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Update from the Chancellor

April 2012

Interim Chancellor Don Elliman, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

​Dear friends,

As I begin my role as the new interim chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver │ Anschutz Medical Campus this month, I am launching this newsletter to share with you some of the interesting and important things happening at the university.

Continuing momentum

It is an honor and a privilege for me to be part of this institution and to build on the momentum created under Jerry Wartgow, who had served as chancellor since August 2010. Under Jerry’s leadership, the university achieved its first successful accreditation as a consolidated two-campus entity and raised its profile in the community through a number of partnerships. Our Admissions Promise with area community colleges and the CU Denver Boots to Suits initiative with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, which supports our student veterans, are just two examples. You can view a video of a conversation Jerry and I had recently about the transition in leadership.

Physical transformations on both campuses
Our momentum is palpable in the ongoing physical transformation underway at our two campuses: both the remarkable conversion of the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora from a former military base to a nationally leading site for health care research, clinical care and education, and the extension of the Denver Campus into the heart of downtown along the Lawrence Street Education Corridor, anchored by the fabulous new Business School building at 14th and Lawrence Streets.

New centers focus on wellness and commodities
J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities, CU Denver Business SchoolTwo events this month further illustrate our momentum. The Colorado Center for Health and Wellness, which opened April 16, offers state-of-the-art research, education and wellness services in one facility on the Anschutz Medical Campus, creating new models for healthier living. And the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities, which opened April 5 in our new Business School building, makes us the first university in the nation to provide a comprehensive education in commodities including agriculture, energy and minerals. These programs exemplify how this university is leading the way in serving students and citizens based on tomorrow’s priorities.

Undergraduate students win national competition
Our students continue to excel and bring distinction to the university. For instance, CU Denver students were among the winners of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national Better Buildings competition, which challenges college students to develop and present real-world solutions to boost the energy efficiency of buildings across the country. The CU Denver team—comprising six students from engineering, architecture and business disciplines—received the “most innovative” award for their case study of making a hotel more energy-efficient without a significant capital investment. Energy Secretary Steven Chu honored our students at the White House in March, along with winners from Carnegie Mellon University; Columbia University; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California.
Read about the win in the March 7 Denver Business Journal article, "CU Denver team wins national prize in energy-efficiency challenge."

Praise for our professors
From our top-ranked academic programs to our ground-breaking research and the remarkable range of ways we support our students, our successes are directly attributable to our talented, hard-working and dedicated faculty and staff. One of our undergraduate students sums it up on “Professors here are really knowledgeable, and they know how to teach. Not only do they know, but they like to teach, and I can feel that vibe from them.” I can’t imagine higher praise—or a better community of which to be a part.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading about our initiatives, and I welcome your ideas and suggestions for this newsletter. You can send them to me at I also hope you will pass along this information to other people you know who may have an interest.
Don Elliman
Interim Chancellor

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