September 27, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

Flood-displaced faculty and staff invited to apply for CU-Boulder Disaster Recovery funds

$500-per-household cash cards are available to assist current faculty and employees who are either temporarily or permanently displaced from their homes. The funding has been made available by generous gifts to the CU-Boulder Disaster Recovery Fund, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The online application form for the funding is accessible through the campus’ 2013 flood resources website. Funds are limited, so only those with financial hardship should apply.

Climate change, through the language of the arts

When the conversation turns to global warming, many Americans are inclined to turn away. And why not?

After all, it’s a vast and complicated subject. Truly understanding it seems to require specialized knowledge most people don’t possess. And perhaps most notably, it’s become such a hot-button political issue that it easily inflames passions.

The trick is figuring out how to reach people without turning them off.

Using the arts to inspire an emotional connection to and a deeper understanding of a difficult subject is the idea behind a series of events at CU-Boulder Oct. 1-6.

Student volunteers help recovery efforts in several Boulder neighborhoods

Last weekend, nearly two hundred CU-Boulder students joined the Volunteer Resource Center for a September Give a Day effort, working to help clear out some of the mud and debris from in and around flood victims’ homes in Boulder.

In fact, so many people wanted to help, the Volunteer Resource Center had to put a cap on the number of students allowed to sign up.

Join a committee to support students' international careers

Do you interact with students who want to go abroad in some capacity? Are you getting more questions from students on how to do so? A cross-campus committee, called the International Career Advisory Team (ICAT), was created for just this reason! Our purpose is to share knowledge and resources on international volunteer, internship, and job opportunities, both within the U.S. and abroad. ICAT also collaborates to create a series of events related to international careers. To read more about ICAT and check out the fall events, go to the ICAT website at Career Services.

Community Notes

Boulder B-cycle station coming to East Campus

July 1 - Aug. 31 CU-Boulder employees participated in the Boulder County Clean Air Challenge. Their dedication created a huge payback for our community…the addition of a new Boulder B-cycle station which is scheduled to arrive on East Campus. Keep watching for the B-cycle station coming soon.

Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano

Chancellor's Employee of the Year nomination deadline is approaching

Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano invites nominations for the 2013 Chancellor’s Employee of the Year Award. This annual award is presented to University of Colorado Boulder staff in recognition of and appreciation for exceptional job performance and distinguished contributions to the campus community. The award includes a prize of $1,500 (subject to payroll taxes) and a commemorative gift. The 2013 award will be presented at a private reception in November.

CU Volleyball

Faculty and Staff night at Colorado Volleyball - discount reserved seats just for you

This Friday Colorado Volleyball is celebrating Faculty/Staff Night vs. #11 UCLA. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Coors Events Center and all Faculty and Staff members can purchase reserved seats for just $3 each by using the code FACSTAFF at

CU Police warn of ‘work from home’ check scams

“Work from HOME and earn $300 weekly... the job will only take 1hr of your time daily and it's between Monday and Friday... the job is done at your free time... kindly get back to us ASAP if you care to know more about the job offer.”

The chance to earn $300 a week may sound appealing. But this language above is from a real e-mail sent by a fraudster trying to scam a CU-Boulder student.

No smoking

FSAP Workshop - Oct. 15 Getting Ready to Quit (Smoking Cessation)

Come learn effective ways to quit smoking and begin to evaluate your readiness for change. Cessation methodologies from the behavioral health and medical fields will be presented in this 1.5 hour workshop.

Skirt Skurry 5K

The Women's Club Field Hockey Team is hosting the Second Annual Skirt Scurry 5K at the University of Colorado's South Campus on Oct. 13 at 9:30 a.m. It will be officially timed, and a qualifier for the Bolder Boulder! We are raising money for our team to travel to tournaments in California.

Environmental service trip to Peru - December 2013

Service trip to Peru in December. Working in shanty towns outside of Lima. Great resume builder.

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In the News

On the Hill: debris pickup Oct. 1, off-street parking encouraged

Large trucks will be collecting flood debris from the Hill neighborhood starting Tuesday, Oct. 1. Everyone should refrain from parking on the street between 8 a.m. and noon on Oct. 1. This is to allow the large collection trucks to access all debris piles and protect cars from any potential damage. If you must park on the Hill during this time, for your safety and that of your vehicle, do not park near flood debris piles.

New Venture Challenge kicks off Monday, Sept. 30

The University of Colorado's New Venture Challenge, a campuswide entrepreneurship contest, enters its sixth year on Monday, Sept. 30, with a kick-off event.

The New Venture Challenge is CU’s cross-campus entrepreneurship competition. It is an entrepreneurial flight simulator, giving people in the CU community with an interest in starting a business a chance to give it a try while learning about the process through events, workshops, and mentors.
There is a series of workshops and competitions in the spring that culminate in the NVC Finals on April 22.
Read more about the New Venture Challege at their website,