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 Tuesday, May 11, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

IN THE SPOTLIGHT


Staff Benefit from a Fresh Perspective on the University
By Allison Sylvest

In a community as large as CU-Boulder, the campus relationship to the CU System may at times seem remote. Through the University Perspective program, staff are given an opportunity to make connections with university administration in a way that is both fun and informative.

University Perspective is a leadership development program that provides CU-Boulder and system staff with a broader knowledge of the four campuses, the Board of Regents, the legislature, and the City of Boulder, among others.

The eight-month program offers participants opportunities to meet and engage in discussions with university officials, attend a Board of Regents meeting, visit the state Capitol, and learn about the legislative process. Visits to the Colorado Springs, Denver and Fitzsimons campuses provide connections to CU's mission of offering higher education opportunities to local, national and international students.

The program has graduated 61 participants since its inception in 2000. Sixteen recent participants celebrated their graducation in an April 30 ceremony.

The 2003-2004 graduates are: Leslee Caballero, Cultural Unity Center; Rosie Compean, Organizational and Employee Development; Sylvia Dane, Environmental Health and Safety; Erin Frazier, Community Relations; Peggy Gordon, Architecture and Planning; Michaele Hinojosa, Environmental Health and Safety; Heather Kroger, Facilities Management; Joanna Linebarger, Web Communications; Pat Lindeman, Office of the Registrar; Carol Mash, Office of the Registrar; Jacci McKenna, Employment Services; Marysia Mycielski, Department of Mathematics; Blake Redabaugh, Planning, Budget and Analysis; Bob Rogers, Office of Admissions; Debra Rowley, Treasurer's Office; and Curt Williams, Libraries.

Throughout the program, speakers shared their personal experiences and insights into how the university works to achieve its mission and goals, and their own perspectives on what it takes to become effective leaders.

"By interacting with university administrators, Regents and legislators, I learned how important it is for leaders to think beyond their current positions to see how they can get involved," said Williams. "I know I will use this experience in my everyday life, and many of us who participated in the program are becoming more involved in our communities, both inside and outside of the university."

University Perspective is not a training class. Participants must be nominated. The program is available to all Boulder campus staff and System Administration staff who have been on the Boulder campus for at least two years and who have achieved a minimum level three evaluation.

For more information contact Shashi Thake, 492-8103 or visit the University Perspective Web site at www.colorado.edu/humres/UPerspective/.


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