They met as undergraduates in Colorado Springs – Carole at Colorado College and Tom at the Air Force Academy — and their shared interest in geography has continued to shape their lives.Their most recent collaboration celebrates their home campus and is a highlight of the 50th anniversary of the founding of UCCS.
The talent on the CU Denver and Anschutz Medical campuses stretches beyond academics.A new exhibit at the Health Sciences Library showcases the creative endeavors of faculty, staff and students.
Melissa Zak will tell you that being at CU-Boulder will help balance her family, personal and work life in ways that might never have happened had she stayed in Los Angeles. But that wasn’t the only reason she chose after 20 years to leave the LA Police Department, where she was a captain overseeing gang and detective operations.
Injury is the leading cause of death for people ages 1 to 45, and has been called the last great plague in America. But because injuries traditionally have not been addressed fully as part of the public health domain, funding for injury prevention research has been limited. Carol Runyan is working to change that.
University of Colorado Staff Council members received a variety of updates during their final meeting of 2014, conducted via video conference on Dec. 18.
“Doing what you can with what you have” may not be a common holiday theme, but it is something that staff and volunteers at the Environmental Center at CU-Boulder especially promote during this time of year when commercialism runs rampant.
An assistant professor of sociology at UCCS with interests in sociological theory, sport, media, identity and inequality, the Cold War, and urban food security, Montez de Oca teaches courses on sport, gender-sexuality, and popular culture. “I want students to have skills to critically analyze the media they consume, whether it is television, movies, music or commercials,” he said.
Trade-offs. Opportunity costs. The consequences of different decisions and actions. It’s how Katie Sauer has always viewed the world and the reason she believes she was born to be an economist. Today, she is director of Financial Wellness, Education and Research in Employee Services for the CU system.
University of Colorado Staff Council members will begin to research professional development options provided by the university while also looking at what other institutions around the nation offer as a comparison.
Growing up in Milan, Italy, he was no stranger to great literature. Dante was required reading and his parents encouraged him to read and think about literature as a way to look at the world.
The mountains have always held special meaning for Lon Abbott. Growing up in Boulder, he took advantage of the rock climbing, kayaking and backpacking that was so accessible, and like many, fell in love with the landscape.
At the College of Nursing, her health research initiative for veterans – Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors, or C-P.A.W.W. – investigates, in part, the beneficial effects that dogs have on their human companions.
Deserae Frisk, chair of the University of Colorado Staff Council, gave members an update on the project during the governance group’s regular monthly meeting Oct. 16 at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.
“Grad school was so much fun, doing research and discovering things and learning what no one had known before. It was so fascinating that I came as close as I could to being in grad school permanently – I became a professor.”
In its first meeting of the new academic year, the University of Colorado Staff Council solidified membership for two committees that will focus on university policies and council engagement. Those committee members then discussed goals for the year.
A new interdisciplinary policy center on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus will focus on behavioral health in primary care and how to better deliver comprehensive whole-person care that also will decrease costs and enhance the patient experience.
Introducing middle- and high-school students to the opportunities available in higher education is rewarding on many levels for the assistant director for pipeline programming and university outreach in the Office of Inclusion and Outreach at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.
For those of us who don’t know our deferred outflows from our assets, the Office of University Controller developed a website that makes it easier to understand where the University of Colorado’s money comes from and how it is spent.
On the College of Nursing faculty since 2000, she now is an associate professor who focuses on adult acute care nursing and quality and safety.
Her studies focus on the history of American business cultures, and she’s written two books and is contemplating a third.
A professor of linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder, he studies language structures. Rood and fellow linguists aren’t so interested in “mastering the system” – or learning to speak the language – but in describing it. He’s been doing just that at CU since 1967.
Learning the art of suturing using pigs’ feet elicited “ooohs” and some “eeews” from Skinner Middle School students participating in a program on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus designed to give the youngsters a taste of the college experience and a look at career opportunities.
In many ways, health insurance determines a person’s access to care, and no one knows this better than Dr. Roberta Capp, assistant professor of emergency medicine. Originally from Brazil, Capp came to Boulder from Florida with her mother and sister after high school. She earned an undergraduate degree in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at CU-Boulder.
He recently finished his first year as a member of the University of Colorado Denver’s English Department at the school’s International College at Beijing.
The CU Denver associate professor says the profession of academic librarianship “gives one the amazing privilege of working center stage in higher education. An eclectic profession, it continues to evolve at a very rapid pace, making it even more exciting.”
The UCCS educator has loved science since she was young, spending time gazing up at the sky with her amateur astronomer father, and her interest hasn’t waned.
A much-discussed policy at the University of Colorado that deals with tuition benefits at each campus currently is under review and the University of Colorado Staff Council examined suggested changes during its meeting on May 15 at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Allan Wallis is an associate professor of public policy at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs. Previously he taught at CU-Boulder, where he directed the program in environmental design. He also has been a trainer in CU’s Excellence in Leadership Program since its inception.
A casual conversation and a desire to be “part of the solution” inspired the division manager of surgery/urology at the School of Medicine to reach out to an area program that helps change the lives of people who have a hard time finding jobs because of barriers such as homelessness, prior criminal offenses or previous substance abuse.
The council also recognized Melinda Piket-May, whose term as Faculty Council chair is ending.
Four University of Colorado staff members received Service Excellence Awards for their contributions to the university, their campuses and communities during the University of Colorado Staff Council (UCSC) Retreat at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at CU-Boulder.
The Boulder native has come full circle, returning to the university where, as a youngster, he once sold sodas at Folsom Field. The former cable TV exec now is a visiting scholar in residence at the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program.
She says her “bohemian upbringing” likely was influential to her decision to choose a career in visual arts. She’s director of the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art.
