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April 2014

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DU VideoCast video of the week

(April 29, 2014) This week's featured video highlights Professor Nader Hashemi from the Center of Middle East Studies and Dr. Chris Giannou, who served as chief surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross in several high-conflict zones. Dr. Giannou is an expert in war surgery and he shares his viewpoint on post-colonial states in the Middle East. View the video.

Office of Teaching and Learning workshops

(April 29, 2014) Did you know the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) offers a wide range of workshops throughout the year on educational technologies, issues and topics related to teaching at DU, and targeted intensive workshops? Coming up:

Identifying and designing student assignments for program assessment

Monday, May 12, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (lunch provided)
This student learning assessment workshop is designed to provide support for departments and programs engaged in identifying opportunities to assess student learning at the program level. The workshop is for programs at all stages of assessment development. It is not necessary to have attended any previous assessment workshop. More

Voice for the professor

Thursday, May 22, 4-5:30 p.m.
Faculty members across disciplines depend on their voices to communicate clearly. Anne Penner and Greg Ungar, assistant professors in the Department of Theatre, present a workshop on how to most effectively use, and save, your busy voice. More

Q&A with Gillian Kaag, program director for CAPE

Gillian Kaag(April 15, 2014) In anticipation of Sexual Assault Awareness Week April 21-25, we sat down with Gillian Kaag, program director for the Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE) to talk about the issues regarding sexual assault on college campuses.

Q: The national statistics on sexual assault on college campuses are pretty staggering: one in five women has been sexually assaulted while in college. How does CAPE support those impacted by sexual assault?

A: Sexual violence is a significant public health problem that has devastating consequences for individuals and the communities they are a part of, including psychological, medical, relational, economic, academic and legal consequences. CAPE is a critical resource for attending to the aftermath of an assault for individuals and the community.

In 2013, the DU's Title IX Office investigated 22 sexual misconduct matters. I view this number of reports as a positive sign that an increasing number of our DU community members feel comfortable bringing these matters forward and trust that the University will take the complaints seriously. When members of our community have the courage to bring these issues forward, it allows DU to investigate and take any disciplinary actions necessary to ensure the safety of our campus.

Q: CAPE provides a variety of services and resources to survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence; can you speak to the importance of having such a center on campus?

A: CAPE is a department of the Health and Counseling Center that is specifically dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual violence and promoting healthy relationships. CAPE is here for anyone who is impacted by sexual assault and we can provide the support individuals need in order to figure out how to heal and move forward following an assault.

More importantly, though, CAPE can help guide DU in being able to prevent violence from happening in the first place by way of leading DU in a comprehensive prevention education program.

Q: CAPE also hosts a number of educational programs promoting healthy relationships and teaching non-violence. For example, this year you launched the "Be a B.O.S.S." campaign to encourage students to take a role in preventing violence. Tell us about the campaign, and some of the outcomes you've seen so far.

BOSS A: The goal of the "Be a B.O.S.S."campaign was to create an accessible social marketing campaign for students that would increase awareness of bystander intervention and support the notion that looking out for your friends is "cool." Preventing sexual violence is a community issue and we thought that by selecting student leaders with social capital to star in the campaign, we could more effectively get the students' attention and hopefully prompt them to think through and talk about these issues.

The campaign also complements the "Be a B.O.S.S." workshop, which focuses on the issue of leadership and teaches practical bystander intervention skills for students to use in order to prevent violence from happening in our community. The feedback on the campaign has been overwhelmingly positive and we are in the process now of assessing the learning outcomes for the campaign. For students who are interested in providing feedback on the campaign, they may complete our online survey.

Q: Anything else you would like to share about CAPE or Sexual Assault Awareness Week?

A: We've planned a great lineup of events for Sexual Assault Awareness Week this year and are looking forward to bringing the community together to talk about these issues. For up-to-date CAPE news and information, please like us on Facebook


View Dr. Kaag's presentation from the 2014 Provost Conference on Substance Abuse: A barrier to student learning. Dr. Kaag presented on "Unveiling the Relationship Between
Alcohol and Sexual Assault: A Callfor Community Action."

DU Service and Change fundraiser: The elephant in the room

Monday, April 28-Friday, May 2
(April 15, 2014) DU Service and Change (DUSC) has organized an interactive campuswide fundraising campaign for Smith and Munroe Elementary Schools. Smith and Munroe are attending this year's Day of Action as part of the annual Diversity Summit, and they are in need of resources to provide a quality education to their students. During the Elephant in the Room fundraiser, DU students can donate $3 to send a cardboard elephant cutout to professor's offices. You can then donate $3 to have the elephant speedily removed by a DUSC volunteer, or donate $1 extra to send the elephant along to another faculty member's office. The "elephant" on every university campus represents college access inequality. If you do not wish to participate, email du.service.change@gmail.com to officially opt out of the event.

Join the CCESL cohort on student civic development

(April 15, 2014) DU's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) is pleased to announce a professional development opportunity for staff members. CCESL is looking to create a robust network of staff who work together to support DU student civic development holistically. To this end, we'd like to invite you to apply for a spot on a cohort we are creating, which will coalesce around the Work on Purpose training hosted by Campus Compact of the Mountain West in May. We'll meet once ahead of the training to prepare as a team and once post-training to make plans to apply what we learned. Please see the application for more details. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 18 at 5 p.m. Selected candidates will have their registration fee to the Work on Purpose training covered by CCESL.

Microsoft Office and Web editing workshops

(April 15, 2014) Do you need a refresher in Microsoft Office or OUCampus Web editing? UTS is offering a number of workshops this month. Coming up:

  • Working smart in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Thursday, April 17, 9 a.m.-noon. Topics covered: create and edit slides; apply designs; format slides; edit slide masters; project slides; print; create notes pages and handouts; apply preset and custom animation schemes; add slide transitions; incorporate sound and music files; add video files.
  • Working smart in Microsoft Excel 2010: Tuesday, April 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Topics covered: shortcuts and timesavers related to designing, formatting and editing worksheets.

