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Technology team works for smooth start to semester

Each semester, tens of thousands of students log into their campus’s student portal to access their schedules, add and drop classes and pay their student accounts. The biggest traffic on student systems technologies occurs during the first week of classes, which started Jan. 12 for CU-Boulder and Jan. 20 for CU Denver and UCCS. A [...]

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Campuses, system offer resources for social media users

Each of CU’s campuses and the system office has its own social media guidelines or policies. Find yours here: CU-Boulder UCCS CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus CU system

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Campus to celebrate turning 50

Campus to celebrate turning 50

Several long-serving members of the UCCS community will be honored today as part of the campus’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. today on El Pomar Plaza with a photograph of faculty and staff that mimics one taken in 1990 as part of 25th anniversary celebrations. From 4:30 p.m. to [...]

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Winters cited as influential professor

Marcus Winters, assistant professor in UCCS’s College of Education, has been named one of the top 200 university-based scholars who shape public discussions of education, ranking 181 in the 2015 RHSU Edu Scholar Public Influence rankings. The list of qualifying scholars includes a qualitative component, though the actual scores are composed entirely of quantitative metrics. [...]

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Sanderson selected for leadership development program

Michael Sanderson, assistant director for research integrity, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity at UCCS, recently was selected to participate in the National Council of Research Administrators LEAD Me Program. Sanderson is the first person selected from NCURA’s Region VII in the five-year history of the program. Sanderson will present at the NCURA annual [...]

Dropping names …

Robert Lee Page, professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Physical Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and School of Medicine, is serving on two committees of the American Heart Association (AHA). He is the clinical pharmacy/pharmacology representative. Page was appointed to the Get with the Guideline Steering Committee and Get with [...]

Be Colorado biometric health screenings begin in February

Many times, knowing what’s going on with your health is half the battle. Doing, on the other hand, is what leads to real health changes. Yet it takes only a few minutes to set an appointment for screenings that could make a big difference in how you manage your health. Register today for your free [...]

Construction, maintenance goals outlined for state legislators

CU leaders on capital construction priorities

University of Colorado leaders on Tuesday made their case for construction, renovation and maintenance needs across the system during an annual presentation to the state’s Capital Development Committee.

CU’s online education initiative continues forward progress

CU's online education initiative continues forward progress

The University of Colorado’s effort to advance its coordinated online education initiative took another step forward at the Board of Regents retreat in Silverthorne last week, when the board gave the four campus chancellors the green light to further develop the initiative, with an eye on a fall launch.

Financial wellness could be habit-forming

Financial wellness could be habit-forming

Visitors to the Healthy Financial Habits website can tackle everything from creating a well-organized financial filing system to taking stock of present and future financial needs.

UCCS graduate online programs ranked among nation’s best, top in Colorado

UCCS online graduate programs in business, engineering and nursing are among the top 50 programs in the country and the best in Colorado, according to the editors of U.S. News and World Report magazine. In the magazine’s Best Online Graduate Education Rankings released Jan. 7, UCCS programs were considered among the nation’s best based on [...]

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Dropping names …

Five people accepted non-teaching positions at UCCS in December. They are: Leyna Bencomo, assistive technology specialist, Information Technology; Caleb Duckworth, food service worker, Dining and Food Services; Matthew Getze, educational technologist, School of Public Affairs; Joshua Nicholson, website designer, Information Technology; and Shaun Stearns, professional research assistant, Trauma, Health and Hazards Center.       [...]

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Archaeologist to share discoveries at CU-Boulder

Apachean languages, including Navajo, are today among the most widespread native languages in the United States, but the origin of Apachean-speaking communities has been shrouded in mystery — until now. Jack Ives, executive director of the Institute of Prairie Archaeology and Landrex Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, will give a public [...]

Regents sworn in at CU Denver


The CU Board of Regents on Wednesday officially welcomed two new members and one returning member as the three recently elected representatives took their oaths of office during a ceremony at CU Denver’s Student Commons Building.

Results of retirement vendor study expected this month

University of Colorado Staff Council members received a variety of updates during their final meeting of 2014, conducted via video conference on Dec. 18.

