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.
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).
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.
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.