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December 12, 2008

Dear Colleagues,

As I have traveled around our university and met with many of you, I’m continually reminded of the fact that nothing substitutes for direct and personal communication. The ability to talk directly, respond immediately to questions and reach a common understanding is best for building trust and for forging the relationships that make for understanding, foster support and allow us to move forward.

We live in a complex university environment, encompassing multiple sites and numerous interests. Each of us has many responsibilities within our university and more outside this community. Personal communication is often difficult to fit into a busy schedule. But personal communication doesn’t have to be impossible.

We’ve developed a number of avenues for keeping you updated and for you to give us input on important university events, initiatives, and ongoing issues and we’re working on additional ways to make it easier for everyone to feel connected. To date, we have available a number of two-way communication avenues that you can use and participate in right away including:

  • Network, the up-to-the-minute source for news about what’s going on at UC Denver
  • Chancellor’s Communiqué
  • Provost’s Post
  • Numerous school and college-oriented magazines
  • University-wide public forums on critical issues
  • egular meetings with the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors with all faculty, staff, and student governance groups as well as regular meetings with all academic Deans
  • Individual meetings by the Chancellor and Provost with all schools and colleges

We have additional initiatives planned including smaller gatherings during which small groups of faculty members will be invited to discuss their ideas and concerns directly with the Chancellor and other senior leadership. The Chancellor will announce further details of this opportunity in his next communiqué.

While we hope our attempts to keep all of us connected and informed are useful, we suspect there are additional ways we can improve our communication with you. If you have additional ideas about how we might better receive your feedback or inform you, I’d be happy to hear them. As we move forward with our plans and initiatives, the ability to garner your input and support will be more crucial than ever.

My best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and for a health, happy and rewarding 2009!


Rod Nairn


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