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CU Denver LynxFest 2017 - Dr. Colorado Tour

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

 WELCOME BACK WEDNESDAY | Wednesday, March 21 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Denver, CO

Welcome Back Wednesday

Wednesday, March 21 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Tivoli 267 

Welcome Back Wednesday hosted by the CU Denver Career Center on March 21st 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 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.

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 MURPAA DISTINGUISHED LECTURE | Tuesday, April 17 | 5:30 p.m. | CU Denver Building

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

CU Denver Building
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
  • 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
Registration will close at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.​

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.
College of Architecture & Planning Assistant Professor Korkut Onaran
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 INDUSTRY NIGHT | Wednesday, July 11 | 6:30 p.m. | CU South Denver, Lone Tree

All Alumni Industry Night

Wednesday, July 11 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
$10 online registration | $15 at the door
CU South Denver
10035 S Peoria Street | Lone Tree, CO 80134 

CU South Denver

Join us for a summer celebration and networking reception just for CU Denver alumni on Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. 

The evening will be comprised of two short, guided networking rounds, followed by open time for guests to mix and mingle.

Enjoy two free beverages and appetizers all night while participating in discussions facilitated by your fellow Lynx alumni. After that, enjoy time to catch up with old friends and 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, 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 - 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

Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 9.

Alumni Discussion Facilitators

Angela Astle (BS '97)Angela Astle (BA '97)

Angela Astle is the proud creator and Executive Producer of Athena Project, the Denver based nonprofit whose mission is to empower women in the arts. Founded in 2012, Athena Project produces an annual month long arts festival featuring visual arts, theatre, music, and dance created by women. The organization has grown to include summer art camps for girls in 6th-10th grade, and numerous invitations to provide programming for some of Denver’s most respected organizations such as TEDx, The Women’s Foundation, Denver Center for Performing Arts, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, among others.

Dolores Ramirez (BA '07)Dolores Ramirez (BA '07)

Dolores Ramirez is the Chief Program and Impact Officer at Growing Home. Her responsibility is to oversee programs and program personnel related to a pipeline of services for children ages 0-9. She ensures competitive, evidence-based service delivery by providing exceptional program staff management, program oversight, evaluation, reporting, and continuous improvement. Ms. Ramirez previously served as the Manager of Early Childhood Initiatives, and as a Family Support Specialist.

During her professional career, Dolores has dedicated her work to serve communities in need. From guiding high-risk adolescents involved in drug use, to families and young children living in poverty. Dolores has made it her passion to advocate for underserved communities facing disparities by addressing social determinants of health.

Ms. Ramirez earned a bachelor’s degree in communications as well as a certificate in Public Relations from the University of Colorado Denver, and is currently taking a master’s level class at the CU Denver Business School. She has also been the recipient of a scholarship to participate in the 2017 Hispanic Chamber Aspiring Leaders Program.the 2017 Hispanic Chamber Aspiring Leaders Program.

Lisa Roy, MA'96, PhD'16Lisa Roy (MA '96, PhD '16)

Dr. Roy is Denver Public Schools' Executive Director, Early Education. In this capacity, she manages an annual budget of $40 million from multiple sources (local sales tax, Head Start, State allocations, and parent tuition) to support high quality early education programs for the district's three- and four-year-olds. She also collaborates with the City and County of Denver, Mile High United Way, and over 100 non-profit partners on the Road to Reading Partnership - an initiative to ensure that children birth to third grade have the language and literacy supports they need to succeed.

Lisa has a history of public service in early childhood education and two-generation approaches as a Program Officer for the Daniels Fund and the Piton Foundation, Senior Associate for the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Executive Director of the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation, and consultant for Grantmakers for Education. Roy received her Ed.D. from the University of Colorado Denver in Executive Leadership for Educational Equity.

Shan Venkatsammy, MBA'16

Shan Venkatsamy (MBA '16)

Shan Venkatsammy serves as an internal business consultant for UCHealth’s Population Health Division. In this role Shan is responsible for population health strategies within network development and clinical transformation for UCHealth Integrated Network; a network of doctors, hospitals, and other providers engaged in clinical integration, value-based contracting, and population health care.

Prior to joining UCHealth’s University of Colorado Hospital in 2015, Shan led the system quality initiatives for SCL Health, a medium sized faith based health system headquartered in Colorado. Shan has held roles with IQVIA (formerly Quintiles IMS) and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

Shan holds a MBA from the University of Colorado Denver, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from William Jewell College, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kansas, and maintains his nursing license through the Kansas State Board of Nursing.


 ALUMNI LEADERS IN EDUCATION PANEL & RECEPTION | Thursday, May 3 | 6:15 p.m. | Denver, CO

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 in the City Class Life

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.

Evening Program

  • 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'03Amy 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'03Philippe 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 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

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.

Kent Seidel Associate Professor at CU Denver School of Education and Human DevelopmentAs 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.

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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: #WINNING AT INTERVIEWING | Monday, June 18 | 12:00 p.m. MST | Online

CU Denver Alumni Webinar:
#Winning at Interviewing

Monday, June 18 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MST | Online 

Jennifer Fairweather, BSBA'90, Director of Human Resources at Jefferson County

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.


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!)

 LYNXCONNECT: ASK THE COACHES INTERVIEW EDITION | Tuesday, August 7 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. MST | Online

LynxConnect: Ask the Coaches Interview Edition

Tuesday, August 7 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. MST 

CU Denver LynxConnect, an online networking platform for CU Denver Alumni
Join CU Denver career counselors for 20-minute, virtual one-on-one chats to get all of your interviewing questions answered during the next session of LynxConnect: Ask the Coaches on Tuesday, August 7. Whether you are in the process of interviewing for your next opportunity, or just looking to refresh your skills, this session will give you the confidence you need to put your best foot forward. 

Examples of topics that attendees can chat with counselors about are:
  • ​How to prepare for an interview
  • How to feel confident during an interview
  • How to answer interview questions
  • Process and create a plan for those interview questions that trip you up
  • How to talk about your experiences and strengths in an interview
  • What questions to ask at the end of an interview

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

Kyla Hines, Career Counselor at CU Denver Career CenterKyla 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 at CU Denver Career CenterNick 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 at CU Denver Career CenterRick 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.


 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI LECTURE: DR. DAN GILBERT (BA '81) | Monday, August 27 | 5:30 p.m. | Tivoli Adirondack

Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Dr. Dan Gilbert (BA '81)

Monday, August 27 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Dan Gilbert (BA '81)
Join fellow CU Denver alumni and students on Monday, August 27th for an Distinguished Alumni Lecture featuring psychology alumnus Dr. Dan Gilbert (BA '81)

Dr. Dan Gilbert (BA '81) is the author of New York Times bestseller Stumbling on Happiness, has given numerous TED talks (including one of the most-watched TED talks of all time), and is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Join fellow alumni for this free alumni lecture titled Happiness: what your mother didn’t tell you

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

Reserve your seat before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22.

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