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Gould named Pikes Peak Poet Laureate

Janice Gould, assistant professor in the Department of Women’s and Ethnic Studies, was named the 2014-2016 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR). As poet laureate, Gould will be an ambassador for poetry in the region. The Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project is a partnership of five organizations:  [...]

Procurement Service Center recognized for efficiency

The CU system’s Procurement Service Center (PSC) is honored as one of eight Models of Efficiency for spring 2014 in University Business magazine. PSC’s work in digitizing travel and procurement card expenses, achieved via the implementation of Concur Travel and Expense in 2010, is featured in a story in the April issue of the publication, [...]

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Faculty Council discusses program prioritization, Social Climate Survey with Hybl

program prioritization, social climate survey

Council members took the opportunity to express concerns over the amount of additional work for faculty and staff generated by the program prioritization process. They also were critical of the Social Climate Survey, the composition of which might compromise honest responses, they said.

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Social Climate Survey to return soon

Social Climate Survey

The CU Board of Regents is expected to launch a revised and updated Social Climate Survey in the coming days after Faculty Council expressed concerns about the level of identifying information in the original version that was distributed to the University of Colorado community last week.

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Guest opinion: Visiting Scholar of Conservative Thought and Policy must strengthen dialogue, not debase it

The system Faculty Council writes to denounce recent statements by CU-Boulder’s Steven Hayward.

Thomas Jefferson Award winners honored at event

A high-achieving group of academics, all with a great devotion to the humanities and community service, received Thomas Jefferson Awards at a dinner and reception in the Terrace Room, Lawrence Street Center, at the University of Colorado Denver on April 2. This year’s honorees include two faculty members, a staff member and two students, and [...]

Smith to connect students, employers with CU programs in south Denver

Tony Smith thrives on helping students to reach their full potential. He also loves chatting with employers about their workforce needs. So he jumped at the chance to lead the University of Colorado’s forward-thinking expansion into the south Denver region that’s teeming with ambitious students and professionals as well as growing industries in need of [...]

Du, George receive patents

The CU Technology Transfer Office recently announced that patents have been granted to university researchers. Yiping Du of the CU Denver departments of psychiatry and audiology has been granted a patent for a novel MRI technique to collect images of both arterial and venous vasculature in a single scan. This technique allows for faster and [...]

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COLTT 2014: Click, submit

CU’s in-house experts are encouraged to share their knowledge and experience with teaching, learning and technology at the popular COLTT (Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology) conference. The new April 21 deadline for timely submissions is fast approaching. Please consider sharing new, timely and exciting teaching with technology knowledge and experiences with colleagues at this 17th annual event. For the most updated information about the [...]

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CU employee benefits have grown healthier

CU employee benefits have grown healthier -

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.

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Social Climate Survey underway

Social Climate Survey underway

The Social Climate Survey, which requires about 10 minutes to finish, must be accessed via a link included in emails that were sent systemwide on Wednesday.

Small plan changes could have big impacts this Open Enrollment

Later this month, when CU opens your three-week window to enroll in 2014-15 benefits plans, it will introduce several small changes that could have a huge impact on your final decisions. Running from 8 a.m. Monday, April 28, through 5 p.m. Friday, May 16, CU’s 2014-15 Open Enrollment period is your opportunity to review your [...]

Regents approve 3 percent salary increases for faculty, exempt professionals

Regents considering rates of salary increases, tuition changes

The University of Colorado Board of Regents on Friday approved a 3 percent merit salary increase pool for faculty and exempt professionals, as well as a state-mandated salary pool increase of 3.5 percent for classified staff (2.5 percent cost of living; 1 percent merit raises).

Tuition rates for 2014-15 set by Board of Regents


In most cases, the increases affecting resident undergraduate tuition are about 3.4 percent, well below the 6 percent expected to be allowed this year by state lawmakers, as well as below last year’s rates of increase across the CU system, which ranged from 6 percent to 8.7 percent.

