Issue 33 | April 5, 2018
Register now to build CommUnity! Our Student Affairs Conference for student affairs professional staff is set for Wednesday, June 27, at CU Anschutz in Aurora, and registration is now open. Plan to spend the day learning & networking with your colleagues exploring the concept of community and the best practices that support it. You’re also encouraged to share your own expertise on the topic. Details about presentations & the simple proposal application are available online. See you June 27!
VOLUNTEER to support students
- Finals week: Assist students with disabilities, work with Disability Resources & Services, deliver & proctor exams, details and contact information online.
- Commencement Ceremonies: Experience graduation day in a whole new way, assistance required for setup, the ceremony & breakdown. Contact Kelly.A.Mason to volunteer at CU Denver. For CU Anschutz, email Zack Strober.
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Editor’s note: CU Anschutz Office of Campus Student Services Business Services Coordinator Patrick Bryan and CU Denver Staff Writer Ahnaf Kalam contributed to this report. Kalam is a political science and international studies major who’s scheduled to graduate in May 2018.
CommUnity: We’re all in this together
When I heard the topic and saw the name for the 2018 edition of our Division of Student Affairs Conference, I thought it was perfect. CommUnity. The planning committee highlighted the C & U to focus on both our student support roles at CU Denver and CU Anschutz, and our commitment to building community relationships and a true sense of inclusiveness. We’re truly all in this together.
CommUnity is the topic we’ll explore together on Wednesday, June 27, at CU Anschutz. Mark the day on your calendar and be sure to register.
Personally, I find that building community starts with embracing others through inclusionary leadership, respect, caring and accountability. I think about my work from that perspective. What we do to be respectful to our colleagues in and out of the office translates and transfers to our students. It’s incumbent upon us to build this inclusive community as a model for them.
I come back to the word uniquenesses, which is either a clunky plural of the word unique or not really a word at all! How do we celebrate our individual uniquenesses? In our shared student affairs community environment, we don’t all think and act the same and aren’t necessarily in agreement, but, when we respect and care for each other we ensure there’s a dignity in the way we work and carry ourselves.
It’s a fascinating conference topic, don’t you think? As we reflect together about our shared community, I’m certain it will lead to meaningful conversations and deeper connections within our teams and far beyond.
Part of that connection is respect, beginning with the understanding that respect among our colleagues is something that’s not given to us, it’s something we earn. It’s up to me to not only show genuine care for my team but to set some collective expectations on how we work together and build our inclusive, welcoming community. We hold each other to standards, not in a punitive way, but in an uplifting way.
More than checking a box
None of this is about going through the motions and just checking a box. Building a community is a unifying commitment we make to ourselves, our colleagues and our students. We do this collectively to remain connected.
Simply put, we’re all in this together and, as far as I’m concerned, anything we can do to make our community stronger is a plus. So, remember toregister for our conference and I look forward to seeing you on June 27.
Let’s build some CommUnity together!
Raul Cardenas, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
CU Denver | Anschutz
Please contact Bonnie Hixson to schedule a time to meet.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Phoenix Center Clothesline Projects
T-shirt art by survivors & allies
Continues throughout April
@ CU Denver Tivoli Atrium
@ CU Anschutz
Student Community Bridge
& Health Sciences Library
SAVE THE DATE! July 13
CU Denver Kids Camp
Sports & Wellness
Sports, yoga, fitness, fun!
Students entering grades K-7
Limited to dependents of CU Denver employees
Stay tuned for details!
Weekly Wellness Programs
Noon - 12:45pm
Tuesday Yoga Flow
5:15pm - 6pm
Wellness Wednesday Yoga
Noon - 12:45pm
Mondays through April 30, 9am
Coffee & Community Learning
Hosted by Dean of Students
Register now, space is limited
Wednesdays, 11am - Noon
Presented by the Counseling Center
Staff & faculty welcome
Art, yoga, Tai Chi, run/walk
Activities change weekly
Student Commons, Boettcher Conference Room
Thursday, April 5, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Poetry reading by Tarfia Faizullah
Friday, April 6, Noon – 2pm
Rosa Parks Diversity Awards
Recognize advocates of diversity
Sunday, April 8, 2pm – 4pm
CU Anschutz Opening Reception:
Art exhibit – Big and Small
Art by Christine Hillhouse & Mary Clark
Display continues through May 31
Health Sciences Library Gallery
Monday April 9 – Thursday April 12
Conference on World Affairs Live Stream
- Monday, April 9, 2:45pm – 4:20pm
Debate: Free Speech on Campus
Student Commons, #1401
- Tuesday, April 10
12:15pm – 1:40pm
Student Commons, #1401
- Wednesday, April 11
12:45pm – 2:30pm
Organic Agriculture: Fad or Future?
