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DU Digest

July 19, 2016

Universitywide News

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This week we feature Bonnie Clark, associate professor of anthropology, Jeanne Abrams, professor at the University Libraries and the Center for Judaic Studies, and Kris McDaniel-Miccio, professor of law at Sturm College of Law. More

New library management system in place

The University of Denver Libraries implemented a new library management system on June 27. Designed to increase efficiency, this new system provides faculty, staff and students with a streamlined research experience while also reducing the time required for library staff to maintain search platforms. To learn more about the features of Compass, please see our Compass FAQ. While the library is working to ensure a smooth transition, the effort is not without challenges. A data migration of this size (over 4.2 million bibliographic records!) means that inevitably some data will not transfer correctly. We are working as quickly as possible to address any errors and we appreciate your feedback and suggestions to help us improve the system. For continuing updates on the new system, please check our News & Events blog. Thank you for your understanding during this time of transition.

employee appreciation celebration

Thursday, Aug. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.—Graduation Green (in front of Margery Reed Hall)
Save the date for the annual Employee Appreciation Celebration! Brought to you jointly by DU senior administration and the Staff Advisory Council, this luncheon is a thank you to DU employees (all faculty and staff members) for all you do for the University. SAC will open the RSVP process starting next week.

Academic and Administrative Units

Center for Multicultural Excellence celebrates move to the heart of campus

Wednesday, July 20, 2 p.m.—CME, 1981 S. University Blvd.
CME invites you to help say "farewell to 1981" as the staff commemorates what has been the CME building for many years. CME is moving to the heart of campus, and will be located on the second floor of the Driscoll Student Center. Light refreshments will be served at the event. The long-awaited move was made possible by a rearrangement of offices in Driscoll. The Health & Counseling Center will be expanding into the space at 1981 S. University.

Own a 2009-2013 VW 2.0L turbo diesel vehicle?

If you do, you could contribute to DU research on a new vehicle exhaust measurement instrument. You'll need to give up the car for one day the last week of July for researchers to drive it around the Mudd building parking lot (or, you're welcome to volunteer to drive it during the test yourself). If interested, contact Gary Bishop in the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 303-871-2584. Bishop, with the late Donald Stedman, invented and patented technology to measure the emissions of motor vehicles as they drive by. The remote sensing system monitors various vehicle emissions in a realistic on-road situation, at a rate of 5,000 readings per day.

University College Enrichment Program offers 20 percent discount

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. 12. Learn more and register at To claim your 20 percent discount, enter code EPZONEF16 when registering online, or call UCOL Student Support at 303-871-2291. Discounts based on availability; some exclusions apply.

People News

Joyce Goodfriend wins book prize

Congratulations to Joyce Goodfriend, professor of history, who is a recipient of the 2016 Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize for her new book, Who Should Rule at Home? Confronting the Elite in British New York City (Cornell University Press).

HR News

Did you know...

We've turned Professional Development Week into the Professional Development Speaker Series! Beginning this fall, we will be providing a nationally renowned speaker on a quarterly basis for faculty and staff on timely issues and topics. Each of these events will run from 3-4:30 p.m. and will include coffee and dessert. See who our first two speakers are!

The Manager-360 Introduction

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 10-11 a.m.—Mary Reed Building, MRB-1
The Manager-360 Introduction class is an introduction to People Development's 360-Assessment for Managers, created specifically for anyone in a supervisory role at DU. In this class, Greg Giesen will talk about the value of a 360-feedback process and walk you through how the program works. Sign up


Liberty Mutual Insurance holding information sessions on campus

Wednesday, July 20, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.—Buchtel Tower conference room
Representatives will be on hand to share information on the exclusive voluntary benefits and savings available to all DU employees, including 24-hour Claims Assistance, Accident Forgiveness and Better Car ReplacementTM. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to reserve a time for your appointment.

TIAA Virtual Environment webinars

DU has teamed up with TIAA to offer live financial webinars through the online Virtual Environment. Once you register for the Virtual Environment, you'll have access to financial education and self-paced and live seminars designed to help you save more, better manage your expenses and invest for your retirement. Upcoming webinars are posted. Reserve your place (remember, you'll need to register if this is your first visit to the Virtual Environment).


