Benefits Open Enrollment Reminder : April 28 – Friday, May 16

CU's Open Enrollment 2014-15 runs from 8 a.m. Monday, April 28 – 5 p.m. Friday, May 16. This is your chance to review each of the university's medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance plans, and enroll in those that are right for you. This spring, Benefits Enrollment became CU's official online enrollment process for all new employees, providing our latest recruits an enhanced onboarding experience. Now, you can expect that same streamlined experience when enrolling in your 2014-15 benefits plans. CU's new online Benefits Enrollment tool will improve your benefits enrollment experience:

  • Never worry about remembering a personal identification number again; starting April 28, simply log in to the employee portal at to access the Benefits Enrollment tool under the “Payroll and Compensation” tab on the left-hand side of your screen.
  • Once you've made your benefits elections, use the Benefits Enrollment tool to immediately confirm your enrollment status.
  • Not 100 percent comfortable with the selections you made? You can change your benefits elections as many times as you like up until 5 p.m. (MDT) on Friday, May 16, when Open Enrollment closes. This gives you plenty of time to attend an Open Enrollment session, where you can meet with CU benefits counselors and plan carriers to get all your questions answered.

Learn more about Open Enrollment—including plan changes and auto-enrollment—at

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Final Exam Schedules

Spring 2014 final exam schedules have been emailed to all departments, but note that this distributed schedule only includes finals that are scheduled Mon-Thurs, and does not include Friday or weekend finals.  ALL final exams can be looked up individually on the AHEC Calendar. To look up a final exam individually, go to CU Denver’s Academic Calendar website and follow the instructions below:

  • Scroll down until you see Additional Information, and then click on Finals Schedule. This will take you to the Auraria Higher Education Campus Calendar website.
  • Next, look under University of Colorado Denver, click on the CU Denver-Finals  button, then select the View button near the top right corner in the white box.
  • On the next page, you will need to change the calendar on the right side to May 2014.
  • After the calendar has been set, you can now search for your course final. Near the top of the page, type in your course in the white box next to the Go button. For example, for ENGL 2030.001, type the course like this: ENGL%2030%001. Make sure you add the percent signs.
  • Next, click on the GO button and the campus calendar will begin searching for your course final. Your final will pop up in the list below with the time and date.
  • To find the location, you can either hover your cursor on the course for a moment, or click on the name of the course, and a small box containing the final exam location, date, and time of your course final will appear.

For more information contact Sarah Carr, Course and Curriculum Coordinator, at or 303-556-5894.

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CLAS Sponsored Destination Imagination
CLAS Sponsored Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination contests happen in the spring all around Colorado and the Nation– with students in grades K-12 competing in categories as diverse as improvisation, technology, fine arts and service learning. These contests culminate in a fun and educational Colorado State Contest, this year on April 12, where over 5,000 people visit the Auraria campus (1,500 students, 1,000 adult volunteers and more than 3,000 team parents and supporters). Until this year CU Denver had no representation at the State Contest, but because of CLAS sponsorship this year CU Denver was proudly represented at an all-day expo and Associate Dean Marjorie Levine-Clark was among the VIPs presenting the awards at the evening ceremony (pictured).  

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Geography Announces Scholarship Winners

Geography and Environmental Sciences’ (GES) is proud to announce the first winners of a new, annual scholarship: the Undergraduate Geography Major Rodgers Research Opportunity Scholarship. Designed to cover field and/or research expenses for travel for research and conferences for GES major undergraduates who undertake scholarly research in collaboration with a GES faculty member, the first-time recipients for this Spring 2014 semester are:

Ashley Bouck – winning submission: “Product Labeling and Geographic Origins of Colorado Honeys”

Susanna Diller – winning submission: “The Relationship of Social Media and Area Marketing in Boyband Popularity”

In addition, GES awarded two students their William M. Rodgers Memorial Scholarship for Spring 2014.  Annually, GES awards this scholarship to a junior and/or senior geography major, and this year’s recipients are Kelsi Miles and Matt Pierce.

Congratulations to all!

