August 21, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

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New financial educator to help CU students navigate money matters

In an effort to help CU-Boulder students make smart financial decisions about their budgets, credit, school loans and other money matters, a new campus financial educator will be available to students beginning Aug. 26, the first day of fall semester classes.

The CU Money Sense program was created by the Bursar’s Office in 2009 to provide student financial workshops and other educational opportunities including “Money Smart Week,” according to Susie Jacobs, the program’s director.

Reducing the impact of phishing: New outbound e-mail throttles

Recently, the CU-Boulder campus has seen an increase in the number of accounts compromised by phishing attempts. CU-Boulder has long allowed the sending of outbound e-mail to the Internet without any restrictions. Due to the increased occurrence and impact of accounts compromised by e-mail phishing, CU-Boulder can no longer let an unlimited flow of outbound e-mail occur without risking the integrity of the entire e-mail communication environment. More at

New mobile technology can test for agricultural pathogens in Africa

A University of Colorado Boulder faculty member will travel to Africa later this month to test a mobile smartphone technology developed by his team to rapidly detect and track natural carcinogens, including aflatoxin, which is estimated to contaminate up to 25 percent of the global food supply and cause severe illnesses in humans and animals.

Feather colors may be for more than just looks: Hue can affect bird health

For female North American barn swallows, looking good pays healthy dividends.

A new study conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder and involving Cornell University shows the outward appearance of female barn swallows, specifically the hue of their chestnut-colored breast feathers, has an influence on their physiological health.

Nearly 600 first-year CU-Boulder students to take part in ‘Day of Service’ Aug. 24

About 600 incoming students at the University of Colorado Boulder will get the opportunity to try their hand helping others during a “Day of Service” on Saturday, Aug. 24.

The Day of Service is an opportunity for first-year students to get out into the community they are entering and experience its needs and culture beyond the borders of the CU campus, according to Jen Ross, director of the Volunteer Resource Center at CU-Boulder, which spearheads the service event.

Community Notes

New CU Collegiate Recovery Center opening Aug. 26

The CU Collegiate Recovery Center (CUCRC) provides support for students in recovery from alcohol or drug abuse and other addictive behaviors. The CUCRC is open to all who seek to live substance-free as well as those who are supportive of the recovery community.
All students, staff and faculty are invited to check out the new center, meet student members and the director, and enjoy free pizza during the UMC Welcome Fest on Friday, Aug. 23, from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. The center is located in UMC room 102, down the hall from The Connection bowling alley.

CU Football

Experience Colorado Football: Faculty and staff discounts for season tickets

We invite you to experience the tradition and pageantry that is Colorado Football with new coach Mike MacIntyre and the Buffaloes. We will open the season in Denver against CSU on Sept. 1 before welcoming Central Arkansas, Fresno State, Oregon, Arizona, Cal and USC to Boulder. Faculty and staff receive 20% off the price of season tickets, so don’t miss your chance to take advantage of this discount and stand Shoulder to Shoulder with your fellow faculty and staff, students and fans.

Week of Welcome to feature convocation, music fest and more

Dozens of activities await new CU-Boulder students starting Aug. 22, including a welcome convocation, a Folsom Field pep rally and a “Global Jam” international food and music fest.

The free events give new students a chance to get acquainted with each other, the campus and surrounding community before classes start on Aug. 26. The activities are scheduled in addition to orientation sessions that cover the details of class registration, policies and student services at each college.

CU-Boulder student leaders receive fire safety training

Last Wednesday, the Sherry Kenyon RA Fire Academy trained more than 200 CU-Boulder student leaders in fire safety. Participants learned how to use fire extinguishers, met with Boulder firefighters and experienced a “simulation” smoke-filled hallway. These student leaders will use their training to help educate our 6,500 residents living on campus. The academy is a 12-year collaboration between Housing & Dining Services and the Boulder Fire Department.

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