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CU looks to keep tuition increases low

CU looks to keep tuition increases low

For the second consecutive year, proposed tuition increases for all University of Colorado campuses came in significantly below the 6 percent cap mandated by the state Legislature for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal years. The budget calls for between 3 percent and 3.7 percent in tuition increases and up to a 3 percent salary increase for university employees.

CU announces changes to modernize employee retirement plans

CU on Tuesday announced it will modernize its retirement plan lineup, providing employees best-in-class investment options, lower fees, enhanced advising and streamlined investment choices.

CU securing permission of states beyond Colorado to offer online education

Online Learning

CU must seek permission to provide online education in states other than Colorado or to enroll students in online programs in those states, the Board of Regents was told Friday, but that process shouldn’t delay the fall launch of CU’s systemwide online education initiative.

CU Denver students make pitch for wellness center

CU Denver Wellness

Hoping to build a $53.8 million health and wellness center on the Auraria Campus, CU Denver student representatives on Friday asked the CU Board of Regents to support the pursuit of student fee increases – a financing proposal that drew mixed reaction from board members.

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Students make case for fossil fuel divestment to Board of Regents

A student movement aimed at persuading the University of Colorado to end its investment in the fossil fuel industry stirred discussion at last week’s meeting of the Board of Regents, which took no action on the matter.

Pre-health students enjoy immersive, real-world learning opportunities


Robera Oljira endured devastating gaps in health care as he grew up in a small town in Ethiopia. Tuberculosis took his father’s life when Oljira was 4, and then his mother’s four years later. Raised by his two older siblings, many days passed with little food and often no electricity. “Ever since I was little [...]

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Butnor takes new role focusing on undergraduate experiences

Ashby Butnor has just joined Office of Undergraduate Experiences (OUE) as the new director of First-Year Experiences at CU Denver. She previously was with Auraria Campus partner Metropolitan State University of Denver where she was a senior lecturer of philosophy and faculty coordinator for the Learning Communities and First-Year Success programs. The new position at [...]

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CU Denver instructors honored for landscape architecture

Three CU Denver instructors have been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects Colorado with awards for its 2014 competition. Landscape Architecture Senior Instructor Tony Mazzeo, principal and founder of PLOT Project LLC, won the President’s Award of Excellence for General Design Under $500K for his project “Drive 1 Plaza and PLD,” at TAXI [...]

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Benson stresses collaboration, cooperation at Staff Council appearance


Within the university community, the president said he is working to remove silos, push campuses to nurture many points of view and robust discussions, and encourage joint marketing and fundraising efforts.

Technology conference calling for proposals


Organizers of COLTT, set for Aug. 5-6 at CU-Boulder, welcome your innovative ideas, relevant experiences and sharable expertise pertaining to teaching with technology.

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Unlock the secrets to building a video game with CU MOOC


Learn to program your own video game in a course offered by Tim “Dr. T” Chamillard, associate professor of computer science at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. It begins next week.

Leeds School Evening MBA Program to expand to CU South Denver


Beginning in May, the program — offered since 2000 on the CU-Boulder campus — also will be available at the Liniger Building at CU South Denver.

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Labrador goes to lab: How did Ariel end up in General Chemistry I?

Labrador goes to lab: How did Ariel end up in General Chemistry I?

Monday mornings aren’t usually favored by students, but University of Colorado Denver biology major Stephanie Akright began looking forward to the start of the week. It had more than a little to do with a four-legged, tail-wagging member of the General Chemistry I laboratory class in which Akright worked as a teaching assistant last semester. [...]

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Thayer publishes on stress of racial discrimination during pregnancy

Zaneta Thayer, assistant professor of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at CU Denver, recently published two articles addressing effects of stress during pregnancy. One article, “Ethnic Discrimination Predicts Poor Self-rated Health and Cortisol in Pregnancy: Insights From New Zealand,” is in Social Science and Medicine. It looks at the relationship between a woman’s [...]

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Butler featured in video on how math models predict storms

Troy Butler, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at CU Denver, is in a new video detailing how to improve the predictive capabilities of mathematical models that can help in severe storm forecasting. The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) produced the video featuring [...]

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Herndon, Huff named to Denver Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list

Two staff members at CU campuses have been named to the Denver Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list for 2015. Genia Larson Herndon, assistant vice chancellor for University Advancement and Student Engagement, University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus, and Ryan Huff, CU-Boulder spokesperson and issues manager, join a group of metro Denver professionals, [...]