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Foss publishes thirtieth anniversary edition of book
Foss publishes thirtieth anniversary edition of book

Sonja Foss, professor of communication, along with coauthors Karen Foss and Robert Trapp, has completed the 4th edition of their book Contemporary Perspectives on Rhetoric; it was just released as the 30th anniversary edition. The book surveys the theories of nine theorists who provide foundational perspectives on contemporary rhetorical theory.

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Golub receives professional development grant

The philosophy department is pleased to report that Jeff Golub received an ICB Professional Development grant in the amount of $1,500 for an academic paper presentation in Italy. Not only is Golub teaching a full Instructor's load in China, but he also single-handedly runs the philosophy minor for the ICB program. Given these duties, his chair describes his ability to create professional-quality scholarship as, “… most impressive, indeed.”

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Harding publishes article
Harding publishes article

Rachel Elizabeth Harding, assistant professor of indigenous spiritual traditions in ethnic studies, recently published the article “Authority, History and Everyday Mysticism in the Poetry of Lucille Clifton: A Womanist View” in the journal Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism.

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Kadel keynote in Brazil
Kadel keynote in Brazil

Robert Kadel, lecturer in sociology, gave a keynote address in Brazil this month at the Congresso Brasileiro de Educação Superior Particular (Conference of Brazilian Private Higher Ed. Institutions) titled, “Social Media: A Revolution in Higher Education.” You can see the presentation (in Portuguese) at this link.

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Keränen guest edits journal
Keränen guest edits journal

Lisa Keränen, associate professor of communication, guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities on "Medicine, Health, and Publics," which demonstrates how a rhetorical understanding of publics offers conceptual, methodological, and practical benefits to health humanities scholars. Individual essays explore how various publics seek to influence medical/health knowledge and practice across cases that span vaccine refusal and public pharmaceutical hearings through controversial medical counter-publics and notions of healthy citizenship. The afterword by J. Blake Scott explores infrastructure and embodiment as they relate to the interfaces between publics and health. The issue includes a discussion guide for classes and reading groups.

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Robinson talks Aurora congressional race and race
Robinson talks Aurora congressional race and race

Tony Robinson, chair of political science, commented on the sixth Congressional District race earlier this month, “America is rapidly turning into a majority-minority nation in which minority voters are driving our politics. And CD-6 is at the epicenter of that.”  

In Aurora’s CD-6 race, candidates court diverse voters
Aurora Sentinel
, Apr 4

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Weaver and Five Fridges Farm profiled
Weaver and Five Fridges Farm profiled

A local news team spent Wednesday morning of last week at the Five Fridges Farm in Wheat ridge, interviewing student interns and Amanda Weaver, geography and environmental sciences instructor. Weaver uses her farm, a research station for CU Denver, to teach students about the techniques of urban farming. Farm and apprenticeship/internship programs are tailored to students' interests and career plans, with options focused on urban planning, conservation, water rights and other topics.

CU Denver Professor Amanda Weaver takes her job so seriously that she lives in her classroom.
, Apr 16

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Wee receives fellowship in Sweden
Wee receives fellowship in Sweden

Bryan Wee, assistant professor in geography and environmental sciences and STEM Education, has been awarded a research fellowship from Stockholm University, Sweden. He will spend the next academic year at their Center for Teaching and Learning in the Social Sciences to further his research on cross-cultural comparisons of children’s environmental views. In addition to writing interdisciplinary papers/grants, Bryan will refine his scholarship on the use of photography to understand human-environment interactions. He will also develop a travel study course in Scandinavia focused on cultural views of nature. Bryan is very grateful for this opportunity, as well as the support he has received from CLAS and the School of Education and Human Development. 

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Yoder presents collaboratively on study abroad and food
Yoder presents collaboratively on study abroad and food

On April 3, senior instructor in communication e.j. Yoder (along with CU Denver’s senior director of international programs, John Sunnygard; and director of the Barcelona Study Abroad Experience Rich Kurtzman) presented a workshop titled "Know Food, Know Culture" at the annual Forum Education Abroad Conference in San Diego. The workshop provided a variety of tools and techniques for faculty and staff to deepen a student's study abroad experiences. The workshop explored the fundamental role of food in understanding culture, another culture’s food ways and promoted food discussions as essential to the study abroad experience.  CU Denver’s Global Study programs in Spain and Guatemala were used as models to explore food as a vehicle to understand culture, social justice, globalization and personal identity. Yoder and Sunnygard will conduct a similar workshop for CU Denver faculty and staff in the fall.

