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DU Digest

Oct. 6, 2015

Universitywide News

Crimson Friday

Friday, Oct. 9

Celebrate Crimson Friday the second Friday of every month. Show your Pioneer Pride by sporting our school colors!

DU trustee named new president of Association of American Universities

Mary Sue Coleman, a member of the University of Denver Board of Trustees, was named this week as the new president of the Association of American Universities (AAU), effective June 1, 2016. Coleman, a national leader on higher education and science issues, served as chair of the association in 2011-12.


Class of 2019 is one of University’s most ethnically and geographically diverse

Even before its members arrived on campus in early September, the Class of 2019 was turning heads. Selected from a pool of 15,000 applicants and numbering 1,430 students, the class represents one of the University’s most ethnically and geographically diverse to date. It also is one of the most academically accomplished classes in DU history.


Request for proposals: Fall Faculty Research Fund

Fall Faculty Research Fund applications are now being accepted. The deadline is Monday, Oct. 19.

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Call for contributions: Conflict Resolution Month

Throughout Conflict Resolution Month, October 2015, learn how faculty, staff and students at the University of Denver contribute to constructive engagement and peaceful conflict resolution. How do you contribute to constructive engagement and conflict resolution?

Let us know and follow DU’s activities!

Call for participation:  Pio-Palooza booths

Does your DU department or organization want the chance to promote to over 1,000 DU alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff over Homecoming and Family Weekend for free? If so, reserve your booth at Pio-Palooza, featuring Taste of DU from 2:30-6:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 on Driscoll Green.

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VideoCast featured video: Inauguration of Rebecca S. Chopp

This week’s featured videos are from the chancellor’s inauguration celebration. You can view the videos of the breakfast panel on “The importance to Colorado of increasing access to higher education,” the lunch panel on “How research institutions affect Colorado’s development” and the installation ceremony.

Stories of “Transforming Passion into Purpose”

FOX 31 Denver again is featuring the University of Denver in a feature series called “Transforming Passion Into Purpose,” focused on how the DU community is positively impacting lives throughout Denver and beyond. The segments air Sundays during the 9 p.m. news and again the next day on Good Day Colorado. Next week’s segment features the Digital Media Club from the Media, Film and Journalism Studies department. Lynn Schofield-Clark and students from DU have partnered with South High School and are doing research that is helping improve relationships and positive engagement between law enforcement officers and minority youth. In case you missed it, view last week’s segment on the Human Dynamics Lab.

Academic and Administrative Units

Get to know the administrative side of DU: All about University Hall – Undergraduate Admission

Let’s continue our journey to learn what other units do and so we can appreciate how each is needed to fulfill DU’s mission. We’re starting with units that provide direct services to students, several of which are located in University Hall. It’s time to stop by Undergraduate Admission.

SafeTalk: An open forum with Campus Safety

Wednesday, Oct. 14, noon – Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room

Please join us for the next event in a series of open forums to discuss campus safety issues at DU. This event will allow students, faculty and staff to provide feedback regarding Campus Safety services and resources.

HR News

Fridays@Noon: Leadership Academy

Friday, Oct. 16, noon-1 p.m. – Mary Reed Building, DuPont room

Join us for the next Fridays@Noon session as Greg Giesen and Ken Pinnock discuss DU’s hottest new program, The Leadership Academy. Registration is via PioneerWeb, Employee tab, Training, Professional & Career Development and select Fridays@Noon. Watch the latest Fridays@Noon sessions focusing on managing up, Staff Advisory Council, team building and inclusive excellence.

Eight simple rules to managing conflict (Part 1)

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-noon – University Hall, room 304

Conflict is unavoidable and has the power to be a real asset to any business, let alone relationship. How we handle conflict determines if a workplace is stuck or thriving. This training with Greg Giesen examines the common causes of conflict and provides eight critical rules for preventing or defusing conflict in the workplace. 

Register via PioneerWeb, Employee tab, Training, Professional & Career Development and select Eight Simple Rules.  

