Community Shines Through at LYNX UP Celebration of Faculty & Staff Philanthropy

February 22, 2022

“It’s good to see you!” 

“It’s good to be seen!” 

“It’s really exciting to see people in 3D!” 

The Terrace Room at the Lawrence Street Center buzzed with energy the morning of Friday, Feb. 18 as members of the CU Denver community joined Chancellor Michelle Marks to celebrate the 2021 LYNX UP faculty and staff giving campaign.  

The breakfast celebration was hosted jointly by Chancellor Marks and the LYNX UP Ambassadors, a dedicated group of faculty and staff who serve as champions of philanthropy across campus. The event provided CU Denver faculty and staff with a much-anticipated opportunity to reunite in person, while recognizing their collective philanthropic impact in 2021.  

Another Record-Breaking Year of Faculty & Staff Giving 

“This morning is a celebration of you,” said Chancellor Marks. “With the LYNX UP campaign, you’ve taken us to the next level. It was a record-setting year.” 

In 2021, CU Denver’s faculty and staff donated over $204,000 to causes ranging from scholarships, to first-generation student success, to veteran and military student support, to the Loving Lynx emergency fund. This was a 12% increase over the previous record-setting year of giving in 2020.  

A Symbol of the Lynx Community 

In addition to celebrating our LYNX UP donors, the event underscored the importance of community at CU Denver. Friends and colleagues greeted each other with excitement, many reconnecting in person for the first time since the fall semester. And in a special surprise, Chancellor Marks was presented with a cherished symbol of the Lynx community.  

On behalf of Dan Ostermiller—the renowned artist behind CU Denver’s new Lynx statue—Cary Weatherford, executive director of institutional planning, presented the Chancellor with Ostermiller’s original “study” of the statue: a two-foot bronze Lynx created in preparation for the final piece. 

Ostermiller’s full-scale Lynx statue sits in the courtyard west of the Lola and Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center, overlooking a central gathering place on the CU Denver campus and serving as a backdrop for “Instagrammable” photos that beam with Lynx pride.  

Many Ways of Giving Back 

Chancellor Marks took a moment to recognize her co-hosts, the LYNX UP Ambassadors, as well as staff from the Office of Advancement who attended. She also expressed her gratitude for the countless ways that all faculty and staff give back throughout the year.  

“It’s more than just money,” Chancellor Marks said. “It’s about investing in our community.” She thanked her colleagues for the many ways that they “model what giving back to the university looks like.” 

Philanthropic support is central to CU Denver’s mission to make education work for all. For many students, scholarships and financial support from sources like the Loving Lynx emergency fund can mean the difference between finishing their degrees and putting classes on hold.  

To all of you who made a gift in 2021, thank you for supporting pathways to opportunity for CU Denver students. If you would like to join the LYNX UP faculty and staff giving campaign in 2022, please take a moment to learn more about making a gift, registering for payroll deduction, and enrolling in the King Soopers and City Market community rewards program