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Statewide Service and Engagement

“We are not the University of Aurora, Boulder, Colorado Springs or Denver. We are the University of Colorado and, true to our name, we are dedicated to serving the entire state.”

– President Mark Kennedy

 
May 2021

Newsletter

 
May 2021

The Power of Transformational Dreams

CU’s Ludeman Family Center for Women’s Health Research exemplifies transformative philanthropy.
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State of the System Report

CU President Mark R. Kennedy gave the following presentation to CU Faculty Senate on April 22, 2021
Mark Kennedy Marty Meehan
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CU Connections

CU President Mark Kennedy, UMass President Marty Meehan to discuss bipartisanship, friendship in free virtual event

Event will bring together two former congressmen, including CU system president, to talk about friendship across the aisle.
CU In The Media
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Colorado Springs Gazette

GUEST COLUMN: Expanding the Springs' aerospace and defense impact

Colorado Springs has become an increasingly robust ecosystem critical to our nation’s security and innovative edge, thanks in large part to powerful partnerships between the University of Colorado, industry and government.
CU Denver SPA First Friday Virtual Event March 2021
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CU Denver Today

President Kennedy, Chancellor Marks discuss the future of higher ed

The School of Public Affairs at CU Denver hosted its March First Friday event via Zoom with two notable guest speakers: Chancellor Michelle Marks and University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy talking about the future of higher education. The event included discussions about COVID-19, online education, diversity and equity, civil discourse, public education and strategic planning.
Patty Limerick
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Checking in with one of our MacArthur Fellows

I was delighted not long ago to spend time with eminent CU Boulder History Professor Patty Limerick, who is faculty director of the Center of the American West on campus (and a MacArthur Fellow as well). Her energy and enthusiasm won’t be reined in.
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Denver Business Journal

Colorado colleges eye high school graduation rates, seek more state funding in 2021

An analysis of media reports and state survey data by national nonprofit Bellwether Education Partners estimates that as many as 3 million marginalized students may have gone "missing" from the public education system since the pandemic was announced in March and many schools went remote. At the University of Colorado system, where nontraditional students and students of color have made up most of its enrollment growth over the past 10 years, President Mark Kennedy is watching those trends.
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Colorado Springs Gazette

GUEST COLUMN: Colorado uniquely positioned to serve Space Command's mission

The case for Colorado being the permanent home of U.S. Space Command is compelling given our rich and enduring space and national security ecosystem distinguished by a powerful confluence of industry, government, academic and philanthropic forces. We have a proven track record of collaboration among these entities, especially when the nation’s interests are at stake.
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Daily Camera

Guest opinion: Mark Kennedy: How COVID-19 has been, and is, changing CU

With the glimmer of hope brought about by the news of imminent vaccine delivery, we are discussing how CU’s four campuses will emerge from the pandemic, what lessons we learned, and where we go once society and our campuses start to open. The pandemic will have lasting effects. We know the work we started on a couple major systemwide initiatives in fall 2019 has become more critical.
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CU Connections

Five questions for Mark Kennedy

President Kennedy takes stock of a turbulent 2020 and points to signs of hope in the new year.
Food pantry
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CU Connections

Bolstering efforts to fight student food insecurity

Students across CU experiencing food insecurity will get a boost after President Kennedy designated $300,000 from his office to support campus efforts to address the issue.
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The Denver Post

Mark Kennedy: University of Colorado is adapting in wake of COVID, but needs state’s financial support

Colorado must invest more in its educated human infrastructure and embrace an educated populace as a public good. Only with universities jointly committing to becoming more efficient as Colorado commits to increasing its nation-trailing support for higher education can we truly address inequitable access to a college degree and meet state workforce needs.
Celebrating DEI
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CU Connections

DEI Innovation Fund will augment campuses, system diversity efforts

Through a collaboration with the CU Foundation Board, we've created a $5 million DEI Innovation Fund to support innovative diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives on each campus and at system administration.
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The Denver Post

Colorado and Indian state of Karnataka look to business opportunities

Gov. Jared Polis played up Colorado’s expertise in aerospace, biotech, renewable energy and agriculture during a business roundtable to discuss closer commercial ties with India, and in particular with the state of Karnataka.
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Colorado Politics

CU reports taking in $1.4 billion in research funding during last fiscal year

The University of Colorado awarded approximately $1.4 billion in federal, state, international and foundational research funding to its campuses during the 2019-2020 fiscal years, the fourth consecutive year in which grants exceeded $1 billion.
CU faculty attracted $1.41 billion in annual sponsored research funding and gifts last year.

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October 2020

The Numbers Speak Volumes: CU’s Research is Benefiting the World

CU faculty attracted $1.41 billion in annual sponsored research funding and gifts last year.
Denver Metro Chamber Higher Ed Panel
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BLOG: Engaging Denver's Business Community

Among the key messages I delivered to the business community is that vital universities are essential to a vital economy – here in Colorado and nationally. We must work together in higher education to change the narrative and the thinking about our institutions. We must develop stronger partnerships with business and enlist their assistance as our champions.
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Communique

New Engineering Research Center Aims for Sustainable Electric Transportation

Researchers at UCCS will play a key role in a multi-institutional effort, funded by a renewable $26 million National Science Foundation grant, to develop an international research center dedicated to advancing sustainable and electrified transportation.
Historical Image of U.S. Constitution Signing
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CU, Baylor, UI and UMass Celebrate Constitution Day

