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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.  

Sexual misconduct survey: If you haven’t taken the first-ever University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Sexual Misconduct Campus Climate Survey yet, there’s still time. Just search “equity” in your inbox to find the personal survey link that arrived in your inbox on Oct. 24. Your responses are due by Nov. 11. The Office of Equity created the anonymous survey to better understand the extent and effects sexual misconduct has in our community. Feedback will guide efforts to improve prevention and response to help make our community a place where Respect is Expected. All survey participants will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Email addresses are not connected to the survey responses.

CU Anschutz State of the Campus: CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman kicked off November with his State of the Campus address. Elliman told gathered staff and faculty members that the CU Anschutz Medical Campus “is an amazing place and together we can make it even better.” Elliman talked about the need to design a nimble plan to guide the future direction of the campus and outlined nine possible elements including a significant increase in our work in mental health, diversifying the research portfolio and telling the campus’ story with regional and national marketing efforts. The complete list of elements from Elliman’s talk are available online and he’s requested that the CU Anschutz community play an active role in designing the plan by providing feedback and input.​ 

CU Denver salutes veterans: Veterans Day at CU Denver has been extended into Veterans Week.
-The traditional tri-institutional observance will be held the day before Veterans Day, on Nov. 10. The formal ceremony will start at 10:45 a.m. in the Tivoli Turnhalle and will be followed by a FREE taco bar until 1:00 p.m. or until the food runs out! An "Ask a Vet" table will be set up outside the Tivoli from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and outdoor activities are planned for after lunch, including physical challenges and an information fair.
-On Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. until noon, new Student Wellness Center Executive Director Amber Long will lead a yoga class for veterans in Tivoli 440.
-On Nov. 9 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. the Office of the Office of Veteran & Military Student Services (VMSS) and CU Denver Live! will present a Military Veteran Storytelling Event in the Tivoli 320s. An artist will paint and capture the moment as veterans share their stories. Pizza will be provided.

CU Anschutz salutes veterans: The CU Anschutz Office of Campus Student Services is planning a Veterans Day Spirit Thursday event on Nov. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Ed 2 South Lobby. FREE lunch will be served until it runs out and a therapy dog provided by Denver Pet Partners will visit. A panel presentation is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. in room 2305 featuring Denver Pet Partners, Bioengineering and the CU School of Dental Medicine Heroes Clinic.

Veterans office recognized AGAIN: The CU Denver | Anschutz Office of Veteran and Military Student Services (VMSS) has a long tradition of receiving national recognition for the outstanding resources and support it provides our military-related students. The latest is designation from the Military Times as one of the nation’s best universities for veterans for the seventh straight year. CU Denver | Anschutz ranks in the top half of the 130 four-year institutions named. “We’re excited to receive this recognition as one of the best schools for veterans,” VMSS Director Patrick Browne told CU Denver Today. “Working together, our faculty, staff and students raise the bar for veterans and their families. We’re proud of what our veteran students achieve.” And, we’re proud of our team. Congratulations! 

Long’s new digs: Amber Long, the first executive director of the CU Denver Wellness Center needed a place to land. Since the new center’s just started construction, Long will be in temporary digs for a while and is settling comfortably into her new office. The “fish bowl,” is the name known around campus for the airy, three sided, glass structure on 14th St. and Larimer which Long now calls home. If the location's unfamiliar, you’ll spot it as soon as you round the corner and notice the photos of the Wellness Center’s groundbreaking ceremony lined up against the office windows. “There’s great visibility,” said Long. “I wave when I see people from campus walk by and I encourage visitors to stop in. All they need to do is knock on the window and I’ll come out.” Along with the expansive views from her workspace, Long is enjoying the office’s convenient location to downtown, campus and the yoga classes she leads at the Auraria Campus Recreation Center. Long is always ready to updated progress on the Student Wellness Center. “The ground is leveled off,” she said, “water lines on Speer Boulevard are being moved, and we’re researching pricing models for programs and services. We’re on track for construction!” 

Gobble up a food drive challenge: The deadline to contribute to the Gobbler Challenge and compete to collect the most food and cash for the CU Denver Food Pantry was extended to Nov. 11, so now’s the time to make those final contributions. When it comes to food drive challenges, the team to beat in our Division of Student Affairs is always the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office (FASO) and this year’s no exception. FASO’s “Team Turduckin” is the undefeated champion in both the Gobbler Challenge and the spring semester’s Feed the Need competition. Their goal is 800 food items or a combination of 800 items and dollars. Donated food will fill Thanksgiving baskets for students in need and any leftover items will help stock the food pantry’s shelves. If your area’s not participating in the team challenge, you can still help out. Drop your food items in Tivoli 127 or go online to make a cash donation. Together, we can help make the holiday season a little easier for our students who need a little assistance.

