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January 2014

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Profiles in a DU Pioneer Education: Q&A with Dean Martin J. Katz, Sturm College of Law, part one

Dean Martin Katz(Jan. 28, 2014) Dean Martin J. Katz was recently named one of the "25 Most Influential People in Legal Education" by the National Jurist magazine, the nation's leading news source in legal education. "Another newcomer to the list, Martin Katz is considered a national leader in the movement to retool legal education from the inside out," the article states. We sat down with Dean Katz to give you an inside look at his work within the Sturm College of Law.


Booking study rooms in Anderson Academic Commons

(Jan. 28, 2014) The main library at the Anderson Academic Commons (AAC) now has a new online reservation system designed to make booking AAC study rooms faster and easier.

  • The study room reservation form can be found by clicking on "Room Reservations" on the right side of the library's homepage,
  • Log in using your DU ID and password.
  • Follow the directions on the form to reserve a study room in the Anderson Academic Commons.
  • Upon submitting your request, please wait until you receive a confirmation message on the webpage before logging out. You will also receive a confirmation email automatically.

Study rooms may be reserved for up to four hours at a time. Room reservations may be canceled if your group does not show up within 15 minutes of the scheduled reservation time. Group study rooms in the AAC fill up fast so we encourage you to book a room ahead of time when possible. Available rooms can also be booked at the point of need using the panel outside each room. Please be sure to always put in a reservation for any room you want to use to ensure that you have it for the needed time.

This new form is only for booking group study rooms in the library. For event spaces in the library and around campus, please continue to use the Campus Space and Event Requests link within PioneerWeb. If you have questions or need to cancel a group study room reservation, please email

Announcing launch of IRISE website and Postdoctoral Fellow Program

(Jan. 28, 2014) The website for the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE) serves as a hub of information for faculty and students engaged in research regarding race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status and religion.

Such information includes details regarding campus programs, lectures or workshops regarding (in)equalities in the U.S. as well as various resources regarding interdisciplinary research and work at DU and beyond, including how IRISE can help make your DU event or program contribute to interdisciplinary research collaborations regarding inequality.

The website also includes information about the topical areas of the three postdoctoral fellows who will be joining DU this fall. The IRISE postdoctoral fellows will be selected in March and each will work with DU faculty across disciplines such as education, gender studies, law, sociology, social work, anthropology, environmental science, geography and history to contribute to the development of cutting-edge research on equity and inequality. The research areas of the three postdoctoral fellows who will be selected are the result of a campus wide RFP in which IRISE received 16 faculty proposals, accounting for all academic divisions on campus. Nine proposals were moved into the second phase of process and three have been selected.

To learn more about the postdoctoral program, join the IRISE listserv, and learn about all of the exciting research and programming taking place at DU concerning the study of inequality.

DU VideoCast video of the week: Joe Ellis, president of the Denver Broncos

(Jan. 28, 2014) Joe Ellis, president of the Denver Broncos, talks about his business management experience with the Denver Broncos as part of the Voices of Experience series. View the video.

Health Promotion Workshops

(Jan. 28, 2014) The Health and Counseling Center's Department of Health Promotion offers interactive presentations for classrooms, residence halls, and student groups. These sessions address health-related issues that have the potential to disrupt a student's DU experience, so as to provide students with the information and skills that they need to make healthy and success-oriented decisions.

Here are the topics available:

Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • From Social to Sloshed: Alcohol, Drugs, and the Campus Culture

Why do we drink or use other drugs, and how can we get what we want out of drinking by learning to use alcohol in a safe and positive manner? A critical look at alcohol and other drugs, their cultural role, and physiological and social effects. (60 minutes)

  • Higher Education: Marijuana and the Campus Culture

It's legal, so is it good for you? An honest discussion about marijuana, its physiological and social effects, and its impact on the campus community. (60 minutes)

  • Drinking Games

This dynamic presentation contains fun facts about alcohol, an extensive explanation of blood alcohol concentration and bystander intervention. Through fun games and activities participants will learn what is in a standard drink and learn the effects of alcohol. This is a great option for residence halls, greek life, student organizations, etc. (60 - 90 minutes)

  • No Pioneer Left Behind

At DU, we pride ourselves on maintaining a community where students look out for one another and act responsibly to prevent alcohol and other drug-related problems for themselves and their peers. In some situations, we can act to prevent problems before they start. Other times, we need to intervene before a bad situation gets worse. Review scenario-based information regarding when and how to respond to a variety of issues of concern related to a friend's use of alcohol or other drugs. (60 minutes)

Emotional Well-Being

  • Got Stress?

