Students unite for Haiti


A group of University of Colorado student leaders are joining forces to raise $100,000 for Haiti relief. The “CU Stands for Haiti” campaign consists of several large fundraisers put on by about 25 student groups. Events so far have included a screening of the documentary film The Road to Fondwa on Feb. 1, a speaker series to inform students about the current situation in Haiti on Feb. 2, and a partnership with the CU athletics department that will allow student volunteers to collect donations from fans at the CU vs. Missouri men’s basketball game at 2 p.m. on Feb. 6.

The fundraising effort is part of “Stand With Haiti,” a nationwide university effort to raise funds. Money raised will be donated to Partners in Health. A complete list of CU-Boulder Haiti relief efforts can be found at

Powered by sunshine

Three buildings on the CU-Boulder campus — the Coors Events/Conference Center, Housing System Maintenance Center and Wolf Law Building — will receive 140,000 kilowatt-hours of energy each year from solar panels recently installed atop the buildings.

A total of 62 solar panels will provide the amount of energy needed to power 20 medium-sized houses. As well as reducing the university’s energy costs, the addition of solar energy contributes to Colorado Amendment 37, which voters passed in 2004 to mandate that 20 percent of Colorado energy come from renewable sources by 2020.

Student satellite picked for launch

NASA has selected a small communications satellite designed by CU-Boulder undergraduates to be launched into orbit in November. The satellite, named Hermes, is one of three university research satellites launched as part of NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellite (ELaNA) mission, which aims to improve communications systems in tiny satellites through on-orbit testing of a high data-rate communication system for scientists and engineers to acquire information. The three satellites, built by CU-Boulder, Montana State University and Kentucky Space (which is a consortium of universities), are named “CubeSats.” They measure four inches per side and weigh about 2.2 pounds each. For more information, visit

Engineering school recognized

The CU-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science has been selected by the International Institute of Education to receive an Honorable Mention for the 2010 Andrew Heiskell Award. Recognized in the “Internationalizing the Campus” category, the college was awarded for its breadth of international initiatives, which include adding more study abroad opportunities; expanding the number of languages and cultures represented in the International Engineering Certificate program to six; providing international education, research and service opportunities in sustainable community development; and starting new international exchange programs, dual degree programs and research opportunities with universities around the world.

CU prof edits Ellison book

A CU-Boulder associate professor was one of the editors who worked to bring Ralph Ellison’s long-awaited second novel to bookstore shelves on Jan. 26.

Adam Bradley, a faculty member in the CU English department, and John Callahan of Lewis and Clark College edited Three Days Before the Shooting …, the successor to Ellison’s classic 1952 novel Invisible Man.

When Ellison died in 1994, he left behind 27 archival boxes worth of manuscript pages for his unfinished, untitled second novel. The material included handwritten notes, typewritten pages and more than 460 computer files on 84 disks.

Just two months before his death, Ellison told The New Yorker magazine that he was working every day on the second novel and that “there will be something very soon.”

The second novel is the product of 15 years of work by Bradley and Callahan, a professor of humanities.

Bradley joined the literary detective work in 1994 as a student at Lewis and Clark in Portland, Ore., where Callahan, a friend of Ellison and executor of Ellison’s estate, was one of his professors.