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DU Digest

July 18, 2017

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DU in the news

DU faculty and staff were in the media this week discussing Denver mobility, broadband networks owned by municipalities and private military and security companies. Read more from Chad King, Ron Rizzuto and Deborah Avant.

du joins colorado education experts to study teacher residency programs

The University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education Dean Karen Riley is one of the principal investigators in a research study considered the first large-scale project of its kind. The research is being done through the Colorado Consortium of Residency Educators (CO-CORE), a unique group of partners across higher education and nonprofit organizations in Colorado, to study what makes teacher residencies effective as a teacher preparation strategy and how to sustainably fund their most important elements. Read more in the newsroom

Discounted Lyft Line rides around DU!

The University of Denver is partnering with Lyft to provide discounts on shared rides for the DU community. The goal is to improve access to the light rail station, while evaluating the need for a shuttle or late ride home service. DU students, faculty, staff and friends of DU with a email address can sign up to get $2.25 off up to 10 rides (offer limited to first 150 users to sign up). Both new and existing Lyft users can take advantage of this discount. Please check this website for eligibility rules. Discounted rides will continue through the spring 2018 quarter for a limited number of total rides. Unsure about how Lyft works? Download the Lyft app to your phone and/or check out their website.

university welcomes four new trustees

The University today announces the election of four new members to the Board of Trustees: Deborah DeHass, Mark Falcone, Gregory Moore and alumnus Raymond Robinson. The Board elected current trustee Denise O'Leary as chair-elect, who will succeed Doug Scrivner as board chair on July 1, 2018, and elected Catherine "Cappy" Shopneck and Kevin C. Gallagher as vice chairs for the upcoming academic year. More


DU seeks ideas for Grand Challenges initiative

Last week, the University of Denver kicked off the Grand Challenges initiative, an effort to make measurable progress toward addressing significant issues facing our community. This idea originated during the exploratory work the University conducted as it developed DU IMPACT 2025, the University's strategic plan. All members of the DU community received an email last week asking for ideas on the most pressing issues that affect our communities (local, regional, national, and/or global). Share your ideas; and read more about the initiative in the DU Newsroom.

New Center to Examine the American Political System

The University of Denver today announced the new Center on American Politics. As part of the goals outlined in DU IMPACT 2025, the Center on American Politics will utilize interdisciplinary research and faculty expertise to help us understand the changing standards of the nation's political system. Seth Masket has been named the Center's Director and is joined by the 2017 – 2018 faculty affiliates, Leanne ten Brinke from the Department of Psychology and Juan Carlos Lopez from the Department of Economics. More

Get Involved

Shared Services celebrating new (fiscal) year!

Thursday, July 27, 2:30-4 p.m.—Aspen Hall, west entrance
In recognition of another successfully completed fiscal year, Shared Services invites DU faculty and staff to enjoy a New Zealand-style soft serve cone from Happy Cones Co. and play Shared Services Trivia. You can also learn more about how Shared Services is elevating its service level with the new Service Center! More info

Barton Institute Social Enterprise Fellowship—grad student opportunity

The Barton Institute's Social Enterprise Fellowship is seeking applicants for a year-long program that connects the passion of DU students with the enterprising spirit of our region. Open to DU graduate students, who will join an interdisciplinary group of students and take action on social and economic challenges through social enterprise, with a focus on improving the lives of vulnerable people. If you know a graduate student who may be interested, pass along this information and the application. Deadline is Aug. 4, 2017.

staff advisory council staff awards-Call for nominations

Do you know an outstanding staff member or department that has gone above and beyond at the University? Now is your chance to submit a nomination for one of the 2017 SAC Staff Awards! See the full list of award descriptions and submit your nomination by Aug. 11. Awards will be presented at a faculty and staff luncheon in the fall.

mark your calendars: employee appreciation luncheon Aug. 23

All DU faculty and staff are invited to the annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon, a DU tradition to thank employees for their work. There will be a daytime event from 11:30 a.m.-1: 30 p.m., held on Graduation Green (in front of Margery Reed Hall), and an evening event for shift workers from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in AAC Special Events Room 290. See the event flyer for more info.

learn more about a du farm-to-institution model

Tuesday, July 25, noon-1 p.m.—webinar (link provided via registration process)
Join speakers from the University of Denver as they talk about implementing a farm-to-institution model at DU. They will be discussing the history of the program, logistics of implementing it, the role of partnerships and empowering students to lead a movement. More info and to register

rodney billups basketball day camp-Aug. 1-4

DU faculty and staff can get a discount on children enrolled in this upcoming camp, which is open to boys and girls, grades 2-8 (fall 2017). Use code dualumstaff17 for 15 percent off the $325 cost. Get info and registration link at this website.

People News

remembering alumnus and former trustee nathaniel goldston

Nathaniel R. Goldston, III (BS '62), passed away recently. In addition to holding a degree in business administration with a concentration in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Denver, Goldston also served on the DU Board of Trustees. In 1974, he founded Gourmet Services, Inc., which became one of the nation's largest African American-owned food service management companies. He was one of the founders of the Atlanta Chapter of 100 Black Men of America.

