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May 2015

Academic & Administrative Units

VideoCast featured video: “What would DU be like without the Center for Multicultural Excellence?”

(May 26, 2015) This week’s video features several DU community members describing what life at DU would be like without CME. View the video.

Shared Services Center update

(May 19, 2015) The Shared Services Center is set to move into leased office space at 1325 S. Colorado Blvd., less than 2 miles from campus, on Saturday, June 20. This will be a temporary location until the center’s permanent space on the south end of campus is ready. “Having the team together in one location is important to form effective working relationships on initiatives that cross multiple Shared Services functions,” said Chris Bennett, director. He added that Shared Services will have an on-campus office in Mary Reed 107A (the current Payroll office) for the convenience of those on campus; more details on services that will available at this satellite office will be shared prior to the June move.

Bennett also shared that Ulli Nierling has been named assistant director and Finance lead in the Shared Services Center. She most recently served as the plant fund accountant in the Controller’s office and before that was the budget officer for Campus Safety.

“Ulli’s experience at DU, serving in financial operation roles at both the unit and central level is a great fit for this position in Shared Services where we are committed to enhancing the service experience for our colleagues around the campus,” said Chris Bennett, Shared Services director.

This appointment completes the leadership team for Shared Services, which in addition to Nierling and Bennett includes Shaunda Norman, HR lead and Bob McVeigh, Procurement lead.

In process and systems enhancement news, the Shared Services Center is nearing completion of automating HR hiring processes. Electronic separation requests and benefited employee hiring requests are in place, with the job change (both temporary and permanent) requests due to go online in the near future. These steps replace what was a paper form-based process; once completed, this will streamline processes for new hires, job changes and separations.

Volunteers Needed for Campus Safety Training

(May 19, 2015) Campus Safety is seeking volunteers to help with scenario-based training on campus June 12 and June 15 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on both days. Volunteers may select one or both days but must be able to commit to all three hours. This opportunity is open to all students, staff and faculty. Anyone who is interested should contact Sergeant James Johnston at or 303-871-3132.

VideoCast featured video: “Always on: Social media as social programming”

(May 19, 2015) This week’s video features the most recent Bridges to the Future lecture with Douglas Rushkoff. View the video.

Library Book Return Rally

May 18-19

(May 12, 2015) Attention DU faculty who have checked out books from the University Libraries! We invite you to drop off books anytime at the Main Library, the Music Library or the Law Library, regardless of where you checked them out. In addition, we will have special drop-off locations on Monday, May 18 and Tuesday May 19 from 9 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m.:

  • Sturm Hall, main floor
  • Olin Hall, first floor
  • Law Library, first floor

You may also schedule an appointment for book pickup at your convenience between May 17 and June 15. Finally, you may renew your books online, by phone at 1-3707, or by email.  Please help ensure that the University’s library collection remains complete and available to all.

DU Charity Yard Sale seeks donations

(May 12, 2015) One of DU’s service learning courses is hosting a yard sale benefiting Safe House Denver, an organization dedicated to helping victims and survivors of domestic abuse reclaim their rights to a life free of violence. They are currently seeking yard sale item donations; you can drop off your items on campus or arrange a drop-off or pickup.


Teaching and Learning Week wrap-up 

(May 5, 2015) The Office of Teaching and Learning was pleased to host the first Teaching and Learning Week at the beginning of spring quarter! During the week, DU faculty and staff members were engaged in more than 20 different workshops and roundtable discussions on a variety of topics, hosted by different departments and support units across DU. You can find many of the workshop materials and follow-up resources, as well as videos, on the program schedule page.

VideoCast featured video: “Small Teaching: From minor changes to major learning”

(May 5, 2015) This week’s video features James Lang, columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education, outlining five simple and effective teaching activities to improve student learning. View the video