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 Tuesday, November 13, 2007 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Teamwork makes a difference
Athletic Director Mike Bohn

We in the Department of Athletics are honored by and proud of the growing sense of teamwork emerging on the Boulder campus. The enthusiasm and involvement of you and many of your colleagues in our athletics program are major reasons for the current excitement surrounding your team, the Colorado Buffaloes.

People often think only obvious leaders like the president, chancellor, vice chancellors and deans can make a difference. However, everyone has a chance to make a difference and be a leader in their own way, and we've seen that type of leadership develop over the past couple of years.

Currently, there are over 100 faculty and staff members actively involved in the athletics recruiting process. They meet with prospective student-athletes and promote the benefits of coming to the University of Colorado at Boulder, presenting athletics in a favorable light and expressing their high expectations for academic performance. The involvement of faculty in recruiting on this scale is having a significant impact. We have commitments from many top prospects in virtually all sports—including many of the state's elite student-athletes—and the feedback we've received from recruits has been most positive regarding faculty and staff involvement.

Faculty members have also responded to the call for leadership on the CU-Boulder Athletic Board (CUBAB) and the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (IAC) within the Boulder Faculty Assembly, where they are immersed in working hard for the improvement and betterment of the university.

In addition, the new multi-use indoor athletic bubble erected last month on the practice field just north of Boulder Creek not only helps our football and women's soccer teams, it will help club sports with their practice needs. This marquee facility is also available for campus and community groups that might have use for it. It was built with private donations, as is the case with the new basketball operations center at the Coors Events Center, a necessary upgrade to help the men's and women's programs. The Varsity Room in the Dal Ward Athletic Center, recently remodeled thanks to funding from a legacy Buff, is also available for use by any campus constituency for their needs, as is the Byron White Club atop the east side of Folsom Field. Both showcase the beauty of the campus and City of Boulder.

My favorite example of teamwork and people making a big difference involves the cooperation between Dean Dan Sher of the School of Music and Molly Winter of the city of Boulder and Downtown Boulder Inc. Dan and Molly helped create a popular new tradition in a very short time, generating a college atmosphere on the downtown Pearl Street Mall with banners, music and fun to create the Pearl Street Stampede. Thanks to their efforts, we now have a signature tradition the night before home football games that showcases both the university and the city of Boulder.

We must continue to inspire more people on the Boulder campus to join in building a world-class athletics program to match our world-class institution. The effort to build a nationally ranked men's basketball program is an example of a great opportunity to affect positive change. We invite you to be a part of the excitement by attending games and watching the leadership of new head coach, Jeff Bzdelik.

Ultimately, it all comes down to people. A prime example is former CU football player and team captain, Walt Koelbel, who showed his confidence in the university's direction by making a major donation to name our new Leeds School of Business building.

Clearly, we are all connected. Through teamwork, continued collaboration and mutual respect, our future as an institution is extremely promising. Go Buffs!

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