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DU Digest

Dec. 16, 2014

Universitywide News

Chancellor’s website features third community feedback video

Chancellor Chopp files the third video on the community feedback themes she’s been hearing and shares additional insights on the University’s strategic planning process already underway.

Tips for dealing with holiday stress

Katie Weiss, a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, answers quick questions about holiday stress.


Care4Colorado Toy Drive

Through Dec. 17

It’s not too late! Please consider donating an unwrapped toy or a gift card for those less fortunate this season. You may drop off your donation at the Ritchie Center Box Office, the Coors Fitness Center, or prior to any hockey, basketball, or gymnastics meet now through Dec. 17. More

Holiday Hoops

Spend the holidays with your Pioneer family! You can see up to nine DU Men's or Women's Basketball games in December and January for just $5 per game. Ordering is simple; click here and enter promo code HOOPS. Holiday Hoops is the perfect gift idea for last-minute shoppers or stocking stuffers. So what are you waiting for? Order your HOOPS tickets now!

Holiday Apparel Sale

Friday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. – Ritchie Center concourse

Stop by the Ritchie Center concourse for last-minute holiday shopping ideas and check out our holiday sale items! If time gets away from you this busy season, shop online at the official store of the Pioneers at

Upcoming I-25 closures affecting campus

There is a citywide bridge project in effect to improve pedestrian and bicycle access over I-25 near Colorado Boulevard and Evans Avenue. As a result, full closures of I-25 are expected Dec. 17 and 22, with partial closures on Dec. 18.


Pioneers for People coat drive

Jan. 26-Feb. 6, 2015

The Staff Advisory Council will be hosting the sixth annual Pioneers for People coat drive to benefit the Denver Rescue Mission this winter. We will be collecting new and used coats, hats, scarves, gloves and other cold weather items. This is a great way to help those in need, especially if a new coat or other winter gear is on your wish list this holiday season.


Academic and Administrative Units

Mail Services holiday hours

Dec. 26-31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mail Services will be open for limited hours Dec. 26-31, 2014. There will be no delivery or pickup of mail to any campus departments; a departmental representative with a DU ID may pick up departmental mail between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during this period.


Updates from the Office of General Counsel

To better reflect the roles and functions of University Counsel, the office will now be called the Office of General Counsel. To reflect those duties, Paul Chan’s title has also been changed to vice chancellor for legal affairs and general counsel, and Marquitte Starkey is now deputy general counsel. Visit for more information about the office.

University College Enrichment Program offers DU faculty and staff 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. Winter offerings begin on Jan. 21. Learn more and register at To claim your 20 percent discount, enter code EPZONEW15 when registering online, or call UCOL Student Support at 303-871-2291. Discounts based on availability; some exclusions apply.

HR News

Welcome new HR employees

Elizabeth Cha, HR generalist, Total Rewards

Elizabeth Cha joined the Total Rewards team this fall. Though she assists in all areas of employee benefits, her primary areas of concentration are benefits enrollment, retirement and tuition waiver.

Greg Giesen, manager of employee development

Greg Giesen joined the Talent Management and Employee Services team in early December. Greg will develop, implement and deliver leadership development programs, provide organizational development interventions and facilitate both individual and group coaching. Greg will also work with existing learning and performance management programs for staff and faculty to ensure ongoing competency development and employee engagement and to further develop our learning community.

New Year’s Resolutions that Stick!

The key to creating impactful New Year’s resolutions for 2015 begins with an honest assessment of 2014. It’s that simple and that difficult. Fortunately, HR has devised the perfect four-step process to help you do both. Simply download your complimentary copy of Greg Giesen’s “New Year’s Resolutions That Stick!” workbook. It could be the start of big things for 2015!

Long-Term Care enrollment extended to Dec. 22

The special enrollment period for the University’s new long-term care insurance has been extended to Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Please note: This is a limited offer and will not be available again under the same terms.


New performance management system

A system called Wingspan will be replacing the current performance management system, SuccessFactors, over the next year. This transition is the result of numerous listening sessions held by HR with employees from around campus. Feedback from those sessions was critical in the design and application specifications with this new system.



Nutrition Nook

Check out the Nutrition Nook section on the well@du page for weekly articles on healthy eating. All of December will focus on healthy holiday tips.

well@du is on Facebook

Like well@du on Facebook for weekly nutrition and health posts and up-to-date information on classes, programs and workshops.

Inclusive Excellence

IE@DU: Make it Happen!

Thursday, Jan. 8, noon-1:30 p.m. – Gottesfeld Room, Ritchie Center

In an effort to enhance the University’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence, the associate provost for Inclusive Excellence with support from Student Life will host Dr. Daryl G. Smith from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Smith is a nationally known scholar, author and expert on organizational change and diversity in higher education. Her research, teaching and publications have been in the areas of organizational implications of diversity, assessment and evaluation, leadership and change, governance, diversity in STEM fields and faculty diversity. Space is limited; please RSVP.

Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence “Fifty Years Since Selma: Your Voice Still Matters”

Jan. 22-23, 2015

This year the annual Diversity Summit will kick off with TED-like talks featuring the Renew DU postdoctoral fellows and other researchers who are part of the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE). The day will also feature lunch with MSNBC analyst and civil rights lawyer Michelle Bernard, followed by faculty, staff and student-led workshops and a time for action and engagement. More information and registration

Faculty and Staff Workshops

Canvas workshops

There are still a few Canvas workshops and open labs remaining over winter break. More information and registration

Featured Events

Singing in the Season

Thursday, Dec. 18, noon – Evans Chapel

Join with those around DU for the sixth annual celebration of the onset of winter in song. Cookies and cocoa will be provided to sweeten the experience!

Perspectives on Human Trafficking Conference

Jan. 8-9

This inaugural conference includes programming from the perspectives of business, law, international relations, religion and more. Keynote speakers include alumnus Richard Lapchick, a longtime human rights advocate, and Yvonne Zimmerman, an academic expert and published author on human trafficking and U.S. human trafficking policy. Learn more and register

TEACH, a film by Davis Guggenheim

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 5:30 p.m. – Ruffatto Hall Commons

Join the Morgridge College of Education for a screening of the film TEACH. TEACH follows the struggles and triumphs of America's education system through the eyes, minds and hearts of its most essential resource: teachers. Join educators from across the Denver metropolitan region for a question-and-answer session with special guests from the film. Please RSVP

Winter Carnival

Feb. 6-8 – Keystone Resort

Celebrating the 54-year history of the Winter Carnival – an annual student event – we invite alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends to join students for a weekend of skiing, snowboarding, tubing and other high-country fun at Keystone Resort.


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