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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 | November 20, 2014

Call for Nominations: 2015 CLAS Outstanding Staff Award

An annual award within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the CLAS Outstanding Staff Award recognizes a single staff member who demonstrates outstanding leadership, ability, initiative and/or achievement. These contributions must provide a significant benefit specifically for CLAS at the downtown Denver campus. The recipient will receive a $500 cash award, presented by the Dean and the nominating employee(s) at the Dean’s Reception this spring.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all permanent classified, exempt professional, PRA, Sr. PRA and Research Associate staff members currently employed by CLAS, both part-time and full-time. The individual must have been employed as a permanent staff member within the college for at least 12 consecutive months. Employees may not win the award in two consecutive years.

Nomination Process: Eligible employees must be nominated using the CLAS Outstanding Staff Nomination form. Nominations must be submitted electronically to

The deadline for nominations is Monday, February 2, 2015.

Call for Applications: Please Encourage Students to Consider Alternative Spring Break, March 21-28

The Alternative Break program exposes students to complex social and cultural issues through direct service, experiential learning, group discussion, and personal reflection. The vision is to transform students into advocates of social change on issues affecting our communities. Participation in the Alternative Break program will challenge and inform understanding of relevant community and social justice issues in our society. There are multiple options, but the Ethnic Studies department (along with Student Life for Community Engagement) is sponsoring one especially relevant to CLAS students:

 Cultural Preservation at a Reservation: Navajo Health and Indigenous Rights

This trip will expose students to the distinct culture, history, and current health disparities surrounding the Navajo Nation and provide each student with the opportunity to serve a wide spectrum of learning projects. With Donna Martinez, Professor and Chair of Ethnic Studies serving as faculty advisor, students will also be asked to critically analyze preconceptions and personal attitudes with regard to Native Americans and Indigenous Culture(s). This trip presents students with an overview of the pre-treaty and post-treaty history of the Dine. We will also analyze the internal and external impacts that have shaped the current governance of this sovereign nation as well as the resulting cultural preservation and ... Read More »