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LynxFest: Family & Alumni Weekend

Friday, October 12 - Saturday, October 13, 2018​

LynxFest 2018

LynxFest: Family & Alumni Weekend

Friday, October 12 - Saturday, October 13, 2018

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

​Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 7.
2018 LynxFest Activities: ​​​​​​

 LynxFest Schedule at-a-Glance and Event Map


Stay tuned for an updated map and schedule at-a-glance

Map of Auraria Campus highlighting the Tivoli, Tivoli Quad, and CU Denver Student Commons Building.


 Friday, October 12 | Friday Night Receptions

Friday, October 12, 2018

Parent & Family Reception | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Campus Village

Enjoy a student dinning experience at CU Denver's campus housing, (Campus Village) during the Parent and Family reception followed by a family game night.

Campus Village
318 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80204

Recent Alumni Reception (Class Years 2013 - 2018) | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Wright Room

Have you graduated from CU Denver in the past five years? Join us at the Wright Room on 16th Street for an evening reception where you can meet and network with fellow recent graduates.

Wright Room
535 16th Street at Welton
Suite #240
Downtown Denver, CO

Alumni Awards Ceremony | 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

By invitation only.

SpringHill Suites Downtown Denver​
1190 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204


 Saturday, October 13 | Morning Activities

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Morning Activities

Breakfast | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. | Tivoli Turnhalle

Start Saturday off right, and join us for breakfast! Mingle with alumni, students, family, faculty, and staff before starting your day at LynxFest. Keep an eye out for a special feline guest!

Lightning Lectures | 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Student Commons, Room 2600

Pull up a student desk and experience the academic side of CU Denver with this mini lecture series. Enjoy three 25 minute talks on three very different topics. Learn more about the featured speakers and their area of research and study in the speaker tab.

Ali Hansen, Social Media Specialist for University Communications at CU Denver | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Onook Oh, Assistant Professor at the CU Denver Business School

Jeff M. Smith, Associate Director for the National Center for Media Forensics at the CU Denver College of Ats & Media

Stop & Serve | 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Participate in a quick service project to help support various local charities and nonprofits in Denver. Giving back has never been easier. We'll provide all the needed supplies!

Tivoli Tour | 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Tivoli

Get the inside scoop on the historic Tivoli Student Union. CU Denver’s own Admissions Ambassadors will take you on an in depth tour of what makes the Tivoli so unique.

Wellness Center Tour & Yard Games | 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center

This tour will take you through the 85,000 square foot, brand new Lola and Rob Salazar Wellness Center. After the tour, spend some time on the new courts playing a game of Giant Jenga, corn hole, or Spikeball.


 Saturday, October 13 | Afternoon Activities

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Afternoon Activities

BBQ Lunch Featuring Student Performances | 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. | Student Commons, Room 2500

Enjoy local BBQ by Jim 'N Nick's​ during this luncheon featuring performances by students of the College of Arts & Media.

Sip & Shop | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Tivoli Station

In between your Saturday afternoon activities, stop by the Tivoli bookstore between 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. and enjoy milk and cookies as you explore and stock up on CU Denver swag.

Dr. Colorado Lecture | 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. | Student Commons, Room 2600

Join our resident expert in Colorado history on this extraordinarily detailed history lecture of campus titled, Auraria: Where Denver Began & CU Denver Thrives. Learn everything about the Tivoli Brewery’s transformation to a mall as well as other fascinating information about the Auraria neighborhood's conversion to an urban university campus.

Photo Scavenger Hunt | 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. | Campus Village

Join us in a fun and interactive photo scavenger hunt around our campus. Awesome prizes for the winners! Don't forget to use #LynxFest and #MiloMemories in your posts and swipe for the LynxFest filter on Snapchat!

Tivoli Tour | 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. | Tivoli

Get the inside scoop on the historic Tivoli Student Union. CU Denver’s own Admissions Ambassadors will take you on an in depth tour of what makes the Tivoli so unique.

Wellness Center Tour & Yard Games | 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. | Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center

This tour will take you through the 85,000 square foot, brand new Lola and Rob Salazar Wellness Center. After the tour, spend some time on the new courts playing a game of Giant Jenga, corn hole, or Spikeball.


 Saturday, October 13 | Evening Activities

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Evening Activities

Milkshakes & Masterpieces | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Tivoli Turnhalle

End your day sipping a cold treat and expressing your creativity through a canvas painting. Milkshakes and art supplies will be provided. When you’re done, share your masterpiece with #MiloMemories and #LynxFest.

Tivoli Takeover | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Tivoli Brewing Company

Join your fellow alumni and their families at the Tivoli Tap House to cap off the day with snacks and a craft beer. Additional $5 admission includes appetizers and two drink tokens redeemable for soft drinks or craft beers.

Pre-Registration is required. Due to university policy, this event is not open to current students.


 Speakers & Activity Leaders

Ali HansenAli Hansen, Social Media Specialist at CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus University Communications

Ali manages the day-to-day oversight of the official university social properties for CU Denver and CU Anschutz. She focuses on telling the university's story through creative means, using digital media and online platforms.

