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Sept. 1, 2015

Universitywide News

DU in the news

You may have recently seen media coverage on an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) determination involving the University. As you may recall, Professor Lucy Marsh, who teaches at the Sturm College of Law, filed a gender discrimination charge with the EEOC in 2013. Yesterday we were informed by the press that the EEOC had issued a letter of determination finding reasonable cause that a pay violation has occurred. Per the EEOC invitation, DU intends to participate in mediation and attempt to amicably resolve our differences in this case. As we try to find a final and just resolution, we will continually endeavor to ensure that our practices create an environment in which our employees are able to flourish as individuals to achieve their full potential.

Inauguration of Rebecca S. Chopp
Crimson Classic, Music on the Green, procession and installation ceremony

Sept. 17-18

Don’t miss the two days of inauguration festivities! Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 17 participate in the Crimson Classic and stay for Music on the Green, a free, family-friendly concert featuring the Whitfields. On Friday, Sept. 18, join the procession and installation ceremony! RSVP for the ceremony by Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Staff Advisory Council Staff Awards – nominations due Friday, Sept. 4

Do you know an outstanding staff member or department that has gone above and beyond at the University? Nominate them for one of the 2015 SAC Staff Awards! See the full list of award descriptions and submit your nomination at . Nominations are due by Friday, Sept. 4. Awards will be presented at a faculty and staff luncheon on Oct. 28.

Battle on Blake – DU faculty and staff tickets

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

All DU faculty and staff have the benefit of purchasing tickets to the “Battle on Blake” outdoor hockey game at Coors Field against Colorado College through an exclusive presale! You can purchase tickets on Friday, Sept. 11 (tickets will be available to the general public on Sept. 18). In order to purchase presale tickets you must register by Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. You will receive a follow-up email with a unique code that will grant you access to purchase tickets on Sept. 11.

Protect yourself against phishing scams

The return of students to the University normally coincides with an increase in activity related to individuals attempting to gain access to our computing environments. While UTS does operate multiple automated security tools (mail and Internet filters, intrusion prevention systems, content filters, etc.) you also need to be aware of these risks and help prevent them.

Read on for some recommended preventative measures.

Academic and Administrative Units

Community Language Institute launches fall language classes – 20 percent discount for faculty and staff

The Center for World Languages and Cultures is proud to announce the first class offerings as part of the new Community Language Institute. The Community Language Institute offers noncredit, nontraditional language learning opportunities to the Denver metro community in the evenings with online practice and cultural exploration, as well as in individual, self-directed language study formats. These classes are ideal for lifelong learners who want to learn a language and build communities around languages and cultures. Fall classes in Sanskrit and Spanish (beginner and intermediate) start Sept. 15. Class descriptions and registration information is available online. To claim your 20 percent discount, please contact

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.

People News

Joseph Labrecque appointed to Apache Software Foundation

Joseph Labrecque, senior interactive software engineer, has been appointed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) as a “committer” for the Apache Flex® project. Apache Flex® is a highly productive, open source application framework for building and maintaining expressive Web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops and devices (including smartphones, tablets and TV). DU has a number of applications which rely on Apache Flex in some way, including VideoManager and CourseMedia. To contact Joseph in his ASF role, email

Retirement celebration for Nancy Allen

Friday, Sept. 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

Join us as we celebrate the service and accomplishments of Nancy Allen, dean and director of University Libraries since 1992. As the longest serving DU library dean, the third-longest serving dean in University history, and the longest serving female dean at the University, Nancy has managed collections and services for the main library and the music library, and oversaw the design and construction of the nationally acclaimed Anderson Academic Commons.

Please RSVP

HR News

Quick Questions with Ken Pinnock, director of People Development

Now that we’ve shared some insight into the new Human Resources strategic plan through our Quick Questions with Amy King, we’re ready to take a deeper dive into what’s new in professional development. DU Digest sat down with Ken Pinnock, director of HR’s new People Development team, to discuss some of the new things happening now, and what you can expect in the future.


Performance Management – self-appraisals and training sessions

It is time to begin self-appraisals in Performance, our performance management system. If you have not yet input your goals, now is the time! Managers must approve your direct reports’ goal plans before they can complete their self-appraisals. Visit the performance management webpage for a detailed timeline, training documents and more information. There is one remaining training session on the new system and process for both employees and managers on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 1-2 p.m. Registration is via PioneerWeb, Employee tab, Training, Performance Management. Email with any questions.

Fridays@Noon: Performance management

Friday, Sept. 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Margery Reed Hall, room 203

Join us for the next Fridays@Noon session to talk in-depth about the performance management system with DU’s training and learning consultant, Shannon Seales. Please note that videos of all past Fridays@Noon sessions are available on the website. Registration is via PioneerWeb, Employee tab, Professional & Career Development.

