Department Name: Auraria Library: Access and Public Services
The Access and Public Services department at the Auraria Library supported COVID operations during the 2020-2021 academic year. As part of this work, they developed our innovative Grab to Go service which enabled the library to safely staff a service point and allow our community to borrow physical materials. Reservation requests are handled online, and materials are available for pickup 24 hours after the request is submitted. Access and Public services staff have tirelessly assisted our campus community during the pandemic and the library is grateful for their efforts. This service has since expanded to include lockers located outside the library where faculty, staff, and students can retrieve their items any time after they are notified the items are ready.
Department Name: Department of Anesthesiology-Education Unit
I work within the department of Anesthesiology, the education unit that supports 5 ACGME accredited training programs, 1 program working towards accreditation and 7 that are non-accredited programs. We also have our Master of Science in Anesthesiology Program. Our department also has rotation of non-anesthesia learners from all over the nation. I want to ensure my staff of 7 are acknowledged for all of the hard work they put, day in and out. The pandemic has created even more work for education but the team that supports not only the mission and vision of the university but of our department are the backbone for our training programs. These individuals handle the start to finish of our accreditation and compliance for our training programs, ensuring every trainee is on track for success and graduation requirements all the while dealing with the ever changing policies because of the pandemic and accrediting bodies: Amy Hebbert and Aislinn Lederman, our Master of Science in Anesthesiology program coordinators. Lindsay Baumgartner, Pediatric fellowship coordinator. Alyson Poeppelman and Aurora Adams, Adult residency and fellowship program coordinators. Lauren Testa is our education coordinator for non-anesthesia learners. We have requests that come from all of our campus, around the nation and internationally. She has stepped into our education unit in October and has truly made this her own. Tina Guerrero is our Admin Assistant extraordinaire, that handles our didactics, administrative recruitment processes for interviews and itineraries, reimbursements, purchases, room requests and all of the random requests that come with day to day education. Without this amazing team in place, truly caring about what they do and how it impacts everyone, I would be lost with them. Thank you Education team for all that you do!
Department Name: Office of Clinical Affairs-School of Dental Medicine
We have been suffering from being short staffed since the pandemic was introduced into our lives, like most of the working world. However, our team has become more like a second family. Our team continually supports each other and steps into roles outside of their basic job duties/description to ensure that our day to day operations run smoothly, and our students and patients get the support that they require. Each individual on the team takes the initiative to foresee problems and is accountable in solving issues without being prompted. They all continue to stay positive, supportive and are willing to help others without hesitation. I want to recognize each of them for being such a wonderful asset to this institution. Alix Navarrete, Allie Logue, Alicia Hinshaw, Perla Vamos, Julieta Melais, Shae Leen, Courtney Bowman, Joel Ovalle, Lyn Masche, Beatriz Mosqueda, Michael Jones, Amanda Kroonenberg, Karissa Gramly, Sze Pui Shum and Colette Kuhfuss. Their diligence and passion for this institution has ensured our students will continue to be a success and our patients will continue to receive the best dental care from our providers.
Department Name: Marcus Institute for Brain Health
The Marcus Institute for Brain Health (MIBH) has hit it's 5 year anniversary this last week. In case you are not aware of who we are I will let you know. We are a traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder treatment organization the serves Veterans and First Responders. This program serves those that selflessly served our nation and communities and does so with pride. At the end of this month we will have evaluated over 420 individuals and provided them with a comprehensive and personalized health care plan. Of those, 180 individuals have gone through this life changing program. I can say this program is life changing because I went through it myself in 2019. Before MIBH I was struggling, bad. I had no understanding of how bad I truly was or why. MIBH and the INCREDIBLE clinicians and individuals working there truly gave me the understanding and tools to take control of my life back. After MIBH I attended CU to obtain my master's degree (with a 4.0), a feat I would not have been able to accomplish without my experience at MIBH. I have coauthored a published journal on my experience at MIBH and spoken with prominent politicians and donors on my experience at MIBH and how powerful and life changing it was. Last year I started working at MIBH helping mentor those coming through the program and sharing my knowledge to help them along their healing journey. MIBH is truly a force multiplier in the Veteran and First Responder community by saving lives. That is not hyperbole, that is fact.
