Thursday, March 29 | 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. MST
You are invited to join the Networking & Executive Interactions
session in the Career Edge Webinar Series on Thursday, March 29.
Learn about the nuance of your behavior in profroessional settings and hear best practices, effective follow-up strategies, and how to create a memorable impression. Hosted by Stephanie Sindt, MA'14 and Jordan Alvarez, BSBA'14.
Alumni who studied or are interested in business will benefit from this series: the four sessions will help you build industry knowledge and grow professionally. You can participate from anywhere.
Career Edge Series Recordings
Welcome Back Wednesday
Wednesday, March 21 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | 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 March 21
Strong Interest Inventory Interpretations
Normally $60 | $15 for alumni all day on March 21
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshop
Normally $60 | $10 for alumni from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. on March 21
NOTE: Prices are good for appointments on March 21 ONLY. Any rescheduled or cancelled appointments will the charged the normal rates.
Coding For Resilience: Learning from the Venacular
Tuesday, April 17 | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | CU Denver Building, 2nd Floor
1250 14th Street Denver, CO 80202
The College of Architecture and Planning and Master of Urban and Regional Planning Alumni Association is pleased to present CODING FOR RESILIENCE: LEARNING FROM THE VERNACULAR, a distinguished lecture by Assistant Professor Adjunct Korkut Onaran
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
$10 registration includes food and beverages
CU Denver Building, 2nd Floor 1250 14th Street Denver, CO 80202
In his lecture, Assistant Professor Adjunct Korkut Onaran will introduce a variety of approaches to form-based code. This will be followed by a discussion of the way certain vernacular settings respond to climatic conditions in hot-arid and hot-humid climates. Simple coding tools along with exemplary lot types will be introduced and recommended for adoption by zoning codes that address communities in these climate zones.
This event has been approved for ½ CM credits.Evening Program
Registration will close at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.
- 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Check-in and Registration
- 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Facilitated Networking
- 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Korkut Onaran Lecture
- 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Open Networking and Closing
About the MURPAA Distinguished Lecture Series:
Designed to highlight the efforts of a distinguished MURP alumni or a planner that has positively contributed to MURP students, the College of Architecture and Planning, or CU Denver. The lecture is intended to encourage thought-provoking discussions and exchanges of ideas in a specific area related to architecture and planning.
Before Korkut Onaran formed PEL•ONA Architects & Urbanists with Ronnie Pelusio in 2010, Korkut Onaran, Ph.D.
, worked at Wolff-Lyon Architects as partner principal between 2007 and 2010, and as a senior associate between 2001 and 2007. He has been teaching as an Assistant Professor Adjunct, in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver since 1997. Korkut has been the president of the Colorado Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism since 2009.
Korkut is an urban architect with a broad knowledge of development codes and regulation cultures, a subject he explored extensively through his doctorate studies. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teaching focuses on producing planning and design solutions for real world situations where students collaborate with local planning officials.
He was honored as the Mentor of the Year by AIA Colorado North in 2007. Korkut has extensive experience in designing and managing mixed use projects, preparing master plans, and crafting development codes. He has won prizes in architectural competitions including first prize in the national competition (in Turkey) titled “Small House,” second prize in the architectural competition for a mixed-use downtown complex in Kusadasi, fifth prize in the architectural competition for the Opera House and Performing Arts Center in Ankara.
All Alumni Networking Night: Spring Edition
Wednesday, April 18 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
$10 online registration | $15 at the door
Balistreri Vineyards 1946 E. 66th Ave. Denver, CO 80229
Join us for All Alumni Networking Night: Spring Edition Wednesday, April 18. The evening will be comprised of two, short guided networking rounds, followed by open time for guests to mix and mingle.
Enjoy two free glasses of wine and appetizers all night, while participating in discussions facilitated by your fellow Lynx alumni. Top off the evening with a winery tour and catch up with old friends or make new connections in the community during open networking.
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, what topics you are interested in discussing, and more.
We strongly encourage you to please fill out the registration page completely so that we can assign you tables that will be 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 got your back.
- 6:30 - 6:45 p.m. - Check-in and Registration
- 6:50 - 7:10 p.m. - Networking Round 1
- 7:15 - 7:35 p.m. - Networking Round 2
- 7:35 - 8:30 p.m. - Open Networking and Winery Tour
Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16.
