Students Features Archive

Exxon Valdez oil spill – 25 years later

In the early morning hours of March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker sliced into Prince William Sound’s Bligh Reef, spilling hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil into pristine Alaskan waters.  It is considered one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters.

Twenty-five years later, impacts from the spill remain. Liesel Ritchie, assistant director of CU-Boulder’s Natural Hazards Center, spent years researching the impact the spill has had on the residents of Cordova, considered ground zero for the spill. 

New environmental design minor launches

CU-Boulder’s Program in Environmental Design is launching a new minor, to begin this fall, with three possible tracks: design, history and theory, and planning. The minor is open to students of all disciplines and provides a foundation in theory, history, and methodology employed in fields such as architecture, planning, landscape architecture and related design disciplines.


Chancellor DiStefano appointed to Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) advisory board

Chancellor Philip DiStefano was appointed last week to the advisory board of the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN),  that was launched by Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2011 to encourage public-private collaboration in industries expected to create new jobs.

History of St. Patrick’s Day - Professor Patrick Tally

Green food and drinks, festive parades, Irish music and shamrocks painted on smiling faces are all part of the great celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. But the St. Patrick’s Day celebration of the of the 21st century is a far cry from its holy origins in the ninth century, says Patrick Tally, a CU-Boulder historian.

Student life: CU poet ready to slam

Junior Kaleena Kovach is ready for the competition to begin. On Friday, March 7, she will be one of 10 CU-Boulder student poets competing in the 11th annual CU Poetry Slam. The following week she will take her poetry talent to the stage during the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational March 12–15. Both slams will be in the Glenn Miller Ballroom.

Simons named 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award recipient

Five members of the University of Colorado community are recipients of the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award, among the highest honors given at CU. The Jefferson Award recognizes CU faculty, staff and students who demonstrate excellence in the performance of regular academic responsibilities while contributing outstanding service to the broader community. Peter Simons, director of the Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement (IECE) at CU-Boulder, was named as this year's staff recipient.

Join the campus celebration for Steve Pollock, U.S. Professor of the Year

University of Colorado Boulder physics Professor Steven Pollock was named a 2013 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in November 2013. Please join The President's Teaching Scholars Program and The Faculty Teaching Excellence Program for a celebration of his acheivement as they host, “From a Scholarship of Learning to a Celebration of Teaching” on Wednesday, March 12, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Community (C4C).

Summer Session courses part of student’s recipe for success

Kylie Youmans has spent her summers in the sun, studying for summer courses, and making time for a host of hobbies. When she is not studying, she is a CU Student Ambassador, a Young Life College leader, and a student blogger for the Office of Admissions. The senior is set to graduate in May with a degree in psychology and a minor in education.

Taking charge of our future: Background on the campus budget

As many of you know, the campus has three different funding sources: education and general funds, auxiliary funds, and the restricted budget. Today we will explore the category of education and general funds. 

This is the second in a series of campus budget articles you will see in CU-Boulder Today over the next couple of months. 

CU-Boulder campus closed to non-affiliates on Sunday, April 20

For the past two years, CU-Boulder has closed the campus to non-affiliates on April 20. We have taken these steps to ensure that our research, creative work, teaching, studying, residential and student support services, and official business – which occurs on the campus seven days a week – are not compromised by the unwanted 4/20 gathering. For a third straight year, I am announcing that the campus will be closed to non-affiliates on April 20.


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