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Parent & Family Newsletter


March 2017 Edition



In this and future editions of our University of Colorado Denver Parent and Family Program newsletter, we will be including a section focused on “talking tips.” You can use these tips to have intentional conversations with your student about their experiences throughout the year. We hope these serve as a helpful tool in supporting your student’s academic journey.

>Student Organizations at CU Denver

By joining a CU Denver student organization, your student will have the opportunity to be actively involved in the campus community, as well as strengthen skills in networking, communication, leadership and time management. With more than 140 organizations to choose from, including social, cultural, academic and service-based organizations, students receive relevant programming, academic support, community service and volunteering opportunities, preparation for post-graduate and professional programs, and lasting friendships.

Encourage your student to visit CU Denver's OrgSync database which houses all student organizations. New this year, students are able to login to OrgSync with their CU Denver Passport ID. Through OrgSync, students can browse organizations and access contact information, as well as learn about upcoming CU Denver events. If your student has questions about student organizations, encourage them to visit the Office of Student Life in the Tivoli Student Union, #303 or contact our team via email or phone.

Office of Student Life | Student Organizations

English professor awarded national poetry prize

CU Denver Associate Professor Wayne Miller won the 2017 Rilke Prize for his book “Post-,” a collection of poems published last year. The prize recognizes a book written by a mid-career poet that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision.
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Why employers love CU Denver students

When Denver employers look for new talent, they don’t need to look far. CU Denver students represent a large and diverse talent pool which appeals to Colorado employers, says Sarah Trzeciak, MS, senior director of student development and director of the CU Denver Career Center.
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STEM student awarded two study abroad scholarships

Studying abroad adds breadth and depth to a college student’s academic experience but fewer than 5 percent of the 300,000 students who study abroad are in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs. At CU Denver, the Global Education: Study Abroad team is helping STEM students find solutions to time and budget challenges.
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February 2017 Edition



Dear parents and family members,

Welcome to the spring semester and our first 2017 edition of the University of Colorado Denver Parent and Family e-newsletter. This digital newsletter is designed to help you stay connected to CU Denver and informed about the activities your student or family member experiences here at CU in the City.

Arriving by email monthly, this e-newsletter will feature stories about student and alumni achievements, provide information about how CU Denver is evolving, highlight engagement opportunities for parents and families, and showcase the impact our students make on the City of Denver.

You are vital partners in the success of our students, and we welcome your feedback about what you want to see in your inbox each month. Please email to share your thoughts. Thanks, and happy reading!

Dorothy Horrell, PhD
Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver


Dear parents and family members,

Hi my name’s Avery Balano and I'm new here! I'll be leading our CU Denver Parent and Family Program as the new Senior Coordinator for Campus Relations.

I started in my new position on Jan. 9 after serving as CU Denver’s Assistant Director for Events and Partnerships for three and a half years. I received my bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 2007 and earned a master's in higher education with a concentration in college student development from the University of Denver in 2012.

I’m thrilled to be working on the university’s parent and family programs and I want to make sure you all feel confident in supporting your student in their college career. We'll be sending out regular correspondence to inform you of resources, events and contacts that I hope you find informative and helpful. Please feel free to email us at or call us at 303-352-3768 with any questions, concerns, feedback or ideas you'd like to share. I'm looking forward to a great semester!


By Nicholas Shaklee, Career Counselor & Outreach Specialist, CU Denver Career Center

One of the biggest questions on any parent or student’s mind is, “how am I going to pay for this?” Whether it’s tuition, books or discretionary funds, money and where it’s coming from is always a question. It can be tricky trying to navigate a job search with limited experience with effective job search strategies or writing powerful resumes. That’s where the University of Colorado Denver Career Center comes in! The Career Center is here to support students not only when they’re deciding on a major, but also during their efforts to gain employment both while they’re in school and after graduation.

An effective job search is only as effective as the tools behind it. That’s why the CU Denver Career Center has Handshake, a job board and resource hub specifically for our students and alumni. Handshake is a career services platform we launched in the beginning of June 2016. We couldn’t be happier about this new service because Handshake has all we could ask for. Is your student looking for a database of over 400 Denver area employers to target for future or current goals? Handshake has exactly that. Does your student need to locate a work-study position? Handshake has them. Is your student looking for a part-time job and didn’t get awarded work-study in your financial aid package? Don’t sweat it because Handshake houses part-time positions both on and off campus. Handshake is the one-stop shop for the Career Center’s resources, appointment scheduling, events calendar, communications with Career Center staff, and the opportunity board for students and alumni.

Handshake is just one tool we use to help build an effective job search with students. There also needs to be clarification on goals, direction and support behind the materials needed for job searching. Students are encouraged to schedule appointments with Career Center staff to talk through their goals, concerns, and how their current job search can relate to their post-college career goal. We work with students around how to translate their existing experience into a powerful resume that directly speaks to the qualifications for their positions of interest. We also educate them on the process of making tailored resumes for future positions. The positions students search for and obtain during college can have a profound effect on future employment opportunities, which is why we strongly encourage students to get experience of all kinds while in school.

