Student News and Events

Week of Aug. 10, 2020

What’s this? It’s the Lynx Central Student News events and updates webpage. Throughout the school year, students receive an e-newsletter in their inbox every Monday morning and this page provides them with extra details and more information. If you have items you’d like us to consider including, please complete our submission form by noon on Thursday for the following week. Please note that the information included is subject to change. Questions? Thanks for reading!

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Events and Important Dates


Prep Week

Monday, Aug. 10 – Friday, Aug. 14
Prep Week
New to CU Denver? This is the week for you!

Tuesday, Aug. 11 – Friday, Aug. 14
School & College Convocation Events
Various formats, dates and times

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 5pm – 7pm 
FirstGen: LynxStrong
Welcome for first-generation college students and their parents

Thursday, Aug. 13, pick your session
10am - 12:10pm / 2pm - 4:10 pm
Virtual workshops
Get to know CU Denver

Thursday, Aug. 13, 7pm - 8:30pm
Playfair Online
Virtual party
Lynx Crossing residents and incoming students
Register for Zoom link
, deadline Aug. 12, 5pm 
Sponsored by Student Life & Campus Community

Welcome Week

Monday, Aug. 17 and Tuesday, Aug. 18
10am – 4pm
Welcome Back Days
In-person, socially distanced
Learn about available resources and activities
Lawrence Street Mall

Tuesday, Aug. 18, Noon – 1pm  
Learn what student gov’t is up to this year
Facebook Live

Wednesday, Aug. 19, Noon – 1pm
Student Orgs Day
Learn how to join in and get involved 
Facebook Live

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 4pm – 6pm
Caricature Artist  
Get your cartoon drawn
Jam out to drums with Big Heads and Beats
RSVP to get the link

Thursday, Aug. 20, 11am – Noon / 2pm – 3pm 
DJ Party
Featuring DJ Nunez and DJ Chonz

Facebook Live

Additional Events and Dates

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 9am – 10:30am 
Lynx Mobile Food Pantry 
Limited supply, premade food boxes 
Walnut Parking Lot, West of 4th Street 
Near Lynx Crossing Residence Hall (formerly Campus Village)
2nd and 4th Tuesdays monthly, while needed 
Additional Food Bank of the Rockies mobile food bank locations

Thursday, Aug. 13, 4pm – 5pm
Virtual Town Hall

Prepare for the new semester
Chancellor Michelle Marks and interactive panel

Monday, Aug. 17
First Day of Classes
Welcome to fall 2020

Friday, Aug 28, 11am – 1pm 
Social Justice Teach-In

Moving beyond statements
Role of the public university in the fight for racial justice 
Featuring speakers from CU & Michigan State 
Registration deadline, Aug. 20

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Updates and Resources



New-look UCDAccess student portal: Your UCDAccess student portal has been redesigned, making it easier for you to navigate. Need some guidance on how to use it? Check out our handy-dandy guide.


Remote login has changed: The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has boosted our cybersecurity efforts. Starting in late May, everyone is now required to use Duo Security, a multi-factor authentication (MFA) in order to connect remotely to any university Office 365 app, including Outlook email. Instructions on how to use Duo and details about the upgrade are on the OIT MFA webpage. Please note some older devices/browsers may stop working when MFA is required.


Wellness Center Reopening: Welcome back to wellness. Starting Monday, Aug. 10, the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center is expected to be back open. As part of the phased reopening plan, essential services will be available and capacity in the center will be limited. Review the new usage guidelines & requirements, then head on over.


CU Denver Student Food Pantry: Starting Monday, Aug. 10, the food pantry is expected to be back open, Monday – Friday, Noon – 6pm, third floor of the wellness center.


New Study Spaces: You’ll find approximately 420 work spaces available to you on campus this fall. 69 centralized computer stations with drop-in and reservation options through the EMS scheduling system, 56 centralized landing zones without computers, and 233 school/college computer seats. Students should request an EMS account as soon as possible. It could take two days to get approval.


Stay updated! To be sure you’re receiving the latest information and updates from Chancellor Michelle Marks, PhD, and the university about the implications of coronavirus on our campus community, visit webpage or stay connected through social media.


What’s the plan for fall classes? On-campus, online, hybrid. Planning continues to evolve. Stay updated by checking the Safe Return to Campus website


Lynx Launch webinar: Did you miss the interactive webinar about starting the new semester off right? No worries! Watch it anytime.


Paid undergraduate research opportunities? Yes! Work-study research experiences are available through Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities in all fields including STEM, Business, Arts, Education, Social Sciences. Elevate your skills and get paid for it.

LynxConnect Personal & Professional Development: Use the virtual toolkit to stay updated on new tools, the job market, and current job and internship opportunities. 24/7 virtual access when it's convenient for you.


Auraria Library Safe Return underway: As part of the Auraria Library’s phased reopening plan, the 10th Street bookdrop is open, Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm. Phase II will begin August 17 with a Grab-to-Go service on print materials & limited opening of the Library Café for students, faculty, and staff.

It's here! New university website: After years in the making, a portion of our new website launched in late June featuring a more intuitive design. Read all about the website update project in CU Denver News then log into your favorite web pages.

Student Support Resources

Health Center at Auraria: The Health Center at Auraria, located in the Plaza Building, serves the entire Auraria campus community and is offering telehealth services in addition to in-person medical and mental health appointments. All appointments must be scheduled over the phone by calling 303-615-9999. You can also check the health center website for updates. For 24/7 crisis services, call 303-615-9911 or text TALK to 38255.

Coronavirus Student Support Resources webpage: Tutoring, the Writing Center, advising, job & career support, and a whole lot more. We’ve got staff and faculty ready to help! Get connected to administrative & academic services and life resources all in one place.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Lynx Central is a click or phone call away., 303-315-5969 (LYNX).

Get the most out of remote learning: The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is the place to turn for questions, advice, & support. Be the best remote learner you can be!

Loving Lynx Fund: CU Denver students facing current unanticipated financial emergencies in general, or as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including accidents, medical or dental emergencies, natural disasters, or a need for temporary housing may qualify for assistance from the Loving Lynx Fund. Please check the website to see if your needs qualify. Questions?


LGBTQ+ Connections Project! Need to chat one-on-one with someone you can trust and that understand you? The LGBTQ Student Resource Center will match you up with one of their staff members so you can reach out whenever you want. Sign up now to get connected

Veteran & military-connected students: Wondering how new university academic policies might impact your benefits? Ask the experts at Veteran & Military Student Services (VMSS)

Connect & cope with Nod: The new Nod app is available for no charge on both iPhone and Android to help students stay connected and cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. Complex challenges including social isolation, and concerns about family, health, and finances are a lot to deal with. Turn to Nod for tips and tools.

YOU@CUDenver & Coronavirus: Find supportive articles to help you cope with the emotional and physical stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic and navigate your life as a student with YOU@CUDenver, the student wellness portal. Create a profile, set goals, and get personalized content to help with all parts of your life.