What is stress, and how does it impact your ability to thrive in the college environment? Discuss positive techniques for coping with stress, and review available stress management and mental health resources. (60 minutes)

  • Lean on Me: How to Help a Friend Without Falling Over

Concerned about a friend's emotional health or risky behaviors? What are the warning signs of distress, and when is it appropriate to let them know that you're worried? Learn strategies and skills for approaching friends with your concerns for their well-being and information regarding resources for referral. (60 minutes)

  • Cosmo Says You're Fat? Well, I Ain't Down With That: Body Image, Eating Disorders, and the Campus Culture

What do negative body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders look like, and how can you help a friend who is suffering? A critical look at the role of society and the campus culture in perpetuating issues regarding body image and eating disorders. (60 minutes)

Healthy Relationships and Sexual Responsibility

  • Safer Sex Party: A Workshop on Sexual Responsibility and More!

This presentation is fun and interactive – perfect for a lively class that likes a fast-paced presentation. It gives a brief overview of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as some activities on sexual responsibility, such as 12 steps to safer sex. (60-90 minutes)

  • Language of Love: Communication Skills for a Healthy Relationship

Communication is a key component of a healthy relationship. Learn and practice strategies for talking with your partner about "touchy" subjects, including sexual preferences, sexual history and safer sex practices. (60 minutes)

General Health Topics

  • Intro to the Health and Counseling Center

The Health and Counseling Center is here to support you in identifying, understanding, and responding to any health-related issues that you may experience throughout your DU career. It is a resource for DU students for medical, mental health, and health promotion services. This presentation will provide an overview of HCC services and information regarding how students can access these resources. (15-20 minutes)

  • Healthy Routines

This presentation discusses several different activities that can be used to develop and maintain a healthy routine. Topics include sleep, nutrition, hydration, activity, hygiene/hand washing, relaxation, caffeine and alcohol. At the end of the presentations, participants will be able to test their knowledge in a game of jeopardy. (60-90 minutes)

  • 1 Sheep, 2 Sheep, 3 Sheep, SLEEP!

Sleep deprivation can affect grades, mood, and ability to cope with stress. Learn the importance of getting a good night's sleep, and acquire effective techniques for improving the quality and quantity of your slumber. (60 minutes)

The presentations detailed above are suggestions, only. Topics may be combined or modified to fit audience interest or needs, and additional health-related topics can be addressed, as requested.

For more information and to schedule a program, contact Sarah Belstock, program director for Health Promotion at or 303-871-3763.

Office of Teaching and Learning Conference – Request for proposals

(Jan. 21, 2014) The Office of Teaching and Learning is looking for DU faculty members to share effective strategies that empower students to be independent, self-directed learners. Please consider submitting a proposal for the 2014 OTL Conference. Proposals are due Feb. 14; visit the conference portfolio site for details and submission form.

Annual SAC coat drive - Jan. 27-Feb. 7

(Jan. 14, 2014) Donate "Warm & Fuzzies" to the annual Staff Advisory Council coat drive that runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 7. Drop-off locations will be located throughout campus for your convenience. Accepted items for men, women and kids include: coats, hats, gloves, scarves and blankets. For more information and drop-off locations, visit the coat drive website.

Did you know? DU VideoCast

(Jan. 14, 2014) DU VideoCast is an organized collection of DU videos related to research, academics, community events and creative works. This week's featured video features Professor Paul Colomy from the sociology and criminology department as he talks to new DU faculty members about the rewards and challenges of being a DU faculty member.

Save the Date: Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management 75th Anniversary Gala

May 30, 5 p.m.-midnight - The Cable Center
(Jan. 14, 2014) The DU community is invited to the 75th Anniversary Gala of the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management. Please save the date.

Dr. Diana Howard Named Interim Director of Ricks Center for Gifted Children

(Jan. 7, 2014) The Ricks Center for Gifted Children recently instated Dr. Diana Howard as interim director—an exciting appointment that moves the nationally recognized school strategically forward through the culmination of this academic year.


Donne and Sue Fisher make $5 million gift to University of Denver

Morgridge graduate students participate in research and hands-on learning experiences through the Fisher Early Childhood Learning Center.(Jan. 7, 2014) Donne and Sue Fisher are investing $5 million in the future of early childhood education through a gift to the University of Denver. Longtime supporters of the University whose generosity named the Fisher Early Learning Center at its inception, the Fishers demonstrate their ongoing visionary commitment to young children through their latest gift.


Volunteer for the CAPE Helpline

(Jan. 7, 2014) The Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE) is offering a hotline advocate training during winter quarter for individuals interested in volunteering for the CAPE Helpline. The training is 40 hours and focuses on preparing volunteer advocates to be able to respond to calls on the hotline related to sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. Volunteers are asked to make at least a one-year commitment.

Applications are due to by Jan. 14 for this round of training. You must be able to attend every session in its entirety in order to be eligible for this program. Training dates and times:

  • Monday, Jan. 20, 5-9 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 27, 5-9 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 3, 5-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 10, 5-9 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17, 5-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Monday, March 3, 5-9 p.m.
  • Monday, March 10, 5-9 p.m.

For more information, please visit the CAPE webpage.