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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has outstanding faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs, exemplified in spotlights from the CLAS Deans' Notes, a bi-weekly e-newsletter. Stories below are from the current issue of the newsletter and offer some of our most timely and important coverage.

CLAS Deans' Notes News | July 17, 2014

Political Science Department Meets Hilary Clinton

On June 23, a lucky group of ten CU Denver students, faculty, and staff got an exclusive opportunity to meet former Secretary of State and First Lady, Hillary Clinton.  The Clinton family visited Denver to support nonprofits and Hillary stopped by local bookstore, The Tattered Cover, to sign her newest book, Hard Choices. The CU Denver Political Science Department reserved tickets in advance, announced the event via their Facebook page, and received over 50 interested-party responses in the span of a few short hours.  “That was so fun! I’m glad I got the chance to do this event today!” Roselyn Farley, a CU Denver double major in ethnic studies and psychology, enthused about the outing later. And what did Hillary Clinton say when she saw the black-and-gold-clad clan?  Why, “Go CU Denver Lynxes!” of course!

DSST Cole Visit Showcases CU Denver Focus on Sustainability

For the third year, students from Denver's DSST Cole School visited the Auraria Campus on July 11 to learn about sustainability research and courses underway at CU Denver.  The Cole High School is a Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) with a focus on sustainability. This group of seventy 9th grade students and twenty teachers and staff concluded their summer session, focused on STEM and sustainability, by visiting CU Denver to gain real-world perspectives by interacting with CU Denver faculty and students.  Laurel Dodds, Director of Initiatives and Continuing and Professional Education for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has coordinated the planning of the DSST Cole campus visits for three years with the Business School, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the Auraria Library and this year the School of Public Affairs and the Admissions Office.   Dodds says of the experience, “We are pleased to continue the relationship CU Denver has with the DSST Cole Middle and High School , and look forward to further collaboration between faculty, staff and students working together in the future.”  After a series of four morning sessions presented by CLAS, Business, Engineering and the Library, the Cole students gathered for lunch in the Business School to hear from representatives of each College/School, the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Brenda ... Read More »

Pathways to Respecting American Indian Civil Rights Conference a Success

Co-sponsored by the CLAS Continuing and Professional Education Office, the American Indians Pathways Taskforce hosted a training and education conference to promote the civil rights of American Indians on the Auraria Campus July 14-15. Workshops and speakers allowed participants the chance to learn about issues surrounding health care, employment, education, environmental justice, nutrition, hate crimes, the loss of culture and violence against Native women.  The goal of the conference was to provide participants with answers to a wide range of questions in the Native American community, under an umbrella of cultural comfort. The keynote address was given Monday morning by Billy Mills (aka Makata Taka Hela) a Oglala Lakota, US Marine, and Olympic gold medalist. Inducted into the US National Track & Field Hall of Fame, the US Olympic Hall of Fame, and the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, Mills was the subject in the film Running Brave.  Mills serves as the spokesperson for Running Strong for American Indian Youth, and was awarded the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal and the Theodore Roosevelt Award in 2014.

Denver Math Fellows Seeks Recent Graduates

The Denver Math Fellows program is a district-wide urban education fellowship in Denver Public Schools. This program is the first large-scale tutorial program integrated into the school day to be implemented district-wide in Colorado schools. The Denver Math Fellows program is seeking individuals interested in a year of service working with high need students across Denver. Being a fellow is an opportunity to be part of a unique and transformative initiative in the fastest-growing urban school district in the nation. Fellows provide small group mathematics instruction to students in groups of three-to-one or four-to-one for a minimum of 45 minutes each day, emphasizing depth rather than breadth in math studies. Fellows work with students during the school day in addition to a traditional math class. Students are served at over 50 elementary and secondary schools across DPS. Fellows are full-time employees of Denver Public Schools and are an integral part of the school team at each school site. If faculty know of students or alumni that might be interested they can get more information and apply by visiting