A Message from the Dean
Hi Leeds Community,
What an unprecedented time! As recently as three months ago, none of us would have been able to imagine the position in which we find ourselves today. That said, we at Leeds are doing everything we can to lead our faculty, staff, and students through this uncertainty.
Our campus and our Leeds School community have been impacted in many ways. Our classrooms made a quick transition in mid-March to move all teaching and learning to a remote environment. The large majority of our faculty and staff are working at home. Important and meaningful events are now being re-envisioned. And yet, through all of this disruption, I can’t help but feel great hope, optimism, and gratitude. There are countless examples of our students, faculty and staff adapting, innovating and rebounding. People are working together in new ways, and reaching out to help each other out as we face our challenges together. Thank you for your ongoing support. The commitment and resiliency shown by the entire Leeds community is incredible. Stay healthy, stay connected, and Go Buffs!
Sharon Matusik, Dean, Leeds School of Business
Updated: June 3, 2020
- Remote Classes: All CU Boulder courses offered in Summer A term (June 1–July 2), Summer B term (July 7–August 7) Summer C term (June 1–July 24), Summer D term (June 1–August 7) and the Augmester term (August 3-20) will be taught remotely.
- CU Boulder has announced its Road Map to Fall 2020, a plan for how we are returning to campus for a COVID-19-ready fall semester. Classes are scheduled to begin on Aug. 24 and finishing remotely after Thanksgiving break. The plan prioritizes health and safety considerations required to minimize risk and enable an on-campus academic model that accommodates both in-person and remote learning.
- In accordance with the order from Boulder County requiring face coverings as of May 9, any individual on the CU Boulder campus is expected to follow the requirements.
- Boulder County moved to “Safer at Home” COVID-19 phase on Saturday, May 9. Visit the Safer at Home website to familiarize yourself with the requirements of this statewide order.
- All in-person events scheduled to take place at CU Boulder through July 31 are canceled. Leeds has canceled or transitioned many events to virtual platforms to help keep our community safe. See current list and status of Leeds events.
- Buildings on campus will continue to be locked and require Buff OneCard for access. Students, faculty and staff will have access only to the buildings for which they normally have department or academic approval for after-hours access.
Support for current undergraduate and graduate students during the coronavirus pandemic.
CU Boulder and Leeds are hosting a second series of webinars featuring relevant, informative commentary from a variety of world-renowned faculty and alumni from disciplines across CU Boulder. Each presentation will provide frank and timely insights for life during and after the pandemic from their specific lens.
The Epidemiology of COVID-19: Where Do We Go From Here?
Monday, May 18 | 12 p.m. MT
Presented by: Dr. Matthew McQueen, Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder
Entrepreneurial Approaches to COVID-19: Plan, Pivot, and Persist
Tuesday, May 19 | 12 p.m. MT
Presented by: Dr. Jeffrey York and Brad Werner
Jeff York, Associate Professor and Research Director for the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder
Brad Werner, Instructor and Faculty Director for the Deming Center, Leeds School of Business
The Impact of COVID-19 on Professional Sports
Thursday, May 21 | 12 p.m. MT
Presented by: Tom Garfinkel, CU Boulder Alumnus and Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium
How is COVID-19 Affecting the Electric Power Grid?
Tuesday, May 26 | 12 p.m. MT
Presented by: Dr. Kyri Baker, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering and Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering (by courtesy) at the University of Colorado Boulder
Lessons From the 1918–19 Influenza Pandemic
Wednesday, May 27 | 12 p.m. MT
Presented by: Dr. Susan Kent, Professor of Distinction in the Department of History at the University of Colorado Boulder
Disinformation During a Pandemic: The Politics of COVID-19
Thursday, May 28 | 12 p.m. MT
Presented by: Dr. Liz Skewes, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder
Legal Ramifications of the Nation’s Response to the Pandemic
Friday, June 5 | 12 p.m. MT
Presented by: Craig Konnoth, Associate Professor, Colorado Law School at the University of Colorado Boulder
CU Boulder launched a campaign called Buffs Together to rally the campus community together in efforts to assist fellow Buffs and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. The university is committed to helping students, staff and faculty navigate the financial hardships they make be experiencing due to the pandemic by matching up to $1.6 million of gifts to the Student Emergency Fund and the Staff and Faculty Emergency Fund. The initiative also connects Buffs to volunteer opportunities related to supporting those impacted by the pandemic and aims to gather and share stories of good deeds being done during these challenging times by research faculty, students and staff.
