In memory: George Splittgerber

George Emil Hugo Splittgerber was born on January 25, 1918, on a homestead in the Prairie Center, Wyo., community to parents Hugo and Mathea (Jorgensen) Splittgerber. He spent early childhood in Stanton, Neb., and received degrees in chemistry from the University of Nebraska in 1939 and a doctorate from Kansas State University in 1960.George Splittgerber Mr. Splittgerber worked as an industrial chemist for the Victor Chemical Works in Chicago Heights, Illinois, from 1940-42, and for the Sinclair Research and Development Company in East Chicago, Indiana, from 1942 to 1948, where he was engaged in laboratory and pilot plant research on synthetic rubber during World War II, and on lubricating oil additives after the war. He married Pearle Damkroger of DeWitt, Nebraska, in 1942. In 1948 the family moved to Fort Collins and that fall George began his 40 year teaching career at Colorado State University. He spent summers in the early 1960s working with the hydrology branch of the U.S. Geological Survey studying the effects of mono-molecular films in reducing evaporation from water reservoirs. He served as director of eight National Science Foundation Summer Institutes for high school chemistry teachers at Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and Loyola University in New Orleans. The Summer Institutes were attended by teachers from across the United States and among other topics, provided information about expectations for high school science background for incoming students planning to attend Colorado State University, the University of Colorado, or the University of Northern Colorado. He served as chairman of the Committee on Institutes and Conferences of the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society, and as assistant chairman of the Colorado State University chemistry department for much of the 1970s, He retired from the university in 1988 after 40 years of service, continuing to make daily treks to the CSU library to read, relax and continue his personal research activities. In 2015, the George Splittgerber Scholarship in Chemistry was created by Dr. Glenn Boutilier and his wife Donna to honor George as a longtime professor. His hobbies included writing, photography, music, and genealogical research. He was a member of various professional and honorary science and mathematics organizations. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Collins for more than 66 years, where he served in many capacities, from Sunday school superintendent to chairman of the church council. As an avid traveler, George visited each of the 50 states at least twice, most of the Canadian provinces, and most countries of western Europe. He was an enthusiastic devotee of the Elderhostel Program, and attended more than 40 such programs across the country.   His favorites included those at the Oregon Bach Festivals at the University of Oregon, and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, MD. George Splittgerber was preceded in death by Pearle, his wife of 56 years; a granddaughter, Elizabeth; his parents; brother Ernest, and sister Bernice. He is survived by three sons, Ronald (and Vicky), Richard (and Meredith), and Gary, all of Fort Collins; by five grandchildren, Wendy (and Jeremy Eades), Heidi (and Victor Zuniga), Holly (and Nate Tuck), Johnathan (and Missy Splittgerber), and Emily Splittgerber, all of Fort Collins; and eight great grandchildren. A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday July 25, Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 East Stuart Street in Fort Collins. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that contributions be made to the George Splittgerber Scholarship at Colorado State University. Online donations may be made.

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Improvements made to international travel approval

Over the last several months, the Office of Risk Management and Insurance has worked closely with Travel Services in making sure that the information needed by Risk Management and Insurance for international travel is collected through the Kuali TEM process.yellow suitcase This means that with the recent Kuali TEM campus wide implementation, Risk Management and Insurance has updated its systems so that users and travelers no longer need to enter the same information twice. This will lead to:

