Buff Bulletin Board

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


Employees: New Anthem ID cards coming to your mailbox

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will mail new health plan ID cards to CU Health Plan members the week of Jan. 21. CU Health Plan members covered by an Anthem plan should begin using the new card as soon as they receive it.

Members are receiving new ID cards because Anthem recently changed its method for processing prescription drug claims—an effort taken to create a better customer and pharmacist experience. To learn more about these changes, visit this FAQ page (PDF). 

Prefer digital? The Anthem Anywhere app gives members instant access to digital ID cards from the convenience of their smartphones. If cards are updated in the future, members will have immediate access to the latest card version. The app can be used to find a doctor, access personal Anthem health records, manage prescription benefits and estimate healthcare costs. 

Members can also download or print a copy of their new ID card from CU’s Anthem microsite

Whether you choose to use the old-fashioned plastic card or the digital version, the new cards will have the following updates:

  • New pharmacy BIN and PCN numbers
  • A separate Member Services number
  • A new pharmacist help number

For questions, contact Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield member services at 1-800-735-6072. 

Buff Techs Desktop Support moves, adds location

On Wed., Jan. 10, Buff Techs Desktop Supportmain walk-in center moved from the Technology Learning Center (TLC)Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) in Room E276. It’s on the east side of the second floor (the main entrance floor).

Hours and service offerings will remain the same.

New additional location: Stearns Commons

Starting Jan. 14, there will be a new Buff Techs location: Stearns Commons 142. Hours for this location are 4–7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4–5 p.m. Friday.

To learn more about Buff Techs Desktop Support, visit their page on the OIT website.

View news story here.

Monthly Bard's Book Club starts Jan. 24

Hello world

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival's Bard's Book Club returns for a second season! Members will meet once a month to chat about the five plays in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival 2019 season, guided by CSF staff. 

Experience the pleasure of discovering and discussing the richness of character, language, plot complications and modern interpretations of Shakespeare (and non-Shakespeare) plays with other Shakespeare fans. Participants must purchase their own copies of the plays. 

Seating is limited, register today! Ages 18 and up. Price is $125.

Class meets monthly, on Thursday evenings, 6–8 p.m., in the CSF Conference Room at 1301 Grandview Ave. in Boulder.

Jan. 24: Twelfth Night
Feb. 21: Romeo and Juliet
March 14: As You Like It
April 18: Charles III
May 16: King John

Questions? Call 303-735-1181.

For parents: Shakespearean stage combat class for teens starts Jan. 28

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Whether you’re a seasoned actor looking to expand your skill set or just out for a good workout and a great time, this eight-week stage combat class is for you! 

From slaps to swordplay, performers of all levels will learn how to tell a story with their whole body. Techniques will be applied to Shakespeare scenes, culminating in a dynamic, battle royale finale performance on March 18. In the hands of an experienced instructor, and with a strong emphasis on safety, this class will teach the specific techniques of hand to hand combat and swordplay, including safe approaches to slaps, pushes, hair pulling, kicks and chokes, basic swordplay skills such as cuts, parries, binds and disarms. 

This class is a fun and engaging way to build performance skills, work with other teenagers as part of a team and connect the ideas and conflicts in Shakespeare's world to our own. Open to students of all experience levels and abilities, ages 12–18.

Cost is $175. CU faculty and staff can save $20 when you use coupon code "BUFFBARD19." Scholarships also are available.

4–5:30 p.m. Mondays | Jan. 28 to March 18

Questions? Call 303-735-1181

Colorado Shakespeare Festival summer camps for ages 6–18

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Registration for 2019 summer camps are now open!

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival invites kids ages 6–18 to CU Boulder’s campus to study Shakespeare with CSF professionals. Working in small groups, these students learn about Shakespeare by rehearsing, staging and performing a shortened play on the Outdoor Mary Rippon Stage (Sprites perform in the indoor Loft Theatre). Camp Shakespeare and Shakespeare's Sprites are a fabulous way for kids and teens to explore theater and Shakespeare in a creative and supportive environment.

In addition to acting training, students participate in master classes with special guests from the CSF company. Campers also work with a stage combat professional to learn the safe way to fight onstage. Tuition includes one ticket to attend CSF's July 21, 7 p.m., production of Twelfth Night. Payments plans and scholarships available.

Camp Shakespeare (ages 9–18), Session 1
May 28 to June 24 | 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday (begins on a Tuesday)
Final performance: 6 p.m. Monday, June 24
Cost: $875

Camp Shakespeare (ages 9–18), Session 2 
July 22 to Aug. 9 | 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Final performance: 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9
Cost: $875

Shakespeare's Sprites (ages 6–9)
Week 1: July 8-12 | 9 a.m. to noon
Week 2: July 15-19 | 9 a.m. to noon
Final performance: Friday of each week, 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $200 per week

Questions? Call 303-735-1181.

For parents: Shakespeare class for preteens starts April 3

Shakespeare kids on stage

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival's 2019 season includes some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. This six-week class for ages 8–11 gives your preteen a chance to dive into famous scenes from plays in our season, including Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It, culminating in a final performance for friends and family on May 8! 

