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DU Digest

May 31, 2016

Universitywide News

du faculty in the news

This week we feature Oliver Kaplan, assistant professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Sarah Bexell, research associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Work, Philip Tedeschi, clinical professor at the Graduate School of Social Work, and Pilyoung Kim, associate professor of psychology and director of the Family & Child Neuroscience Lab. More

$3.2 million estate gift will fund the arts and early childhood education

The late Marilyn Stein (BA '55, education) of Denver has bestowed $3.2 million of her estate to fund the arts and early childhood education programming at the University of Denver. This significant gift supports the creation of endowments for the Lamont School of Music, the Morgridge College of Education and the School of Art and Art History. Read more

library book return rally

Attention DU faculty who have checked out books from the University Libraries! Please take advantage of the following services designed to make it easy to return books. We invite you to drop off books anytime at the main library, the music library or the law library, regardless of where you checked them out. You may also schedule an appointment for book pick-up at your convenience between May 15 and June 30. Finally, you may renew your books online, by phone at 303-871-3707, or by email.

call for trainers: Suicide prevention skills train-the-trainer

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.—location TBD
The DU Mental Health Task Force is currently recruiting individuals to serve as DU Campus Connect trainers. Trainers will participate in a full train-the-trainer session. Trainers will subsequently be expected to provide trainings to DU faculty, staff and students regarding suicide prevention and intervention strategies. Each trainer must be able to commit to providing at least three 3.5-hour training sessions per year, as coordinated by staff at the Health and Counseling Center. Campus trainers should be DU employees or graduate students. To apply to become a trainer, please complete this online form. The deadline for applications is Friday, June 3. For questions, contact Suzuho Shimasaki, 303-871-7792.

Du receives grant to install electric vehicle charging stations

Ribbon-cutting ceremony: Friday, June 3, 10 a.m.—Evans Garage
Thanks to a grant from the Regional Air Quality Council, DU will install three electric vehicle charging stations on campus by the end of May. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation on June 3. The stations will be located in Lot E (Evans Garage) on the second level, Lot P on the second level, and Lot L on the first level. This is part of a program called Charge Ahead Colorado, jointly managed by the air quality council and the Colorado Energy Office to incentivize the deployment of charging stations and electric vehicles. While these new electric charging stations will be available only to Evans Garage parkers (garage parking permit holders and guests attending events using the Evans Garage), DU is partnering with metro Denver agencies through its transportation master plan to encourage alternative transportation choices.

DU set to welcome international educators association

NAFSA, the world's largest association for international educators, is holding its annual conference in Denver May 29-June 3, presenting a great opportunity for DU to showcase our internationalization programs. The conference is expected to draw close to 9,500 participants, more than 40 percent of them from other countries. DU's Office of Internationalization has been actively involved in conference planning for over a year. In addition to having a DU booth at the conference expo, there are 10 DU people presenting or training at sessions and workshops addressing multiple knowledge communities at the conference, including three students from Morgridge College of Education. This is an excellent opportunity for our study abroad partners to come to Denver and see DU, and it is also an amazing opportunity to highlight DU as a destination for international students. Read more at

Critical Race Studies in Education Association holding annual conference at DU

The Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA) is an interdisciplinary consortium of experts who recognize global implications of race and education for minoritized people. The annual CRSEA conference comes to DU June 1-3, bringing together scholars, activists, educators, students and community members who use critical race studies as a tool to frame, examine, document, understand and transform racial inequalities in education and in the broader society. DU's Office of Diversity & Inclusion, along with the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality, have been instrumental in bringing this conference to DU. It is expected to draw more than 300 participants. DU faculty members will be participating in two DU sponsored sessions on Friday, June 3.

Academic and Administrative Units

Interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)?

The Office of Teaching and Learning hosts a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Faculty Learning Community dedicated to supporting faculty who conduct research about their teaching practice. The Learning Community is designed to provide support and structure for the creation and publication of SoTL projects and build a community of colleagues doing active SoTL research. Email Bridget Arend to be added to the list to receive information for next year. More information

Lunchtime Spanish classes now offered at the Center for World Languages & Cultures

Registration is now open for summer community language classes at the CWLC, including a new non-credit lunchtime Spanish class. Check out our website for more information on all of our classes and to register. Faculty and staff get a 20 percent discount on classes; just use the code FACSTA15 at checkout.

HR News

Fridays@noon lunch & learn Series

Friday, June 10, noon-12:45 p.m., duPont Room, Mary Reed
Join Greg Giesen of People Development as he interviews graduates of the 2016 Leadership Academy to discuss their thoughts about the program, what they got out of it and what they did for their group project. Bring your lunch and take in the newest leaders to the DU community. You can also watch the video afterwards on the Fridays@Noon website. Register

colorado 14ers people development program

Congratulations to Max Manoles for completing the Campus Safety Pathway and to Brianne Rau for completing the Professional Development Pathway, through the Colorado 14ers People Development program.

Did you know that the only way to initially get to the Colorado 14ers Playlist on is by going to the People Development website and clicking on the Playlist under the Colorado 14ers heading? That's because we created the playlist and not But you can add our playlists to your personal playlist and you're good to go.

