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April 18, 2017

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faculty in the news

DU faculty members were in the media this week discussing women in STEM, why married couples pay most of the country's income taxes and the plight of detained immigrants. Read more from Breigh Roszelle, Scott Stanley and César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández.


DU IMPACT 2025 Sustainability Implementation workshop
Tuesday, April 18, 4:30-6 p.m.—Sié Complex, 5th floor, Maglione Hall
The Sustainability implementation team invites you to a workshop focused on identifying areas of overlap and collaboration. While the work of the team has identified several smaller pilots, the larger context of its work points to an interdisciplinary Institute on Social Justice and Sustainability. This work closely intersects with the work of groups focused on Designing and Developing Knowledge, DU Engagement with Denver and the Region, Enhancing and Expanding the Learning Environment and Collaboration for the Public Good. Beer, wine and appetizers will be served.

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2017 sustainability summit

Friday, April 21, noon-1 p.m.—Sturm Hall, Lindsay Auditorium (kickoff)
Creating a Sustainable Future: A talk with Spencer Jourdain. Jourdain is a pioneer in innovative education to create a sustainable future. Since 1989, he has been immersed in the connections between sustainable development and social justice, from assisting the first global broadcast of the historic UN Brundtland Report, to engaging students on three continents in using his innovative "1420" education for a sustainable world.

2017 sustainability summit: from learning to living 

Saturday, April 22, 8-11 a.m.—Centennial Towers Ballroom
Features a keynote address by Spencer Jourdain at 9 a.m., a panel of DU students and alumni at 10 a.m., and travel to the Denver March for Science at 11 a.m. Breakfast and bag lunch provided. Register

Campus Connect suicide prevention skills training

Designed specifically for a college/university community, Campus Connect is an experiential training focused on enhancing gatekeepers' knowledge, awareness and skills concerning college student suicide. In addition to an enhanced ability in responding to students in a suicidal crisis, the skills learned in Campus Connect trainings will enable gatekeepers to respond caringly and effectively to students experiencing a wide range of emotional crises and to direct them to appropriate resources. Over 400 people at DU have already been trained and a couple more trainings are still available for this year. Sign up

University Lecture—Black Psychology: Normal people negotiating Faustian dilemmas
Presented by William E. Cross, Jr., Morgridge College of Education professor

Monday, May 1, 5 p.m.—Cable Center, The Center Theater
The seminal jazz artist, Louis Armstrong, "pretended" to be unable to read music, so racist white patrons could go on believing that music, jazz and rhythm are instinctual to black people. For many scholars, the discourse on the psychology of black people begins with damage and self-hatred. This lecture will offer a corrective by arguing that most social scientific research shows black people to be normal people ensnarled in "Faustian" predicaments. A reception will follow the lecture. More information and to RSVP.

volunteer for the fifthannual day of action april 29

DU Service & Change, the Center for Multicultural Excellence and the Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning are looking for 75 or more volunteers and demonstrators for our Fifth Annual Day of Action. Volunteers will be leading groups of around 10-15 students and parents around campus to various departmental presentations and answering questions about college life. Or you can share your passion for your department or organization and give future college students a view of college life by hosting a classroom demonstration. Sign up to volunteer or demonstrate

The Office of Student Conduct seeks community feedback on the Student Conduct Policies and Procedures

Share your feedback online or sign up for a focus group. Read the currently published Student Conduct Policies and Procedures online. Printed copies are available at the front desk of the Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence suite, located on the top floor of Driscoll North. The survey will close on April 30. If you have questions, please contact Holly Nelson (, assistant director of student conduct.

mother's day gift baskets for safehouse denver

Join Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and the DU Women's staff Alliance for Networking & Development (WAND) as we carry on one law school staff member's 20-year family tradition of providing Mother's Day gift baskets to women in domestic abuse situations. Your donations of gift items, gift cards or cash will fill nearly 100 baskets for women at SafeHouse Denver. See this flier for donation locations across campus and the types of items you can donate. Contact Kari Shafenberg with questions.

april is sexual assault awareness month

Each year, the University of Denver recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) during the month of April by hosting a number of awareness and education events for the DU community. Stop by the fifth annual Consent Carnival tomorrow (April 19) from noon-3 p.m. on Carnegie Green. This is a key event during SAAM that aims to integrate education with fun. This year's Consent Carnival is being organized by Gender Violence Prevention and Education. Don't forget to view The Clothesline Project on display through May 4 at Anderson Academic Commons and participate in Denim Day, coming up on April 26.