Please register via webCentral, Employee tab, Training, Desktop Applications. All sessions are held in Sturm Hall room 353.

DU VideoCast featured video

(April 15, 2014) This week's video highlights Professor Erika Trigoso and her geography students conducting a research experiment with a high altitude weather balloon. The class released a weather balloon to gather atmospheric measurements for altitude, temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure data. View the video.

Denver Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)

May 1, 3, 10
(April 15, 2014) DU's Office of Emergency Preparedness would like to share this free, local CERT with the DU community.

What would you do if an emergency or disaster hit close to home or work?

This emergency/disaster preparedness and response training (FEMA course G317) teaches you how to plan for an emergency and trains you in basic disaster response skills, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and emergency/disaster medical operations. At the completion of this training, you are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in your community.

When an emergency/disaster hits, we can't always depend on professional responders to be immediately available. We would like to have our communities in Lakewood trained and educated so that they can sustain themselves in the event first responders are not immediately available during a large-scale emergency/disaster.
This training is open to all individuals and groups. We will accept up to 40 participants.
Classes will be held:

  • May 1, 6-9 p.m.
  • May 3, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • May 10, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Class exercise will be the end of July (date, time and location to be announced)

You must attend all class sessions (three days) and the exercise in order to complete the course.
Classes will be held at Denver Police District No. 1, 1311 W. 46 Ave. Denver, Colo. 80211

The training is provided at no cost to participants.

Sponsored by: Denver's Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS), Denver Police District No. 1, Denver Fire Department, Denver Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the Colorado North Central Region.

Register here

Profiles in a DU Pioneer Education: Q&A with Dean Christopher R. Hill, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, part two

(April 8, 2014) Read the second part of our Q&A with Dean Hill.

Microsoft Office and Web editing workshops

(April 8, 2014) Do you need a refresher in Microsoft Office or OUCampus Web editing? UTS is offering a number of workshops this month. Coming up:

  • Working smart in Microsoft Outlook 2010: Friday, April 11, 9 a.m.-noon. Topics covered: shortcuts and timesavers for managing messages in your inbox, using the address book to its fullest and working with calendars.
  • Working smart in Microsoft Word 2010: Tuesday, April 15, 9 a.m.-noon. Topics covered: Review shortcuts and hints for creating and formatting documents using sections, headers and footers, and many new features of Word 2010.
  • Working smart in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Thursday, April 17, 9 a.m.-noon. Topics covered: create and edit slides; apply designs; format slides; edit slide masters; project slides; print; create notes pages and handouts; apply preset and custom animation schemes; add slide transitions; incorporate sound and music files; add video files.

Please register via webCentral, Employee tab, Training, Desktop Applications. All sessions are held in Sturm Hall room 353.

Student Activities now accepting nominations and recognitions for the 2014 Pioneer Awards Ceremony

(April 8, 2014) The Pioneer Awards Ceremony is DU's annual campus-wide awards ceremony. Please participate in this ceremony by submitting the names of the award winners in your department for the academic year and allowing the Office of Student Activities to coordinate the presentation of all awards in one comprehensive program. Take advantage of this opportunity to bring wider recognition to the outstanding students, faculty and staff in your areas by taking part in this end of the year celebration!

Departmental awards

In order to have departmental award recipients recognized at the ceremony, you must submit a notification form for each award recipient to the Office of Student Activities. Notifications are due no later than Friday, April 25.

Outstanding and Pioneer awards

The Office of Student Activities coordinates the nomination and selection process for the following awards presented at the Pioneer Awards Ceremony:

  • Outstanding Student Award
  • Outstanding Student Organization Award
  • Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award
  • Pioneer Award

Nominations are due to the Office of Student Activities no later than Friday, April 25.

Notification and nomination forms for all of these awards are available online. Please email the Office of Student Activities at pioneerawards@du.edu with any questions.

Profiles in a DU Pioneer Education: Q&A with Dean Christopher R. Hill, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

(April 1, 2014) Last week, DU announced the receipt of a $17 million gift from philanthropists Anna and John J. Sie. The donation will support the University's Josef Korbel School of International Studies through the construction of a 43,000-square-foot building and marks the largest single private gift in the Josef Korbel School's 50-year history.

We sat down with Dean Hill to give you an inside look at the Joseph Korbel School.

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New library hours

(April 1, 2014) In response to student requests, the Anderson Academic Commons will now be open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. This change will begin on April 4.

AAC research workshops

(April 1, 2014) The reference librarians at University Libraries offer many different instructional workshops, guides and tutorials to help you learn about library research. Take a look at the workshops offered this quarter.

UTS offers Microsoft Office and Web editing workshops in April

(April 1, 2014) Do you need a refresher in Microsoft Office or OUCampus Web editing? UTS is offering a number of workshops in the month of April. Coming up this week:

  • OUCampus Web editing: Wednesday, April 2, 9-11 a.m. – Sturm Hall room 353. This workshop covers the basics of Web editing in OUCampus as well as addressing your specific questions.
  • Working smart in Microsoft Excel 2010: Friday, April 4, 9-11 a.m. – Sturm Hall room 353. Topics covered: shortcuts and timesavers related to designing, formatting and editing worksheets.

Please register via webCentral, Employee tab, Training, Desktop Applications.

DU VideoCast video of the week – Bridges to the Future: After the Gold Rush

(April 1, 2014) This week's featured video highlights Professor Susan Schulten's research on Colorado and American history. The video illustrates the struggle to control the land, resources and identity of the American West. View the video.