between the university and the community. The institute was established in 1990 by a $3.15 million grant from the Colorado Springs-based El Pomar Foundation.

Push good teachers to go for award
Know a great teacher? Now’s the time to nominate him or her for the 2010 Colorado Teacher of the Year Award. Of course, you’ll also have to coerce your nominee to fill out the application, write a few essays and get an OK from his or her principal and superintendent to submit the packet to the state. Applications for the prestigious award are due Oct. 1., and are available at The winner will be announced in November.
The 2009 Teacher of the Year was Susan Elliott, a Highlands Ranch High School instructor for the deaf and hard of hearing.

— Gazette staff report

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