New Fort Lewis president tapped
search for Fort Lewis College leadership has ended. On Tuesday, the Board of Trustees announced
that Brad Bartel, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida Gulf Coast
University, will become the college's seventh president. Bartel was chosen from a field of more
than 50 applicants, and his selection ends a search process than began nearly 18 months ago. He
will begin his official FLC duties in May of 2004.
"The board and members of the search committee have spent
a great deal of time in the search process, and it was well worth the effort in the selection of
Dr. Bartel," said Board of Trustees Chairman Peter Decker. "He will provide outstanding leadership
for Fort Lewis College as it moves into the future as Colorado's premier liberal arts and sciences
Bartel has 29 years of experience as an academic
administrator and faculty member at three major universities - San Diego State University, the
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Florida Gulf Coast University.
"I am excited about working with my new colleagues at Fort
Lewis College to developthe institutioninto the premier public liberal arts college in the
West," said Bartel. "Fort Lewis College is almost there now.With some additional innovation in
learning environments and programmatic diversity, we will create a true 21st century liberal arts
college for Colorado."
Bartel said he was attracted to Fort Lewis College for
"A number of variables were important in my consideration
to apply for the presidency of Fort Lewis College," he said. "I knew of Fort Lewis College as a
member of COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges). This group of 20 institutions
represents the finest in undergraduate learning in the nation.Being an anthropologist, I was
impressed byFort Lewis College's dedication to Native American students.Essentially, the
great combination of focused mission, size and locationattracted me to apply."
Since 2000, Bartel has served as provost and executive
vice president for academic affairs at Florida Gulf Coast University, one of the newest
universities in the nation. Florida Gulf Coast University opened its doors in 1997 and now boasts
an enrollment of more than 6,000 students in the College of Arts and Sciences and four
professional colleges of Health, Business, Education and Professional Studies.
Bartel will succeed Robert Dolphin, Jr., who has served as
president since July 1, 2002, when Kendall Blanchard resigned as president to return to the
classroom as professor of anthropology. Dolphin will retire at the end of the current academic
Center got the go-ahead to begin excavation at its proposed expansion site in Grandview on
Tuesday. The Durango City Council agreed to adopt an intergovernmental agreement with La Plata
County, which will allow the hospital to start moving earth for its $76 million expansion.
The hospital is a central component of the Southern Ute
Indian Tribe's planned Grandview development. The tribe has requested annexation of 682 acres east
of Durango for its proposed 2,211-unit development. The hospital faces a looming construction
deadline in order to receive funding and has requested an accelerated timeline.
"The hospital is such a big important part of this
community that the city did not want to stand in the way of its expansion," Mayor Virginia Castro
said of the council's decision.
In addition to adopting the agreement, the council also
accepted that annexation petition from the tribe. A meeting on the annexation and zoning will be
held Jan. 20. Castro added that the development is not being fast-tracked and will endure heavy
scrutiny beginning at that time.
"Basically it'll be the same process as we always have,"
she said. "All this is doing is allowing them to let the dirt to sit there for a few
Little Molas process
Service has started trying to gauge public input on its proposed upgrades to the Little Molas Lake
campground. In September, the agency announced it would withdraw a recent decision to make
$700,000 in improvements to facilities at Little Molas Lake. The San Juan National Forest had
proposed rehabilitation of areas damaged by unregulated camping at Little Molas and construction
of a Forest Service fee campground and picnic area. A year-round parking lot was to be built
adjacent to U.S. Highway 550 offering access to the Colorado Trail.
However, the Forest Service proposal drew opposition and
eventually an appeal charging that a fee-free, scaled-back proposal should have been selected. The
12 appellants called instead for Alternative 3, a more moderate plan that would improve Little
Molas and result in no fees for the public.
By withdrawing its decision, the Forest Service said it
acknowledges that more public input was needed.
"We will revisit the (National Environmental Policy Act)
process to make sure we hear from everyone," said Pauline Ellis, Columbine District Ranger. "But
our goal is still to protect and manage the natural resources that are threatened at Little Molas,
replace the camping opportunities we lost when Purgatory Campground was traded out of public
ownership and improve public safety through adequate parking."
As it begins its analysis anew, the Forest Service has
scheduled two public meetings to hear comments. The first will be held Thursday, Dec. 4, from 6-8
p.m. in the Miner's Union Theatre in Silverton. The second will be held Dec. 15 from 6-8 p.m. in
the Eolus Room of the Durango Community Recreation Center. Comments can also be submitted to: Cam
Hooley, Columbine Ranger District, P.O. Box 439, 367 Pearl St., Bayfield, CO 81122.
Ellis asked that the new comments be fresh. "Remarks
should be substantive, meaning they should be within the scope of the project, be specific and
have a direct relationship to the project and include supporting reasons," she said.
Home Depot contract
security company Loronix will be providing surveillance software for the world's largest home
improvement retailer. A contract has been signed between Home Depot and Loronix's New York-based
mother company, Verint Systems Inc., to deploy the software in the retailer's 1,600 North-American
stores. The software will be used in a variety of areas, including security, safety and monitoring
of self checkout stations.
"With more than 1,600 stores, Home Depot is committed to
deploying technology to efficiently manage our operations and ensure a safe and secure environment
for our employees and customers," said Marvin Ellison, Home Depot's VP of Loss Prevention. "We
view Verint's Loronix Video Solution as a multi-dimensional retail tool. Therefore, we are
deploying their technology to meet a number of important objectives, including reducing shrinkage
and generating business intelligence that can be used to improve merchandising."
"We are delighted to be working with Home Depot to help
them improve their operations," said Dan Bodner, President and CEO of Verint Systems Inc. "We
continue to develop new video solutions for our retail customers and are committed to the retail
Verint Systems Inc. is a leading provider of analytic
software for communications interception, digital video security and surveillance, and enterprise
revamping design guidelines
design standards imposed on Durango's downtown are spreading to other areas of the business
community. The city of Durango will be developing new urban design standards for major commercial
corridors and revising existing standards for the central business district.
Senior Planner Keith Walzak said the move is an effort to
get ahead of the ball and ensure that new business development is done in a quality manner. "We're
interested in expanding the design guidelines into some of the major corridors as the city starts
to expand," he said.
These corridors include: North Main Avenue; Highway 160
West; Highway 160/550 East; Grandview; Highway 3; College Avenue; and East Eighth Avenue. A final
set of project meetings will be held Dec. 8 & 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802
E. Second Ave. At the meetings, the public will be encouraged to comment on draft design
guidelines. For more information, call Walzak at 385-2890.
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