A 2013 study comparing University of Colorado employee benefits to those provided by similar institutions of higher education shows the university has made improvements since the same benchmark study was conducted in 2010.
The CU Denver assistant professor sees anthropology as a tool to work for social justice.
The psychological wellness of cancer patients often can influence health outcomes. At the University of Colorado Hospital, Caspari spends much of her time building relationships with patients, especially those involved with stem cell transplants, to help their recovery.
His first trips to Denver were not the most auspicious events. But six months later, after becoming the executive director of Executive Programs at the University of Colorado, he’s ready to call Denver home.
The poet, musician, photographer and educator came to CU in 2009.
CU-Boulder’s greenhouse manager,has been at the university for 22 years. The collection he has amassed over the years is used to teach students about plant biology.
About 2,700 emails were sent to CU Denver addresses in an effort to obtain user name and password information.
Research associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at CU-Boulder is author of “Telling Our Way to the Sea: A Voyage of Discovery in the Sea of Cortez.”
Students in Frances Charteris’ seminar examining the art of Spain have been known to shed tears when they stand next to a famous painting or sculpture they have only viewed in textbooks or slideshows. In particular, Franciso Goya’s paintings of Napoleon’s invasion of Spain – some measuring 10 feet by 18 feet – stir emotions.
Around the world, the CU-Boulder professor has worked to be an agent of change. He pushes for better collaboration and decision-making to promote success in businesses and communities. As economies and technologies evolve, and the complexities of the world intensify, the quality of human interaction becomes more and more important.
A CU-Boulder assistant professor of economics, Cadena researches poverty, immigration and the labor market — interests that he says likely were sparked by his mother, a social worker.
Humans and ecosystems can adapt to a slowly changing climate, but what happens when these changes happen abruptly? “When it comes to climate change, speed kills,” says James White, a Fellow and Director of INSTAAR (Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research) and a professor of geological sciences at CU-Boulder.
Ways in which to develop effective two-way communications with the University of Colorado Board of Regents and the Health and Welfare Trust were main discussion topics at the CU Staff Council’s regular Dec. 12 meeting.
He grew up in the ‘60s when “nearly everyone was enamored with the space race and would have loved to have been on one of those rockets with the heroes who were doing that.” At the time, Tanner didn’t think he could be a “superhero,” as the media referred to them, but the seed had been planted.
If you happen to be on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus, Randy Nozawa might come to your rescue when you call IT. His role includes supporting the open labs, where students do homework, and the smart classroom technology.
Being able to predict who will and who won’t get altitude sickness can make a Sunday morning 14er climb easier and more enjoyable, but the knowledge also will help with efforts to understand and treat heart and lung disease and other medical conditions.
Nov. 14 meeting at UCCS also included talk about criteria for the annual Staff Excellence Award.
The co-director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California spoke to a group of about 100 CU faculty and staff members at a student retention symposium Friday at Norlin Library on the Boulder campus.
The CU-Boulder journalism professor looks back at the turning point in media coverage brought about by the death of JFK.
UCCS leader’s passion for working with veterans stems from his own — and his family’s — military service.
An administrative policy dealing with University of Colorado retirees who return to work at one of the four campuses continued to be a topic of debate by University of Colorado Staff Council at its Oct. 17 meeting on the Boulder campus.
On her final day of work as the executive assistant for the dean of students/assistant vice chancellor for Student Life, she stayed in her office until 8:30 p.m. to “finish her job.”
Have you ever laughed at an epic FAIL? Or that klutzy moment when someone awkwardly falls down? Why was it so funny? Peter McGraw has traveled around the world in hopes of finding the answer to that question.
As with many people who enter the field of medicine, he sought a profession that would enable him to improve people’s lives. Because he also enjoyed talking with people and listening to their stories, he chose psychiatry.
He’s the first UCCS faculty member to develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a free, eight-week course on beginning game programming.
The University of Colorado Boulder’s registrar began working in the office as a student employee in 1980; following this school year, she plans to retire.
Women’s physiology is different from that of their male counterparts in many aspects, but scientific research hasn’t always included both men and women in studies.
He calls his route to CU-Boulder a “circuitous” one, but each step prepared him to be where he is today: professor of physics, a principal investigator of the Physics Education Research group and a director of the Center for STEM Learning.
Tim Weston, associate professor of history and associate director of the Center for Asian Studies at CU-Boulder, recently served as the scholar/escort for a delegation of congressional communications directors during a weeklong educational trip to China. The trip was jointly arranged by the National Committee on United States-China Relations, based in New York, and the [...]
She has directed the UCCS Freshman Seminar Program for 20 years, or approximately half of her career.
A troika of “love” interests helped place Deborah Keyek-Franssen at the intersection of education and technology. First, she fell in love with higher education. Her parents’ stories about their college experience and books she read that featured college life in the 1920s gave her an idealized vision of the quintessential American college experience.
Members of the University of Colorado Staff Council held their first meeting of the year Aug. 15 at 1800 Grant St. and discussed potential areas of emphasis to address in the upcoming months.
Presenters offered tips on using technology in the learning process, but also encouraged attendees to work together to influence and improve the ever-changing technological dynamics.
Recent groundbreaking research by the associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at CU-Boulder provides a brain-activity measurement that predicts how much physical pain a person is feeling.
Four generations of Gregory Walker’s family have been scholars and musicians. So perhaps it was destiny that he has become a critically acclaimed violinist and award-winning composer as well as a professor at the University of Colorado Denver.
She launched the Sports and Entertainment Management program in 2007 at the University of Colorado Denver.
At the offices of CU Online at the University of Colorado Denver, the joke is that faculty members pay a visit to find out which button they need to push to make something happen but end up in a conversation about teaching.
