Steamboat Springs Colorado Mountain College is encouraging dialogue among students, staff and faculty this week.
A public forum and residence hall activities are scheduled Wednesday to give people opportunities to share their feelings about the events of Sept. 11.
"We sense that a lot of people, particularly students, feel that their lives haven't changed all that much," said Bob Ritschel, dean of the CMC Alpine Campus. "This is an opportunity to make them aware that a lot of things have changed."
Faculty members, including philosophy and history professor Bob Baker and professor emeritus George Tolles, will open the Wednesday forum with their own views before turning the discussion over to students, staff and other faculty.
Tolles, who will chair the discussion, said the forum's title, "How Has the World Changed?" is intended to spark ongoing discussion.
The forum runs from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in the Willett Student Lounge, but participants are encouraged to continue their conversations at lunch.
"We felt we should do something that day to provide the students with some sort of focus," Tolles said.
CMC classes held during the forum are invited to attend.
Members of CMC's Resident Hall Association have organized several programs that promote interaction among students who live in the dorms. "U Rock," an activity planned for Wednesday night, encourages new friendships.
Students will paint large rocks and use them as doorstops.
The open doors will hopefully foster conversation and fellowship.
Subsequent activities are designed to educate students about the importance of understanding diversity.