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DU Digest

Aug. 25, 2015

Universitywide News

Inauguration of Rebecca S. Chopp
Procession and installation ceremony

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Everyone is welcome to attend any of the scheduled inauguration events, but don’t miss the procession and installation ceremony! To show our solidarity with Chancellor Chopp and recognize this significant moment in University history, members of the community will meet and accompany her as she walks to her installation ceremony in full regalia. RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Years of service

Thank you to all who attended the Employee Appreciation Luncheon last week. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of the University’s faculty and staff members for your hard work, creativity, service and dedication that together make DU a great institution! The 2015 Years of Service booklet is available online. If you didn’t pick up a years of service pin at the luncheon, please email Pins are available for 5-50 years of service in increments of five.

DU Magazine fall issue now available

The fall issue of the University of Denver Magazine is now available online. This issue explores the new Knoebel Center for the Study of Aging, Chancellor Chopp’s inauguration, the men’s lacrosse championship, student and alumni profiles and more!

Asbury street closure

Thursday, Aug. 27, 5-9 p.m.

East Asbury Ave., between High St. and York St., will close on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5-9 p.m. to accommodate food trucks during the DU Pioneer Summer Concert. The parking lots will remain open and accessible. Join us for the concert featuring the Secondhand Band and Tent Show Kings starting at 6 p.m.!

Reserve your booth for Pioneer Carnival

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-4 p.m. – Gates Field House

Pioneer Carnival has historically been a part of new student orientation at the University of Denver, and is an incredible way to reach our new students. Space is limited and assigned on a first come, first served basis so register online today. The registration deadline is Friday Aug. 28.

Staff Advisory Council Staff Awards – call for nominations

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.

Academic and Administrative Units

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

Vinnik Fellowship award recipients announced

The Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik Fellowship for Advanced Study in Israel honors the life of the late Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik, esteemed physician, scholar, professor of medicine and respected community leader and activist. By providing funds for educational travel to Israel, the fellowship honors Dr. Vinnik's wish to foster increased understanding of Israel, Judaism, and Israeli and Jewish culture. This year’s recipients are: Rachele DiFebbo, Ivor S. Douglas, Rachel Fenn, Maha Foster, Amy Oppenheimer-Abitbol, Tiffany Sanders, Chany Scheiner and Keelie Sorel.


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

New hire paperwork

Peak hiring season at DU is upon us; almost 50 percent of all new hires to the University occur between the middle of August and early October. These new hires are both faculty and staff, including non-benefitted and work-award employees. To ensure all new hires get started in a seamless and positive manner and maintain compliance with federal laws, all employees must complete their new hire paperwork (form I-9, W-4) prior to beginning work. On their first day of employment, new employees must visit the HR and Financial Shared Services Center on-campus office (room 107A on the first floor of the Mary Reed Building) to complete their paperwork.

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. HR is also hosting a number of training sessions on the new system and process for both employees and managers:

  • Thursday, Aug. 27, 1-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 10, 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 sessions

Thursday, Aug. 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Mary Reed Building, duPont Room
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 sessions is via PioneerWeb, Employee tab, Professional & Career Development.

Save the Date: Professional Development Week

Feb. 15-19, 2016

Please note the date change for the inaugural Professional Development Week at DU. Among the many events and activities happening during the week are nationally renowned inspirational speakers and a closing luncheon featuring Ed Tate, the world champion of public speaking.


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 Iyengar Yoga with Jessica

Wednesday, 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. 


Bike to Work Wednesdays at DU

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 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 open lab: Friday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Canvas open lab: Monday, Aug. 31, noon-3 p.m.
  • Canvas Basics: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Canvas Basics: Thursday, Sept. 3, 9-10:30 a.m.

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

The revolution is not a protest movement

Wednesday, Aug. 26, noon – Sie room 150

Studies show that the number of protest movements have increased exponentially over the last decade. But are these movements the Civil Rights, Anti-Apartheid, independence movements of our time? Or are they simply flashes of trending topics on Twitter? This talk will discuss what happens after the protest and if we can really point to these mass mobilizations as a means for structural change.


DU Pioneer Summer Concert

Thursday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m. – Campus Green

The Office of Alumni Relations is hosting a summer concert for Pioneers and their families. Join us for an evening of great music provided by the Secondhand Band and Tent Show Kings. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnic, family and friends to enjoy an open-air performance.

Please RSVP

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

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.

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.


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