Issue 34 | May 3, 2018
Share your expertise! Presentation proposal deadline extended: The new deadline to submit your Student Affairs Conference presentation proposal is Tuesday, May 8, so you’ve still got some time. Our annual conference for student affairs professional staff will be held Wednesday, June 27, at CU Anschutz and explore the concepts of CommUnity – building it & sustaining it. You’ll find details, the proposal application & registration on the conference webpage. Need some guidance preparing your proposal? Natalie Yslas is happy to help!
VOLUNTEER & support students
- Disability Resources & Services: Deliver & proctor final exams, details and contact information online.
- Commencement Ceremonies: Experience graduation day in a whole new way. Contact Kelly.A.Mason to volunteer at CU Denver. For CU Anschutz, email Zack Strober.
Summer newsletter plans: We’ll be taking a little time off from our weekly student newsletters & plan to pick back up in early August. Looking for updates? Check the CU Denver & CU Anschutz “Campus Happenings” student newsletter webpages. Our staff newsletters will continue on an as-needed basis. Use our handy-dandy online form for your submissions. Thanks!
Commencement, Conference, CommUnity
Anyone who’s been on my staff a while knows what I’m going to say. I love this time of year! Our Student Affairs Conference is coming up and Commencement is right around the corner. That makes me a happy man.
Friday, May 4, 12:30pm – 3pm
If you’re looking for an impactful way to experience Commencement, I highlyrecommend you volunteer to help out our events team. Contact Kelly A. Mason about volunteering at CU Denver and Zack Strober at CU Anschutz. It’s a great way to offer your support to our students one final time and gives you a whole new Commencement Day experience.
The CU Denver student ‘edge’
I was recently asked what sage advice I have for our graduating CU Denver students as they leave us to navigate the new challenges ahead and make a difference in their communities. But, I don’t have advice so much as I have an observation.
What I observe in our students is an ‘edge’, a grit, tenacity and inspired work ethic. CU Denver Lynx bring that edge with them when they enter the university. They nurture it while they’re with us and take it with them when they graduate. Edge is one of the key elements that prepares them to be successful career and community leaders.
I’ve spent nearly three decades in higher education at four universities and I can tell you that CU Denver students are unlike any others I’ve been around. I hear personal stories from countless students who work multiple jobs to put themselves through school. One student shared that attending the university required them to head back to work in the fields every year to earn enough for tuition. Like so many others, that student was never deterred and never skipped a beat.
Perseverance & success
My hope always as our students graduate is that they don’t ever lose that edge, that they never forget about the hard work and desire it took to get them to their graduation finish line. It sets them apart and gives them the incredible focus it takes to persevere and succeed.
Student Affairs Conference: CommUnity
As student affairs professionals, recognizing and supporting the diverse and unique characteristics and talents of all our CU Denver and CU Anschutz students is our priority as we prepare them for Commencement and beyond. That’s where our annualStudent Affairs Conference comes in.
I hope you’ll plan to join me and your colleagues on Wednesday, June 27, at CU Anschutz as we explore the concept of CommUnity together. We’ll spend the day working to strengthen our CommUnity, learning how to build it and sustain it and networking with colleagues. I’ll even throw in a little breakfast and lunch to sweeten the invitation.
See you June 27!
Raul Cardenas, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
CU Denver | Anschutz
Please contact Bonnie Hixson to schedule a time to meet.
Learning Resources Center & TRiO:
Lunch and Celebration
Honor graduates & tutors
Student Commons, #1500
Wednesday, May 9, 11am - 3pm
Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center
Wellness & Recreation Services
Take a tour!
