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Call for Nominations: Outstanding Graduate Student

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is currently soliciting nominations for Outstanding Graduate Students from the College. Departments may submit nominations for only one individual to each of two categories: Masters (MA, MS, MHUM, MSS, MIS) and Ph.D. Packets must include the following items in electronic form. Paper applications will not be reviewed:

1) A nominating letter from the department that clearly spells out why this student stands out above the norm (e.g., publications, grants, service to community or profession)

2) A clear statement by the student detailing their accomplishments and plans for the future.

3) A transcript

4) Additional supporting letters from faculty may be included

5) A current Vitae

6) Where applicable, include FCQs for teaching

Additional supporting letters and other materials may be included. Please be aware that this award is competitive across the College, so it would be useful if you can provide information that helps us to compare students from one field with students in another. One example is to include the quality of journals if the student has publications or the scope of a meeting (regional, national, international) if the student has meeting presentations.

Nominating packets are due electronically to John Wyckoff by 5 p.m. on November 12th, and nominees must have graduated in August or are graduating at the end of the current semester. Please contact Read More »

Parking Update for Fall – 5th Street Garage Now Open

The Auraria 5th Street Garage is now open, adding an additional 925 parking spots to campus. It features covered motorcycle parking and electric car charging stations. The garage, at the corner of Walnut and 5th Streets, will be fully automated at $4.50 per day. Customers do not need to return to their cars to display a ticket on the dashboard. Instead, customers pay in advance at payment stations using their vehicle's license plate number. The 5th Street Garage is also part of the Gold Passport Program, and is the first covered parking option to be included in the Silver Passport Program. The Parking Passports are discounted, pre-paid parking options that allow daily access to most of the parking lots and garages on campus, depending on the Passport level. 

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Dates for 2014-2015 CU Preview Days Announced

As preparations ramp up for fall 2015 undergraduate recruitment, of particular significance is the on-campus experience prospective students have when they interact with faculty, staff and current students during Preview CU Denver Days. Last year the Preview CU Denver model was launched and prospective student response was overwhelmingly positive. To better serve the number of undergraduate students interested in exploring the benefits of attending CU Denver, Preview CU Denver dates have been reserved for fall 2014 & spring 2015:  

Sep 26 - Senior Preview Day
Oct 10 - Senior Preview Day
Oct 24 - Transfer Preview Day
Nov 7 - Save the Date
Feb 13 - Senior Preview Day
Feb 27 - Senior Preview Day
Mar 13 - Transfer Preview Day
Apr 24 - Junior Preview Day

For more information contact Mary Francavilla, Assistant Director of Admissions, at 303-315-2604, or Carol Morken, Assistant CLAS Dean, at 303-566-2556.

Poli Sci Goes Behind-the-Scenes with GOP Superstars at the Western Conservative Summit

A group from the CU Denver Political Science Department received an exclusive behind-the scenes look at the inner workings of the political system at this year’s Western Conservative Summit. Presented by the Centennial Institute, the Summit played host to some of the GOP’s biggest names, like Governor Sarah Palin, Dr. Ben Carson, Governor Bobby Jindal, Senator Ted Cruz, and more.  Each of the members of the CU Denver group received backstage and media passes to gain all-inclusive access for the entirety of the weekend.  Students took advantage of the one-on-one experience with each of the esteemed speakers by asking questions on policy and legislation.  Other highlights of the summit included attending a VIP banquet with Representative Michele Bachmann, book signings with Representative Allen West, and radio interviews with Hugh Hewitt. Held between the Hyatt Regency and the Bellco Theater at the Denver Convention Center, the Summit drew crowds in the thousands and broke all of its previous records of attendance. The students’ experiences will be chronicled on the department’s brand new blog site CU Denver Political Science Online upon its launch later this fall.  

DSST Cole Visit Showcases CU Denver Focus on Sustainability

For the third year, students from Denver's DSST Cole School visited the Auraria Campus on July 11 to learn about sustainability research and courses underway at CU Denver.  The Cole High School is a Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) with a focus on sustainability. This group of seventy 9th grade students and twenty teachers and staff concluded their summer session, focused on STEM and sustainability, by visiting CU Denver to gain real-world perspectives by interacting with CU Denver faculty and students.  Laurel Dodds, Director of Initiatives and Continuing and Professional Education for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has coordinated the planning of the DSST Cole campus visits for three years with the Business School, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the Auraria Library and this year the School of Public Affairs and the Admissions Office.   Dodds says of the experience, “We are pleased to continue the relationship CU Denver has with the DSST Cole Middle and High School , and look forward to further collaboration between faculty, staff and students working together in the future.”  After a series of four morning sessions presented by CLAS, Business, Engineering and the Library, the Cole students gathered for lunch in the Business School to hear from representatives of each College/School, the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Brenda ... Read More »

First CLAS Kickball Day a Success

Six teams participated in the first (hopefully annual) CLAS kickball match on Saturday, April 26. Though last minute logistics made it impossible to play a full tournament, Biology got  redemption in its solid vicotry over Chemistry. These two teams' student organizations played a game last year (in which Chemisty came out ahead) and special thanks go to Christal Davis, Gamma Sigma Epsilon Phi Beta Chapter President, for helping to expand the festivities to include the entire college this year. In the second game, the Political Science team, named "The Power Elite," secured a sound victory over the Geography Department.

The final match of the day pitted Economics against Mathematics, and in the closest contest Econ eked out a victory in the final inning. Special thanks to Anne Beard of Psychology and Karen Fennell of the CLAS Dean’s Office for volunteering! If you missed out this time, start getting your department’s team together and look forward to information on more kickball festivities happening in the fall, probably in October. Questions can be directed to Tracy Kohm at

Psychology Open House for New Psychological Services Center a Success

The Psychological Services Center (PSC), a service of the Clinical Health Psychology (CHP) PhD program and the Department of Psychology, moved into their newly renovated space in North Classroom 4036 on Monday February 24. The move of the PSC to its new home on the 4th floor tremendously enhances the CHP program’s capacity to train first class clinicians and provide much needed, low-cost psychological services to the people of Denver.  The new space is also a visible representation of the key support provided to the program by the university and college, an important consideration in the program’s bid for accreditation by the American Psychological Association (the accreditation site visit will occur March 13 and 14).

Philosophy Event Takes Humans to Court

On February 20, the Philosophy Department, with the support of the Office of Student Life, the Philosophy Club, and Auraria Students for the Humane Treatment of Animals, hosted a talk by Professors Katharine Loevy (Pacific University) and Richard McGregor (Vanderbilt University) on the 10th century Islamic text The Case of the Animals versus Man before the King of the Jinn. The seemingly simple premise of the story is that the animals charge the humans with unjust enslavement. While projecting drawings from the text, Professors McGregor and Loevy showed the rich philosophical implications of this text for comparative religion, animal ethics, and our contemporary understanding of the history of Islam. Information about future philosophy department events can be found here.  

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