In the General Prologue to “The Canterbury Tales,” Geoffrey Chaucer says of the Clerk of Oxenford, “And gladly would he learn and gladly teach.” It’s a line that Tom Napierkowski says is “central to my identity.
Concerned that some retirees returning to work for the university might be in jobs that could be filled by unemployed or underemployed workers or those who might be promoted, the University of Colorado Staff Council asked administration officials to place a cap on the time a retiree can work for CU.
Director of the Palliative Care Consult Service at UCH, she oversees all functions of the service, from day-to-day operations to achieving the service’s vision to research and fundraising.
As an assistant professor in the Center for Science and Technology Policy in CIRES, his research interests include the cultural politics of climate change and carbon-based economies and societies.
He might be known as the “baseball history guy,” but this professor at the Department of History at the University of Colorado Boulder is well-versed in more far-reaching issues.
Longtime CU staff member this year became director of budget and finance for Continuing Education at CU-Boulder.
Annual All-Staff Council Conference includes salute to Chillemi, Douvres, Medal and Muller.
In 1993, he taught courses at the University of Colorado Denver, and in 1997 became full-time faculty. His research work has evolved to focus on polymers and biomechanics.
Responsibilities of UCCS’ Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance cover a variety of areas, including food services and the Office of Sustainability.
Beginning April 1, University of Colorado employees who are enrolled in a CU Health Plan will be eligible to earn up to $300 a year by exercising for at least 12, 30-minute periods per month.
The 1981 launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia – the first in NASA’s program – made a big impression on the grade-schooler who, after watching the lift-off on television, wanted to know everything about space.
A love of mathematics and the knowledge that there aren’t many jobs that allow someone “to just do math” propelled John Black toward a career in cryptography – the study and practice of secure communications.
Even in high school, Margarita Bianco knew she wanted to be a teacher: Volunteer work with a young boy who had significant support needs piqued her interest in special education. Over the years, she also developed an expertise in gifted education.
Graninger attended CU-Boulder, beginning in 1977. She graduated with a degree in political science and was involved in residence hall student government. She began working as a hall director in 1981 and earned her master’s in education and college student personnel.
The group heard updates on the merit pay system, the CU Advocates program, state funding for higher education, and Boulder’s administrative leave policy that addresses school and volunteer activities.
The reitred Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army has returned home and is continuing her research, including studies that examine the effects of war.
Sometimes it takes a lot of effort and a little “magic” to make things happen, whether it’s tackling the complex issues of a university or a world far away.
How effective is Peyton Manning’s pizza pitch? This professor of marketing at the Leeds School of Business at CU-Boulder slices through the hype.
What makes a fireman or policeman rush to help others each and every day? How do they – and others in high-stress jobs – continue to enjoy their work?
From the beginning of his medical career, this professor of general medicine witnessed many inequities in the health care system and has worked to change the factors that foster them.
Years of detective work by the postdoctoral researcher, colleagues at CU-Boulder and others have pointed the way toward a brighter future for Colorado’s state fish.
A redesign of cu.edu will incorporate new technology and a philosophy that will serve all of its users, from faculty and staff to prospective students and parents, and alumni and donors.
Growing up on a family farm in western Kansas taught Tim Stoecklein many things, a couple of which would ultimately take him to where he is today.
Because he lived it, he understands the ups and downs veterans go through. At CU Denver, he works to help smooth the bumpy road from the military to the classroom via a variety of university services.
While growing up in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, she learned how important water and nature’s cycles were to the land and its people. The lesson never faded.
Written by Cynthia Pasquale • Issue: November 29, 2012 • Campus: CU-Boulder • Tags: Civil Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department
The council discussed the benefit, and the comments received, at its regular meeting Nov. 8 at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
Her new book examines the legacy of Colorado’s early summer homes.
In a new book about exploring uncharted areas of East Antarctica, the CU Denver professor emeritus recalls 1959′s four-month journey, fraught with danger and discovery.
If all campus councils agree, the council could use a Boulder document to draft a systemwide resolution urging the Board of Regents to provide support for classified staff raises.
As the University of Colorado Boulder’s recycling program manager, he has helped strengthen the campus’s efforts of sustainability through a variety of programs.
As a child, Kurt Beam wanted to be a scientist. By high school, he knew he wanted independence – wearing a suit every day to an office would not be a fit – and continual intellectual challenges.
For 30 years and in 41 books, Dr. Colorado has worked to make state history less intimidating for everyone.
“One of my biggest goals is to make sure people know they have access to affordable health care,” says Hanenberg. “We’re also educating the campus by sending out messages on preventative measures.”
“Let’s change the world” was a message he often heard during his post-doctoral work at MIT, and he came to understand that this was not just another well-used phrase, but his life goal.
He left an illustrious career at the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business in May 2001 – officially, at least. But he likes to say that he is not really retired, he’s just off the payroll.
Memory is attached to language, which is the focus of her research. James is an associate professor and director of undergraduate training at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
Resolution calls for improved process in determining merit raises.
A career in spacecraft operations led him to the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is director of Mission Operations and Data Systems.
The Boulder geography professor spent more than 10 years visiting about 200 sites before writing “Shadowed Ground,” which focuses on the U.S. and how communities deal with turmoil and disastrous events.
The University of Colorado Boulder political science professor often is called on to offer expert commentary for the media as the election season progresses.
She has been active in the sports industry in Colorado Springs since 1996.
The University Benefits Advisory Board (UBAB) will continue its role as an employee representative group and President Bruce D. Benson also has approved a recommendation that a staff employee and faculty member be appointed non-voting members of the University of Colorado Health and Welfare Trust Committee.
The CU-Boulder fire researcher in the geography department and INSTAAR has an expert’s perspective on this summer’s destructive Colorado wildfires.