Corner of Auraria & Speer
Thursday, May 10, 5:30pm – 8pm
Celebrate student leaders
Dinner & live jazz
Saturday, May 12, 9am
CU Denver Commencement
Volunteers contact Kelly A. Mason
Monday, May 14
Colorado Black Education
!mpact (BE!) Conference
H.S. students, parents & educators
School of Education & Human Development (SEHD)
Admissions & K-12 Outreach
Student Commons Building
Monday, May 14, Noon
CU Online Spring Symposium
Event: Wednesday, May 16
CU South Denver
Tuesday, May 15, 11:30am – 1pm
CU Anschutz: Active Harmer Training
Run, Hide, Fight
Education 2 North, #1202
Wednesday, May 16, 8am – 5pm
CU Online Spring Symposium
Monday, May 14, Noon
Technology & trends in online education
Student panel discussion
CU South Denver
Thursday, May 17, 11:30am – 1pm
CU Denver: Active Harmer Training
Run, Hide, Fight
CU Building Auditorium, #150
Tuesday, May 22, 1pm – 3pm
CU Denver Staff:
Snack Appreciation Event
Sweets, fruit, cheese, popcorn
Presented by Staff Council
No charge,RSVP with your unversity login
Lawrence St. Center
2nd floor, Terrace Room
Friday, May 25, 8:30am
Main Commencement Ceremony
Volunteers contact Zack Strober
Wednesday, June 27, 8am – 4pm
Student Affairs Conference:
Education & networking
Student Affairs professional staff
Includes breakfast & lunch
CU Anschutz, Aurora
Education 2 South Building
CU South Denver
Degrees, certificates, career development
20% CU discount forfilms, activities & events
Discount code, custudent, cuemployee or cualumni
10035 S. Peoria St., Lone Tree
Open house! You're invited: How's this for a Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center milestone? We now have water in the pool! The court surfaces I told you about last month are almost complete and the fitness equipment will be arriving any day. Our new wellness center is coming together fast and so is our staff.
We’ve added five new professional staffers in the past month and have a few more positions to fill. We’re also busy hiring our student staff members.
But, you’re probably asking yourself, “When do I finally get to go inside and get to see this new wellness center for myself?” The answer is, this month! Mark your calendar to stop by our Open House and take a tour, Wednesday, May 9, from 11am to 3pm. See you there!
Achievements & Milestones
Milo & friends on 9News! Be sure to tune into 9News on Channel 20 Friday morning, May 4, from 8:20am – 8:50am. That’s when Milo the Lynx and his mascot buddies will be goofing around with the 9News Mornings anchor team in recognition of College Friday in an effort to inspire children & teens to attend college.
Dragon Boat Team headed to Hong Kong: Only two American Dragon Boat teams were invited to the International Dragon Boat Competition in Hong Kong. One is the CU Denver Dragon Boat Team! The races will be held on June 17 and you can help the team get there. Just go to the Dragon Boat Milo’s Crowd funding page. At the beginning of May, the team was halfway to its goal of $26,000. Read all about the team and the competition in the Office of International Affairs Newsroom.
Military scholarship awarded: Congratulations to Kalleen Steele, a graduate student in the clinical mental health counseling program. Steele is one of just six students nationwide to receive an $8,000 scholarship from the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC). The award is given to military-related students planning to use their degrees to assist active military, veterans and their families. Steele served 12 years as an active duty F-16 pilot and was honored earlier this academic year as Team Leader of the Month by Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE).
Colleagues on the move: You may have noticed that you haven’t seen Melanie McLaren around Scholarship Services & Programming recently. That’s because she’s left Student Affairs and is now working as an institutional research coordinator in Institutional Research & Effectiveness. McLaren is a graduate of CU Colorado Springs (UCCS) and recently received her Masters of Higher Education Policy from the University of Denver. Siyab (S.K.) Khan is another UCCS graduate. Before joining us as a new admissions counselor, Khan spent two years working in UCCS admissions. His passion is music and making the move to CU Denver will allow him to begin working on his master’s degree in Recording Arts. Former CU Denver student leader & recent graduate Alex Pong is now a fulltime staff member in the Office of Admissions & K-12 Outreach. Pong is assisting with outreach events & projects and oversees the school-based Lynx Ambassador Program.
News from the Wellness Zone: If you missed the recent email from our VC for Student Affairs Raul Cardenas with updates on Wellness & Recreation Services and the new Student Wellness Center, you need to be updated! Details about progress on the new building, the decision to discontinue a relationship with ink! Coffee and an invitation to tour the new facility on Wednesday, May 9, are all available online The center is expected to open in June.
Wellness & Recreation Camp for kiddos! In July, Wellness & Recreation Services will be hosting its first youth camp for a lucky 25 dependents of CU Denver staff & faculty. Stay tuned for details so your child doesn’t miss out.
Public board members for DORA: The Division of Professions & Occupations (DPO) under DORA (Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies) is looking for public board members to aid in its consumer-protection mission. The diverse variety of the two dozen boards includes pharmacy, plumbing, social work and addiction counseling. Board openings come up throughout the year. Surprisingly, expertise in a specific profession or field isn’t required for public board service. Details & the application are available online.