Spotlight & support for DREAMers: A collaborative effort across the CU Denver campus brought many staff, faculty and students together to support our DREAMer students with a first-of-its-kind fundraiser event on Oct. 5 at the Rio Grande restaurant in downtown Denver. A DREAMer student is an undocumented student who pursues higher education. DREAM stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors. In a new video, three of our CU Denver DREAMer students tell their moving stories about the many challenges they face pursuing their degrees. The evening of celebration took over the top floor of the Rio and included food, student dance performances, DREAMer student speeches and a silent auction which even featured a football signed by John Elway. Nearly 100 attended and the benefit raised 
more than $8,000 which will be used to support scholarships for DREAMer students. The evening is expected to become an annual event and contributions to help fund the dreams of our DREAMer students can be made  year-round. For additional details, contact Adrian Salazar.

Connecting family & alumni to campus: The first-ever CU Denver Family, Friends & Alumni Day on October 22 brought more than 120 people to campus for a whirlwind of exciting events organized by the CU Denver Parent and Family Program in conjunction with Alumni 
Relations. The day exceeded organizers’ expectations and even brought in some attendees from out-of-state. 
Special highlights included a networking brunch with Chancellor Dorothy Horrell, PhD and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tivoli. Outdoors, the men’s club soccer team hosted the Lynx Cup tournament and took second place.  Alumni Relations helped the current students make important connections with the alumni 
guests and the alumni were excited to get details about the  direction CU Denver is  headed in. Considering the event’s attendance, the Parent and Family Program plans to make the day an annual event, with the intent to one day expand it into a Homecoming & Family weekend.  The success of the day was reflected in a post-event survey which showed the attendees’ average rating for the day at a 9/10! 

Commencement crazy! Keep our events staff in your thoughts on Saturday, Dec. 17. That’s the day that they will present two commencement ceremonies on the same day for the first time. While CU Denver traditionally holds a Fall Commencement, this year CU Anschutz joins them. The CU Denver ceremony kicks off the day at the Colorado Convention Center at 9 a.m. while CU Anschutz graduates will walk at 3 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Denver Airport Convention Center. Close to 200 CU Anschutz graduates are expected from the College of Nursing, Physical Therapy Program, Graduate School and the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program. CU Denver expects to graduate upwards of 800. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Zack Strober. He and his team can use all the helping hands they can get!

It’s Fall, Y’all: More than 300 students went full-out fall at the CU Denver Field for Fall Y’all festivities at the end of October. On this surprisingly warm day, students got into the autumn groove, enjoying many activities including an inflatable corn maze, a caricature artist, games and prizes, along with a coffee and snack bar. In addition to fun activities, various campus organizations attended to provide students with information and resources. The day also featured special appearances from CU Denver celebrities, Milo the Lynx and Chancellor Dorothy Horrell. The fall celebration was hosted by the CU Denver Student Government Association (SGA) and Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP). Organizers anticipate the event will be even bigger and better next year. “Fall Y’all come back now, you hear?”

Club sports corner: CU Denver Lynx club sports continue to represent. Student veteran and co-captain of the Lynx cross country team Chad Prichard has become a regular at the top of the podium at the Global Hopes Apple Cider 5K/10K at the Westminster Promenade Terrace. Last year, Pritchard won the 5K event amd this year he finished first in the 10K distance. The men’s basketball team started out 5-0 in their Monday night Auraria League, men’s soccer finished 2nd in their Lynx Cup tournament and men’s lacrosse placed second in the Regis Tournament. The women’s basketball team hosted a tournament at the end of October. Go Lynx!

Who’s got spirit? YOU! The Lynx Center staff has presented a series of monthly Spirit Thursday competitions throughout the semester and invites you to stop by and “walk the gold carpet” at their final competition on Thursday Nov. 17 anytime from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. Plan to wear as much CU Denver spirit gear as you possibly can. The more black and gold you rock, the bigger the prize! 

Celebrating ability: October was Disability Awareness month and Auraria Campus events included the Disability Awareness Festival outside St. Cajetan’s for students, staff and faculty. The festival is a
tri-institutional event that raises awareness for the importance of accessible community and learning environments for individuals with disabilities. CU Denver’s Office of Disability Resources & Services​ was among the groups who collaborated on the festival which included over 40 community partners. Along with food and entertainment, attendees learned about the abilities of the disabled by participating in interactive demonstrations. Highlights of the day included the school mascots competing in a dance-off and students testing their skills in an adaptive obstacle course competition.

Assistive technologies showcase: October’s Disability Awareness Month also featured a campus-wide Adaptive Technology Fair. The fair was held at the Auraria Library and introduced some of the latest assistive technologies in reading and writing to students, staff and faculty. The CU Denver Office of Disability Resources & Services 
joined with Assistive Technology and Accessibility Services representatives plus outside vendors to display technologies available on campus and in the community. Among the highlights was a raffle for a Livescribe Bluetooth Smartpen, which is just one of many assistive technologies offered to facilitate student learning.

Advising on the Fly: Students passing through the Student Commons Building had the chance to stop and ask quick questions and get quick answers from advisors at the Academic Success and Advising Center’s annual Advising on the Fly event. This fall, the two-hour event had its largest turnout ever, with over 70 students stopping to ask general advising questions, discuss registration and make room in their busy schedules for advising appointments. Students also enjoyed free food as they learned more about the impact advising can have on their successful academic journeys. 