The CU-Boulder professor’s research has taken her to some of the most spectacular places on Earth, where she studies relationships between freshwater organisms, trace metals and natural organic material.
Her research on barn swallows includes examining phenotype (observable characteristics) and how these traits differ in sub-species. A particular interest is in the role of sexual selection.
Along with research on bullying and adolescent girls, the UCCS associate professor is heavily involved in the Smart Girl program, which teaches young girls how to deal with bullying and sexual harassment.
Since its formation 50 years ago, JILA, the joint institute of the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards (NIST), has been the site of groundbreaking research and has produced three Nobel Prize winners, including its current chair.
UCCS program director understands the importance of investing in youth because she’s been on the other side of the fence.
He was doing what he loved – acting – when a personal event changed the trajectory of his career.
It was common to find live butterflies flitting around and jars of caterpillars and collections of sea shells and feathers and pressed leaves decorating M. Deane Bowers’ room when she was growing up in Florida.
As a young person who loved to read, Margaret “Peg” Bacon thought being an English teacher would lead to great discussions about great books. But as an educator in inner city schools in Michigan, she discovered that the children in her classrooms could barely read.
Honoring staff who have provided outstanding volunteer service to their campus, the university, and the community.
A bill that would have changed the way retirement benefits are calculated for new hires joining the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) was tabled indefinitely by the Senate Finance Committee.
She left her research position to pursue a doctorate in Information and Communication Technologies for Development. After graduating from the ATLAS Institute in 2008, she turned her attention to creating a “world-class master’s program.”
Council members were unanimously in favor of “continuing UBAB’s role.” Council Chair Carla Johnson will develop a formal resolution, which will be reviewed by members before being voted on during the council’s May meeting in Boulder.
Working on sustainability design projects on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana and the Navajo Nation in Utah have made a big impression.
A bill that would change the way retirement benefits are calculated for those who join thePERA after Jan. 1, 2013, was given preliminary approval by the Colorado State House after a lengthy and partisan debate Friday.
Thousands upon thousands of young men and women have successfully found their way to college and graduation thanks to the guidance of Danny Martinez.
The university’s tuition benefit program offered Foster a chance to earn an advanced degree without borrowing money and going into debt. And working at CU helped her stay busy while her husband spent another year in northern Iraq.
Her courses emphasize research skills, discursive versatility and critical thinking.
The 2.5 percent PERA contribution shift for University of Colorado employees will end this July.
Although he is an internationally known expert in pediatric endocrinology who has made substantial contributions to the understanding of Type 2 diabetes, Philip Zeitler, M.D., Ph.D., wasn’t always interested in the subject.
Amid an upcoming administrative policy statement review and concerns about efficacy of the University Benefits Advisory Board (UBAB), a member of the board defended its role as an employee representative group during the regular Feb. 16 meeting of the University of Colorado Staff Council.
Through PROMISE, care providers identify women who are suffering from symptoms of depression and then work to help them manage the issues.
“In order to feel compassion for others, you need to recognize, refer and respond to them as a person first,” Rapport says.
A partnership between the Crow tribe and the University of Colorado is working to change conditions on the reservation, which sits just southeast of Billings.
Whether you spend hours updating your status and writing on others’ walls or roll your eyes at the thought of Facebook, there’s no arguing that the social medium has made a cultural impact. But can it also be a learning tool?
While the number of new HIV cases has declined and the number of AIDS-related deaths has decreased, there still are more than 33 million people worldwide who carry the virus in their bloodstream. Some of those people don’t realize they are infected.
Everyone visits a doctor now and then, but some still feel intimidated or even frustrated by the process and the health care system. Educating people on what doctoring is all about is one of the missions of Mini Med School Part 2: The Clinical Years. The pilot program is an offshoot of the popular Mini [...]
Possible incentives the CU wellness program might include in the future: partnerships with exercise franchises such as 24 Hour Fitness, or discounted premiums for those people who can show they’ve visited a wellness facility a certain number of times per month.
Written by Cynthia Pasquale • Issue: December 22, 2011 • Campus: Anschutz Medical Campus, CU Denver, CU system, CU-Boulder, UCCS • Tags: Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Health and Welfare Trust, Marks, Office of Policy and Efficiency, Staff Council, tuition waiver, UBAB, University of Colorado Hospital
He clearly loves machinery, and during his leisure time he builds and restores vehicles.
In the past several years, he has worked to help revive the Arapaho language through research and documentation, as well as offering support to the Arapaho people who are learning the language.
It began with a few tracks in a coal mine near Gunnison. They weren’t just any tracks; they were impressions left in the earth by dinosaurs millions of years ago.
Construction continues on the Colorado Center for Health and Wellness on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The center is a combination research/clinic/fitness facility dedicated to educating people about health and fitness through science-based programs.
A strategic plan that carries the University of Colorado Colorado Springs into 2020 is geared toward accommodating current growth, shoring up diminishing funding from the state and maintaining the institution’s identity with an emphasis on personal touch.
The film by CU Denver’s Michelle Bauer Carpenter airs at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, on Colorado Public Television, Channel 12.
Growing up in a household of scientists may have influenced Kathy Perkins’ decision to study physics, but her desire to make a difference in people’s lives in a more immediate way pushed her into education research.
The world is demanding more of students as workplaces become more complex, and institutions of higher education must rise to the challenge by working collaboratively to enact bold changes.
Delbert Elliott fights crime, but not in the cape-wearing, superhero kind of way; he battles drug abuse, violence and delinquency through research findings and programs that are proven to reduce anti-social behavior.
Peter deLeon is a soft-spoken man who is passionate about public policy analytics but whose political activism ended with the Vietnam War protests. A national and international leader in public policy research, he has been a University of Colorado faculty member since 1986.
