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We need to talk about stress, coping and recovery

April 4, 2022

It’s no great pleasure to discuss long-term stress and trauma, and that’s surely a big reason why people tend to avoid such topics. Sometimes, however, hard conversations are necessary. One important takeaway from the messages I have received recently from faculty, staff and students is that frustrations are still festering,...


Welcome to a season of change

Jan. 24, 2022

Nothing is permanent except change, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously observed. What was true then is true now, and the times in which we live emphasize that point.

Marshall Fire Overhead

Those who need help need your help

Jan. 6, 2022

The university has compiled a helpful guide of available resources for those affected by the Marshall Fire.


A wide-ranging education still opens doors

Sept. 29, 2021

Don’t think so? Think again.

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We stand with you in this time of grief and sorrow

March 23, 2021

We know many of you are struggling, and we write to offer our sympathy, empathy and support.

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So you think the pandemic will doom higher education?

Dec. 16, 2020

Think again.

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If you are exhausted, you are not alone

Oct. 7, 2020

My fellow Buffs, we will get through this together. You must be exhausted. I am, and I would like to pause to reflect on how these are times that try our patience, our good humor, and to quote Thomas Paine, our souls. James W.C. White The pandemic constrains daily life...

Campus in the Fall

Academic freedom and academic responsibility

Aug. 24, 2020

As you may know, John Eastman, the 2020-21 Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization, has published an essay in Newsweek arguing that Kamala Harris might not be eligible to be vice president of the United States.

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Planning for contact tracing and testing

July 14, 2020

I have vowed to continue to inform you of what we know as quickly and completely as I can, so I write to share some steps we are taking on COVID-19 testing and contact tracing on campus this fall. Testing and contact tracing are mentioned in the CU Boulder Road...

Acknowledge your privilege

Of privilege, pandemics and protests

June 18, 2020

Let us use this time of pandemics and protest to refocus on that vitally important part of our mission, to try harder to fully realize what our nation hails as self-evident truths I often point out the benefits of a college education, especially a liberal-arts education. A recent Associated Press...