TRiO spotlights students: TRiO Student Support Services highlights the achievements of several outstandingstudents in its monthly Pillar newsletter. Amy Abdelrahman and Brenda Mendoza-Ortega are  featured and Yenesis Garcia recounts her Maymester trip to Seoul, South Korea with Chair of the Political Science Department Tony Robinson, PhD. Read more about the students and their experiences online.

Making a difference: Make a Difference Day may be a nationwide event focused on improving the lives of others but on Oct. 22, a group of 80 CU Denver students, alumni, staff and faculty combined efforts to make a 
difference right here in our Denver metro community. Community Engagement in the Office of Student Life and Campus Community​ and CU Denver students joined forces to make the day a success. The students served as on-site leaders for the day leading volunteer groups at a variety of organizations including Metro Volunteers, Denver Parks and Recreation, Ronald McDonald House of Denver, Impact Locally and Sprout City Farms. The groups and the community surely benefitted from many Lynx helping hands! 

9Health Fair at Auraria: The first-ever 9Health Fair at the Auraria Campus was a huge success, drawing in over 150 participants from campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. The fair was led and coordinated by the CU Denver Future Doctors organization. On the day of the event, more than 80 volunteers, mostly CU Denver pre-health students, were stationed in the PE/Event Center gymnasium to offer health screenings and treatment options to other students, their families, and the public. The event put a focus on serving underserved financially-challenged families and homeless community members, especially those from the neighborhoods near the Auraria Campus. Fundraising by the students before the fair allowed families access to medical testing at no charge. The impact of the event doesn’t end there. Results from the testing and services will be sent to public health researchers and will help them study health disparities in the region. Pre-health students at CU Denver plan to continue their own documentations and make the Auraria 9Health Fair an annual event.

New off-campus housing database: The Commuter Services Office provided students with a new connection to resources on and off campus during its Commuter Launch in October. The highlight of the event was the announcement of the office’s new off-campus housing and roommate website which is coming soon and will only available to CU Denver students, faculty and staff. In addition to learning about the new database, students were able to talk with an attorney about renter’s rights. The also enjoyed lunch and giveaways. CU Denver organizations and rental service businesses provided students with resources to help students get settled in.

Undergraduate Experiences Symposium: Student success and equity were the focus of the annual CU Dennver Undergraduate Experiences Symposium. The popular event was attended by more than 200 staff members, faculty and students who were ready to address the challenge presented by CU Denver students who don’t finish their degrees and also to examine the disproportionate number, nationally, of low-income, first-generation and students of color who don’t finish their degrees. Former student leader and new university staff member Allie Kriese found the day to be particularly relevant. “Our university currently faces a student retention challenge,” she said, “and in the wake of increasing tuition and fee costs, we have to be able to support underrepresented student groups. We’ve always known that diversity—in ethnicity, gender, family, and background—is one of the greatest attributes of our student body. I’m encouraged that discussions like those at the Symposium give us an opportunity to begin addressing the challenges such diversity presents at a university-wide level. We’re talking about real impact and the way that the student body’s needs shape each of our roles within the university and that’s important.” Read more about the Symposium in CU Denver Today

Toddler & preschool open enrollment: Plan ahead for spring at the Auraria Early Learning Center. Open enrollment for toddlers and preschoolers will be held through an in-person lottery process. Enrollment dates for students will be on Dec. 6 at 7 a.m., and for faculty and staff on Dec. 8 at 7 a.m. To participate, families must be present at the center by 7 a.m. on their designated date. To learn more, contact the center at 303-556-3188.

Less “buck” for your Starbucks: Bring your reusable mug or tumbler to the Tivoli Starbucks and they’ll knock 20 cents off your purchase! This new, year-round program will help reduce waste and encourage sustainability on campus. 

FREE clinical services at the Health Center: The Health Center at Auraria now offers several free clinical services including tobacco cessation, flu shot information and nutritional consultations. The nutrition sessions are scheduled with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). So, if you’ve ever wanted to make plans for eating healthier, with the support of a trained professional, now’s your chance! All staff, students and faculty on the Auraria Campus are eligible. Appointments are available Tuesdays between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and Wednesdays between 3:00 p.m. and 5 p.m. Call 303-556-2525 to schedule your appointment.

Heartsaver® emergency training: Auraria campus students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a free Heartsaver® First Aid, CPR and AED training on November 11 in the Plaza Building, Room 132, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course will be led by an instructor from the Denver Health Paramedic Division, and will use video to teach participants how to respond to first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergencies before emergency medical services (EMS) arrive. Training will also include adult and infant CPR and AED use. Participants who successfully complete the skills test will receive a Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED course completion card, which is valid for two years. Space for the seminar is limited, so registration is required. To learn more, contact Eric Leath, Emergency Preparedness Manager.

New, earlier date for FAFSA submissions: The Financial Aid & Scholarships Office (FASO) has been a new kind of busy this fall preparing for the new, earlier, annual submission date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Instead of applying on Jan. 1 or after, students can now submit their applications as early as Oct. 1. Information about the changes was prepared by FASO and is available online.  

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