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Climate change, through the language of the arts

When the conversation turns to global warming, many Americans are inclined to turn away. And why not?

After all, it’s a vast and complicated subject. Truly understanding it seems to require specialized knowledge most people don’t possess. And perhaps most notably, it’s become such a hot-button political issue that it easily inflames passions.

The trick is figuring out how to reach people without turning them off.

Using the arts to inspire an emotional connection to and a deeper understanding of a difficult subject is the idea behind a series of events at CU-Boulder Oct. 1-6.

Student volunteers help recovery efforts in several Boulder neighborhoods

Last weekend, nearly two hundred CU-Boulder students joined the Volunteer Resource Center for a September Give a Day effort, working to help clear out some of the mud and debris from in and around flood victims’ homes in Boulder.

In fact, so many people wanted to help, the Volunteer Resource Center had to put a cap on the number of students allowed to sign up.

Thinking of studying abroad? Deadline to apply for spring is Oct. 1

According to the 2012 CU senior survey, if students could do college differently, 46 percent of seniors on campus said they wished they had studied abroad.

Luckily at CU-Boulder, the Office of International Education offers an assortment of opportunities for everyone. With 340 distinct programs, in more than 70 countries around the world and an army of study abroad staff to answer every thinkable question, students have all the tools necessary to make it happen.

Boulder campus endorses changes to academic calendar, commencement

At the close of the 2013 spring semester, University of Colorado Boulder campus leadership began deliberations regarding changes to the academic calendar, with the goal of reinstating reading days before fall and spring final exams. The request for the return of this study period was launched by our student government (CUSG) and endorsed by the campus faculty assembly (BFA).

In response to our student’s concerns regarding the quick transition from the instructional period to the final exam period, beginning with Fall 2014 (next calendar year) final exams will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday evening and continue through 10 p.m. Thursday evening. This will become the ongoing pattern for final exams, and will continue for both fall and spring terms. Students will have a minimum 47-hour period between the end of classes at 5 p.m. on the previous Friday and the first final exam.

The change in the final exam calendar also requires changes to the Boulder campus commencement schedule. Also starting in fall 2014, the Friday after the final exam period will be open for the full day so that that our colleges, schools and departments can schedule individual recognition ceremonies. After the Friday recognition ceremonies, the campus-wide Commencement will be held on Saturday morning. The first Saturday Commencement for the University of Colorado Boulder will be on Dec. 20, 2014. Read more >>

Need help with flood-damaged CU Library Items? Ask Us!

If you have flood-damaged CU Library items please bring them to the Norlin Library circulation desk as soon as possible. We may be able to salvage damaged items, but don’t wait until it’s too late. Even if items have been destroyed and discarded or washed away, please contact Norlin Library Circulation as soon as possible: norcirc@colorado.edu or 303-492-7477 or stop by in person.

Anyone evacuated or unable to return to their home, their business or to the Boulder campus because of travel restrictions will not be fined for overdue items.

Regents vote to expand anti-discrimination policy

Protection for diverse expression of political philosophy, as well as gender identity and gender expression, now are included in the CU Board of Regents’ anti-discrimination policy.

At its Tuesday meeting at the University Memorial Center on the CU-Boulder campus, the board voted unanimously for the changes to the Laws of the Regents, Article 10, and Regent Policy 1.C.2.

Volunteer Resource Center coordinating several local relief efforts

The Volunteer Resource Center is coordinating several volunteer efforts to help local community members whose homes have been devastated by the floods. Here's how you can help >>

Student athletes serve flood-weary community with a hot meal

On Saturday afternoon, Folsom Field was quiet. But high above the empty grass, in the stadium’s club level, hundreds of flood-weary families gathered for a meal served by CU-Boulder’s student athletes.

CU-Fresno State football game postponed

Saturday’s football game between the University of Colorado and Fresno State has been postponed, university officials decided Friday morning. After careful consideration, CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano has decided that the university will not hold a football game on Saturday, Sept. 14, and that school officials will discuss a possible make-up date for the game.

Emergency officials: Floodwater still hazardous, possibly contaminated

Despite a break in the weather, emergency officials are reminding people that flooded areas remain hazardous and that tubing and kayaking are not legal during a declared emergency.

Boulder County Public Health is urging people to stay out of all floodwaters, even in areas where the water appears to be calm. The water may be contaminated with bacteria and sewage and hidden debris under the surface could be dangerous.

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