Photo courtesy Wellness & Recreation Services Amber Long, Executive Director, CU Denver Wellness & Recreation Services.

    Photo courtesy Wellness & Recreation Services
    Amber Long, MEd, Executive Director, CU Denver Wellness & Recreation Services.
A reflection of the year and moving forward

It’s been an exciting year for CU Denver. This past fall we were at the starting line for the semester and the grand opening of the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center. Now, here we are near the end of the academic year, and for many, the finish line of graduation.

From my vantage point, as the Executive Director of CU Denver Wellness & Recreation Services, this has been a banner year. Students have had many opportunities to get involved in campus life, explore our new wellness facility, and leave a legacy for students to come. Our campus community is evolving, and wellness matters more than ever. It’s time to finish strong and power through to the finish line.

Opening the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center to you this past fall was the culmination of years of determination and dedication that was initiated, led, and successfully completed by CU Denver students. The facility is a strong symbol of Lynx persistence, and seeing it buzz with activity throughout the year was a dream come true for many, including myself.

In a lot of ways, the journey to complete the Wellness Center is similar to wrapping up a successful academic year or making it to your graduation finish line. Here at CU Denver, we talk about starting with the end in mind. That means it’s time to dig a little deeper at the end of the semester to finish looming projects, study a little harder, and even maintain a commitment to prioritize personal well-being. The extra effort will pay off in getting you one step closer to the end goal.

CU Denver is CU in the City. That slogan comes with an undercurrent of grit, perseverance, and determination. With commencement right around the corner, I’d like to congratulate the Class of 2019 for their own Lynx persistence and remind them that the tenacity that drove them to this finish line will serve them well as they set off to become career and community leaders.

In the final push to finish the semester, I encourage you now more than ever to prioritize personal well-being. The harder we work, the more important it is to strive for balance and take time to de-stress. Although the finish line is near, there is a starting line on the other side. Life will always bring challenges, and you will have the skills to rise to the occasion. Your preparation, determination, and persistence practiced here during your time at CU Denver will help you navigate both the joys and the struggles in whatever journey lies ahead.

So, take a moment to reflect and take a deep breath. Another semester is over, and the future is brighter than ever. Congratulations, Lynx!

Be well.


Amber Long, MEd

Executive Director, CU Denver Wellness & Recreation Services


The Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center is the newest CU Denver campus resource and is home to Wellness & Recreation Services. The facility was a student-led initiative and is built on the seven dimensions of wellness; social, physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, environmental, and creative wellness.

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