Letter from Dean Pamela Jansma

Letter from Dean Pamela Jansma

Alumni Outreach

As some of you may already know, recent restructuring changes moved the CU Denver Alumni Association under the Office of Advancement (formerly the Foundation). What some of you might not know is that in its current configuration the Alumni Association is staffed by only one person, working for the entire campus, with a very limited budget.  Moving forward we hope there will be an effort to expand the alumni group, with more emphasis on outreach to and communication with our alumni. Our alumni are the critical connection point for us to our community, and our best advertisement to the world about who we are.

In an effort to support expanded outreach to our alumni I need to ask for your help. Several departments have run up against challenges in the past when they have attempted to contact their alums, discovering the databases containing current information are quite limited. Meanwhile, many of us have contact information for our former students wandering around our personal computers and phones, information that could be far more useful if brought together in the central University database. I have already asked each department Chair to make an effort to comb departmental data banks and send all contact information for alumni to Processing@cufund.org, and now I’d like to extend the call to all faculty and staff.  If you have contact information for any alumni who might like to receive invitations to CLAS events and be kept updated on university happenings (and of course feel free to ask them before you send the info along) we have great need of that information.

Another exciting development, the systems we currently use to access the central databases (where all this information is kept) will soon be improved. In the past we used software called Harris Connect, which was not the most user friendly application. By the end of the summer, we will have converted to a new Salesforce based system that will allow users to create their own queries (which means each department will have easy access to their own alumni lists), generate templates for email blasts (making newsletters to alumni and communications like them simpler), and even event invitation/registration capabilities.

Stay tuned for more information about the exciting developments coming in the world of alumni outreach, and thanks in advance for all your assistance.



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CLAS GRANT DEADLINE REMINDER: All Applications due March 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Fund (DIIF)—to Marjorie Levine-Clark,

The goal of the DIIF is “to enhance diversity across the college and to foster a culture of inclusion.” Projects should encourage people to think about diversity and inclusion in meaningful ways and to make positive changes in CLAS and across campus.  Activities should address broad audiences rather than small groups.

CLAS Research Innovation Seed Program (CRISP)—to Laura Argys

CRISP funds are seed monies designated specifically to promote innovative research and creative activities and encourage the submission of applications for externally funded research. Acknowledging the diversity that is an essential feature of CLAS, CRISP has two tracks, one aimed at faculty in areas which, although sometimes funded by prestigious and important grants, are not generally funded by large dollar awards (Track A) and the other targeted at faculty with research projects with greater potential for obtaining large external grants (Track B).

CLAS Dissemination Grants – to Laura Argys

The CLAS Dissemination Grant is a competitive program that provides an opportunity for tenure-track, tenured, and clinical teaching track faculty to obtain up to $2000 per academic year for disseminating research and creative work via publication (page and other publication charges), travel to support presentations at professional meetings, website design related to communication of research results, or other scholarly dissemination venues.

CLAS Advancing Curricula and Teaching Grants (ACT)—to Rich Allen

CLAS ACT funding is designated to further develop a campus environment that supports and encourages approaches to teaching and learning that advance the College’s mission.  This year, we invite proposals for projects related to AAC&U “High-impact Practices (HIPs),” especially those related to capstone projects, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, or service learning and community-based learning.  

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CLAS Faculty Affairs Deadlines Coming Up

February 27   Faculty Excellence Awards Nominations
March 6     Faculty Committee Nominations &  Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award Nominations
March 13   Outstanding Graduate Student Awards Nominations. (PhD, MA, MS)
March 20   Post Tenure Review Dossiers
April 3     CTT Dossiers for Appointment, Reappointment, or Promotion and Elections for Faculty Conclude (Ballots Must Be Submitted by 5:00 PM)

For more information about any of these deadliness you can contact John Wyckoff.

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Call for Applications: Professional Development Funds for Non-tenure Track Faculty

The University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has received funds to establish a grant for the professional development of non-tenure track faculty (NTTF—Lecturers, Instructors, Senior Instructors, & Clinical Teaching Track Faculty) within CU Denver CLAS.  In recognition of the importance for all faculty members to stay current in their fields through professional development, these grants will enhance the recipients’ contributions to the university’s mission as appropriate to their positions.  The fund will award grants of $500.00 each to the most worthy proposals for professional development by NTTF. The grant program will provide up to 6 one-year awards in each of 3 years, beginning January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016.

