October 2, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

Campus reports 84% satisfaction with OIT services

During the spring 2013 semester, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) distributed a campus-wide survey designed to identify client satisfaction levels and areas of improvement for OIT-provided services. The results of this survey are available for your review in the Summary of the Results & Highlights of Findings from the 2013 Annual Proactive Survey report located on the OIT website.

CU-Boulder program matches local families with international students

Last year the University of Colorado Boulder had a record number of incoming international students, and the trend is expected to continue this year. Home countries for these students range from China to Algeria to Malaysia and Norway. And thanks to the welcoming members of the Boulder Friends of International Students (BFIS) program, these students have the opportunity to get to know host families who invite them to various events like hiking, concerts, ball games, or simply get together for dinner once a month.

Amadei to discuss science, technology and engineering in sustainable human development

Professor of Civil Engineering and founder of Engineers without Borders-USA, Bernard Amadei will discuss the intertwined roles of science, technology, and engineering necessary in sustainable human development. The issues of poverty, social justice, shelter, food security, and infrastructure development are only a few of the challenges that require multiple perspectives to develop innovative and sustainable solutions.

The talk will be held on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in Math 100, and will be followed by a Q&A.

Colorado business confidence falls slightly going into fourth quarter, says CU-Boulder Leeds School

The confidence of Colorado business leaders has slightly declined going into the fourth quarter as uncertainty facing a potential government shutdown and the federal deficit increased, according to the most recent Leeds Business Confidence Index, or LBCI, released today by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Experienced entrepreneurs better cope with stress by knowing value of time away, says CU study

Taking breaks from the stress of a startup improves experienced entrepreneurs’ mental well-being, but not inexperienced entrepreneurs’ well-being, says a study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

Community Notes

CU on the Weekend: "Healthy Action and Mindful Awareness for Moms" on Oct. 12

Join Sona Dimidjian, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, for a discussion about innovations in promoting wellness among mothers. Part of CU on the Weekend, “Healthy Action and Mindful Awareness for Moms” is free and open to the public on Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon in Benson Earth Sciences, Room 180.

Peace Corps info session - Oct. 3

Join us Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. in UMC Room 425 to learn about the Peace Corps application process and how you can make yourself a more competitive Peace Corps applicant. There will also be returned Peace Corps Volunteers there to answer your questions about what it is like to be a volunteer. Free pizza will be provided for this event. Visit the event Facebook page for more information.

Journal Twenty Twenty call for submissions

Calling all creative nonfiction writers! Journal Twenty Twenty, an undergraduate creative nonfiction journal published at CU-Boulder, is calling for undergraduate creative nonfiction writing for our Fall 2013 publication. The submission deadline is Oct 15, so submit your work today!

National Work and Family Month: Work-Life benefits

Work-Life programs are designed to be supportive of commitments to community, home, and loved ones. The month of October was established as National Work & Family Month by WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress in 2003. Work-Life programs and services have become an integral part of the University's efforts to help faculty and staff to balance the multiple responsibilities associated with work, academic, and personal life. The Department of Human Resources encourages you to explore the many work-life benefits available to you.

Volunteer with CU Restorative Justice Program

CU Restorative Justice Program staff is recruiting and training new volunteers to participate in restorative justice conferences. CURJ serves as an alternative to the traditional disciplinary systems in Boulder and at CU. Volunteers participate in conferences with students who have violated local laws, and provide input about who may have been harmed or impacted by students’ actions. Volunteers also make suggestions about how students may repair subsequent harms or impacts that resulted from the unlawful behavior. 

Graduate students, be a Provost's Fellow in the University Libraries

Jumpstart your career in the exciting world of academic libraries! By combining your graduate degree with a Master's in Library Science, you can discover a rewarding career. In conjunction with the Graduate Teacher Program, the Libraries is offering graduate student fellowships worth $2,500 in spring 2014 to explore academic librarianship as a career. Applications are due on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

FSAP Strategies for Stress Reduction Group begins Oct. 10

Stress reduction is a concern for everyone in these busy and uncertain times. In this educational and participatory workshop series, we will learn and practice several different effective strategies for reducing everyday life stress, including mindfulness, meditation, yoga, visualization, guided imagery, cognitive restructuring, emotional health and regulation.


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In the News

Global Citizen Award deadline is Oct. 4

The Office of International Education (OIE) is pleased to announce the OIE Global Citizens Awards to honor and recognize outstanding contributions to international understanding by members of the CU-Boulder community.

Applications and supporting material are due by 5 p.m. on October 4, 2013. For further information about the awards, application, and information on how to nominate someone, click on the appropriate link below:

Global Citizen Award Winners

See the previous winners at Global Citizen Award Winners

Family Weekend Oct. 3-6

Buff families from across the country will visit CU-Boulder later this week to attend classes and presentations, tour the campus and Boulder, and cheer on the Colorado Buffaloes as they take the Oregon Ducks.More information.