Hundreds of high school students to visit campus

[caption id="attachment_4039" align="alignright" width="193"]photo of students at table About 1,400 high school journalists will be on campus Thursday for J Day.[/caption] More than 1,000 high school students will descend on the Colorado State University campus Thursday and Friday, and campus community members are being encouraged to be welcoming and assist any visitors who have questions or need directions. Journalism Day, being held in the Lory Student Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, is expected to attract about 1,400 young journalists from 59 middle schools and high schools around the state. And on Friday, Oct. 10, the CSU Office of Admissions is hosting about 1,300 prospective students and their families as part of Explore CSU, an opportunity for high school seniors to meet with representatives from the academic colleges, take a campus tour, experience lunch in one of CSU’s dining centers, and attend an information fair and reception. J Day, an event put on by the Colorado High School Press Association, was held at Mount Vista High School in Highlands Ranch last year due to the $50 million renovation that was under way at the Lory Student Center. “We are glad to be back, because it’s a nice draw to get these students on campus,” said Jack Kennedy, CHSPA executive director and an instructor in CSU’s Department of Journalism and Technical Communication. “It’s great for CSU, and everybody loves coming here.” He said the event features at least 45 speakers and 50 sessions, as well as about a dozen exhibitors. Revenue from the fees charged to exhibitors goes to student scholarships. More information about the event is available at During Explore CSU on Friday, prospective students and guests will be parking in the Moby Arena Lot starting at 7:45 a.m. The event begins in Moby Arena at 9 a.m. and concludes in the Lory Student Center at 4:45 p.m. Campus community members will see an increased volume of visitors in the dining halls between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Academic sessions will be taking place in the Lory Student Center throughout the day.

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Seats still available for Community Lecture Series on Tuesday

[caption id="attachment_2562" align="alignright" width="300"]Lori_Peek_426 CSU's Lori Peek has worked with high school students in the Gulf Coast region, empowering them to help others following disasters.[/caption] Can children and youth lead the way to recovery following catastrophic disasters? Programs put in place with the help of Colorado State University sociologist Lori Peek suggest that not only are youth more than willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work following disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the BP/ Deepwater Horizon oil spill, they can make a substantial impact in the recovery process. Peek, an associate professor in CSU’s Department of Sociology, will discuss her findings during the third installment of the President’s Community Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Lory Student Center Theater. Peek’s lecture is titled “Katrina to Colorado: How Children of Disaster Change Lives.” Series is gift to Fort Collins “Lori Peek is a highly respected sociologist, and this is an opportunity for the Fort Collins community to hear about her research and insights into the science of disaster recovery,” said CSU President Tony Frank. “This lecture series is an intimate opportunity for people here in CSU’s hometown to learn about some of the most important issues of our day directly from our researchers doing life-altering work both here and around the world.” The public is invited to the lecture series, which began earlier this year as a gift from the university to Fort Collins to celebrate the city’s 150th birthday. Previous speakers were University Distinguished Professors Dr. Stephen Withrow, veterinarian and founder of the Flint Animal Cancer Center, and Dr. Diana Wall, a renowned soil ecologist and director of the School for Global Environmental Sustainability. Children adapt, respond “The children and youth of the Gulf Coast region have been exposed to more disasters over the past decade than any other group of young people in the United States,” said Peek. “In many ways, they have become experts at absorbing and adapting to the consequences of these extreme events.” While the number of disasters they have endured has created many difficulties in their lives, Peek is quick to note that young people in disaster-affected communities “are not helpless. They are eager to assist other children and youth who have experienced disaster losses in other communities.” Extensive post-disaster research In addition to her work in the Gulf Coast region, Peek did significant research in post-9/11 New York and in Joplin, Mo., following a 2011 tornado. She recently led up the first-ever statewide assessment of child care centers in Colorado and their plans for disaster preparedness. She has published widely on vulnerable populations in disaster and is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-author of Children of Katrina, and co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora. Peek helped initiate the SHOREline Project, a partnership between CSU’s Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis, Columbia’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness, and the Children’s Health Fund, at six high schools in the Gulf Coast region. Students developed projects and performed community service in areas ravaged in recent years by the BP spill and Katrina. The “SHORE” in “SHOREline” stands for Skills, Hope, Opportunity, Recovery and Engagement. Peek is also the co-founder of another recovery and empowerment project called “Youth Creating Disaster Recovery.” Lecture free; tickets required Peek’s lecture will focus on some of her findings from various studies of children and youth in communities affected by disaster. She also will describe the SHOREline Project and her hopes to establish similar programs in Colorado high schools. The lecture and reception following are free and open to the public, but attendees must reserve tickets.

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Paul Metz interim chair of Music, Theatre and Dance

Paul MetzFor the 2014-2015 academic year, Paul Metz will serve as interim chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University. This appointment follows the announcement that Todd Queen, department chair since 2009, was named dean of the Louisiana State University College of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Metz received a B.A. in Music from Gettysburg College, and the M.M. and Ph.D. in Music Theory from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati.

Metz has served as coordinator of music theory at Colorado State University since he arrived in 1986. During his time in the department he has also been assistant chair, acting chair, director of undergraduate studies, coordinator of the B.A. in Music degree program, and adviser to honors students.

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to Paul for his willingness to serve the department during a time of transition,” said Ann Gill, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Because he has been involved with the department in a variety of roles, I have confidence in his ability to take on this challenging new role.”

A search for a new chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will commence in fall of 2014. More  information will be available on the department website. Contact: Carrie Care, (970) 491-5891    

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