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CU Denver LynxFest 2017 - Dr. Colorado Tour

Questions? Please contact CU Denver Alumni at or call 303-315-2333.​

 STUDENT & ALUMNI NETWORKING LUNCHEON | Thursday, September 13 | 12:00 p.m. | Tivoli #640

Student and Alumni Networking Luncheon

Thursday, September 13 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. | Tivoli, #640

CU Denver Building
You are invited to connect with fellow CU Denver alumni and students for a networking luncheon on Thursday, September 13 at 12:00 p.m. The program will consist of two rounds of structured conversation organized by industry and professional development themes.

Alumni Board members Eugene Howard (MURP '13) and Jeana Delamarter (MBA '11) will open the luncheon with a short talk on the importance of building relationships for career success. 

Alumni will share their professional expertise with students curious about their work as well as connect with other alumni in the field.

Students have an opportunity to meet real-world practitioners in their desired career and make valuable connections to help land a job or move up after graduation.

Schedule of Events
  • 12:00 - 12:15 p.m. | Check In
  • 12:15 - 12:30 p.m. | Welcome and CU Denver Alumni Board Presentation: How to Build Relationships for Career Success
  • 12:30 - 12:50 p.m. | Discussion Round 1: Professional Development
  • 12:55 - 1:15 p.m. | Discussion Round 2: Industry and Field of Study
  • 1:15 - 1:30 p.m. | Closing

Questions? Contact CU Denver Alumni Relations at​ or 303-315-2333.

Register before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 10.

 LIVESTREAM: ALUMNI IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT | Monday, September 17 | 12:00 p.m. | Online

Livestream: Alumni in Local Government Panel Discussion

Monday, September 17, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

CU in the City Class Life

Join fellow CU Denver alumni working in city, state, and county government to learn what their jobs are really like.

Whether you are interested in making a transition into the field, or are already working for government and just looking to learn more, this livestreamed panel discussion is just for you.

Our panelists will examine current trends and challenges in local government, what it takes to be successful in their field, and more. 

Alumni Panelists

  • Justin Bukartek (MPA '14), Deputy Director at Boulder Office of Emergency Management 
  • Johanna Jamison (MPA '16), Community Development Specialist at Colorado Department of Local Affairs
  • Brandy Reitter (MPA '08), Town Manager at Town of Eagle

Justin Bukartek (MPA '14), Deputy Director at Boulder Office of Emergency ManagementJustin Bukartek (MPA '14), Deputy Director at Boulder Office of Emergency Management

Justin Bukartek is the Deputy Director of the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, a joint City of Boulder/Boulder County department responsible for planning, coordinating and supporting a wide range of activities that help its community prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and large-scale emergencies while also reducing vulnerabilities to hazards.

Justin attributes his office’s success to the strong relationships it has with their local multi-agency coordination system partners, which has broad representation from private and nonprofit sectors and all levels of government. Prior to his time in Boulder, he worked as an analyst for the Colorado North Central All-Hazards Region and before that was an officer in the U.S. Army.

Justin has a Bachelor’s degree in geography from Penn State University and a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver. During his free time, you can find Justin traveling, riding his motorcycle and exploring Colorado with his family.

Johanna Jamison (MPA '16), Community Development Specialist at Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Johanna Jamison (MPA '16), Community Development Specialist at Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Johanna Jamison is a Community Economic Development Specialist with the Department of Local Affairs’ Community Development Office, where she helps lead the Colorado Main Street program and other rural community economic development work in Colorado communities. She has worked in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in various roles involving environmental, transportation, redevelopment, and affordable housing issues.

Johanna believes thriving communities make a better world. She has a Bachelor’s degree in City and Metropolitan Planning and Spanish as well as a certificate in Project Management from the University of Utah, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver.

Johanna enjoys trying out new recipes, spoiling her geriatric dog, and cruising around on her pink bike.

Brandy Reitter (MPA '08), Town Manager for the Town of Eagle, Colorado

Brandy Reitter (MPA '08), Town Manager for the Town of Eagle, Colorado

Brandy Reitter is the Town Manager for the Town of Eagle, CO. Prior to assuming her position in Eagle, she was the Town Administrator for Buena Vista. Having worked for the City of Longmont, the Government of the District of Columbia, and the City and County of Denver’s Office of Economic Development she brings diverse experience to her position.

Brandy has knowledge of economic development, sustainability, resiliency, emergency management, utilities and municipal operations. In addition to her experiences in municipal government, Brandy received a master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs in 2008.

Brandy also serves on the Board of Directors for Downtown Colorado, Inc., was the Past President of the CU Denver Alumni Association, served on the University of Colorado Foundation, and was recently appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Creative Industries Council.

Her recently accomplishments include constructing Eagle’s $7 million new white-water park, $27 million and the Lower Basin Water Treatment Plan. She received a $1 million low income housing tax credit project from the Colorado Housing Finance Authority for 48 units of affordable housing in downtown Buena Vista.

Her awards include the Great Colorado Outdoors Starburst Award and the Governor’s Award for Downtown excellence for the Buena Vista Square Optimist Splash Park. Brandy really enjoys her work as a professional local government manager.

