March 14, 2013 Students 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.

St. Patrick's Day Weekend

By Christina Gonzales, Dean of Students
      Joe Roy, Chief, University of Colorado Police Department

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, we’d like to encourage everyone to celebrate responsibly. But as you do so, please take steps to ensure the health and safety of yourself and others.

C-Unit: The story of a student section

On a typical Thursday night during the 2012-13 Colorado basketball season, the energy at the Coors Events Center was electric. The student section was a sea of black and gold, and a loud one at that. Music from the band was interspersed with a constant stream of cheers, ranging from the traditional fight song to a rendition of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” during an opponent’s free throw shot: “You’re not gonna make it, anymoooore...”

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.

Community Notes

Do it for yourself. Do it for your partner.

Community Health is offering free, walk-in HIV testing on Mondays from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the UMC and 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Atlas. Testing is also offered on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the UMC and from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Will Vill. Results are available in just 20 minutes.

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).

Win $500 - student writing contest - deadline March 19

Each Spring, the Center of the American West awards cash prizes to talented CU-Boulder students writing on Western topics. Known as the Thompson Awards for Western American Writing, the contest is open to all CU Boulder program students, graduate and undergraduate. Entry deadline is Tuesday, March 19. Categories include poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, academic non-fiction and memoir. The work must have as its subject or theme an aspect of the American West. First place winners receive $500.

Call for proposals now open for COLTT 2013 (Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology) conference

Keep those proposals rolling in for COLTT 2013. The program committee encourages submissions for dynamic sessions that explore groundbreaking and effective uses of technology in teaching and learning settings. Plan to join us this summer for another great COLTT at Wolf Law, Aug. 7 and 8, 2013.