UP FOR STUDENTS
a doubt, this is my time of year. I was privileged to participate in both the
CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campus Commencement ceremonies, and I was
able to attend our annual Student Affairs Conference with all of you. Both
events put me in my happy place.
Collaboration & teamwork
I enjoyed seeing so many of you at the conference. We set a record when more than 200 people registered to attend! My
thanks to the conference planning committee. They provided us with a fun and
informative day which I expect will lead to stronger teams and elevated support
of our students. I hope each of you came away with a new skill to add to your
a culture of collaboration, building teamwork in the workplace, is crucial to
how we approach our job roles as student affairs professionals and I was glad
we were able to take a day to really dig into the ways we can collaborate and
team up for student success. When I played high school sports, we didn’t have
any superstar athletes, but as a team we exceeded expectations when we put our
trust in one another and believed that each of us would do the job we were
assigned to do. Trust in your teammates is the critical requirement. To me,
that’s the essence of team. The conference gave us all the opportunity to
reflect on our own teams and our ongoing commitment to working together.
Shout out to volunteers
thanks also to all the volunteers who made the end of our academic year such a
big success. Disability Resources and Services reports that 11 volunteers assisted with delivering and proctoring 283 exams. Scholarships and Student Development
volunteers spent 35 hours reading more than 6800 scholarship application essays
and resumes. And, Commencement was staffed by the largest volunteer team ever.
Now, that really demonstrates our teamwork and commitment to our students and
I’m grateful to all of you who participated in these important volunteer
always, I sat at Commencement bursting with pride. This year we awarded more
than 900 degrees to health professionals at CU Anschutz. Imagine the impact
they will have on our world!
At CU Denver, we graduated nearly 2,000 students including several
affairs staffers and graduate assistants, as well as many of our
leaders and student employees. We can even count a new EdD-holder
among our colleagues. Congratulations to Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student
Retention and Success Sam Kim, EdD, who received his Doctorate of Education in
Leadership for Educational Equity.
ahead to the end of the month, our next gathering and celebration will be June 29 at the CU Denver Student Wellness Center construction site. You’ve probably
noticed how quickly the building’s going up and it’s already time for the
traditional Topping Out ceremony where the building’s final beam will be hoisted
into place. We’re all invited to come sign the beam that morning beginning at
8:00 a.m., then watch as it’s set in place at 10:00 a.m.
the wellness center serves as a symbol of university-wide teamwork and
collaboration. From the students past and present who dreamed it up, to our
student affairs team and university leadership who supported it, the center was,
and continues to be, a true team effort. Let’s plan to celebrate that together on
Raul Cardenas, PhD, Vice Chancellor, CU Denver | Anschutz Division of Student Affairs