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CU a leader in MOOC education

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Since introducing massive open online courses (MOOCs) through a partnership with Coursera in 2013, the University of Colorado has received national recognition as a leader in MOOC education and kudos from learners across the globe. This fall, CU offered eight courses; courses overall have reached more than 407,000 participants.

Staff Council to study professional development at CU and beyond

Staff Council to study professional development at CU and beyond

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.

Chancellors stand united for furthering online education

At the board’s meeting Wednesday at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, CU’s four campus chancellors stood together before the regents – possibly a first – to revisit online education and report on definitive steps that would bring a collaborative online education program to fruition.

Rec Center expansion to begin soon

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Construction on what will become a campus student health and wellness center will begin Dec. 2, according to the Department of Facilities Services. The $16.3 million 51,000-square foot expansion of the Campus Recreation Center will make way for a new student health clinic, counseling services and expand recreation options.  When complete, the project will almost [...]

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PGA honors Sutherland

Mollie Sutherland, director, PGA Golf Management Program, College of Business at UCCS, recently received the Professional Golfers Association Horton Smith Award, which is designed to give special recognition to an individual PGA professional for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education. Horton Smith was a 37-year member of the PGA and former association president. Sutherland [...]

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Dropping names …

At UCCS in October, 10 people accepted non-teaching positions. They are: Michael Bigelow, senior executive, clinical activities; Kevin George, success coach, Office of Student Retention and First Year Experience; Stephen Gurian, police officer, police department; Katie Kopp, clinical dissemination specialist, Trauma, Health and Hazards Center; Jillian Mathena, lead teacher, Family Development Center; Sarah Mensch, program [...]

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Dodge a taxing 2015 by heeding year-end reminders

Avoid the stress of searching for missing tax documents this April; verify your personal information within the employee portal today. Starting this month, when you log in to the portal at my.cu.edu, a pop-up message will urge you to verify the mailing address CU has on file for you. By confirming your address (within the [...]

Publication note: No Connections on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s

CU Connections will not publish new issues on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27), Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Today’s issue is the last to appear before the Thanksgiving break. Deadline for submissions for the Thursday, Dec. 4, issue is noon Wednesday, Nov. 26. The final new issue before the winter holiday break will appear Thursday, [...]

Global picture, personal stories in focus at GLBTI Symposium

Global picture, personal stories in focus at GLBTI Symposium

The Faculty Council GLBTI (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues) Committee’s third annual symposium brought together about 100 faculty, staff and students from across the system to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus for a half-day discussion focused on health equity at CU.

Media, faculty join forces to discuss ethics

The daily ethical challenges faced by managers of traditional and social media outlets will be the subject of a Nov. 17 summit at UCCS. Lauren Brengarth, assistant professor, Department of Communication, will lead a summit to bring academic experts and working journalists together to share the challenges faced in newsrooms across America. Brengarth is a [...]

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Skop looks to bring faculty together at new research center

Emily Skop, associate professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at UCCS, is looking for faculty members whose vision does not stop at the campus, state or national border. Skop, the newly appointed director of the Global Intercultural Research Center, wants to bring together faculty interested in bringing global perspectives to UCCS and working in [...]

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UCCS Academic Affairs reorganizes for future

Mary Coussons-Read, UCCS provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Pam Shockley-Zalabak, chancellor, announced changes in the division designed to increase its short- and long-term efficiency and effectiveness. The changes follow conversations with faculty and other stakeholders. Program changes are: David Moon will be the senior associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education and [...]

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Flu shots still available to CU Health Plan participants

Flu season has begun, and while the event period for workplace flu shot clinics provided by Be Colorado has ended, CU Health Plan participants still have many options. The primary member and their enrolled spouse and/or dependents still have opportunities to receive flu shots through their medical health plan benefit. Learn more now to determine specific flu shot benefits [...]

Griego re-elected; Carson, Shoemaker set to join Board of Regents

Griego re-elected; Carson, Shoemaker set to join Board of Regents

Voters in three of Colorado’s congressional districts on Tuesday chose their representatives to the University of Colorado Board of Regents.

CU South Denver aims for collaboration among four campuses

Record property donation boosts mission at CU South Denver

Leadership at the new CU South Denver is working with faculty at the four CU campuses to determine academic programming that best serves the surrounding community.

November forum to highlight research

Mary Coussons-Read, provost, and Kelli Klebe, associate vice chancellor for research and faculty development, will lead a discussion about university research at UCCS during the November Chancellor’s All-Campus Forum. The forum is scheduled for 3 p.m. Nov. 11 in the University Center Theater. Coussons-Read and Klebe will highlight current faculty successes in research and elaborate [...]

