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Jan. 17, 2017

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This week we feature Christopher Lasch, Melissa Archpru Akaka and Jennifer Greenfield discussing sanctuary cities, changes in the retail industry, and the implementation of Colorado's new minimum wage. Read more

Making progress on DU IMPACT 2025

As you know, implementation teams are working to realize the vision of DU IMPACT 2025, the University's strategic plan. While we work on a website that better allows our community to monitor and engage with the implementation of the plan, we are pleased to share this update of the various initiatives in the plan. We are still in the early stages of this 10-year plan, and consultation will remain key to our work. Teams are consulting broadly, and we encourage you to contact those listed in the document with ideas or questions, especially if there is current work that aligns with the initiatives of the plan. This document is a snapshot of work done to date and that which is planned in the near future. As you will see, there is exciting movement and much, much more to come.

We invite you to attend a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 9-10:30 a.m., in Anderson Academic Commons Room 290, to engage further in conversations with the chancellor, provost and others on our implementation progress. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend the town hall.

What do you want to see in the DU neighborhood?

Opportunities are coming up for you to learn more about what could be possible to make the DU neighborhood a "destination" for locals and visitors alike! Read on for more...

Participate in upcoming presentations by campus land-use planning firms
Look around and imagine a different DU 10 years from now. Imagine a Driscoll Student Center that is a hub for activity and innovation. Outdoor and indoor spaces that reflect the true vibrancy of a thriving institution. More affordable housing available to students, faculty and staff, right next door. A pedestrian and bicycle friendly campus. Our neighborhood filled with shops and restaurants that serve as a destination for families across the city.

The DU IMPACT 2025 strategic plan envisions a vibrant and interactive community district tying together our campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. As part of this process, we will soon be selecting an internationally recognized urban planning and architectural team to work with us on a new campus master land-use plan, our first comprehensive master plan in 45 years.

Four internationally renowned planning and design firms—Stantec, Moore Ruble Yudell, Ayers Saint Gross, Gensler/SWA—will be presenting their thoughts at community presentations in the coming weeks. The entire DU community is invited to attend and ask questions:

Thursday, Jan. 19: Stantec, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, room 510
Representative projects: Drexel University (campus master plan), Emory University (Clifton Corridor urban design plan), Rice University (Rice Village)
Monday, Jan. 23: Moore Ruble Yudell, 2-3 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room 290
Representative projects: University of California, Riverside (physical master plan study), University of Washington, Tacoma (campus master plan phases I-III, University of California, Berkeley (Lower Sproul District master plan and student community center)
Tuesday, Jan. 24: Ayers Saint Gross, 1-2 p.m., Daniel Felix School of Engineering and Computer Science, room 510
Representative projects: Washington University in St. Louis (multiple planning projects), Johns Hopkins University (multiple planning and design projects); Wexford Science + Technology (multiple edge-of-campus/Innovation District master plans)
Monday, Jan. 30: Gensler/SWA, 11 a.m.-noon, Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room 290
Representative projects: Duke University (Kunshan University master plan—Kunshan, China, University of Kansas Capitol Federal Hall, University of the Pacific (campus master plan and Karen and Don DeRosa Student Center)

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Light rail stations public open house
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 5:30-7 p.m.—South High School, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave.
The University and Colorado RTD light rail stations have served the surrounding communities and commuters for nearly a decade. But these stations remain "back doors" to their neighborhoods rather than visible gateways. It is time these stations transition from commuter stations to integrated "mobility hubs" and active local destinations. The project management team for the Multi-Station Plan and Mobility Study for Colorado and University of Denver Light Rail Stations seeks community input for a plan that will address improvements in transportation and place-making at the stations and within the surrounding neighborhoods and support the development of innovative, vibrant and walkable station areas. Contact Sylvia Brady or Loralyn Fabian with questions or for more information.

Diversity Summit this Thursday and Friday!

If you signed up to attend the Diversity Summit Jan. 19 and 20, please note that descriptions are posted online for workshops being held on Friday, Jan. 20; morning workshops at from 10:15-11:30 a.m., afternoon workshops from 3:15-4:30 p.m. You can download the full schedule on the Pioneer Life app; get instructions. Registration for the summit is closed, but you can still attend the Jan. 20 workshops; just check in at the registration table in the Sturm Hall lobby.

Winter blood drive

Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Thursday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.–Driscoll Ballroom
Bonfils Blood Center will be on campus Jan. 18 and 19 for the winter blood drive. Reserve an appointment time by calling 303-363-2300 or register online using site code 1086. Please review the eligibility guidelines.

