Buff Bulletin Board

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


Boulder siren testing to begin April 6, continue through August

Beginning Monday, April 6, and continuing on the first Monday of each month through August, the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, in partnership with Boulder County and the City of Boulder, will begin audible testing of the countywide emergency sirens. 

The tests will be at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day, on April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6 and Aug. 3. 

The siren tests ensure that all systems and procedures are working properly during the season of peak flood danger, which is typically early spring to late summer.

For more information about personal preparedness and flood safety, visit the CU Boulder Emergency Management Flood Information pageReady Colorado, Boulder Office of Emergency Management, Boulder County and BoulderFloodInfo.net.

Struggling with COVID anxiety? Worried about health or relationship problems? Feeling down, hopeless?

Affordable teletherapy is available through CU Boulder’s Raimy Psychology Clinic, for individuals residing in Colorado. Sessions are held through the videoconferencing platform Zoom.

Raimy Clinic therapists can provide help coping with stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and other difficulties during this very challenging time! Special low rates are available for all CU Boulder students, staff and faculty.

For more information, call our intake line, Julia Salinger at 303-492-5177; email raimy@colorado.edu; or visit our website.

Study on freshmen mental health experiences during COVID-19

We want to understand your experience as a first-year freshmen at CU during the COVID-19 pandemic. Complete an online survey sharing your own experiences, thoughts and feelings. 

This research is being conducted by researchers in the CU Department of Psychology and Neuroscience (IRB#18-0483). You will have the opportunity to win one of 10 $100 Amazon gift cards. Additional opportunities to participate in paid research may be available.

To qualify, you must be a freshman at CU, between the ages of 18 and 25, and fluent in English.

Please contact gruberpeplab@colorado.edu with the subject line “EMERGE COVID-19 Study,” and we will send you a survey link to complete at your convenience.

CU students needed for wellness study

The Research on Affective Disorders and Development Lab is conducting research on wellness and stress coping in CU students during the novel COVID-19 outbreak. 

Our community is navigating a major public health stressor. We know your lives are being deeply impacted by school closures, changes in your social life social activities and family risks—and we know these impacts may be highly stressful. We want to understand how COVID-19 is affecting CU students and understand whether, and what types, of daily wellness strategies might buffer you from this stressor and help keep you well.

You are eligible for this research study if you are a CU Boulder student over the age of 18. The study lasts eight weeks, and all study data collection happens entirely online. 

If you participate in this study, you will complete a series of short daily microsurveys (one minute a day) as well as a longer survey that is sent to you once every two weeks (about 40 minutes to complete the biweekly surveys). 

You may be assigned to a group in which we ask you to engage in daily wellness strategies either involving positive activities, or mindfulness practices. We will give you some examples of daily wellness strategies, but you get to choose what strategies you use and how long you spend on the strategies each day. 

You will be compensated for your participation (maximum of $226 for completing all parts of the study). 

If you’re interested in learning more, contact the RADD lab at raddlab@colorado.edu.

Mathematics Academic Resource Center (MARC) is operating remotely

kitten hanging on rope with text that says 'hang in there'

The Mathematics Academic Resource Center (MARC) is operating remotely! Graduate student, learning assistant and undergraduate math tutors are standing by to help with all of your math questions. This is a free service provided by the Department of Mathematics offered to all CU students. 

Visit the MARC page, click on a tutor's name, and you'll be whisked off to a Zoom meeting and receive one-on-one, skilled assistance in reasoning through all undergraduate math topics.

For grad students: Adjusted academic deadlines

Below are the adjusted deadlines for graduate students receiving May 2020 doctoral and master’s degrees.

May 2020 doctoral degree deadlines

  • Doctoral students must complete the PhD dissertation defense or final examination
    • Posted deadline: April 7, 2020
    • Adjusted deadline: April 24, 2020
  • PhD students must submit the dissertation and signature page
    • Posted deadline: April 14, 2020
    • Adjusted deadline: May 1, 2020

May 2020 master’s degree deadlines

  • Master’s students must complete the thesis defense or final examination
    • Posted deadline: April 14, 2020
    • Adjusted deadline: April 29, 2020
  • Master’s thesis plan students must submit the thesis and signature page
    • Posted deadline: April 21, 2020
    • Adjusted deadline: May 6, 2020

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Each spring, the university recognizes the important role that graduate and professional students play on campus with a week of activities, events and support services. Due to the current circumstances, we regret that full celebration of this weeklong celebration is on hold. However, we are pleased to announce that HungryBuffs has agreed to offer a 10% discount on all orders through April 30 by using the coupon code cugraduate10. We are also working on some virtual community events, which we will announce in further detail soon.

Ombuds offering virtual drop-in consults for undergrad students

Starting April 6, the Ombuds Office will offer 15-minute virtual drop-in consults for undergraduate students on Mondays and Thursdays, from 1 to 3 p.m. on a first-call, first-served basis. Virtual drop-in consults will continue every Monday and Thursday through May 7, 2020.

Please call 303-492-5077 during these days and times to participate.

The Ombuds Office serves as a good place to surface, voice, discuss and clarify university-related concerns. They listen without judgment, help people untangle issues, develop options and strategize. 

