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Feb. 21, 2017

Universitywide News

du faculty in the news

DU faculty and staff were in the media this week discussing information leaks, restaurant ambience and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Read more from Margaret B. Kwoka, Don Bacon, Ali Besharat, H.G. Parsa and Billy J. Stratton.

2017 Founders Celebration

Wednesday and Thursday, March 1-2
This week, we highlight Founders Forum, an evening event March 1, featuring brief and brilliant 10-minute talks from a selection of the University's stellar faculty. They will inform and inspire as they present the innovative research they undertake to better our communities and our world. Following the program, attendees and faculty will gather together to discuss the work, share ideas and commune with each other over drinks and entertainment.

Founders Forum
Wednesday, March 1, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. program—Joy Burns Center, Tuscan Ballroom
$20 general admission ($5 of each ticket donated to the University of Denver Chancellor's Innovation Fund); register

See other events during Founders Celebration on the website.

be a part of culturefest 2017!

Friday, April 14, 4-7 p.m.—Driscoll Ballroom
CultureFest is a DU tradition that celebrates all of the cultural diversity at the University of Denver through performances, food and interactive booths. You can be a part of the celebration by representing your cultural community group through an interactive booth or by performing at the event. Sign up for a booth or as a performer. Priority will go to booths and performers who sign up before March 1. More information


Welcome to a new section in your DU Digest!
Implementation teams are at work on projects and programs that fall under 10 major focus areas (clusters) of the University's strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025. In this new section, we'll update you regularly on what's happening, told through the stories of the DU community members who are contributing to our strategic direction through the work they do.

DU develops women leaders
The Colorado Women's College at the University of Denver has launched a new program to develop young women as leaders. This year marks the first year of the CWC Women's Leadership Scholars Program, which provides a multidisciplinary academic and co-curricular program for undergraduate women, with a preference for first-generation and underrepresented women. More

Collaborating for the Public Good Forum: Scholarship for Democracy
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 4–5:30 p.m., AAC Special Events Room 290
Join the DU IMPACT 2025 Public Good implementation cluster for a forum featuring quick "lightning talks" by DU faculty colleagues, followed by beer and wine, networking and conversation. Can't make it? Join us live from your computer via Facebook Live and Twitter. See flier for more details. RSVPs suggested but not required to This forum is one in a regular series designed to facilitate dialogue about collaboration to advance community-engaged scholarship. Join us next time for a forum on sustainability.

say goodbye to p-card receipts

Good news: As of today, Feb. 21, DU employees do not need to submit receipts for purchases under $75 (excluding lodging) if they are made on the DU P-Card. (Some exceptions may apply by division.) If you make purchases of any kind on behalf of DU, you can you take advantage of this time-saving policy change by using your DU P-Card and simply document your expenses appropriately in the US Bank system. Don't have a P-Card? To apply for one, follow these steps. If you have questions on how to take advantage of these new guidelines, please contact Shared Services at or 303-871-7420.

Academic & Administrative Units

University of Denver History Department presents Annual Senior Conference

Friday, Feb. 24, noon-3:15 p.m.—Sturm Hall, room 187
Senior history majors will present aspects of their senior capstone projects. The afternoon will include a buffet lunch as well as roundtable sessions featuring each of the students.

du maker's market

Tuesday, Feb. 28, noon-2 p.m.—AAC Special Events Room 290
DU's Center for Sustainability and the DU Writing Department present DU Maker's Market, a unique event that seeks to provide a space where DU staff, faculty, students, community members and professional local makers can share their stories, their processes and their wares with the DU community.

March Community Spotlight–Women's Homelessness Initiative

Wednesday, March 1, 4-5 p.m.—CCESL suite 18, Driscoll South
Join CCESL for a Community Spotlight featuring Women's Homelessness Initiative (WHI), a nonprofit organization that provides sanctuary and hospitality every night to women who are homeless in Denver. Come learn about the organization's work and brainstorm potential future collaborations in research, service learning or volunteerism. Students, faculty and staff are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs are appreciated but not required to

colorado latino hall of fame nomination process opens

The Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) has opened its public nomination process for the 2017 class of the Colorado Latino Hall of Fame. Ideal nominees have made extraordinary contributions to the state of Colorado and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and character in advancing the Latino community. Nominations will be accepted through March 15, 2017 for individuals in six categories. The winners will be announced later this spring and inducted into the Colorado Latino Hall of Fame at the LLI's second annual Hall of Fame gala in October 2017. To learn more or nominate someone, please visit the website.

Ritchie School engineering and CodeART summer day camps—DU employee discount

The Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science will be offering four summer day camps this year for high school students, with a $100 discount off the $495 camp fee for children of DU faculty and staff. In addition to the co-ed engineering summer day camp that's been offered in the past, this year the Ritchie School is also offering an all-women's engineering camp and two new CodeART camps coordinated by the Computer Science Department—one that is co-ed and one for women only. Registration is now open for the engineering camps and will be coming soon for the CodeART camps. Learn more about the engineering camps and download an application. Email Yvonne Petitt with engineering camp questions. Learn more about the CodeART camps. Email Susan Bolton with CodeART questions.