HR News

Staff compensation program update

Since implementation of the staff compensation program began last fall, Human Resources and Inclusive Community (HRIC) has been working with deans, vice chancellors, associate provosts and division heads on meeting their day-to-day divisional needs for staff positions following the new staff job structure. With Megan Brown in place as compensation director and Laura Maresca named vice chancellor for HRIC, the University is moving forward on the next step in implementing the objectives of last year's Staff Compensation Study, completing a job title alignment. The primary goal of this work is to reduce the total number of staff job titles from over 1,250 to approximately 700 titles. This is an important step in having a clear and consistent compensation program, and we anticipate no salary or salary grade changes with this job title alignment. HRIC will work with unit and department leaders to review any proposed job title changes, and we anticipate that this process will be completed in the fall. If you have specific questions about the title alignment process, please email

Supervisor Core Competencies workshops

These highly interactive workshops are appropriate for new or experienced supervisors looking for basic competencies and tools to improve their role as a manager and leader:

Workshop 1 (can be taken with or without workshop 2)
Friday, Aug. 18, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall 203
Content includes: nature of supervision and communication, performance management and professional development, onboarding, engagement and retention and utilizing supervisory resources.

Workshop 2 (can be taken with or without workshop 1)
Friday, Sept. 1, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall 203
Content includes: managing diverse populations, team building, conflict resolution, managing meetings and utilizing supervisory resources.

Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Management and Supervisory—Supervisor Core Competencies Workshop 1 or Workshop 2.

managing work-study students training

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 9–11 a.m., Margery Reed Hall Room 203
The Office of Student Employment and the People Development team present a training opportunity for student employee supervisors on best practices for managing student employees. While the focus is for work-award supervisors, it's open to all student employee supervisors. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Management and Supervisory—Managing Work-Study Students.

du toastmasters club

Get the latest information on the DU Toastmasters Club on this new website.

fridays@noon: the human side of retiring

If you missed last week's show on the human side of retirement with retired DU career advisor John Haag, you can view it on the website.

Mark your calendar: Another ice cream break for employees coming up!

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m.—Graduation Green and Margery Reed Hall front steps
If you missed the June 23 summer ice cream break sponsored by Human Resources and Inclusive Community, here's your second chance. Laura Maresca, HRIC vice chancellor, will be joined by the Staff Advisory Council, Staff of Color Association and WAND (Women's Staff Alliance for Networking & Development) in hosting this event. Please RSVP. In addition to this ice cream break, there will be a series of events over the summer to hear your thoughts on the employee experience at DU, including casual 30-minute walks around campus, small group coffee sessions and larger open sessions . More information, dates and times.


TIAA Woman2Woman community

Women control half the nation's wealth, yet face challenges when it comes to financial well-being and retirement security. TIAA's online Woman2Woman community is a valuable resource that can help women gain the confidence and knowledge to build the financial future they envision. The community helps women connect with experts and share insights with other women on the financial issues that affect them. Go to the Woman2Woman sponsor page to get started.

Liberty Mutual Insurance holding information sessions on campus

Wednesday, July 19, 10:30 a.m.-5 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. 


wellness classes this quarter


update: New long-distance dialing instructions as of July 5

Don't throw away your long-distance authorization code! While you no longer need to enter a five-digit authorization code when calling domestic long-distance phone numbers, you will still need to use the code when calling international phone numbers. University Technology Services apologizes for the confusion, and has updated the UTS website accordingly.

improvements coming to pioneertime

Updates are coming in mid-August that will make the PioneerTime application, used to report DU employees' time and leave, more user-friendly. Of special note, you'll no longer need a current download of Java to work within the application, an improvement requested by many users. The Shared Services Center will provide optional training, as well as an updated PioneerTime toolkit. PioneerTime users will also receive an email outlining new features closer to the launch date.

Summer updates from University Libraries

University Libraries has recently implemented a number of updates to our borrowing policies, authentication process for licensed databases and Hampden Center delivery schedule. Circulation changes include expanded checkout periods for movies, video games and game consoles, as well as the ability to recall items that are checked out. In addition to changes in borrowing periods, deliveries from our off-site storage facility (Hampden Center) will occur once a day during weekdays (Monday through Friday) at 1 p.m. and once on Sundays for the summer term. Finally, we've also made some changes to access to our licensed resources (databases). Due to a change in the Eduroam wireless configuration on campus, we must modify our login procedure for authenticating into electronic resources (databases) on campus. Starting July 6, all of our resources will require authentication into the proxy with your PioneerWeb credentials in order to access electronic resources on, as well as off, campus. For more information on all these changes, please see our Library Highlights page.

Beans is open this summer

Both of Beans' locations (in the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies) are open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will have our full coffee selection and a rotating food menu, and we will still be offering our "Beans on the Go" menu at both locations. Please e-mail if you have any questions or would like to rent out our space during the summer months.

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