Dear Roadrunners,  

 It’s another busy week on the Auraria Campus. While Stanley Cup celebrations take over downtown today, construction has taken over many spaces on the Auraria Campus. Read on for updates and notices on both and remember that all University offices will be closed Monday in observance of Independence Day. As Covid-19 remains present in our community, please have a safe and responsible holiday weekend. 

Additionally, self-care has been an emphasis of mine over this past year. As we bring the fiscal year to a close today, I encourage our community to reflect on all we’ve accomplished and to take time to recharge and enjoy our Colorado summer. 


Stanley Cup celebrations today 

The Colorado Avalanche 2022 Championship Rally will take place today at Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The accompanying parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Union Station and will continue down 17th Street to Broadway, ending at Civic Center. While these events are not expected to directly affect the Auraria Campus, they are expected to attract thousands of fans to the area. Please be aware of traffic impacts, delays and road closures.  


Changes to Covid-19 testing and vaccine scheduling 

Beginning Tuesday, several important changes will take effect at the Health Center at Auraria. These changes are outlined in greater detail in today’s Early Bird and include: 

  • The Health Center at Auraria will now manage all scheduling of on-campus Covid-19 testing and vaccination appointments 
  • Covid-19 vaccines will be provided at no cost to students, employees and immediate family members and/or household members only. 
  • Covid-19 testing for all students, employees and immediate family members and/or household members will no longer be covered at 100% after July 15. Patients are asked to verify their insurance coverage to determine their cost. 
  • Testing and vaccination services will no longer be offered to members of the greater community unless they are family/household members of a campus constituent. 

Updated Covid-19 reporting processes  

Additionally, employees who test positive for Covid-19 must notify their supervisor upon recognition of their positive test. Employees must also contact the Health Center at Auraria to seek specific instructions. This will likely include a five-day quarantine and confirmation of a negative test result before the employee returns to campus. 

  • As a reminder, second booster shots are available at the Health Center at Auraria for all eligible members of the campus community.  
  • Please note that federal Covid-19 leave benefits remain available and that the federal government will observe a 60-day notice before cancellation. 

Progress on campus renovations 

Athletics fields New lighting is complete at the softball field and will be completed at the soccer field by the end of this week. Existing turf has been removed at the soccer field and softball field, and the turf contractor is starting to roll out new padding and turf at the soccer field.

Tennis courts Resurfacing is complete, and the contractor expects to finish striping by the end of this week.

Room under renovation with exposed concrete flooring and missing ceiling panels.Academic spaces –

Removal of existing lighting has been completed across multiple spaces, and crews are now focused on demolition of existing finishes (for rooms with new finish scope). New audiovisual rough-in work is complete, and contractor Fransen Pittman has begun patching in most buildings. Crews are preparing to prime walls for paint in most buildings: 

  • Room under renovation with exposed concrete flooring.Arts — Painting begins in early July.  
  • West — Walls are patched; priming is underway. 
  • Central — Electrical rework is complete; priming will begin next week.  
  • Science — Priming is underway. 
  • Cherry Creek — Wall patching is underway; priming will begin next week.  
  • Administration — Priming is underway; painting will begin in early July.  
  • King Center — Priming is underway. 
  • 7th Street Classroom — Priming is underway.  
  • PE/Events Center — Priming is underway; new flooring installation is scheduled for mid-July. 


Other updates 

  • The Dazbog outside of the Jordan Student Success Building will be closed beginning at the end of the day Friday through Aug. 15. 
  • As a reminder, the Central Classroom building is accessible by badge only. Students and employees who require access should visit the ID Cards and Access Control website. 



Larry Sampler    

Vice president for Administration, Finance and Facilities and chief operating officer