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DU Digest

May 23, 2017

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du in the news

DU faculty were in the media this week discussing giraffes and the Endangered Species Act, food safety in meal delivery kits and services for the homeless in public libraries. Read more from Fred Cheever, Annecoos Wiersema, Eric Lane and Mary Stansbury

Associate Provost for Graduate Studies Barbara Wilcots to join Regis University

Barbara Wilcots has accepted the position of vice president for Student Affairs with Regis University. Her last day with the University of Denver is June 30. Corinne Lengsfeld, associate provost for research, has agreed to serve also as interim associate provost for Graduate Studies, effective July 1. Read the full announcement from Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Gregg Kvistad.

DU Digest changes

You may have noticed some changes in DU Digest over the past several weeks. In an effort to make each week's edition a bit shorter, we're now posting the many events and workshops submitted for publication on the DU Digest webpage. We've also added some new categories, such as Top News, DU IMPACT 2025 and Get Involved. Over the summer, we'll be working on other improvements in campus communications to faculty and staff, so stay tuned!

Pioneers dismantle Notre Dame in lacrosse quarterfinals

The fifth-seeded Pioneers defeated fourth-seeded Notre Dame 16-4 in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA tournament. The team moves to championship weekend, and will play top-seeded Maryland on Saturday, May 27, in Foxboro, Mass. Watch the game live on ESPN2 starting at 12:30 p.m. Mountain time, or join the DU community at The Pioneer on South University for a watch party. More

Are you traveling internationally on behalf of DU this summer?

Whether this is your first trip abroad for your research and/or work, or the next of many such trips, it's a good idea to review these international travel resources before you go. If you are planning to travel abroad this summer on behalf of the University, one of the first steps is to register in DU Passport. Registration is required for University-related travel abroad primarily for your safety, as it allows the University to reach you in the event of an emergency and to coordinate an evacuation if needed. The goal of our international policies and procedures is to encourage sound practices and safety measures that minimize risks to travelers and the University.

DU increases support to military community

As the military community at the University of Denver continues to grow, ways to support service members, veterans and their families on the DU campus and in the Denver community are crucial and ever evolving. The Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology is a program housed within the Graduate School of Professional Psychology that provides education, research, outreach and treatment pertaining to U.S. military populations. The Sturm Center offers individual, group, child/adolescent and couples/family counseling. Contact outreach specialist Jeni Hunniecutt at or 720-441-4710 for any inquiries related to The Sturm Center in Aurora and the Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology, including community events, partnerships, data and referrals.

High school graduations come to campus

Once again it is time for DU to host the area's high school graduations, with scheduled dates from May 22 through June 10. The majority of these events will have little or no impact on daily operations. However, there are several days when parking on the north side of campus could become an issue. You can see the full graduation schedule on Parking Services website. If you are a current parking permit holder, you should have received an email with more information if your parking area is affected.


Committee for inquiry and review of DU general education formed
The Expanding and Enhancing the Learning Environment cluster chairs, Jennifer Karas and Danny McIntosh, worked with the academic units, Faculty Senate and Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence to create this committee; self-nominations were also solicited. Members are: Doug Hesse, Chair, Professor of English and Executive Director of Writing; Chris Coleman, Associate Professor, Media, Film, and Journalism Studies; Barbekka Hurtt, Teaching Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences; Tonnett Luedtke, Director of Academic Advising; Kateri McRae, Associate Professor of Psychology; Nic Ormes, Associate Professor of Mathematics; Matt Rutherford, Associate Professor of Computer Science; Alison Schofield, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies; Laura Sponsler, Clinical Assistant Professor, Morgridge College of Education; Billy Stratton, Associate Professor of English; John Tiedemann, Teaching Associate Professor of Writing; Cheri Young, Associate Professor of Hospitality. For questions or more information, contact Jennifer Karas or Danny McIntosh.