Legislative session brings new opportunities, challenges for CU

The 70th Colorado General Assembly convened on Wednesday, the launch of a 120-day session that will see a new group of lawmakers consider budget requests and changes to laws that directly affect the University of Colorado and higher education across the state.

CU doctor details steps to successful weight loss

CU doctor details steps to successful weight loss

For long-term weight loss success, dieters are encouraged to identify their personal “why” for losing weight, focus on positive aspects of weight loss, create a supportive environment and develop new habits to make healthy decisions.

Basketball teams to challenge Western State in Downtown Classic

Basketball teams to challenge Western State in Downtown Classic

The UCCS basketball teams will return to the historic Colorado Springs City Auditorium for the Third Annual Downtown Classic on Friday. Both UCCS men’s and women’s basketball teams will face Western State Colorado University in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference doubleheader. The women’s game will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the men’s game to follow [...]

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In memoriam

Names of current and former University of Colorado faculty and staff who have died in recent weeks. List compiled by Employee Services. CU-Boulder Ronald D. Engler, 87, classified staff retiree. Nov. 19, 2014. Magdalene J. Romano, 96, classified staff retiree. Dec. 12, 2014. UCCS Robert S. Dotson, 36, classified staff. Dec. 8, 2014. CU Denver Phyllis W. [...]

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Staff Council seeks nominations for Service Excellence Awards

Nominations for the annual Service Excellence Awards – which honor classified and university staff employees who have provided outstanding and sustained volunteer service to their campus, community and the university – are being accepted by the University of Colorado Staff Council. Deadline for nominations is Jan. 30. The Service Excellence Award is presented to a [...]

Deadline extended for Gee Award nominations

The Women’s Committee of the Faculty Council requests nominations for the 2014 Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award, which carries a $1,000 prize. The recipient presents his/her scholarly work during the Gee Memorial Award Lecture at the annual CU Women Succeeding Professional Development Symposium on Feb. 27. The nomination deadline has been extended to Jan. [...]

Developing ethical world-changing leaders goal of new UCCS program

Bringing executive-level leadership education to undergraduates is the goal of a new UCCS program. Garrett Gatlin, interim director, Chancellor’s Leadership Class, outlined a plan called UCCSlead during the Dec. 12 campus forum. The plan expands UCCS student leadership efforts beyond the scholarship program-based Chancellor’s Leadership Class to reach students of all academic levels. Eventually, Gatlin [...]

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Holiday party food gets a healthy recipe rehab from CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

The University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora is home to the brand new Extreme Weight Loss: Destination Boot Camp transformation weight loss program. The first sessions in October were a sell-out and 2015 boot camps will be held in March, June and July. Bistro Elaia provides [...]

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

CU Connections will not publish new issues on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Today’s issue is the last to appear before the holidays. Connections returns after the winter break on Thursday, Jan. 8; deadline for submissions is noon Monday, Jan. 5. During the holiday break, the website will be updated with news should events [...]

Five questions for Jeffrey Montez de Oca

5 Questions for Jeffrey Montez de Oca

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.

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Principles of ethical conduct spotlighted on new CU Web page

Principles of ethical conduct

A new Web page on the CU Board of Regents’ website provides easy access to the university’s Principles of Ethical Behavior, a regent law that makes members of the university community responsible for understanding and upholding the highest standards of legal and ethical conduct.

Faculty Council hears update on review of retirement plans

CU’s first review of retirement offerings in 20 years is nearing a conclusion.

December forum to touch on multiple topics

A chancellor’s all-campus forum on Friday will touch on a new higher education funding formula, the Colorado Springs City for Champions project, 50th Anniversary planning and UCCS student leadership programs. The one-hour forum will begin at 10 a.m. in the University Center Theater. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will provide an update on House Bill 1319 to [...]

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Dropping names …

Sara Qualls, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging, Department of Psychology at UCCS, will receive the Distinguished Pioneer in Aging Award today at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Colorado Gerontological Society. The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate originality and ingenuity in addressing the needs of Colorado seniors. Individuals who have made significant advances at the [...]

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Remind student employees to verify mailing addresses before break

As student employees think less about hitting deadlines and more about finding cheap flights home for the holidays, Employee Services is challenging you to catch students’ attention and remind them to update their mailing addresses before taking off this month. The hook? If CU has an incorrect mailing address on file, it won’t be able [...]