Sign up for benefits training and office hours via Zoom

Budget & Fiscal Planning is offering benefits training and benefits office hours via Zoom! These sessions cover the upcoming benefits localization to General Fund speedtypes in July 2020. Trainings are offered each Thursday and provide an overview. Office hours take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays and dive deep into your speedtypes and benefits-related questions.

New, limited office hours for cash management

In light of CU Boulder’s transition to remote staffing, the Office of Cash Management has implemented reduced office hours. Effective immediately, new office hours will be Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Departments are welcome to use the black, metal payment drop boxes outside the north and south entrances of Regent Administrative Center. If you choose to use the payment drop boxes, please enclose your deposit in a large, sealed envelope. For any other circumstances, departments can email cashmanagement@colorado.edu for more information.

Please continue to honor deadlines listed in deposit guidelines.

The Writing Center is operating remotely!

The Writing Center is offering remote sessions through May 5! Book an appointment to have a phone conversation with a consultant or to receive written feedback on your work.

The CU Boulder Writing Center offers writers from all academic disciplines and skill levels the opportunity to work one-on-one with professionally trained writing consultants. We help writers at all stages of the writing process from brainstorming through revision. Writing Center sessions strive to address writers' stated needs while attending to relevant disciplinary, rhetorical, grammatical and stylistic concerns.

Consultants provide feedback and advice that promote writers' abilities to communicate successfully and think critically in response to complex, evolving expectations of readers in academia, the workplace and society.

  • Save time by learning more effective writing techniques.
  • Eliminate writer’s block and procrastination.
  • Improve your argumentative impact, organization, and clarity.
  • Strengthen your revision and self-editing skills.
  • Learn proper citation to avoid unintentional plagiarism.

Services are free to all CU students, faculty, alumni and university affiliates.

For more information, visit our website or email wrtghelp@colorado.edu.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival seeking concessions staff members

Outdoor theater

Update April 6: Colorado Shakespeare Festival is postponing its 2020 season and related educational programs and camps until summer 2021 because of the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) seeks individuals to serve as concessions staff for the 2020 festival season. This is a great opportunity in a positive, fast-paced environment.

CSF is a professional theater company in association with CU Boulder. The CSF summer season runs May through August on the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and the indoor University Theatre. 

Base pay for concessions staff is $12 per hour with pay increases available based on experience and position type. The ideal candidate for these positions will be students who have a work-study award and can be available up to 20 hours per week beginning in June 2020 through August 2020 with training and setup hours in May 2020, however, non-students without work-study will also be considered. All candidates must be organized, analytical and adaptable. 

All positions include Training for Intervention Procedures (TiPS) certification and formal de-escalation training, paid for by CSF.

Interested applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter to CSF Operations Manager Kurt Mehlenbacher at kume5547exc@colorado.edu.  

POSTPONED | Save $25 on Shakespeare’s Sprites (summer camp for ages 6–9)

Shakespeare’s Sprites curtain call on stage

Update April 6: Colorado Shakespeare Festival educational programs and campus have been postponed until summer 2021 because of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival offers Shakespeare’s Sprites, a playful introduction to the Bard for ages 6–9, on campus at CU Boulder. Discover the fun of Shakespeare through pool-noodle fights, Elizabethan costumes, period insults, Renaissance songs and lively scene work. Each week culminates in a final showing for family and friends. 

This program is the perfect way to instill a love of language and theatre in your child. Students enrolled in Shakespeare’s Sprites should have basic reading skills. 

Sign up for either or both weeks!

Week 1: July 6–10, 9 a.m. to noon
Week 2: Aug. 3–7 | 9 a.m. to noon (full, wait list available)

Final performance: Friday of each week, 11:30 a.m.

Tuition is $235 per week. Tuition includes one ticket to attend CSF's performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream on July 19 at 7 p.m. CU faculty and staff can use coupon code "SPRITESBUFF2020" to save $25 on enrollment!

Questions? Call 303-735-1181 or email csfedout@colorado.edu.

POSTPONED | Save $50 on Camp Shakespeare (summer camp for ages 9–18)

Camp Shakespeare on stage

Update April 6: Colorado Shakespeare Festival educational programs and campus have been postponed until summer 2021 because of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival offers Camp Shakespeare, a fabulous way for kids and teens to explore theater and Shakespeare in a creative and supportive environment on campus at CU Boulder. Working in small groups, these students learn about Shakespeare by rehearsing, staging and performing a shortened play on the Outdoor Mary Rippon Stage. This program is the perfect place to instill a love of language and theater in your child. 

Sign up for one or both sessions:

Session 1: May 26–June 22
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to noon
Performance: Monday, June 22, 6 p.m.

Session 2: July 13–31
Monday–Friday, 1-5 p.m.
Performance: Monday, Aug. 3, 6 p.m.

Tuition is $950 per session and includes one ticket to attend CSF's performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream on July 19 at 7 p.m. CU faculty and staff can use coupon code "SHAKESBUFF2020" to save $50 on enrollment!

Questions? Call 303-735-1181 or email csfedout@colorado.edu.