Department Name: Facilities Management
COVID-19 has been a challenge for everyone on campus. But our department has been at the center of it all having to figure out how to keep the lights on, buildings running, staff, students and patients as comfortable and safe as humanly possible, in an ever changing world. Out staff was instantly split apart from the teams they were used to working in, to maintain their own health and safety. They had to find new ways to operate the campus all within a few days and, for many, their entire jobs changed into a much different animal overnight. Facilities Building Maintenance and Operations Staff as well as Facilities Support Services bonded together in unique ways every single day for the past two years to make people feel comfortable, feel safe and to help bring any sense of "normal" they could. It wasn't just the frontline staff either, our finance, HR, IT and projects staff all took on more in order to alleviate the pressures the frontline were ensuring daily on the ground. I have never been more proud to work in a department at CU, than I have working for this team of dedicated staff. You can see it every single day in the way they show up and serve, regardless of the circumstances. They are the doer's. I firmly believe they're the behind the scenes reasons this campus did so well through it all this past couple of years. I just want to show my gratitude for everything Facilities does, because I think they get taken for granted far too often. They really are an amazing group of people who have worked tirelessly for the past years.
Department Name: CU Head and Neck
Our department has been short staffed for a bit of time now. 2 RN's are out related to maternity leave, and 1 RN position was open looking for the right staff member. Our nursing staff (both RN & MA) have really stepped up to the top of their clinical scope to keep our patients safe and happy during this time.
I would like to individually recognize RN Tracy Mcleran and MA Jessica Jensen for being such great team mates by taking on tasks without asking and always pitching in to help!
I also want to recognize some providers who have stepped up to help as well - PA Hayley Sheffield and NP Meagan Grandgenett. They take the time to make sure the covering RN's have someone to go to, and are willing to help in anyway possible to make our patients and providers well taken care of!
It is wonderful to see our teams laser focus on patient care, satisfaction and safety all while taking on multiple jobs.
Department Name: LynxConnect
The CU Denver LynxConnect office (Career Center, Experiential Learning Center, Study Abroad, and Undergraduate Research), through Sarah Trzeciak and Jessica Godo, just won a CU Innovation & Efficiency (CU I&E) Award!
LynxConnect created the Virtual Front Desk (VFD) in order to connect with visitors quickly and efficiently in an online format. We also created virtual drop-in hours for students to meet with a Peer Advisor for 30 minutes regarding any of our four offices' services, created a virtual toolkit, and created Canvas courses for our internship workshop and job search studio. The benefits of these digital offerings are that students are able to connect with us for assistance on any of our services. We have assisted students who are in different states and countries, in which they would not have this type of service support without the digital options. The VFD has been essential to our customer service and community engagement. We utilized the resources already available to us on campus to make these digital services happen, which resulted in major cost and time savings for our offices.
The VFD came as an immediate response to the pandemic, when our physical offices were closed to in-person services. We view our services as essential to the student experience, so the ability to quickly create, implement, and staff our virtual front desk was of highest priority. With the VFD, we have been able to continue giving our students support.
Read our nomination story here: https://www.cu.edu/controller/i-e-awards/cu-innovation-efficiency-awards-current-submissions/cu-ie-submission-Lynx
View the award announcement video: https://www.cu.edu/controller/innovation-efficiency-awards
Department Name: Civil Engineering
CU Denver continues to grow and devise new ways to support its students throughout their academic journeys. The Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering, Design and Computing prides itself on the fact that many of the faculty, if not all, are professional engineers. These faculty practice professional engineering, which means they are involved in real-world applications of the material they teach. This also helps students establish and build professional relationships and connections in and outside the classroom.
One such example is the new state-of-the-art Trimble Technology Lab, gifted by Trimble Inc. On November 6, 2020, CU Denver and Trimble, Inc. virtually celebrated the opening of the lab and a partnership that will give next-generation leaders a wider advantage in the real world.
The Trimble Technology Lab provides hands-on experience, the latest industry tools, and a customized suite of construction hardware and software products. The lab will build on the university's expertise in project management, architectural and structural analysis, design and engineering, and other subjects. This gift will not only help students within the civil engineering field, but also to those in geography and environment sciences, physics, and urban and regional planning, encouraging collaboration and progress between the various colleges and departments.
