BOULDER, CO – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the stadium as the Stanford Cardinal face the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on November 3, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. The Cardinal defeated the Buffaloes 48-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)A college football head coach’s new contract appears to be in violation of state law.Colorado has agreed to a six-year deal with Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who’s replacing Mike MacIntyre as the program’s head coach.The Buffaloes, though, accidentally approved an illegal contract for Tucker.Colorado’s state law mandates that state employees are not under contract for a period longer than five years. Tucker’s contract was for six years.The Denver Post has the details:Wednesday morning, the board voted 6-2 in favor of Tucker’s contract to run Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2024. That’s six years. Based on the language of the approved contract, which includes annual raises of $275,000, the deal is worth $18.5 million rather than $14.8 million.However, Ken McConnellogue, CU’s vice president of communications, told The Denver Post the extra year was an oversight and the contract will be amended to run through 2023.Specifics on the process to amend the contract were not immediately available.Oops.Attorneys spent hours crafting and agreeing on Mel Tucker’s contract. The CU Board of Regents should have spent hours reading it. We all make typos. But this is a legal document released to the public that made the same significant legal error three times. That’s rough.— Matt L. Stephens (@MattStephens) December 12, 2018Tucker, 46, has been Georgia’s defensive coordinator since 2016. He was previously an assistant at Alabama and with the Chicago Bears.
PhD in Educational Studies — Sherry Ramrattan SmithSherry Ramrattan Smith will present her thesis defence on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. in WH 147. The title of her thesis is “Critical Connections: Teachers Writing for Social Justice.” Examining committee members are: Michael Plyley, chair; Ingrid Johnston, University of Alberta, external examiner; Susan Tilley, supervisor; Zopito Marini, internal examiner; Dolana Mogadime and Finney Cherian, committee members.Master of Education — Tabasum AkseerTabasum Akseer will present her thesis defence on Friday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Identity Formation and Negotiation of Afghan Female Youth in Ontario.” External examiner: Jamie Magnuson, OISE/UT; supervisor: Dolana Mogadime; committee members: Sandra Bosacki and Nancy Taber; chair of the examining committee: TBA.Master of Education — Laudalina RodriguesLaudalina Rodrigues will present her thesis defence on Monday, Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Early Education: The Foundation – Portuguese Canadian Mothers’ Preferences and Choices.” External examiner: Irene Blayer; supervisor: Mary-Louise Vanderlee; committee members: Sandra Bosacki and Lissa Paul; chair of the examining committee: Jonathan Neufeld.MA in Geography — Victoria TaskerVictoria Tasker will present her thesis defence on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m. in MC C405. The title of the thesis is: “Application of Geomatics Technologies to Characterize Spatial Variability at Stratus Vineyards.” Thesis supervisor: Marilyne Jollineau; committee members: Andrew Reynolds and Chris Fullerton; external examiner: Robert Feick, University of Waterloo.Master of Education — Michael MindzakMichael Mindzak will present his thesis defence on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Salience of Charter Schools in Educational Policy Debates in Three Canadian Provinces: 1993-2010.” External examiner: Gerald Fallon, University of British Columbia; supervisor: Michael Manley-Casimir; committee members: Xiaobin Li and Camille Rutherford; chair of the examining committee: TBA.MA in Child and Youth Studies — Joanna Wasiak Joanna Wasiak will defend her thesis on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. in WH 147. Title: “Bringing Zombies Back to Life: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Alienation and Political Dis/engagement in Emerging Adulthood within Late-stage Capitalism.”