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Sept. 20, 2016

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This week we feature Jennifer Greenfield, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Social Work, Paul Seaborn, assistant professor at the Daniels College of Business, Ingrid Tague, professor of history, Jodie Krieder, visiting assistant professor of history, and Lawrence B. Conyers, professor of anthropology. More

New DU Tradition: International Day of Peace

Join the DU community in celebrating the International Day of Peace Sept. 21. Our theme for this year is Many Stories, One DU. As we come together as a community and look back on a year of many challenges and tensions in our world, we want to recognize the power of peace. Please plan to join our campus in celebrating our individual stories and find ways to celebrate our differences. The day will be filled with a variety of activities:

  • 8–8:30 a.m.—Interfaith Service/Ceremony – In recognition of and hope for Peace—courtyard next to Evans Chapel
  • 8:30–9:30 a.m.—Interfaith Breakfast and discussion lead by remarks from Chancellor Chopp—Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room (please RSVP if you plan to attend the Interfaith Breakfast by Monday, Sept. 19)
  • Throughout the day: Watch for performances/activities around campus.
  • 4–6 p.m.—Action Kickoff Celebration with music and food—Driscoll Green

Fall Blood Drive

Tuesday, Sept. 27 and Wednesday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Driscoll Ballroom
Bonfils Blood Center will be on campus next week for the fall blood drive. Reserve an appointment time by calling 303-363-2300 or register online using site code 1086. Please review the eligibility guidelines and current information on the Zika virus deferral.

Housing market focus groups for DU faculty and staff

As the housing market continues to grow in Denver, the University of Denver community is feeling the rising pressures from this growth–limited availability, higher housing costs, etc. For this reason, the University has partnered with a national (consultant) firm Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D) to gather feedback from our community regarding this issue. Your feedback will help to inform future planning and building initiatives. Help us understand your housing needs and preferences! Sign up now to attend an upcoming focus group session. Each session will last 45-60 minutes and will take place throughout the day on Thursday, Sept. 29. Once you have signed up, an email confirmation will be sent to you prior to the session with the exact time and location of the session.

Fireside Chat with Jeffrey Selingo and Chancellor Chopp

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 9:45-10:30 a.m.—Ruffatto Hall, Commons Room
New York Times best-selling author Jeffrey Selingo will join Chancellor Rebecca Chopp for a fireside chat to discuss a variety of topics related to the ever-changing landscape of higher education, including the role of higher education in the global information economy, how colleges can better prepare students for the ambiguity of the workforce, and a reframing of the "debate" between the liberal arts vs. the practical arts. RSVP to More

Vice President Biden helps celebrate annual Korbel Dinner

DU's Newsroom provides coverage of Biden's visit to campus last week. More

Academic and Administrative Units

du facilities offering another surplus vehicle for sale

In the market for a Chevy pickup? The University's Facilities department has a 1983 Chevy stake body pickup for sale, and is giving faculty and staff first opportunity to make an offer for this surplus vehicle. The van has 74,167 miles; minimum bid $1,000. To inspect the vehicle, contact Fleet Manager Bill Fletcher, 303-435-3154, between 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Submit sealed bids by noon Friday, Sept. 30, to Sam Thornton, Facilities Service Center, 2400 S. Race St., 2nd Floor, Denver, CO 80208.

Upcoming at the Anderson Academic Commons

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m.—Special Events Room, AAC 290
Bill J. Stratton, associate professor, Department of English, presents "Image, Text, Ideology: Introducing the 1773 Boston Edition of A Narrative of the Captivity, Sufferings, and Removes of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson." More

Thursday, Sept. 29, 7-8:30 p.m.—The Loft, AAC 340
Artis Mary Ellen Long presents "Forest Stories: Book Arts from the Environmental Studio of Mary Ellen Long." Long will discuss several of her artists' books which explore themes of nature, ritual, process and time. Visit Long's website and blog to learn more about the artist and her works. Program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reserve your seat now online or call 303-871-3074. Several of Long's works are part of the University Libraries' Fine Press and Artists' Books Collection. Contact Special Collections and Archives for access to these materials.