Get Involved

half-price sale at the book stack

May 20, 23, 24 and 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.—Mary Reed Building, room 107B
All merchandise is half-off at The Book Stack (a used bookstore benefiting DU libraries). More information

one day for du may 24

Tomorrow, the University of Denver community will gather together for the third year in a row to support the institution and the transformative crowdfunding projects of its members on One Day for DU.

bike/walk/transit/carpool to work breakfast

Wednesday, May 24, 7-9 a.m.—Carnegie Green (in front of AAC)
The Center for Sustainability is hosting this event in celebration of all the sustainable transportation activities that students, faculty and staff have participated in over the spring quarter and in anticipation of the upcoming citywide Bike to Work Day on June 28. Bring your reusable mug and enjoy coffee and bagels. Register to be a part of DU's network to stay informed and win prizes!

may days--may 22-26

May Days are not just for undergraduate students! The Undergraduate DU Planning Board (DUPB) and the OneDU Implementation Team invite everyone from the DU community to join in on activities this week. This is an annual celebration that our entire campus can enjoy together!

Gender Fair (dialogue class presentations)

Friday, May 26, noon-3 p.m.—Driscoll South Underground
Students, staff and faculty are invited to drop by for brief, engaging student-led final presentations from participants in our pilot intergroup dialogue courses. Free, food, fascinating! Hosted by COMN 1015 Voice & Gender dialogue classes, Department of Communication Studies and Division of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence Inclusion & Equity Education. See the Facebook event page

Campus Rebellion and Plantation Politics: The Continued Search for Racial Equity in U.S. Higher Education

Wednesday, May 31, 6-8 p.m.—Mary Reed Building, Renaissance Room
There is a resurgence of resistance to the structural racism and whiteness upon which institutions of higher education have been built. This panel discussion will explore how multiple forms of campus rebellion, and the strategies universities use to respond to these acts, may reveal a modern conceptualization of "plantation politics." Register

call for volunteers: undergraduate commencement june 10

You can be a part of the excitement on this special day for our graduates and their families and friends by volunteering to help direct students to the correct staging area, assist students to find their correct position as they line up for procession walk-in, complete student sign-in or other tasks as necessary. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 7:30 a.m.; there will be free breakfast! Contact Esteban Terrazas if you're interested. The Office of the Registrar thanks you in advance!

sign up to receive fresh, locally grown csa food boxes

It's spring, so now's the time to think about ordering fresh produce from local suppliers, and supporting the University's DU IMPACT 2025 "farm to institution" goal by participating in CSA (community supported agriculture) options through the DU Center for Sustainability. Three options are available; get more information and sign up on the Center for Sustainability website.

2017 Rodney Billups basketball camps

DU faculty and staff: Get information about this year's camps at this website.

People News

Davy Davis retirement celebration

Saturday, June 3, 2 p.m.—Newman Center Flexible Theatre
Join us for a retirement celebration for Professor William Temple "Davy" Davis. Food and drinks will be served. In lieu of gifts or donations, please make a contribution to the Davy Davis Scholarship fund. Register and get more information

HR News recommended courses

Here are some useful courses on Learning LinkedIn with Oliver Schinkten, Managing Stress with Todd Dewett, Microsoft Outlook with David Rivers, Business Writing Fundamentals with Judy Steiner-Williams, Leadership Insights with Dan Rockwell and Humor in the Workplace with Izzy Gesell. All these courses also go towards the Colorado 14ers pathway and many others. Check out these courses on the website by typing the name of the class in the search box.

Fridays@Noon: What is du doing for sustainability?

Friday, June 2, noon-12:45 p.m., HR conference room, 4th floor, Mary Reed
Join us as we continue our series on sustainability with Chad King, DU's sustainability coordinator. These sustainability shows also count for the Sustainability Pathway in the Colorado 14ers program. All past shows are available on the website; scroll down to Past Shows. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Fridays@Noon.


zen boot camp

Each Tuesday and Thursday in June, we will be offering a 20-minute online, live and interactive mindfulness class. Grace Estripeaut will provide you with practical ways to cope, get focused and feel calm, centered and in control. To see times, dates and link to join sessions, please visit the Wellness webpage.

wellness classes this quarter


daniels furniture giveaway

Friday, June 2—P2 parking garage
Daniels College of Business will be giving away furniture, for business or personal use. All available furniture will be displayed beginning Thursday, June 1, so if you see something you want, mark it with a sticky note with your name on it. First come, first served.

Bicycle impounds

Do you have a bike locked on campus? The week of June 18, all bikes will be impounded from racks across campus. The owners of bikes that are registered on campus, with stickers properly placed, will be contacted before bikes are removed. If you haven't registered your bike, do it today. If you would like to donate your bike to the campus bikeshare or local nonprofits, please email, or drop it off at the bike shop in the basement of Nagel Hall.

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