Academic & Administrative Units

Check out new DU Admissions video

The video DU: Where Phenomenal Happens, being used to highlight the DU experience for prospective and admitted students, was created to showcase student and alumni talent while highlighting the DU experience in an emotionally evocative and innovative way. It was a collaborative effort between Undergraduate Admission, Marketing & Communications, and two alumni: Osa Aihie (BSBA '16) wrote and performed the original spoken word piece about the DU experience, and CJ Garcia (BM '15) composed and performed the original score based on Osa's poetry. Campus videographer Jeff Haessler filmed the campus from different lenses and angles to capture the beauty of the University, and Christina Hunter, assistant director of admission and communication (BA '11, MBA '16) headed up the creative direction.

support knoebel students: try out beans after dark

Beans Coffee Shop, run by Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management students, hosts Beans After Dark every Thursday during academic quarters from 4:30-7 p.m. Stop by for beer, wine, a cocktail, or any of their usual drinks! If you would like to hold an event at Beans After Dark (open mic night, live music, etc.), email

Join the 23-time national champion DU ski team for a day on the slopes

Saturday, Jan. 21, ski train departs Union Station at 7 a.m.
The University of Denver ski teams invite people of all ages to join them for their annual Ski with the Team Ski Train. Travel via the ski train to Winter Park, where attendees will be split into groups based on skill level and assigned a ski guide from the team. Lunch at Sunspot Lodge is included. Cost to DU faculty and staff after a 20 percent discount: $210 per person ($160 with Winter Park pass). For more information, contact Andy LeRoy, 970-846-1566,

What is YOUR inspiration for teaching? Tell us for 2017 Teaching and Learning Week!

The Office of Teaching and Learning is hosting the 3rd annual Teaching and Learning Week Feb. 6-8. We invite you to share your inspiration for teaching! We are compiling an online collage that captures the sparks which propel us to teach (and keep us at it). Visit "Why I Teach" to share your inspiration and see what others have posted. Registration is now open for 2017 Teaching and Learning Week, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Save the date: Discover Daniels information session for DU community

Save the date: Discover Daniels information session for DU community
Wednesday, Jan. 25, noon-1 p.m.—Daniels College of Business, room 300
We would like to invite all DU staff that advise and/or provide career counseling to undergraduate students to a special information session to hear about exciting updates to the graduate business programs at Daniels. During the lunch, you'll have a chance to meet our graduate admissions managers and advising staff, as well as learn more about the application process for DU undergrads. Please register. Questions about this event? Please contact Danielle Davis at or 303-871-4422.

Community Spotlight: OpenWorld Learning

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4-5 p.m.—CCESL Suite 18, Driscoll South (under the bookstore)
Join CCESL for a Community Spotlight featuring OpenWorld Learning (OWL), a nonprofit organization that provides after-school and summer educational programs centered on computer technology (programming, storytelling, animation, robotics). OWL provides low-income students with real-world learning opportunities which are proven to improve school attendance and standardized test scores, especially in math. Come to learn about the organization's work and brainstorm potential future collaborations in research or service learning. Students, faculty and staff are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs to are appreciated but not required.

DU Maker's Market seeks participants

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. If you would like to participate with a table, demonstration or items for purchase, please respond to this survey by Feb. 21.

Knoebel Institute offering Tai Chi class on campus

Fridays, 1-2 p.m.—Engineering and Computer Science Building, ECS Rotunda event space, 5th floor
The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging invites DU community members to this weekly class, led by certified instructor Mike Sanin. All are welcome, regardless of age or previous knowledge of Tai Chi.

People News

Ved Nanda celebrates 50 years teaching at DU

Next month, 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. Nanda introduced an International Human Rights Law course at Denver Law, making it the second of its kind in the nation at that time. He also created the law school's International Legal Studies Program in 1972, as well as establishing the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy in the same year. Read more about Nanda's career, and get information on the Feb. 25 celebration in his honor at the Newsroom.

Retirement reception for Chris MacMillan, Daniels College of Business

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2:30-4 p.m.—Schneider Board Room (DCB room 680)
Chris MacMillan, assistant dean for infrastructure and strategic execution with the Daniels College of Business, retired effective Jan. 3, 2017. MacMillan had been with the University of Denver for over 22 years, 17 of those with Daniels. She began her journey with DU in 1994, working with Facilities Management, before transferring to Daniels in August 1999. Since then, she played a vital role in the college's evolution, holding critical positions that include director of planning and assessment; executive director of strategic planning, implementation and rankings; and as assistant dean. She has left an indelible mark upon Daniels, and in 2009 she was recognized with the Daniels Award for Excellence. Please join us for a reception in her honor.

HR News

Fridays@Noon: anger management

Watch last week's Fridays@Noon presentation on anger management.

Change: Managing Your Emotions and Expectations

Friday, Jan. 27, 2-3 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall, room 203
Come learn from People Development's Ken Pinnock why people resist change and how to adapt to it and plan for it. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Change: Managing Your Emotions and Expectations.

Creative Thinking for Everyday Complications with Daniels professor Barb Stuart

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 3-4:30 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall, conference 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.

