March 2020

Dear Alumni and Friends,

The University of Colorado is closely following developments related to the international spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority as we coordinate our planning and response. It is receiving the highest level of attention on our campuses and system administration.

I am having regular, ongoing conversations with the four campus chancellors to compare our approaches, share best practices and ensure we are doing everything we can to plan and prepare to limit exposure and lower risk. I am also talking with the leaders of other colleges and universities in Colorado and beyond. We are engaging experts inside and outside the university, including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to get the latest information and recommendations.

As of this writing, we have had six people on CU campuses tested for COVID-19. Four of those tests came back negative and two are pending. The CDPHE reports nine confirmed cases in Colorado thus far. While none of those are on a CU campus, it would be irresponsible if we did not prepare for the likely event of cases of the virus on our campuses.

We have contingency plans for our fundamental activities in teaching and research and we continue to refine those and additional operational contingencies that arise. It’s important to note that planning for emergencies such as a pandemic are ongoing parts of what we do; they do not just happen when an emergency arises.

All the best,

Mark Kennedy, CU President
Mark Kennedy President

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Newsletter Archive

2019

2018

  • November, The cost of college
  • October, Engineering success with collaboration across Colorado
  • September, A shot of adrenaline for CU’s medical powerhouse
  • August, Back to the Future
  • June, Bright CU ideas
  • May, Teaching students how -- not what -- to think
  • April, Teaching innovation
  • March, Reflecting on a decade
  • February, A festival of ideas
  • January, CU's greatest asset

2017

  • November, Fostering community
  • October, University of Innovation
  • September, Open exchange of ideas
  • August, Pathways to address the teacher shortage
  • June, Building on a proud history
  • May, My favorite time of year
  • April, Mapping MOOCs
  • March, Innovation sparks creation
  • February, Advocating for CU
  • January, State funding quest

2016

2015

  • December, Enriching diversity
  • November, Veterans: Impact and opportunity
  • October, Tackling mental health
  • September, Marketing a great university
  • August, Coming of Age
  • June, Sunny futures
  • May, Vision to see the future
  • April, Momentum in Denver
  • March, Public higher education's changing face
  • February, Health and medicine: modest beginnings, lofty aspirations 

2014

  • November, Leadership lessons
  • October, Learning how to learn
  • September, CU's largest real estate gift
  • August, What for, not how much
  • July, The bogeyman in the basement
  • May, Private gain or public good?
  • April, Funding outlook: sunny today, stormy tomorrow
  • March, Expertise and passion
  • February, Soaring in southern Colorado
  • January, It all starts with reputation

2013

2012

  • December, The threat from legal pot
  • November, Good news comes in threes
  • October, CU labs: a magnificent microcosm
  • September, Is college worth it?
  • August, A lasting legacy and a record set
  • July, Getting there from here
  • June, Serving those who served
  • May, Indelible impact
  • April, Bruce on Bruce
  • March, Perception and reality
  • February,Leading leaders

2011

  • December, We're most proud of this CU uniform
  • November, From python hearts to Tebow's cleats
  • October, We want you
  • September, How to succeed at college and save $20,000
  • August, Reputation drives results
  • July, Teaching an old president new tricks
  • June, A message from the president
  • April, CU announces $1.5 billion Creating Futures campaign
  • February

2010

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2008