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DU Digest

Nov. 29, 2016

Universitywide News

du faculty in the news

This week we feature Ali Besharat, assistant professor of marketing, Billy J. Stratton, associate professor of English, and Cindi Fukami, professor of management. More

today is giving tuesday

The University of Denver is launching several new crowdfunding projects to coincide with Giving Tuesday. Entering its fifth year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It's the unofficial kickoff of the charitable-giving season, when people are encouraged to give time, a gift or donation to help their local community. More

Faculty, Staff, Retiree Appreciation Day with the Pioneers

Saturday, Dec. 17, lunch served starting at noon – Magness Arena, Ritchie Center
Register for the annual faculty, staff and retiree appreciation day, hosted by Human Resources and Athletics and Recreation. Join us for lunch starting at noon. DU Men's Basketball will take on Northern Colorado at 1 p.m. Register

2017 Diversity Summit registration and call for proposals

Registration is now open for the 2017 Diversity Summit, Jan. 19-20, 2017. The theme for this 16th annual summit is "Many Stories, Many Truths: Overcoming Challenges in Building Community." There's still time to submit workshop proposals, and to nominate someone for the Champions of Change award. priority deadline is Monday, Nov. 7. More information at website

2017 Women's Conference save the date and call for proposals

Mark your calendar for the 2017 Women's Conference, Feb. 10, 2017. This year's theme is "Creating Our Stories: Challenges, Resilience, and Victories." Priority deadline for workshop proposals is Dec. 11, 2016 (Visit the conference website for more details.)

2017 Robin Morgan Outstanding Woman Award

Women's staff Alliance for Networking and Development (WAND) and The Women's Coalition are seeking nominations for the 2017 Robin Morgan Outstanding Woman Award. Any University employee may submit a nomination for this award, but the nominee must be a current staff, faculty, administrator, undergraduate student or graduate student woman at DU. To nominate a colleague, please complete and submit the nomination form by Jan. 6, 2017. The awards will be presented at the 22nd Annual DU Women's Conference on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

Academic & Administrative Units

Learn and practice languages at the CWLC

The Center for World Languages & Cultures (CWLC) offers many ways to study and practice languages. Registration is open for winter classes beginning the week of Jan. 9 in American Sign Language, French, Portuguese (Brazilian), and Spanish (midday and evening courses available). Also available this winter is the intermediate level Spanish for Health and Human Services. Faculty and staff are eligible for a 20 percent discount on noncredit courses with the code FACSTA17 when registering online (some exclusions apply). Learn more and register for noncredit courses. Swedish is available as independent study for anyone who is interested in exchanges with DU's strategic partner Lund University. Contact the CWLC at or 303-871-4601 for more information.

New Pioneer Careers website launches

University Career Services is pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved Pioneer Careers website. Pioneer Careers is the Universitywide career services platform that connects leading employers around the country with Pioneer talent. If you have questions about the new system or would like more information to share with your staff or students, email More

Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging request proposals for pilot grants

The Knoebel Institute requests proposals for grants in the area of aging research. All appointed faculty members in the Professorial Series are eligible to apply. The goals of the fund are to support an increase in external federal funding in aging and/or age-related diseases, to advance areas of aging research strength at DU, to support development of new areas of aging/longevity research, and to promote interdisciplinary partnerships as appropriate. The institute will fund four to six projects with a maximal funding level per grant of $50,000 total over the two years. Get more information and/or download an application  

Save the Date—Teaching and Learning Week

Feb. 6-8, 2017
Mark your calendars for the Office of Teaching and Learning's third annual Teaching and Learning Week! A variety of teaching and learning events are planned, including the popular Unconference (faculty-led and inspired) discussions. On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Maryellen Weimer, author and editor of The Teaching Professor Newsletter and Faculty Focus blog, will join us as our keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. Mark your calendars and visit the Teaching and Learning Week site for forthcoming details. 

