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University of Colorado Denver, Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor's Communiqué

March 2009

M. Roy Wilson, Chancellor

Fellow Staff, Faculty and Students,

After months of consultation and feedback from faculty, staff and students, I am announcing today that the Anschutz Medical Campus will soon become a tobacco-free campus. In accordance with our stated mission -- which commits in part to improving the health and well-being of Colorado and the world -- we will join our partners at the University of Colorado Hospital and The Children’s Hospital in ensuring a smoke and tobacco-free environment for everyone who uses or visits the campus.

This policy will begin on Monday, April 6 with a six-month phase-in period. During that time, individuals who wish to use any type of tobacco product must use a designated area in the Evergreen Parking Lot where a temporary structure has been erected. At the end of the six-month period next fall, a total ban will be implemented and individuals wishing to use tobacco must leave the campus to do so.

While I understand there are individuals who oppose this policy, the vast majority of people working, teaching, studying and providing clinical care on the campus explicitly voted, through their governance structures, for the ban. Additionally, I receive near daily communication from members of the campus community about their interest in this policy’s adoption. Beyond these expressions of support, I personally believe it is a policy we must pursue if we are to hold our campus out as a beacon for health and wellness both locally and nationally. I do not need to belabor here the documented causal link between the use of tobacco products and increased disease and mortality rates. Nor do I need to outline for you the convincing evidence about the ill effects of second-hand smoke on those individuals who choose not to use tobacco. While I understand this does not resolve the totality of health and wellness issues we all face on a daily basis, it is an important first step and one I believe sends a strong message about our commitment to a better future.

For those individuals who are still struggling with tobacco addiction, I would urge you to take advantage of the myriad of options, nearly all of them free, to assist you in overcoming that addiction. For those of you who support the ban, I encourage you to also support your colleagues who choose to become tobacco-free.

In contemplating this policy, I was reminded of the now-familiar quote from Gandhi urging each of us to be the change we wish to see in the world. This policy allows us to take another step in that direction, and I thank you for joining me in this effort.


M. Roy Wilson


New website makes registering for commencement simple for students and faculty

Online registration for commencement is now available for students, faculty and staff on both the Downtown and Anschutz Medical campuses.  Just follow the link from the main graduation website, where you can order class rings, graduation announcements and photographs.  In addition, online registration enables you to order rental regalia, RSVP to graduation events and print out confirmations.


Changing lives. Saving lives. Building futures.

Tour the human body through an amazing new sculpture at the Health Sciences Library on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

The project, led by the University of Colorado Denver and Vic Spitzer, PhD, director of the Center for Human Simulation at the UC Denver School of Medicine, was made possible with support from the National Library of Medicine. To create the Visible Human, scientists used a calibrated machine to replicate the layers of the body to as small as a one tenth of a millimeter. Each layer was then photographed. The researchers took thousands of pictures and then organized and classified the data to allow users to interactively tour a virtual human body.

Color of Success: Race and High Achieving Urban Youth

Dr. Gilberto Conchas, faculty at UC Irvine, who has focused his career and his research on inequality and urban school systems, will discuss his book “The Color of Success: Race and High Achieving Urban Youth.” The lecture, sponsored by the School of Education and Human Development’s P-20 initiative will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 in the Plaza Building Large Lecture Hall, Auraria Campus.

Questions? Contact Janet Lopez, University of Colorado Denver’s Director of P-20 Initiatives.

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