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October 2013

Academic & Administrative Units

Writing out of Bounds: Celebrating five years of the DU Community Writing Center – Oct. 24, 6 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons, The Loft

(Oct. 22, 2013) The University of Denver Community Writing Center, a project of the University Writing Center and University Writing Program, is in its fifth year of providing collaborative writing consultations at the Saint Francis Center and The Gathering Place.

The Gathering Place is Denver's only daytime drop-in center for women, children and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness and poverty. The Saint Francis Center is a refuge for men and women who are homeless in the metro Denver area, providing shelter along with services that enable people to meet their basic needs for daily survival and to transition out of homelessness.

In the past year alone, a team of five Writing Program faculty and four student Writing Center consultants conducted 382 writing consultations with clients and staff at both sites, working on everything from memoirs to screenplays to job applications. DU faculty and students were also instrumental in collecting stories from clients and writing portions of a book, just published, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Saint Francis Center.

Join us in celebration of the book publication and the fifth year of work at these sites for a reading by several community writers. Refreshments will be served.

Writing out of Bounds

Hispanic Heritage Month exhibit at Anderson Academic Commons

(Oct. 15, 2013) This exhibit on the upper level of the Anderson Academic Commons includes photographs by Stan Obert of Fiesta Colorado, as well as an oral history from Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero, the dance company leader.

Using open access to increase your impact – Oct. 22, 2-3:30 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons room 340 (The Loft)

(Oct. 15, 2013) The University of Denver Libraries provides many services to faculty and students in support of the open access movement. As part of a global event to promote open access to benefit research and scholarship, the University Libraries is organizing an hourlong panel that will discuss open access, definitions, practices and methods available to DU faculty, staff and students.

Some of the methods and services that we will discuss are:

  • Digital DU
  • Subject-based repositories such as arXiv, SSRN, RePEc, E-LIS Repository, PubMed Central, or FigShare
  • Locally available websites
  • Open access journals that may or may not have an author-side charge
  • Open access methods

This session is a basic introduction to these services and sources. If you wish to learn more about a specific service, we recommend that you contact one of the following people:

  • Kevin Clair at 303-871-3434
  • Kathleen Gregory, 303-871-4499
  • Joe Kraus, 303-871-4586
  • Krystyna Matusiak, 303-871-6163
  • Shimelis Assefa, 303-871-6072
  • Sheila Yeh, 303-871-3147


(Oct. 1, 2013) Appointed faculty received an email last Friday, Sept. 27, requesting proposals for the University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE), a project funded by the Renew DU Committee. At least two DU faculty members must submit a two-page statement of interest by Oct. 15. The RFP has further details on the process to follow.

Learning Management Systems information sessions

(Oct. 1, 2013) DU has used Blackboard as its Learning Management System since 2000. Usage has grown tremendously and it is now a critical system for teaching and learning. While Blackboard provides a wide variety of tools that support interactive online activities, technology and the Internet have advanced to a point where there are many more tools and applications that can enhance teaching and learning in more effective and efficient ways than Blackboard currently does. Difficult to resolve technical issues have also motivated the exploration of other systems.

The decision to select a new LMS is significant and needs as much input from faculty, staff and students as possible, and last spring a group of faculty and technical staff members from across campus began meeting to look at other systems. After their review, representatives from Pearson/e-College, Canvas, LoudCloud and Blackboard were invited to present separately to the group. Of these, Canvas was the most highly rated and we are actively seeking individuals who wish to pilot Canvas beginning with the winter term, 2014.

Four information sessions have been organized at which Canvas and Blackboard will be compared. We encourage faculty, staff and students to attend these sessions.

  • Friday, Oct. 4, 3-4:30 p.m., Academic Commons 290 - General focus
  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 12-1:30 p.m., Academic Commons 290 - General focus
  • Friday, Oct. 18, 3-4:30 p.m., Olin Hall 105 - NSM/SECS disciplines
  • Friday, Oct. 25, 3-4:30 p.m., Academic Commons 290 - AHSS disciplines

Input from faculty, staff and students attending the information sessions and from the pilot courses will be instrumental in the final decision making process.