March 13, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

Chancellor's Corner: An update on concealed carry and CU-Boulder

As I know many of you are interested in the status of permitted concealed weapons on campus, I want to update you on recent actions in the state legislature. This past Friday, the Senate ended further consideration of a bill to ban concealed weapons on college campuses across Colorado. The bill’s sponsor, Senator Rollie Heath, pulled the bill because the votes to support it were not there. As a result, both the law and the campus policy on concealed carry remain in effect. Any changes to the law would have to come through a future state legislative process.

Next step toward Gmail migration is coming March 13

The next step toward migration of student, alumni and retiree accounts from CULink to Gmail is coming on Thursday, March 13 when Gmail mailboxes will be created for all CU-Boulder affiliates. The creation of Gmail mailboxes will not impact campus e-mail systems or e-mail delivery and the mailboxes will not initially be enabled for receiving e-mail messages; however, Gmail will show up in the Google toolbars of all CU-Boulder affiliates.

TRANSforming Gender Symposium March 15-16

CU Boulder’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (GLBTQ) Resource Center will host its seventh annual TRANSforming Gender Symposium, March 15-16, 2013. The Symposium is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Center for Community. Please visit the GLBTQ web site to register for the symposium and view the full schedule. Organizers and co-sponsors are committed to addressing equality, support, visibility, and scholarship for transgender, gender nonconforming and intersex people.

CU-Boulder appoints Steven Hayward as inaugural Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy

Steven Hayward has been appointed the first Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy, the University of Colorado Boulder announced today. Hayward, Thomas W. Smith Distinguished Fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio, will begin his one-year appointment in the fall.

Less sleep leads to more eating and more weight gain, according to new CU-Boulder study

Sleeping just five hours a night over a workweek and having unlimited access to food caused participants in a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder to gain nearly two pounds of weight.

Community Notes

CU-Boulder graduate programs earn top national ratings

Graduate programs across the University of Colorado continue to gain attention for excellence in the latest annual rankings from U.S. News & World ReportCU-Boulder retains top honors for the No. 1 atomic/molecular/optical physics program, tied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Other CU-Boulder programs ranking in the top 10 nationally are environmental sciences (fifth), environmental law (fifth), quantum physics (fifth), ceramics (eighth) and physical chemistry (eighth).

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program Work Life workshops

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program Work-Life program invites you to attend our workshops on various Work-Life topics. Our educational programs are offered on campus by both internal and external professionals who are experts in their areas. Here you will find information and tools you can use to create a more satisfied, healthy and productive work environment. Here are some of the topics lined up this spring. Smoking Cessation, Spring Cleaning for Your Body, Stress Management, Violence in Older Adult Relationships, and Love and Money.

CU Poetry Slam March 7

The 11th annual CU Poetry Slam is set to take place in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom on Friday, March 7. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. After many poets auditioned and tried out to be a part of CU history, 10 skilled CU poets prevailed and are ready to compete for the title of Poetry Slam Champion. However, CU’s annual Poetry Slam has not always been this big.

Colorado Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Symposium, March 19-20

The Colorado Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Symposium will be held on March 19-20, in the Discovery Learning Center on campus. While the symposium is free, participants are asked to register through our website.  The two day Symposium provides a platform for enlightening, encouraging and challenging discussions about global WASH issues and solutions and will draw together students, faculty and researchers, Coloradan non-profits and internationally prominent development practitioners engaged in the WASH agenda.

TIAA-CREF

Want personalized, objective financial advice at no cost to you?

One way to see if you're on track to achieve your goals is to talk with a TIAA-CREF Financial Consultant, who can review your retirement assets and help you create a portfolio tailored to your personal needs. TIAA-CREF will be offering personal financial counseling at the University of Colorado – Boulder in March. Check the Campus Events Calendar for specific dates and times, or call TIAA-CREF at 866-843-5640 to sign up.

Old Main

Equity and Excellence Awards call for nominations extended - due today

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement (ODECE) at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks nominations for the 28th Annual Equity and Excellence Awards. This award is designed to recognize students, staff and faculty who have successfully and effectively worked to promote the principles of diversity and inclusive excellence in teaching, learning, higher education program management, or leadership practices and execution.

 
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