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Coussons-Read, Kaukinen, Webb honored for research achievements

Mary Coussons-Read Catherine Kaukinen Rebecca Webb Three UCCS researchers recently were inducted into the Million Dollar Club at the 10th annual Celebration of Sponsored Research and Scholarship Oct. 22. Provost Mary Coussons-Read; Catherine Kaukinen, associate professor, School of Public Affairs; and Rebecca Webb, assistant professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science, were each recognized for [...]

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Dassanowsky production wins at film fest

“Felix Austria!” – a feature documentary produced by Robert Dassanowsky, professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and Department of Languages and Cultures at UCCS – was awarded the Colorado Spotlight Award at the seventh annual Indie Spirit Film Festival at the event’s finale Oct. 19. The film, directed by Christine Beebe and [...]

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UCCS arts earn awards

The Pikes Peak Arts Council honored four UCCS-related productions and exhibitions during the organization’s 14th annual awards ceremony Oct. 15 at Library 21c. Those recognized were: Outstanding performance by an actor: Michael Lee for Silvio in “Servant of Two Masters,” THEATREWORKS; outstanding performance by an actress: Sue Bachman for Linda Loman in “Death of a [...]

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Inclusiveness stressed at ‘homegrown’ Diversity Summit

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Touted as a “homemade, homegrown event” by CU Denver Associate Vice Chancellor Brenda J. Allen, the University of Colorado Diversity Summit drew more than 500 faculty and staff for a daylong program of workshops and presentations.

Health Fair offers learning opportunity

Health Fair offers learning opportunity

The 2014 UCCS Health Fair, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Berger Hall, has many of the benefits of visiting a primary care provider with a couple of notable exceptions, according to Stephanie Hanenberg, director, Student Health Center. “There are no appointments, no co-pays, and no exams,” Hanenberg said. “We only [...]

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Jacobs named UCCS Employee of the Quarter

Whether it’s training library staff, coordinating course reserve services, maintaining the library’s lighting system or locking the doors at 3 a.m. during finals week, Kevin Jacobs is accustomed to working behind the scenes. But after recently being named Employee of the Quarter, Jacobs – library technician, Kraemer Family Library – may have to deal with [...]

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Dropping names …

      A team from the CU Denver School of Education and Human Development (SEHD), led by counseling faculty member Farah Ibrahim, shared information at the Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Education and Supervision in Wyoming. Ibrahim, who submitted the topic proposal, was joined for the presentation by SEHD colleagues Edward Cannon, Diane Estrada, [...]

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Reminder: Proposals for CU Women Succeeding due Friday

The 13th Annual CU Women Succeeding Professional Development Symposium will be Feb. 26-27 at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The Faculty Council Women’s Committee welcomes proposals from the CU community centered on this year’s theme, “Pioneering Women.” The committee is seeking knowledgeable and dynamic proposals that address the interests and concerns of CU women faculty [...]

Study of retirement plan vendors nears completion

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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.

50th Anniversary update: ‘Discovering Place – A UCCS Field Guide’ now available

Discovering Place – A UCCS Field Guide

Tom and Carole Huber did not set out to create a publication to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of UCCS. Instead, a project intended to celebrate and help preserve the treasures of campus and serve as the core of a course team-taught by the couple, grew into one of the cornerstones of the celebration [...]

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Election season brings reminder of guidelines on campaign activity

A variety of state and federal laws and regulations govern political expression and conduct in the university workplace.

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Higher education funding discussion draws crowd in Colorado Springs

A standing-room-only crowd of community supporters shared views about a new formula for funding higher education during a Colorado Department of Higher Education-sponsored meeting Oct. 9 at the Penrose Conference Center. Brenda Morrison, partner, Engaged Public, a firm hired by CDHE to gather public input, led the crowd of 100 in a discussion about HB-1319, a [...]

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President’s Teaching Scholars talk collaboration, meet with president

The President’s Teaching Scholars Program recently presented two special events where member scholars from across the CU system gathered. The program’s annual fall retreat took place at CU-Boulder. Meeting under the theme of “Collaboration and the Forces of Change,” the scholars discussed their own projects and spoke with CU-Boulder Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Russell [...]

Dropping names …

David P. Tracer, professor and chair of Health & Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at CU Denver, co-published a chapter titled “Cruel to be Kind?: Effects of Sanctions and Third Party Enforcement on Generosity in Papua New Guinea” (pdf) in the 2014 Sage Foundation volume “Experimenting with Social Norms: Fairness and Punishment [...]

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