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Preparing for fall

Remember summer vacation when you were a child? That release from school and teachers and schedules couldn’t come fast enough.
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School’s out for summer
I think that little kid in all of us still has a fondness for the summer months. I’m sure we’re all grateful for a little time to take a deep breath, regroup and recharge our batteries a bit. I know that although I miss the buzz of activity when our students are here and classes are in full swing, I enjoy the relaxed campus atmosphere that the summer months provide. 

The break always makes late June a great time for us to take a day to connect with one another and learn some new professional development tools at our annual Division of Student Affairs Conference. Thanks to all of you who attended, to those of you who presented and especially to the organizing committee which coordinated a solid educational and networking opportunity for their colleagues.
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You’re invited- Fall Kickoff
Now, I’d like to invite you to a new division tradition— our first annual Fall Kickoff Event. Please mark August 4 on your calendar and plan to join me and all of your colleagues as we set a course for the new academic year. We’ll gather in the CU Denver Student Commons Building, room 2600 and 2500-A, from 8:00 to
10:00 a.m. This is an opportunity for us to reflect on our successes, grab some breakfast, high five with Milo, network with co-workers and get energized about the academic year ahead.

No summer slowdown
Of course, summer’s pretty intense for some of our staff members and we’re grateful for their continued dedication.  Our mandatory New Student Orientations, sometimes two a week, have kept a variety of division areas hopping and provide our incoming students with a strong first connection to the university. The summer focus for the Center for Pre-Collegiate and Academic Outreach Programs is bringing prospective students to campus in a continued effort to prepare first-generation students to attend college.
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Admission Promise milestone
The division reached many milestones this past academic year, including one in our Admission Promise program which was created to help community college transfer to CU Denver as seamlessly as possible. Among our 1700 spring graduates were the first two students to receive bachelor’s degrees through the program. I encourage you to read more about Admission Promise, its intent, and the experience of these first two graduates in the “What’s New” section of this newsletter.

K-12 Outreach milestone
Another milestone was reached by our K-12 Outreach staff which nearly doubled their projected numbers for the 2015- 2016 academic year when they connected with more than 11,000 prospective students! The staff brought more than 6300 students to campus, they visited schools and attended career fairs and taught financial literacy.

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These early, positive student connections to CU Denver are exactly what we had in mind when we developed the K-12 Outreach team. Their efforts are key in developing our pipeline to Admissions.

Passion for wellness
And, I’m happy to announce another milestone— we’ve hired our first executive director for the new, still to be officially named, CU Denver Wellness Center. Her name’s Amber Long and she joins us from the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Kirmayer Fitness Center where she’s served as director for the past four years. Amber’s been a regular visitor to Colorado and has always wanted to live here. We’re glad to offer her the opportunity! I know you’ll be as impressed with her passion, expertise and enthusiasm as I am.

See you August 4
So, as we work our way toward the fall, get ready to meet Amber, be sure to greet any Orientation or Pre-Collegiate students you see on campus, enjoy the slower summer pace and mark August 4 on your calendar. I look forward to seeing you at our Kickoff Event.
Let’s get this new academic year started!


Raul Cardenas, PhD, Vice Chancellor, CU Denver | Anschutz Division of Student Affairs

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