May 14, 2013
Dear CU Denver students, faculty and staff,
As the academic year draws to a close, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished together over the year.
CU Denver students saw new academic opportunities launch this year: undergraduate degree programs in bioengineering and architecture, a motorsports program in mechanical engineering and an illustration emphasis in visual arts. The new programs are possible because of the hard work and vision of some great faculty and staff.
And, thanks to a $10 million gift to the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at the Business School, the largest gift ever to this campus, students will soon have more opportunities to develop the kind of entrepreneurial skills they’ll need to succeed in our changing economy.
Our most visible progress is the worksite for the new Academic Building at Speer and Larimer, our first newly-built structure on the Denver Campus, which broke ground in January. When it’s finished in 2014, the building will be a university and city landmark devoted to our students and their success. I can’t think of a better or more-fitting way to celebrate our 40th anniversary.
Unless maybe it’s with our very own mascot. Thanks to our students’ initiative, we were delighted to welcome Milo the Lynx to our university community in February.
Many of our faculty and staff made significant progress in efforts to help us better harness information technology to meet our needs. The Technology Review Committee concluded a year of work with useful recommendations for improvements to how IT is organized and governed here at the university. Another working group is beginning to develop an intranet for faculty and staff. As a first step, new home pages will be launched at the end of the month to meet the specific needs of three different groups: faculty and staff, external audiences, and current students.
Even though the academic year is coming to its end, our momentum isn’t stopping. We have a lot of exciting things to look forward to in the fall, including the launch of a new advertising campaign that tells the story of CU Denver in a powerful way and the celebration of our 40th anniversary at our second annual Block Party in August.
Very soon more than 1900 graduates will receive their degrees and embark on the next chapter of their lives. They are the reason we are here, so let’s celebrate all they have achieved and promise them a warm welcome when they return as alumni.