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Security bug Heartbleed: What you need to know relative to DU systems

(April 15, 2014) The Heartbleed bug, a flaw in the OpenSSL tool used by many websites to secure user data, has been all over the news recently. The University of Denver has reviewed all its critical servers using SSL, giving first priority to those that can be accessed from the Internet, and found that no critical applications provided by DU are vulnerable. A handful of other servers and applications at DU are being patched and checked as quickly as possible. It's important to know that not every computer is vulnerable, just those using a certain version of OpenSSL and only on specific operating systems. UTS provides this helpful information to learn more and protect your information.

Nominations for the 2014 William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award are now being accepted

(April 15, 2014) The award is given annually to a current member of the University of Denver faculty or staff for excellence in teaching and/or mentoring inside and/or outside the classroom.


Academic and Administrative Units

Q&A with Gillian Kaag, program director for CAPE

(April 15, 2014) In anticipation of Sexual Assault Awareness Week April 21-25, we sat down with Gillian Kaag, program director for the Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE) to talk about the issues regarding sexual assault on college campuses.


DU Service and Change fundraiser: The elephant in the room

Monday, April 28-Friday, May 2
(April 15, 2014) DU Service and Change (DUSC) has organized an interactive campuswide fundraising campaign for Smith and Munroe Elementary Schools. Smith and Munroe are attending this year's Day of Action as part of the annual Diversity Summit, and they are in need of resources to provide a quality education to their students. During the Elephant in the Room fundraiser, DU students can donate $3 to send a cardboard elephant cutout to professor's offices. You can then donate $3 to have the elephant speedily removed by a DUSC volunteer, or donate $1 extra to send the elephant along to another faculty member's office. The "elephant" on every university campus represents college access inequality. If you do not wish to participate, email to officially opt out of the event.

Join the CCESL cohort on student civic development

(April 15, 2014) DU's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) is pleased to announce a professional development opportunity for staff members. CCESL is looking to create a robust network of staff who work together to support DU student civic development holistically. To this end, we'd like to invite you to apply for a spot on a cohort we are creating, which will coalesce around the Work on Purpose training hosted by Campus Compact of the Mountain West in May. We'll meet once ahead of the training to prepare as a team and once post-training to make plans to apply what we learned. Please see the application for more details. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 18 at 5 p.m. Selected candidates will have their registration fee to the Work on Purpose training covered by CCESL.

Microsoft Office and Web editing workshops

(April 15, 2014) Do you need a refresher in Microsoft Office or OUCampus Web editing? UTS is offering a number of workshops this month. Coming up:

  • Working smart in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: Thursday, April 17, 9 a.m.-noon. Topics covered: create and edit slides; apply designs; format slides; edit slide masters; project slides; print; create notes pages and handouts; apply preset and custom animation schemes; add slide transitions; incorporate sound and music files; add video files.
  • Working smart in Microsoft Excel 2010: Tuesday, April 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Topics covered: shortcuts and timesavers related to designing, formatting and editing worksheets.

Please register via webCentral, Employee tab, Training, Desktop Applications. All sessions are held in Sturm Hall room 353.

DU VideoCast featured video

(April 15, 2014) This week's video highlights Professor Erika Trigoso and her geography students conducting a research experiment with a high altitude weather balloon. The class released a weather balloon to gather atmospheric measurements for altitude, temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure data. View the video.

Denver Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)

May 1, 3, 10
(April 15, 2014) DU's Office of Emergency Preparedness would like to share this free, local CERT with the DU community:

What would you do if an emergency or disaster hit close to home or work? This emergency/disaster preparedness and response training (FEMA course G317) teaches you how to plan for an emergency and trains you in basic disaster response skills, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and emergency/disaster medical operations. At the completion of this training, you are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in your community.


Student Activities accepting nominations and recognitions for the 2014 Pioneer Awards Ceremony

(April 15, 2014) The Pioneer Awards Ceremony is DU's annual campus-wide awards ceremony. Please participate in this ceremony by submitting the names of the award winners in your department for the academic year and allowing the Office of Student Activities to coordinate the presentation of all awards in one comprehensive program.


People News

Memorial service for Robert "Bob" McGowan

Saturday, April 19, 3 p.m. – Joy Burns Center, Tuscan Ballroom
(April 15, 2014) The University community is invited to attend a memorial service for Robert "Bob" McGowan, who passed away last month. Bob was a professor of management in the Daniels College of Business since 1983. Please RSVP. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made in his memory to


Wellness Incentive Program – additional on-campus biometric screening dates

(April 15, 2014) DU offers a significant health care premium credit when you complete the Wellness Incentive Program: the Total Health Assessment (online) and a biometric screening. Additional biometric screening dates have been added. If you already have an appointment that you would like to change or reschedule you may do so by logging onto and selecting the reschedule link on the top of the page.

Eat well@du: Healthy recipe of the week

(April 15, 2014) This week's dish: Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Pears & Parmesan.


April is Earth Month!

Net Impact speaker series: Chad King, sustainability coordinator

Wednesday, April 16, 9-10 a.m. – Daniels College of Business, Schneider Boardroom
(April 15, 2014) This year has been a year of new sustainability programs, intense planning and great results; get the latest updates from Chad King, DU's sustainability coordinator.

Smoothies with Ecoconscious

April 22, 11 a.m.-noon, in front of Craig Hall
(April 15, 2014) Join Ecoconscious, the Graduate School of Social Work sustainability group, to make smoothies during your lunch break. Bring your own cup!

How Tuesday: How to use ZipCar for personal or department trips from campus

Tuesday, April 22, noon – Anderson Academic Commons, room 184
(April 15, 2014) ZipCar is a carshare with several cars located in very close proximity to campus. Membership allows easy access to these cars, as well as on more than 100 campuses and cities across North America and Europe. Learn how to use this service as another transportation opportunity from campus.

Fifth Annual Earth Day Summit

Friday, April 25, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. – Ricketson Law Building
(April 15, 2014) The annual Earth Day Summit encourages social, environmental and economic sustainability and provides tools and guidance for attendees to take action to live more conscious lives. Please save the date for this free event presented by the DU Environmental Team in partnership with the Center for Sustainability and the Sturm College of Law Natural Resources and Environmental Law Society (NRELS). Registration is now open!

Tree planting

Friday, April 25, 2 p.m. – Harper Humanities Garden
(April 15, 2014) This year, the Chester M Alter Arboretum hosted a tree election to determine which tree to plant in honor of Arbor Day. Join us as we plant a Texas Red Oak on campus.

Inclusive Excellence

Registration now open for the 13th Annual Diversity Summit

May 8-10
(April 15, 2014) For the first time, the 2014 Diversity Summit will host an event open to the broader community on Thursday evening: a screening and discussion of the documentary American Promise. Friday, May 9, is the traditional summit day of engaging workshops, speakers and awards. Saturday will be the second annual Day of Action, bringing primary school students and their families to campus to learn about paths to higher education. Register today!

Fourth Annual New Beginnings Spring Pow Wow

Sunday, May 18, noon-8:30 p.m. – Driscoll Green
(April 15, 2014) In Native American communities, a Pow Wow is a social gathering, a time when dance and music honor the resilient cultural history of Native American people and tradition. The vibrant display of American Indian culture is offered free and open to the University of Denver community and the city of Denver. This year's Pow Wow will feature a 150th Sand Creek Special Honoring Blanket Ceremony.


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