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Life After Week 2

Beginning classes after a 6 week break is very challenging. I was trying really hard to wake my brain up and refocus. I have to admit that during week 1 I felt overwhelmed with the amount of reading that I had to get completed before the first week of class. Since we are on a 10 week schedule the professors don’t waste anytime getting into the material, so you have to come to class prepared and ready to go. Thankfully, life after week 2 is much better; I have my schedule down, I’m caught up in my reading (finally), and I was even able to sleep a little! 

My Mountain Vacation

One of my favorite aspects of attending DU is how close I am to the mountains. I spent winter break skiing with my family and some friends at various resorts. We stayed in Frisco, a small ski town with great lodging, for a week.

On the days we visited Copper Mountain, the free Frisco shuttle deposited us at the base of Copper village. We also visited Breckenridge and Winter Park. All three sites were pleasant and had decent terrain.

Confession: I do not technically “ski.” I snow blade. Snow blades are shorter skis that are easier to maneuver and do not require poles. The reduced surface area of the snow blades means that they are more difficult to use on ice.

All of the major resorts were incredibly icy last year, greatly reducing the amount of fun I had. This year, I was happy to find that I could blade without fear of falling! With a little more snow (and slightly warmer weather!), I’m sure the mountains will be excellent this spring, too.

Like me, many students at the University of Denver make trips up to the mountains multiple times per season with friends. I recommend buying your mountain pass early and attending snow gear sales like Sport Authority’s “SNIAGRAB” to maximize your winter recreation budget. If you have an interest in skiing, snowboarding, or snow blading, DU may be the place for you.

Take advantage of being a DU student!

Did you know that as a DU student, you can attend fitness classes at the Coors Fitness Center for free?  Yes, it seems too good to be true.  With a grad student’s busy schedule, it is so convenient to be able to access a fitness center right on campus.

Classes include: cycling, yoga (intro to yoga, 75 minute yoga, power yoga, experienced yoga), pilates, zumba, different types of cardio, etc.  Classes take place 7 days a week in the morning, afternoon, and evening.  If you’re not a student, you can join and become a Coors Fitness Center member.

The class schedule is always available online for students to check.  Click here for a link to the class schedule for Winter/Spring 2013.

Coors Fitness Center is located in the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness, at 2201 E. Asbury Ave., Denver, CO 80208.  Phone number: 303-871-3845.

Craig Hall Building Access for Winter quarter 2013

Notice for students regarding access to Craig Hall

Beginning in winter quarter, 2013, students of the Graduate School of Social work will be granted access to the Craig Hall building between the hours of 7a.m. and 10p.m., seven days a week.  At 10p.m. each evening, Campus Safety officers will clear the building and arm the alarm system.  Please plan to complete your work in the school before this time, as there will not be an opportunity for you to ‘stay and finish up’.

During student access hours, you will be able to use your DU ID card to swipe in at the front entry even if the doors are locked (they will be locked after 4pm on Saturday and all day Sunday).

Students arriving for Saturday classes should note that ONLY THE MAIN ENTRANCE of Craig Hall will be unlocked on Saturdays.

Please note that your access to the building is suspended after 10p.m. and on designated University holidays.  The card swipe will not unlock the building for you at those times.

GSSW has consulted with the Department of Campus Safety to work out an access plan that is helpful to students, but still keeps personal safety as a first priority.  This access plan is being implemented as a trial for winter quarter.  If no problems arise, it will be extended.   This access is available to GSSW Students only.  Under no circumstance should students bring outside individuals into the building, open the door for others, prop open an exterior door or in any other way provide others access to Craig Hall.  Individuals violating this protocol will have their access revoked.

Craig Hall Access Hours

M – F:                   OPEN      7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
CLOSED                                10 p.m. to 7 a.m.              Building is armed

Saturday:             OPEN      7 a.m. to 4 p.m.                 Main entrance only
CARD ACCESS                    4 p.m. to 10 p.m.              Locked; use card swipe access
CLOSED                                10 p.m. to 7 a.m.              Building is armed

Sunday:   CARD ACCESS  7 a.m. to 10 p.m.              Locked; use card swipe access
CLOSED                                10 p.m. to 7 a.m.              Building is armed

Jennie Ratico | Office Manager

Graduate School of Social Work

2148 S. High St. | Denver, CO 80208

PH: 303-871-2774 | FAX: 303-871-2845