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December 2015

Academic & Administrative Units

In case you missed it: Dome raising marks a milestone in construction of new engineering building

(Dec. 22, 2015) Friday, Dec. 18 was a celebratory day for the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging, as students, faculty, staff and donors gathered for the placement of a 60,000-pound dome atop the new 110,000-square-foot engineering and computer science building. The structure is scheduled for completion before the start of the 2016 fall quarter.


Office of Inclusive Excellence Student Success and Leadership Development Winter Wonderland Grand Opening

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 11:30 a.m. – Driscoll Underground

(Dec. 22, 2015) The IESSLD office is a branch of DU’s Center for Multicultural Excellence and is focused specifically on engaging with undergraduate students on the topic of inclusive excellence. Please RSVP to

New internal-only position in the Shared Services Center

(Dec. 15, 2015) The Shared Services Center is seeking an assistant director of operations and special projects. This position will be posted for internal-only candidates for two weeks; view and apply for the position via the Employee tab of PioneerWeb (select “DU Career Opportunities” under the Performance and Career Development section on the left side). Questions regarding the position should be directed to Chris Bennett at 303-871-3044 or

Save the date: SAC coat drive

Feb. 1-15, 2016

(Dec. 15, 2015) The Staff Advisory Council will be hosting their annual coat drive from Feb. 1-15, 2016. There will be drop-off locations around campus accepting all winter items including coats, gloves, hats, scarves, blankets, kid’s winter weather coats, accessories, etc. If you update your winter weather gear this season, donate your old gear to our friends at Denver Rescue Mission. If you are interested in helping SAC with this drive by posting flyers or checking drop-off boxes in your area, please email Tamra Carlson at

University College Enrichment Program offers 20 percent discount

(Dec. 8, 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. Winter offerings start Jan. 19. Learn more and register at To claim your 20 percent discount, enter code EPZONEW16 when registering online, or call UCOL Student Support at 303-871-2291. Discounts based on availability; some exclusions apply.

Mail Services and Central Receiving holiday hours

(Dec. 8, 2015) Mail Services will remain open Monday-Friday during the University’s winter break. If you have a package that needs to be picked up on Thursday, Dec. 24, call 303-871-2329 by 2 p.m. and we will deliver it to your office. Central Receiving will be closed from Friday, Dec. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 3. UPS and FedEX will hold packages at their facilities during this time. Contact the carrier for pick up instructions.

Reminder: Mail Services and Central Receiving are moving Dec. 11

(Dec. 8, 2015) The current mail services and central receiving building located on S. Vine St. will be renovated over the next several months to house the Shared Services Center. As a result, Mail Services and Central Receiving are permanently moving to an off-campus warehouse on Dec. 11, 2015. This move will not affect your day-to-day interactions with mail, receiving or purchasing; these groups will continue to provide the same level of service to which the campus is accustomed. Please review these FAQs to learn more.

Last call to share your expertise during Teaching and Learning Week!

(Dec. 8, 2015) We still have a few more slots available for the “Unconference” on Tuesday, Feb. 9 during DU’s upcoming Teaching and Learning Week (Feb. 8-12, 2016). If you would like to suggest a topic, complete this brief proposal form by Friday, Dec. 11. Additional information about Teaching and Learning Week and the Unconference can be found on the Office of Teaching & Learning website. Like us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates from the OTL. 

Shared Services prepares for January rollout of Kronos time and attendance system

(Dec. 1, 2015) Jan. 25, 2016 is the target date to roll out Kronos Workforce Timekeeper as the official time and attendance system at the University of Denver. On that date, all hourly employees will use Kronos to input their time and attendance, eliminating paper timecards and manual data input of time information into Banner. The Shared Services Center is working behind the scenes now, to develop training for supervisors, job aids for employees who will use the system and ensuring that information about the new system is shared with organizations and the more than 2,000 employees who will begin using it in January. See the Shared Services website for more information.

Internationalization grants

(Dec. 1, 2015) Did you know that DU faculty and staff members can apply for Internationalization grants? Faculty have a range of funding possibilities, and staff whose work involves international strategic partner Lund University can also apply. There are specific requirements for each category of grant, including letters of support, project outlines and a detailed budget. Complete information is at the Internationalization Grants webpage at Deadlines are coming up, so act today if interested.

Share your expertise during Teaching and Learning Week!

(Dec. 1, 2015) As part of DU’s upcoming Teaching and Learning Week (Feb. 8-12, 2016), the Office of Teaching and Learning will host an “Unconference” – and we need YOU! The agenda will consist of topics proposed by participants. Complete this brief proposal form to suggest a topic you would like to present or lead a discussion on during the Unconference. Additional information about Teaching and Learning Week can be found on the OTL website.

Community Language Institute announces winter language classes – 20 percent discount for faculty and staff

(Dec. 1, 2015) The Center for World Languages and Cultures is proud to announce the winter class offerings as part of the new Community Language Institute. Winter classes in Sanskrit, French and Spanish (beginner and intermediate levels for French and Spanish) start Jan. 4, 2016. Class descriptions and registration information are available online. To claim your 20 percent discount, use the code FACSTA15 when paying.

Women’s Leadership Council seeks donations for The Gathering Place

Accepting donations through Dec. 4

(Dec. 1, 2015) The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness. DU’s Women’s Leadership Council is collecting donations of new toiletries, new socks and underwear for women or children, non-perishable food items of any type, or checks (made out to The Gathering Place). You can drop off your donations at either Linda Kosten’s office (Mary Reed 201B) or Karen Riley’s office (Dean’s Suite, Ruffatto Hall 320) anytime between now and Dec. 4.