Buff Bulletin Board

The Buff Bulletin Board, a listing of campus announcements, is a service of Campus Communications.


Volunteer in the local community

Volunteer Placement Program

Are you interested in pursuing an ongoing volunteer experience that will challenge you to grow and learn as an active member of the Boulder community? Apply for the Volunteer Placement Program through CU’s Volunteer Resource Center.

This semester-long program gives you the opportunity to network and build relationships, learn about and directly serve diverse community needs, and get a strong start volunteering in CU Boulder community and in surrounding communities.

Learn more and apply by Feb. 6.

Attend an info session Jan. 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. in UMC 235.

Swipe it forward: Donate a meal to a fellow Buff in need

Swipe It Forward

We are collecting meal swipe donations to fight food insecurity on campus. Anyone with a meal plan can donate one meal swipe Jan. 31–Feb. 2. Just tell the cashier that you would like to donate.

Accepting donations at the following locations:

  • C4C Dining Center
  • Village Center Dining
  • Alferd Packer Grill
  • The Alley
  • Sewall Dining Center
  • SEEC Cafe

Only one meal swipe can be donated per person.

Don’t have a meal plan, but still want to help? Donate here.

Showcase your art in the heart of campus! Deadline extended to Feb. 11

Student Arts Program logo

The Student Arts Program collects original art created by the CU Boulder student community and displays it throughout the UMC and the Rec Center.

We are looking for original pieces in the following media: painting, drawing, sculpture, textile, printing and photography/film/technology.

Awards will be given for top submissions. Artwork is reviewed by a panel of judges that decides which artwork is accepted into the program and where that artwork will be displayed. The UMC covers the cost of framing, hanging and securing the artwork.

Deadline to submit: Feb. 11, 2022 

Participate in the Mindful Campus Program

We are seeking current CU undergraduates of all majors and backgrounds to participate in a research study investigating the Mindful Campus Program, an eight-week course designed to promote mindfulness, compassion and community engagement. 
You can earn up to $220–225 by participating in this study.
Participants will attend eight 90-minute sessions (these will be held in person or remotely, depending on the group), complete surveys at three time points, and participate in focus groups to give feedback on the Mindful Campus Program. You must be 18 years old or older to participate. The IRB protocol number for this study is 21-0001.

By participating in this research, you will not only have the opportunity to learn and practice in a community setting, but also you may contribute to the creation of programs and policies to support undergraduate wellness and CU Boulder. Please reach out if you’re interested in learning about sections of the Mindful Campus course specifically for BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ students. 

Please send an email to mindfulcampus@colorado.edu if you’re interested in learning more, or sign up to participate.

Update your local address and other contact info

Students: If you're located outside of Colorado and/or you won't be on campus while taking classes, it's important for us to know where you are so we can make sure you're getting equitable access to educational opportunities.

Roth or traditional? Learn more about Roth contributions with TIAA and CU Employee Services

Should you pay taxes on your retirement funds now, or after you retire? Learn about Roth contributions with TIAA.

It’s tempting to put things off—washing dishes, calling the cable company, paying taxes—but retirement planning is something you shouldn’t put off. One important consideration in retirement planning is whether to pay taxes up front on retirement savings—and withdraw those savings tax-free in retirement—or save untaxed money now and pay taxes later on your retirement distributions.

The University of Colorado offers both ways to save for retirement—traditional and Roth contributions. Join Ivana Stanisic, a senior financial consultant with TIAA, to learn more about the Roth savings option and get your questions answered. You'll learn:

  • What is the after-tax Roth contribution option
  • Why the after-tax Roth contribution option may be right for you
  • How the after-tax Roth contributions compare to pretax contributions
  • How to make after-tax Roth contributions in the CU 403(b) Voluntary Plan

If you go

Thursday, Jan. 27
Noon to 1 p.m. MT

Check out upcoming Spring Welcome events

Spring Welcome is a great opportunity to engage with your fellow Buffs and to meet campus faculty and staff.

