The 10 most-read CU Connections features of 2019

By Staff

1. CU on Coursera, free suite of global online courses, now available

(MAR 7) - The University of Colorado has announced the launch of CU on Coursera, a free online learning program available to the university community. CU on Coursera offers over 100 Coursera courses taught by faculty across CU Boulder, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, CU Denver and UCCS.

2. Five University of Colorado researchers named 2019 Boettcher Investigators

(MAY 28) - Five University of Colorado biomedical researchers are among the newest Boettcher Investigators. This year’s is the 10th class to receive research funding through the Boettcher Foundation’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program.

3. 2019 President’s Diversity Award recipients announced

(FEB 14) - The University of Colorado President’s Diversity Award selection committee has announced its 2019 award and commendation recipients, who will be recognized at a reception at 3 p.m. March 21 at 1800 Grant St., Denver. All members of the CU community are invited to attend. Click here for event details and registration.

4. High-impact educators, researchers receive CU’s highest faculty honor

(SEPT 19) - The University of Colorado on Friday added seven members to its roster of Distinguished Professors. The designation is the highest honor awarded to faculty across the CU system’s four campuses. CU Distinguished Professors are faculty members who demonstrate exemplary performance in research or creative work, a record of excellence in classroom teaching and supervision of individual learning, and outstanding service to the profession, the university and its affiliates.

5. Two CU Boulder educators join ranks of President’s Teaching Scholars

(JUL 11) - Two University of Colorado faculty members have been named President’s Teaching Scholars, who are recognized for expertly performing teaching and research work. The title signifies recognition of excellence in and commitment to learning and teaching, as well as active, substantial contributions to scholarly work. 

6. CU Faculty Voices: Lisa Forbes on being true to who you are in the classroom

(FEB 21) - In my first year as a faculty member, I was swept away with the tidal wave of teaching a 4-4, prepping new courses, engaging in research and service while also managing my life as a mother of a 3-year-old and 6-month-old with a partner who travels five months of the year for work.

7. Philip Fernbach on how ignorance – blissful or not – is more common than we may like to admit

(JAN 17) - You think you know it. But you don’t. Neither does your colleague, or family members or friends, or the pundits you watch on TV who agree with your political ideas. Human brains don’t have the capacity to know everything about everything in our complex world, and so we rely on communities to share knowledge and enable us to accomplish our goals.

8. Lexie Kelly named President’s Employee of the Year

(NOV 21) - Lexie Kelly, assistant treasurer in the Office of the Treasurer at CU system, was honored Nov. 13 by System Staff Council as the President’s Employee of the Year. Kelly received the award from President Mark Kennedy during an event at 1800 Grant St., where many other employees also were recognized for reaching milestones in their years of service to the university.

9. Procurement leader Sandy Hicks has made priceless memories during her four decades at CU

(MAY 9) - When Sandy Hicks wraps up her work day on Friday, it will be the first time in nearly four decades she hasn’t had an official role at the University of Colorado. Hicks, associate vice president and chief procurement officer, is retiring from CU, where she began as a CU Boulder freshman in 1979. It didn’t take long for her to become part of the staff, too, as she joined the Athletic Department to sell football tickets.

10. After years in the Navy and CIA, Regent Chance Hill brings mind for leadership to CU

(AUG 22) - Regent Chance Hill’s pursuit of education led him to Dartmouth College, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and the University of Michigan’s Law School. A call to service pulled him from his Southern California roots to Asia and the Middle East, the latter the locale for a deployment during six years in the U.S. Navy, as well as for work as an officer and analyst with the CIA.