But, sometimes the job search doesn’t go as planned, and that’s ok. We’re here to give students support during the entire process. Looking through job boards, filling out applications and adjusting resumes can be exhausting which can lead to frustration. If you see your student experiencing this, suggest that they schedule an appointment so we can provide new insights, tips and strategies, and be a supportive listening ear so exhaustion and frustration doesn’t get the best of them.

It may not feel like it at times, but your student listens to you. Encourage them to contact the CU Denver Career Center with any questions or to get support with work-study, on-campus jobs, off-campus jobs, writing resumes and exploring majors that relate to what they want to offer the world through a career. Most importantly, encourage your student to get experiences of all kinds during their time at the university (part-time work, volunteering, internships, etc.). The experiences they have while in college will assist them in cultivating their future careers.

>RESOURCE HIGHLIGHT: Auraria Campus Police Department Safety Tips

Safety is everyone's responsibility. Encourage your student to follow these 10 tips to keep themselves and the Auraria Campus community safe:

  1. Program important numbers into phones
    Auraria Campus Police: 303-556-5000
    Auraria Campus Police Text-a-Tip (accepts photos): 720-593-TIPS (8477)

  2. Trust your instincts
    If your student suspects something’s wrong, or a situation seems dangerous, they’re probably right. If they see something, they should say something. Instead of dismissing suspicious situations, report them to the Auraria Campus Police Department immediately.

  3. Use the buddy system
    If your student doesn’t have a buddy they can take advantage of the Auraria Campus NightRider Service. Call 303-556-2000 to schedule a ride.

  4. Protect personal property
    Unattended items like backpacks, laptops, and cell phones are easy targets for theft. Advise your student to make it a habit to take all valuables with them and never leave their property unattended.

  5. Report solicitors
    Magazine subscriptions and donation requests are common types of solicitations that criminals use to lure community members into giving illegitimate donations. To avoid scams, politely decline the request and immediately notify the Auraria Campus Police Department.

  6. Stay alert on transit
    When using public transit, always stay awake and keep your personal belongings with you. Avoid isolated bus or light rail stops and don’t tell strangers where you’re going.

  7. Always lock up
    Parking lots and garages are common targets. Never leave valuables in your car in plain view. Windows should be up, doors locked and car security systems on.

  8. Keep personal information private
    Avoid becoming a victim of identity theft by carrying only the necessary items in wallets or purses. Never give personal information to solicitors.

  9. Locate Emergency Phones
    The Auraria Campus is equipped with emergency telephone call stations. Each emergency phone is equipped with a call button that immediately connects to Auraria Campus Police dispatch. Outdoor phones are located in parking lots and pedestrian areas—they’re red and stand approximately 9 feet high. Indoor emergency phones are located throughout the main buildings in common areas.

  10. Protect your bike
    Record your bike’s serial number and always lock it with a U-lock. To avoid theft, bikes should be parked at a rack, with both the frame and wheel locked to it.

May 2016 Edition


> Dear Parents and Families,

Greetings from Denver! We hope that your student is finishing the semester out strong—can you believe that finals are here and that it’s almost summer? As the end of the academic year is upon us, our staff would like to offer a heartfelt congratulations to those of you with students graduating from CU Denver this semester.


For the parents and family members of all of our other students, the end of the school year is another major milestone to celebrate. Summers are an important time for current students to recharge, but also to reflect on the past year and begin to set goals for the next. Whether or not your student has been performing well academically this semester, there is always room for improvement. The free scheduled tutoring or formal study groups offered through the Learning Resources Center (LRC) may be an essential key to your student’s academic success in future semesters. The Learning Resources Center is featured in this issue of our Parent and Family Newsletter, so make sure to check out their article.


We also want to take this time to highlight an exciting edition to our Parent and Family Program staff. We are happy to welcome Natalie Kellett to the team as our Programs and Events Assistant for the Parent and Family Program. Natalie previously worked in both the Commencement Office and the Lynx Center here at CU Denver and brings a breadth of knowledge to our small but capable team. We are happy to have her!


Yet another exciting change is the edition of our new CU Denver Parent and Family Program Facebook page. Every week we will have a wide variety of tips, tricks, events, resources and news articles available for you and your student to reference. So make sure to click the Facebook icon in this article to go like our page!


In addition to liking our Facebook page, we also encourage you to ask your student the below intentional questions about their university life to get them thinking about relevant topics and issues. The following questions are meant to be a helpful tool in supporting your student’s academic journey and their overall experience here at CU Denver.


  • How have you been keeping yourself healthy during finals week?
  • How have you been balancing school, work and social time?
  • Is there any way that you can improve your time management skills for future semesters?
  • What resources are you going to look into to ensure your success next semester?


Finally, all of us here at the Parent and Family Program Office would like to thank you for the support that you give your student. Don’t forget that we are always here to support you too. Make sure to check out our website at and please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at or 303-315-0491.


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> Save the Date

We hope you can join us at the upcoming Family, Friends & Alumni Day on October 22, 2016! This day will be a good chance to get a better understanding of campus and have some fun with your student. More information about the day and full schedule will be posted online at closer to the event.


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> CU Denver Call Center Launched
By Leah Novak, manager, Parent & Family Program


Next time you receive a call from the University of Colorado Denver, it might just be from a student employee. On January 26th, the new CU Denver call center opened and began operations. By the end of February the center had already contacted over 3000 constituents.


