Students Features Archive

From Dean Gonzales and VC Boswell: Support when you need it

Our campus and our nation are the middle of complex conversations about race, climate and identity in America stemming from recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. These conversations can increase our community members’ need for support and advocacy. We want you to know that there are many avenues available to discuss feelings, experiences and have support needs met. We encourage you to make use of the campus organizations that are here to assist you. Learn more >>

Getting the most out of your holiday shopping dollar

We’d all like to get the most out of our holiday shopping dollar and the best way to do that, says Donald Lichtenstein, a business professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is take the time to prepare yourself by researching prices, quality and brands before you hit the stores or the Internet.

New benefit: Learn anytime, anywhere with

All CU-Boulder faculty, staff and students now have access to, an online library of high-quality instructional videos on the latest software applications, as well as creative and business skills. With more than 2,500 courses, is designed for all levels of learners and is available from any location with internet access. Start learning at

From the Police Chief: Adapting to new technologies and recognizing the growing obsolescence of the 'blue light' phones

As police chief, I want to keep you informed about personal safety and the various programs we have on campus to reduce crime. You’ve probably seen some of the 80 emergency “blue light” phones spread throughout campus. These phones were first installed in 1995, back when pagers were cutting-edge communications technology and very few people carried cell phones. Obviously, our technologies have improved since then, and the vast majority of 911 calls made on the CU-Boulder campus today come from cell phones.

Fall break and CDC travel advisories regarding travel to West Africa

The upcoming fall and winter breaks are often popular times for travel, so we want you to know about the latest CDC travel advisories. The CDC recommends that people avoid non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone at this time.

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 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.


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