People News

Ved nanda celebrates 50 years teaching at Du

This week, the University will celebrate the 50th teaching anniversary of Ved Nanda, Evans University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law at the Sturm College of Law. Read more about Nanda's career, and get information on the Feb. 25 celebration in his honor.

HR News

Political groups continue grassroots actions

The University is aware of an increase in political groups calling for a variety of actions, such as protests, general strikes and days in support of a particular group. Some of these activities are designed to encourage employees to take time off work to participate. DU employees who wish to participate in any of these activities which occur during their normal work hours may do so by requesting vacation time. Please follow vacation request and approval processes in place for your unit or department. For general information on vacation policies, see the HR website. If you have questions or need more information, please email Molly Rossi.

Now available: Guide to new employee onboarding

Did you know that the key to engaging and retaining employees starts with effective new employee onboarding? The onboarding process—how we welcome new employees and set them up for success from their first day—is a shared responsibility between HR, the hiring department and the new employee's supervisor. And best practice holds that onboarding extends throughout the first year of employment. HR has established an onboarding guide to assist supervisors with integrating new employees into the organization, the department and their jobs. Go to PioneerWeb—Employee—Administrative Processes—Employment Actions—Orientation/Onboarding folder. And if you're looking to establish a process within your department or division to improve onboarding, contact to arrange a consultation.

Fridays@noon: a toastmasters club at Du?

Friday, March 3, noon-12:45 p.m., HR conference room, Mary Reed Building
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Join Camila Angelim from Daniels College of Business and Greg Giesen from People Development as they discuss the benefits of having a local club on campus and the steps to bringing a Toastmasters club to DU. And, if you missed the last Fridays@Noon show on the Manager-360 process, watch it now. Register for March 3 in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Fridays@Noon. Hurry, only two spots available.

Chasing an Authentic Life with Corey Ciocchetti

Friday, March 3, noon-1 p.m., Daniels College of Business, Schneider Board Room 680
Join the Chair of Business Ethics and Legal Studies, Corey Ciocchetti, as he delivers his most popular talk on chasing the truly important things in life such as a solid character, setting priorities and gaining a big-picture perspective. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Chasing an Authentic Life.

Annual legal and trends update

Upcoming sessions on Feb. 23, March 1 and 6
HR is offering the Annual Legal and Trends Update for faculty and staff members who manage people, programs and/or budgets. Register through the Employee Tab on PioneerWeb by selecting Workplace Law and Policy under the Training header. Email Molly Rossi, Employee Relations consultant, with questions. More

Internal Career Opportunities

Did you know that as a current DU employee you can access internal and external DU job postings through PioneerWeb? When you submit your job application through PioneerWeb, it is labeled "Internal" which lets hiring supervisors know that you are a current DU employee. The Internal DU Career Opportunities page is located on the My Resources section of the Employee Tab in PioneerWeb.


tiaa virtual environment webinars coming up

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

• Feb. 28, 10-11 a.m.: Protect You, Your Family and Your Money
• March 14, 10-11 a.m.: Dismantling Myths About Annuities
• March 14, 1-2 p.m.: Healthy Numbers: Integrating Healthcare into Your Retirement Plan
• March 15, 10-11 a.m.: The Top 5 Estate Planning Mistakes
• March 15, 1-2 p.m.: Charting Your Course: A Financial Guide for Women
• March 16, 10-11 a.m.: Paying Yourself: Income Options in Retirement
• March 16, 1-2 p.m.: Halfway There: A Retirement Checkpoint

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

Enrolled in a DU-sponsored Kaiser Permanente health plan?

Form 1095-C from DU in the mail this week
If you are enrolled in an employer-sponsored Kaiser Permanente plan, you should have already received from KP a form 1095-B. Later this week or next, you will also receive form 1095-C provided by the University of Denver. The information on these forms may assist in preparing a tax return. However, you can prepare and file your return using other information about your health insurance. More


Two special REFIT events coming up:

Saturday, Feb. 25, 8-9 a.m.—Driscoll Ballroom (special event during Parents/Family Weekend)

Tuesday, March 7, 4-5 p.m.—Driscoll Ballroom ("newbie" class)
If you want to try REFIT but are nervous about coming to the weekly class, this one is for you! You'll be introduced to this fitness experience by dancing to a simple playlist and spending time practicing the moves. Wear comfy clothes, supportive shoes, bring a water bottle—and get ready for fun!

more wellness classes happening this quarter

REFIT with Kristin

Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 13 and 15, 4-5 p.m., Driscoll Suite 1864 (room 145, 2nd floor north, behind Jazzman's Café)

Vinyasa yoga classes with Stephanie

Tuesdays, Jan. 3 through March 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center

