This is a great article in the CUDenver today online newsletter describing Hometown Colorado’s kick off event with the city of Lakewood.  Interested faculty, university administrators, or city representatives should contact Vicki Berkley at vicki.berkley@ucdenver.edu. for more information.



Denver: Developing Your Research Project September 24, 2015
12:00 – 2:00 pm (Lunch provided) Lawrence Street Center, Room 600

Faculty Guest Expert: Bud Talbot, Assistant Professor, School of Education and Human Development
Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ProjectDevelopmentDenver

In this seminar, participants will gain tips and strategies for developing a research concept into a viable project, including getting feedback and vetting ideas early on. You will hear from a faculty guest expert who will share their experience developing and honing their own research projects and how they communicate their research ideas early as they develop projects to eventually apply for grant funding.

AMC: Know Your Agency Lunch: NIDDK
October 6, 2015
12:00 – 1:30 pm (Lunch provided)
Education 2 South, Room L28-2201
Faculty Guest Expert: Sean P. Colgan, Professor, Gastroenterology, School of Medicine Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NIDDKLunch

In the Know Your Agency Lunches, we feature a specific agency and ask either an investigator funded by the agency or an agency insider to give an overview of the agency and offer some of the nuances that might not be readily available on the website or program announcement. These lunches also offer an opportunity for investigators interested in applying to the agency the chance to ask questions of someone more experienced with the agency. Lunch is provided.


Kick-Off Flyer!

Hometown Colorado is having a “kick off” event to celebrate our first community partner: Lakewood, Colorado.  Please come and join us for refreshments and the fellowship of other faculty members interested in community partnerships and interdisciplinary “real world” teaching activities.

Any questions or enquiries please contact the program’s staff liaison: Vickie Berkley at Vickie.Berkley@ucdenver.edu.

TO REFRESH YOUR MEMORY OF WHAT “HOMETOWN COLORADO” is, please see our announcement from last spring below:

The University of Colorado Denver is launching a cross campus educational iniative based on the University of Oregon Sustainable Cities Year Program that focuses courses offered across our campus on the “real world projects and issues” of a partner city. The 2015-16 academic year is the pilot year for the UCDenver campus and our city partner is Lakewood, Colorado.

What Is the SCY Model?:
The Sustainable City Year model is a catalytic learning model first developed at the University of Oregon that leverages existing courses at higher education institutions to work on applied community projects identified by community partners (i.e., a city, county, school district, or transit district) for an entire academic year. Some of the distinguishing features of the SCY model of engaged learning include the scale and intensity of the partnership, the place-based and multi-disciplinary nature of the program, and a focus on advancing local sustainability. The large-scale approach provides a wide range of benefits for students, faculty, universities, and communities.

Praise for SCYP:
The Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) at the University of Oregon has been described as “perhaps the most comprehensive effort by a U.S. university to infuse sustainability into its curricula and community outreach” (NY Times – full article) and “one of higher education’s most successful and comprehensive service-learning programs” (Chronicle of Higher Education – full article).

Benefits to Faculty:

• Connection with a community partner that has identified projects that are part of their sustainability goals.

• Connection of disciplinary theory and knowledge to a real-world application that enriches the students’ opportunity to truly “learn with purpose.”

• $1000 per course to support activities related to a community project, such as for materials and publications.

• Payment of one or two students selected by faculty will be paid to summarize the course’s project work, and create a summary report.

• Professional printing of reports, which also may serve as evidence of faculty work for annual review and promotion and tenure.

• Great public-relations exposure for community engaged learning in both internal and external communications outlets.

Benefits to Students:

• A community project can provide increased engagement and learning in a course.

• Students who can show real-world experience have an edge in job applications.

• Students can make a difference now; they do not have to wait until they graduate.


The CRC is proud to announce the inaugural group of CRC/INWORKS faculty fellows!!!  Congratulations to:

John Tinnell, Assistant Professor of English

Amy Adele Hasinoff, Assistant Professor of Communications

Remi Holden, Assistant Professor of Information and Learning Technologies

Tam Vu, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

For a great article on their proposed project and activities for the 2015-16 academic year please see the CUDenver today post “Putting the ‘cross-discipline’ into research at CU Denver”

You can find the article at the link below