Todd Ely is Associate Professor in the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs where he directs the Center for Local Government Research and Training.

Livestream ModeratorTodd Ely, Associate Professor

Todd Ely is Associate Professor in the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs where he directs the Center for Local Government Research and Training. Todd’s research and teaching focus on the financing of state and local public services, municipal debt, and public and nonprofit financial management.

He recently co-authored Essentials of Public Service, an introductory public administration textbook.

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 HIREDENVER ALUMNI ONLY CAREER FAIR | Thursday, June 14 | 11:00 a.m. | Denver, CO

HireDenver Alumni Only Career Fair

Thursday, June 14 | 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Seawell Ballroom, Denver Performing Arts Complex 1350 Arapahoe Street

Join CU Denver Alumni at the HireDenver Alumni Only Career Fair on Thursday, June 14th

HireDenver offers job seekers the ultimate opportunity of finding their next career. 

Whether you are looking for a new career in accounting, consulting, education, engineering, finance, health-care, government or non-profit, investment banking, marketing, media, sales or technology, you will find an employer at aligns with your interests at HireDenver. 

Be sure to swing by the CU Denver Alumni table to connect with university staff and pickup some CU Denver swag. 

Attendance is free so register today! Learn more about employers in attendance on the HireDenver website

 WEBINAR: BAKED IN BRANDS | Wednesday, August 22 | 10:00 a.m. MST | Online

CU Denver Alumni Webinar: Baked in Brands with Kayleen Burke (BFA '07)

Wednesday, August 22 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. MST | Online 

Kayleen Burke (BFA '07), brand strategist and digital storyteller

Join fellow CU Denver alumni for our next webinar session built to help your brand succeed. If you could choose only one thing that customers would remember about your brand, what would it be? Baked in Brands will help you identify your core values, the reason you are doing what you are doing, so that all of your business decisions are in line with those values. 

A brand is a promise, and the visual branding represents how you are going to deliver on that promise. When developing a brand, a logo is typically the first thing that comes to mind, but a great logo represents what you do, what you stand for, and who you want to be. It is only after identifying these foundational values that you can create a great visual brand identity. This workshop will help you articulate the core values you want your business to exemplify.


Kayleen Burke (BFA '07) is a brand strategist and digital storyteller. She has her BFA in Film, Theater and Television with an emphasis on Post-Production from the University of Colorado Denver and worked for five years on the postproduction side of the advertising industry. She then attended a one-year, intensive master's certificate program in UX, Design, Tech and Entrepreneurship at BDW (currently CMCI Studio) through the University of Colorado Boulder. She loves teaching, making things, telling stories and little tiny, fluffy kittens, bunnies or puppies. She has no tolerance for intolerance and is known for being sarcastic.

 LYNXFEST: FAMILY & ALUMNI WEEKEND | Friday, October 12 - Saturday, October 13 | Denver, CO

LynxFest: Family & Alumni Weekend

Friday, October 12 - Saturday, October 13 | Auraria Campus

LynxFest: Family & Alumni Weekend 2018 - University of Colorado Denver
Join all CU Denver alumni and families for a celebration of CU in the City, featuring faculty showcases, alumni connections, and campus tours. 
​​LynxFest is a weekend of events to recognize alumni achievement, bring families to campus, feature student life, and see first-hand CU Denver’s impact in the city of Denver. 

Be a part of CU Denver’s tradition. #MiloMemories​ #LynxFest

Questions? Please contact CU Denver Alumni at or call 303-315-2333.​

Registration will close at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9.

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 ALUMNI BLACK FRIDAY | Friday, November 23 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Denver, CO

Alumni Black Friday

Friday, November 23 | 8:00 a.m.  5:00 p.m. | Tivoli 267 

Alumni Black Friday hosted by the CU Denver Career Center on November 23rd from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Tivoli 267

The CU Denver Career Center is offering exclusive day-of career counseling appointments and workshops just for alumni! If you are interested in career exploration, looking for guidance on job search strategies, or just want to brush up on your skills, this is the opportunity for you! 

Appointment slots are limited, and registration is required. Call the Career Center to reserve your appointment or workshop slot today: 303.315.7315.

Career Counseling Appointments
Normally $45 | FREE to alumni all day on November 23

Strong Interest Inventory Interpretations
Normally $60 | $15 for alumni all day on November 23

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshop
Normally $60 | $10 for alumni from 12:00  1:00 p.m. on November 23

NOTE: Prices are good for appointments on November 23 ONLY. Any rescheduled or cancelled appointments will the charged the normal rates.

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 ALUMNI NIGHT AT THE NUTCRACKER & STUDENT ILLUSTRATION EXPO | Friday, December 7 | 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. | NXT Stg Gallery, Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Alumni Night at ​The Nutcracker & Student Illustration Expo

Friday, November 23 | 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

CU Denver LynxConnect, an online networking platform for CU Denver Alumni
Thank you so much for your interest in Alumni Night at The Nutcracker & Student Illustration Expo! We have sold out of our ticket block, you may purchase Nutcracker tickets on the Colorado Ballet website and still join us at the Student Illustration Expo at 5:30 p.m.  