Leadership Academy now accepting applications

Are you ready to remake DU? In the draft strategic plan – DU Impact 2025 – Chancellor Chopp states, “This remarkable University is at a turning point in its development, and it is time to remake higher education in this country.” Apply for the Leadership Academy and develop the skills you’ll need to lead DU into the future. 



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).


On-campus flu shot clinics

Monday, Oct. 26, 3:30-7:30 p.m. – Mary Reed Building, Renaissance Room
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7-11 a.m. – Mary Reed Building, Renaissance Room

Recently, several students and one staff member have tested positive for Influenza A at the Health and Counseling Center (HCC), indicating a potential early start to the 2015-16 flu season. Walk-in flu shots will be available on campus for DU faculty and staff. The cost is free for DU Kaiser Permanente members and $10 for non-members (cash only). Please bring your DU ID and Kaiser Permanente insurance card, and remember to wear short sleeves.


Fall yoga classes

Tuesdays, Oct. 13 – Dec. 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Driscoll Student Center, Suite 1880
Wednesdays, Oct. 7 – Dec. 23, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – (Last outdoor class on Oct. 7, all following classes in Driscoll Student Center, Suite 1880)

There will be one last outdoor yoga class tomorrow, Oct. 7, and then we’re moving indoors for the fall. Join Stephanie on Tuesdays for Vinyasa and Jessica on Wednesdays for Iyengar. Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle; a limited number of mats will be provided. 


Ready. Set. Register for the Go-Tober Commuter Challenge today!

October, or should we say Go-Tober, has arrived! The University of Denver is one of just 25 organizations competing in the Go-Tober challenge and we want you to join our team. You’ll have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the month! Here’s how it works.

Inclusive Excellence

Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence “Beyond Good Intentions: Confronting My Bias to Change Our Community”

Jan. 21-22, 2016

The 2016 Diversity Summit will explore how each of us can individually contribute to creating an inclusive campus and in the process change our community. The 15th annual Diversity Summit chose a theme that is sure to get participants thinking—and acting—in ways that when combined with others gives DU the groundswell it needs to make lasting change. Workshop proposals are now being accepted, and are due by Monday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.


Active learning strategies for large classes

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Sturm Hall, room 134

Education research has clearly demonstrated that active learning approaches can have significant advantages over traditional 60-90 minute lectures. This showcase will discuss the challenges related to implementing these activities in large classes, and will share several strategies and tools.

Please register

Webinar: Supporting Muslim students

Wednesday, Oct. 14, noon-2 p.m. – International House (2200 S. Josephine St.)

The Center for Multicultural Excellence, International Student and Scholar Services, International Student Admission and other campus partners invite you to bring your lunch to the International House and join us for this national webinar and brief DU-specific discussion to follow. During this webinar, Amer F Ahmed, dean of the sophomore class and Intercultural Center director at Swarthmore College, will offer questions and insights on the current realities related to Islam and Islamophobia, while considering the implications and action possibilities for our campus. Space is limited; please register. The University recognizes the wide diversity of worldviews represented among its students, faculty and staff. Learn more at the Religious & Spiritual Life website.

Library research workshops

Each quarter the reference librarians offer a number of free workshops on a variety of topics and resources. This fall quarter, we are offering two distinct sets of workshops: Toolbox Tuesdays and TGIF (The Great Information Friday) Workshops. Toolbox Tuesdays offer 20-minute coverage of some of our most frequently asked questions. TGIF Workshops are designed to teach more in-depth skills and enhance existing knowledge. See the complete list and register

Volunteer Opportunities

English Language Center’s Conversation Partners Program

Sign up

The English Language Center (ELC) is looking for conversation partners this fall quarter! Volunteers assist international students in improving their English abilities through casual conversation. There is no preparation necessary. We have volunteer opportunities in our Intensive English Program on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. and in our Employee classes on Saturdays from 1-2 p.m. If you are interested in signing up, please contact the ELC at

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