Department Name: Office of Medical Education
The department is in the midst of launching a new curriculum starting with the incoming students in July. The new curriculum, from my point of view and this is only my point of view, based on over twenty years of corporate experiences and training which they promoted and made available to us on a consistent basis before I came to the university, is such a smarter way to teach by giving students more opportunities in the beginning of their journey of becoming a doctor to actually get experiences early on before they start testing to see where they are in the learning process enabling the students to actually see for themselves how they are learning and what they need to do to improve with check points built in and resources already established and aligned at certain points. The idea is to learn early on, and not have to try to memorize so much data creating the possibility of medical students actually enjoying what they are learning and not being so stressed out. Some stress is going to come with the territory of becoming a doctor or any other profession. It's the unnecessary stress that needs to be controlled and that is what I believe this new curriculum is going to deliver! A win-win for everyone! Sincerely, Deborah Stevens
Department Name: Phoenix Center at Auraria (PCA)
The PCA is the tri-institutional interpersonal violence advocacy center, managed under the CU Denver Health & Wellness area within student success. The PCA staff have been incredibly creative this past year in their efforts to call attention to interpersonal violence and many societal factors that contribute to violence. Most notably, they received national recognition by an organization known as Pretty Progressive, a website dedicated to feminist and anti-racist work. Pretty Progressive recently named the Phoenix Cast on its list of Top 20 Anti-Racist Podcasts of 2021. This could not have been accomplished without the leadership and hosting of the PCA's Violence Prevention Education Coordinator, Em Alves and Director Megan Cullen. The PCA has produced 43 episodes of their podcast this year! I am so proud of the work they have accomplished in this space.
The podcast is accessible via the PCA website, https://www.thepca.org/phoenix-cast.
Department Name: Undergraduate Admissions and K-12 Outreach
As you can imagine, this past year has brought challenges that impacted our traditional recruiting practices. And yet, our passionate, creative team members have remained dedicated to our prospective students; finding new ways to connect and showcase the University. Both during the fall and spring semesters, we scheduled shifts of staff members on campus five-six days a week to accommodate campus tours- maintaining safety protocols and delivering a personalized experience. We increased our phone and social media presence in order to offer helpful interactions. We launched virtual high school visits and virtual events to support out of state audiences and individuals who were unable to travel to campus. Throughout all of our interactions, we highlighted CU Denver's gorgeous new Residence Hall, City Heights! Our team is proud to see those housing numbers increase each week! We deeply value working closely with our campus partners including Housing and Dining, Lynx Central, New Student Orientation, First Year Experiences, Student Enrollment and Operations Compliance, the Wellness Center, University Events, International Admissions, Student Life, CUE & A, University Communications, the Pre-Collegiate Development Program, our outstanding School and College colleagues and many more! Overall, admissions numbers have increased across the board despite national confusion amongst recent high school graduates. Every new fall brings the excitement of welcoming a new class of Lynx; but this year will feel particularly special due to the extraordinary efforts that have been made!
Department Name: Office of Information Technology Teams: Web Services, Web Development/Operations, Operations and Infrastructure
We are excited to announce the conclusion of the CMS Transition project!
The project started back in 2016 in order to transition existing University web sites from being hosted in SharePoint to our new, more robust content management systems (CMS), Sitefinity, and create a more positive experience for website visitors.
The CMS Transition team successfully transitioned over 233+ sites thru the project.
Throughout this project, some notable efforts and milestones were achieved:
• Move from single site architecture to multisite
• CU Anschutz domain (cuanschutz.edu) created
• CU Denver Domain change – conversion of interim web domain from www1 to www
• Increase of launch capacity from 3 sites in 2017 to 146+ in 2020
*A +200% growth between 2019 to 2020
Site Transitions and Launches:
• All schools and colleges with web sites in SharePoint transitioned to Sitefinity
• CU Denver Student Journey Web Experience – a 10 month long effort incorporating the re-design of student journey related sites and top level ucdenver.edu pages
• CU Denver University Communications, Student Success, Digital Strategies, and Office of International Affairs demonstrated exceptional collaboration and innovation for this effort
• CU Anschutz School of Medicine transitioned nearly 100 sites into Sitefinity
• Colorado School of Public Health moved their entire site over in just a few months under a unique new theme in Sitefinity that supports a tri-institutional school.
• Numerous successful department and unit site launches
• In addition to multiple years of in person collaboration, together, we completed 220 virtual open lab sessions since March 2020.
• OIT Web Services and DevOps teams designed, tested, and developed numerous new Sitefinity content types and widgets to expand the product functionality and meet web site needs.
Special thanks to the CMS Transition team, which included members and/or assistance from the following teams:
• CU Anschutz Office of Communications
• CU Denver University Communications
• OIT Web Services, Web Development/Operations, Operations and Infrastructure
• Student Enrollment Operations & Compliance, and Student Success Initiatives: Digital Strategies
Special thanks to all schools, colleges, departments and units that have contributed to and supported this project along the way!