Nominate your favorite educator for the 2017 Master Educator Award

Now through Friday, April 21
Nominate a DU faculty or staff member for the William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award. The award is given annually to a faculty or staff member for excellence in teaching and/or mentoring inside and/or outside of the classroom. The award is named in honor of Dr. William T. Driscoll, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who was an outstanding educator at the University, actively involved in the lives of students. The recipient of the award will be announced at the annual Universitywide Pioneer Awards Ceremony May 18 at 5 p.m. Nomination form

Hockey National Championship gear available

Own a piece of this year's DU Pioneers Hockey National Championship title and get your official NCAA Men's Hockey National Championship apparel and memorabilia, now available through your hockey apparel headquarters at the Denver Pioneer Store. Shop online today! Championship merchandise is also available for purchase onsite at the Denver Pioneer Store, located in the Coors Fitness Center. If interested in purchasing some championship memorabilia for your department, contact Kristina Ulrich at or 303-871-7577 to place a department order and receive discounted pricing.

People News

Remembering DU retiree Robert (Bob) Refuerzo

DU mourns the loss of Bob Refuerzo, who passed away on April 14. Bob retired from the University in 2016, after working in the Purchasing Department for 48 years. He is survived by his wife Diana, daughters Renee and Paula, grandchildren and siblings. A memorial reception will be held on the DU campus on Thursday, April 20, from 2-4 p.m. in the Driscoll Center Ballroom.

HR News

Fridays@Noon: Helpful Tips for Interacting with People with Disabilities

Friday, April 21, noon-12:45 p.m., HR conference room, 4th Floor, Mary Reed
Join Greg Giesen as he interviews Rufina Hernandez, interim director of equal opportunity, about helpful tips for interacting with people with disabilities. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Fridays@Noon.

The Power to Make an Impact: Exploring the Possibilities to Live a Life of Conviction, Purpose and Meaning (part 2) with Carolyn Sommers

Monday, April 24, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Margery Reed 011
Participants will learn how they can leverage their unique talents to make a social impact on issues they care about. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—The Power to Make an Impact.

du toastmasters informational meeting

Thursday, April 27, noon-1 p.m.—Margery Reed 106
Come find out about Toastmasters and the proposed Toastmasters Club at DU. Please register. Questions? Contact Camila Angelim.

Appreciative Inquiry with Chaplain Gary Brower

Thursday, May 4, 2-4 p.m.—location TBD
The assumption behind Appreciative Inquiry is that in every organization something works and that change can be managed through the identification of what works and the analysis of how to do more of what works. The same assumption can be applied to one's personal life. This class will provide both an overview of AI as well as an opportunity to "try it out." Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Appreciative Inquiry.

exercising your right to laugh with sam adams

Wednesday, May 10, 3-4:30 p.m.—AAC Special Events Room 290
Sam Adams is an award-winning journalist, keynote speaker, television personality and popular comedian who will share how he's used humor to deal with the most difficult moments of his life. Adams is our third speaker this year in the Professional Development Speaker Series. Refreshments provided. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Exercising Your Right to Laugh.


medicare 101


One more Medicare session coming up, hosted by DU Retirees and Human Resources:

•Benefited employees of any age can come to Medicare 101 & Kaiser Sr. Advantage Plan on Wednesday, April 19, 2-3:30 p.m., Daniels College of Business, room 105. This session will focus on the basics of Medicare and how it works with the DU group Kaiser Sr. Advantage Plan options.

Register for these sessions through PioneerWeb—Employee Tab—Training—HR Processe

tiaa virtual environment webinars coming up

Check out these live financial webinars offered by TIAA through the online Virtual Environment:

• April 19, 10-11 a.m.: Planning with Your Retirement Assets
• April 20, 10-11 a.m.: Money at Work 1: Foundations of Investing
• April 20, 1-2 p.m.: Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt
• April 26, 10-11 a.m.: Quarterly Economic and Market Update

Reserve your place (remember, you'll need to register if this is your first visit to the Virtual Environment).

liberty mutual insurance holding information sessions on campus

Wednesday, April 19, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.—Buchtel Tower conference room
Learn more about Liberty Mutual's exclusive savings for educators and voluntary benefits available to all DU employees. Please RSVP to reserve a time for your appointment.


Secret to women's leadership stamina

Thursday, May 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.—University Hall, room 306
This experiential and interactive class will focus on filling the gas for your tank, courage for your vision and a way to stay focused on what matters most. It's not about traditional "leadership best practices"; instead, we will discover how to maximize your energy through mindfulness and focus so you can be more effective as you lead and multi-manage work and personal life. Register via PioneerWeb, in the Wellness section of Training.

REFIT® with Kristin

Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 13 and 15, 4-5 p.m.--Driscoll Suite 1864 (2nd floor north, behind Jazzman's Cafe)

Vinyasa yoga classes with Stephanie

Tuesdays through May 30, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center

Iyengar yoga classes with Jessica

Wednesday, through May 31, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center


du facilities offering surplus vehicles for sale

The University's Facilities department has a surplus vehicle for sale: a 1971 Dodge 4700 van with 89,904 miles—minimum bid $300. To inspect the vehicle, contact Fleet Manager Bill Fletcher, 303-435-3154. Submit sealed bids by noon Friday, April 21, to Main Office, Facilities Service Center, 2400 S. Race St., 2nd Floor, Denver, CO 80208.

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