- Thursday, April 12
12:15pm – 1:45pm
I’m not Bossy, I’m the Boss
Business School, #3600
Monday, April 9, noon – 1pm
Phoenix Center at Anschutz:
Supporting Survivors Training
Impacts of trauma, resources for survivors
Education 2 North, #1304
Tuesday, April 10, 11:30am – 1pm
CU South Denver:
EduTalks – Working Off Stress
Managing stress at work
Registration required, fee to attend
CU South Denver, 10035 S. Peoria St, Lone Tree
Thursday, April 12, 7pm – 9pm
OutSpoken Speaker Series
Queer Voices – Sharing our stories
Jeremy Shaver & Jason Marsden
Series continues through June 5
Presented by LGBTQ Resource Center
Tivoli Multicultural Lounge
Friday, April 13, 3:30pm - 6pm
Kay Redfield Jamison: An Unquiet Mind
Presentation by renowned author
Discussion, light refreshments
Education 2 South, #1102
Thursday, April 15, 5:30pm – 7pm
LGBTQ Resource Center Reunion:
1st event of 25th anniversary year
Monday, April 16, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 5, 11:30am – 1pm
Active Harmer Presentation
Learn to Run, Hide, Fight
Education 2 North, #2102
Wednesday, April 18, 5pm – 7pm
Boots to Suits
Professional development program
Refreshments & light appetizers
RSVP, everyone welcome
Hosted by Veteran & Military Student Services
& Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
1445 Market Street, 4th floor
Thursday, April 19, 11:30am - 1pm
Thursday, May 17, 11:30am – 1pm
Active Harmer Presentation
Learn to Run, Hide, Fight
CU Building, 1st floor auditorium
Saturday, April 21
CU Anschutz: 9HealthFair
Low-cost screenings, health education
University of Colorado Hospital
Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion
Saturday, April 21, 9am – 10am
Beat Tooth Decay 5k
Hosted by School of Dental Medicine
Supports Dental Lifeline Network
Sloan’s Lake Park, 17th and Utica, Denver
Monday April 23 – Thursday April 26
12:15pm – 1:15pm
Financial Literacy Month
Identity fraud, budgeting, credit scores
Topic dates & details
Student Commons, #1007
Monday, April 23, 5pm – 7pm
Chancellor’s Diversity Showcase
Students, faculty, staff
Presentation of diversity initiatives
Research 2, Krugman Conference Center
Tuesday, April 24. 4pm – 5pm
Discussion with campus leadership
Lawrence Street Center, 2nd floor
Wednesday, April 25
Global day of solidarity
Interpersonal violence awareness
Challenges the idea that clothing implies consent
@ Phoenix Center at Anschutz
1pm – 3pm
Photo booth, survivor support stickers
Phoenix Center Resources
Student Community Bridge
Between Education 2 Buildings
@ Phoenix Center at Auraria
-Buttons available all day
Phoenix Center, Tivoli #259
-Art event, 2pm – 5pm
Create denim artwork
Auraria Library, Discovery Wall
Friday, April 27, 10am – 3:30pm
Research & Creative Activities Symposium
CU Denver & CU Anschutz student showcase
CU Denver Student Commons Building
Saturday, May 12, 9am
CU Denver Commencement
Volunteers contact Kelly A. Mason
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
Achievements & Milestones
Lynx lacrosse rocks: This was already the best CU Denver men’s lacrosse season ever but it just keeps getting better. The undefeated Lynx closed out March with a thrilling 16-15 win over arch-rival Metropolitan State University of Denver, are now ranked #21 in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division II national poll and, after a five goal and three assist performance against MSU Denver, Beau Eksten took MCLA Commanding Performance of the Week honors. Go Lynx!
Pedal power! Remember the name Cyrus Pearo? He’s the Lynx cyclist & graduate student in Finance who won the USA Cycling Collegiate Road Race National Championship last year. Now, he’s been joined by professional road racer Manuela Escobar from Columbia. Escobar is a freshman in International Studies and recently finished second in her first collegiate race. Read more about the talented and growing Lynx Cycling Team in “CU Denver Today”.
CU Anschutz promoting campus well-being: Once the “CU Anschutz Today” article about the CU Anschutz Student Health Promotion Committee hit inboxes, positive response was immediate. The committee was organized by the Office of Student Health Promotion in the Office of Campus Student Services last fall to add the student voice to its broad mission of supporting a healthy campus culture. The article prompted suggestions for collaboration and inquiries from people interested in learning more.