CU President Mark Kennedy convened a panel of some of his national peer higher education colleagues to celebrate Constitution Day, the annual observance of the creation and adoption of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
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Impressive Showing for CU in U.S. News & World Report 2021 Rankings

U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 national rankings were announced Sept. 13, and CU’s four campuses boasted some outstanding educational highlights and overall rankings.
Denver Rustlers 2020
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BLOG: Denver Rustlers Support Colorado Youth

Despite the pandemic, this year’s Denver Rustlers celebration went off without a hitch. The annual event gathers Colorado’s civic leaders in support of 4-H and the Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale, which helps young ranchers and farmers raise money for their future education.
CU Group Meets Buckley Air Force Base Leaders
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BLOG: Buckley – A Key Space Force Base

Visiting with leaders at Colorado’s Buckley Air Force Base yesterday was inspiring. They shared with our group from CU how they are transitioning to the Space Force with space-based missile warning capabilities, space surveillance operations and space communications operations.
CU Serving the Western Slope
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BLOG: CU Serving the Western Slope

Debbie and I had the opportunity to join Paul Rady last week on a visit to the engineering facility being built at Western Colorado University in Gunnison that was funded by his generous donation. Rady’s philanthropy extends to CU: CU Boulder’s Mechanical Engineering Department is named in his honor
South Metro Denver Tour
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Touring South Metro Denver

Michelle Marks, CU Denver chancellor, Tony Salazar, CU system AVP for engagement, and I met with great people and great companies on our South Metro Denver tour last month. At CU, we're working hard to drive opportunity for our students and the state.
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CU Connections

University of Colorado Strengthens State's Economy

As CU carries out its mission of providing exceptional teaching, research and health care, it also generates an annual economic impact of $14.2 billion for the state of Colorado according to a new study by CU Boulder's Leeds School of Business.
Colorado Correctional Industries new arrangement with CU
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CU alters relationship with Colorado Correctional Industries

The University of Colorado announced today it will continue to consider Colorado Correctional Industries (CCI) as a vendor for its furniture contracts, but it will no longer use it as an exclusive provider.
Planning for an uncertain future higher ed panel
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Planning for an Uncertain Future

On July 27, 2020, the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce hosted the panel discussion, “U.S. Higher Education: Planning for an Uncertain Future.” Joining other higher education leaders in Colorado, I had the privilege of outlining how CU is addressing the challenges – and opportunities – of the moment.
A CU student cleans the feet of a homeless man
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Health and harmony for the homeless

CU Anschutz students understand health care goes beyond medical attention
Global Emergency Care Initiative gives students real-world experience; educating medical, public health and advanced practice students locally and globally
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CU in Africa – and beyond

Global Emergency Care Initiative gives students real-world experience; educating medical, public health and advanced practice students locally and globally .
Dawn Clinic
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DAWN Clinic expands its impact and partnerships

Volunteers find innovative ways to assist the community
CU For Colorado, Outreach
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CU for Colorado

The University of Colorado offers 300 programs and countless outreach activities across the state. Find out here what CU can do for you.
2019 Rocky Mountain Showdown Leadership
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2019 Rocky Mountain Showdown

CSU and CU leadership talk about the impact our two systems.
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The Daily Sentinel

New CU president to visit this week

Meeting the needs of the state and communities like Grand Junction is a critical part of what we do at CU.
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The Durango Herald

Durango, I’m coming to spread the CU good news

I’m looking forward to visiting southwestern Colorado next week for a number of reasons. Since taking over as the president of the University of Colorado just over a month ago
Introductions at UCCS

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August 2019

An eventful entrance

It has been an eventful month-plus since I began my position as president of the University of Colorado. I’ve met many people inside and outside the university, visited each of our four campuses multiple times and gotten to experience different parts of our diverse state and the Denver metro area.
Mark Kennedy & Ken McConnellogue - CU On The Air
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CU on the Air

Catching up with CU’s 23rd president – what’s ahead?

CU on The Air talks with new University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy, who was named by the Board of Regents on May 2 to be the 23rd President of the University of Colorado system.
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The Pueblo Chieftain

Forging ties between CU and Pueblo

I'm visiting Pueblo for the first time on Tuesday, a few short weeks after assuming my new job. I'm interested to learn more about your community and excited to be part of an event to welcome students from Southern Colorado
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CU visiting Fort Morgan on Tuesday

Representatives of the University of Colorado will visit Fort Morgan to welcome students.
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Journal Advocate

New University of Colorado president committed to community outreach across Colorado

I never lived in a town with more than 500 people until I graduated from college.
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The Denver Post

As I take the helm at CU, I will connect with all of Colorado

Like many a newcomer to Colorado, I’m struck by the state’s grandeur and vibrancy. Although I’ve spent a fair amount of time here, my wife Debbie and I are looking forward to discovering more about our new home and exploring all it has to offer.
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The Gazette

A special bond between universities and communities

Since I was selected as CU president in early May, I’ve learned even more about the deep ties between the campus and the community and region. I heard good questions, had interesting exchanges...
Mark Kennedy's first day. 2019
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President Mark Kennedy visits all four campuses

I had a remarkable day visiting all four CU campuses and learning more about our great university. I want to thank the CU community for the warm welcome and fascinating insights.
President Mark Kennedy
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Mark Kennedy chosen as CU President

Mark Kennedy on May 2 was elected the 23rd president of the University of Colorado by a 5-4 vote by the Board of Regents.