The application deadline for 2015 is March 20, 2015.

For eligibility, procedures, contact information, and application, please click here.

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SAVE THE DATE: Cultivating Food Justice Symposium, April 10

1:00pm – 5:00pm
LSC Terrace Room

The Cultivating Food Justice: A Community and University Engagement symposium will give voice to the diversity of life and struggle of those who grow, pick, transport, cook, or lack adequate access to food.  Diverse groups (minorities, the elderly, and the poor) are disproportionately affected by an inequitable food system that results in hunger, food insecurity, food related diseases, and poor working conditions. As awareness of human rights, exploitation, and discrimination within the food system increases, food movements sprout to address hunger, sustainability, and equity. The goals for this symposium are to: explore the meaning of food justice through a multimodal program; illuminate the work of food justice advocates; educate and engage the multi-campus communities and the greater Colorado community on who lies beyond the food label; and capture and disseminate the symposium through video and graphic illustration to share with a larger audience and provide a platform for future work. This symposium will examine issues in our food system through the multiple humanistic lenses of anthropology, philosophy, social justice, women and gender studies, poetry, visual arts, media, performance, and community engagement.

For more information contact John Brett (john.brett@ucdenver.edu; 303-556-8497

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SAVE THE DATE: CLAS Dean's Awards Reception, May 8

9:00am – 11:00 am
LSC Terrace Room

This is our annual CLAS awards reception where the Dean honors our outstanding faculty and students for their teaching, research, service and other academic accomplishments. The Dean also recognizes at this reception our CLAS outstanding staff member and any retiring faculty and staff in the college. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Karen J. Fennell, Executive Assistant to the Dean at 303.556.2624.

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CU Denver Office of Development is seeking volunteers for 3rd Annual Donor Thank-A-Thon

Scholarships.  Research Support.  State-of-the-Art Facilities.  Tutoring. If you benefit from these or any of the other amazing aspects of campus life at CU Denver then you have a compelling reason to call and personally thank some of the donors who support you and this university. In order to thank the over 2100 generous donors we had in 2014, we need your help!  Please see our schedule below to determine when you would be available to volunteer.  Enjoy free food and prizes during every shift.

Calling will take place in the Office of Development—Lawrence Street Center, 13th Floor and we ask for full shift commitments:

Monday, March 2nd, 5:00—6:30pm, 6:30—8:00pm

Tuesday, March 3rd, 5:00—6:30pm, 6:30—8:00pm

Wednesday, March 4th, 5:00—6:30pm, 6:30—8:00pm

RSVP by February 24, to Kristi.Hardison@ucdenver.edu,  or call 303-315-2095 for more information and shift sign up.

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Diversity Matters

Council on Diversity and Inclusion Interdisciplinary Exchange

Understanding the Social Construction of Race: Stereotypes, Privilege, and Social Hierarchy
March 10
Academic Building 1, Room 1401
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
*Lunch Served*


Faye C. Caronan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies
Filipino American and U.S. Puerto Rican Poetic Genealogies: Disidentifying with Race to Build Community

Cheryl E. Matias, PhD, Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations, School of Education and Human Development
When things ain't white: How the emotionality of whiteness keeps racism alive and well.

Geneva Sarcedo, PhD Student, Urban Ecologies Program
Conceptualizing how whiteness and racism impact undergraduate retention and academic advising

The Council on Diversity and Inclusion’s Interdisciplinary Exchanges offer monthly presentations, discussions, and working groups highlighting the research and creative work of CLAS faculty, staff, and students around diversity and inclusion. All are welcome!

For questions or disability accommodations please contact Tracy Kohm at tracy.kohm@ucdenver.edu.

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CLAS Spotlight

Communication hosting three visiting scholars from China
Communication hosting three visiting scholars from China

The Department of Communication is pleased to be hosting three Visiting Scholars from China this year: Yufang “Sarah” Zhang from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology and Ke “Rick” Li and Shukang “Tina” Li from Shandong University in Weihai. Professors Sarah Zhang and Rick Li specialize in rhetorical theory and criticism, while Professor Tina Li explores second language acquisition. Their offices are located on the third floor, southeast side, of the Student Commons Building, just next to the Department of Communication’s new media editing laboratory. Please join us extending our visiting scholars a warm welcome!