Alumni Table Hosts
Anne Haggar Gibson, MBA'94, began her marketing career at Denver-based consumer product companies in the camera and coffee industries. Right after receiving her MBA from the University of Colorado Denver, she was approached by Iomega and the freshly minted degree was instrumental to making the leap into technology marketing.
Anne has been a manager of marketing communications and product marketing teams at Dell, Seagate, and Micron. She believes that marketing technology and sophisticated product marketing practices are accelerating the importance of marketing at every company and make this an ideal team to be on a marketing team.
Anne has been a speaker at multiple technology trade shows and webinars on cloud, SaaS and cyber security and is currently consulting for both consumer and technology companies.
Antwan Jefferson, PhD'13
is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. In his work, Antwan teaches in the Human Development and Family Relations program and the Urban and Diverse Communities concentration of the Leadership for Educational Equity doctorate (EdD) program. His teaching emphasizes interrogating race, class, and gender arrangements; achieving social justice; increasing an asset-based emphasis on diverse families; and supporting stronger and deeper community engagement in the schooling education of students through the pre-service training of helping professionals and teachers
His research agenda considers the ways that family and community members experience schools and organizations in their communities, including the implications of space, voice, and power in decision-making and not-for-profit organizations and schools. Antwan also is the faculty liaison for community-based partnerships in the SEHD’s Office of Partnerships. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from CU Denver in 2013, following completion of a dissertation entitled “(Un)Invited Families: Locating the Institutional Power of School at Work Against the Involvement of Families.”
Antwan Jefferson, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Human Development and Family Relations (HDFR) and Urban Community Teacher Education (UCTE) programs in the School of Education and Human Development at CU Denver. He also is the faculty liaison for community-based partnerships, bringing together the School of Education and Human Development and local community organizations that serve children, families, and the broader community.
His work emphasizes service and accountability to the community, including a focus on encouraging professionals to serve communities in response to challenges. His research agenda examines the ways that family and community members experience schools in their communities, and the ways in which the institutional power of school(s) impact the individual power of families and community members.
Valerie Lash, BA'00
is the imaging director and RIS/PACS administrator for Centura Health, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, CO. Valerie has also worked in imaging management positions at St Anthony and Littleton Adventist Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Colorado Denver and her associates degree in Applied Science from the University of Southern Colorado.
Most importantly Valerie provides leadership, guidance and expertise in the imaging areas of CAT scan, echocardiography, MRI, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, x-ray, and the electronic medical records for imaging. Valerie has worked as a technologist in California, in trauma radiography, CAT scan, MRI, interventional, mammography and management.
She currently resides in Keystone and Littleton, Colorado, enjoying the outdoors and all that Colorado offers. Valerie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Van Leeuwen, PhD'07
currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Governor Hickenlooper after working as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Community Partnerships during the first term. Leading up to the Hickenlooper administration, he worked as the Policy Director and served on the transition team for the Hickenlooper for Colorado gubernatorial campaign. He is also the CEO & Founder of the Global Livingston Institute (GLI), a non-governmental organization in East Africa designed to engage students and community leaders to develop innovative solutions to poverty and is a Senior Research Fellow with the Buechner Institute at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. He became a Fulbright Scholar in 2013 and a Woodrow Wilson International Fellow in 2017.
In 2006, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper appointed Jamie to head up Denver’s Road Home. In this role, he oversaw leadership staff, fundraising, public relations and evaluation for Denver’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. In the first five years, Denver’s Road Home leveraged over $50 million in new resources for the homeless, developed over 2,000 new units of affordable housing, prevented over 3,500 families from becoming homeless, reduced chronic homelessness by 70 percent and was recognized by HUD as one of the top six homeless programs in the country. In 2007, Mayor Hickenlooper appointed Jamie to chair the Drug Strategy Commission and oversee the Office of Drug Strategy. The office launched a major community-wide strategic plan in 2008 to close the unmet treatment gap in Denver. In the first two years the plan created over $500 thousand in new treatment services and generated $3.5 million in-kind media annually. Denver’s Road Home and the Office of Drug Strategy combined to form a new Office of Community Impact under Jamie’s direction.