While serving in the military during the Vietnam War, Wayne Cascio wasn’t sure what he would do with his life or his psychology degrees. He came across a journal of applied psychology and found the research interesting.
The idea to write a book came from a chance meeting and a mutual interest in peace, conflict issues and Africa.
The upheaval of the Vietnam War had a profound impact on the doctor, recently recognized for her work and volunteering by a local nonprofit.
Representatives from eight faculty discussion groups listened to ideas and addressed questions from the public concerning a new CU-Boulder entity that will replace the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Saltou helped institute standard practices for fellows on the Denver and Anschutz Medical campuses, helped establish a local affiliate of the National Postdoctoral Association, and worked to improve communication and job-seeking opportunities.
As a licensed, practicing architect, Kat worked on both coasts for a number of years before she decided it was time to come home to her native Colorado.
A single day in an introductory class helped launch Van Boven’s career in social psychology, but it was statistics and the science of discovery that sealed the deal.
The first time Peter Simons remembers being in a “service role” was in junior high school, when a teacher asked him to work with a girl who was shy and withdrawn. Even then, he understood that part of him was geared to trying to make the world a little bit better.
A group of retirees has appealed the dismissal of a class-action lawsuit against the state of Colorado and the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA).
At the age of 17, Jan Rutherford enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served as a Special Forces (Green Beret) medic and executive officer, and then as a military intelligence officer. Every day he watched leadership in action.
A Denver District Court has dismissed a lawsuit against the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) by a group of retirees who claimed passage of Senate Bill 10-001 had violated their constitutional rights.
Julie Krow’s father was a psychologist; so was her mother. With such influences and a passion for helping people and the underserved, how could she not follow in their footsteps? After earning a degree in social work from Illinois State University, she began her career in social services. She worked in England and in Colorado [...]
The salary pool approved by the Board of Regents at its April 27 meeting continues to be a point of concern for members of the University of Colorado Staff Council because the pool does not apply to classified staff members. The 3 percent pool is meant to enable merit pay increases to faculty and exempt [...]
Morris Clark, D.D.S., grew up in the small, rural town of Princeton, W.Va., where access to dental health care was not readily available. People turned to all types of home remedies to relieve their pain. “Watching people suffer and trying to help themselves made me interested in becoming a dentist,” he says. After finishing graduate [...]
The University of Colorado was founded in 1876 on the high and dry plains at a location that might have looked like the middle of nowhere. But with human forethought and Mother Nature’s capriciousness – with good and not-so-good results – the campus has become a beautiful sanctuary for man and animals. For the past [...]
The story of Thomas Duening’s career is, by his own description, one of an entrepreneur. It’s about building something from nothing, something with a lasting foundation. It’s about creating jobs, not getting a job. It’s about putting something into place that doesn’t depend on the founder. So who better to lead the Center for Entrepreneurship [...]
The new Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) building will be dedicated April 28, and its director, Jane Menken, couldn’t be happier. Previously, most IBS faculty members were scattered all over the University of Colorado Boulder campus, making it difficult to carry out interdisciplinary, collaborative research concerning societal issues. To celebrate the new building, a Dedication Symposiumwill [...]
Three University of Colorado staff members were honored with Service Excellence Awards at the All Staff Council Conference on Friday, April 15. Receiving awards were Cary Ihme, paralegal with University Counsel-Litigation; Mary Lou Kartis, assistant to the dean of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs School of Public Affairs; and Frances Ray-Earle, center coordinator for [...]
The University of Colorado Board of Regents voted 5-4 to close the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at CU-Boulder during a special meeting Thursday, March 14, at Qwest Research Park. The school, which is nearly 50 years old, will effectively close June 30. While it is the first time in the university’s history that [...]
Andrew Cooperstock’s music career has made him somewhat of a globetrotter. As a piano soloist and chamber musician, he’s spent time on six continents and has performed in nearly every state in the U.S. He has won numerous awards and has been described as a “technically impeccable and musically profound” pianist. He and his musical [...]
Volunteers are at the heart of medical studies; without them, science moves forward slowly. But until now, finding interested volunteers to participate in ethical research studies has been a labored process, causing expensive delays. In an effort to effectively unite those interested in joining research studies with investigators, the University of Colorado has joined ResearchMatch, [...]
Disasters are as unpredictable as they are inevitable. Somewhere around the world, people are preparing for, experiencing or recovering from a disaster, and Kathleen Tierney never knows exactly what she’ll be up against when she wakes up every morning. Tierney is the director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, which works to [...]
Each year, the University of Colorado Boulder hosts about 150 scientific, government, state and youth conferences, and Daniel Gette knows the details of each one. The director of Conference Services, he oversees the gatherings, from the pre-planning – including online registration – to post-conference reconciliation. He also serves as a liaison for a variety of [...]
Clark Thenhaus discovered architecture and design in the fourth grade; his interest never waned. After earning his graduate degree on the East Coast, he moved west to work for an architectural firm in Los Angeles. While there, he was introduced to teaching. In August of 2010, he began teaching landscape and architectural design in the [...]
Concerns over Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) legislation dominated discussion at the University of Colorado Staff Council’s March 3 meeting at the Colorado Springs campus. Members said rumors and confusion abound, especially when it comes to the proposed continuance of the 2.5 percent shift in contribution rates. This year, employees who are members of PERA [...]
Thomas Riis’ passion for history and music is apparent, especially when he’s talking about his research specialties: American music and African American music. The Joseph Negler Professor of Musicology was hired in 1992 to teach at the University of Colorado Boulder and also was named director of the relatively new American Music Research Center at [...]
Spring soon will erupt on the east campus of the University of Colorado Boulder, bringing branches laden with greenery, colorful blossoms and fragrant grasses, but something will be missing. The junipers won’t test Hilda Brehm anymore. Her special garden no longer will benefit from her green thumb. After 30 years of working at the university [...]
