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January 2017

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Check out new DU Admissions video

(Jan. 17, 2017) The video DU: Where Phenomenal Happens, being used to highlight the DU experience for prospective and admitted students, was created to showcase student and alumni talent while highlighting the DU experience in an emotionally evocative and innovative way. It was a collaborative effort between Undergraduate Admission, Marketing & Communications, and two alumni: Osa Aihie (BSBA '16) wrote and performed the original spoken word piece about the DU experience, and CJ Garcia (BM '15) composed and performed the original score based on Osa's poetry. Campus videographer Jeff Haessler filmed the campus from different lenses and angles to capture the beauty of the University, and Christina Hunter, assistant director of admission and communication (BA '11, MBA '16) headed up the creative direction.

Support Knoebel students: Try out Beans After Dark

(Jan. 17, 2017) Beans Coffee Shop, run by Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management students, hosts Beans After Dark every Thursday during academic quarters from 4:30-7 p.m. Stop by for beer, wine, a cocktail, or any of their usual drinks! If you would like to hold an event at Beans After Dark (open mic night, live music, etc.), email

What is YOUR inspiration for teaching? Tell us for 2017 Teaching and Learning Week!

(Jan. 17, 2017) The Office of Teaching and Learning is hosting the 3rd annual Teaching and Learning Week Feb. 6-8. We invite you to share your inspiration for teaching! We are compiling an online collage that captures the sparks which propel us to teach (and keep us at it). Visit "Why I Teach" to share your inspiration and see what others have posted. Registration is now open for 2017 Teaching and Learning Week, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Save the date: Discover Daniels information session for DU community

Wednesday, Jan. 25, noon-1 p.m.—Daniels College of Business, room 300
(Jan. 17, 2017) We would like to invite all DU staff that advise and/or provide career counseling to undergraduate students to a special information session to hear about exciting updates to the graduate business programs at Daniels. During the lunch, you'll have a chance to meet our graduate admissions managers and advising staff, as well as learn more about the application process for DU undergrads. Please register. Questions about this event? Please contact Danielle Davis at or 303-871-4422.

Community Spotlight: OpenWorld Learning

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4-5 p.m.—CCESL Suite 18, Driscoll South (under the bookstore)
(Jan. 17, 2017) Join CCESL for a Community Spotlight featuring OpenWorld Learning (OWL), a nonprofit organization that provides after-school and summer educational programs centered on computer technology (programming, storytelling, animation, robotics). OWL provides low-income students with real-world learning opportunities which are proven to improve school attendance and standardized test scores, especially in math. Come to learn about the organization's work and brainstorm potential future collaborations in research or service learning. Students, faculty and staff are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs to are appreciated but not required.

University College Enrichment Program—save 20 percent on winter/spring registration

(Jan. 10, 2017) 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 workshops. 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/spring offerings start Jan. 17. For the DU faculty and staff 20 percent discount, enter code EPZONEW17 when registering online, or by calling UCOL Student Support at 303-871-2291. Discounts based on availability; some exclusions apply.

Focus Forward: Reinventing Career and Retirement program

(Jan. 10, 2017) The University College Focus Forward program helps mid-lifers seeking career or post-career options navigate through the transition. Attend a free info session on Saturday, Jan. 14, to learn the philosophy, process and learning outcomes for this integrative program. RSVP at 303-871-2291 or

DU faculty and staff are eligible for $35 off each registration in the Focus Forward program; enter code FFDU35W17 online, or call UCOL Student Support at 303-871-2291.

