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Family Violence Justice Fund grants available

The Colorado Judicial Branch has opened the application process for up to $750,000 in fiscal year 2010 grants from the Family Violence Justice Fund.

The money pays for programs that provide civil legal services to indigent victims of family violence.

Applications are available at www.courts.state.co.us/Administration/Unit.cfm/Unit/fvjf and must be submitted by 5 p.m. June 4 to be considered.

Successful organizations must be prepared to provide full legal services, including assistance with divorce, child custody, child support and other related civil matters.

For more information, contact Jessica Zender at (303) 861-1111 or jessica.zender@judicial.state.co.us.

Keller Homes wins Energy Star award

Keller Homes has received a 2009 Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Last year, Keller built 80 Energy Star qualified homes, which collectively will save buyers about $35,760 annually on utility bills.

Academy maxes out accreditation

The U.S. Air Force Academy has earned a maximum 10-year accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The academy has been accredited at the bachelor’s degree level by the NCA/HLC since 1959.

During 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked the academy as the top Baccalaureate College in the West, and No. 2 in the nation in aeronautical and astronautical engineering for the eighth consecutive year.

Forbes lists the academy as the 16th best college in the nation and Barron’s lists the school as one of the “most competitive” colleges to gain admission to in the country.

CLC needs volunteers

The Children’s Literacy Center is seeking volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring in reading.

Volunteers will tutor one child, two hours a week.

The next orientation sessions are scheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 2, 3 or 4 at 2928 Straus Lane, Suite 100.

For more information, call 471-8672 or visit www.peakreader.org.

Ram’s Horn best in nation for design

Colorado State University’s Ram’s Horn at the Academic Village has been awarded first place in Foodservice Equipment and Supplies’ Facility Design Project of the Year competition.

Judges based their selection on overall efficiency, the degree to which entries contribute to their operation’s goals, and quality and creativity of the solutions to each project’s unique challenges.

On the ground level, the Sports Grill’s walls are covered in CSU sports memorabilia and photos of outdoor activities. The focal point of the Sports Grill is the gas-fired pizza oven with decorative tile work above, where cooks prepare three varieties of pizza daily.

The Ram’s Horn Express, the only retail operation, features fruit smoothies, espresso coffee drinks and a variety of grab and go sandwiches, salads, pizza, sushi and snacks, as well as convenience-store items.

On the second level, The Ram’s Horn dining center, with more than six stations, includes exposed beams and angular edges to emphasize the spaciousness of the dining room and ceiling heights, which rise up to 20 feet. The use of metal, stone, quartz and glass on countertops and other surfaces brings a touch of elegance and durability to the marketplace. Large windows allow views of the intramural fields and foothills.

A Nutrition Information kiosk sits adjacent to the Mongolian Grill upstairs and allows students to access information about items served at the dining centers on campus.

Sustainable aspects can be found throughout the building, including wind power supplying the energy to the building, composting plate waste, sensors for variable-speed controls on cooking hoods, trayless dining to decrease plate waste and compostable packaging for to-go meals.

CSU students tops in human-powered vehicle competition

Colorado State University mechanical engineering students have again won first place in a national American Society of Mechanical Engineers human-powered vehicle competition.

CSU has won first place three of the past four years. The team placed second last year.

This year’s team included Dan Hipwood, Evan Jarvis, Mike Porter, Bret Schlueter, Christine Sednek and Matt Shirley. They were advised by Steve Schaeffer, an instructor in the College of Engineering.

The competition included 27 universities.

CSU won first place overall in the utility class and second place in the utility race. The team also earned first place in engineering design, and ranked fifth overall for single-rider vehicles.

In a separate competition, the SAE Formula Hybrid team finished second among 30 teams in the 2009 SAE Formula Hybrid competition.

This was CSU’s first formula car competition trophy.

The team included Joe Bixby, Kyle Butterfield, Matt Craft, Mike Gordon, Adam Havens and Alan Morine. They were advised by professor Patrick Fitzhorn.

The team scored fourth in the engineering design finals, and was first in two events – the 75-meter electric acceleration and the 75-meter hybrid acceleration.

SET seeking good Samaritans

SET Family Medical Clinic is accepting nominations for the 2009 Good Samaritan Community Service Award, which honors Dr. Larry Smith.

The award recognizes individuals who are willing to:

  • Serve when called upon.
  • Give of their time and talents to help the community.
  • Go above and beyond the call of duty to give of themselves and their personal resources.
  • Act as a moral compass for others to follow.

Nominations must be received by May 22.

For more information, visit www.setofcs.org or call 776-8850.