We are less than a week away from the first round of competition at the NPTE. I wanted to send out some important announcements regarding the tournament and CSU-Pueblo. You will hear it a lot over the next week, but I want to thank Kathryn Starkey in advance for the amazing work she is doing as host.
Please direct tournament related questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and campus related questions to Kathryn at email@example.com
Preference Form: Mike Middleton will send out the preference form on Wednesday, with an expected deadline of Saturday at 5:00 PM Mountain Time.
Tournament Information: We will use parlitournament.com to post pairings, results, and topics, along with a campus map and prep room information. That page will go up on Wednesday as well.
Tournament Buildings: We have several buildings reserved, but we anticipate that most competition and prep rooms will be in Psychology, Hasan Business, and Physics/Math, with finals and awards in Life Science. Please see below for the campus map.
Buildings and rooms will be open and available to you by 7:30am on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday.
There is no food or drinks other than water allowed in any of the rooms in Life Science or Chemistry. Please make sure to follow this rule!
Parking: Since much of the tournament is housed in the Psychology and HSB Buildings, you should park in lots E5, E6, E7, or E8 as those are the closest to those buildings. The Sheriff’s Department has been notified to not ticket during the NPTE. If you do receive a ticket, please give it to Kathryn Starkey to take care of it.
Internet: A bit of a disclaimer – so we were originally told that in November 2016, the Psychology building would be receiving an update to make our wireless more efficient, increase access, etc., as it has been rather lackluster in the past. Unfortunately, those plans are cancelled because the university intends to renovate the building within the next few years. As a result, our IT department has been working diligently to install new APs to make access better, as well as provide us with our own SSID. That being said, there is a risk the internet access is still sub-par. We are hoping that because the NPTE is during spring break, access should be better as fewer folks will be attempting to access the internet. To compensate, though, we are asking that you download your files to your computers just in case internet access is not up to standards. Additionally, each classroom is equipped with a desktop computer that you will have access to throughout the tournament. Each squad will receive the log-in information at registration.
The wireless network for the tournament is: NPTE
The password is: D3bate#T3am!
Breakfast: We will provide bagels, coffee, etc. each morning beginning at 8:15am in Psychology 205. Don’t worry – the coffee will be there all day long
Lunch will be in the Pack Café, our cafeteria, which is located in the OUC. We will have student volunteers to direct you there, as our cafeteria has moved due to construction.
You must use the meal tickets you receive at registration. I have informed the Director of Dining Services that we will likely have students that are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and lactose intolerant. If there is another dietary restriction that we need to accommodate, please let myself or Kathryn know!
Perks: Our campus photographer will be around to take pictures of your squad. Jim will be available on Tuesday morning. We’ll post times as we get closer. Once Kathryn receives the photos, she will email them to each of the programs. In addition, the Pueblo Chieftain will be covering the NPTE just as they cover other local sporting events, so a reporter and photographer will be around campus, which should produce some great images and articles. I’ll be sure to obtain extra copies to mail to programs as well once it is published. A last aspect concerns elims. We have obtained 7 high quality video cameras to record elimination rounds this year. Once those are uploaded, Kathryn will be sure to share them with the various programs and post them to the debate.io site as well.
Campus Safety: The Office Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity is responsible for carrying out Colorado State University-Pueblo’s commitment to preventing prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, disability or veteran status, against any of its faculty, staff, students or invited guests. If for any reason you feel unsafe during your stay on campus, please do not hesitate to contact Josh Ernst, CSU-Pueblo’s Director & Title IX Coordinator for the Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action or the CSU-Pueblo Sheriff’s Office. Josh is also serving as the Sexual Harassment Officer for the NPTE this year.
Josh Ernst, Director & Title IX Coordinator
Office Phone: 719.549.2210
Cell Phone: 719-289-8700
Office: Room 304 Administration Building
Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at CSU-Pueblo
Emergencies 911 (from a campus phone or cell phone) Non-emergency: 719.583.6250
Local Restaurants: These are some of Kathryn’s favorites. A Pueblo must-do is eat a slopper if you are not averse to pork green chile. It’s the local thing here.
· Grey’s Coors Tavern: https://www.yelp.com/biz/grays-coors-tavern-pueblo (Best slopper in town!)
· Shamrock Brewing: https://shamrockbrewing.com/
· Brue’s Alehouse: http://bruesalehouse.com/
· Mr. Tandoori: http://www.pueblomrtandoori.com/
· Angelo’s Pizza: http://www.angelospizzapie.com/
· Nacho’s: https://www.zomato.com/pueblo-co/nachos-restaurant-pueblo/menu
Since nationals are in Colorado, we highly suggest going to play outside between tournaments. There are some great places to hike and explore in the area. If you’re into doing some more rigorous hiking/outdoor activities and need suggestions, let Kathryn know!
· Lake Pueblo State Park (10 minutes from campus): http://www.lakepueblotrails.org/
· Great Sand Dunes National Park (1.5 hours south of Pueblo): https://www.nps.gov/Grsa/index.htm
Garden of the Gods State Park (Colorado Springs): http://www.gardenofgods.com/