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October 2013

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Upcoming Learning and Development Opportunities

National Save for Retirement Week – Oct. 21-25

(Oct. 22, 2013) Why focus on retirement this week? People are living longer and spending more years in retirement, Social Security plays an important role but it's not enough by itself, and you may not be taking full advantage of the (tax-smart) retirement savings plan offered by University of Denver.

Keep your retirement account on track. Join us for a series of 15-minute seminars offered by TIAA-CREF designed to help make sure you're getting the most out of your DU retirement savings program. Topics covered: beneficiary designation, asset allocation, Roth option and benefits of consolidation.


All seminars take place in the Renaissance Room of the Mary Reed Building. Programs start at 5 minutes past the half hour.

Monday, Oct. 21

9:30 a.m. - Roth option in a retirement plan
10:30 a.m. - Benefits of consolidation
1:30 p.m. - Updating beneficiaries and asset allocation

Tuesday, Oct. 22

11:30 a.m. - Updating beneficiaries and asset allocation
1:30 p.m. - Roth option in a retirement plan
2:30 p.m. - Benefits of consolidation

Wednesday, Oct. 23

9:30 a.m. - Benefits of consolidation
11:30 a.m. - Roth option in a retirement plan
1:30 p.m. - Updating beneficiaries and asset allocation
6:30 p.m. - Session for Spanish speakers
10:30 p.m. - Session for Spanish speakers

Thursday, Oct. 24

8:30 a.m. - Updating beneficiaries and asset allocations
9:30 a.m. - Roth option in a retirement plan
10:30 a.m. - Benefits of consolidation

Friday, Oct. 25

9:30 a.m. - Updating beneficiaries and asset allocations
10:30 a.m. - Roth option in a retirement plan
2:30 p.m. - Benefits of consolidation

Topic overviews

Beneficiary designation

Money left to an ex-spouse? Or the state of Colorado? It's not as unusual as you might think. Help your loved ones, and make sure your wishes are carried out. It only takes a few minutes to update your account; our 15-minute seminar will show you how.

Asset allocation

Make sure your investments reflect your retirement goals. This step is key to a successful retirement outcome. If you haven't reviewed your investments in a while, or if you defaulted to a Lifecycle fund when the University of Denver moved plan administration to TIAA-CREF in 2012, now's the time to review your asset allocation. Join us for a brief seminar on the investment options available through our retirement plan and how you can combine the ones that best suit your goals and risk tolerance.

Roth option

The Roth option is a savings vehicle that allows you to save for retirement with post-tax money, and may be especially appropriate if you expect to be in a high tax bracket during retirement. The idea: pay taxes now so you can withdraw money from your retirement account on a tax-free basis during your retirement years. Join us for a quick overview of the Roth option available through the University of Denver retirement program and see if it might be right for you.

Benefits of consolidation

The University of Denver moved to TIAA-CREF in 2012, and now many employees juggle more than one retirement account. See if it makes sense to consolidate your assets. The 15-minute seminar will discuss the benefits of consolidating and outline the steps you need to take.


(Oct. 22, 2013) While you're focusing on saving for retirement, check out HelloWallet, an online financial guidance service that is free for benefited DU employees. HelloWallet provides tools and resources to help you get organized, get insight and get ahead of your finances.

2012-2013 Performance Management forms due Oct. 11 for staff, Oct. 28 for faculty

(Oct. 1, 2013) Performance evaluations provide an opportunity for open, two-way communication between managers and employees. It is mandatory that the year-end review be completed in the fall of each year. Completed performance reviews are due by the end of business Oct. 11 for staff and Oct. 28 for faculty.

DU's first Crimson Classic a success!

Crimson Classic 2013: Amy King, Katie Dunker, Provost Kvistad, Chancellor Coombe(Oct. 1, 2013) Thank you to all who came out to show your spirit during last Thursday's Crimson Classic 5k and 1.5 mile fun run! We had 210 participants and 25 volunteers; including Chancellor Coombe, Provost Kvistad and representatives from the governor's office.



Relive the event with the photo highlights:

Upcoming Learning and Development Opportunities

Supervisor Core Competencies four-week series – Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

(Oct. 1, 2013) This highly interactive four-week series will provide managers with best practices and tools related to supervisor core competencies. Participants will receive a Professional Development: Supervisor Core Competencies certificate of completion at the end of the series.

The series is open to those moving into a supervisor role, new supervisors, seasoned supervisors or employees wanting to know more about management skills. The four sessions will be held from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Session Overview:

  • The Nature of Supervision
  • Communication and Feedback
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Motivation and Engagement
  • Performance Management and Development
  • Legal matters and DU Policies

Registration is through PioneerWeb, Employee tab, scroll to Training on the lower right and select Management and Supervisory.

Thanks giving: Making gratitude your greatest asset – Nov. 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m., DuPont Room, Mary Reed

Gratitude can change a bad day and make it better, and take a good day and make it great. For anyone who seeks to make the most of each day, an "attitude of gratitude" can make all the difference. Join Doug Gertner, The Grateful Dad®, to learn why and how to "have a grateful day."

This workshop provides hands-on experience to appreciate and document all that there is to be grateful for on a daily basis, with tools, techniques and exercises to plug in and pump up gratitude on purpose and in practice. You'll use The Grateful Dad's Journal of Gratitude and other resources to begin to celebrate all that's going right, and start to multiply and manifest more of the good stuff every day.

Doug's stories and experience make a powerful business and personal case for recognizing and harnessing the power of gratitude, and he'll show exactly how a "year of living gratefully" transformed his life and how it'll help you, too.

Register through PioneerWeb, Employee tab, Training, Professional and Career Development.


The Coffee Break Series, a learning and development series for managers, is one of many new programs created to respond to employee feedback on what is needed to foster employee engagement at the University. Sessions are scheduled through fall quarter:

  • How to turn conflict into collaboration – Oct. 31

    • Conflict is a natural and unavoidable interaction. It's something that we deal with in one form or another every day. This 30-minute session will cover how to recognize the three most common conflict situations and provide an easy-to-use approach to arrive at the most appropriate choice of action to take.
  • Peer today, boss tomorrow – Nov. 29

All sessions take place from 8:30-9 a.m. in the DuPont Room, Mary Reed Building. Registration is through PioneerWeb, click on the employee tab, scroll down and on the lower right under the training channel, select management and supervisory.

Additional information and manager resources can be found on the Management and Supervisory Development webpage.