The 10 most-read CU Connections features of 2022

By Staff

The 10 most-read CU Connections features of 2022

  1. CU at the Winter Olympics in Beijing

Jan. 27 – University of Colorado Boulder, CU Colorado Springs and CU Anschutz Medical Campus athletes are on their way to Beijing for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games and XIII Paralympic Winter Games. As of Friday, 10 CU students and alumni – representing five countries in six sports – are expected to be competing in the Olympics, Feb. 4-20, and Paralympics, March 4-13.

  1. Seven faculty members join ranks of CU Distinguished Professors

Nov. 10 – The University of Colorado has announced seven new members joining its roster of Distinguished Professors, a title signifying the highest honor awarded to faculty across the CU system’s four campuses. CU Distinguished Professors are tenured faculty members who demonstrate exemplary performance in research or creative work; a record of excellence in promoting learning and student attainment of knowledge and skills; and outstanding service to the profession, the university and its affiliates.

  1. Staff Council celebrates exceptional employees

Oct. 27 – The University of Colorado Staff Council (UCSC) recently presented the 2022 Staff Excellence Awards, honoring 11 exceptional employees across the system. The Oct. 7 event at the Hilton Denver Inverness honored two staff members from each campus and from system administration (a tie resulted in three award recipients from CU Denver). The annual recognition, presented to employees who go above and beyond their job duties and consistently surpass expectations, includes a plaque and a $250 award, presented by a member of each campus’s leadership team.

  1. 2021-22 President’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award recipients announced

April 22 – The President’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award selection committee has announced its 2021-22 award and honorable mention recipients. The annual awards honor individuals and units demonstrating outstanding commitment and making significant contributions to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the University of Colorado community.

  1. Regents announce annual slate of honorees

March 17 – The University of Colorado Board of Regents has announced its selection of recipients of Honorary Degrees, Distinguished Service Awards and University Medals for 2022. Upon the recommendation of the board’s Awards Committee, the regents in November approved the nominees. Each recipient has been invited to attend a campus commencement ceremony to accept an award; the dates and locations are to be announced.

  1. University of Colorado faculty attract $1.46 billion in sponsored research funding and gifts

Sept. 22 – University of Colorado faculty this year attracted $1.46 billion in sponsored research funding and gifts supporting research. The support powers wide-ranging discovery and impact, ultimately benefiting Colorado, the nation and the world. This marks the sixth consecutive year that CU’s annual sponsored research funding and gifts supporting research have topped $1 billion.

  1. Once rivals, now partners: Regents Smith, Montera take on leadership roles for Board of Regents

July 21 – Regents Lesley Smith and Ken Montera competed against each other for the statewide at-large seat on CU’s Board of Regents during the 2018 election, but now they look forward to collaborating in leading the board as the recently elected chair and vice chair. Smith, who won the 2018 election, and Montera both ran positive campaigns that focused on moving the university forward, so there was none of the lingering animosity that is often part and parcel of political campaigns. That focus will help them work together as leaders of the board, they said.

  1. Four CU faculty join ranks of President’s Teaching Scholars

March 3 – University of Colorado President Todd Saliman on Monday welcomed the four newest members of the President’s Teaching Scholars Program (PTSP), which recognizes CU faculty who skillfully integrate teaching and research at an exceptional level. The title of President’s Teaching Scholar recognizes excellence in and commitment to learning and teaching, as well as active, substantial contributions to scholarly work.

  1. Five questions for Valerie Simons: CU system’s Title IX leader aims to sustain a safe learning and working environment

July 7 – The recent 50th anniversary of Title IX and the federal announcement of proposed changes to the regulations made for fresh headlines on the topic. Regardless of the news cycle, the matter always is on the mind of Valerie Simons, the Chief Compliance Officer and System Title IX Coordinator for the University of Colorado.

  1. CU shines at Denver Pride

June 30 – Last weekend’s Denver Pride, fully in person for the first time since 2019, drew participants from across CU to help celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. This was the seventh consecutive year that CU proudly sponsored the festival.

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