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Don’t miss these Homecoming & Family Weekend events!

(Oct. 28, 2014) See the full schedule and register online. Registration closes on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at midnight.

Spirit Day
Wednesday, Oct. 29, all day (Free)

It’s time to show DU spirit by wearing crimson! Pioneer Ambassadors will patrol campus in golf carts and hand out DU branded sunglasses, foam fingers and other DU apparel to those showing their school spirit.

All-class reunion
Friday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m.-midnight – Gates Field House ($25)

Are you a DU alum? Our 150th anniversary calls for a celebration of historic proportions, so we’re gathering alumni from every decade for our first-ever All-Class Reunion. There will be something for every Pioneer during this extended evening of fun and entertainment. Enjoy delicious cuisine and live music, an early-evening kids costume parade and late-night casino games, a photo booth and plenty of great memories. Tables by decade make it easy for you to reconnect with classmates. All we need now is you! More

Saturday, Nov. 1, 3-5 p.m. – Driscoll Green (Free)

Enjoy the fall colors and crisp mountain air at PioneerFest, DU’s free afternoon outdoor carnival celebrating all things DU. Stroll down Driscoll Green with your family and friends while taking part in lawn games, an inflatable bounce house for kids, face painting, live performances from the Lamont Alumni Jazz Jam and DJ West, and local fare from Denver’s popular food truck community.

Reminder: Asbury Avenue closure

(Oct. 28, 2014) Asbury Avenue will be closed between Gaylord and Race Streets during PioneerFest on Saturday, Nov. 1 from noon-5 p.m. Access to parking garages on Asbury will be not affected. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Last chance to get your new Pioneer ID Card!

(Oct. 28, 2014) The Pioneer ID Card office is issuing new ID cards to all faculty and staff members. Old cards will be deactivated on Nov. 1, 2014. The Pioneer Card office is located in Driscoll Center South on the lower level. Hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring your old ID with you to exchange it for your new card.

1864 Service Challenge  - We need your hours!

(Oct. 28, 2014) As the end of our sesquicentennial year approaches, so does the end of the 1864 Service Challenge. We are near our goal; you could be the one to put us over! Log your community service hours dating back to Jan. 1, 2014 at

Save the Date: Faculty, Staff, Retiree Appreciation Day with the Pioneers
Sunday, Nov. 16  – Magness Arena, Ritchie Center 
DU Women's Basketball vs. Hawaii at 1 p.m.
DU Men’s Basketball vs. Idaho St. at 4 p.m.

(Oct. 28, 2014) An appetizer buffet will be served starting at 3 p.m. A registration link will be sent out on Oct. 28 along with additional information about the event. Hosted by Human Resources and Athletics & Recreation. Please call 303-871-HOOP (4667) if you have any questions.

Cyber Security Awareness Month tip of the week
Stop. Think. Click: Seven Practices for Safer Computing

(Oct. 28, 2014) 

  • Protect your personal information. It's valuable.
  • Know who you're dealing with.
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, as well as a two-way firewall, and update them all regularly.
  • Be sure to set up your operating system and Web browser software properly, and update them regularly.
  • Protect your passwords.
  • Back up important files.
  • Learn who to contact if something goes wrong online.

Visit for more information.

Cartridge/toner recycling

(Oct. 28, 2014) The University of Denver now recycles all cartridges/toner through Staples using this easy, three-step process:

  1. Box cartridges/toners
  2. Add Staples label
  3. Put the labeled box in your campus mail area

Academic and Administrative Units

Knoebel Center for the Study of Aging executive director candidate presentation – location change
Thursday, Nov. 13, 3-5 p.m. – Joy Burns Center, room 229

(Oct. 28, 2014) You are invited to the presentation of Dr. Douglas Seals on his “Vision for the Knoebel Center for the Study of Aging.” Dr. Seals will be giving a 20-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A session. There will be a reception to follow in the Joy Burns Center atrium. To learn more about the candidates and see the full schedule, log in to DU Portfolio and navigate to

Book Stack Sale
Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Mary Reed Building, main floor south

(Oct. 28, 2014) The Book Stack (used book store benefiting DU libraries) is having a storewide sale this weekend. All books in the store will be half off their already low prices. Select books will be available for $3 per bag-full. More

Graduate Research and Performance Summit: Building Bridges Across the Disciplines

(Oct. 28, 2014) You may have heard Chancellor Chopp mention the incredible cross-disciplinary research among our graduate students. The second annual Graduate Research and Performance Summit examines the nature of disciplinary practices, and the interdisciplinary practices that arise in the context of graduate student research. Please encourage your students to submit their research to highlight the work coming out of your units! For more information and to submit a proposal, visit Priority submissions are being accepted through Saturday, Nov. 1.