Monday, Oct. 3—DU Center for Ski History open house and reception
5 p.m.—open house in Fogel Family Reading Room; 6 p.m.—reception in AAC 290
The University Libraries is home to the University of Denver's Center for Ski History which collects personal and organizational papers, publications and ephemera related to the history of skiing and winter sports. The center also holds the records of the DU Ski Team as part of the University's Archives. During the open house, you can peruse treasures from the ski collection, and learn about the histories and significance of these items from the library dean and the collection curator. At the reception, International Ski History Association President Seth Masia and University Libraries Dean and Director Michael Levine-Clark will make brief remarks. For more information or to RSVP, contact Andrea Howland.


Are you curious about HyFlex course delivery? Learn more about this exciting course delivery option, where online classes are presented in real-time running synchronously with an on-campus section. Hear from Steve Hick, GIS director for University College and professor of the practice of GIS, about the HyFlex Lab in Boettcher West.

People News

Rufina Hernández joins DU as associate director of equal opportunity

DU welcomes Rufina Hernández to a new position as associate director for diversity recruiting, focusing on staff positions. She will also assist the Equal Opportunity Department in ensuring equity and compliance on campus. Hernández most recently served as the director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division. Her prior experience includes positions with the Campaign for High School Equity, a coalition of leading civil rights organizations focused on high school education reform, and the National Education Association. She also has previous DU experience, as assistant dean for student affairs at Sturm College of Law.

Mechanical Engineering research team wins award

A research team led by Mohammad Mahoor, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received a research award for the paper A Novel Robot-based Therapeutic Protocol for Training Children with Autism. They presented the paper at the 25th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication in August, and recently learned their work received the RSJ/KROS Distinguished Interdisciplinary Research Award of $1,000. Congratulations to Professor Mahoor and the team of S. Mohammad Mavadati, Howard Feng, Michelle Salvador, Sophia Silver and Anibal Gutierrez. Read more about the research.

HR News

After an incredibly successful first year, the Leadership Academy is back!

The Leadership Academy is a professional development program for staff and faculty with an emphasis on developing the leader from within. This six-month program consists of half-day sessions of learning modules, discussions and practical applications of leadership and personal development principles with an emphasis on self-awareness. Learn more or apply for one of the 15 spots.


Thursday, Sept. 29, noon-1:30 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall, room 201
Our brains are the most powerful tools we have but sometimes they need a spark. This session offers exercises to make those synapses and neurons fire up for quick thinking when you are in a tight spot. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Creative Thinking.

Improving Workplace Morale with Daniels professor Corey Ciocchetti

Date change: Thursday, Oct. 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m.—location TBD
In this session, participants are encouraged to improve morale using prominent ethical frameworks. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Improving Workplace Morale.

Appraisal time is here!

Benefited employees and managers: Self-appraisals launched in the Performance system Aug. 12, which means activities for the end of the 2015-16 performance year are due soon:

• Review meetings should be held by Sept. 30.
• 2015-16 appraisals will be finalized by Oct. 7 (no more additions or changes to 2015-16 Performance forms after this date).

Important reminder: 2015-16 goals must be entered and in the APPROVED state prior to completion of the self-appraisal step. Most employees set these goals beginning in November of 2015, but if you have not done so yet, now is the time!

Questions? Email Instructions for using the Performance system are located at


liberty mutual insurance holding information sessions on campus

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.—Buchtel Tower conference room
Did you know that DU faculty and staff are eligible for Liberty Mutual's exclusive savings for educators? DeEtte Kozlow from Liberty will be on campus to share information on these exclusive voluntary benefits and savings available to all DU employees, including 24-hour Claims Assistance, Accident Forgiveness and Better Car ReplacementTM. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to reserve a time for your appointment.

Money at Work 2: Sharpening investment skills

Wednesday, Oct. 12, noon-1 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. (two sessions)—Mary Reed Building, Renaissance Room
Is your savings strategy on the right track? And if you're off track, do you know what adjustments to make? Come to this workshop presented by a TIAA workshop leader to gain insight into complex investments and learn tips to developing a savings strategy that fits your needs. Please register online or call 1-800-732-8353 weekdays 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mountain time).


Boost your Zen is back

Thursdays, Sept. 22—Nov. 10, noon-12:45 p.m.—University Hall, room 306
Join Grace Estripeaut to learn about tools that will help you focus, remain present and combat the stressors of everyday life. Please register via PioneerWeb

Outdoor Vinyasa yoga classes with Stephanie

Tuesdays through September, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—east side of Mary Reed, shady lawn area
Classes will continue outside through September, weather permitting. Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle. Limited mats will be provided. Check the Facebook page in case of inclement weather.

