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News & Events: summer edition, August 7

Jonathan Wu invited to serve on national MSE task force
President Obama on campus, Wednesday, August 8
Help create the personality of the CU Denver Lynx
Campus blood drives in honor of shooting victims
Traffic disruption around Denver campus, August 6 – 9
Power outages scheduled for Denver campus August 9 & 10
August 14: Bioengineering new-student orientation
August 16: Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Information Session
August 17: New student convocation, Denver campus
August 23: CU Denver Block Party

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Jonathan Wu invited to serve on national MSE task force

Civil Engineering Professor Jonathan Wu has been invited to serve on the AASHTO T-15 mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) Task Force. He is among nine international experts on reinforced soil selected. The Task Force will help chart the future direction of bridge design practice in North America and around the world.

Congratulations, Jonathan.


President Obama to Speak on Denver Campus on Wednesday, Aug. 8

Tickets Required

President Barack Obama will make a campaign stop on the University of Colorado Denver Campus this Wednesday, Aug. 8.

The event is being hosted by the University of Colorado Denver Veteran Student Organization, which hosted an event for Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney in February.
The President will speak at the Auraria Event Center at 1 p.m. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. Tickets to this event are not being distributed by the university, but by the Obama campaign.
Free tickets, available on a first-come, first-served basis, are being distributed at the following Obama campaign offices in Denver:

  • Central Denver Field Office, 77 West 9th Avenue
  • North Denver Field Office, 3100 Downing Street
  • West Denver Field Office, 3131 West Alameda Avenue

The Redwood parking lot will be closed on Wednesday, as will pedestrian access on Larimer Street through campus.

Please note: additional street closures, which could impact the CU Denver Campus, are possible.


Help create the personality of the CU Denver Lynx

CU Denver officially has selected the lynx to serve as our mascot.

With leadership from the Student Government Association and input from students, alumni, faculty and staff, CU Denver is adopting a mascot to build school spirit. Earlier this year, the university community voted and selected the lynx by a majority vote.

Now, it’s time to show your support and contribute your opinion by filling out a short ‘lynx personality’ survey <>. This is your chance to tell us how you think the lynx should represent CU Denver and you.

The survey will be open August 6 – 26.


Campus blood drives in honor of Aurora shooting victims

Below are dates, times and locations available to make a blood donation on campus.

Anschutz Medical Campus
Monday, August 13, 10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Campus Services Bldg., 1st-floor conference room, 1945 North Wheeling Street

Thursday, August 16, 10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Bonfils Bus, north side of RC 1 North Bldg., corner of Scranton and 19th Avenue

Denver Campus with Auraria

Wednesday, August 22, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Bonfils Bus, Tivoli Commons, Auraria Campus – Downtown Denver

To reserve a spot to participate in one of the blood drives on campus, make an appointment online  at

  • For the August 13 drive, expand the date range to 8/13/12 and use site code 6026.
  • For the August 16 drive, expand the date range to 8/16/12 and use site code A378.
  • For the August 22 drive, expand the date range to 8/22/12 and use site code 0529.

Or you may contact the Bonfils Appointment Center at 303-363-2300.

Donors without an appointment will be registered as space is available. For general information about blood donor eligibility or to contact Bonfils’ Donor Relations department with questions about blood donation, please call 303-363-2202.


Traffic disruption around Denver campus

Street closures around campus from August 6 through August 9 may impact getting to/from campus. Closures include Larimer between Speer and 15th and 14th between Market and Larimer. Details can be found here.


Temporary Power Outages Scheduled

On Thursday, August 9 and Friday, August 10, AHEC Facilities Services will conduct a series of temporary power outages that will affect several buildings on the Denver campus—North Classroom outages are scheduled for August 10.  These scheduled outages are necessary as a part of a campus voltage upgrade.  Outages each day will begin at 2 a.m. and will be completed by 5:30 a.m. No building will be without power for longer than 30 minutes.

To avoid possible data loss, building occupants should power down computers and electronic equipment prior to leaving work on Wednesday and Thursday.

Facilities Services has identified critical areas that will be affected and have contacted all interested parties.

The building schedule is as follows:

Thursday, August 9
7th St Classroom, South, St. Cajetan, Technology and West.

Friday, August 10
7th Street Classroom, 7th Street Garage, 9th Street Park, Central, Children’s College, Early Learning Center, Events Center, Facilities Annex, Facilities Services, Field House, North, Redwood Lot, South chiller plant, Student Success Building, Student Learning and Engagement.

For more information contact Art Ortega, Electrical Supervisor with Facilities Services at


Bioengineering new-student orientation

On August 14, the Department of Bioengineering will welcome seven doctoral and 15 master’s students at their new-student orientation. Current students, faculty and staff will participate in the day-long event.


Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Information Session

Learn about American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)’s Science and Technology Policy Fellowships on Thursday, August 16, at 4 p.m. in room 480 of the CU Building (1250 14th Street).

The AAAS’s Science and Technology Policy Fellowship is a post-graduate-level fellowship that offers medical doctors, scientists and engineers the opportunity to contribute their analytical skills to policymaking in Washington D.C. while learning about the role of science in the federal government.

For more information, visit Download a flier for the event here.


Welcome new students at CU Denver’s New Student Convocation

On August 17, join new students, friends, family and university faculty and staff at New Student Convocation. This ceremony marks the official beginning of a student’s academic career at CU Denver. It begins at noon in the Tivoli Turnhalle and will be followed by a BBQ.

Contact the Office of Student Life at 303-556-3399 for additional information.


CU Denver Block Party—food, music and fun!

The university is hosting its first-ever Block party on August 23. Lawrence Street between 14th and 15th will be closed to traffic and open for fun. Listen to local music, fly down a zip line, climb a rock wall and enjoy lunch from a variety of local food trucks.

Learn more.




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At the CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing, we focus on providing our students with a comprehensive engineering education at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. Faculty conduct research that spans our five disciplines of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, bioengineering, and computer science and engineering. The college collaborates with industry from around the state; our laboratories and research opportunities give students the hands-on experience they need to excel in the professional world.

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