One thing you can always count on around here is that things are going to change. We’re constantly adapting to new situations and new realities as we work to better serve our University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus students. That’s why I’m so pleased with the CU Denver division staffing changes we recently announced.
With individuals and entire areas moving around, it may take a scorecard to keep track of it all for a while, but it’s all very exciting. Looking at our organizational chart, we saw opportunities to streamline and improve our services by retooling some of our reporting structure and reassigning some staff members.
Of course, there are always personal concerns when change takes place. But, once we realize that these moves aren’t meant to be disruptive but to position us to better serve our students, the easier they are to understand and accept.
Among the restructuring changes is a new leadership position in the Office of the Registrar that will allow the Registrar to focus on high level initiatives. Some areas, like Student Development are brand new. Other areas like Student Life (now Student Life and Campus Community) have new names and some new faces. And, both of those areas are now part of the newly named Student Engagement and Partnerships group along with Veteran Services, Events, the Career Center and Divisional Communications.
Like I said, we may need a scorecard for a while! We are in a never-ending assessment of what is best for our students and I thank all of you for your continuing patience and support. As always, if you have any questions or concerns you’re always welcome to contact me directly.
Your day to learn & grow professionally
think about June, I look back at the recently completed academic year. I look
ahead to the new semester on the horizon. But, what I look forward to most this
time of year is our Student Affairs Conference. This was a concept I made a
priority when I arrived at CU Denver | Anschutz almost five years ago. I wanted
to be certain that my staff had access to a high quality, free and convenient
Plan to attend our Student Affairs
happy to say the conference caught on quickly and has gotten better every single
year. This year’s conference will be held on June 23 at CU Anschutz. The theme
is Expanding your Professional Toolbox, offering us the chance to learn together
and leave with new skills to assist us in our own personal career development
as well as in the work we do to benefit our students.
my expectation that every staff member will plan to attend the full day if
their work schedule allows. I know that job duties might keep some of us from
committing to the that but I hope that everyone will be able to be there for at
least part of the conference. I encourage you to register
You’ll get a chance to network, catch up with old colleagues, meet new ones and
add some tools to your toolkit. But, if you’re still not convinced, here’s the
clincher—you’ll get a free lunch!
got big news to report this month about our Connection
newsletter. Not only does this edition mark a full year of monthly
distributions, this is the first issue to be housed on our public website
instead of the private intranet. That means readers (like you and me!) will no
longer need a university login to access the articles. Everyone can easily read
them and share them through social media, emails or websites.
The Connection was
designed to become the division’s main communications tool, to keep us updated
on timely information and connect us as a division. Moving forward on a public
platform, I expect the newsletter will also provide us new ways to connect with
both our campus and external communities. When you have news or feedback to
share, just contact
our friendly communications team and they’ll take it from
See you at our conference
So, let’s all take a deep breath, enjoy the summer and get ready
for the Class of 2020 and all of our incoming and returning students. The way I
figure it, the best way to prepare is to take a day for ourselves and attend
the Student Affairs Conference together. When you network with co-workers and add
new tools to your professional toolkit, you not only benefit yourself, you also
benefit the division and the students we serve.
this your personal invitation. See you at the
Raul Cardenas, PhD, Vice Chancellor, CU Denver | Anschutz
Division of Student Affairs
with me by email at VCRaul@ucdenver.edu, on Twitter
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