Outdoor Iyengar yoga classes with Jessica

Wednesdays through September, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—east side of Mary Reed, shady lawn area
Classes will continue outside through September, weather permitting. Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle. Limited mats will be provided. Check the Facebook page in case of inclement weather.

REFIT® with Kristin

Tuesdays in September, 4-5 p.m., Driscoll Suite 1864 (room 145, 2nd floor north, behind Jazzman's Café)
Each REFIT® class includes cardio, agility, strength, dance, toning, flexibility and stretching. The combination of these elements provides a total body workout in a fun social environment. Registration is not necessary. Bring a water bottle, something comfy to move in, and a friend.

Kaiser Permanente providing flu shots

Monday, Oct. 10, 3:30-7:30 p.m.—Mary Reed, Renaissance Room
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7-11 a.m.—Mary Reed, Renaissance Room
Kaiser Permanente nurses will be on site providing flu shots. Shots are free for KP members and cost $10 (cash only) for non-members. Please bring your KP member card. Appointments are not necessary. If you are unable to attend this clinic, but still wish to receive a flu shot, please contact your local KP clinic for dates and times.

new and special yoga class

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 4-5 p.m.—location TBD
DU's Wellness Program presents a special class called Out of Our Minds Yoga, taught by faculty member Kate Willink. In this gentle yoga class, we will attend to the wisdom of the body and focus on promoting a sense of calm and well-being. Open to all levels; please bring a mat. Register via PioneerWeb—Employee—Training--Wellness. Can't make this class? There will be another on Thursday, Nov. 10 from noon-1 p.m.


bike-to-work breakfast

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7-9 a.m.—Carnegie Green outside Anderson Academic Commons
The weather continues to be great for biking, so this week convince a colleague to ride with you, test a new route to work, or dust off your cruiser. If you need a shower after your commute, they are available in numerous buildings across campus. Bagels and coffee; please bring your own mug. Hope to see you there!


Faculty Showcase series

Please join the Office of Teaching & Learning for the upcoming Faculty Showcase sessions designed to share best practices in teaching among the DU faculty. Nancy Sasaki will kick-off the series on Sept. 21 to talk about Peer Learning Opportunities in the Classroom. The following week, Bruce Uhrmacher and Paula Adamo will share strategies for Turning Ordinary Classrooms into the Extraordinary. Visit the Faculty Showcase Series webpage for more details and to register.

Faculty Learning Community focused on teaching international students

Once a month on Thursdays in the fall, noon-1 p.m.—OTL conference room
The OTL continues to offer Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) as a way to discuss and reflect on your teaching in collaboration with other faculty members across campus. This new Faculty Learning Community will explore ideas and best practices for teaching in internationally diverse classrooms and maximizing international student contributions to the curriculum. The FLC is offered in collaboration with the English Language Center, the Writing Center and the Office of Teaching and Learning. Sign up for the first meeting on Sept. 22.

OUCampus web editing workshop

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-noon—UTS Building room 102 (2100 S. High St.)
UTS is offering a web editing workshop for people who maintain DU webpages with OUCampus. This workshop is great if you are new to OU, or if you just need a refresher. Bring your specific questions! To register, log in to PioneerWeb. From the Employee tab, look for the Training heading and select Desktop Applications. Contact with questions.

Featured Events

Project X-ITE Speaker Series: Funding for Startups

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 5-7 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall, Reiman Theater
Please join us for an informative panel discussion on the ins and outs, success and failures of venture capital funding for startups. Featuring Will Ford, president and co-founder of LaunchBoom; Sue Heilbronner, CEO and co-founder of MergeLane; Kirk Holland, managing director, Access Venture Partners; Ryan Kirkpatrick, partner, Colorado Impact Fund; moderated by Michael Myers, teaching assistant professor, Daniels College of Business and founder of CRUCES. A reception will immediately follow. Space is limited; registration is recommended. RSVP

Democracy, Civility, and the Elections of 2016

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7-9 p.m.
With reference back to the presidential election of 1800—perhaps the meanest, most uncivil election in American history—professor of ethics Buie Seawell addresses the political season of 2016. Now is a time to be reminded that the ship of state has weathered a similar tempest and found safe harbor when most feared all was lost. After all, the president elected in 1800 was Thomas Jefferson. Faculty and staff use code EPZONEF16 to save 20 percent on registration.

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