Iyengar yoga classes with Jessica

Wednesdays, Jan. 4 through March 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center


Campaign Friday with Bicycle Colorado

Friday, Feb. 24, noon-1 p.m.—Johnson-McFarlane Hall, room 141 (lunch provided)
The Center for Sustainability is excited to welcome Bicycle Colorado to campus. Based in Denver, this nonprofit uses advocacy, education and passion to make Colorado one of the most bicycle-friendly states in the nation. Come learn about their work and how you can make an impact. Please register

Inclusive Excellence

Open meeting to explore FOCI, a proposed sister initiative to IRISE

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2-3 p.m.—Mary Reed Building, duPont Room
Please join the DU IMPACT implementation team working on building an Institute for the Study of Freedom, Opportunity and Inclusivity for an open meeting to explore FOCI, a proposed sister initiative to IRISE. Please RSVP

Communities of color at DU: Let's get together!

Every Wednesday during winter quarter, 4-5:30 p.m. (open community); 5:30-7 p.m. (closed discussion for communities of color)—Craig Hall, room 348
Faculty, staff and students from DU's communities of color are invited to come together for fellowship every Wednesday for the remainder of the quarter. We designate this as a time to develop connections and friendships in a positive and supportive environment.

Inclusion and Equity Education trainings

Sign up today for Queer & Ally, Introduction to Inclusive Excellence and Responding to Microaggressions training sessions coming up this winter quarter. Locations are still being finalized for some sessions; registrants will receive details ASAP. Register. More


using video for teaching

Thursday, Feb. 23, 9-10:30 a.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
DU and the Office of Teaching and Learning support several tools for using video in your teaching, but which one is the right choice? Ben Johnson and Alex Martinez will ask some questions about your course goals and suggest the appropriate technology from our list of resources and provide a demonstration for each tool. Hands-on training for each tool can be provide in a personal consultation on a separate date. Register

canvas basics webinar

Monday, Feb. 27, 1-2:30 p.m.—online via vendor website:
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. This workshop will be held online using our new web conferencing service Zoom. A microphone and headset are recommended, or you can join the audio via a telephone by dialing 1-646-558-8656 or 1-408-638-0968 (U.S. toll calls), meeting ID 401-653-867. Register

Advanced Canvas: Assignment & Grading Strategies (two sessions)

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 9-11 a.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345) register for Feb. 28
Wednesday, March 1, 1-3 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345) register for March 1
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. Facilitated by Ben Johnson and Terri Johnson, Office of Teaching and Learning.

Canvas and Ed-Tech open lab/office hours

Thursday, March 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC 345)
The Office of Teaching and Learning staff will be holding open lab/office hours to provide hands-on assistance to faculty and staff with Canvas, the University's Learning Management System, as well as other tools supported by OTL such as Adobe Connect, Zoom, TechSmith Relay, DU Portfolio and classroom clickers. Please bring your own device. Registration is not required, but registering helps us know to expect you, and to keep track of how often to offer these sessions. Register

Using ePortfolios lunch and workshop—enrollment will be limited, so don't wait!

Wednesday, March 8
Lunch: noon-1:30 p.m.—Driscoll Ballroom Gallery
Keynote presented by Kathleen Yancey, Florida State University: "The Concept and Power of Electronic Portfolios: What Electronic Portfolios Offer to Students and Faculty." Recent research demonstrates that students at over half of U.S. postsecondary institutions are creating electronic portfolios, or ePortfolios, and a good question is, "why?" In this interactive talk, we'll define ePortfolios, considering a range of models; outline what they offer to students, especially in terms of reflective and integrative learning; and consider what faculty gain in adopting them. Register

Workshop: 2–3:30 p.m.—AAC 345, The Loft
Electronic Portfolios: Three Ways to Begin: There are many ways to begin using ePortfolios; in this session, we'll focus on three—using reflection to identify students' prior knowledge; creating an inventory or archive of potential artifacts; and selecting ePortfolio artifacts to document and articulate learning. Register

Featured events

Racist and Anti-racist Humor: From Brownface to Chicano Political Cartoons

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m.—Su Teatro Theater, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver
Join the Graduate School of Social Work in the launch of The Catalyst Series for Social Justice. This first event will focus on the history of racist humor, as well as the push-back against such humor, which created an opening for anti-racist humor and for non-white comics to enter the mainstream. Latino cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz and DU sociology professor Raul Perez will engage in an enriching dialogue on the evolution of racist humor since the civil rights era.

Project X-ITE Future of the Professions Summit

Wednesday, Feb. 22—Cable Center
The traditional notion of a profession is summarily challenged by the advances and reach of technology. From law and business, to education and engineering, to platforms that have yet to be invented, technology will transform the work of all professionals and reframe the way that expertise is shared and disseminated in society. Join us for a dynamic day of conversations, featuring Daniel Susskind, author of The Future of the Professions. Free for the DU community; registration required.

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