The center only employs current students, so they are able to share their own personal perspective of what it means to be a CU Denver student. Not only does the new center provide opportunity for student employment, it also serves as a communication tool to engage or re-engage students, alumni, friends and family.


The call center’s student employees will be calling a wide variety of constituents for the foreseeable future. Some of these constituents include parents and family members of current CU Denver students. The hope is that these calls will encourage parents and family members to stay up to date on university news, attend events and provide financial support. By engaging in any one of these activities, parents and family members will have the opportunity to further their involvement and strengthen their ties to the University of Colorado Denver. One hundred percent of every parent and family financial gift goes to supporting student centered learning experiences. For example, the Loving Lynx Fund helps students in crisis by funding the on-campus food pantry as well as emergency housing for homeless students.


The call center has been and will continue to be a great contribution to the CU Denver campus. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about giving opportunities please contact: or visit


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> RESOURCE HIGHLIGHT: Learning Resources Center
By Paul Rakowski, director, Learning Resources Center


The CU Denver Learning Resources Center (LRC) is designed to promote student success, retention, and graduation in a vibrant academic setting. Our services are available to all University of Colorado Denver undergraduate and graduate students and it’s important to note that we serve students at every level of academic development. With this in mind, students can consider being proactive in their academic careers and utilize our services to enhance their goals no matter where they are currently.


The LRC operates on the idea that learning is a journey and we support everyone at all times no matter where they are on the road to success. As a way of promoting student success, retention and the road to graduation, we offer the following free services to CU Denver students:


  • Scheduled Tutoring: CU Denver Students at the downtown campus my request tutoring for courses in which they are currently enrolled. Students may request permanent weekly sessions as soon as they have registered for classes each semester.
  • Open Lab Tutoring: Walk-in sessions are available to all CU Denver students enrolled in courses at the downtown Denver campus. Each Open Lab session is conducted by a different tutor, and each tutor is knowledgeable in different courses and subject areas.
  • Supplemental instruction: A scheduled series of interactive and collaborative weekly study sessions for students enrolled in historically challenging courses.
  • Academic Development Workshops: One-hour workshops designated to help students develop enhanced study skills to handle the challenges of college level coursework. Topics cover important concepts and strategies including time management, learning styles, note taking, testing and test anxiety, as well as many others.
  • Formal Study Groups: An opportunity for students to study collaboratively with their classmates regularly outside of class. The LRC helps interested students organize and conduct productive, outcome based study sessions. Students not only benefit from the knowledge of their peers, they also integrate and retain subject material better when explaining it to others in a small group format.
  • English Language Services: Academic support for students whose first language is not English, includes tutoring and conversation groups to enhance verbal fluency to help with language and current culturally relevant topics.
  • I-Prep Services: I-Prep (Intense Preparation) services are designed to help students brush up on key concepts that are foundational in courses they are currently enrolled in or are preparing to take in the future. I-Prep offers a series of free intense 1/2 day preparation sessions focused on core knowledge areas essential for academic success within specific subjects.


As you can see, the LRC is dedicated to assisting students by offering a number of services and we are excited to answer any questions you or your student might have about how we can help. For more information please contact us today at 303 315-3525.


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Message from the Chancellor, March 2016

Chancellor Horrell and CU Denver

Dear friends,


Warm greetings from the University of Colorado Denver, where I have been privileged to serve as chancellor since the beginning of January. I am grateful for the kind welcome I've received, and honored to be the first permanent chancellor dedicated solely to CU Denver since 2004. You can read about my background here.


Hearing multiple perspectives

 Chancellor Horrell and students

In January I launched the Reach Out and Listen Tour to meet face-to-face with CU Denver constituents across the university and the city. My ultimate goal -- after listening to the needs, priorities and diverse viewpoints of the community -- is to develop a shared vision for CU Denver in the months and years ahead. We're a little more than half-way into the 80-day tour, which includes 25 stops and ends in mid-April. I've met with more than 600 people so far, and each stop has provided an opportunity for open, in-depth discussions about the university's unique strengths and opportunities. If you would like to share your thoughts about CU Denver, you are welcome to complete our brief online questionnaire.


A campus on the rise

Student Commons BuildingI'm hopeful that the outcome of the listening tour will enable us to build on the positive momentum already underway here at CU Denver. The physical facility of the campus has experienced remarkable growth and change in recent years, from the 2012 opening of the Business School building at 15th and Lawrence to the 2014 opening of the Student Commons building at Speer and Larimer. New renovations last fall at the historic Tivoli Student Union created a new community theatre for events, screenings and classes as well as video production labs for the College of Arts & Media. We're about to begin renovations on the North Classroom building (the one on Speer with the big, visible clock), which has seen few updates since its 1987 construction. Finally, we are anticipating breaking ground this summer on the new CU Denver Wellness Center. Students conceived this project and last year led an ambitious campaign for it, voting to pay for the building with student fees.


Maximizing learning in the digital age

CU Denver studentAs a leading urban public research university, CU Denver works to develop academic programs that are relevant in today's rapidly changing world. With students at all levels only a smartphone query away from an answer to any problem, CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development has been working to define the role of the teacher when knowledge is so easily accessible. The new undergraduate Digital Media and Learning minor, launched this semester, is open to students from any discipline and designed to promote the use of emerging technologies in their chosen majors and careers.