Change Management

We know there is a lot of change occurring on the DU campus, but did you know that there are plenty of resources to help you and your department deal with this change? The best place to start is with the People Development team in HR. We can consult on best ways to implement change and/or help employees deal with the transition phase. Other resources include, which has two courses on change management and some popular YouTube and TED Talks. Finally, we offer a change management class through the Colorado 14ers program twice per year which can be customized for an in-service with your department. Bottom line: You don't have to plan or deal with change alone. We're here to help!

Do you have a professional development class that you'd like to create and present for staff and faculty?

Contact Greg Giesen and let's make it happen.

Learn more about DU's policy protecting minors visiting campus

On any given day at DU, there's a good chance we have campus visitors under 18. It's up to all of us to know how we protect their safety and welfare through this Protection of Minors on Campus policy. If you work with University-sponsored programs or events that include minors—those under age 18 as defined by the policy—you'll want to also check these procedures from Human Resources. Learn who is covered by the policy, what is expected from them and how they ensure they act according to the policy. HR also has this learning program on working within this policy that's a must for those who regularly interact with minors on campus. Incidents can happen on any campus, so be prepared and know how DU is working to keep minors safe as they learn, plan and develop in programs at our campus. Please contact HR at 303-871-7420 with questions about this new policy and related procedures.


Liberty Mutual Insurance holding information sessions on campus

Wednesday, June 15, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.—Mary Reed, room 433
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.


Outdoor Iyengar yoga classes with Jessica

Wednesdays , May 18–August 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–August 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.

Boost your zen: Eight-week meditation and stress reduction course

Thursdays, May 5- June 23, noon-12:45 p.m.—University Hall room 306
In this eight-week course, you'll learn a practical approach to staying calm, being focused and handling stress. You'll love this course if you've wanted to know more about meditation and mindfulness but weren't sure how they could help you in real life. Each weekly 45-minute class is a blend of practical, down-to-earth exercises in mindfulness, meditation and stress reduction. You'll decompress, you'll laugh, you'll feel like you took a vacation at lunch time. Register via PioneerWeb; Wellmetrics Incentive Program participants will earn 100 points per class.


Fresh, local, organic fruit delivered to campus—sign up by June 15

Ela Family Farms will once again be delivering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares of fresh western slope fruit to DU. These are some of the best peaches, apples, pears and cider you will ever taste. Deliveries are weekly in the Center for Sustainability (JMAC 142), from Aug. 18-Oct. 27, with a student option during the fall quarter, from Sept. 8-Oct. 27. Full shares are $162, for a total of approximately 63 pounds of fruit plus cider. To sign up, email Hallie Jaeger. More

Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day, one of Denver's biggest city-wide parties, is coming up June 22. University of Denver will be hosting one of over 200 breakfast stations across the city. Register here, noting "University of Denver" as your employer, in order to be counted. Leave early that morning and visit any number of breakfast stations, but be sure to end at our station on Carnegie Green in front of AAC. There will be great treats, coffee, prizes and fun.

bike impounds

Beginning June 6, abandoned bikes (and locks) will be impounded from bike racks across campus. Bike racks around residence halls will be the first areas of focus. If you park your bike at other racks on campus, be on the lookout for the impound schedule in DU Digest, and look for signs on racks early in the week before bikes are impounded on Thursday and Friday. To ensure your bike isn't impounded, please register it using this form. Owners of bikes registered using our new registration form (January 2016) will receive a courtesy call, text or email before their bike is impounded. Questions? Email


Work-study supervisor trainings

Tuesday, June 7, 10-11 a.m.—UTS Building #102
Student Employment is offering work-study supervisor trainings which will cover work-study policies, how to use the student employment website to post positions, the PioneerWeb online hiring process, and more. Register on PioneerWeb>Banner Tab>Banner Training (middle of page)>Register to Attend>Banner Financial Aid Work Award Training

Volunteer Opportunities

Seeking volunteers for student move-out

Each year, students in the residence halls leave tons (literally tons) of items when they move out of the residence halls at the end of the year. We collect those items to donate to a variety of nonprofit organizations. Last year, we worked with three nonprofit organizations and donated over 15,000 pounds of items. One of the keys to our success is our volunteers; last year around 30 staff and faculty members from Student Life and other departments across the University volunteered to load up the donation trucks. Our volunteers unanimously agreed that it was a great experience. This year, we need YOUR help to load those items onto the trucks during finals week June 2-3. Sign up for a 90-minute shift to help sort donated items into the correct bins and load donations onto the trucks. As a token of our thanks, the Student Life Sustainability Action Team will provide a lunch for all volunteers in late June. Please contact PC Call with questions.

Featured Events

InShort Student Film Showcase

Thursday, June 2, 6-9 p.m.—Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium
Join the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies for our annual InShort Student Film Showcase, featuring short narrative films from our undergraduate and graduate Film Studies & Production students. Students complete a final project video as part of a group, and are responsible for pitching, writing, editing, producing and directing each piece. A reception with light refreshments will precede the screening. There is no cost to register and all are welcome. More information

CRSEA book signing and author talk reception

Friday, June 3, 12:35–2:05 p.m.—AAC 340 (The Loft)
Join us for a chance to hear from some of the authors with chapters featured in the newly published Race, Equity, and the Learning Environment: The Global Relevance of Critical and Inclusive Pedagogies in Higher Education. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Four lucky attendees will have the chance to win a free copy of the book. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Please RSVP

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