Calling the discontinuance of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) an effort to strengthen journalism education at the University of Colorado Boulder and be a future leader in the field, Jeffrey Cox, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, updated the Board of Regents on the process during its meeting today at the Qwest [...]
The University of Colorado Faculty Council passed a motion recommending language changes in a policy concerning faculty dismissed for cause. The vote came after a lengthy discussion during the council’s Thursday, Feb. 17 meeting. Current Board of Regents policy states “teachers on continuous appointment who are dismissed for reasons not involving moral turpitude should receive [...]
Mary Rupp spent a lot of time in libraries throughout her life, but it wasn’t until she worked in the Learning Resource Center at a community college she attended that she understood the full scope of library work and what she wanted to do for a living. While attending library school, she realized she had [...]
Administrators released on Tuesday, Feb. 15, an action plan that advances the process of discontinuance for the University of Colorado Boulder’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC). The committee charged with recommending a new entity to replace the school also has released its final report. The Journalism PLUS Action Plan, presented by Chancellor Philip P. [...]
Tuition benefit changes are being examined at the University of Colorado in order to make the program more user-friendly and competitive with other similar institutions around the nation. Changes currently being considered include increasing the tuition waiver hours or providing discounted tuition to eligible employees and dependants, said E. Jill Pollock, chief human resources officer [...]
A young student finds herself struggling with the future, wondering where her passion lies and what kind of work she’ll want to do when she graduates. She’s unsure about her talents and strengths so she has turned to the University of Colorado Denver’s Career Center for help. At the small office, staffed by three full-timers [...]
Just a few months ago, Thomas Hauser came to the University of Colorado Boulder with the task of building a research computing group that will help faculty and researchers continue to be world leaders in their fields. Hauser plans to provide advanced research computing services – computing, data storage, networking, information and data management and [...]
Travis Vermilye teaches five courses each year in his area of expertise – medical illustration. He admits that’s currently a bit tricky since the department of visual art at the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver doesn’t have a medical illustration program. There are, however, classes offered in design and [...]
As a young girl growing up in Genoa, Italy, Graziana Lazzarino watched huge ocean liners moving in and out of the harbor and wondered if one day she, too, would journey to America like so many others. Now decades later, she has wrapped up a teaching career that includes 46½ years at the University of [...]
A voracious appetite for books turned the pages toward a career for University of Colorado at Boulder professor Claudia Mills. As a child reading novels, she found she was less interested in what happened in the story than in what it was all about, why the author thought a particular series of events was worth [...]
Saying that a “broader conception of journalism education can and should be part of the campus curriculum,” University of Colorado at Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore recommended to Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano that the School of Journalism and Mass Communications be discontinued in its present structure for the purpose of “strategic realignment.” Moore’s letter to DiStefano, a [...]
As the way we communicate evolves continuously, scholars such as Sherwyn “Sherry” Morreale are at the forefront of change. As the director of graduate studies in communication at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Morreale admits students into the program, acts as primary adviser and ensures that the graduate curriculum is timely and useful [...]
Wardenburg Health Center on the Boulder campus operates using a version of the Golden Rule. The “do unto others” motto is something the center’s director, Donald Misch, M.D., also aspires to in the rest of his live. Misch took over the leadership role at Wardenburg in July; he’s also the assistant vice chancellor for health [...]
As traditional news media have cut coverage of health care and policy, the School of Public Affairs has stepped up to fill the void, creatingSolutions, a website and weekly electronic newsletter. The site, which debuts Dec. 1, presents health policy analysis, health care stories, opinions and research links in a way that most traditional media [...]
Updated: 11/19/2010 The present structure of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) should be realigned to better serve the mission of the Boulder campus, according to the final report by the Program Discontinuance Committee,which was presented Nov. 17 at a public meeting at the Old Main chapel on the University of Colorado at Boulder [...]
University of Colorado officials hope to roll out the new branding effort by the end of this semester, with a goal of more coordination and consistency, especially in visual images, Ken McConnellogue, associate vice president for University Relations, told members of the University of Colorado Staff Council during their regular meeting Nov. 4. McConnellogue also [...]
A junior at Kiowa High School, Mikala Daughenbaugh loves science and medicine. She’s not sure what career path she might take, but she’s thought about pediatrics or children’s psychology. Perhaps she’ll major in biology. Or maybe not. Such uncertainty is common among high school students, and that’s a good thing. “If you don’t know where [...]
Henry Claman, M.D., was no stranger to medical science or art: His parents were physicians in New York City and the family took great interest in the cultural opportunities they found there. So his melding of the two interests comes as no surprise. Claman is recognized as a leader in the field of immunology, where [...]
At age 16, Gail Pederson worked at Sears as a “floater,” relieving staff in every department, selling everything from shoes to candy to tires to tools. She learned to be flexible – and to work hard. As the first in her family to graduate from high school, and without financial options, she wasn’t considering college. [...]
Using experimental video and installation works,Michelle Carpenter brings focus to difficult subject matter including women’s issues such as domestic violence and body image, along with life-transforming events that have occurred in her life. The assistant professor of digital design in the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver also understands the importance [...]
“Lucky” is a word Janice Torkildsen uses often to describe herself when it comes to life and love: Lucky because she has worked with administrators who encouraged her talents and creativity, and lucky because she’s married to the man of her dreams. Destiny might have intervened, but more likely it’s Torkildsen’s passion and caring attitude [...]
A resolution that sought to cap the University of Colorado’s in-state tuition at no more than 4 percent for the 2011-2012 fiscal year was tabled indefinitely after discussion at today’s special meeting of the Board of Regents. Under the proposed measure, sponsored by four of the nine regents, the recommended tuition for the year would [...]