People News

Going-away celebration for Amy King

Monday, Dec. 12, 4-5:30 p.m.—Mary Reed Building, Renaissance Room
Please join this celebration for Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Amy King in recognition of her many contributions to the University of Denver community. Amy has accepted the position of senior vice president and chief people officer for Centura Health. Her last day at DU will be Dec. 21. Wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVP to

HR News

COMPLETE by Dec. 23: 2016-2017-Goal setting for performance planning

Benefited employees and supervisors are now setting goals for 2016-2017. Goals must be entered into Performance by Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. Goals account for 20 percent of the overall appraisal, so take the time to get ready with these resources:

• Wondering why goals are so important? Watch this video.
• Need help thinking of goals? Review the professional development program offerings.
• Want assistance getting goals into the performance management system? See below for an open session Dec. 8.
• For more resources, scroll down to "Performance Management Training Materials" at Direct questions to

Open goal-setting session

Thursday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.–noon—Sturm Hall 353
Drop in to this public session anytime from 9 a.m.-noon to get your goals in the performance management system. Please come prepared with your goals in writing. Representatives from HR will be available to assist both employees and supervisors, as well as answer any performance management-related questions. No need to register. This will be the only public session offered and goals are due in the system by Dec. 23, 2016.

Managing Work-Study Students training

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.–noon, Margery Reed Hall, room 203
The Office of Student Employment and the People Development team present a training opportunity for supervisors of student employees. While the focus will be on best practices for work-award supervisors, it's open to all student employee supervisors. Student employees have an impact on DU's programs and services. It's important to understand best practices for overseeing the work-study student.


TIAA Virtual Environment webinars: Planning for Diminished Capacity and Illness

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10-11 a.m.
Check out this live financial webinar offered by TIAA through the online Virtual Environment. You must reserve your place, and 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, Dec. 21, 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. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to reserve a time for your appointment.


well-being innovator program

Applications due Dec. 14
The DU wellness program is accepting applications to the new Well-being Innovator Program, formerly the Wellness Champion Network. We are searching for employees from all divisions and departments who are passionate about helping others and supporting the DU community's health initiatives. Learn more and apply; deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 14. Contact with questions.

check out wellness classes happening this quarter

REFIT® with Kristin
Tuesdays through Dec. 20, 4-5 p.m., Driscoll Suite 1864 (room 145, 2nd floor north, behind Jazzman's Café)

Vinyasa yoga classes with Stephanie
Tuesdays through Dec. 20, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center

Iyengar yoga classes with Jessica
Wednesdays through Dec. 21, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center

More info on all.


Canvas and Office365 for Teaching

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 9:30-11 a.m.—Herold Research Room (AAC room 275)
Curious about how you can use our online Office365 products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote with your teaching? Want to find a better way to have students author a shared document using their DU credentials instead of Google? Would you like to make edits to a document in a single place and have it show up in multiple Canvas courses? This workshop will demonstrate options for sharing Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and other applications with DU and the public; adding a link in Canvas to a shared document; editing shared documents, and more. Register and get more information

canvas basics webinar

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1-2:30 p.m.—online
This workshop is an introduction to Canvas for new users. Topics in this session will include general navigation of the Canvas interface, content creation and organization, notifications and communication, and assignments (including quizzes, graded discussions, papers). The last 30 minutes will be dedicated to Q&A. Facilitated by Ben Johnson, Office of Teaching and Learning. Register and get more information

advanced canvas: assignments and grading strategies

Thursday, Dec. 8, 10-11:30 a.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
This workshop will cover creating course-level assessments, feedback strategies and using Canvas to make it all easier. Topics in this session will include: assignment creation, rubrics, the Canvas SpeedGrader and Canvas Gradebook. We'll have additional time for questions and a chance to set up one-on-one meetings with OTL staff for assistance on any remaining advanced scenarios. Register and get more information

Inclusive Excellence for Teaching and Learning

Monday, Dec. 5, 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.—AAC Special Events Room
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m.—AAC Special Events Room
Topics will include addressing those unanticipated "teachable moments" that may occur during classroom discussions, working with international students, helping students work in small groups with a diverse range of classmates, and evaluating your syllabus from an IE perspective–just as a few examples. If you've ever said, "I know that inclusion and creating a welcoming learning environment are important, but how do I do that?" this workshop is for you. Marybeth Gasman (University of Pennsylvania) will be our keynote speaker on Dec. 5. Register for Dec. 5; Register for Dec. 13

Featured Event

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.—Newman Center for the Performing Arts
Winner of the 2016 GRAMMY® Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, 26-year-old vocal wonder Cécile McLorin Salvant has risen with lightning speed to international acclaim. She is an innovative singer with extraordinary soul, intuition, and deep character, performing unique interpretations of jazz and blues standards, as well as composing her own music and lyrics. There is a 20 percent discount on tickets for DU faculty and staff. Parking is complimentary.

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