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DU Digest

July 28, 2015

Universitywide News

DU WiFi replaces PioneerNet

UTS announced last week that DU WiFI, replacing PioneerNet, is now up and running. PioneerNet will only be available until Aug. 3, so you’ll want to switch to DU WiFi as soon as possible. For information on how to connect, visit

Employee Appreciation Lunch

Thursday, Aug. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. –Ritchie Circle (in front of Mary Reed)

Mark your calendar for this year’s annual Employee Appreciation Lunch! The Staff Advisory Council is working with departments to collect RSVPs, and will distribute wrist bands to designated contacts within each area. Please note: the Employee Appreciation Lunch is for University employees only. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Lisa Westendorf at or Theresa Hernandez at

DU Finishes 5th in Men's Capital One Cup Standings

After a very competitive athletics year, the Capital One Cup final men's standings were announced with the University of Denver coming in at No. 5. The Pioneers earned 72 points toward the Capital One Cup thanks to a national championship in men's lacrosse as well as top 10 finishes in men's skiing and ice hockey. Last year, DU ranked No. 19 in the men's final standings, making for an impressive 14-place boost. The Capital One Cup is an NCAA athletics award that honors the top men's and women's college athletics program in the country.


Ritchie Center Flood impact update

As you may have noticed, the construction activity around the Ritchie Center has been extensive over the past several weeks as we work to get back to normal from the flooding that occurred on June 24. We’d like to provide some updates:

  • The entire first floor of the Ritche Center remains a construction zone; we have made temporary accommodations for Sports Medicine and the equipment room.
  • We are replacing the floors in Hamilton Gymnasium.
  • Coors Fitness Center is operational; we’ve made accommodations for the locker room damage and the weight room flooring will be replaced.
  • PASS Camp continues to operate with registrations at capacity for this summer.

Academic and Administrative Units

Shared Services Center posts “internal only” job opening: procurement contract administrator

The Shared Services Center announces a new job opening in its Procurement Services area: procurement contract administrator. This opening will be posted for internal candidates only over the next two weeks; you must log in to PioneerWeb to view the postings. For questions on this position, contact Bob McVeigh at or 303-841-4106. Stay tuned to DU Digest for updates on additional job openings in the Shared Services Center.

DU Suicide Prevention Project receives $100,000 grant

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded the Campus Suicide Prevention Grant to the University of Denver Suicide Prevention Project. DU will receive this $100,000 grant over three years to advance a comprehensive approach to preventing suicide among our student body. The DU Suicide Prevention Project aims to prevent suicide attempts and deaths among DU students by increasing system capacity to support inclusive and comprehensive mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services. This will occur through policy development; training activities for students, families, faculty and staff; provision of educational programs and materials; and tactics to enhance student connectedness. An interdisciplinary Mental Health Task Force will be convened in the fall to oversee these efforts.

University College Enrichment Program offers DU faculty and staff 20 percent discount

Fall quarter registration now open

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. 9. Learn more and register; to claim your 20 percent discount, enter code EPZONEF15 when registering online, or by calling UCOL Student Support at 303-871-2291. Discounts based on availability; some exclusions apply.

Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute: Call for proposals

The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at the Sturm College of Law is soliciting proposals for the 2016 Annual Land Use Conference, and we would like to invite the University of Denver community to participate. Western Places/Western Spaces: Examining the Past, Exploring the Future will engage a broad range of voices in a conversation about how communities across the West can best meet the challenges of the future. The deadline for submissions is Aug.7. For more information about the conference and submission information, please visit the RMLUI website or contact us at

HR News

Quick Questions with Amy King, vice chancellor for Human Resources, part one

With the development of the Universitywide strategic plan and the launch of the Shared Services Center, Human Recourses has developed a new strategic direction to best fit with the University’s current needs. We sat down with Amy King, vice chancellor for Human Resources, to talk about the role HR will play, and what it will mean for you, as University employees. Read part one

Mentor Program

Looking for a mentor on campus for guidance and direction? Learn about DU’s Mentor Program and get involved today. 


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).


Outdoor Vinyasa Yoga with Stephanie

Tuesdays through Aug. 25, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Meet on the 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 Iyengar Yoga with Jessica

Wednesdays through Aug. 26, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Meet on the east side of Mary Reed, shady lawn area

Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle; limited mats will be provided. 

well@du Wellmetrics Portal ongoing challenges

Don’t just stop once you reach bronze level, engage in healthy activities all year long! New challenges and point-earning opportunities will open each month. Check out the variety of health apps and trackers supported through the portal and learn how to sync your device on the home page of your account. All benefited faculty and staff may create an account.

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Bike to Work Wednesdays at DU – this week’s breakfast compliments of the Disability Services Program

Wednesday, July 29, 8-9 a.m. – Carnegie Green (south of Anderson Academic Commons)

Bike to work and enjoy a light breakfast and great company compliments of the Disability Services Program. If your office would like to sponsor a breakfast, contact for budget details.

Inclusive Excellence

LGBTIQ&A Summer Social Series: Colorado Rapids Equality Night

Saturday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m. – Dicks Sporting Goods Park

Tickets: $30

If you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter! Join regional LGBT organizations as we cheer our hometown soccer stars to victory over the LA Galaxy, featuring the first openly gay MLS soccer player, Robbie Rogers. Get your tickets and RSVP to to be in the carpool loop.


Introduction to Academic Advising for International Students

Wednesday, July 29, 2-3:30 p.m. – International House, dining room

This training will cover immigration-related topics an academic advisor may encounter when advising international students on academic programs. This presentation is designed for people who are either new to their role or who would like refresher training. This training should help demystify some of the additional rules and forms that academic and faculty advisors see when working with international students.


Supporting International Students through Academic Advising

Thursday, Aug. 13, 9-10:30 a.m. – International House, dining room

This training is an interactive workshop with the international student advisors of International Student and Scholar Services. Case studies will be examined, and academic advisors are invited to bring examples, questions, concerns and trends regarding advising international students. This workshop is designed as a “next step” for advisors who have already had hands-on experience working with international students.


Banner training workshops

Many of the Banner training sessions happen quarterly, and summer can be a great time to review. If you or your co-workers are looking for new information or if you are interested in a refresher please check the Banner training calendar. You will need to login to PioneerWeb to register.

Volunteer Opportunities

Global Friends Program

Sign up

The Global Friends Program promotes friendship across cultures within DU by matching international students with a faculty or staff member. This is a great opportunity to welcome an international student into our community, share U.S. culture and learn about a new culture! Learn more and sign up

Featured Events

Sixth Annual Carillon Summer Recital Series: John Gouwens

Sunday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m. – Williams Carillon (rain or shine)

Enjoy the sounds of our bells on a beautiful Colorado summer evening.


Lamont School of Music presents Guys & Dolls – tickets on sale now

Nov. 5-8, 2015 – Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Get your tickets now for the Lamont Opera Theatre and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Guys & Dolls. Reserved seating is $11-30; purchase your tickets online or in person at the Newman Center box office before they sell out!

Sixth Annual Carillon Summer Recital Series: David Hunsberger

Sunday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. – Williams Carillon (rain or shine)

Enjoy the sounds of our bells on a beautiful Colorado summer evening.


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