We have begun a phased roll out of offering reports generated by a product called Siteimprove. These reports provide insight on web site accessibility compliance and content issues like misspellings, broken links, or readability problems. If interested in receiving a report for your Sitefinity hosted web site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department Name: College of Engineering, Design and Computing Dean's Office
In the past year, staff in the College of Engineering, Design and Computing (CEDC) Dean’s Office have been incredibly successful in the transition to online office operations. Our team collaborated to best complete the virtual move: from teaching each other about Zoom; to organizing calendars; communicating about budget, hiring, and finance; finalizing grants and contracts; supporting CEDC students, faculty, and departments; and so much more. In the fiscal year 2020-21, in a completely online environment, we added 685 new hires during the critical hiring period, processed 121 proposals adding up to $48.8 million dollars, built a branding kit and designed new t-shirts for the college, kicked off two new first-year design courses, supported students, and created eight new industry partnerships. These achievements are something to be proud of! Such accomplishments were only possible because our incredible teamwork and all the people working to support the office’s success – from IT transitioning over one-hundred staff to working remotely to support Dean’s office members, to our CEDC labs, to everyone teaching each other and working together in this new virtual work life. While we do not yet know what the future of CEDC administrative work will look like, we know that there is so much to be proud of with how far we have come; and further, that with our excellent support, strong communication, and work culture of care, no matter what we will continue to be victorious in supporting the CEDC! Congratulations on a year of amazing work, Dean’s Office team!
The faculty and staff in the College of Engineering, Design and Computing are excited for the anticipated return to in-person activities this fall.
Department Name: Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE)
On February 17th, the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE) debuted our Health Equity Through Cultural Sensitivity Simulation Day an immersive simulation for Emergency Medicine residents. With this experience, our intentions were to help these learners:
• Gain a better understanding how diversity, equity and inclusion impacts health equity
• Reflect on own lack of cultural sensitivity/humility
• Address patients’ social determinants of health
• Examine privilege and structural inequities in patient care settings
Using high-fidelity manikins and Standardized Patients, these learners experienced eight patient scenarios highlighting various diverse communities to reflect the world we live in. From white privilege to language barriers to homelessness, the CAPE curated an authentic experience sure to yield boundless outcomes.
Our groundbreaking project was highlighted on CBS4 and Denver 7.
Many residents said that they would be changing their practice styles and how they approach patients because of what they learned
Department Name: National History Day Colorado (NHDC)
NHDC is working with our Student Advisory Board to highlight diverse voices in the community's history, and how it is impacting us now. As such, we have already hosted 2 virtual talks - one on the developing west and another on Lincoln Hills and how it was a welcome escape for Black families in Colorado and across the nation.
We were able to feature Dr. Patty Limerick, Former Speaker Terrance Carroll, Judge Gary Jackson, Steve Shepard, and Ms. Chaleszine "Terry" Nelson. All such icons in Colorado!
"Talk to An Historian" January 2021 - Terrence Carroll and Patty Limerick on Western History
"Talk to An Historian" February 2021 - Judge Gary M. Jackson, Steve Shepard, Charleszine Terry Nelson
Department Name: SOM Dean – Office of Medical Education
Since the onset of COVID-19, our worlds have been turned upside down. Overnight, almost 800 medical students were in completely new curricular environments. Our team had to learn how to navigate virtual curriculum, become experts in Zoom intricacies, redo clinical schedules repeatedly & support increased student worries/challenges. This was all in addition to worrying about the health & safety of our family, friends, co-workers, & even ourselves. In the School of Medicine Deans Office, Undergraduate Medical Education colleagues really came together as a large, unified team despite being in a remote setting. The amazing team effort to provide the best educational experiences given the circumstances for our students was on display more than ever. Knowing that virtual does not mean less work, we began listing out all the curriculum needs for the entire Fall 2020 semester that were essential. The outpouring of assistance to sign up to help support various sessions to make sure our students were supported & continued their education was inspiring & humbling. There was so much departmental cross-collaboration! Teammates involved in all aspects of the student experience (from admissions through graduation & all of the educational steps in between!) rolled up their sleeves to volunteer to help cover curriculum needs in addition to their normal responsibilities. From designing a virtual match day, proctoring on-line exams, helping on Virtual Admissions Days, helping set up for on-campus for required clinical skill sessions & exams, passing out new stethoscopes, to distributing surgical masks & other materials, & troubleshooting countless Zoom sessions & supporting students through disappointments & challenges of adjusting to med school in a pandemic, the team rolled up their sleeves & jumped right in! They asked how can I help, all with a smile & passion to help our students & their colleagues. What is even more uplifting is the gratitude everyone displayed to one another. Heartfelt thanks & letters of appreciation came flooding in to recognize each other for the support they provided. The amazing feat this group displayed deserves wide recognition. Their commitment to excellence has not gone unnoticed by the future doctors they support & we owe them a debt of gratitude for the tireless commitment to our educational mission. Without their dedication, commitment, & amazing desire to serve their campus community, this semester would not have been successful.