Philanthropy supports engineering students

CU Denver students


Just as our faculty are working on the leading edge, donors to CU Denver are accelerating our ability to innovate and support our diverse, purpose-driven students. Here's an example. The new Grover W. Hall, Jr., Memorial Endowed Engineering Scholarship in the College of Engineering and Applied Science simultaneously honors the life of a Denver leader and extends the accessibility of undergraduate engineering education at CU Denver. Mr. Hall, former vice president of technical operations for Lockheed Martin's astronautics division, was a first-generation college student and an advocate for the value of higher education. He developed numerous collaborative arrangements between Lockheed Martin and CU Denver, including student internships and faculty research on corporate projects. His $370,000 bequest is the legacy of his lifetime commitment to ensuring that talented students have the financial assistance they need to surmount obstacles to their progress.


Speaking of empowering talented students to thrive, I'd like to wrap up this update by inviting you to read about some of the remarkable students in our University Honors and Leadership program. Thanks for reading, and for your continued support of CU Denver. Please do pass along this information to others you know who may have an interest. Once again, feel free to share your thoughts on CU Denver through the online survey.


Dorothy Horrell, PhD


September 2015 Edition



Congratulations to you and your student for making it through the first couple weeks of school! The beginning of the school year is always a new and exciting experience for everyone involved. After the excitement of the Welcome Week activities, students are adjusting to class schedules and exploring their new “home away from home”. It can sometimes take a few weeks for students to really feel comfortable with new social and academic routines.

As always, the parent and family e-newsletter is full of great information to help you navigate your student’s higher education journey.


SAVE THE DATE! October 9-11 Parent and Family Weekend!
We hope to see you at the first-ever Parent & Family Weekend coming up on October 9-11, 2015! The weekend will be a good chance to check in with your student and get a better understanding of campus and academic life. Check in and activities begin at 10am on Friday morning. Please note that most of the activities end on Saturday to allow for travel time on Sunday.

Get the full schedule online at


The Parent and Family Program Office is here to support you! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that come up throughout the summer at or 303-315-0491.


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> Getting Involved: Student Clubs and Organizations
By Amanda Kister and Nelson Rodriguez, Office of Student Life


Student Clubs and OrganizationsEncouraging your student to join a student organization will allow for exponential opportunities for leadership building! Being involved allows students to grow and learn as an individual and as a leader on our campus. Through involvement, your student will gain the opportunity to be a part of the CU Denver community, as well as strengthen skills in networking, communication, leadership, and time management. Additionally, students that are involved on campus are more likely to graduate and have an overall positive college experience.

Student organizations at CU Denver bring students together through common interests and passions. Our 120+ student organizations help create a sense of community on our campus through social and cultural programming, academic support, serving/volunteering in our community, preparation for post-graduate and professional programs, and establishing lasting friendships. Student organizations are diverse and may focus on academics, culture, faith/spirituality, service, professional development and more.

How do you get involved? Begin by creating an account on OrgSync, a database which houses all CU Denver student organizations. Through OrgSync, you can browse organizations and access contact information. We also encourage students to attend campus events such as Fall Fest and Spring Fling to meet organizations as they table and recruit. Additionally, first-year and transfer students can schedule a meeting with the Office of Student Life at any time to discuss interests and find an organization that fits!

“Within student organizations you're more likely to make friends, improve your social skills, and graduate on time. You're joining a group of like-minded people, making connections, growing personally and professionally, and gaining unique networking opportunities. It's a win-win situation. At CU Denver, there is a student organization for everyone, you can always find a great community of people to join.”   - Renee Davis, '16

For more information on student organizations please visit:


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> Resource highlight: Peer Advocate Leaders Program


Peer Advocate LeadersThe Peer Advocate Leaders (PAL) Program promotes leadership for all students involved by matching undergraduate student leaders with first year students. The mentoring relationship is designed to foster student engagement and academic success by providing peer-level support that aids student achievement, growth and learning. The PAL leaders were at all of the CU in the Summer events this summer as well as Orientation and New Student Convocation events. They are trained to know and understand the services and activities offered at CU Denver in order to get new students connected and part of the community.

First year students enrolled in First Year Seminar courses will have a PAL assigned to their FYS class. Any student at anytime can request a PAL mentor to help them navigate the university in order to be successful. PALs are trained to work with students in groups and individually. They do an especially great job connecting new students with CU Denver, Auraria Campus and the Denver community. In addition to FYS mentoring, one-on-one or group mentoring, the PAL program provides resources that are helpful to every student. They answer questions like "Where are the best places to study and hangout in the Tivoli?" and "How do I get involved in student organizations?"

Students can request a PAL mentor by using this form. Questions? Want to know more? Contact Lynda Duran at or 303-352-3602.


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May 2015 Edition




The month of May brings big changes here at CU Denver. We want to offer our congratulations to the students who are graduating this semester-Great job! It’s very exciting to know your student accomplished their goals and is moving on to the next adventure in life. Whether your student has just graduated from CU Denver, high school or is somewhere in between, we know that the summer always brings new and exciting adventures.


