By Amanda Heersink | University Communications
DENVER - As the new school year draws closer to a start, there are
new faces on campus -- students and faculty.
Orientation for new faculty was coordinated through the Center for Faculty Development starting Monday and running through today. The sessions covered a wide range of topics that will be helpful for anyone coming to the Auraria Campus for the first time.
Topics included an introduction to Blackboard and CU Online, which are essential tools for faculty and students.
Lisa McGill of Disability Resource and Services was on hand to give new faculty an idea about how to approach students they feel might need extra help, and the faculty was given a tour and introduction to the
The faculty also got a chance to interact with current students through the Office of Student Life during a panel discussion (see photo). The students who participated from Student Life included Chelsea Smith, Aaron Wilson, Thomas Evans, Gordon Hamby and Lubna Mazin. Also there to help answer questions was Lynda Aguado, PAL coordinator.
“We have a lot of activities on campus to get students involved,” said Smith. “We really want to engage students since this tends to be a commuter campus.”
Hamby, the new student body president, said, “This campus is so diverse, you
will have students fresh out of high school and students that have been in
their careers for 15-20 years.”
A lot of the focus from the panel was about the PAL program and how it can be of great help not only to the students coming straight from college but also
the older students.
Wilson, who has taken the helm of adding club sports to the CU Denver universe, talked briefly about what club sports would add to the school and also the variety of clubs on campus. “We have around 190 clubs on this campus and they
are in every topic you can imagine, we are working to add in sports.”
Hamby said, “Please come visit us in the Student Government, we really want our faculty to be involved in what we are doing and want everyone’s feedback.”