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Anthem breach update: How to enroll in credit protection services

Anthem Inc., parent company of one of the health insurance administrators for University of Colorado faculty and staff, has announced that current and former Anthem members dating back to 2004 can now enroll in two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft repair services through AllClear ID. Affected members can visit to learn [...]

Is there harm in sexting?

Sexting Panic: Rethinking Criminalization, Privacy, and Consent (Feminist Media Studies)

A new book released this week by CU Denver’s Amy Hasinoff examines the social conversations around sexting. In it, she discusses how teenage sexting – sending sexually explicit images or text messages over cell phones and social media – is thought about, talked about and regulated.

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Anthem continues responding to concerns over data breach

Anthem Breach Update

Anthem Inc., parent company of one of the health insurance providers for CU faculty and staff, last week announced it was the victim of a highly sophisticated cyberattack in which data of tens of millions of current and past members was accessed.

$2 million endowment will expand architecture exchange program

A gift from University of Colorado alumnus and Saudi Arabian businessman Zuhair Fayez will enable the expansion and extension of an innovative exchange program that builds cultural understanding among graduate architecture students from CU Denver and a women’s college in Saudi Arabia.

Ms. V goes to D.C.: Washington internship inspires Hispanic student

Ms. V goes to D.C.: Washington internship inspires Hispanic student

When Jennifer Villalobos stood before the U.S. Constitution at the Museum of Archives in Washington, D.C., her vision of the future changed. As she admired the remarkable document that has influenced history, she suddenly realized that anything was possible for her life. Villalobos is in her senior year at CU Denver as a Public Health [...]

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Consider ramifications before posting to social media

You should think twice – no, three times – before posting to social media. Privacy does not exist in the world of social media. Consider what could happen if a post becomes widely known and how that might reflect on the subject of the post and the university. Search engines can turn up posts years after [...]

CU Denver Business School marketing class helps KOTA Longboards refine demographics, brand

CU Denver Business School marketing class helps KOTA Longboards refine demographics, brand

CU Denver Business School students supplied “heart and soul” to a marketing project that is pushing an innovative local longboard company—named after World War I fighter pilots—to greater heights in the action-sports sector. The fast rise of KOTA Longboards LLC and its visionary founder, Mike Maloney, a former U.S. Navy Top Gun pilot, was celebrated [...]

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Finkelstein recognized for a best book of 2014

A biography by Gabriel Finkelstein, CU Denver associate professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, recently was selected as a Best Book of 2014 by Science Books and Films (SB&F). The book, “Emil du Bois-Reymond: Neuroscience, Self, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Germany,”  was named a finalist for the inaugural Pickstone Prize (best book [...]

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Swallow co-authors study on insect behavior, neurochemistry

John Swallow, professor and chair of biology at CU Denver’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and his lab groups are applying information about neurotransmitters to illustrate the power of using insect models to study aggression. Swallow and his team were invited to contribute to December’s special-themed issue of the journal Current Zoology titled “Ecological [...]

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University Staff performance reviews to start this month

The University Staff review cycle ended on Jan. 31 for most campuses. University Staff members in the CU system offices will receive their annual reviews several months earlier than in the past; for campuses, the schedule has not changed. Any merit raises will still take effect July 1. Each campus’s procedures for review are slightly [...]

Dropping names …

Mary Coussons-Read, executive vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, and professor, Department of Psychology at UCCS, will discuss new research at Feb. 10’s Café Scientifique at UCCS. The focus will be on how stress affects the outcome of human pregnancy by altering maternal inflammatory and endocrine activity, and how these changes may ultimately impact behavioral and immunological [...]

Title IX coordinators team for sexual harassment education

Title IX

A female student tells a faculty member of inappropriate touching that took place at an off-campus internship. An assistant professor fears bad committee assignments are the result of sexual harassment by the department chair. A student complains of harassment and blames a classroom discussion of same-sex marriage. As faculty, what do you do?

Big crowd turns out for CU Night at the Stock Show

Ralphie, the CU-Boulder mascot

Sitting next to Milo the Lynx on the back of a stage coach, CU Denver student Derrick Gallegos found himself under the spotlight and circling the arena floor to the raucous cheers of a full house at the Denver Coliseum Friday evening.

Business School study calls for audit transparency

Business School study calls for audit transparency

As major accounting companies increasingly outsource audit work to other firms, a new study from the University of Colorado Denver Business School says greater transparency is needed to help investors assess the quality of those audits. “Many people don’t realize that most audits of multi-national companies involve more than one auditing firm,” said study author [...]

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