In-person events taking place this month are open to students who are currently living on campus and students living off campus in the surrounding community to provide resources and support.

Gemmill Library temporarily closed

Gemmill Library

On Jan. 7, Leonard H. Gemmill Engineering, Mathematics & Physics Library experienced a flood due to a broken water pipe. The library will be closed for at least a month, and during that time there will be no access to the collection housed there. Please check the Gemmill Library website for the most up-to-date information.

Read the full announcement to learn how to access resources, services and spaces for engineering, math and physics while the Gemmill Library is closed.

Global Seminar info sessions coming up

The world still awaits! Learn more about Education Abroad's international faculty-led programs at these virtual informational sessions.

Taiwan: Excavating Taiwanese History Info Session (ASIA 4300)

Attend this new summer Global Seminar in Taiwan. Explore the island's uniquely important role in history to understand the nature of and reasons for the great tension that exists over its status in our own time. Select participants will receive a scholarship. Join the Zoom info session at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21.

France: Underground Paris Info Session (FREN 3450)

Earn 3 upper-division credits during three weeks in Paris this summer! Learn about the figurative underground of Paris' forgotten or hidden history while exploring its physical underground of catacombs, jazz caves and metro. No language background required. Join the Zoom info session at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24.

France: Revolutions in Paris Info Session (PSCI 4028)

Earn 3 credits in three weeks abroad in Paris this May! Expand your knowledge of French history and politics with experiential learning. Discover the details of the French Revolution and the Paris Commune in the palaces, prisons and streets where it all happened. Join the Zoom info session at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24.

Senegal: Cultures of Activism Info Session (FREN 3400)

Spend May differently this year and travel to Dakar, Senegal, for a three-week, 3 credit course! Explore social justice and global development in the context of Senegal's rich cultural heritage while collaborating with a Senegalese activist theater troupe. No language background required. Join the Zoom info session at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Brazil: Conservation Biology Info Session (EBIO/ENVS 4340)

Earn 4 credits this May experiencing Brazil’s Atlantic Forest! Experience operational conservation programs in the Pontal do Paranapanema, participate in community-based conservation solutions, witness Iguaçu Falls National Park and much more.  Learn more at the Zoom info session at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27.

Dublin: Writing in Ireland Info Session (WRTG 3020)

Complete your writing requirement abroad in Ireland next June! You'll create your own Irish Odyssey digital story and explore both Dublin and the Irish countryside, including taking part in the exciting Bloomsday Festival. Join the Zoom info session at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9

Armenia: Social Justice through Teaching English Info Session (LING 4640)

Discover Armenia through the perspectives of English teaching, culture learning and social justice. You will earn a total of 6 credits and live for five weeks in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Join the Zoom info session at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Portugal: Lisbon as a Global City Info Session (PORT 3170)

Earn 3 credits in 3 weeks abroad in Lisbon, Portugal this June! One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon will be the center of our exploration of how multicultural heritage has created new social, economic and cultural dynamics that have molded and created the city we see today. Join the Zoom info session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17.

New Venture Challenge registration to close Jan. 31

New Venture Challenge

The New Venture Challenge (NVC) connects the CU Boulder campus with the Boulder community to develop and fund innovative ideas. Participants attend year-round events, network and collaborate with mentors to refine their ideas and form startup teams to pitch for funding (more than $100,000!) at the NVC Championships.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Jan. 31.

Registration open for intramural sports now through Jan. 26

Intramural Sports at CU Boulder provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to compete against each other in a variety of sports and activities. It's a chance to get connected on campus and meet other students and a fun way to stay active. 

Registration dates

  • Session I: Jan. 19–26
  • Session II: Feb. 23–March 2

Join the UMC Board to be involved, be heard! Deadline: Jan. 30

Hello world

Want to be part of the decisions that shape the UMC and that help us fulfill our mission? Apply for the UMC Board!

The UMC Board is the governing body for your student union and currently has openings for student members. It is a great leadership opportunity for new and returning CU students. Apply by Jan. 30.

Note: You must be able to attend the board meetings on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m.