Leadership Academy information session

Thursday, Sept. 3, 3-4 p.m. – Mary Reed Building, duPont Room

The first-ever Leadership Academy, sponsored by HR’s People Development team, debuts this coming January. The Leadership Academy is a professional development program for staff and faculty with an emphasis on developing the leader from within. This seven-month program consists of monthly half-day sessions of learning modules, discussions and practical application of leadership principles with an emphasis on self-awareness. This program includes pre-and-post work, presentations from leadership experts across the country, powerful activities and open discussion, one-on-one coaching and a group project. Program is limited to 15 participants. Registration for the information session is via PioneerWeb, Employee tab, Professional & Career Development.

People Development services

Learn more about our mentor program and consulting services, including one-on-one coaching, and read about the Eight Simple Rules to Managing Conflict. See the full range of services on our website.


Check out all the open positions at the University via the Employee tab of PioneerWeb (select “DU Career Opportunities” under the Performance and Career Development section on the left side).


Third Annual Crimson Classic

Thursday, Sept. 17, 4 p.m.

Register now for the Crimson Classic 5K run and 1.5 mile walk on DU's beautiful campus! The Crimson Classic is open to current DU faculty, staff, students, alumni and their families (children must be over age 8), and Coors Fitness Center members – registration is free. All participants will receive a sport-tek Crimson Classic T-shirt and timing chip!


Outdoor Yoga continues

Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Meet on the east side of Mary Reed, shady lawn area

Due to popular demand, we’re continuing outdoor yoga through the end of September. Join Stephanie for Vinyasa on Tuesdays and Jessica for Iyengar on Wednesdays. Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle; limited mats will be provided. Check our Facebook page for updates in case of cancellations due to weather. 

Wellmetrics incentive portal changes

We heard you! The Wellmetrics portal was designed to increase awareness of health and lifestyle behaviors in a fun and beneficial way for our community. We are currently working to redesign the incentive program and would love to hear your feedback so we can make the best program for you. Please take this survey, open through Wednesday, Sept. 16. In the meantime, the portal is still open to engage in activities. None of your personal goals or progress will be lost when the redesign is launched in October.


Bike to Work Wednesdays at DU

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 8-9 a.m. – Carnegie Green (south of Anderson Academic Commons)

Bike to work and enjoy a light breakfast and great company compliments of well@du and the Center for Sustainability. If your office would like to sponsor a breakfast, contact for budget details.

Inclusive Excellence

Save the Date: Diversity Summit

Jan. 21-22, 2016

The 15th annual Diversity Summit will be held the evening of Thursday, Jan. 21 and all day Friday, Jan. 22. Speakers and theme to be announced. Please mark your calendars and avoid scheduling any other events on these dates; the entire University of Denver community is encouraged to attend the Diversity Summit.


Call for proposals: Seventh annual Co-LEADS Student Summit

Friday, Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Auraria campus

The Co-LEADS conference gathers college students from across Colorado for discussions of social justice, activism, advocacy and social change. Students participate in large group activities and smaller workshops that challenge, grow and inspire them to make change in their own lives and their communities. This year, the summit will explore the theme: “From Tweets to Streets: Intersections of Mass Media, Social Media and Social Justice.” DU students, faculty and staff members are invited to submit workshop proposals.



Canvas workshops

The Office of Teaching and Learning is hosting a number of Canvas open labs and workshops to help you get your courses ready for fall quarter. See the full schedule and register online. Coming up:

  • Canvas Basics: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Canvas Basics: Thursday, Sept. 3, 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Canvas Basics: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Canvas Basics: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Canvas Open Lab: Thursday, Sept. 10, noon-3 p.m.

Making excellence inclusive: Diversity considerations for the classroom

Friday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-noon

In recent years, major demographic and economic changes in this country and worldwide have contributed to the diversification of higher education. As a result, the need for understanding how to advance diversity and equity in increasingly diverse college classrooms has taken on a greater importance. This interactive workshop aims to expose participants to pedagogical approaches that link inclusion to teaching excellence. 

More information and registration

Peer classroom visit program

Kick-off breakfast: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. – OTL conference room (Anderson Academic Commons, room 345)

Faculty members have much to learn from each other yet we rarely have the opportunity to see each other teach. What if we could get a window into each other’s classrooms? The Office of Teaching and Learning has developed a peer classroom visit program for interested DU instructors. The program will begin this fall and is designed to provide a mutually supportive opportunity for self-reflection and sharing of good practice. 

Learn more about the program and sign up.

Faculty Showcase Series

The Office of Teaching and Learning is excited to announce a new workshop series! Faculty showcases are designed to share best practice in teaching among the DU faculty. Each session will feature innovative and effective teaching methods and concrete examples here at DU, while also providing a forum for the presenters to gain feedback on challenging and/or new practices. 


