May 16, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

CU-Boulder cheers faculty and staff giving to the university

Two hundred Boulder campus faculty, staff and fundraisers— most of whom make financial gifts to the University of Colorado—gathered Friday at Chancellor Philip DiStefano’s home for a late afternoon reception to celebrate faculty and staff. They heard remarks from campus and fundraising leadership, supporters including Pat Furman ('76, JD '80) and Tate Nelson ('92), and Arts & Sciences student Anne Stuller ('14). DiStefano recognized donors who have made planned gifts such as real estate, which can help CU now and in the future. He also mentioned the Esteemed Scholars Program—a new initiative that awards scholarships to top Colorado high school students who choose to attend the University of Colorado Boulder.

From Governor Hickenlooper: Thank you for your public service

Each year since 1985, the U.S. Congress designates the first full week of May as Public Service Recognition Week – time set aside to honor public employees and to educate the public about the many ways government workers make life better for all Americans. It is an opportunity for us to recognize all State employees and express appreciation for one another in our commitment to serve the people of Colorado.

Bardfest 2013 offers both tradition and twists

The 56th annual season of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival will feature a classic lineup — a comedy, a tragedy, a history — alongside a hilarious Shakespeare sendup and a return engagement of an Off-Broadway hit.

But if anything, expect the unexpected, as two veterans and two of CSF’s favorite comic actors take the helm and offer their own visions, from the exotic to the traditional.

'Lives of 007' offered for first time in Maymester

James Bond is playing a lead role in CU-Boulder’s Maymester course titled “Topics in Critical Film Studies: Lives of 007.”

Known for versatility and an iconic main character, the 007 films are the primary example of a complex, popular cinema phenomenon, said Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz, associate professor of film studies and the course instructor.

Community Notes

no smoking

Weekly FSAP Smoking Cessation support group starts June 10

Thinking of quitting? The latest research on smoking cessation shows that group counseling can increase your success. We’ll focus on ways to build motivation to quit, steps toward quitting, quit aids (prescription and OTC), and planning to ‘stay quit.’ This is a weekly group meeting at 11:45 a.m. each Monday on East Campus, and the program is open to CU-Boulder employees.

Leslie Leinwand

Leslie Leinwand honored with Bonfils-Stanton Award

Leslie Leinwand, chief Scientific officer of the University of Colorado Boulder's BioFrontiers Institute, was honored earlier this month as one of three recipients of the annual Bonfils-Stanton Awards, which are given to people who make outstanding contributions to enhance the quality of life for Colorado residents.

Digital Learning Wordle

Call for Awards to Improve Teaching and Learning Through Digital Learning Initiatives

ASSETT is pleased to announce two learning communities aimed at leveraging digital technologies to improve teaching and learning. Applications are now being accepted for the Teaching with Technology or the Hybrid and Online Course Design Seminars at

Teaching with Technology Faculty Seminar 

The UMC is open all summer - come eat, study, play, hangout

Starting May 13, it's back to business with Maymester and summer sessions. Remember, the UMC is open every day to welcome and help you. Come on over to hangout, study, eat, shop, take care of banking, play and relax at the Connection Bowling, Billiards & Games center, 1st floor. The Alferd Packer Restaurant & Grill is open Mondays-Fridays, 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., and Baby Doe's Coffee & Bakery is open 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fridays, and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays -- all conveniently located on campus for you.

For Women in Science

2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards call for nominations now open

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards call for nominations for 2014 is now open. If there is anyone in our community you would like to nominate, all nominations should be made online on The nominating process closes Friday, June 14. Founded in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science partnership was created to recognize and promote women in science.

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Did you know?

Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings on Thursday, May 16, in honor of Cpl. David Sonka, a Marine from Parker who was killed in Afghanistan. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

Sonka, 23, was killed in action in Afghanistan on May 4, 2013. He was assigned to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

You can visit the State of Colorado's current flag status website for more information about this solemn tradition.