Community & Culture

Engineering team supports green energy in Haiti

A team of CU-Boulder engineers traveled to Haiti this month to support the growth of green energy on the two-year anniversary of the country’s devastating earthquake. 

Engineering professors Alan Mickelson and Mike Hannigan and graduate student Matt Hulse collaborated with the Neges Foundation school at Leogane to create a vocational training program on the installation, operation and maintenance of renewable energy systems.   

Boswell named CU-Boulder vice chancellor for diversity, equity and community engagement

December 29, 2011

University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore today named Robert Boswell as CU-Boulder vice chancellor for diversity, equity and community engagement effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Robert Boswell named sole internal finalist for CU-Boulder vice chancellor for diversity post

December 22, 2011

University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore today announced that a search committee has named Robert "Bob" Boswell the sole internal finalist for the post of vice chancellor for diversity, equity and community engagement.

CU-Boulder responds to Kappa Alpha Theta fire

December 20, 2011

The University of Colorado Boulder is assisting the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority in the aftermath of a fire late Monday night that severely damaged the sorority's house at 1333 University Ave., adjacent to the CU-Boulder campus.

No sorority members were in the house at the time of the fire, as the university is on winter break. Sixty-two chapter members were scheduled to live in the house for the upcoming spring semester.

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.


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