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An Introduction to Veteran & Military Student Programs

Here at CU Denver, we take pride in providing our military men and women with a quality education catered toward their distinct needs. Our mission is to create a positive transition and support programs for student service members, veterans, and their families in order to support their transition into academics, increase their graduation success rate, and assist them in achieving placement in their chosen career field following graduation.

“The Veteran & Military Student Services (VMSS) office is there to help veteran students transition from military to college, and succeed in whatever path that individual takes.” explained Junior Biology/Pre-med major, Kevin Bolser. “If a person is active in the office or associated programs it allows them to help other veterans succeed but it also gives them different experiences, friends, and perspectives that they otherwise may not have.”

CU Denver has appeared on the G.I. Jobs “Military Friendly Schools” List multiple times, ranking well because of its focus on employment support, transition and redeployment assistance, counseling referrals, and educational benefit certification. For example, Michael Chadwick is pursuing his second master’s degree at CU Denver and initially chose the school because of its culture and welcoming veteran environment.

The Principles of Excellence program is an agreement by the school to follow guidelines pertaining to student veteran issues in order to make things easier for veterans to navigate and complete their education. CU Denver also follows the eight keys to veterans’ success.

CU Denver’s Boots to Suits program ensures a smooth transition from military service to the classroom and then to the workforce. Chadwick explains that, “The program includes training, mentorship, and professional development [and] numerous networking opportunities as well.”

The PAVE program partners each incoming student with a veteran student who has already navigated the specific challenges of education after service. The program also offers tutoring, mental wellness resources, professional development workshops, and scholarships specifically for veteran students.

Adrian Toca, a junior studying Psychology, was one of the first mentors for the PAVE program and has significantly benefited from the services offered by the Office of Veteran Military Services. He said, “The office’s tutoring program has definitely helped a lot because it was an extra resource outside the CU Denver Learning Resource Center that was able to easily work around my hectic schedule.”

The university is also home to the CU Heroes Clinic, a dental clinic operated by the School of Dental Medicine, that serves honorably discharged veterans enrolled at CU Denver and select other Colorado schools. The clinic’s goal is to help bridge the gap for veterans who often do not have dental coverage when they leave military service by providing quality care at no cost.

Nationwide, veterans who have been discharged within the last 4 years are eligible for in state tuition at public schools across all 50 states. This means that veterans and their dependents no longer face residency requirements or higher non-resident tuition charges. There are exceptions, of course, but this is a significant benefit for a large portion of veterans.

Toca said, “I definitely would [recommend visiting the office] if they have time. There are many benefits to it.” Chadwick agrees, ” Having a successful transition from service to civilian cannot be done without resources. This office can directly connect you with a number of resources to help you along during your time of transition.”

For more information on veteran educational benefits, visit military.com. Interested in one of the nation’s best veteran programs? Visit CU Denver’s Veteran Student Services page.


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Karin Hunter-Byrd selected as an Outstanding Advising Administrator

Karin Hunter-Byrd, director of the Office of Advising and Student Services at the College of Arts & Media, has been selected as an Outstanding Advising Administrator Certificate of Merit recipient from the NACADA The Global Community for Academic Advising as part of the 2015 Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising.

This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising administration. Academic Advising Administrators includes those individuals who may provide direct academic advising services but whose primary responsibility is as an administrator or director of an academic advising program.

Since 1983, NACADA has honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.  The goal of NACADA is to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to enhance the educational development of students.

NACADA’s membership has grown to over 10,000 faculty, professional advisors, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students.  In addition, NACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education.

Karin Hunter-Byrd will be honored and presented with this award in Las Vegas, NV during the NACADA Annual Conference this fall.

*This article was originally posted in the CU Denver Newsroom. Read the original article here.


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Hans Rosenwinkel: Adventurer, Explorer, Filmmaker, Professor

Last year Hans Rosenwinkel, CU Denver’s College of Arts and Media Associate Professor in the Department of Theater, Film, and Video Production, co-produced, filmed and edited Xpedition China: Search for Shangri La in association with the production company, Breakwater Entertainment. The new television series gave insight to China’s untouched beauty, from the Terracotta Warriors to Pandas in the wild. The series was aired worldwide with three major global networks including Discovery Velocity network in the USA, CCTV-China, and National Geographic International.

Rosenwinkel was allowed unprecedented access in China and is thinking bigger for the continuation of the series to be shot in other exotic locations across the globe. Rosenwinkel is no stranger to world travel. Prior to his project in China, Rosenwinkel has traveled everywhere from the Siberia border to film the Ice Festival down to the tropics to film indigenous people. It’s a challenging kind of filmmaking, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Back at CU Denver’s College of Arts and Media, you can find Rosenwinkel in the classroom teaching a variety of courses from introductory film to advanced editing. His experience as a writer, producer and editor keeps him fresh in the industry, which he then brings to his students.

“I know how stuff works, what the business expects, and what [students] need to know to progress in the industry,” stated Rosenwinkel.

Rosenwinkel’s most recently finished work is a documentary called The Current which is airing nationwide on EPIX. He co-directed, wrote, filmed, and edited the story which is based on the healing powers of the ocean. The Current has been selected for multiple film festivals including the Boulder International Film Festival. Rosenwinkel is just one of the many highly-accredited faculty members teaching here at CAM.


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Featured CU Denver Professor: Joann Brennan

CU Denver’s College of Arts and Media Professor Joann Brennan was recently chosen to exhibit her work in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s newest exhibition, “The Singing and The Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art.”

The power and beauty of the photographic image lies in its ability to convey a story, to incite inspiration or impact understanding all captured in the moment that the artist chooses to release the shutter. Nowhere is that story more compelling or relevant to our modern lives than in the work of Joann Brennan. Brennan has been recently selected as one of only 12 artists to share her story in the Smithsonian’s newest exhibit, “The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art,” where her work stands out in its ability to convey the fragile relationship that exists between humans and nature.

Far from a black and white criticism of human interference, Brennan’s photography focuses on the intimate codependence between people and nature. “In the beginning, I had no idea about the extent to which we manipulate wildness. People think we should step back and let wildness be, holding on to a romantic view of what wildness is… but through making this work, I know that our impact on the environment is so significant that if we step back we’ll lose it,” says Brennan. “We have the power to completely eliminate a species, and we have the power to bring a species back from the edge of extinction. We are constantly testing, learning, and adapting in an effort to create a balance between human concerns and wildness. And the reality of it is that the balance is human-made and precarious.”

Learning is a key component of Brennan’s work throughout the six photographs featured at the Smithsonian and through her work on the “Managing Eden” series, which Brennan has put together over the past 24 years.

Brennan’s work as a photographer has had far reaching impact and she has earned numerous accolades along the way, including prestigious fellowships with both the Smithsonian and the Guggenheim, but even more impressive has been the impact she has had across her many years as a CAM Professor and Administrator. In her 16 years as a faculty member and her current role as Associate Dean she has certainly played a major role in taking CAM to the next level. Brennan has been selected to lead academic program development and support the building of mutually beneficial relationships between educational programs, from all four CU campuses, and South Denver’s business communities in her new role as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at CU’s South Denver location. But even with her new responsibilities and the national spotlight on her creative work, Brennan continues to remain focused on CAM and excited about the prospects ahead. “With the addition of our terrific new Dean and new initiatives underway, it is a great time to be a part of CAM,” she concludes. “I am very excited about the future of CAM, as our talented and experienced faculty, staff and administrators are focused on building innovative educational programs and creative opportunities from which our entrepreneurial students can launch exciting careers. I am grateful to have the opportunity to help the college grow.”