Woman UP! Overcome the 7 Deadly Sins that Sabotage Your Success with Aimee Cohen

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 3-4:30 p.m., AAC Special Events Room 290
Today's professional woman battles social norms, corporate barriers and mass media stereotypes...but her own self-sabotaging behaviors may present her greatest obstacles. Join the journey of self-discovery to identify the most common self-sabotaging behaviors that hold women back, and to learn practical strategies to defeat them. Get additional information on Aimee Cohen or the Proessional Development Speaker Series events sponsored by People Development in HR. To register in PioneerWeb, click Employee, Training, Professional & Career Development, Woman Up!


tiaa virtual environment webinars coming up

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

• Jan. 18, 10-11 a.m.: Quarterly Economic and Market Update
• Feb. 14, 10-11 a.m.: Demystifying Life Insurance

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, Jan. 18, 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.


REFIT® with Kristin—now two days a week!

Tuesdays and Thursdays through June 13 and 15, 4-5 p.m., Driscoll Suite 1864 (room 145, 2nd floor north, behind Jazzman's Café)
REFIT® is a group dance fitness program that uses value-positive music, movement and messaging to build community and impact lives. Each class includes cardio, agility, strength, dance, toning, flexibility and stretching. Thanks to the Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence Division for sponsoring a second class each week!

more wellness classes happening this quarter

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


Conference on Denver's transportation and mobility

Monday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.—Embassy Suites, 1420 Stout St., Denver
DU community members are invited to attend "Moving People Forward," a conference being held in downtown Denver that will explore the present and future of mobility and the creative and collaborative advancements that are changing the ways people move. The event features mobility leaders from across Colorado and North America. Register by Jan. 24 using promo code MPF2017 for a $30 discount available to all DU students, faculty and staff. Info and registration

Inclusive Excellence

Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence seeks event submissions

The Division of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence is seeking event submissions to appear on the University-wide Black History Month calendar. DU had a wealth of program offerings for the fall quarter History and Heritage Months, including lecture series, movie screenings, trivia nights, and art exhibits. Help us keep the momentum going and join us in this celebration! Submit events to Jasmine Pulce, assistant director of undergraduate student success at Submissions are due Jan. 27, 2017. Find more information on Heritage and History Month programming at DU.


Workshops from University Libraries

Each quarter the reference librarians offer a number of free workshops on a variety of topics and resources. This quarter they are offering online and in-person workshops on afternoons and evenings throughout the week. Workshop offerings this quarter include: "Finding, Using and Editing Online Images," "Read All About It! Evaluating News Sources," "Navigate Your Research with Compass," "Literature Reviews," and several more. View the complete list of workshops for winter 2017.

Clickers in large classes: Dynamic learning and live assessment

Wednesday, Jan. 18, noon-1 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
Peer instruction devices (clickers) are a great tool to engage large classrooms providing live feedback on the understanding of discussed topics. This faculty showcase will focus on the use of clicker devices as a way of immediate assessment that allows the instructor to identify the concepts that are clear to the students, as well as detecting more challenging concepts and ideas that may need more attention. Based on the results of a One New Thing mini-grant from the Office of Teaching and Learning, Erika Trigoso Rubio will share the improvement of clicker questions in two large core curriculum classes. The showcase will focus on the transition between static and descriptive clicker questions to more dynamic and active inquiries that help engage a large number of students. Please register

Experiential learning and public speaking: Using a TED type talk to teach public speaking

Wednesday, Jan. 25, noon-1 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
Ann Vessels teaches the Semester in Practice Seminar at the Sturm College of Law, a seminar that focuses on professional identity and public speaking for students who are working full time in the field. Public speaking is critical for all lawyers (and for students entering just about any field), and after many years of trying out various methods, Ann has found TED type talks to be a very successful means of teaching public speaking and bringing out the learning of students' experiences. In this Faculty Showcase, Ann will share how she prepares students for the TED type talk, the assignment, and how the talks live on after the class through videos students use when interviewing. Please register

Facilitating discussions for critical thinking

Monday, Jan. 30, 2-3:30 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
Discussions are common teaching methods for promoting critical thinking and reflective thought among students. However, discussions can suffer from surface-level responses, uneven participation and a lack of direction. In this workshop, participants will explore a framework for facilitating discussions toward deeper inquiry and have a chance to practice dissecting a discussion. We will share and explore best practice in facilitation as well as appropriate question stems and questioning strategies. Please register

Featured events

Newman Center Presents Roomful of Teeth

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m.—Gates Concert Hall
Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy Award-winning ensemble of eight classically trained singers who mine the expressive potential of the human voice. On this return visit to Newman Center Presents, they will perform "Coloring Book" by Ted Hearne, and will be joined by Denver's own The Playground Ensemble. DU faculty and staff are eligible for a 20 percent discount; complimentary parking in the Newman Center garage one hour prior to the performance (enter on East Wesley Avenue). Tickets and info

Soul and Role

Thursday, Jan. 19, noon—Buchtel Memorial Tower, Veteran's Memorial Room
The Soul/Role conversations hosted by DU Campus Chaplain Gary Brower and Morgridge College of Education professor Paul Michalec are open to all faculty (of any rank) and staff (of any title). The conversations are an invitation to come together as a DU community to share the challenges and opportunities of transcending the institutional, professional and personal choices that tend to separate core identity/integrity from day to day actions. The agenda and journaling prompts for the coming month's discussion can be found here. For more information, contact Gary Brower at


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