May 21, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

Open Enrollment ends at 5 p.m. Friday, May 24

Open Enrollment ends this Friday at 5 p.m. This is the one time of year when University of Colorado benefits-eligible employees and retirees may make changes to benefits.

While the overall 2013-14 plan rates are 3.8 percent higher than current rates, the amount paid by university faculty and staff will not increase – and in some cases, it may decrease.

Staff Council Update: Annual staff appreciation event honors retirees, years of service

What do 1992, 1987, 1982 and 1977 have in common? These years were the starting points of University of Colorado careers that have lasted between 20 and 35 years, and were recognized at the annual Staff Council “Years of Service” appreciation event.

Chancellor DiStefano opened the event by expressing his deep appreciation for the staff being acknowledged and for the vital role that staff plays in the everyday operations of the university. Staff Council Vice-Chair Philip Bradley emceed the event, sharing historical tidbits about the milestone years and reading the honorees’ names.

Northern hemisphere losing last dry snow region, says CU study

Last July, something unprecedented in the 34-year satellite record happened: 98 percent of the Greenland Ice Sheet’s surface melted, compared to roughly 50 percent during an average summer. Snow that usually stays frozen and dry turned wet with melt water. Research led by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences now shows last summer’s extreme melt could soon be the new normal.

Community Notes

City of Boulder news

Take an online flood safety quiz; enter to win a gift card

The City of Boulder is asking community members (residents and others who spend a significant amount of time in Boulder) to take a short online quiz about flood safety. Participants who also provide their contact information can be entered to win a $20 Downtown Boulder gift card.

Take the quiz at: before May 31 to be entered.

Quiz results will be used to inform the city’s flood safety outreach efforts.            

Week of Welcome 2013 - Please note these special dates and times

Week of Welcome is a very important time of year for new CU students. We are currently compiling a list of all events for new students occurring from August 22 - 25. Week of Welcome also includes a variety of high profile events, such as the Chancellor's Convocation, which are considered mandatory for all incoming new students.

Change Your Behavior, Change Your Weight: FSAP Workshop June 19

Wondering if our Change Your Behavior, Change Your Weight workshop might be helpful to you? Come to this one-time workshop where we’ll hit the highlights of the 8-week group program. We’ll explore behaviors that contribute to excess weight and tools that can help extinguish these behaviors. You’ll leave with an idea of helpful behaviors that can improve health outcomes. 

18th & Colorado closure: Transit impacts

The intersection of 18th & Colorado has closed to vehicular traffic for approximately two months. The Stampede, J, and HOP bus routes and pedestrian/bicycle traffic are detoured for the duration of the closure. Visit the PTS service disruptions website for updated information regarding transit impacts.

Campus traffic advisory: High school commencements

CU-Boulder will host several high school commencements during May. Public parking for event attendees will be available around Coors Events and Conference Center. Traffic congestion on campus roadways will begin approximately 2 hours prior to the beginning of a ceremony and lasts approximately 1 hour after the conclusion of each commencement.

Following is the schedule of high school commencements:


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Boulder Reservoir opens May 25, Scott Carpenter Pool May 28

The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department will open the Boulder Reservoir front gate, beach and boathouse for the summer season on Saturday, May 25, and will begin charging entry fees.

Scott Carpenter Pool will open for the summer season on Tuesday, May 28. In order to increase parking availability for park and pool patrons, the Scott Carpenter Park parking lot will have a 3-hour maximum parking limit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be patrolled by city staff for violations.