Since 2009, as the founder and CEO, he has also worked to develop the GLI, an innovative research and learning institute for students and community leaders in Uganda and Rwanda with a social impact focus. Building a campus modeled after the Aspen Institute in rural Ugandan and forging a series of academic and public-private partnerships, this “poor man’s” Aspen institute serves over 200 scholars annually, has hired over 300 East Africans into the workforce and is engaged in multiple research initiatives throughout Uganda. The institute hosts an annual Women’s Leadership Summit and a growing music festival with a focus on HIV prevention and testing. Recent partnerships include work with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and New York Fashion week, both aimed at empowering and employing Ugandans in the workforce.
Prior to his role in the public sector, Jamie directed fundraising, legislative work and research as the Director of Development & Public Affairs at Urban Peak, a Colorado non-profit agency serving homeless and at-risk youth. During his tenure at Urban Peak he was appointed to serve a two-year term on the National Council for Youth Policy for the National Network of Youth. He is a graduate of Leadership Denver (2002), Emerging Leaders (2003), and Leadership Arts (2004) and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Denver and University of Colorado Denver. Jamie was selected in 2005 as an inaugural Livingston Fellow by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Board to cultivate his leadership in the non-profit community in Colorado and in 2006 was named one of “Forty Under Forty” by the Denver Business Journal. In 2017, he was named by CoBiz Magazine as one of the 25 Most Powerful People in Colorado.
Jamie completed his PhD in Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver with an emphasis on affordable housing and homelessness. He has a Masters degree in International Public Health and a Masters degree in Sociology from Tulane University. His career focus is on domestic and international work related to poverty alleviation, specifically targeting homeless and vulnerable youth in developed and developing countries.
Jamie serves on boards for the Biennial of the Americas, Colorado Music Coalition, the Presidents Leadership Class at the University of Colorado, Take Note Colorado and the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs Advisory Board. He has previously served on the boards of the Capitol Hill United Neighborhood Association, Colorado Health Institute, Curious Theatre, Denver Foundation Human Services Advisory Board, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Family Directions, the Harm Reduction Action Center, Level One Health Board, Morgridge Family Foundation 21st Century Classroom Board, and the 9Kids Who Care Advisory Board.
He is active as a national and international researcher and presenter. Over 50 publications, poster presentations, lectures and keynotes include a recent article on mental health services in rural Uganda, a book chapter in Globalizing the Streets, and an article in American Journal on Addictions featuring a multi-city research project he directed on homeless youth.
He is the recipient of the 2017 Urban Peak Maverick Thinker Award, the 2014 Creighton University Alumnae Merit Award, the 2009 “Judy Kaufman Civic Entrepreneurship Award” from the Denver Foundation, the 2010 Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Alumnus of the Year, and named in the 2011 Power Issue of the Out Front magazine as a leader in Lesbian & Gay community. Jamie has extensive international experience with travel to over 110 countries. He is an avid runner and has participated in over a dozen competitive races including a two-time finisher of the New York City Marathon. His partner Andrei lives and works in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the State Department and his son graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in international development.
Alumni Leaders in Education Panel Discussion & Networking Reception
Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.
$10 online registration | $15 at the door
Coohills 1400 Wewatta Street, Denver, CO 80202
CU Denver alumni working or interested in the field of education are invited to our next alumni industry panel, featuring local leading alumni in education. Join us for a panel discussion that will take up hot topics in the industry, policy and budgeting challenges, and more. Following the presentation, stay to network with the panelists and fellow alumni in the education space.
- 6:15 - 6:30 p.m. - Check-in and Registration
- 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. - Panel Discussion
- 7:15 - 7:30 p.m. - Q&A
- 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Open Networking
Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.
Amy Anderson, MA'98, PhD'03
is the Managing Director of ReSchool Colorado
, an initiative of the Donnell-Kay Foundation, launched in 2013, to co-design a new system of education where all learners and their parents equitably access meaningful and relevant learning from an expansive landscape of providers and develop the capacity to flourish in increasingly complex and dynamic systems of work and life.
Prior to serving in this role, Amy led the Division of Innovation, Choice, and Engagement at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) as Associate Commissioner. Her work there resulted in the creation of a statewide vision and strategy to personalize learning and ignite the unique potential of each student through Expanded Learning Opportunities.