Regardless of what your student will be doing during the summer, it’s important to have conversations with your student about expectations for the summer. Asking these important questions at the beginning will help to avoid misunderstandings and confusion down the road:


  • What do they have planned for the summer?
  • How will they stay safe with a bit of extra free time?
  • How will they manage their time without a structured class schedule?
  • How will they prepare for the coming school year?
  • If they are returning home, what new or changed responsibilities will they have?
  • Will they have any additional financial responsibilities?


Planning is underway for Parent and Family Weekend 2015! Please make sure to mark your calendars for Friday, October 9- Sunday, October 11. Events will begin on Friday and continue through the weekend. More details to come.


For those of you whose students will be coming to CU Denver for the first time this Fall, be sure to RSVP for Welcome Week events. Events for parents and family include New Student Convocation, Lynx Day of Service and the First Generation Student & Family Event (Registration Information in “Upcoming Events” section of this newsletter). We look forward to seeing you at Orientation and again at the exciting Welcome Week events!

The Parent and Family Program Office is here to support you! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that come up throughout the summer at or 303-315-0491.


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> Housing Questions and Discussion Topics
By Rachel Harder and Ed Garton, CU Denver Housing and Residential Education


Housing Near CU DenverAre you unsure of what to look for in student housing, or even which questions you should ask? Housing is a huge part of the college experience, and ensuring you and your student find the “right” place, with the “right” fit can be crucial. CU Denver does not own or manage any properties; this means all student housing is considered off-campus. This also means students have the freedom to look at options. However with options comes the task of researching, sorting, and narrowing down these different choices. Half the battle in securing housing is being able to ask the “right” questions when looking at prospective options.


Knowing what to ask may help you and your student to narrow down choices. As you embark on your search for housing, remember to ask questions about the “Four P’s.” These include: precautions (safety measures), payments (financial information), programming (in regards to fit, amenities, and student programming that is provided), and policy (housing policy and procedures that are in place).


Ensuring your student’s safety is likely a top priority; it can be difficult to know which questions to ask. We recommend inquiring about specific security measures such as, whether or not the building is locked at all times, is there someone watching the front desk, etc. Additionally, gaining an understanding of the property’s plan in emergency situations (e.g., severe weather) may be important.


Secondly, understanding the payment plan and how the property manages student payments will assist in cutting down on problems that may arise throughout the school year. For example, how does this property work with financial aid, what happens if a payment is missed or cannot be made, what does the payment process look like, and how much access will you have to your student’s financial information are all topics to consider prior to deciding on a specific property.


A third area of questioning to consider has to do with what may be the “right” fit for you and your student. Asking questions such as how close or far is it from campus and what will this mean for commuting can be helpful. Also, talking with your student about how important having a “traditional” student housing experience is; this means deciding if having RA’s, floor programming, and dorm-style living are important aspects of housing for you. If not, you may also want to consider broadening your housing search to include other options (e.g., apartment homes that are not student specific). Additionally, asking about a meal plan option, roommate placement services, room-change policies, assistance for roommate conflicts, expectations for a RA, and is there any programming in place can help to narrow down your options.


A final area to consider has to with the specific housing policy. For example having a thorough understanding of the leasing procedure, lease termination policy, and any ADA accommodations may assist you in your search.


After deciding on which housing choice will work for you and your student, there are also several discussions that may be helpful for parent(s)/guardians to have with their students and for students to have with their parent(s)/guardians, before leaving to college. Having these discussions before college, may help cut down on miscommunications and stress throughout the school year. These discussions may range from a variety of topics including: finances (who will pay for what, who is responsible if the money “runs out,” etc.), household responsibilities (does your student know how to cook, clean, do laundry, and when is a good time to start learning these skills), moving out (is it best to stay at home or move out, how does this change the rules in place now, etc.), academic expectations (what is expected for class attendance and grades), work (is your student expected to work during college), and expectations around drug and alcohol use. Having these conversations early will help lay the groundwork for direct communication and clear expectations throughout the school year.


For more information on housing please visit:


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> Teaching Your Student to intervene Safely
By Sarah Berg, The Phoenix Center at Auraria


Safe InterventionAs your student transitions to summer from a successful year at CU Denver or from high school graduation, they will be exposed to new people and have new experiences. It’s normal that you may be worried about making sure their new friends and pastimes are good ones! Now is a great time to remind your student about treating others with respect and talk about how to safely step in if they see someone else in trouble.


At The Phoenix Center at Auraria (PCA), we help students, faculty, and staff who have experienced interpersonal violence (relationship violence, sexual assault, and stalking), or those who are concerned about someone who has. Perhaps more importantly, though, we work with folks to prevent these situations from happening in the first place! To do this, we offer Bystander Intervention training, which discusses how to identify a potentially dangerous situation and helps folks find a safe way to get involved. These tips aren’t just for preventing violence, either! They can be used to help others in so many ways.


The PCA teaches the “Circles of Safety” approach to Bystander Intervention, which is a guideline for brainstorming how to get involved in a situation. There are lots of valid reasons why people choose not to intervene, most commonly because they just don’t know what to do. This framework provides a few options that allow people to intervene in a way that feels comfortable to them.


