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October 2013

Don Elliman, Chancellor
​Dear friends,
These are exciting times for the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.
Many of our graduate programs—particularly in our School of Medicine—receive strong national rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, opened just last year to transform lives through science-based wellness strategies, was recently selected to host the fourth season of ABC’s hit series, Extreme Weight Loss.
On the Denver Campus, our first undergraduates in architecture—nearly 100 of them—are attending class in a space designed specifically for them. Near the corner of Speer Boulevard and Larimer Street, construction continues apace on our new academic building, slated to open next fall.
Here are other interesting and important things happening at the university.
Enrollment update
Both of our campuses continue to draw high-caliber students. Enrollment on the Anschutz Medical Campus increased slightly this fall, with more than 700 new degree-seeking students in graduate and professional programs. While the Denver Campus saw a slight dip in overall enrollment, we welcomed our largest and most diverse freshman class ever, with 49 percent students of color. (Read profiles of some of our remarkable students here.)
Anschutz Medical Campus completes master plan
Anschutz Medical CampusThe Anschutz Medical Campus has grown much more quickly than originally expected, with more than 3 million gross square feet of new construction in just 14 years—rather than in 40 years, as planned. This has necessitated some rethinking.
After 15 months of study, we recently completed a new master plan for the Anschutz Medical Campus, the first major update to our original 1998 plan. The new plan outlines development of the campus over the next decade: accommodation of an expected campus population growth of 30 percent, improved access to and within campus, more efficient use of existing buildings, and better integration on campus of our education, research and clinical care missions.
Denver Campus launches new ad campaign
Learn with Purpose videoIn September, we launched a new advertising campaign to raise awareness about the excellence of CU Denver faculty and programs, and what sets us apart. "Learn with Purpose" defines the essence of CU Denver: quality academics, driven students, amazing research and creative work, and a civic consciousness, all in the heart of a great city.

The TV commercials—the first in CU Denver history—feature actual CU Denver students, alumni, faculty and staff, and they're edgier and more memorable than those of your typical college. You'll also find CU Denver ads on movie theater screens, radio stations, the sides of busses, and in magazines and newspapers.
Donors step up support
Donor support for both campuses hit an all-time high in fiscal year 2013: CU Anschutz received $54 million and CU Denver a record high $15.5 million. At a time of continued erosion of state support, it has truly been gratifying to see this groundswell of support.
Efforts funded include doubling the patient capacity at the Eye Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus and establishing the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship on the Denver Campus. (Read an opinion piece I wrote about the center and the study of entrepreneurship.)
Over the summer we formally integrated what was a separate fundraising nonprofit, the CU Foundation, into the university structure, in order to better align university and development personnel and priorities.
Block parties celebrate our community
CU Anschutz Block PartyAn urban university such as ours celebrates community a bit differently than the football games and frat parties of other institutions. In what we think is destined to become an annual tradition, this fall we closed off the roads and held block parties on each campus, with live music, local food vendors and food trucks, interactive booths and activities like climbing walls. The inaugural CU Anschutz Block Party gave a nod to health and wellness, with active games like volleyball, ladder ball and even a giant, inflatable Twister board. The CU Denver Block Party, now in its second year, celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Denver Campus with a 1970s theme. Celebrations like these rally all members of our university community outside the classroom, as well as connect us with our friends and neighbors in Denver and Aurora—and they're tons of fun. Join us next year!
As always, thanks for your interest in and support of the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. Feel free to contact me at if you have any suggestions for this e-newsletter.
Don Elliman

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