Join the 23-time national champion DU ski team for a day on the slopes

Saturday, Jan. 21, ski train departs Union Station at 7 a.m.
(Jan. 10, 2017) The University of Denver ski teams invite people of all ages to join them for their annual Ski with the Team Ski Train. Travel via the ski train to Winter Park, where attendees will be split into groups based on skill level and assigned a ski guide from the team. Lunch at Sunspot Lodge is included. Cost to DU faculty and staff after a 20 percent discount: $210 per person ($160 with Winter Park pass). For more information, contact Andy LeRoy, 970-846-1566,

Search committee named for new Human Resources vice chancellor

(Jan. 10, 2017) Chancellor Chopp has announced a national search for a new vice chancellor of Human Resources, led by the following search committee, which she will chair:
• Deana Ahmad (BA '01; MA '02), Director of Graduate Student Affairs, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
• Paul Chan (BA '81), Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
• Theresa Hernandez (BA '13), Associate Director for Library Operations; President, Staff Advisory Council
• Scott Leutenegger (BFA '15), Professor, Department of Computer Science; Past President, Faculty Senate
• Lisa Martinez, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology
• Amanda McBride, Dean, Graduate School of Social Work
• Patty Powell (JD '83), Director of Academic Achievement and Assistant Professor, Sturm College of Law
• Scott Schrage, Assistant Director, Facilities Management
• Frank Tuitt, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Diversity and Inclusion; Professor of Higher Education

Stakeholders throughout the DU community will have the opportunity to provide input into the needs and expectations for this position. Please feel free to share any thoughts you may have related to the search to The firm Storbeck/Pimentel will assist the committee to ensure we have a robust and diverse candidate pool. Claire Brownell, special assistant to the chancellor, will staff the search committee.

Staff compensation multiyear program update

(Jan. 10, 2017) Last fall, the University began implementation of a staff compensation program to create consistent job descriptions, titles and salary grades and ranges for our approximately 1,500 benefited staff employees across all areas of the University. At the end of the year, benefited staff members received information on their position's salary grade and job family. Work continues on the next phases of this multiyear program while the search for a new HR vice chancellor proceeds. Some items, such as discussions with deans, vice chancellors, associate provosts and division heads on any job title changes needed, will be pushed back until a new HR vice chancellor is in place. See the website for more information.

2017 Teaching and Learning Week–save the date for Feb. 6-8

(Jan. 10, 2017) The Office of Teaching and Learning is hosting the 3rd annual Teaching and Learning Week Feb. 6-8. Please join us as we learn strategies for successful student group work from keynote speaker Dr. Maryellen Weimer; explore great ideas with colleagues during the popular "Unconference" sessions; hear from students about their memorable learning experiences; explore research from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning consortium; and eat free lunch. Visit the site for more information about Teaching and Learning Week. We look forward to seeing you there.

DU Maker's Market seeks participants

Market: Tuesday, Feb. 28, noon-2 p.m.—AAC Special Events Room 290
(Jan. 10, 2017) DU's Center for Sustainability and the DU Writing Department present DU Maker's Market, a unique event that seeks to provide a space where DU staff, faculty, students, community members and professional local makers can share their stories, their processes and their wares with the DU community. If you would like to participate with a table, demonstration or items for purchase, please respond to this survey by Feb. 21.

Knoebel Institute offering Tai Chi class on campus

Fridays, 1-2 p.m.—Engineering and Computer Science Building, ECS Rotunda event space, 5th floor
(Jan. 10, 2017) The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging invites DU community members to this weekly class, led by certified instructor Mike Sanin. All are welcome, regardless of age or previous knowledge of Tai Chi.

Digital marketing director presentations

(Jan. 3, 2017) The Division of Marketing and Communications invites those interested in hearing from candidates to fill the director, digital communications position, to attend candidate presentations this week. This director position is a key leader on the overhaul of the website. While this is not a communitywide invitation due to room size limitations, if you are interested, below are the dates and times. Contact Jami Baade,, for more information.

Thursday, Jan. 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m.—AAC, Loft classroom room 340
Friday, Jan. 6, 1-2 p.m.—AAC Special Events Room 290

Mindfulness and meditation stress reduction workshops

Free, nine-week series, starting Wednesday, Jan. 11, 12:15-1:45 p.m.—Sturm Hall 281 (Lindsay Auditorium)

(Jan. 3, 2017) Faculty and staff are welcome to attend these workshops, led by Claude d'Estrẻe, professor and Buddhist Chaplain at DU. Required reading: Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World, by Mark William and Danny Penman. Please register