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Political Science hosting a Carnegie Research Fellowship visiting professor
Political Science hosting a Carnegie Research Fellowship visiting professor

Through the spring semester, Political Science is hosting a visiting scholar, funded by the Carnegie Research Fellowship Program: Jenny Paturyan is Assistant Director of the Turpanjian Center for Policy Analysis in the Political Science and International Affairs Program at the American University of Armenia.  Her fields of specialization include democratization of the post-communist region, with a special focus on political corruption.   Her Carnegie research grant allowed her to choose from many possible U.S. host universities, and she choose to work at CU Denver partly to collaborate with Political Science Professor Christoph Stefes on research into international donor support for anti-corruption projects in Armenia.  While at CU Denver, she will provide guest lecturers in classes, brown bag presentations, and a public lecture.

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Fields on changing landscape of youth athletics
Fields on changing landscape of youth athletics

“One thing we are seeing nationwide over the last few years is schools have been much more aware of, and reactive to, anything that falls under the broad category of bullying,” said Sarah K. Fields, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, in this article about the role of coaches and new challenges in the modern landscape of prep-athletics.

Louisiana prep coaches face ever-changing world
The News Star
, Feb. 8

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Hasinoff new book on sexting broadening discussion
Hasinoff new book on sexting broadening discussion

In her forthcoming book Sexting Panic: Rethinking Criminalization, Privacy, and Consent, Amy Hasinoff, Assistant Professor of Communication, delves deeply into the legal and social ramifications of teen sexting. Hasinoff gives tips for parents and adults on her website about how to talk to teens about sexting, and says that using a scare tactic, like telling teens that if they sext, their photos will be distributed, can actually have a negative reaction.

Tips on how to talk to teens about sexting
9 News
, Feb 9

Teen sexting laws: Author sees their roots in slut shaming
, Feb 13

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Horton publishes new article on identity loans
Horton publishes new article on identity loans

Sarah Horton, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, recently published “Identity Loans: The Moral Economy of Migrant Document Exchange in California’s Central Valley” in American Ethnologist. The article investigates the uses of false documents by migrant workers and critiques the concept of “identity theft” by showing that most undocumented immigrant farmworkers engage in “identity loan”—that is, they consensually borrow valid work authorization documents from friends or family with legal status. Horton shows that while “identity loan” provides undocumented workers with the documents they need to obtain employment, their identity donors—who have legal status—disproportionately benefit. Through “identity loan,” undocumented immigrants’ earnings pad their identity donors’ Social Security accounts and increase their unemployment payments.

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University Events

Breakfast with Dr. Charles Ferguson (Health Careers Advising)

March 3
8:00am - 9:00am
SCB 2000

An opportunity (the first Tuesday of each month during the spring term) for students to connect in a relaxed setting with Dr. Ferguson, the pre-health advisor. Sponsored by Academic and Student Affairs, TRiO/Student Support Services, Asian American Student Services, and the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs . FREE bagels from Panera! For more information contact, Soyon Bueno, Asian American Student Services Director, soyon.bueno@ucdenver.edu.

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Diversity Networking Event

March 3
3:00pm - 5:30pm
Tivoli 320

Moderated by Dr. Brenda J. Allen. Speakers Mr. Bill Imalda and Mr. Eric Higada

Come and hear a diverse panel of speakers share their personal stories on how their cultural background has served as an asset in their careers.

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Gender, Health & Welfare: A Historical Case Study from England

March 9
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Anschutz Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities (13080 E. 19th Avenue)

Featuring Associate Dean and Associate Professor of History, Marjorie Levine-Clark. Part of the Arts in Medicine, Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program, sponsored by the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

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CLAS Events

Three Debut Denver Poets: David J. Daniels, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, & Sara Michas-Marti

Feb 24
Tivoli 640

Book signing with reception to follow, presented by the CU Denver English Department, CU Denver Creative Writing, & the Copper Nickel.

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Creating Media to Facilitate Student Learning

March 3
10:00am - 11:30am
North Classroom 2206

Craig Lanning invites us to use the Prototyping and Design lab for hands-on demonstrations of how to create podcasts, videos and screencasts. These media resources can be used to augment your teaching and reach our media-savvy students.

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