Group photo for kids day

A whirlwind of fun — games, Milo the Lynx, snacks, hands-on activities, hanging out with peers and parents — greeted 55 children and their parents who participated in the first-ever Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at CU Denver last week.

Fun at Take Your Child to Work Day
Among the participants at Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day are, from left, June Batzaya, Jonon Batzaya, Chinguun Batsukh and Gana Rinchinjugder, Chinguun’s mother. Jonon and June’s mother (not pictured, but at the event) is Bolormaa Begzsuren.

Milo welcomed the kids, ranging from second through eighth grades, into the Terrace Room on April 26. The children received colorful, specially designed T-shirts for the occasion. The shirts were designed by Paige Jones, an animation major in the College of Arts & Media (CAM).

Lefeaves with Milo
Having their picture taken with Milo are Annabel and Austin Lefeave with their mother, Erica.

A host of university special guests participated in a bingo event: Regina Kilkenny, CU Denver chief of staff; Laura Borgelt, associate dean for Administration and Operations, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Brenda Allen, vice chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion; Raul Cardenas, vice chancellor for Student Affairs; Mike Ferrara, associate professor of Mathematics; Provost Roderick Nairn, and Phillip Petty, electronics specialist.

After the bingo, a “minute-to-win-it” game and stuffed Milo prizes, the children enjoyed question bowl time with a university panel of faculty, students and staff, a photo booth with Milo, interactive tours at Inworks, the College of Architecture and Planning and a 3D animation classroom in CAM. They returned to the Terrace Room to wrap up their day with a tasty lunch.

Children drawing at CU Denver
Drawing and coloring are among the many activities children enjoyed at CU Denver’s Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

The event was coordinated by several CU Denver units, with Nelia Viveiros, assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; Shannon Hagerman, executive director for Continuing and Professional Studies; and Kilkenny serving as primary event hosts. Kilkenny filled in for Chancellor Dorothy Horrell, who was a primary advocate for the event but was ill that day.

Hagerman and Viveiros gave a special shout-out of appreciation to their volunteer staff: “We want to thank Laura Hager, Zack Strober, Bonnie Hixson, Mark Heredia, Maureen Durken and Meghan Garcia as well as the many wonderful parents who spent the better part of the morning with us.”

Photos courtesy of Julia Cummings and Erica Lefeave of the School of Education & Human Development and the College of Engineering and Applied Science, respectively. 

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