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Higher ed funding bill being revised after concerns expressed

Higher ed funding bill being revised after concerns expressed

A proposed change to how state funding is distributed among higher education institutions is being modified partly in response to concerns expressed by leaders at the University of Colorado.

Diversity summit postponed

The CU systemwide diversity summit has been postponed. The event had been slated for April 17. The new date is October 24. It will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver. Check CU Connections for more details in the coming weeks.  

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A healthier you in 15 minutes

A personalized plan to better health is just one click away. The SUCCEED Health Assessment (HA) provides a tailored approach to better health by offering solutions for lifestyle improvements. In just 15 minutes, participants can obtain the information needed for a healthier future. Employees who are the primary member of a CU Health Plan can [...]

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Alzheimer’s research highlighted at CU Advocacy Day

2014 CU Advocacy Day

The event was hosted by the CU Office of Government Relations and CU Advocates Program and drew lawmakers; several CU Regents; CU President Bruce Benson and his wife, Marcy; Don Elliman, chancellor of CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus; Lilly Marks, vice president for health affairs and executive vice chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus; and many CU Advocates.

Social Climate Survey set to begin in April

Social Climate Survey set to begin in April

In a letter expected to be delivered today to the university community, Board of Regents Chairman Michael Carrigan and President Bruce Benson are asking for broad participation in the survey, which is aimed at determining how well CU is promoting diversity in all its forms.

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Bioscience collaborations across the CU system receive boost

Bioscience collaborations across the CU system receive boost

This year’s Butcher Seed Grant Award winners offer an exciting look into the biomedical research going on in Colorado, covering everything from studying seizures in the brain using small fiber optical devices, to finding ways of using the vast collection of microbiome data for diagnosing disease.

Applications for PTLC Faculty Researchers being accepted

Funding is available as part of the the President’s Office for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: 2014-2015 President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC). Applications for the 2014-2015 cohort of PTLC Faculty Researchers are now being accepted. Central to the work of the Collaborative is creating and publishing scholarship in teaching and learning that contributes [...]

Stay on track to better health, win one of 10 prizes every week

Those who are informed about their own health are more likely to address it – either by acknowledging where they’re doing well and rewarding themselves for it or by managing the areas that call for improvement. Be Colorado invites all primary members of a CU Health Plan to value their health by finding the time [...]

Five questions for Nicholas Hamilton-Archer


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.

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Faculty Council weighs in on vice presidential search process


A proposed change to the Board of Regents’ policy regarding searches for vice president positions is being reconsidered following objections from the Faculty Council Executive Committee.

Faculty Council requests input on revisions to bylaws

Faculty Council has made an initial effort to suggest minor revisions to provide more accurate, or updated, reflections of faculty governance processes, faculty communication and faculty council committees.

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CU boasts top-ranked graduate programs

CU boasts top-ranked graduate programs

CU-Boulder’s atomic/molecular/optical physics program holds the top spot nationally; dozens others also earn high ratings.

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Learn, play and win at Employee Services Expos

Employee Services Expos

When you attend an ES Expo, you’ll receive a ticket, which you can use to enter a drawing for an iPad (one grand prize per campus). For each expo booth that you visit, you can earn prizes— additional tickets for drawing entries—by participating in games that will teach you more about ES.

University Counsel outlines requirements related to marijuana research

Marijuana research

No CU faculty members have authority to perform research without complying with the requirements.

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Gift cards, gadgets among prizes for health assessment participants

Be Colorado’s SUCCEED Health Assessment (HA) is a free, confidential online questionnaire that allows CU Health Plan participants to view a snapshot of their overall health and wellness. New prizes every week: Be Colorado is giving away exciting prizes each week during the HA event. CU Health Plan participants can win their favorite music devices [...]

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Marks, Aagaard talk mentoring at CU Women Succeeding

CU Women Succeeding symposium

Representing all four campuses and system administration, attendees convened at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus to take advantage of opportunities for professional development, career support and networking with colleagues.