Wellness Center teamwork
One example of teamwork and collaboration within the
division and well beyond is our new CU Denver Student Wellness Center. Conceived and promoted by
student leaders, supported by the division and university leadership, approved
by a student vote and ultimately approved by the University of Colorado Board of Regents, the center is truly evidence of what can be accomplished when we
all team up and work together.
Have you stopped by the construction site recently?
Actually, the walls are going up so quickly, you don’t even need to get close,
you can spot the steady growth of the new building from all the way across
campus. I’ve stood in the middle of the locker rooms and the pool’s already in!
Culture of wellness
Not only that, but even before the physical space is ready,
the center’s Executive Director Amber Long is already bringing a new emphasis
on wellness to our campus community. I was thrilled to see how many staff
members took on, and benefitted from Amber’s lunch hour 30-Day
Wellness Challenge at
the beginning of the year, and her weekly Wellness
Wednesday Yoga sessions in the Student Commons Building have been a big hit.
Amber and the center offer us all the opportunity to focus
on our workplace wellness in addition to our own personal wellness. Whether it’s
fitness activities with coworkers over the lunch hour, nurturing workplace
relationships or sharing healthy snacks, there are many ways we can team up for
better individual and office health and we’re lucky to have Amber to guide us.
So much has been achieved with the wellness center project
in just a few short years and I’m totally in awe of the teamwork it represents.
A lot of people said a Student Wellness Center at CU Denver wouldn’t happen,
but we just said ‘watch us!’ The center is proof that big things can happen
when people come together.
Invitation to join me
Which brings me back to our May conference and its focus on
creating a culture of collaboration. I’d like to personally invite each and
every one of you to register
now and plan to join me for this full day of professional
development and team building. Even better, plan to participate in the day as a
presenter. Each one of us has plenty of team building skills in our
professional toolkit that would benefit our colleagues and I encourage you to submit
a presentation proposal to the program committee
before April 18. All the details and the submission form are waiting for you
Taking a day to focus on our teams will help us build
stronger relationships and identify new opportunities for collaboration as we
strive to provide our students with the most ideal university experience
Besides, the conference is a lot of fun!
I’m looking forward to seeing you May 31.