Save the Date: DU’s Second Annual Teaching & Learning Week

Feb. 8-12, 2016

The Office of Teaching and Learning will again sponsor a week full of activities, workshops and events celebrating and supporting excellence in teaching and learning. We are excited to announce our special guest Dee Fink, author of Creating Significant Learning Experiences

Volunteer Opportunities

Share Fair Nation 2015

Saturday, Sept. 26
Sign up

Share Fair Nation is a free, two-part event for educators, students, communities and leaders to come together with innovators in STEM education to experience fun, hands-on, minds-on teaching and learning methods...but we couldn't do it without you! We're looking for volunteers to help at the event and make a difference in transforming teaching and learning for all ages. All volunteers will receive training, a Share Fair Nation T-shirt and refreshments at the event. Sign up here, and email with questions.

Featured Events

Daniels Global Speaker Series
Moses Byaruhanga: Uganda and the Global Economy

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m. – Daniels College of Business, room 240

This talk will explore, from a unique perspective, Uganda’s economic, political, business and educational outlook. Moses Byaruhanga graduated with a political science degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda in 1990. He then joined the Ugandan president's office where he advanced through the ranks and now serves as senior presidential advisor on political affairs.

Please register

GSSW Lecture Series
Implementing evidence-based treatments for children and youth: Considerations within different child-serving systems

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Boettcher Foundation Community Room, Craig Hall

Presented by Suzanne E. U. Kerns, associated professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Washington School of Medicine.

Please RSVP

Museum of Anthropology open house

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 3-6 p.m. – Museum of Anthropology gallery (Sturm Hall, room 102)

Please join the Museum of Anthropology for a special open house to explore opportunities for collaboration and partnership using the museum’s gallery space and collections. See the Connecting the Pieces exhibit, created as part of Dr. Bonnie Clark’s American Material Culture ASEM last spring, view ethnography and archaeology museum collections that can be used as resources for faculty and students, and share your projects that could be featured in the gallery. If you cannot attend the open house and want to learn more about the Museum of Anthropology, please contact or


The O of Wonder: a Szyzygy

Friday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. – Sturm Hall, room 451

This talk, presented by Srikanth Reddy, traces a history of wonder in the Western poetic tradition from Homer to Milton to Ronald Johnson. Reddy is the author of two books of poetry, Facts for Visitors (2004) and Voyager (2011), and a book of criticism, Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry. He has received fellowships and awards from the Asian American Writer’s Workshop, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Capital Foundation, among others. This lecture is hosted by Counterpath, the University of Denver and the Bagley Wright Lecture Series.

Colorado Avalanche Burgundy/White Game returns to Magness Arena

Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. – Magness Arena, Ritchie Center

The Colorado Avalanche professional hockey team will hold its annual Burgundy/White Game at Magness Arena. The game is slated for a 1 p.m. puck drop. The Burgundy/White Game features all Avalanche players competing in a three-period, intra-squad scrimmage and is returning to the University of Denver for the second consecutive year and for the sixth time overall. Tickets are on sale through DU’s official athletic department website and prices vary from $10-$25. A portion of this year’s event proceeds will benefit the S.A.V.E. program through DU Athletics and Recreation that provides financial assistance in youth recreation programs at the Ritchie Center.

Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning open house

Monday, Sept. 21, 3-5 p.m. – Driscoll South, suites 18 and 22

CCESL’s open house is an opportunity to connect with faculty, staff and students who share interests in community-engaged work while learning about CCESL’s 2015-2016 programs. Light refreshments will be served; no RSVP necessary.


Pioneer Symposium

Sept. 25-26, 2015

Experience the joy of discovering a new idea, especially when guided by an inspiring teacher or leader. The Office of Alumni Relations has gathered an expert assembly of accomplished alumni and distinguished professors to engage your mind around critical current issues and delight you with new knowledge. With numerous lectures, panels and keynote luncheon speakers over two days, you’re sure to find something to ignite your intellectual passion.


Share Fair Nation 2015

Saturday, Sept. 26, 7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. – Morgridge College of Education

Registration for Share Fair Nation 2015 is now open! This free two-part event brings together educators, students and communities with education leaders to experience innovative education practices and strategies. Attendees will also enjoy keynote speaker, Erik Wahl, internationally-recognized graffiti artist and best-selling author. In his latest book, UNthink, Erik encourages readers to ignite in children their passion for lifelong learning and he explores the power of creativity to achieve superior performance. Join us and be a part of the transformation of teaching and learning.


Homecoming and Family Weekend – registration now open

Oct. 16-17, 2015

The University of Denver’s Homecoming and Family Weekend will awaken your playful side, your intellectual curiosity and your sense of pride for our great university.


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