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CU Foundation promotes Richard Lawrence

Richard Lawrence
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Richard Lawrence, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, CU Foundation
The University of Colorado Foundation named Richard Lawrence its executive vice president and chief operating officer. Foundation President and CEO Wayne Hutchens announced the appointment at a recent board meeting.

In his new role, Lawrence will oversee and direct accounting, finance, legal, information technology, development services and marketing operations. He previously served as the foundation's senior vice president of administration, chief financial officer and treasurer, and has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry. He has worked at the foundation since 2006.



Lindy Crawford
Lindy Crawford, Associate Professor of Education
UCCS professor nets $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education

Lindy Crawford, an associate professor of education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will support a project aimed at assisting students with math learning disabilities. Modeled after a similar program that teaches math to non-English speakers, the project will help students successfully engage in math instruction at appropriate grade levels.

Working with two research assistants and a team from Digital Directions International Inc., an educational technology company that develops and distributes online supplemental software products, Crawford will design a Web-based curriculum that will individualize lessons for students in algebra and other middle school math subjects. So far, Crawford has received interest from two Colorado Springs school districts, Denver Public Schools and rural school districts in southeastern Colorado to help design and implement the program. Work will begin in January 2010.

UC Denver professor receives nearly $1 million grant

Mary Weber
Mary Weber, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing

Mary Weber, associate professor in the University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing, received a three-year grant of nearly $1 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Weber will share the money with the college's family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner master's program. She and colleagues will provide future mental health nurse practitioners with knowledge that will allow them to provide quality mental health care in rural areas as well as urban areas that are medically underserved. The program will focus on the elimination of health barriers by giving nurse practitioners an increased supply of, and greater diversity and distribution of providers.

Weber has had 20 years of clinical experience and more than seven years of experience at the graduate nursing level. U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Nursing's nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist programs among the top 10 in the country earlier this year.

Boulder professor honored for teaching community engagement

Mary Weber
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Ben Kirshner, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder School of Education
University of Colorado at Boulder School of Education Assistant Professor Ben Kirshner received the 2009 Ernest A. Lynton Citation for Distinguished Engaged Scholarship. The New England Resource Center for Higher Education confers the recognition on early career faculty for connecting teaching, research and service to community engagement. By reinforcing the integration between these three components of scholarship, the organization aims to help institutions of higher education teach students how to fulfill their academic and civic missions.





Professors honored with multiple awards

Mary Weber

University of Colorado Denver professors
Marlena Fiol, Ph.D., and Ed O'Connor, Ph.D.



University of Colorado Denver professors Marlena Fiol, Ph.D., (left), who teaches both health administration and strategic management, and Ed O'Connor, Ph.D., (right), who also teaches health administration and management, were recognized at the 2009 Academy of Management Annual meeting in Chicago. During the meeting, the pair received an award for outstanding contribution to research in both the health administration and entrepreneurship divisions. Additionally, Fiol was recognized on her own as the outstanding scholar by the organization and managerial cognition division.


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