We have been able to recruit excellent faculty and staff. DU is becoming known. In twoweeks there will be about 1,000 people staying on campus for the DNC. TV programs will be
broadcast from DU: “The Washington Review,” John Stewart’s “Daily Show.” Madelaine
Albright is managing a program for international studies.
Capital construction on campus
Fundraising is being completed for the Morgridge College of Education, which will start in
the fall, at the corner of High and Evans. It will be a “gateway to campus.” DU owns the
entire block behind it.
Nagle Hall will open this fall. The dedication will be on the 21 st of August.
We have three major construction projects coming up:1.
Raising money for construction of a new building for School of Computer Scienceand Engineering3.
Major renovation of the library/Driscoll Center over the next several years.
The focus is on using the platform we’ve esta
blished. The next phase is absolute quality of the enterprise
quality people; hiring and holding on to the good ones we have. The
Chancellor’s job is to build resources needed to attract and retain the best people, fuel
programs, fuel new faculty.
We are now competing with national institutes.
2/3 of the university community is staff.
We had an extraordinary year in Athletics:
The National Championship in Skiing;
ranks us as #1 in the country amongcolleges without football; #23 in the country ranked by
; 80% of our studentathletes graduated.
Chancellor Coombe then opened the floor to questions.
How can we all contribute to keeping the momentum going?
A: Focus on results and quality.
Maximize and utilize the resources we have. Focus on workingwith one another. If people work together, resources flow across boundaries. You drive the
institute forward. Relationships need to click. It’s easy to think of your departments as being self
-contained, but think about the boundaries as not cast in concrete. Pool resources.
: Senior staff has discussed communication and gotten studentgovernment involved. Communication among students is not great; among faculty and staff weare going with the information flow but we are not good at large-
scale conversations. We don’t
engage large groups. We do well with making information available but need a mechanism forpeople to talk about them. It was noted people need to respond to e-mails and make phone calls.
Dr. Coombe replied senior staff is addressing communication and information flow in thecommunity. He requested any ideas to enhance communication be sent to him.
Jennifer suggested more gatherings
lots of staff members come to the Provostluncheons.
The Chancellor responded only 15%-20% of the University community is veryactive. How do we engage the bulk of the DU community? This is people at all levelsin the University. SAC should be at the point of that. He suggested we consider howto get the entire staff involved in participating.
What about the University’s plan for
A large number of students got on board with it. There may be other kinds of things like thiswe can use as leverage.