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CU Denver LynxFest 2017 - Dr. Colorado Tour

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

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

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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 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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 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.

 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.


 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 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 7.

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 LYNXCONNECT: ASK THE COACHES LINKEDIN EDITION | Wednesday, October 24 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. MST | Online

LynxConnect: Ask the Coaches LinkedIn Edition

Wednesday, October 24 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. MST 

CU Denver LynxConnect, an online networking platform for CU Denver Alumni
Don't miss out on this chance to get advice from CU Denver Career Counselors about using LinkedIn for success and connect with fellow alumni from around the world! 

Join CU Denver career counselors for 20-minute, one-on-one chats to get all of your LinkedIn questions answered. Whether you are new to LinkedIn and need some tips for how to get started or been a member for some time and want to maximize the platform, this session will unlock LinkedIn's possibilities for you.

Examples of topics that attendees can chat with counselors about are:
  • ​Building a strong profile
  • Using the system for your goals or needs
  • Connecting (finding people, making strong introductions, and following companies and influencers)
  • Job searching
  • Leveraging alumni status and alumni pages
  • Joining and using LinkedIn Groups
  • News, trends, and industry information (using your newsfeed for growth)

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.



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