  • Outer circle: Alerting Authority. If you see something that looks wrong or dangerous, perhaps an authority figure like a professor, student affairs staff person, or police officer would know how to help. Consider asking the bartender to get involved when someone is being pressured to drink more, telling your professor about a concern for a classmate who is struggling in class, or call 911 if you see immediate danger.
  • Middle circle: Empowering Allies. Maybe you don’t know this peer well enough to approach them with concern, but you do know their close friend(s). Ask the friend(s) to check on someone who is engaging in risky behavior, whether you are concerned they might get hurt OR that they might hurt someone else.
  • Inner circle: the Direct approach. If you’re comfortable doing so, you can interrupt a situation to prevent something bad from happening. Try to separate two people who are arguing, ask someone if they need help, or tell the person being disruptive that their behavior is not ok. Even just a moment of interruption could diffuse the situation.


We encourage you to chat with your student about how they might choose to intervene when they see someone else in trouble. Try a few different scenarios—how would they help if they witnessed a car accident? What if they saw their friend yelling at and pushing a classmate? How about if they saw someone encouraging a person to drink more when it seems like they may have already had enough?

Oftentimes, individuals are in a position to intervene in a variety of situations, but without the tools do so safely, people may freeze in the moment or assume that someone else will take charge. It’s important to remember that doing something, however small it may seem, can make a difference.

If your student wants more advice on staying safe and helping others, encourage them to check out our workshops on Bystander Intervention, Self-Defense, and more!

The Phoenix Center at Auraria’s mission is to implement campus response services, provide education, and facilitate dialogue related to IPV in the Auraria community.


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> Upcoming Events


  • 8.5.15 “HANGOUT” with Parent & Family Program, 6:30pm, Online- join us from anywhere to have last minute questions answered before school starts
  • 8.14.15 New Student Convocation, 3:00pm, Tivoli Commons- Students and Guests Welcome- SIGN UP AT ORIENTATION!
  • 8.15.15 New Student Lynx Day of Service, 9:00am, Auraria Field- Students & Guests Welcome- SIGN UP AT ORIENTATION
  • 9.17.15 First Generation Student & Family Event, 5:00pm, Tivoli 320- Students & Guests Welcome- RSVP:


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March/April 2015 Edition




Despite the snow and chill we feel here in Colorado, spring is just around the corner! And, along with spring comes the pressure of mid-terms and the long-awaited arrival of Spring Break (March 23-27). Most students will be going home, working, visiting friends, or traveling.


Regardless of what your student will be doing during this much needed break, these tips will help to make it safe, fun, and relaxing for both you and your student:


  • Recognize that your student’s schedule will be very different than their typical school week
  • Develop a communication plan between you and your student to stay in touch
  • Encourage your student to be safe if consuming alcohol or engaging in sexual activity
  • If your student is traveling during the break, advise them to share information about hotels, flights, driving directions, and the cell phone numbers of friends
  • Promote responsible behavior such as wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, drinking plenty of water and eating healthy
  • Ask your student how they feel about the semester so far and how they plan to succeed after break


For more information about safe Spring Breaks, check out


The Parent and Family Programs Office is here to support you! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that come up throughout the semester at or 303-315-0260.


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> University of Colorado Internships in All Shapes and Sizes: Get the ‘Who, What, When, Where, and Why Here!
By Stephanie Vannucci, Internship Advisor/Coordinator


Often times there is confusion regarding the question, what exactly is an internship? The concept can get confused with service learning, volunteering, independent studies, study abroad, part-time employment, work study, research projects, and more, but it is truly unique from all these experiences.


Simply put, internships provide industry experience that directly relates to a student's major field of study. Interns will set clearly defined goals, learn transferable skills under the training of professionals in their field, and receive constructive feedback and supervision. The Experiential Learning Center (ELC) team works hard to ensure that your student’s internship experience is legitimate, valuable, and beneficial to their learning process.


Depending on the student’s program of study, they may be eligible for an academic internship and are able to earn credit towards their degree! Many students elect an internship as a classroom alternative while others participate in our not-for-credit internship program. The ELC has an internship database of over 3000 active employers and an average of 250-450 internships available at any one time. Students can sign up for InternLink to browse both paid and unpaid opportunities.


The benefits of internships for college students are limitless! CU Denver has a strong support and advisory system to guide students through the process. Interns gain invaluable real world experience during a semester long immersion into the work cycle of an organization. Internship experience proves time and time again to be a top factor in separating experienced job seekers from other candidates with similar education backgrounds. Not only are job recruiters more impressed by recent graduates who can boast internship experiences on their resumes, but the entire process exposes students to professional networking contacts, improved work ethic, and an insider’s glimpse into their chosen field. Students report that internships play an important role in confirming and clarifying their major and career choice. Internships allow students to step outside of the classroom and enjoy a practical learning experience via mentoring relationships, on-the-job training, and professional feedback, all with the support and guidance of the Internship Advisors on staff in the Experiential Learning Center.


Students of ALL majors should explore internship opportunities! Internships can be executed once 15 credits have been completed at CU Denver.


Internships are offered in spring, summer and fall; they typically last one semester, but some extend across multiple semesters. The amount of time spent at their internship site may range from 5-40 hours per week, depending on how many credits (if any) the student is earning and the availability of the student and employer. It is never too early to start thinking about internships!


