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August 2015

Academic & Administrative Units

Campus Safety accreditation – public information session

Thursday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. – Mary Reed Building, Renaissance Room

The Division of Campus Safety is scheduled for an on-site assessment in order to achieve accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). You’re invited to provide your feedback to the CALEA during a public information session on Thursday, Sept. 10. If you can’t make the session, you may offer comments to the assessment team by calling 303-871-7883 on Thursday, Sept. 10 between 1-3 p.m. All comments must address Campus Safety’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards, which are available for review at the Parking Services office, 2130 S. High St.

University of Denver Sturm College of Law announces the Sturm Scholarship Challenge

(Aug. 11, 2015) The University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law is excited to announce a generous new student scholarship matching program, underwritten by the Sturm Family Foundation, that upon completion will add $10.5 million in new endowed scholarships for high-achieving J.D. students. Through the Sturm Scholarship Challenge, alumni and friends will be able to maximize their investment in the law school’s outstanding students.  The Sturm Challenge will provide up to $4 million in matching funds for endowed scholarships, and it will work alongside the University’s Momentum Scholarship Challenge to provide donors a remarkable opportunity to substantially increase the impact of their scholarship gifts.

As a University of Denver law school alumnus, longtime trustee, and Sturm College of Law namesake, Donald L. Sturm and his family have a deep connection to the University and its law school.  Among many generous projects and initiatives they have undertaken at DU, the impact of scholarship support is particularly meaningful. Through this most recent gift, they hope to encourage other donors to join them in investing in meritorious students through scholarships.

"We are grateful to the Sturm Family Foundation for their continued partnership to ensure the Sturm College of Law remains an excellent law school and a source of great pride for the University and the community," said Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. "The Sturms are wonderful friends of our University and dedicated to the continued growth of quality at the Sturm College of Law."

Through the combination of the Sturm Foundation’s support and the University of Denver’s Momentum Scholarship Challenge, donors who make a qualified gift or pledge of at least $50,000 will be able to endow their own named scholarships, but with tremendous leverage. The first $1 million in qualifying gifts will be tripled, so that a $50,000 gift will result in a $150,000 endowment.  Additionally, the next $3 million in qualifying gifts will be matched by a factor of 2.5, so that a $50,000 gift will result in a $125,000 endowment.  All of these endowments will support scholarships for law students.

Sturm College of Law Dean Martin Katz says that the importance of scholarships for students cannot be overstated.  “Thanks to the Sturm Foundation’s vision and generosity, and the investment of many other loyal supporters, we can improve the accessibility of law school for the best and brightest candidates regardless of their financial background,” said Katz.  “I’m grateful to the Sturm Family Foundation for their commitment to excellence, further evidenced by this most recent act of generosity, and look forward to expanding our scholarship offerings through this new opportunity.”

The Sturm College of Law is focused on preparing client-ready graduates through its innovative Experiential Advantage CurriculumTM and connecting those students with our excellent network of alumni and friends in the legal community to enhance career success and satisfaction. 

Donald L. Sturm, prominent Denver businessman and President of the Sturm Family Foundation, is pleased with the increased quality and reputation of the law school in recent years, but sees opportunity for further growth.

“For me, this gift is about excellence,” said Sturm. “Increasing our scholarship offerings will help us recruit great students who in turn will bolster the reputation of our institution and have a positive impact within our city and state. The Sturm Family Foundation has invested significantly in this vision and knows others are ready to support it. We look forward to celebrating the collective impact of our investment with those who join us in supporting scholarship at the Sturm College of Law.”

Joseph Korbel School of International Studies hosts 18th annual Korbel Dinner

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. – Hyatt Regency Denver

The 24th U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will be the special guest at the 18th Annual Korbel Dinner. 


Health and Counseling Center receives three-year reaccreditation from AAAHC

(Aug. 11, 2015) The Health and Counseling Center has received a full three-year reaccreditation from the AAAHC, the major accrediting body of outpatient health centers in the country. Only a small percentage of college health and counseling centers obtain such status. Achieving accreditation requires adhering to a rigorous set of quality health care standards.

New resource for undergraduate students

(Aug. 11, 2015) Student Life is launching a new campaign, “Navigating Your Pioneer Experience,” to empower undergraduate students to navigate their holistic educational experience. With this universally designed visual and interactive road map, students will be able to identify, locate and connect with campus resources through four main color-coded categories: development, support, involvement and wellness. Each category lists campus departments that provide resources in that area and how they can partner with students along their educational journey. View the online map on the Student Life website. For more information and to learn how to order copies of this resource for your area, please contact Elise Milnes Chester, director of communications at

Changes to Parking Services website

(Aug. 4, 2015) Parking Services is making some changes to its website to provide improved customer service. While this switch is being made, you will not be able to complete any transactions either via the website or in person from Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. through Monday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. We apologize for the inconvenience; our customer service desk will be open for walk-in questions during this time.

Shared Services Center posts “internal only” job opening: procurement contract administrator

(Aug. 4, 2015) The Shared Services Center announces a new job opening in its Procurement Services area: procurement contract administrator. This opening will be posted for internal candidates only for the next week; you must log in to PioneerWeb to view the posting. For questions on this position, contact Bob McVeigh at or 303-841-4106. Stay tuned to DU Digest for updates on additional job openings in the Shared Services Center.

University College Enrichment Program offers DU faculty and staff 20 percent discount

Fall quarter registration now open

(Aug. 4, 2015) The Enrichment Program connects the intellectually curious adult to DU's outstanding faculty, facilities and programming, and Denver's rich cultural community through non−credit short courses, lectures and seminars. Explore a wide range of subjects–from history and contemporary issues to science, literature and the arts—without the pressure of exams, grades or admission requirements. Fall offerings start Sept. 9. Learn more and register; to claim your 20 percent discount, enter code EPZONEF15 when registering online, or by calling UCOL Student Support at 303-871-2291. Discounts based on availability; some exclusions apply.

Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute: Call for proposals

(Aug. 4, 2015) The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at the Sturm College of Law is soliciting proposals for the 2016 Annual Land Use Conference, and we would like to invite the University of Denver community to participate. Western Places/Western Spaces: Examining the Past, Exploring the Future will engage a broad range of voices in a conversation about how communities across the West can best meet the challenges of the future. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 7. For more information about the conference and submission information, please visit the RMLUI website or contact us at