Regents roundup: September 2014

News and notes from last week’s board meeting at CU-Boulder
By Staff
Regent Roundup

The board passed a resolution of appreciation honoring Melinda Piket-May for her recently concluded two years as chair of the CU Faculty Council. (Photo: Cathy Beuten/University of Colorado)

CU Regents recognized two faculty members during the board’s meeting last week at the University Memorial Center on the CU-Boulder campus.

CU-Boulder physics professor Steven Pollock

CU-Boulder professor Steven Pollock discussed the art and science of teaching. (Photo: Cathy Beuten/University of Colorado)

CU-Boulder physics professor Steven Pollock last fall was named a 2013 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The regents recognized him for the honor, and thanked him for his service to the university. Pollock, a CU President’s Teaching Scholar, spoke briefly and gave a presentation on his research in the best ways of teaching physics.

Said Kyle Hybl, board chair, “World-class faculty like you and your colleagues clearly have the opportunity to teach and do research anywhere, so thank you for being at the University of Colorado.”

The board also passed a resolution of appreciation honoring Melinda Piket-May for her recently concluded two years as chair of the CU Faculty Council. Current council Chair Laura Borgelt thanked her predecessor for her hard work and commitment to shared governance. “Melinda has been a fantastic leader, mentor and inspiration,” she told the board.

Piket-May thanked the board for working with her collaboratively. “Regent (Michael) Carrigan once said that shared governance is a two-way street,” she said. “That’s something important for everyone to keep in mind.”

Also during the Sept. 11 meeting, Regent James Geddes made a motion to the board asking for the evaluation of CU’s hiring practices to create candidate pools that reflect diversity of political, geographic, intellectual and philosophical perspectives. He asked that the board restate its commitment that the CU will refrain from discrimination in all of its hiring practices for promoting the rich interchange of ideas consistent with the concepts of diversity endorsed by the United States Supreme Court. The motion failed because of a lack of a second.

The regents also have announced that they are soliciting nominations for their 2015 Honorary Degrees, University Medals and Distinguished Service Awards. From the board:

An Honorary Degree (Doctor of Humane Letters or Doctor of Science) is the highest award the University of Colorado can bestow. It is the policy of the Board of Regents to award Honorary Degrees in recognition of outstanding intellectual achievement in one or more of the following areas: intellectual contributions, university service, and/or public service.University Medals are awarded in recognition of those persons whose achievements and contributions are particularly associated with the university, while Distinguished Service Awards are awarded in recognition of achievements and contributions particularly associated with the state and/or nation.Nominations must meet the following criteria (Laws of the Regents, Article 9, and Regent Policy 9-A):Nomination Process:(a)  Each year the vice president, university counsel and secretary of the Board of Regents will solicit names of nominees for these awards.  Nomination deadline is November 15, 2014.  Late or incomplete nomination packages will not be considered.

(b)  Honorary Degree, University Medal, and Distinguished Service Award nominations must be submitted on the award nomination form and supported by three and not more than five letters of recommendation. The nominator will provide the recommendation letters and the nominee's current vitae/resume, address, and telephone number. The complete nomination package must be submitted to the Office of the vice president, university counsel and secretary of the Board of Regents by the deadline date.

(c)  Nomination Guidelines

  • No person may nominate him/herself, nor may current university employees be nominated.
  • Current public officials may not be nominated. Public officials are elected or appointed officials in policy making positions with the ability to directly affect the university through an official act.
  • Public officials may be nominated two years after completion of their terms of office.

View the complete policy at

Nomination is no guarantee of an award.  All nominations will be considered confidential.  The list of approved honorees will be made public during the spring 2015 semester.

Award selectees will be invited to attend commencement of the nominating campus, but can opt to attend any University of Colorado 2015 or 2016 commencement. Some of the expenses for the honoree to attend commencement ceremony activities will be funded by the host campus. Nominations are due to campus canvassing committees prior to the November 15, 2014 deadline, the date to be determined by the respective canvassing committee. 

It will be the responsibility of the nominator to obtain the required letters of support, vitae or resume, and nominee data. Nominations received by the campus canvassing committees, and judged to be qualified and complete, will be referred to the 2015 Regents Awards Committee by November 15, 2014.

Please direct questions about the process to the respective campuses canvassing committee:

CU-Boulder University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus
Nominations Due: 11/01/14Carole CapsalisAssistant to the ChancellorUniversity of Colorado Boulder

914 Broadway, UCB 17

Boulder, CO 80309

Phone: 303-492-0318

Nominations Due: TBDCarolyn GobleManager, Finance and OperationsChancellor's Office

1380 Lawrence St. Suite 1400 – CB 168

Denver, CO  80204

Phone: 303-315-2075

UCCS CU System
Nominations Due: 11/01/14Martin WoodVice Chancellor of University AdvancementUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Main Hall 402E

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Phone: 719-255-3176

Nominations Due: 11/01/14Mark OstranderDirector of OperationsOffice of the Board of Regents

1800 Grant Street, 8th Floor

Denver, Colorado  80203

Phone: 303-860-5743

For more information and to download award nomination forms, please go to: you would like hard copies of the forms sent to you, please call the Board of Regents office at 303-860-5743.