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March 2015

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Deadline extended for Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik Fellowship for Advanced Study in Israel

(March 31, 2015) DU’s Center for Judaic Studies is accepting applications for the 2015 Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik Fellowship for Advanced Study in Israel. Adults of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including educators and students who are working in fields as varied as the arts, wellness, social justice, sustainability and religion. The application deadline had been extended to May 4, 2015.


SafeTalk – An open forum with Campus Safety

Monday, April 6, 5-7 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

Join Campus Safety for another event in this quarterly series. We have heard your voice and we hope to have a dialogue with you about the service we provide and incidents that affect campus. There are no planned topics for this event; we will discuss what you ask us to. You may stop by or stay for the whole event. We hope to see you there!

University Libraries joins Greater Western Library Alliance

(March 24, 2015) With GWLA membership, DU students and faculty will have faster access to research collections complementing DU’s own library collections. DU will be able to purchase some research databases at a lower cost, saving the University money through collective purchasing power. DU Libraries also now have peer partners for grants, professional development and special projects related to contemporary research library developments and challenges. Learn more at

Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Plenk to join Lamont School of Music faculty

Matthew Plenk, tenor(March 24, 2015) Tenor Matthew Plenk will step off the stage of the Metropolitan Opera this fall and accept an assistant professorship in voice with the Lamont School of Music. 






Denver Law Jessup team runner-up at regional competition

Jessup 2015 team members: J. Matt Thornton, Maral Shoaei, Megan Matthews, Alex Jennings, Philip Nickerson(March 24, 2015) Now in its 56th year, the Jessup competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools worldwide. Denver Law Jessup team members placed second overall in the Pacific Regional competition, earning the opportunity to advance to the White & Case International Rounds, which take place in Washington, D.C., in April.  Denver Law’s team will compete against over 120 teams from more than 80 countries for the Jessup Cup.

At the regional competition, the Denver Law Jessup team was undefeated in the preliminary rounds, winning every judge in every oral argument. The team advanced to, and won, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, defeating the Pacific Regional champions for the past five years, the University of California Hastings College of Law, in the semifinals. Twenty teams competed in the Pacific Regional competition. Captain J. Matt Thornton received the award for 7th Best Oralist overall and the team’s written brief was awarded 6th place. The team is coached by Denver Law alumna and adjunct professor, Megan Matthews (JD’11), with valuable assistance from Coach Emeritus John Powell (JD’88) and alumna Molly McNab (JD’11). 

VideoCast featured video

(March 24, 2015) This week’s featured video is entitled "How the Blended Classroom Benefits Students and Professors: Creating and Using Effective Videos in Your Class." Guest speaker Aaron Dewald from the University of Utah presents effective principles when creating instructional videos. View the video.

Newman Center Presents announces 2015-2016 season

NCP logo(March 24, 2015) Further cementing its reputation as Denver’s primary presenter of modern dance, the Newman Center Presents series welcomes four dance companies to campus in its 2015-2016 season, including the world premiere of a new dance co-commissioned from Paul Taylor. The season also features musicians ranging in style from classical and jazz to pop and Creole. Eight of the artists on the schedule are making their Denver-area debuts. More

Profiles in a DU Pioneer Education: Q&A with Dean Williams, Graduate School of Social Work, part two

(March 17, 2015) Dean and Milton Morris Endowed Chair James Herbert Williams discusses some of the work being done at the Graduate School of Social Work.


Archive your DU records

(March 17, 2015) Is your office full of paper files, old floppy disks and external hard drives that contain DU records (meeting minutes, Banner printouts, etc.), your research, writing and teaching materials, and you don’t know what to do with them? University Archives and Risk Management are here to help!

David Padilla from Enterprise Risk Management ( or 303-871-2775) can help with questions about what kinds of DU records you need to keep and for how long, and when or if to destroy them or transfer them to the University Archives. University Historian Steve Fisher ( or 303-871-3427) and Curator of Special Collections and Archives Kate Crowe ( or 303-871-7944) are responsible for permanent DU records, as well as faculty members’ personal papers, records of DU student groups, and other records and papers that document the history of the University.

Profiles in a DU Pioneer Education: Q&A with Dean Williams, Graduate School of Social Work

(March 10, 2015) Dean and Milton Morris Endowed Chair James Herbert Williams discusses some of the work being done at the Graduate School of Social Work.


Campus safety and security assessment open forum

Wednesday, March 4, 1-2 p.m. – Driscoll Gallery

(March 3, 2015) Last week, you received an email regarding a comprehensive public safety management study for the University, which will be led by the firm Margolis Healy. An important piece of this work will be to gather direct feedback from community members. You are invited to an open forum for faculty and staff, to share your feedback on what elements are needed to ensure a safe and secure campus. You may also use this opportunity to share your impressions and expectations of Campus Safety, as this is a continuation of the department’s ongoing efforts to maintain open channels for feedback on its work.

Women’s and men’s soccer both ranked in top five schools for soccer

DU Women's soccer team hugs after a score(March 3, 2015) In a set of recent polls released by USA Today, the University of Denver was rated as the top institution in the country to play women's college soccer, and No. 4 for men’s soccer. The rankings are based on the athletic success of the team, the overall quality of the school and the academic success of the players.


March Book Stack sale

(March 3, 2015) On sale for half-price during the month of March at the University Library Association Book Stack: all books about women’s studies, music, art and travel. Plus, selected fiction is $3 per bag. Store is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Mary Reed Building, Main Floor. For more information, call 303-871-2665.