Global engagement

CU-Boulder ranked No. 4 nationally for Peace Corps volunteers

February 05, 2013

The University of Colorado Boulder is ranked No. 4 in the nation for graduates serving as Peace Corps volunteers with 93 alumni currently serving around the world, the Peace Corps announced today.

Since 2004, CU-Boulder has held a position in the top four among institutions of similar size. CU-Boulder is the fifth highest volunteer-producing university of all time with 2,353 undergraduate alumni having served in the program since it was established in 1961.

From the Leeds School to the London 2012 Olympic Games

The opening ceremony of the Olympics—with the parade of nations and athletes and the lighting of the Olympic flame—reminds Jordan Valutas, 2007 alumna of the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business, why she works so hard as client services manager at CoSport, a leading provider of consumer hospitality packages and individual event tickets to the Olympic Games. 

CU student investigates biochar for water treatment in developing countries

A variety of public health issues plague the refugees from Burma living on the Thai border, not the least of which is drinking water contaminated by bacteria and pesticides. Yet few low-cost, sustainable and appropriate treatment technologies are available to people in rural and developing communities to ensure water safety.

CU-Boulder students introduce green energy curriculum in Haiti

July 02, 2012

Five University of Colorado Boulder engineering students recently returned from Haiti where they introduced a green energy vocational training program, paving the way for a new era of distributed power in the poverty-stricken, earthquake-damaged nation.

CU graduating senior excels after emigrating from Romania as a political refugee

May 01, 2012

Boroka Bo, a 31-year-old senior sociology major, is graduating May 11 from the University of Colorado Boulder, 17 years after emigrating from the Transylvania region of Romania to the United States as a political refugee.

This spring, Bo received a prestigious Soros Fellowship, a program that awards 30 fellowships annually to naturalized citizens, green card holders or children of naturalized citizens. It provides up to $90,000 in support to students who plan to use their graduate education to contribute back to their communities.

CU-Boulder urges spring break safety for students traveling or staying put

February 27, 2012

With visions of ski resorts and warm beaches on the minds of many students, the University of Colorado Boulder is urging students to exercise caution whether they remain in Colorado, travel elsewhere in the country or go abroad for spring break.

CU-Boulder’s spring break is March 26-30.

Peace Corps director to visit CU-Boulder Jan. 25

January 24, 2012

Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams will give a short presentation at the University of Colorado Boulder on Wednesday, Jan. 25, to share stories of CU alumni who are currently serving overseas and discuss the importance of the Peace Corps in the world today.

The presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Old Main Chapel and is free and open to the public.

Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009, Williams is the 18th director of the Peace Corps and the fourth director to have served as a Peace Corps volunteer.

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.   

Two CU-Boulder professors named 2011-12 Fulbright Scholars

November 17, 2011

Two University of Colorado Boulder professors are conducting research in Finland and the United Kingdom as Fulbright Scholars for the 2011-12 academic year.

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.

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