MBAs Needed For New Food Pantry Project
The pandemic may have changed the internship landscape, but there are still opportunities to do something meaningful this summer. Marketing Instructor Heather Kennedy, in collaboration with CESR, is launching The Food Pantry Project at CU Boulder and is looking for MBA students to participate. Compete this form to apply. No experience necessary—just the desire to do something that benefits others.
Make Face Masks for CU Critical Service Workers
The Volunteer Resource Center is looking for volunteers to sew more than 1,000 cloth masks as soon as possible. Sign up here.
Helping Entrepreneurs Through COVID-19
The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship is helping entrepreneurs and small businesses during this crisis by providing connections to mentors, insights from our faculty, and eventually through student support on projects. Learn more.
Support the Student Relief Fund
The need to move to remote learning has created new time-sensitive needs and hardship for some students, including paying bills due to lost wages, securing technology for remote learning, and gaining access to food and health care. We ask you to consider a donation to this critical need fund. Give a gift here.
Assist Staff and Faculty in Need
Lend a hand to staff and faculty who are adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Your support provides direct financial assistance for CU employees to gain access to food, housing and health care. Make a gift here.
Student Food Assistance Resources
If you are a student who needs food assistance or would like to help students in need of food assistance, click here to see CU Boulder’s resources.
Who to Contact
For campus technology issues or concerns, call the Office of Information Technology at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP).
For health questions, contact your health care provider or Medical Services at 303-492-5101 (24/7 nurse line available) for advice and recommendations.
For mental health questions or concerns, call Counseling and Psychiatric Services at 303-492-2277 (24/7 support available).
For faculty and staff, call Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at 303-492-3020.
For families, New Student & Family Programs will be happy to assist you. Call or text 303-492-4431 or email email@example.com.
For employment and payroll questions, call Human Resources at 303-492-6475.
After reviewing the sections above and still have additional questions about how COVID-19 affects your studies or work with CU Boulder you can use the Ask a Question form.
Help One Another Through COVID-19
This is an extraordinary time in history, one that is stressful and unsettling for many of us at CU Boulder. We assure you that the health and safety of all of our community members is our top priority. As this public health outbreak evolves, our community, and each of us as individuals, must evolve with it. Everything CU Boulder and Leeds are doing is for the health and safety of our campus community members and their families, and for the greater good of the Boulder community, the state of Colorado and beyond.
Now more than ever, it’s important that we act with respect, integrity and compassion toward each other. Take care of yourselves and take care of each other. Find productive ways to relieve stress, such as practicing self-care, engaging in physical activity, staying connected with friends and family virtually, and seeking support if you need it.
We couldn’t have a better campus team handling the pandemic. We’ll get through this together, as a community.
Faces of Leeds – COVID Edition
Uplifting stories of Leeds Buffs helping others during the pandemic.
Samantha (Sammy) Gish (Mgmt’23)
Sammy is volunteering in her local community of Vail, making and distributing lunches to families in need since schools have closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn about Sammy and more Leeds undergraduates.
David Shirkey (MBA’09)
Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Orbitform
Amid a massive shortage of medical supplies due to the global pandemic, David helped lead his company’s effort to create a new product to sanitize masks, so they can be reused safely by health care professionals. Read more about David and other alumni.
Tracy Jennings, PhD, MBA
Senior Instructor and Teaching Professor
When Leeds faculty needed to transition their classes online and reduce the spread of the virus on campus, Tracy quickly stepped in to support her colleagues by offering remote teaching trainings, creating an online content resource hub and more. Read about Tracy and other faculty and staff.
Kathryn Lonigro (OpMgmt’17)
Project Manager for University of Southern California (USC) Student Health and Program Manager for True Connection
Since the coronavirus outbreak, Katie has been working with a small team that manages USC’s "COVID-19 Hotline" email—an "ask me anything" resource for the university’s community to seek guidance and clarity around the rapidly evolving situation. See more about Katie and other alumni.