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CU Advocates Day connects supporters, lawmakers

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The sound of the CU fight song reverberating across the walls of the House of Representatives isn’t an everyday experience at Colorado’s Capitol.

Expanded health care options to be offered during Open Enrollment

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This spring, faculty and staff will gain access to expanded health care options — including a health care plan offering services nationwide, coverage for acupuncture and a comprehensive diabetes prevention program.

Six community members honored by Board of Regents

Six community members honored by Board of Regents

Honorary degrees, Distinguished Service Award to be presented at spring commencements.

President Benson’s town hall series begins Wednesday

CU President Bruce Benson next week begins a spring slate of Town Hall meetings, where faculty and staff at all four campuses and system administration are invited to hear an update on the university and responses to questions posed by employees. His first appearance will be Wednesday at CU Denver. Benson plans to speak on [...]

Free info session precedes next My New Weigh class

Have you tried everything to lose weight, only to regain? Are you ready for a new way? Discover My New Weigh, medically supervised weight management, available at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Specifically designed for those needing to lose at least 30 pounds or those with health issues related to their weight, this [...]

Social media tip: Use appropriate branding

CU faculty and staff are reminded that the university logo or any other university images or iconography should not be used on personal social media sites. Do not use the university name to promote a product, cause, or political party or candidate.

Ludwig, Faculty Council discuss future of online education at CU

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In an appearance before the Faculty Council at its meeting last week, Regent Stephen Ludwig said he’s “discouraged” with the evolution of online education at CU, but he has faith that faculty ultimately will play a vital role in growing an accessible, high-quality venture.

Retirement transition workshops draw hundreds of employees, questions

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Hundreds of CU employees are taking to campus workshops to ask why the university’s retirement plans are changing, how their investments will be affected and where their money will be invested come July.

Dropping names …

Geeta Verma, associate professor in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in the CU Denver School of Education & Human Development, presented a paper last month at the Korean Association of Science Education in Busan, South Korea. In her presentation, “Enacting Acts of Authentications in an Informal Learning Environment: Opportunities for Creative Engagement,” she [...]

Graduate programs across CU system rate highly

Graduate programs across CU system rate highly in U.S. News

All four CU campuses are recognized for research and teaching achievement in the fields of health care, engineering, law, education and business.

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State lawmakers recommend historic funding increase for higher ed

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The University of Colorado and other institutions of higher education across the state stand to gain $75.6 million in the upcoming budget year in the most recent recommendation of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee.

VETS course offers faculty strategies to teach, relate to veterans

VETS course offers faculty strategies to teach, relate to veterans

The resource is part of a growing number of CU programs dedicated to helping student veterans be successful.

Benson sets town hall schedule for April, May

Faculty and staff at all four campuses and system administration are invited to hear an update on the university and responses to questions posed by employees.

Obituary: Susan Kirk

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CU Regent Emerita Susan C. Kirk, an activist for women’s rights, higher education and all things Colorado, died on March 6, 2015. She was 81. She served two terms on the Board of Regents, having won election in 1992 and 1998. Susan was the daughter of Stuart and Katherine Cosgriff. Susan’s civic engagement was rooted [...]

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Leadership in administrative systems technologies to be showcased at conference

From University Information Systems: CU’s primary administrative systems are based on Oracle’s PeopleSoft backbone. These include student, financial and human resources systems, as well as the university’s employee portals. This in an exciting time for CU’s technology systems with the extensive upgrades of our finance and human resources systems (the Elevate project), our portal applications [...]

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Pioneering spirit provides inspiration at CU Women Succeeding

Pioneering spirit provides inspiration at CU Women Succeeding

About 140 faculty and staff from across the University of Colorado system gathered last week for the 13th annual CU Women Succeeding, a professional development symposium that shines the spotlight on achievements and takes stock of ongoing challenges.

CU’s Jefferson Awards honor achievement in academia and beyond

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Two faculty members and two students from the University of Colorado community have been named recipients of the 2015 Thomas Jefferson Award, among the highest honors given at CU.

Finkelstein named CU’s first Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador

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Inspired by the past and building toward the future, a new outreach program is tapping educators to promote discussion of teaching and learning in schools and communities across the state.

Employees can prepare for retirement plan changes at Transition Workshops

Sessions will put faculty and staff face-to-face with representatives from CU Employee Services, TIAA-CREF and Innovest, CU’s retirement plan consultant, who will explain upcoming changes and answer questions.

New videos show off ‘A Place for You at CU’

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Two staff members outline the challenges faced by diverse communities and the support available through Diversity and Excellence Grants and other programs at CU.

Social media tip: Respect copyright and fair use

CU faculty and staff are reminded that, when posting on social media, be mindful of the copyright and intellectual property rights of others and of the university. For guidance, consult CU-Boulder’s copyright resources and facts.      

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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.

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.

Dropping names …

Robert McLeod, associate professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering (ECEE), has been awarded a patent for a technique to create lenses with customized optical and/or mechanical properties. This technique could be used, for example, to create contact lenses or glasses customized to a patient’s unique vision deficits, providing better vision than created by standardized [...]

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UIS well-represented in Oracle’s Customer Advisory User Groups

University Information Systems (UIS) is strongly represented in the Higher Education User Group’s (HEUG) Product and Technical Advisory Groups (PAG and TAG). The international members of HEUG consult with Oracle to develop best practices and provide product input, collaboration and a common language between Oracle and its customers. PAG and TAG representatives support HEUG’s mission in [...]

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Benson stresses collaboration, cooperation at Staff Council appearance

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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

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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

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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.

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 AnthemFacts.com to learn [...]