Students Features Archive

Before you leave town: Fall break reminders

With many students planning to leave campus during fall break (Nov. 22 - Nov. 30), please take a moment to review some general reminders. Also, if you plan to remain on campus, please review the campus operations information.

Faculty in Focus No. 6: The composer

Colorado’s harsh winter of 1873-74 gave rise to an event that has captivated Coloradans ever since: Alferd Packer, a prospector stranded in the snow in the Rocky Mountains with his friends, forced to resort to cannibalism to survive.

The rich history of the ordeal and resulting trial, societal reactions, and the mystery surrounding it have inspired numerous books and creative presentations. In recent years, CU-Boulder students voted to name the UMC cafeteria the Alferd Packer Restaurant & Grill, with its slogan, “Have a Friend for Lunch.”

From the Provost: Strategies to help CU students stay on track to graduation

Earning a CU-Boulder degree – one of the most valuable degrees in the nation according to payscale.com and other studies – is the prime objective of all our students, and it’s the reason our faculty, staff and administrators are here. While our campus has always worked to support the success of our students, we are redoubling our efforts in this area as part of the chancellor’s goal to ensure student success. With first semester finals just a month away, we strongly advise you to carefully evaluate your academic progress, and if you are struggling, to take the steps outlined in this article to get back on track.

From the Provost and SVC: Q&A on the new student employment policy

At the beginning of October, our campus introduced a new policy that limits hourly student employees to a maximum of 25 hours per week (or 50 hours per bi-weekly pay period) during the academic year. Since that time, we have received many questions from students and the campus departments that employ these students. Therefore, we have developed some frequently asked questions and our answers.

Faculty in Focus No. 5: The mechanical engineer

Although she worked for a time as an engineer, Shelly Miller chose a career in academia because of her love of learning and the enjoyment she gets from working with students in a university environment. She was the second person and second female to be hired (in 1998) in air quality and mechanical engineering at CU-Boulder.

Chancellor’s Corner: Undertaking a grand challenge

In my State of the Campus address, I invited all faculty, staff and students to undertake a grand challenge in which we leverage our unique strengths in Earth and space science and technology. 

My vision for the grand challenge is to create a collaborative environment among Earth and space sciences, engineering, business, law, social sciences and humanities faculty members, students and staff as well as public and private sector partners in order to explore, understand and influence how space-based innovations and technologies impact business, law and society. I have named a steering committee to help make this vision a reality, and plan for a Dec. 9 "Imagination Summit."

A space for all voices

Graduate student Awon Atuire was 11 when he read a book that forever changed his view of the world. The experience propelled him on a journey from Ghana to the PhD program in comparative ethnic studies at CU-Boulder.

Improving the accessibility of CU-Boulder’s digital environment

The University of Colorado Boulder has been taking important steps to improve the accessibility of its digital environment. Learn about efforts to enhance the digital campus experience for those with and without disabilities and to foster institution-wide cultures of inclusiveness.

Student entrepreneurs: Technology Bridges - Connecting seniors to the latest tech

After realizing there was a serious demand among older adults to get connected to the latest technology, CU-Boulder students Josh Chen and Anthony Levy launched Technology Bridges, or tBridges.

Chancellor's Corner: Join me at the Diversity and Inclusion Summit

Next week will see the campus celebrate the 20th annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit, to be hosted in the University Memorial Center on Nov. 11 and 12. I want to extend a personal invitation to each member of the campus community to attend this important two-day event. This summit raises awareness on the need for our campus to continually transform itself to become more diverse, more welcoming and more inclusive of individuals, communities and ideas.

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