September 20, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

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Need help with flood-damaged CU Library Items? Ask Us!

If you have flood-damaged CU Library items please bring them to the Norlin Library circulation desk as soon as possible. We may be able to salvage damaged items, but don’t wait until it’s too late. Even if items have been destroyed and discarded or washed away, please contact Norlin Library Circulation as soon as possible: or 303-492-7477 or stop by in person.

Anyone evacuated or unable to return to their home, their business or to the Boulder campus because of travel restrictions will not be fined for overdue items.

The College of Engineering and Applied Science seeks an Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence

The College of Engineering and Applied Science has opened a search for a new Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence to join the college's leadership team. The Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence provides vision and leadership for the recruitment, retention and success of outstanding and diverse students, faculty and staff. The position leads the Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) Center, including initiatives to build the pipeline of students with interest and preparation for engineering study and careers, and initiatives to improve student performance and graduation rates.

Theoretical physicist and best-selling author Michio Kaku to speak at CU-Boulder Oct. 3

Michio Kaku, a prominent theoretical physicist and two-time New York Times best-selling author will be speak on Thursday, Oct. 3, at CU-Boulder’s Macky Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and Kaku will begin his speech at 7:30 p.m.

CU awarded $3.6 million for new way to produce magnesium for auto parts

A University of Colorado Boulder professor has been awarded a three-year, $3.6 million grant from the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop a new process to produce magnesium that can be used to make lightweight vehicle parts. 

Community Notes

FSAP Workshop: Restoring balance in times of trauma and stress

Feeling overwhelmed trying to adjust to stressful and/or traumatic life events? The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program invites you to join this interactive workshop that cultivates wellness and resiliency using simple, evidence-based skills to restore balance to your mind and body.

Flooding FAQs: Preventing mold growth

Recent campus flooding has caused concern by some over the potential for mold growth. We are confident that the campus efforts to mitigate the intrusion of water into our buildings has been and continues to be effective in preventing any dangerous mold growth. Read more facts about mold growth and campus mitigation efforts.

Throw a pie, raise money for flood relief: Sept. 23 UMC Fountain POSTPONED

Come out to the UMC fountain this Monday, Sept. 23 and get a chance to throw a pie at some friends! Over the next 30 days the University of Colorado Student Government is going to be raising $100,000 dollars across campus for flood relief. Pies shall fly from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and each throw is $1. See you there. More info.


Office of Financial Aid to change locations temporarily beginning Sept. 23

The financial aid office in the Regent Administrative Center, Room 175 will be under construction and inaccessible starting Monday, Sept. 23. The remodel will enhance the lobby area in an effort to improve the customer experience. Financial aid, student employment and scholarship staff will be available in the Regent Administrative Center, Room 205. Walk-ins are welcome and as always, we will be available by phone at 303-492-5091.


Be wary of scams during flood recovery

Colorado recovery continues with the energy and work of businesses, voluntary, faith-based, and community-based organizations along with government agencies and committed citizens. But, unfortunately, disasters also bring out criminals looking to prey on survivors by offering fraudulent services. Being cautious is essential to preventing rip-offs.  Don’t offer personal financial information over the phone. Know who you are dealing with. Never be shy about asking for identification. Government workers will never ask for a fee or payment. They wear an official government photo ID. Watch out for middlemen who promise you will receive disaster grants or money, especially if they ask for an upfront payment. There is never a fee to apply for FEMA disaster assistance or to receive it.

36 Prize Riders

36 Prize Riders: Ride Transit and Win BIG

If you currently travel US 36 between Denver and Boulder, you’re probably experiencing an increased commute time due to the US 36 Express Lanes Project. We know sitting in traffic can be tough, so why not try transit for a change? Change isn’t easy — we get that! So this summer, we’ve come up with a great incentive program to get you out of your car and onto the bus! Become a 36 Prize Rider today, and your first ride is on us.* From there, the more you ride, the more you can win great prizes like a cruiser bike, an iPad Mini, Rockies tickets and more.


Get impacted transit information first: Sign up for RTD Rider Alerts

Do you ride an RTD bus to campus? When special events, construction or maintenance impacts bus route schedules and stops, information is sent out to riders via email about detours, delays and stop relocations. How do you get these emails? Sign up for the RTD rider alert system. Subscribers can tailor their settings to receive notices about specific routes when impacts occur.

Live Free weekend

Are you taking the Live Free sobriety challenge?

For the fifth year, Counseling and Psychological Services and Oasis (a network of students committed to sobriety) have issued a challenge to the university called the Live Free Weekend. From noon Sept. 19 to noon Sept. 23, all those connected to the university have been challenged to forego alcohol, marijuana, or recreational drug use for 96 hours. Alternatively, if abstinence is not a desirable goal for you, you can participate by signing the binge-free agreement (electing not to binge drink and to abstain from recreational drug use).  Sign up now at the Live Free Weekend website.

City of Boulder E-bike public process update

As directed by council, the City of boulder is considering a potential electric-assisted bicycle pilot project to test use on multi-use paths (not including Open Space and Mountain Park OSMP trails). The Transportation Division is proceeding with a public process that is scheduled to provide a proposal for Council consideration in October 2013. The Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) will lead the review process and consider a staff recommendation at their meeting on September 23rd and then forward their recommendation to City Council. Council will make the final decision. 

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2013 Flood website is continuously updated

The campus resource and information website regarding the recent flooding and extreme weather events is constantly updated with information that may be relevant to you and your job. Faculty and staff assistance programs, funding support, leave guidance and more are covered. Spanish language versions of key information are also available through the site.

Live in Boulder? City flood recovery email list available.

The City of Boulder has been using a variety of emails groups and listservs to provide emergency flood information over the last week. While we continue to respond to some emergency situations, the majority of city resources have moved to flood recovery.

As a result, we will no longer be using these email groups or listservs to provide flood updates and recovery information.

If you’d like to continue to receive flood-specific updates and information, the city has created a “Boulder Flood Info” email list.  

Sign up for the email list.

Visit for comprehensive information and resources.