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DU Digest

July 26, 2016

Universitywide News

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This week we feature Shannon Sliva, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Social Work, Seth Masket, associate professor of political science, and Ron Throupe, associate professor of real estate and construction management. More

reminder: exempt staff begin using online system for sick and vacation leave reporting aug. 1

Exempt staff will begin using the Kronos electronic leave reporting system to report sick and vacation time, effective Aug. 1. Starting that date, exempt staff members will go online to enter their sick and vacation time instead of using paper forms or other methods to report leave. Kronos will keep track of recorded leave, and after the end of the month, managers will go into the system to approve leave for all of their employees. Shared Services has scheduled several drop-in training sessions in August.

du announces partnership with lund university in sweden

Last week, DU entered into a new partnership with Lund University that will allow students to study three years in Denver before studying abroad in Sweden for two years. The collaboration is initially available to students in the department of biological sciences and in the gender and women's studies department. Read more at the DU Newsroom

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

Deadline extended—personalize a "gear" to be displayed in the new science and engineering building

Construction of the University's new science and engineering building is nearing completion. Be part of this exciting project by personalizing a gear. Donor gears will create an artistic display of support in a prominent location adjacent to the building's rotunda. Your gear may include your name or the name of a friend or loved one you wish to honor, and they are available in three sizes: small $250, medium $500, or large $1,000. Gears will be in place by the building's grand opening this fall. To ensure you are included, please make your commitment by July 31. Financially supporting both the Ritchie School and the Knoebel Institute through your gear purchase will aid in the completion of this significant capital project while leaving your mark on the University of Denver. Personalize your gear here!

Graduate School of Social Work launches online Master of Social Work program

The GSSW recently launched their first online degree program. The program will expand the school's educational reach to include students who are unable or don't want to move to Denver, and will help build human services infrastructure by educating social workers in underserved communities throughout the country.

Denver Youth Leadership Summit on campus Aug. 19

The Bridge Project, a Graduate School of Social Work community outreach initiative, is holding a Denver Youth Leadership Summit on Aug. 19, at Craig Hall on campus. DU faculty, staff and students are welcome to register by the Aug. 11 deadline, whether you already work with youth programs or would like to in the future. Contact with questions. Thanks to DU's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning for their support of this event.

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

creative writing program faculty member receives book award

Annie Dawid, a new faculty member in University College's Creative Writing Program, was the 2016 Fiction Winner in the International Rubery Book Award. The Rubery Book Award is the longest-established book award based in the U.K. for independent and self-published books. Dawid received the award for her novel York Ferry.

Justin Pidot appointed deputy solicitor for land resources at U.S. Department of the Interior

Justin Pidot, associate professor at the Sturm College of Law, has taken on a role with the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, until the Obama administration leaves office on Jan. 20, 2017. He will serve as the primary lawyer providing legal advice to the Bureau of Land Management about its obligations with respect to surface resources. More

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 

fridays@noon series

Friday, Aug. 12, noon– 2:45 p.m.—HR Conference Room, 4th Floor of Mary Reed
Join us for an in-depth discussion on interviewing and hiring techniques and tips with our panel of experts: Ken Pinnock (People Development), Laura Maresca (Equal Opportunity), and Marcy Cozens (Shared Services). Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Fridays@Noon.


do you have a health savings account with your kaiser plan?

The Kaiser Permanente Health Savings Account (HSA)-qualified health insurance plan that DU offers benefited employees is undergoing a change in who provides the HSA service. Wells Fargo has sold its Health Savings Account (HSA) service to Optum, which means you'll soon be getting information from Optum. You don't need to do anything as a result of this change; everything works the same and you'll continue to use your Wells Fargo HSA debit card to pay for qualified medical expenses until you receive a new card from Optum. And look for more information on this change coming directly to DU employees who have this plan.

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).


save the date: Crimson classic 5K & 1.5-mile walk

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m.
Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Crimson Classic 5K & 1.5-mile walk on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. Registration is free for all students, faculty and staff. Registration link will be available soon.

REFIT® with Kristin

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.


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 your 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

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.

appreciative living circle

Are you interested in having a more positive outlook? Come learn more about Appreciative Inquiry and join an Appreciative Living Circle on campus next month. It's not about fixing ourselves or our lives, but in finding what works; where we excel; what we love; what makes us come alive. It's about taking responsibility for the life we have created and for the one we desire. This is a four-week program beginning Aug. 4 or 5 and ending Aug. 25 or 26, from noon-1:30 p.m. Note that you can sign up for either the Thursday or Friday four-week session; contact Gary Brower with questions or to sign up. No cost to DU participants, although you will need to acquire a textbook. This is not a religiously- or faith-based program, but is easily adaptable to anyone's belief system. Get more information about Appreciative Living here.

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