REFIT® with guest instructor kirsten taylor

Tuesdays, now-Aug. 30, 4-5 p.m., Driscoll Pub (where Subway is located)
REFIT® is back for the summer! REFIT is a group fitness program that uses value-positive music, movement and messaging to build community and impact lives. The community-centered approach of REFIT focuses on building relationships through the shared experience of fitness, creating a safe space that encourages participants of all shapes and sizes to work out. Each class includes cardio, agility, strength, dance, toning, flexibility and stretching. The combination of these elements provides a total body workout in a fun social environment. REFIT is open to everybody and every BODY–come give it a try! Registration is not necessary. Bring a water bottle, something comfy to move in, and a friend.

Outdoor Iyengar yoga classes with Jessica

Wednesdays , May 18–Aug. 31, 11:30 a.m .-12:15 p.m.—east side of Mary Reed, shady lawn area
Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle. Limited mats will be provided.

Outdoor Vinyasa yoga classes with Stephanie

Tuesdays, May 24–Aug. 30, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—east side of Mary Reed, shady lawn area
Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle. Limited mats will be provided.

Inclusive Excellence

LGBTIQ&A Summer Social Series

Colorado Renaissance Festival
Saturday, July 30, morning
We'll connect folks interested in carpooling for a group outing back in time (and down I‐25), to the Pirate Invasion weekend. Costumes optional for this gaye olde time! Tickets and fair details; RSVP to be in the meetup/carpool coordination.


CME summer trainings

The DU Center for Multicultural Excellence has several upcoming training sessions this summer. You can sign up individually for scheduled dates, or review date options and complete an online request for groups, classes or units. Sessions will be held at the Center for Multicultural Excellence, unless enrollment outgrows space. Please RSVP.

Queer & Ally (Q&A) Level 1
Provides foundational knowledge, awareness and skills regarding LGBTIQ&A communities at DU and beyond. Full program details.

Thursday, July 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Queer & Ally (Q&A) Level 2
An advanced training focusing on the intersections of LGBTIQ&A identities with other social identities, and on expanding and deepening the conversations regarding privilege, oppression and ally development. Full program details. NOTE: Registrants must have completed Q&A Level 1 training within 12 months prior to attending Level 2.

Thursday, July 21, noon-2 p.m.

Introduction to Inclusive Excellence workshop
Provides background on the University's IE framework (what and why), group work on how to apply it in your particular area, and ends with some general tips for awareness and action.

Monday, July 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

OUCampus web editing workshops

UTS is offering web editing workshops for people who maintain DU webpages with OUCampus. These workshops are great if you are new to OU, or if you just need a refresher. Bring you specific questions! Workshops are from 10 a.m.–noon in room 102 of the UTS building (2100 S. High St.) on these dates:

  • Wednesday, July 27
  • Thursday, Aug. 11
  • Tuesday, Aug. 30

To register, log in to PioneerWeb. From the Employee tab, look for the Training heading and select Desktop Applications. Contact with questions.

Classroom response clicker webinars

Faculty who teach in-person classes can learn more about classroom response "clickers" in these webinars hosted by the vendor. Discover how to incorporate interesting and unique multimedia resources with the Anywhere Polling option. Incorporate clickers with research-proven learning theories to increase engagement in your courses. Topics that will be discussed include pedagogical techniques such as Peer Instruction, Gamification and more! Register for Thursday, Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. or register for Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m.

Featured Events

Shared Services open house

Thursday, July 21, 3-4:30 p.m.-Aspen Hall
The DU Shared Services Center would like to invite you to an open house at Aspen Hall on July 21 from 3-4:30 p.m. Come tour our space, meet the staff and learn about the services that the Shared Services Center provides. Those who complete the tour get an added bonus: Little Man ice cream will be on hand serving ice cream.

Seventh Annual Carillon Summer Recital Series: Carolyn Bolden

Sunday, July 31, 7 p.m.–Williams Carillon (rain or shine)
Enjoy the sounds of our bells on a beautiful Colorado summer evening! Concerts continue alternate Sundays through Aug. 28; see the full schedule.

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