Prior to CDE, Amy had her first stint with the Donnell-Kay Foundation as the Director of Strategic Partnerships where she launched the Foundation’s work on blended learning. She also worked as a senior consultant with Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates, and led new school development efforts for the Colorado League of Charter Schools. Amy is a founder and former Board Chair of The Odyssey School, a Denver Charter School started in 1998. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of K12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
Anderson holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. from the University of Colorado Denver and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Philippe Ernewein, MA'03
is a native of Turnhout, Belgium. In 1980 he immigrated to the United States where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages from Longwood College (1994) and Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Colorado Denver (2003). He is an alumnus of Teach For America. Philippe is Board Chair of Celebrate EDU, committed to creating a bright future for young adults with developmental disabilities and diverse learning profiles. He is also a consultant for Words Beyond Bars, a project committed to introducing powerful and transformative literature to incarcerated individuals.
Philippe has been in the field of education since 1994. He presents annually at a variety of national and international educational conferences and workshops. Philippe was recently recognized as the Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities Professional of the Year (2017) and also the recipient of the prestigious Floyd G. Hudson Service Award by the Council for Learning Disabilities (2017). He is currently the Director of Education at Denver Academy. His published work and blog can be found at www.rememberit.org. Philippe lives with his wife, two daughters and a flock of chickens on the eastern bank of the Platte River near Denver, Colorado, USA.
Kiffany Lychock, MA'05, Director of Educational Innovation at Boulder Valley School District
Kiffany Lychock, MA'05 has been an educator for the past fifteen years in various roles and capacities. Ten of those years include classroom experience as a secondary Spanish teacher where she was passionate about engaging students in PBL. She is an AP and IB trained teacher in Spanish and ITGS (an IB course - Information Technology in a Global Society).
Kiffany has been an instructional coach in various capacities for the last nine years. Her passion for Project Based Learning and Educational Technology has provided her with opportunities to work at the district level with the IT, Curriculum and Professional Development departments. As part of her work in PD, she is a STEP Resident Associate for Emergentics and is trained in both Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools.
Her most recent adventure as the Director of Educational Innovations engages her in working collaboratively with schools to lead the transformation of the physical environments and influence the instructional practices of schools to support the teaching and learning of 21st century skill outcomes.
Kiffany also serves as a National Faculty member for the Buck Institute of Education where she is able to facilitate professional learning for leaders, teachers and schools that are implementing Project Based Learning.
Tina Martinez, BA'00, Director of Partnership and Programs, Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
At the Museum, Tina works with the community and the Museum Programs team to connect people across Colorado with nature and science through engaging, informal education experiences. For more than 20 years, Tina has been working within the metro Denver area to support children and families and to strengthen communities.
Prior to her work at the Museum, Tina was the Chief Program Officer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver where she was responsible for operations and programming across 17 sites. She has also served as a National Training Associate for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in the areas of diversity, program development, and outcomes measurement.
Tina is currently on the board of directors for the Denver Afterschool Alliance. Tina was recognized as a Boys & Girls Clubs regional Professional of the Year, received the RM-SAHM’s President’s Recognition Award for Outstanding Service to Improve the Health and Well-being of Adolescents and was honored as a Colorado Rockies Hispanic Leadership Award finalist.
Tina graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a B.A. in Communication.
She and her husband have two daughters – a freshman at CSU and a high school junior at DCIS. The whole family plays soccer year-round.
As director of C-PEER, Dr. Kent Seidel
collaborates with districts, schools and community groups to develop a focused priority research agenda. His research taps into shared thinking, creates local solutions and contributes to collective impact in education.
Prior to coming to CU Denver in summer 2014, he was associate professor with a rare dual appointment in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and Research Methods & Statistics at the University of Denver since 2007. He holds a PhD in non-profit and educational management/organizational theory from University of Cincinnati, and his research training includes econometrics and statistical analysis as well as qualitative and mixed methods design. He has worked with schools and districts in program evaluation since working as a research consultant with the University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center in 1996.
Dr. Seidel has many years of experience with large-scale collaborative projects involving mixed methods and advanced statistical designs. His focus in teaching and in research has been on bringing educators to the table with researchers with a focus on generating usable knowledge for practitioners to apply in their work. His personal primary research has focused on performance-based approaches to improving educator support and school quality. He is Principal Investigator for the current IES-funded study of novice teachers’ core competencies and student achievement, working with 21 preparation programs in the state.
