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What's New at the Boulder Campus?

By By Jim Fu, SWAC Boulder Student Council President

With tremendous gratitude for the accomplishments, efforts, and intentions of past and incumbent members and participants, the Student Council at the Boulder campus looks forward to further enriching student life through activation among our community of students, faculty, alumni, and administration, in and across three principal channels of engagement: social, academic, and alumni.

Social: Formal and ad-hoc gatherings, outings, and benefits on campus and at local entertainment, natural, and institutional venues providing opportunities for vibrant interaction and pooling of our investments in ourselves as current students and each other as future fellow practitioners in identifying with, contributing to, and strengthening our on-campus atmosphere and local and professional communities.

Academic: Student-mentoring for new students to facilitate entry into SWAC, community, and region; support between ongoing students to negotiate academic rigors, offer course insights and planning, and achieve optimal school-life/practice-life balance; crossover programs including lunchtime, after-class, and off-site classes, modules, and outings offering guidance or exploration to areas of theory or practice in which fellow students and faculty members have qualified expertise.

Alumni: Clear visibility and access to our network of current and past students near and far to leverage informed planning, successful entry and indoctrination, and sustainable continuance of the careers and practices of our imminent, recent, and mentor graduates among our profession and community of Chinese Medicine.

With the above as rows, some seeds we've sowed at Boulder include:

Adopt a Highway (AAH): Through the Colorado Department of Traffic, adopting CO-119 (The Diagonal) mile markers 48-50, which is the stretch of The Diagonal adjacent to our campus, stretching just north-south of 63rd Street. First pick up: June 18, 8AM.

Qi Move Bike Cruises: Conversationally-paced Thursday lunchtime bike rides lasting about an hour to get the legs spinning. We'd like to add additional rides for those wishing to pace faster, and also to ride on trails.

Potlucks: Ad-hoc lunchtime potlucks in the Student Lounge

Open Houses/Semester Kickoff BBQ: Tie-ins with scheduled campus hosting of prospective students

Additionals that we're putting into play include:

Lunchtime Lessons/modules:  Yoga, faculty-led programs in areas of their expertise

Off-campus meet-ups: Monthly gatherings/happy hours at local restaurants

Local Tours: NIST, Noosa Dairy Farm, CSA farms

Outdoor Trips: Rocky Mountain and Great Sand Dunes National Parks, state parks and national forest camping/backpacking, paddling, cycling outings

Aside from developing and launching specific activities, the Student Council seeks additional members and input, and also seeks a platform for communications to announce and coordinate meetings, events, and people, including alumni. In the interim, please join our Facebook Group.