CU Denver represents at Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Conference: When attendees gathered at the 100th
Anniversay NASPA National
Conference, they stopped and listened to CU Denver Dean of Students Kristin Kushmider, PhD, and Senior Director of Student Life and Campus Community Joe Halter. Halter co-presented on strategies for developing supervising skills in new student affairs professionals. He describes his session as “standing room only”. Kushmider and three others shared details about their experience in the NASPA International Exchange, United Kingdom, including insights into educational innovations. Kushmider made the trip to the U.K. last June.
‘Capitol’ ideas: Office of Veteran & Military Student Services (VMSS) staffers have been busy getting the word out about the needs and achievements of our military-related students and the programs that support their transitions. Stephani Loxton was among the representatives from several universities who made a presentation to the Education Committee at the state capitol. The office and its Boots to Suits professional development program was also featured in a long-format radio interview by Colorado Business Roundtable on Denver’s Money Talk 1690. VMSS Director Patrick Browne, Alyx Anderson & Loxton were joined in the conversation by Jordan Alvarez from the CU Denver Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER). Alvarez and CIBER have collaborated with VMSS to develop the CIVBERVets program for military-related students interested in international business careers.
Moving Fast! Things are moving so fast in Wellness & Recreation Services that it’s hard to keep up. We’ve welcomed six new professional staff members this month and are interviewing dozens of prospective student employees. (Know any students looking for jobs as lifeguards or bike shop associates? We’re still taking applications!) The rate of construction progress has our heads spinning. The wood floor in the gymnasium is being installed and, the next time you’re headed east on Speer, check out the climbing wall through the big window. Our new website is also under construction and, if that’s not enough, we’re working on the details for our first kids sports camp. The camp will be limited to dependents of CU Denver employees and is set for July 13. More soon…
Advising for student success: The recent annual advisors retreat brought more than 50 advisors together from the Academic Success & Advising Center (ASAC) and a variety of schools & colleges and student services areas, and featured remarks from Chancellor Dorothy Horrell, PhD. The day provided the advisors with professional development opportunities which included completing the CliftonStrengths talent assessment tool. They also learned more about our campus-wide Student Success Project. Support for the day was provided by the Division of Student Affairs and First-Year Experiences.
LYNX UP & step to the plate for students! As Colorado Rockies baseball returns to Coors Field, the CU Denver LYNX UP scholarship fundraising drive & competition is in full swing. Staff & faculty are encouraged to hit a homerun by making a one-time donation or an ongoing payroll deduction to support our students and help their area score a team party at the new Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center. Our Division of Student Affairs is teamed up with Diversity & Inclusion. Currently the School of Public Affairs is out in front with 21 percent of their team donating so far, but, we’ve got until May 1 to contribute and catch up. Swing for the fences!
RSVP now & learn how to make a legacy gift: The Office of Advancement is presenting two Lunch & Learn events about setting up legacy gifts to the university, featuring Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion Brenda J. Allen, PhD, speaking about her own experience. Both events include lunch and will be held in Lawrence Street Center, Suite 1201, from noon – 1pm, with your RSVP required. The first event is Thursday, April 12 with an RSVP deadline of Thursday April 5. The second event will be held Friday, May 4, with an RSVP deadline of Friday, April 27.
Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Identities Training: The Women and Gender Center, LGBTQ Student Resource Center at Auraria, Office of Equity & the Registrar are offering ‘Introduction to Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identities’ training to provide strategies for creating a more inclusive campus community. Contact Jacob McWilliams to schedule a session for your area.
Conference collaboration: The Colorado Black Education !mpact (BE!) Conference is celebrating its fifth year with several hundred area high school students, parents and educators expected to spend the day at the CU Denver Student Commons Building on Monday, May 14. The School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) leads the program with support from Admissions & K-12 Outreach. Deneshia Hearon, Lesa Briggs and Jason Robinson work to connect students, community educators, sponsors and higher education career partners with the event and encourage attendance.
Help people in crisis & expand your resume: The Phoenix Center needs volunteers for its 24/7 Helpline. Gain experience in crisis management, working with people in trauma and direct advocacy service. Must complete mandatory 32 hours of training on Fridays in June to be Colorado certified as a confidential victim advocate. Apply online by April 30.
It’s on! Feed the Need food drive challenge: The CU Denver Food Pantry is collecting food for its annual spring donation competition through the end of April. If you registered a team, it’s time to start collecting healthy, nutritious food items. Cash donations count, too. Just go online, enter your donation amount, then type the name of your team in the ‘Comments’ section. Not on a team and want to donate or have questions? Contact the Food Pantry. Thank you for supporting our students facing food uncertainty.
Celebrate spring with TRiO SSS: From the Clothesline Project to student spotlights and National Stress Awareness Month, TRiO Student Support Services has it all covered in their most recent newsletter. And, remember to save-the-date for the Graduation Certification Celebration scheduled for Friday, May 4, from 1pm – 3pm.