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Who's Trending: Achievements & Milestones


Editor’s note: Staff writer Courtney Keener contributed to this report. Keener is an English writing major in the CU Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 




​First-ever Connection Caption Contest: 

Why is Admissions Counselor Duy Tran so excited? Maybe he really needed a new pen. Or, he was opening a birthday present. YOU write a photo caption and tell us what’s going on and you could win a “big” prize. Just email us with your caption(s)- feel free to submit more than one- and we’ll get an unbiased judge to pick the best ones. Put on your creative thinking cap, have fun and thanks for playing! 


Division staff update- Admissions: In case you missed the recent communication from Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Raul Cardenas, PhD, we have some staffing changes going on in the division.  First, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Admissions & K12 Outreach Chris Dowen has announced his retirement. “Chris’ leadership has helped to achieve significant growth in our enrollment and the diversification of our student population,” Cardenas wrote. “Please join me as I thank Chris for his commitment and contributions to CU Denver and wish him much success in his retirement.” The search process for Dowen’s position will begin in January.

Division staff update- Student Success: Cardenas also announced that after 18 months of interim leadership Sam Kim has been appointed to the role of Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Retention and Success. “I can’t thank Sam enough for his leadership during this time,” wrote Cardenas. “In his new role, Sam will oversee the offices of Disability Resource Services, TRiO, Learning Resource Center, Academic Success and Advising Center, Lynx Center, Orientation, and Campus Village.”

Division staff update- Registrar: In the Office of the Registrar, Cardenas announced that Ingrid Eschholz has accepted a new position as Senior Associate Registrar and will be working from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Carrie John will take on the role of Interim Registrar. “Ingrid has served as Registrar for the ​past six years, and I’d like to thank her for all of her efforts,” wrote Cardenas. “I’m grateful to Carrie for agreeing
​to step in as Registrar. I have great faith in her ability to lead.” Developing a process for filling the Registrar’s position will begin in the spring semester.

​CU Anschutz spooktacular: With a costume contest and a potluck, the CU Anschutz Office of Campus Student Services celebrated Halloween in style. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion came dressed as the Avengers, the Office of the  Registrar won the top department prize for their evil stepmother and red-headed  stepchildren costumes and Karl Davis in Financial Aid & Scholarships was the winner for best individual costume.

Anniversary in Admissions: If you’ve stopped by the welcome desk in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and K12 Outreach, you’ve probably noticed that Admissions Service Coordinator Chuck Kelly always stands out. It’s not uncommon to spot Kelly sporting a matching hot pink bow tie and trousers and he never stops smiling. He’s also always ready to celebrate. So, when he recently
hit his one-year anniversary as a full-time admissions staff member, he brought in cupcakes for his co-workers so they could share in his excitement about the milestone. Kelly is a graduate of Denver’s Abraham Lincoln High School and received his degree in history from CU Denver in 2014. Among his duties coordinating the welcome desk, Kelly lists “smile” right at the top. And, if that smile looks familiar, that’s because you’ve probably seen it elsewhere around campus. Kelly’s mom Diana Kelly is executive assistant to Chancellor Dorothy Horrell and his sister Samantha Kelly (Sam) is the Coordinator for Student Success in the Lynx Center. Smile on, Kelly clan. And, congratulations to Chuck! 

Stylin’ on the field: There was a bright, clean glow on the CU Denver Field while the men’s lacrosse team practiced the end of October. The lacrosse Lynx had just received their new uniforms and the jerseys proudly spelled out who they are, front and back. In the fall, men’s lacrosse practices and plays a warm-up schedule, preparing for the spring season. To follow the team, look for @CUDenverLax on social media, including Twitter and Facebook.

Career Center Wedding Bells Part I: Recent personal milestones in the 
Career Center included two September weddings. Career Center Associate 
Director Jessie Czerwonka Roller, EdD was married Sept. 9 to Christopher Thomas Roller at the Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa outside of Winter Park. Jessie described the wedding as an intimate gathering of 63 close friends. As she looked around the room, she realized she’d known everyone there for nearly a decade. But, Jessie’s busy month included more than the wedding and a honeymoon in the Grand Cayman Islands. She also found time to successfully defend her dissertation for her doctorate!

Career Center Wedding Bells Part 2: Career Center job Location & 
Development Career Counselor and Outreach Specialist Nick Shaklee married Amy Perlman on Sept. 24 at Boulder Lamb, a sheep farm outside of Longmont. The farm supplies lamb to the restaurant where Amy works. Shaklee describes his wedding as “DIY”—from the flowers Amy grew for most of the arrangements, the pocket squares she made for the men in the wedding party and the accessories she made for her dress, to the volunteer bartenders and the food and beverages provided at wholesale cost by friends. “It was a fun, casual wedding in the middle of a farm pasture which is exactly who we are,” Shaklee writes, “casual nature and food lovers.” The couple has a wedding trip to Indonesia planned for May 2017.

Lynx Center Departure: Whether Katelyn Puga was dressing up for 
Twins Day during Spirit Week (left in the photo) or helping to coordinate 
​the Lynx Center Open House, she was always in the middle of things. But, now, ​she’s moving on and her former colleagues wish her well. Puga’s a graduate student in the CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning and she’s left the center to take advantage of an opportunity to work in her chosen field. She expects to graduate in May 2017. Puga has been with the Lynx Center for just over a year and graduated from CU Denver with a degree in geography.



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