Anna Ferris says her job is “bringing order to chaos.” As head of Special Collections and Archives Cataloging at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Norlin Library, which celebrated its 70th birthday in January, Ferris’ goal is to provide useful records so that library patrons can quickly find the information they need for research and teaching [...]
A comprehensive report comparing benefits, including tuition waivers, at comparable-sized universities around the nation will be released within a month, allowing the university to determine how competitive it is, said E. Jill Pollock, senior associate vice president and chief human resources officer, at the University of Colorado Staff Council’s Sept. 2 meeting. Tuition waivers are [...]
Professors from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder spoke passionately Tuesday, Sept. 7, about their educational and research mission to a committee of five faculty members who will help determine the fate of the school. Members of the Academic Review and Planning Advisory Committee (ARPAC), who [...]
Mary Dando’s first foray into international travel came at a young age. Since then, it’s been her passion and her avocation. She first began working in the field of international education in the late 1970s at the University of Kansas. After taking some time out to run a restaurant/bakery for 12 years, she moved to [...]
May and June are a most perfect and tumultuous time of year for Katja Friedrich. That’s when blue skies turn black, swirling clouds become furious funnels and Friedrich travels thousands of miles across the country in search of storm data. Friedrich – professor in the department of atmospheric and ocean sciences at the University of [...]
The formal process of program discontinuation for the University of Colorado’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) begins today, but it is still uncertain what the result might be for the school and its faculty and staff. Last week, university officials announced that the institution is considering closing the traditional journalism school and forming [...]
Joe Morgan spent 30 years in the Army serving in ranks from private to colonel. His tours of duty included a 16-year stint in West Germany, time in Vietnam where he was an infantry team leader and conducted reconnaissance missions in an L19 Bird Dog, and during the first Gulf War, in Saudi Arabia. In [...]
As an assistant vice president and the university controller, Robert Kuehler is responsible for the overall accuracy of financial reporting and for ensuring that university controls are effective and operating properly. It might sound as if numbers are his life, but other, less concrete issues are just as important to him. While his focus is [...]
Respondents of a recent staff survey were split on whether a guiding principle of the university proposed by Regent Jim Geddes that specifically focuses on philosophical diversity of faculty should be adopted. In the same survey, respondents favored a recommendation to add the terms “gender identity” and “gender expression” to a regents’ nondiscrimination law. (See [...]
The University of Colorado Staff Council will be directed by co-chairs for the upcoming year in an effort to ensure continuity of leadership and communication for numerous projects begun this year at the university. Lori Krug, whose one-year term as council chair ended in May, accepted the position of co-chair following negotiations with Payroll & [...]
Could you count on one hand the number of great bosses you’ve had? Would it take a calculator to record the not-so-great ones? Brian Shimamoto believes leadership can be learned. In his job as the training and development specialist for Housing & Dining Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he works to ensure [...]
Beverly Andes’ career in higher education began almost 20 years ago, in the spring of 1991, when she was hired as a “Clerk 2″ to answer phones, type letters using carbon paper for duplicates, and run the mimeograph machine to copy exams (as she waved away her co-worker’s cigarette smoke) in the psychology department at [...]
If you could only use one word to describe Fred Coolidge, it would be enthusiastic. If you were allowed a second, it might be fascinating. A third? Storyteller. Perhaps that is why the professor of psychology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has been honored with numerous teaching and research awards, including being [...]
As chief of staff, Leonard Dinegar lends assistance to President Bruce D. Benson whenever it’s needed, whether it’s a personnel issue, in negotiations, or working with the Board of Regents. As a senior vice president of the university, he oversees numerous departments: University Information Systems (UIS), System Human Resources, University Relations, Information Security and the [...]
Having received final approval from the Colorado House on Monday, May 10, the higher education flexibility bill has been passed to Gov. Bill Ritter for his signature. After the House made a minor change to the bill’s language on Monday, it was returned to the Senate for its final OK by lawmakers on Tuesday, May [...]
Saying an amendment to the University of Colorado’s guiding principles that focuses on faculty “intellectual diversity” was too narrow, the University of Colorado Staff Council on Thursday, May 6, unanimously agreed the principle should be rewritten to include all members of the university. The amendment was introduced during the April meeting of the Board of [...]
Fundraising always has played an important role at the University of Colorado, but as state funding for higher education declines, donor gifts become even more vital. Connie Graham, a vice president of development at the CU Foundation, has been raising money for CU for 20 years, and has worked closely with the past three university [...]
Senate Bill 10-003, the legislation that would give higher education institutions greater freedom in determining tuition and financial affairs, passed a third reading in the Colorado Senate today, just a day after passing its second reading. The bill, which has been reworked and revised numerous times, now goes to the House Education Committee for a [...]
Thousands of campus denizens wander the University of Colorado at Boulder by bike or on foot, but later this year, the entire world will get to take the tour — virtually. Two of Google’s professional “trikers” recently spent about two weeks photographing paths in the city of Boulder and the campus, said Elaine Filadelfo, a [...]
Steve Lekson has stirred up a lot of dust in his time. He’s spent years researching prominent archaeological sites, including Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, Yellow Jacket at Mesa Verde in Colorado, and Casas Grandes, known as Paquimé, in Mexico. But he also likes to shake up conventional wisdom. For instance, he contends the peoples [...]
University of Colorado employees who are PERA members will see a 2.5 percent reduction in wages during the 2010-11 fiscal year in order to comply with a new Colorado law that shifts a portion of retirement fund contributions from the employer to the employee. Gov. Bill Ritter signed Senate Bill 10-146 into law as part of the [...]
The Colorado legislative bill aimed at giving higher education institutions more flexibility in financial affairs and in setting tuition rates was unanimously approved with amendments Thursday, April 29, by the Senate Education Committee. On Friday, April 30, it moves to the Senate floor for second reading. While most amendments to SB10-003 were technical in nature, [...]