Students will learn about Shakespearean verse, building a character and acting moment to moment with scene partners (and have tons of fun along the way, of course!) This class is a fun and engaging way to build language and performance skills, work with other kids as part of a team and connect the ideas and conflicts in Shakespeare's world to our own. Open to students of all experience levels and abilities.

Cost is $125. CU employees: Use coupon code "BUFFBARD19" to save $15! Scholarships also are available.

4–5:30 p.m. Wednesdays | April 3 to May 8

Questions? Call 303-735-1181.

Weekday specials at The Connection

Visit The Connection from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday for a great deal on bowling and billiards! 

Weekday bowling specials

Early-bird special | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CU students: $1.50 per person, per game; $1 shoe rental
Faculty/staff: $1.75 per person, per game; $1.50 shoe rental

Midday special | 2–5 p.m.
CU students: $2 per person, per game; $1.50 shoe rental
Faculty/staff: $2.50 per person, per game; $2 shoe rental

Weekday billiards specials

Early-bird special | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CU students: $1.50 per hour, per table
Faculty/staff: $1.75 per hour, per table

Midday special | 2–5 p.m.
CU students: $2.50 per hour, per table
Faculty/staff: $3 per hour, per table

Piano lessons offered this spring; prior experience required

Take piano lessons with an undergraduate piano intern this semester! These lessons are for students, staff or faculty who have had at least three years of previous piano instruction (no exceptions this semester). 

The instructors are undergraduate piano majors in their senior year. No university credit. Professor Alejandro Cremaschi supervises the interns. 

Learn more.

Employee Services: Omada wellness program expands offerings for Type 2 diabetes

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The CU Health Plan’s Omada program now has options for people who have Type 2 diabetes and are not currently taking insulin. When the program first launched, health plan members who already had Type 2 diabetes were not eligible to join, but that was recently changed.

Omada, a cutting-edge digital behavioral transformation program, is dedicated to the fight against chronic illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Merging science, technology, education and community, the innovative program is designed to help build sustainable healthy habits. 

If you are at risk for Type 2 diabetes or heart disease—or if you have Type 2 diabetes—and you’re a CU Health Plan member, the Omada program is available to you at no cost. The program provides tools, resources and smart technology at no out-of-pocket cost, including:

  • A wireless scale pre-synced to a password-protected account
  • A specialized health-related curriculum
  • On-demand access to a personal health coach
  • A like-minded online peer network for support

Omada recently relaxed the requirements for program acceptance, so even if you have applied in the past, we encourage you to reapply. Take control of your health by completing the one-minute risk screener.

CU Book Store offering extended hours Jan. 12–20

The CU Book Store has extended hours to help you purchase your textbooks and supplies. 

Still located in the UMC, on campus for your convenience. Don’t forget you can also shop online at www.cubookstore.com and pick your books up in the store or have them shipped. 

Jan. 12, 13: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Jan. 14: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Jan. 15: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Jan. 16: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Jan. 17: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 18: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 19: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 20: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On-campus housing application opens Jan. 11

Do you know where you’re living next year? Living in the residence halls offers convenience and community that you may not find elsewhere, and residents are strongly encouraged to re-apply early.

Additionally, Williams Village East Hall—CU’s newest and most modern living option on campus—will open just in time for fall 2019. This hall will have some specific community events focused on gaming but is open to all students with a range of interests and majors.

There are many advantages and conveniences with living on campus:

  • Your commute to class can be faster without the hassle of finding parking.
  • Enjoy delicious daily meals without the chore of grocery shopping when you use your meal plan—and no dishes to clean.
  • Easily find community with your fellow Buffs. Living in a residence hall can provide more opportunities for staying involved, finding people to study with or just have fun.

The application for returning students to live in the residence halls next fall will open on Jan. 11 and closes on Jan. 31. Be sure to apply early before space is gone.

Tutors needed for student-athletes

The Herbst Academic Center for Student-Athletes is hiring subject tutors to support student-athletes in the following areas: 

  • Advertising/creative concepts
  • Accounting
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry (general and for engineers)
  • Lower- and upper-division economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental design
  • Environmental science
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Finance
  • Geography
  • History
  • Integrative physiology
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics,
  • Upper-division political science
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Sociolog
  • Writing

Pay is hourly: undergraduate level $11.10 per hour; master’s level $14 per hour; doctoral level $15.50 per hour. Email tutoring@colorado.edu for more information.

Graduate Teacher Program spring conference set for Jan. 25, 26

For 2019, the Graduate Teacher Program has decided to continue to combine the annual spring conference and the annual Collaborative Preparing Future Faculty Network Forum in order to maximize the opportunity for graduate students from all participating institutions to network, collaborate and learn from one another. 

Subject to change, Friday's keynote speaker is Elizabeth Fenn, and the Saturday speaker is Chuck Plunkett. We hope to see you there!

Write “West”—writing contest on Western-related topics

Enter the Center for the American West’s spring’s writing contest on Western American topics in any of these genres—poetry, memoir, fiction, creative or academic nonfiction—for a chance to win one of five $500 prizes. Five $500 prizes will be awarded. 

For contest rules and more information, visit the center online. Open to graduate students and undergraduates. Entries due by March 19.