She is an Iowa native who received her bachelor’s degrees in journalism and apparel merchandising from Iowa State University, with a semester at the University of the Arts London College of Fashion. She previously spent time doing digital media at Meredith Media Corporation and two public relations firms. In her spare time, she can be found taking advantage of the beautiful outdoors or exploring the lively city.

Lightning Lecturer

CU Denver Chancellor Dorothy Horrell

Dorothy Horrell, Chancellor of CU Denver

Dorothy A. Horrell, PhD has been chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver since January 2016. She is leading the university toward becoming a top asset of the city of Denver by prioritizing​ student success, scholarly excellence, community impact, inclusive excellence and financial sustainability.

A recognized leader in higher education, she received a gubernatorial appointment to the Colorado State University System Board of Governors in 2009 and served as board chair from 2013-15. She was president of the Colorado Community College System from 1998-2000 and was president of Red Rocks Community College from 1989-1998. Dr. Horrell also served as president and CEO of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation from 2001-2013.

She has received the following honors: 2018 induction into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame; Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Top 25 Most Powerful Women and 2016 ATHENA leadership award​; Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame; Public Education and Business Coalition, Investing in Education Award; Progressive 15 Alumni of the Plains; Colorado State University College of Applied Human Sciences Distinguished Alumna; and Mile High Council of Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction.

Dr. Horrell earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Colorado State University.​

Alumni Awards Celebration Remarks

Tom Noel, Dr. Colorado

Tom Noel (Dr. Colorado), Professor, Director of Public History & Preservation, Co-Director Center for Colorado and the West at the CU Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Thomas J. "Dr. Colorado" Noel, a Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation & Colorado Studies at University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver), is the author of numerous books, articles and columns. Tom is a graduate of the University of Denver, CU Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder, where his mother (a psychiatrist) and grandmother (a teacher) also completed graduate work.

Tom teaches Denver, Colorado, Heritage Tourism, Historic Preservation, Mining & Railroads, National Parks History, U.S. West, and Western Art & Architecture courses at CU Denver, as well as conducting tours of the highest state and the Mile High City for the Smithsonian Institution and the History Colorado. Tom writes a regular column for the Sunday Denver Post Perspective section and also appears on Denver KUSA Channel 9's "Colorado & Company" as Dr. Colorado. Tom directs The Center for Colorado & The West at the Denver Public Library.

Speaker for Dr. Colorado Lecture

Auraria: Where Denver Began & CU Denver Thrives

Onook Oh

Onook Oh, Assistant Professor at the CU Denver Business School

Dr. Onook Oh an assistant professor of Information Systems at the Business School of University of Colorado Denver. He has been conducting two themes of research. First theme of research investigates the unintended consequences of social media uses under social crisis situations. Second theme of research investigates the organization changes in response to the introduction of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies into organizations.

For the first theme of research, he has investigated the unintended consequences of using social media (e.g.,Twitter and Facebook) under crisis situations such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks and social movements etc. His main teaching areas include the topics of Internet and Mobile Technologies, Information Systems Security and Compliance, and Text Data Analytics.

Lightening Lecturer

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

Jeff M. Smith, Associate Director of the National Center for Media Forensics at the CU Denver College of Arts & Media

Jeff M. Smith is Associate Director of the National Center for Media Forensics in the College of Arts & Media. Here he helps strengthen the forensic multimedia evidence analysis discipline through the Center’s education and research programs.

Smith’s research areas include the forensic authentication of recorded digital audio and video media, forensic speaker recognition, as well as the evolving synergy that exists amongst digital evidence dealing with computers, mobile devices, and digitally recorded multimedia. He is Chair of the Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) Technical Committee on Audio Forensics, on the Executive Board of the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE), and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).

Smith is Principle Investigator on a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Lightening Lecturer


 Plan Your Trip


View a full list of CU preferred local hotels and select the "UCD/Systems" Tab.

Parking & Transportation

The Tivoli Garage located at 9th Street and Auraria Parkway is central to LynxFest activities at $6.50 for the day. Here is a map of the available parking​ on campus and corresponding pricing. Make note of your license plate number as it will be needed for payment processing.

There is limited metered parking otherwise, public transportation via RTD light rail and Free Mall Ride is highly encouraged.​


 Frequently Asked Questions

I'm trying to add a guest but the form is saying they are already registered.

Follow the steps in the question below to modify your registration, when adding your guests' information only provide an email address if it is different from the primary registrant's.

If this troubleshoot is still delivering an error, please contact CU Denver Alumni Relations at 303-315-2333 or email​.

How do I add a guest or change/modify my selections if I've already registered?

All registrants have the ability to modify their registrations on their own. Visit the registration website, at the top of the page there is linked text reading, "Already Registered?.

After putting in your email address and confirmation number (in confirmation email) there is a reviw of your registration. To change your registration select the "Modify Registration" button and make your necessary adjustments. An email confirming these changes will be sent.

I don't know my confirmation number.

After registering for LynxFest a confirmation email is sent to the email provided which details the registration selections and provides a confirmation number.

If you cannot find your confirmation email, visit the registration website and select the "Already Registered?" linked text found on the top of the page. Instructions for requesting your confirmation number is found there.



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