Community & Culture

What every politician should know

At election time, 17-year-old Anakary Valenzuela of Lafayette, Colo., sits with her grandfather — a man in his mid-60s who emigrated from Mexico decades ago — and pores over a mail-in ballot, providing Spanish translation and discussing the candidates and issues.

“It can take a while if I’m not familiar with an item,” Valenzuela says. “When I get stuck, my grandpa tells me, ‘It’s okay, miha,’ ” which is a Spanish term of endearment meaning little girl.

Education alumnus transforming lives in Cambodia

At age 34, Andrew Wolff is making previously unreachable dreams become reality for hundreds of at risk Cambodian children.

This might seem a stretch for a former businessman who began his second career as a teacher after earning his MA in English as a second language and multicultural education at CU-Boulder in 2006. However, after teaching for a year at an area charter school, Wolff felt constrained by the educational system. Always the adventurer, he bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok, Thailand, hoping to volunteer as a teacher somewhere in Southeast Asia.

Buff alumna finishes fifth in Boston Marathon seven months after giving birth

One of the most acclaimed and celebrated female athletes in the Buff’s prestigious athletic history, runner Kara (Wheeler) Goucher (BS ‘01) continues to distinguish herself in the sport she loves.

Just seven months after giving birth last September, Goucher ran a personal best for fifth place in the Boston Marathon in April 2011. She finished the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 52 seconds, a little more than two minutes behind the winning time.

Theatre professor returns from Fulbright with global perspective

For Bud Coleman, associate professor and department chair in the Department of Theatre and Dance, a Fulbright grant to teach in Japan was an opportunity to open a window on American identity for Japanese students.

A CU-Boulder faculty member since 1993, Coleman lectured on American culture as portrayed in musical theatre, American drama, and film at Waseda University and Kyoritsu Women’s University in Tokyo in 2009-10. The students, who spoke fluent English, were American studies majors preparing for international careers in business or law.

Explaining the link between climate change and pine bark beetles

“On one hand, I’m gonna tell you, ‘This is no big deal, bark beetles have been around for 35 million years, conifers have been around for a lot longer than that, and bark beetles have been killing conifers for 35 million years. There have been epidemics every 30 to 70 years. This is no big deal.’

“Then, on the other hand, I’m gonna tell you, ‘Holy smokes guys, this has never been seen before. Yes, it’s an epidemic, yes, epidemics are natural, but never has there been an epidemic like this as far as biologists have been able to look into the past.”

CU-Boulder home to nationally renowned Shakespeare

Since the opening season more than 50 years ago, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) has grown to be more than a summertime Boulder tradition—it has become a nationally recognized Shakespeare festival.

Begun in 1958 with productions of Julius Caesar, Hamlet and the Taming of the Shrew, CSF has played a prominent role in the life of the campus and the Boulder area, serving as a gathering place for theatre lovers.

Architecture student turns scholarships into community impact

Shane Baldauf, an architecture and environmental design major at CU-Boulder who is dedicated to “green” and affordable housing, has been awarded a prestigious Udall Scholarship.

“Not only is ‘green’ construction good for the environment, but homes that perform more efficiently benefit the occupants too,” said Baldauf. “If you think about it, the people who most need affordable housing are also the ones who need the lowest utility bills, and we’re working to provide that situation through Habitat for Humanity houses.”

Art professor merges dreams, ideas in her work

Whether subtle and serious or bursting with color and whimsy, Melanie Yazzie’s art reveals self discoveries, loves, and struggles.

While Yazzie’s art is rooted in the culture of her Diné (Navajo) background and memories of a childhood spent on a reservation in Arizona, it also incorporates elements of her travels, nature, and personal health issues that add texture and depth to her work. Her goal is to create accessible art that moves people beyond the initial beauty of the prints and ceramics and into the story behind the pieces.

Colorado's official veterans memorial at CU-Boulder to honor fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan

November 07, 2011

The University Memorial Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado's official memorial to veterans, will host a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in the Glenn Miller Ballroom. This year, the annual ceremony will include the dedication of plaques honoring the fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ceremony is open to the public.

CU community prepares for Nov. 4 football game vs. University of Southern California

November 02, 2011

The University of Colorado Buffaloes will play the University of Southern California Trojans on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at Folsom Field. Folsom Field will open at 5:30 p.m. for the first-ever Friday night game, which will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN 3D.

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