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University Events

Lee Mun Wah: Unfinished Conversation

Apr 25
Key note presentation: 9:00am
Student Seminar: 9:30am-12:30pm
Tivoli 320

Film and Discussion: 5:30 pm
St. Cajetans. 

Lee Mun Wah is a famous diversity trainer. Registration is required via the Facebook Link: FREE and open to the public.

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Faculty Upside Down with Rebecca Hunt

Apr 28
North Classroom Atrium

Grab a free donut and coffee and connect with Rebecca Hunt from the History Department.  Enjoy casual conversation and get to know your faculty members outside of the classroom.

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Holocaust Day of Remembrance

Apr 28
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Multicultural Lounge, Tivoli 261.

Our goal for this event is to spread awareness of the Holocaust and to discuss ways to prevent future genocides by breaking down systems of power and oppression, and looking at changes we can make in our daily lives. Snacks will be provided for the event, and we encourage all of our community to attend what promises to be an incredibly powerful day filled with narrative, dialogue, and history. 

For more information contact Craig Toth, Student Program Assistant, GLBT Student Services at Auraria at or 303-556-6333.

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Rosa Park Diversity Luncheon

Apr 30
11:00pm - 1:00pm
Tivoli 320
In honor of Rosa Parks' legacy as a champion for Civil Rights, the Educational Opportunity Programs will be hosting an awards luncheon.  Please join us to recognize the outstanding contributions of students, staff, faculty and members of the community for their work in advancement of diversity and inclusion.

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Senior Send Off

May 15
Rock Bottom Brewery (1001 16th St.)

Senior Send Off is a university-sponsored event for all students graduating from University of Colorado Denver in the spring semester. Staff and faculty are welcome to attend!  Food, music, and refreshments are provided. Graduates are also given the opportunity to record a short thank you video that is aired before graduation.


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CLAS Events

Unbound: The Story of the Romero Theater Troupe

Apr 26
7:00 pm
Su Teatro (721 Santa Fe)

The local premiere of this documentary film about Denver's Romero Theater Troupe will feature troupe organizer Jim Walsh (Instructor, Political Science Department) and many other students and faculty from across CLAS.   Romero Theater Troupe is a partnership between university faculty, students and the broader community, who come together in an organic, consensual method to write, produce and perform plays about matters of local, national and international importance.  Community based organizations, civic activists and students come together to produce the plays and perform them in community settings, in accordance with what Troupe organizers describe as "our vision of organic theater as a kind of people's theater where the audience participates in the production."    From theater in public parks, to performances in front of national conventions, Romero Troupe students and faculty have built an artistic social space where a pedagogy of "teaching from below" is nurtured.  Filmmaker Michael Kilman shadowed the troupe for a year, and film audience can participate in a Q-n-A with the filmmaker and the troupe after the film.  Seating and tickets are first come, first serve. See more at the facebook event page.

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RTP Workshop

May 2
1:00 - 3:00 pm
NC 3523

Faculty undergoing RTP review this coming academic year, and Chairs who would like to know more about the process, are invited to a RTP workshop.  The workshop will go through what the structure and content of the dossier and supplemental binders should be to make the best case for review.  Discussion will include what personnel documents are necessary for the dossier and where they may be located,  best practices in writing the summary statements for the teaching, research and service sections of the dossier, and questions will be answered. The workshop will last at least 2 hours.

For more information contact John W. Wyckoff, Associate Dean Faculty and Staff Affairs, Phone: 303-556-2590 or

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Dean's Award Reception

May 9
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Lawrence Street Center, Terrace Room, 2nd Floor 

The annual Dean’s Awards Reception recognizes the winners of the following CLAS awards:
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awards
Outstanding Graduate Student Awards
Outstanding Faculty Awards
Outstanding Staff Award

Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Karen Fennell at 303-556-2624.

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