There are a wide range of possibilities available in all fields, from companies such as National Geographic and National Park Service to Sports Authority at Mile High, the Big 4 accounting firms, and Pixar, Lyric House and Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre, to name a few! Most students complete their internships in the Denver metro area, however sometimes students travel domestically or internationally for summer internships.


Send your student to the ELC today! CU Denver’s Experiential Learning Center (ELC) is the only one of its kind in Colorado, with an “everything under one roof” commitment to helping students connect with hands-on learning opportunities outside of the classroom.


Students should stop by the ELC (Tivoli Student Union, 260) or call the front desk at (303)556-6656 to sign up for one of our daily Internship Workshops where they will connect with advisors and get the process started!


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> Resource Highlight: The University of Colorado Denver Office of Case Management
By Katelyn Rossler, Case Manager


CU Denver InternshipsWorried about your student? Are you noticing changes in their behavior? Do you want to reach out and talk with them about what's going on, but you're not sure how to approach them? Think your student could benefit from resources and supports on campus? The CU Denver Office of Case Management can help!


The University of Colorado Denver Office of Case Management was established in January 2013 to better serve the needs of the campus community and struggling students. Case management services foster student growth, development, and success by assisting students dealing with areas related to mental health, emotional wellbeing, and safety. Case managers provide intervention, advocacy, resources and referrals as well as follow-up services for students who are experiencing significant difficulties.


Case managers support students struggling to navigate the university system, students with current and emerging mental or physical health issues, and students experiencing issues adjusting to academic and social life. The office can assist with reviewing and identifying academic options for a student, as well as providing support in pursuing what is best for the student in that semester. Case Managers coordinate student services and provide referrals to the appropriate resources on campus such as the Student and Community Counseling Center, Office of the Registrar, Office of Financial Aid, Academic Success and Advising Center, Disability Resources and Services, Student Mental Health Services, Women’s Resource Center, and various student advocacy offices.


In addition to supporting students, case managers are also available to consult with faculty, staff, parents, and concerned others any time they are worried about a student's behavior. As a parent, it can be difficult to know that your student may be struggling with some aspect of the college experience, but not know where to go to receive support. Case managers can help guide students and parents to appropriate campus resources and assist with supporting the student in his or her success here at University of Colorado Denver.


To contact a case manager, please call 303-352-3579, email, or visit


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> National Search for New Chancellor


CU Denver InternshipsThe university is conducting a national search for a new chancellor of CU Denver. Jerry Wartgow has been serving as interim chancellor since September, when former chancellor Don Elliman left CU Denver to concentrate his efforts on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Review of applications is currently underway with the goal of having a new chancellor by July. As chief academic and administrative officer of the CU Denver campus, the chancellor is responsible for the conduct and affairs of CU Denver, enhancing its role as a leading public urban research institution.


For more information regarding the CU Denver chancellor search, please visit the Chancellor Search page.


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January/February 2015 Edition


> Happy 2015!


With the start of the New Year, many students will return to campus with goals to do better this semester than the last. We look forward to students becoming more successful through their journey at CU Denver. Parents and family members might be concerned about their student’s academic performance during the fall semester. Please be assured that the transition to college is tough and can result in lower-than-expected grade point averages. It is best to continue to be a support for your student while balancing the expectations of accountability and high academic success. There are many resources on campus promote academic and emotional success including:



If your student was academically successful, be sure to congratulate and celebrate that achievement. Students work very hard over the semester to complete requirements and accomplish their goals.


I would like to welcome all new parents and families of students who are starting at CU Denver this semester, whether transferring from another institution or starting as a freshman, we want to welcome to the CU Denver community! I hope that you will be an active member of our community, participate in our upcoming events, and contact us with any questions that may come up.


Best wishes for a great start to the spring semester!


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> Advising at CU Denver


Students studying abroad in China“Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful college experience.” -Richard J. Light, Professor of Education & Public Policy, Harvard University


Many students feel they can get through school on their own without help from an advisor. However, through academic advising, students learn to identify their strengths and weaknesses; develop important educational plans that align with their interests, abilities, and career and life aspirations; and become aware of academic policies and expectations. While your support is important to promoting student success, it is essential that you encourage your student to take the lead on making the most of their educational experience and to meet regularly with their academic advisor.


The relationship between student and advisor is one of shared responsibility. Advisors can guide students toward reaching sound academic decisions by helping students discuss their interests and options, reflect on experiences (good and bad), and to explore possibilities. Advisors are also well connected with various campus and community resources, so if your student encounters a situation outside our scope or expertise, we can connect them with the most appropriate support resources.


At CU Denver, there are nine undergraduate advising resources to help students attain this goal. Students are assigned to one of the advising offices based on their major. Appointments are strongly encouraged particularly during peak advising times, so students should contact their advising office throughout the year to schedule a meeting. The busiest times for advisors is at the beginning of the semester, after the first exams, and once academic advising starts for the next semester. You can help by reminding students to of these peak times and suggesting that the student schedule outside of these times.


Academic advising provides students with the foundation for a successful and meaningful college experience, and it is an integral part of student success. Registration for the fall 2015 semester begins in April. Your assistance in reminding your student to schedule an early appointment will help him or her get started in a positive way.


