September 24, 2013 Students CU-Boulder Today

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Boulder campus endorses changes to academic calendar, commencement

At the close of the 2013 spring semester, University of Colorado Boulder campus leadership began deliberations regarding changes to the academic calendar, with the goal of reinstating reading days before fall and spring final exams. The request for the return of this study period was launched by our student government (CUSG) and endorsed by the campus faculty assembly (BFA).

In response to our student’s concerns regarding the quick transition from the instructional period to the final exam period, beginning with Fall 2014 (next calendar year) final exams will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday evening and continue through 10 p.m. Thursday evening. This will become the ongoing pattern for final exams, and will continue for both fall and spring terms. Students will have a minimum 47-hour period between the end of classes at 5 p.m. on the previous Friday and the first final exam.

The change in the final exam calendar also requires changes to the Boulder campus commencement schedule. Also starting in fall 2014, the Friday after the final exam period will be open for the full day so that that our colleges, schools and departments can schedule individual recognition ceremonies. After the Friday recognition ceremonies, the campus-wide Commencement will be held on Saturday morning. The first Saturday Commencement for the University of Colorado Boulder will be on Dec. 20, 2014. Read more >>

CU Police giving away free U-locks, encouraging bike safety

By the CU-Boulder Police Department

The CU-Boulder Police Department is giving away free bike U-locks. Bike theft continues to be the No. 1 crime on campus, and we need your help to deter thieves. Don’t become a target.

Thinking of studying abroad? Deadline to apply for spring is Oct. 1

According to the 2012 CU senior survey, if students could do college differently, 46 percent of seniors on campus said they wished they had studied abroad.

Luckily at CU-Boulder, the Office of International Education offers an assortment of opportunities for everyone. With 340 distinct programs, in more than 70 countries around the world and an army of study abroad staff to answer every thinkable question, students have all the tools necessary to make it happen.

Covert product placements in TV shows increase consumers’ memories and brand attitudes, says CU-Boulder study

Consumers who watch television sitcoms and see product placements through covert marketing have better memories of the products and better attitudes toward the brands, according to three joint studies led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

Community Notes

Q&A for tenants affected by flood to be held Sept. 26

On Thursday, Sept. 26, the City of Boulder Community Mediation Program will be hosting free Q&A session with local landlord-tenant attorneys. The session is open to the public and will be held in Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students can also seek legal consultation through the university.

Flood photo courtesy City of Boulder

How unusual were September’s floods?

A panel of science experts will convene at the University of Colorado Boulder on Wednesday, Sept. 25, to discuss weather and climate related to the recent devastating floods. Panelists from several institutions will discuss the unusual weather conditions that caused the floods, the historical context and the potential influence of human-caused climate change on this extreme event. Western Water Assessment (WWA) is convening the panel and also will release a brief preliminary assessment of the severe flooding, including information on weather, water, climate and risk.

Innovative conference showcases future of breakthrough energy

In this unparalleled, three-day free-energy conference (Oct. 10-12), enthusiasts from all walks of life will connect with influential scientists, leaders and revolutionaries in the breakthrough energy field.

New Online Composition Hub offers students online help with class assignments

The Online Composition Hub is a new tutoring service that uses online tools to provide support for students enrolled in online classes. A free service for Continuing Education students, the Online Composition Hub offers access to experienced, student tutors who provide peer-to-peer guidance and review student work.

Networking event: Boulder 2140 + 29th St. Mall + CU-Boulder Career Services

Connect with young professionals in Boulder to learn about full time possibilities, as well as internships at the September Boulder 2140 networking event, Thursday, Sept. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Cantina Laredo at 29th Street Mall.

CU's Gay-Straight Alliance hosts Queer Sex Ed!

Queer Sex Ed is an all-inclusive sexual education experience that some students may not have received in grade school, as well as an opportunity to further branch out and become aware of other means of sexual expression and practice. The event will include presentations from CU's own Community health about safe sex practices and means of proper conduct involving sexual partners (ie communication, protection, etc), as well as a demonstration by Sex Educator Laura Kille, who has spoken at this event numerous times in the past and has been well-received. We will also have a portion of the night dedicated to Q&A involving a Panel of our Peers, in which students will have the opportunity to personally pose questions to a board made up of various people representing the intersectionality within our campus community.

New college subcommittees on Media Production and Media Studies to meet Sept. 26

Two subcommittees helping to plan the proposed new College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) will hold public meetings Thursday, Sept. 26 to share their initial ideas and solicit comments. The subcommittees are among several charged with recommending curriculum and structure for the college’s seven academic units.

The CMCI’s Media Production subcommittee will meet on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m. in Muenzinger, Room E123. The subcommittee on Media Studies will follow immediately, from 4:15-5 p.m., also in Muenzinger, Room E123.

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