Dean's Welcome  

In last month's issue of CNS Insider, I was pleased to show you renderings of our new Biology Building, which is due to break ground this fall. Now we have renderings of our new Chemistry Research Building to share! These two buildings will emerge from the ground in concert and stand as beacons of the college on the south side of campus in an emerging area we fondly refer to as the "Science Mall."

Earlier this month, we held our 2015 spring commencement ceremony. It was a wonderful morning filled with excited students and proud families, friends, and faculty. Over 700 undergraduates earned their B.S. degrees, 60 their M.S., and 21 their Ph.D. - the largest class in our history. Our speaker, author and photographer Shreve Stockton, left us with an important message: Accept the challenges and opportunities life affords us, and keep moving forward toward your "unique truth and goals."

As the students spontaneously chanted "I'm proud to be a CSU Ram" and tossed their mortar boards in the air, the room was filled with joy and anticipation of what successes are in store for them. I'm sure we will all be impressed.

Wishing you a wonderful summer,

- Janice L. Nerger, Dean

  Around the Oval  
Surprise Gift Creates the Nancy E. Levinger Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Professor Nancy Levinger once kicked Kyle Kung '96 out of her chemistry lab. Now he's created a fellowship in her name. 

There's a great story there.

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Tony Frank Named CSU System Chancellor

In a move with some historical precedent, the Board of Governors recently voted to combine the roles of CSU System chancellor and CSU campus president under the leadership of Tony Frank.

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New "Flora of Colorado" Published by CSU Herbarium Collections Manager

A new edition of the "Flora of Colorado" - a publication dating back to 1906 - has been written by Jennifer Ackerfield, collections manager of the CSU Herbarium. 

The book comes after a remarkable gift of 20,000 specimens from Dr. Miriam Denham and family. Look for a feature article about the Herbarium, its history, and the gift in the coming CNS magazine.

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  Projects and Priorities  
Biology and Chemistry Building Projects Move Ahead

As featured in a recent four-page Coloradoan newspaper insert, the biology and chemistry building projects are progressing rapidly. Groundbreaking for both buildings is slated for this fall.

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  For Your Information  
Download The Coloradoan's In-Depth CNS Coverage

You might have seen it in the Sunday paper - four pages of updates, stories, and research. If you didn't, give this a read. It's one-stop shopping for all things CNS.

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Emeritus Breakfast 2015: A Time of Recognition

Many of the CNS's current and emeritus faculty members came together this spring to recognize the important roles our former leaders play, and the many ways they enrich the college.

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Stories like the the Nancy E. Levinger Undergraduate Research Fellowship exist because of our dedicated donors and alumni.  With your contributions, you propel the College of Natural Sciences and enable us to meet our educational mission. 

We hope you'll consider making a gift that aligns with your passions. Thank you for your contribution.

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