Kerry Paterson has some extremely demanding patrons – as many as 6,000 a day for nine months. They’re always on the go and have different needs, but they have one thing in common: They are always hungry. As executive chef of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s housing and dining service, Paterson and his staff [...]
Moving can be a nightmare. The packing, the labeling, the unburdening. Then comes the unpacking, setting up, getting new phones, keys and access codes, changing mailing addresses. Imagine then, moving not just a few rooms but an entire campus. Imagine doing it for a living. Imagine being Roxanna Winslow. She wasn’t always a “transition project [...]
Four University of Colorado staff members were honored for outstanding volunteer service to CU and their communities during the All Staff Council Conference on Friday, April 16, in Boulder. Recognized as Service Excellence Award winners were Alexis Kelly, system administration; Donna Maes, University of Colorado at Boulder; Stephanie Hanenberg, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; [...]
Not everything in life is happenstance, but there are occasions when the universe simply takes over. When H. Lea Gaydos was a child, she had visions of a job that revolved around artistic design, perhaps in fashion or architecture. But as an undergraduate, she found herself majoring in biology. She was unsure what to do [...]
When all is said and done, educators and politicians have at least one thing in common, says Kathie Novak — trying to make things better by improving the community, the state and the nation. Novak has served as both. At the University of Colorado Denver, she has taught for 13 years in the School of [...]
Carl Wieman, the director of the Science Education Initiative (SEI) at the University of Colorado and the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) at the University of British Columbia, has been selected for nomination to a post in President Obama’s administration. The SEI programs are aimed at achieving widespread improvement in undergraduate science education. Wieman currently spends [...]
Imagine stepping off a plane in a strange, unfamiliar country, then going through the maze of university enrollment, all the while trying to find employment, an apartment, friends, a grocery store, something that reminded you of home. Who could you turn to? At the University of Colorado Denver, you would seek out Laura Welch and [...]
A group of retirees has filed a lawsuit challenging the recently signed law that cuts Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) benefits. The suit was filed Friday, Feb. 26, on behalf of nearly 100,000 PERA members who are eligible to retire or have retired since March 1, 1994. The lawsuit, Gary R. Justus and Kathleen Hopkins vs. [...]
A proposal allowing colleges and universities to set their own tuition could be in Gov. Bill Ritter’s hands this week and to the Legislature by the end of March. The governor said Thursday, Feb. 25, that “tuition flexibility is not tuition autonomy for institutions in the state,” adding that any such plan to help fund [...]
Since 1989, Steven Medema has been a member of the University of Colorado faculty, researching and teaching economics — from the history of economic thought to policy analysis and law, to public economics. He has authored several books and numerous scholarly articles, and serves as the director of the UC Denver University Honors and Leadership [...]
A fundraising gala will celebrate the 20th anniversary of INVST, a program that helps educate and inspire young people to choose service careers focusing on humanity and the environment. The March 13 gala at the Hotel Boulderado in downtown Boulder will feature dining and dancing, along with keynote speaker Hunter Lovins, the co-author of “Natural Capitalism.” [...]
Gov. Bill Ritter on Tuesday, Feb. 23, signed legislation that will reduce PERA retiree benefits but keep the pension plan afloat. Ritter said the changes made to the Public Employees Retirement Association pension fund were necessary to keep the plan solvent. “This legislation will … allow the system to meet its obligations to current and [...]
A love of snow, ice and cold weather has become for Tad Pfeffer a lifelong passion to help the world understand the transformation of glaciers and the implications of those changes. For 30 years he’s studied the mechanics of how glaciers move and change in response to climate, using physics, math and engineering. He’s a [...]
Legislation that proponents contend is needed to keep the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) fund from disintegrating passed the Colorado House on Tuesday, Feb. 16, with a 36-29 vote. Senate Bill 1 now moves to Gov. Bill Ritter for his signature. SB1 would decrease members’ annual benefits tied to a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), increase contributions [...]
For more than 25 years, Joanne Belknap has been an advocate for women, especially those who have been victimized or find themselves in the midst of an inequitable justice system. One of her studies found girls housed in adult prisons despite their minor records; another found that incarcerated girls and boys have disproportionately high rates [...]
Acknowledging that legal battles were certain, the House Finance Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 10, voted 8-3 for a bill that proponents say would rescue the foundering Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA). “We’ve heard loud and clear that someone will take this to court,” said Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, after seven hours of testimony and debate. [...]
University of Colorado Staff Council considered ways to promote and raise its visibility; discussed the effects of House Bill 11-1301 and reviewed details of the fall retreat.
The Colorado Senate on Monday passed a bill that sponsors say would shore up the Public Employees’ Retirement Association over the next 30 years. SB10-001, with a 25-10 vote, now moves to the House. The measure is scheduled to be heard by the House Appropriations Committee next week. PERA open forum set for Friday The [...]
On any given day, you might find University of Colorado at Boulder School of Education Professor Shelby Wolf hidden behind a tome of children’s or young adult literature. It’s not simply the innovative illustrations or prose she finds of interest, but the way children interpret, engage in and respond to the words and pictures. She’s [...]
Legislation intended to stabilize the Public Employee’s Retirement Association pension fund passed the Senate Finance Committee by a 5-2 vote Tuesday night after more than five hours of testimony and debate. Senate Bill 1 would increase contributions by employers and employees, place a cap on cost-of-living adjustments for retirees, modify benefit calculations and age eligibility [...]
Thank a man and some gorillas in a cage for pushing Richard Wobbekind to study economics, but thank his parents and mentors for helping him become a voice that thousands of business people listen to every year. As director of the Business Research Division in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado [...]