Last spring, commencement still did not feel quite the way it did before the pandemic. For a while "normal” wasn’t well-defined. But as I see the scaffolding and the stage going up on the new grass in front of the Tivoli this week, it truly does feel like we have come out the other side. Once again, I thank all of you for that, because without your hard-work and dedication, we would not be where we are today.
As all of you know, the climate for higher education has shifted – with different challenges specific to CU Denver and to our college, many of which reflect national trends. The budget cuts that were necessary for this year (and those we will implement next year) were and will be difficult. As long as we keep working together and supporting each-other to better serve our students, we will weather the storm and emerge stronger for it. CLAS is an amazing place and when we put our minds together, we can accomplish anything.
As we are at the close of another academic year, I want to highlight and especially thank all the winners of our CLAS Outstanding Awards this year. These faculty, staff, and students are exemplars of what excellence at CU Denver looks like. Please join me in congratulating them.
I hope it's a great summer for everyone and that it includes some time for yourself, family, and friends.
The annual Western States Chemical Education Conference was hosted April 22-23 by Priscilla Burrow and Damian Dunford, faculty in the Chemistry department. Students and faculty from 14 different colleges and universities participated in workshops, panel discussions, roundtables, and a poster session. Attendees discussed topics such as student motivation, ways to increase student retention through equity and inclusive practices, post COVID-era challenges, and more.
Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology Sara Branco was recently awarded a $1,169,284 Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Director’s Science Program grant entitled ‘Myco-Ed: Mycological Curriculum for Education and Discovery’. This multi-institution effort lead by the JGI and involving the Arizona Genomics Institute, CU Denver, CU Boulder, Colorado State University, Oregon State University, Denver Botanic Gardens, University Wyoming, and Duke University will support a new training program in fungal biology for undergraduate students. The program consists of coordinated hands-on experiments across fungal biology courses offered through different higher education institutions that will train students in laboratory techniques and data analyzes, as well as compile original data for improving fungal genomics resources. This effort will be implemented in the new Fungal Biology class Branco will offer in Fall 2023 (4050-03/5050-03 Advanced Topics in Biology) and the team will develop a publicly available module to be implemented by any fungal biology...
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center Gym (location changed due to inclement weather)
This year's theme is a "Gold-Out," where we are encouraging everyone to wear as much gold apparel as possible in honor of our 50th Anniversary celebration. There will be some BBQ-themed snacks catered by Serendipity and other fun activities.
Please join Regent Nolbert Chavez, Chancellor Michelle Marks, and special guest and former Aurarian Rita Gomez and her family to celebrate the renovation and restoration of the Centennial House. While not required, RSVPs are encouraged. Please let us know if you will join us for the event filling out the RSVP. The Ribbon Cutting will occur rain or shine.
Commencement honors the achievement of one's academic goals and the beginning of the next vocational commitment. Tickets are not required for either commencement ceremony. Please note that seating is first-come, first-served. Celebrate our graduates and their accomplishments by volunteering at spring commencement. Review additional celebration details at ucdenver.edu/commencement.