head’s spinning right now, how ‘bout yours? Our many back-to-school events
generated so much excitement and the anticipation for all that awaits us this
new academic year is sky high. It’s all wildly energizing. And, just a little
exhausting at the same time!
Shout out to staff & volunteers
staff and our campus partners worked so hard to kick the year off and get our
students settled in. Thanks to our Events & Partnerships team and all of
you who volunteered. From CU Denver New
Student Convocation to CU Anschutz Welcome Wednesday, you
provided our students with a campus welcome they’re sure to remember for years
enjoy the opportunity these traditions give me to talk with students, staff and
faculty in a relaxed atmosphere. I also enjoy listening to the messages
delivered by the diverse variety of featured speakers, including one who
actually quoted one of my favorite television characters, the eternally
optimistic Leslie Knope, from “Parks and Recreation.” More on that in a moment.
First-time gathering at CU Anschutz
Anschutz, our division colleagues and other student affairs professionals from
all the campus schools and colleges met for the first annual Student
Affairs Academic Year Kickoff Event. The gathering underscored
the common goal across both our campuses to increase our collaborations to
elevate student success.
Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman set the tone for the morning, and the future,
with his opening remarks. “I’ll have more soon on the campus-wide efforts that
are in the works to help break down our silos and encourage our schools and
colleges to work together more,” he said. “There’s no reason we shouldn’t be
interacting more and learning from each other. This meeting is a good step in
Positive enrollment news
with all the back-to-school events came the encouraging news that CU
Denver enrollment is up indicating that our admissions recruiting
efforts continue moving in the right direction. The final census report comes
out next week, but early numbers tell us that undergraduate enrollment is up
three percent and our class of more than 1500 incoming freshman is our largest
ever. Additionally, our largest class of incoming transfer students continues a
3-year upward trend and, for the fourth straight year, our freshman class is
more diverse than ever before. Nearly sixty percent of the class is a racial or
State of the Campus
that’s just the beginning. For a snapshot of what’s next and a discussion of CU
strategic priorities, I encourage you to attend one of Chancellor
Dorothy Horrell’s two State
of the Campus addresses on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at either 8:30
a.m. or 3:30 p.m. Both will be held in the Lawrence Street Center Terrace Room
on the second floor.
SGA president & Leslie Knope
back to “Parks and Recreation” television character Leslie Knope. I had to
smile at New Student Orientation when Student Government Association (SGA) President
Grecia Portillo quoted her. Grecia told our incoming students
her own personal story of being the first in her family to attend college. She
talked about her own fear. She described how the support systems at CU Denver
helped her overcome those fears. And, she encouraged her fellow students to
seek out resources to help them face down their own fears.
she pulled out the words of Knope to drive it all home. “There’s nothing we can’t do if we work hard, never sleep,
and shirk all other responsibilities in our lives.”
Grecia made you smile, didn’t she?
While Knope’s mantra may be a little extreme, many of us share her
optimism. So, let’s keep on smiling and make this the best academic year yet!
Raul Cardenas, PhD, Vice Chancellor, CU Denver | Anschutz Division of Student Affairs
Please contact Bonnie Hixson to schedule a time to meet