Celebrate the holiday season by joining fellow alumni and families for a hot chocolate reception and Nutcracker performance by the Colorado Ballet. 

Pick up your Nutcracker tickets and sip hot cocoa as you explore the College of Arts & Media illustration program pop-up exhibition at the NXT Stg Gallery, just steps away from the performance venue. Interact with the students' animation creations and take home their unique work.

Following the reception, tuck in for a performance of The Nutcracker in the Loge section of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Tickets will be available for pickup at the check-in table at the NXT Stg Gallery during the Illustration Expo.
Tickets are $38.50 and will be available for pick upstarting at 4:30 p.m. on performance day at the NXT Stg Gallery until 7:15 p.m. After that time, any unclaimed tickets will be available at Will Call at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

Total run time is 1 hour and 50 minutes and that includes one 20-minute intermission.

Note: Tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any purchases canceled or modified by Tuesday, December 4th will receive a full refund. Cancellations after December 4th and no-shows will not be refunded.

Questions? Email or call 303-315-2333.​


 CU AT THE TABLE | November 10, 13, & 22 | 6:00 p.m. | Denver-Metro Area

CU at the Table

Saturday, November 10
Tuesday, November 13
Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Day)

CU in the City Life
CU Denver is a welcoming place for more than 1,200 international students who have traveled thousands of miles to study and be part of our community. CU at the Table invites current CU Denver international students to the homes of alumni, faculty, and staff for dinner on one of three dates during the month of November.

During the two-hour event, participants will engage in conversation with fellow international students and alumni over a meal provided by you. Additional information and preparation packets will be sent to hosts in advance of dinners taking place.

Questions? Please contact CU Denver Alumni at or call 303-315-2333.​

Note: Completing this form does not guarantee a hosting opportunity. CU Denver Alumni Relations staff will be in contact with further details.

CU at the Table is hosted by CU Denver Alumni and the Office of International Affairs.

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 CU NIGHT AT THE NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW | Friday, January 25 | 7:30 p.m. | National Western Stock Show, Denver

CU Night at the National Western Stock Show

Friday, January 25, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
4655 Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80216 

CU in the City Life

Making connections is a crucial part of growing your career and we are here to help facilitate! Join fellow CU Denver alumni for two rounds of conversation themed on your industry and field of study to meet others in your field during this alumni career event.

Each round of discussion will be facilitated by a professional alum from your industry or CU Denver school/college. Enjoy refreshments, find new contacts, and reconnect with old friends, and be sure to bring questions to ask others who share your professional and academic interests.

Be sure to fill out the registration form completely in order to secure the best discussion group assignments for each round. If you're new to networking, no sweat: our alumni discussion facilitators are there to keep the conversation going and to answer any questions you may have!

How it Works

You will be assigned two networking tables to visit during the structured portion of the evening. Our staff will prepare these table arrangements based on your responses to a few key questions on our registration form about your current or desired industry, topics you are interested in discussing, and more.

We strongly encourage you to fill out the registration page completely so we can assign you tables relevant to your experience and interests. An alumni discussion facilitator at your table will help break the ice and keep the conversation going, so don't worry if you're new to networking: we've got your back.

  • 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. — Check-in and Registration 
  • 7:10 – 7:30 p.m. — Discussion Round 1
  • 7:35 – 7:55 p.m. — Discussion Round 2
  • 7:55 – 8:30 p.m. — Open Networking

Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6.

Matt Urkoski (MPA '10) Matt Urkoski (MPA '10)

Matt Urkoski is manager at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA), a professional services firm. Matt has been with CLA since 2010. During this time he has provided guidance for special districts and municipalities as a consultant at all stages of general management and billing operations. 

His experience includes a specific focus on customized outsourcing services, process management and improvement, local government management, organizational planning, and administration and streamlining of billing operations. 

In addition to providing consulting for many districts and municipalities at CLA, Matt leads CLA’s Denver based Management Services and Billing Services practices, and serves as CLA’s State and Local Government group’s Business Operations leader.

Mario Vaiana (BSBA '11)Mario Vaiana (BSBA '11)

Mario Vaiana is a professional marketer and sales executive in the Denver, Colorado area. He received his B.S.B.A from the University of Colorado Denver and double majored in marketing and international business. Upon graduation in 2011 he moved to New York City where he worked in advertising for the Bayer Pharmaceutical brands. 

When Mario returned to Denver he worked in cinema advertising for National CineMedia, the world’s largest onscreen network executing campaigns. In 2015 he started a career with Comcast and currently holds the position of a market development representative managing a portfolio of apartment and condo buildings in downtown Denver.

Mario also has experience in event management with companies such as The Walt Disney Company, Denver Zoo, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the National Sports Center for the Disabled. In addition to a busy work life, Mario is a regular contributor to CU Denver Alumni Board, has served on his HOA Board, and is a passionate traveler. Other hobbies include running, attending as much live music as possible, spending time with friends, family, and of course his 8 month old border collie, Langston.



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