Learning & Teaching

Faculty in Focus No. 7: The law professor

Marriane Wesson never planned to be a lawyer, let alone a professor of law. And then almost by accident she became both. Known as Mimi to her friends, she compares her career path to a song by the Dixie Chicks about taking the long way around and not doing things like anybody else.

New benefit: Learn anytime, anywhere with lynda.com

All CU-Boulder faculty, staff and students now have access to lynda.com, an online library of high-quality instructional videos on the latest software applications, as well as creative and business skills. With more than 2,500 courses, lynda.com is designed for all levels of learners and is available from any location with internet access. Start learning at www.colorado.edu/lynda.

Faculty in Focus No. 6: The composer

Colorado’s harsh winter of 1873-74 gave rise to an event that has captivated Coloradans ever since: Alferd Packer, a prospector stranded in the snow in the Rocky Mountains with his friends, forced to resort to cannibalism to survive.

The rich history of the ordeal and resulting trial, societal reactions, and the mystery surrounding it have inspired numerous books and creative presentations. In recent years, CU-Boulder students voted to name the UMC cafeteria the Alferd Packer Restaurant & Grill, with its slogan, “Have a Friend for Lunch.”

From the Provost: Strategies to help CU students stay on track to graduation

Earning a CU-Boulder degree – one of the most valuable degrees in the nation according to payscale.com and other studies – is the prime objective of all our students, and it’s the reason our faculty, staff and administrators are here. While our campus has always worked to support the success of our students, we are redoubling our efforts in this area as part of the chancellor’s goal to ensure student success. With first semester finals just a month away, we strongly advise you to carefully evaluate your academic progress, and if you are struggling, to take the steps outlined in this article to get back on track.

Faculty in Focus No. 5: The mechanical engineer

Although she worked for a time as an engineer, Shelly Miller chose a career in academia because of her love of learning and the enjoyment she gets from working with students in a university environment. She was the second person and second female to be hired (in 1998) in air quality and mechanical engineering at CU-Boulder.

A space for all voices

Graduate student Awon Atuire was 11 when he read a book that forever changed his view of the world. The experience propelled him on a journey from Ghana to the PhD program in comparative ethnic studies at CU-Boulder.

From the Provost: Turning the tide on student retention

Last month in his annual State of the Campus address, Chancellor DiStefano reiterated our goal of achieving a six-year graduation rate of 80 percent by 2020. He spelled out clearly in the speech that this goal means we have to significantly increase the number of students we retain, and I want to outline the strategy we are employing to achieve that end.

Faculty in Focus No. 4: The science educator

As a physics education researcher, Valerie Otero mentors university faculty and community K-12 teachers who teach in a variety of science disciplines to help them build learning environments that are empowering for students. She is driven to continue to improve the way science is taught, at all levels, and believes in progressive learning environments that enable students to use and develop the critical and creative intelligence they already have.

Learning Italian opens doors

There are multiple benefits to learning a new language such as Italian, according to senior instructor Priscilla Craven. Not only does it deepen an understanding of another culture, it also enhances employment opportunities in a global economy. Students can develop better overall communication and adaptability, which are skills that can be applied to other fields.

Lt. Gov. Garcia commends programs aimed at increasing student success

Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia visited campus on Friday to learn about University of Colorado Boulder programs that focus on student success and graduation, including the CU LEAD Alliance and CU Complete.

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