  • Greater efficiency
  • Less duplicative efforts in international travel approval work flow
All student status travelers will still need to obtain approval from the Office of International Programs – Education Abroad prior to departure. What's new?
  • As of July 20, all new international travel saved and submitted in Kuali TEM will no longer require separate registration in the Risk Management and Insurance international travel website.
  • Instead, travel authorizations  saved and submitted in Kuali TEM to international destinations will receive an Risk Management and Insurance approval via email within 24 hours.
  • This approval email must be attached to the travel authorization record by either the traveler or the travel authorization initiator as proof of Risk Management approval.
  • Users will no longer need to enter information into Risk Management international registration; all information will be captured in Kuali TEM’s travel authorization document.
  • For trips subject to a U.S. State Department travel advisory, travel authorization needs to be saved and submitted. Within 24 hours, Risk Management and Insurance will notify the traveler and travel authorization initiator that the destination requires a travel advisory waiver.
  • This waiver is now available electronically via a new Risk Management international travel TEM portal, where you can complete and sign waivers and view previously approved trips.
  • A CSU EID is required to login to the new Risk Management and Insurance international travel TEM portal to access the travel advisory waiver. Once the travel advisory waiver is electronically completed by the traveler, the system will automatically generate an approval email. This approval email should be attached to the travel authorization document to show proof that travel to the destination subject to a travel advisory has been approved.
Please do not ad hoc Risk Management and Insurance through Kuali for approval of travel authorizations. Ad hoc requests will be denied, and may result in a delay of approval. It may also result in the department or traveler not being eligible for travel expense reimbursement. From July 20- August 1, the old Risk Management international travel registration database will be available for read only access to allow travelers and admins to access prior travel registration. No new trip registrations will be allowed on the old system. For technical questions contact: Rick Wells at (970) 491-1818, or Andy Borchert at (970) 491-2705 at For other questions about this process contact: Sally Alexander at (970) 491-7724, or Susan Cavender at (970) 491-1432, or Frequently asked questions What if I have already completed registration with Risk Management and Insurance using its old system? For all travel authorizations initiated in Kuali TEM after July 20, there is no need to register with Risk Management and Insurance, or to use that approval system. However, if your pre-trip travel document was initiated using the old system, download Risk Management approval using the old system and attach to your pre-trip travel documentation. All travel approvals that begin with the paper system, need to end with the paper system. NOTE*: For travel authorizations submitted from July 1 through July 20, with a completed Risk Management and Insurance registration, download the approval from the old registration system to attach to your travel authorization. Please remember that Risk Management’s old registration system will only be accessible for this purpose from July 20th through August 1st. No new travel registrations will be accepted beginning July 20. It is the travelers and the travel arranger’s responsibility to make sure that copies of Risk Management and Insurance authorizations from the old system are retained. What if the traveler has completed a paper pre-trip travel authorization and completed registration with Risk Management using the old system? All travel approvals begun with the paper process must be completed using the paper process. Please remember that Risk Management's old registration system will only be accessible for this purpose from July 20 through August 1. No new travel registrations will be accepted beginning July 20. It is the travelers and the travel arranger’s responsibility to make sure that copies of Risk Management authorizations from the old system are retained. Do I still have access to trips that I have registered using the old registration system? You will have access to trips registered using the old Risk Management registration ONLY from July 20-August 1. I was taught that the traveler needs Risk Management approval BEFORE the airfares and hotel accommodations were booked. How can I ensure that now that I have to submit a travel authorization before Risk Management approves? Risk Management approval is based on the initiation and save and submission of a travel authorization in Kuali TEM. The approval is an automated process, and for 90 percent of international destinations the approval occurs within 24 hours. It is the responsibility of the traveler or travel initiator to attach the Risk Management approval email to the travel authorization. Failure to do so is non-compliant with university policy and may result in no reimbursement of the traveler’s expenses. For destinations subject to a U.S. State Department travel advisory, Risk Management still requires travelers to complete and sign the travel advisory waiver. The process has now been streamlined so that upon completion of the travel advisory waiver, Risk Management approval is automatically generated. What happens if the Risk Management approval email is not attached to the travel authorization document? This process has not changed. As with the old system, the travel desk will reject the reimbursement request when expenses are submitted. What if a traveler is a student? All travelers with student status are required to obtain approval from the Office of International Programs – Education Abroad, prior to travel. Why does it take 24 hours for Risk Management’s system to approve the international travel? Thesystem is programmed to view information out of CSU’s data warehouse. These views are only populated nightly out of Kuali TEM.

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In memory: James Severin Quick

Dr. James "Jim" S. Quick of Fort Collins, passed away early on the morning of July 5 following a long illness, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 20, 1940, on a rural farm near Starkweather, North Dakota, to James Rodrick and Anna Selma (Sather) Quick, the oldest of seven children.james quick He was a scientist and teacher, world traveler, skier, family historian, and gardener extraordinaire. He was also a wonderful husband, loving father, and adoring grandfather. Jim studied at North Dakota State University for undergraduate work and Purdue for post-graduate work, obtaining an M.S. and Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics. He had a long and impressive career, working at North Dakota State University, Colorado State University, also Hyderabad in India, Cambridge in the United Kingdom, the Toowoomba Wheat Research Institute in Brisbane, Australia, and CIMMYT in Mexico. In 1993 he met his current wife, Jaculynn Panuska. They were married in Fort Collins on June 13, 1994, and recently celebrated their 21st anniversary. He was preceded in death by his parents, James in 1968 and Anna in 2012, and brothers Richard R. Quick in 1999 and John R. Quick in 2001. He is survived by his wife, Jackie Panuska; three daughters, Alissa J. Quick of Bloomington, IN; Katie A. Quick May (Daniel Fairbank) of Fort Collins; Jeanette S. Quick Sandlin (Mark) of Greensboro, NC; and their mother, Rosemary Davenport (Chris Reid) of Fort Collins; also step-children, Robin Horak of Boston, MA, and Jason Horak (Alice Kunce) of Little Rock, AR; grandchildren, Cassandra and Nathan May, and step-grandchildren, Kayli and Hunter Sandlin, Lyrian Ruesch and Raymond Horak. He is also survived by siblings, Bobby Ann (Wayne) Paintner of Sundance, WY; Joan (Dennis) Bangen of Casper, WY; Mary Ellen (Jim) Spenningsby of Duluth, MN; and Marcia (Mike) Zimmerman of Garrison, ND; and sister-in-law, Joan Quick of Fargo, ND. Memorial celebrations are planned for later this summer, details to be determined. Send condolences to the family

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