Prior large-scale, multi-site efforts that he has managed in collaboration with district partners as PI or Co-PI include the Channel Analysis study of novice teachers in Denver Public Schools (6 IHEs and 3 alternative route providers, 2009-2011); Profiles of Teacher Proficiency (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with state departments of education and higher education and a district partner); and the Ohio Teacher Quality Partnership studies (51 IHEs, state departments of education and higher education, $5+million various sources).
Between 1990 and 2006, Dr. Seidel worked actively with all of the professional associations that developed national standards, including serving as executive director of the Alliance for Curriculum Reform from 1998 to 2006; was one of six writing the national theatre standards; served on the national steering committee developing the 1997 NAEP assessment for the arts; and worked closely with the 20 national associations facilitating their work on the National Study of School Evaluation’s new accreditation and program evaluation resources and the curriculum mapping effort of AAAS/Project 2061.
LynxConnect: Ask the Coaches
Monday, June 11 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. MST
Chat online for free with our very own CU Denver Career Center coaches about where to start in choosing a new career, developing a professional career plan, building a resume, job search assistance, LinkedIn profiles reviews, graduate school applications, and more. These 15-minute flash advice sessions will connect you with professionals ready to provide salient tips and tricks for career success.
Our online, cloud-based platform makes it easy and fun for you to participate. After signing in from your home, office, smartphone or tablet, you’ll participate in 1-on-1 chats with a CU Denver Career Center counselor. The chats are text-based and timed, allowing you to quickly gather advice flexibly. Each chat is saved, making it simple to look back at your history, review your notes, gather contact information and follow up.
Kyla Hines, Career Counselor
Kyla completed her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Portland State University, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and has been providing career counseling services with individuals and groups for over 5 years.
Kyla has extensive experience teaching and presenting in psychoeducational and academic settings and has a passion for working in higher education. As a counselor Kyla sees her role as a collaborative facilitator, meeting each individual where they are at in the moment to assist them in reaching their goals to create successful, sustainable, and authentic plans for the future.
Nick Shaklee, Assistant Director
Nick is a strong believer in the existential school of thought and have discovered his own meaning in life by helping others find theirs. That is why he has focused his counseling skills in the field of career counseling; to help individuals create a life of happiness through a fulfilling career. Nick truly believes we long for a sense of purpose in life and, to him, careers can be one component to this sense of purpose.
Nick approaches his work from a holistic, humanistic, and motivational interviewing lens. Allowing him to see the individual as a whole in order to best help them discover their own meaning in life that is in line with their academic & career goals, interests, personality, skills, and values.
Rick Villarreal, Career Counselor
Rick loves adventure and meeting new people. He recently earned his M.Ed. in Counseling and Career Development from Colorado State University (go big horns), and worked at the CU Denver Career Center as an intern in 2015 and 2016. His previous seven years of graphic design and marketing experience taught him to focus on meaning; therefore, he strives to help others fill their lives with their own passions, purpose and drive.
Rick sees work life and personal life as one and the same and cares deeply about helping students understand their own interests, motivations, and strengths. He believes in the importance of finding realistic and life-fulfilling work for everyone. His philosophy is that social justice is at the heart of career counseling, and that everyone can achieve their dreams if they have hope, believe in their strengths, and have the right support network. While his heart is set on career counseling, he still hopes to someday be Batman.
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
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.
CU Denver Alumni Webinar:
#Winning at Interviewing
Monday, June 18 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MST | Online
Join Jennifer Fairweather, BSBA'90, Director of Human Resources at Jefferson County, to learn how to prepare for and ace your next interview. This session will provide key points of consideration for before, during and at the conclusion of an interview process to foster successful results.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Jennifer Fairweather, BSBA'90 is currently the Director of Human Resources for Jefferson County, located in Golden Colorado. She is also an Affiliate Professor with Regis University where she facilitates undergraduate and graduate courses for the College of Business and Economics. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in both public sector and private sector human resources in addition to operational management experience.
Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from CU Denver and a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development from Webster University. She also has her SHRM-SCP, IPMA-SCP and PHR professional certifications as well as a Certificate in Professional Training. Jennifer has facilitated sessions on leadership and development for local and national forums and has written articles for newsletters and newspapers on various management and human resources topics. Jennifer is a Colorado native and enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family (pets included!)