Blink and summer’s over. To me, it seems like just
yesterday we were exploring new ways to create a culture of collaboration at
our annual Student Affairs Conference, and now it’s already time to welcome our
students to the new academic year.
I hope you were able to squeeze in some time to
relax and recharge. You’ll probably agree with me that even a few days away, a
little time spent with family and friends, goes a long way toward preparing for
the exciting challenges ahead.
& the flywheel
Thinking back to our conference, teamwork’s been on
my mind. You may remember that last year at this time we were talking about the
role of the flywheel in machines and in organizations—how even a small part can
make a huge difference when everyone’s pushing together to move it forward. We
all did that last year, leaning our shoulders into the flywheel and moving it
forward together to better support our students.
And now, building on our conference focus on
teamwork, we’re ready to push even harder. I see it when I look around. Every
team continues to challenge itself to find new approaches and new solutions
to elevate our efforts supporting graduation success.
I’m proud of several new collaborative efforts in
the works between our two campus locations. Through the Phoenix Center at
Auraria, we’re bringing services to victims of interpersonal violence at the
new Phoenix Center at CU Anschutz. It was imperative that we create this
resource for our students, staff and faculty, and with the strong support of CU
Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman, we’re moving forward quickly and the center’s
first victim service coordinator has been hired.
The CU Denver Student Wellness Center and the CU
Anschutz Office of Student Health Promotion are teaming up to survey students
at both locations in an effort to collect precise data about student health,
leading to the development of campus wellness programs that best reflect the
needs of the student body. The American College Health Association (ACHA)
student health assessment survey is planned for this fall. Stay tuned!
You can read more about both initiatives in
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jan Gascoigne’s recent CU Anschutz update.
We’ve also got a new student communications
strategy in the works. Starting Aug. 7, the CU Denver and CU Anschutz weekly
e-newsletter will be sent to all students, it'll be posted online and shared on social media. So, if you have events or updates to contribute, you
better do it now. As I wrote earlier, the new semester will be here before we
know it! Contact Marcia.Neville@ucdenver.edu at CU Denver or Stacy.Steepe@ucdenver.edu at CU Anschutz.
I feel like I don’t say it often enough, so a big ‘thank
you for all you do’ to each and every division staff member. Our students’
success is in your hands which I believe makes them very lucky indeed.
Let’s tackle this new academic year together!