Please note that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents CU Denver from releasing your student’s information to anyone without his or her written consent. For your student to continue to develop their independence and self-sufficiency, it is vital that he or she takes the initiatives to meet with his or her advisor and campus personnel individually throughout their undergraduate studies.


As cheerleaders for your student, your continued support in this transitional time is vital as your student continues their academic journey. The Parent & Family Program staff is a resource for you as you may also be going through a transition or if this is your first student in college. Questions and concerns will be addressed by staff or directed to the appropriate offices.


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> Studying Abroad


Study abroad is a valuable academic opportunity for all students, and the Office of Global Education is here to make it a reality for your student.


CU Denver students have the opportunity to study in almost any country in the world, while earning credit toward their degrees and gaining a valuable international experience. Study abroad programs range from short-term, semester-long, to a year, and are available for all different schools and majors. There are numerous scholarships and funding options available. The Office of Global Education can help your student find the right study abroad program, and guide them through every step of the process.


Study abroad is an investment that enhances a student’s personal, educational and career development. Study abroad is proven to have numerous benefits, beyond the obvious perks of visiting somewhere new and earning credits. For many students, study abroad is a life changing experience that creates personal growth in new and unexpected ways. Statistically, after studying abroad, GPAs rise and the likelihood of reaching graduation increases. Students learn about other cultures and expand their global perspective. Study abroad helps increase self-confidence, and fosters a sense of independence and responsibility. Study abroad also offers many practical benefits, such as building stronger resumes, giving students a competitive edge in the job market, and teaching useful language skills. Contrary to popular belief, study abroad does not hinder students from graduating in four years. In fact, research shows that students are more likely to graduate on time if they participate in a study abroad program.


There are countless study abroad programs available, and the Office of Global Education can help find the right one to meet your student’s unique needs, goals, and degree plan. CU Denver Global Study programs are short-term (Maymester, Winterim, or Summer, 2-6 weeks), and are led by some of our best faculty for direct CU Denver credit. These affordable programs are a great option to fit study abroad into any student’s budget or time-frame. This Maymester, we have programs going to London, Brazil, Japan, and Guatemala, just to name a few! In addition, we offer two semester-long Global Study programs: Semester in Beijing and Sustainability in Berlin. Students also have the option to study abroad with a non-CU Denver program.


Study abroad can seem out of reach for many families, but this doesn’t have to be the case. There exists a wealth of funding and scholarship opportunities, and some programs, such as the CU Denver Semester in Beijing, have comparable costs to a semester at home. If your student currently receives financial aid, grants, loans, or scholarships, all of these funds can be applied towards study abroad. CU Denver offers the Global Study Scholarship, and there are numerous external scholarship options, both public and private, for study abroad. Our office, in conjunction with the Financial Aid Office and the Scholarship Resource, will work with your student to secure funding for study abroad.


Safety is a top priority for the Office of Global Education. Students must attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation (parents are welcome to attend). We monitor the updates on health and safety issues around the world, and we have negotiated an affordable, comprehensive international emergency health and evacuation insurance policy for all CU Denver students.


The first step for students is to set an appointment with a study abroad advisor in the Office of Global Education. This can be done through our website at


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> Discounts for Students


Students studying abroad in China
UniverCity Key


Has your student heard of UniverCity Key? UniverCity Key is a discount program designed to connect CU Denver students to surrounding attractions and services in downtown Denver! UniverCity Key is very simple to use:


  1. Check out the UniverCity Key website to find what businesses are participating
  2. Frequent those businesses using the provided instructions (showing school ID, using the shopping discount code provided, etc.) and receive discounts on purchases!


There are discounts on many attractions around the Denver area as well as hotels, restaurants, entertainment and many more!


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> The Lynx Center


Students studying abroad in ChinaOur Mission | to provide centralized information that fosters student success

Our Vision | to be the destination for referrals, resources and solutions


The first couple weeks of the semester can be hectic, the Lynx Center is here to help your student locate classes, get connected with essential resources, and provide continued support throughout their academic career here at the University of Colorado Denver. Please encourage your student to contact us if they have any questions or need help.


Student Commons Building, Suite 1107 | Monday - Friday, 8-5 | 303.315.LYNX (5969) | |


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> Upcoming Events


Events for Current Students

  • Hypnotist with Free Giveaways & Pizza- January 29, 2015 Tivoli 320s 5:00pm
  • Open Mic Night- February 4, 2015 Multicultural Lounge 4pm-6pm
  • Engineering Internship & Job Fair- February 5, 2015 Tivoli Turnhalle 11am-3pm
  • Appetizers Around the World- February 9, 2015 Tivoli Turnhalle 12pm-2pm
  • Spring Internship & Job Fair- February 10, 2015 Tivoli Turnhalle 11am-3pm


Events for Everyone

  • Kevin Pearce, “The Crash Reel” February 4, 2015 Tivoli Turnhalle 12pm (noon)
  • Black History Month Celebration- February 6, 2015 Tivoli Turnhalle 8am-4pm
  • NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley and special host Danny Elfman February 20, 2015 King Center 7:30pm-10:00pm
  • CU Denver Piano Fest with Guest Artists Taylor Eigsti- February 26, 2015 King Center 7:30pm


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Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14

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Talking Tips

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What are your plans for Spring Break & how will you stay safe?

Are you taking summer classes?

Are you considering an internship?

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