VideoCast featured video

(Oct. 28, 2014) This week’s featured video is about Professor Mark Siemens from the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Professor Siemens and his colleagues use lasers for medical research. Lasers are used in a cutting-edge technology treatment called nano-photothermal therapy for cancer patients. View the video.

People News

Q&A with Sergeant Stephen Banet, crime prevention specialist, Campus Safety, part two

(Oct. 28, 2014) Sergeant Banet has been with the University of Denver for nearly 13 years. We sat down to talk shop with him. Read the second part of our conversation


Passport to Health
Begin logging your healthy behaviors now!

(Oct. 28, 2014) It’s time to take off on a journey to feeling your best in the all-new Passport. This travel-themed, six-week, online challenge is designed to help you establish lasting healthy habits, increase energy and enhance well-being as you touch down in exciting destinations around the world! More

Eat Well : Healthy Cooking Workshops
Tuesday, Oct. 28, Tuesday, Nov. 4 or Thursday, Nov. 6, 4-6:30 p.m. – Joy Burns Center, lower level  

(Oct. 28, 2014) Join your fellow faculty and staff in learning healthy ways to prepare delicious meals. The fall menu, created by Chef Raymond Liegl, will include selections from the GrowHaus local produce box (food for the classes is provided). Please choose from one of the three dates to attend; space is limited to 20. Please register through PioneerWeb under Training: Wellness. You may purchase your own GrowHaus box for pickup on campus at the Center for Sustainability. 

Start to Finish: The early career woman’s guide to financial wisdom
Monday, Nov. 3, 10-11:30 a.m. – Renaissance Room, Mary Reed Building

(Oct. 28, 2014) As part of DU’s financial wellness program, Human Resources is sponsoring a TIAA-CREF workshop next Monday designed for women in their early career. The workshop will feature strategies that work:

  • Understand your income and your outflow, and how to balance them to your advantage
  • Discover how saving a little now can help you later on
  • Make a plan for your finances and your financial future

RSVP by calling 800-732-8353 Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (ET) or schedule online at More

Diabetes 101
Tuesday, Nov. 4, noon-1 p.m. – University Hall, room 306

(Oct. 28, 2014) November is Diabetes Awareness Month; this session explains what diabetes is and how it occurs. This will teach you about the risk factors and what to look for, the necessity of preventing diabetes if you are at risk and the complications that can arise if you have it. You will also be able to distinguish between the types of diabetes and learn what major symptoms are associated with each type. Lunch from MAD Greens will be provided. Space is limited; please register through PioneerWeb under Employee: Training: Wellness.

Introducing monthly nutrition lunch ‘n learn series with our resident Registered Dietician, Holly Klamer
November’s class: “Eating on the Go”
Thursday, Nov. 6, noon-1 p.m. – University Hall, room 306

(Oct. 28, 2014) Learn new ways to prepare quick and healthy snacks and lunches to take with you on the go, and where to find healthy options if you are traveling or just having a busy day. Please bring your own lunch; healthy snacks will be provided. Space is limited; please register through PioneerWeb under Employee: Training: Wellness.


University of Denver receives Bronze award for Bicycle Friendly University

(Oct. 28, 2014) DU is listed among one of the most bicycle friendly universities in the nation by the League of American Bicyclists. More

Inclusive Excellence

LGBT History Month, October

(Oct. 28, 2014) Have you visited DU’s Pride Portal? This site is a centralized source for all sorts of information for our LGBTIQ & Ally classmates, colleagues, friends and larger community. Visit to learn more. See the full list of LGBT History Month events

Diversity Summit call for workshop proposals

(Oct. 28, 2014) The 2015 Diversity Summit will be held January 22-23, 2015. This year’s theme, “Fifty Years Since Selma: Your Voice Still Matters,” ties into the state of Colorado’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration theme, “actions that made progress possible 50 years ago and what we can do today to continue the struggle for social justice and equality in the United States.” Workshop proposals are now being accepted and are due by 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 3. Submissions can be made here.

Registration for the Diversity Summit is now open!

Faculty and Staff Workshops

OTL Lunch and Learn Series
Assessment as scholarship
Wednesday, Oct. 29, noon-1 p.m. – OTL conference room (Anderson Academic Commons, room 345)

Serious assessment projects can provide opportunities to present or publish the findings. Come and talk about ways to translate your work in assessment into additions to your vita. More

LinkedIn for job seekers
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4-5:15 p.m. – Driscoll North, Suite 1880

LinkedIn expert Lindsey Day will show you how to leverage LinkedIn. More

Developing Rubrics for Assessment and Grading 
Monday, Nov. 3, 3-4:30 p.m. – OTL conference room (Anderson Academic Commons, room 345)

Have you been meaning to work on those rubrics you need for grading, or for that signature assignment in your course? Take this opportunity to explore general guidelines and best practice for using rubrics. You will work with colleagues and get some hands-on advice for developing and implementing your rubric. More

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