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DU Digest

June 21, 2016

Universitywide News

du faculty in the news

This week we feature Nader Hashemi, associate professor and director of the Center for Middle East Studies, Scott Phillips, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, and Kim Gorgens, clinical associate professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. More

DU Newsroom launched

The University of Denver recently launched a Newsroom website where you can keep up with what's going on around campus, what our faculty experts are saying in the media, and what our DU community members are achieving at home and around the world. The Newsroom is designed to be a one-stop view of the latest University of Denver news you need to know about and also a source of news for the media.

Urban Land Institute advisory panel presents preliminary findings to DU

The University commissioned the Washington-based Urban Land Institute (ULI) to help determine how to best improve its physical space and to better engage with the Denver community. A 10-person ULI committee spent last week in Denver, conducting site visits and interviewing more than 70 stakeholders about the best ways for DU to become more welcoming to the Denver community, to increase mobility and alternative transportation use on campus, and to improve its physical spaces to better recruit and service students, faculty and staff. Read about the panel's preliminary findings, presented at a June 17 meeting on campus. ULI will present the University a full report in a few months. This work is part of the strategic plan DU IMPACT 2025, which envisions making DU an anchor institution in Denver, including possible creation of a "DU District."

Are you traveling internationally on behalf of DU this summer?

Whether this is your first trip abroad for your research and/or work, or the next of many such trips, it's a good idea to review these international travel resources before you go. If you are planning to travel abroad this summer on behalf of the University, one of the first steps is to register in DU Passport. Registration is required for University-related travel abroad primarily for your safety, as it allows the University to reach you in the event of an emergency and to coordinate an evacuation if needed. The goal of our international policies and procedures is to encourage sound practices and safety measures that minimize risks to travelers and the University.

Exempt staff begin using online system for sick and vacation leave reporting Aug. 1

DU is preparing to roll out the Kronos electronic leave reporting system to exempt staff effective Aug. 1. This means exempt staff members will go online to enter their sick and vacation time instead of using paper forms or other methods to report leave. Kronos will keep track of recorded leave, and after the end of the month, managers will go into the system to approve leave for all of their employees. Don't put the paper forms away yet; this doesn't go in effect until Aug. 1. The Kronos leave reporting system is easy to use, but there will be training for managers and employees and online training resources available starting in July.

Academic and Administrative Units

Reminder: Shared Services Center back on campus

The Shared Services Center completed its move back to campus and is up and running in Aspen Hall, room 726. As a reminder, the move includes the customer service office that was in Mary Reed 107A, so you'll need to come to Aspen Hall to drop off paperwork for HR and financial services transactions; new employees will come to Aspen Hall as well to complete the I-9 process. Please note that Aspen Hall is not ADA accessible, but you can request an appointment at an accessible location by calling 303-871-7420. More

People News

Professor Tim Weaver awarded grant

The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative recently awarded Tim Weaver, associate professor in emergent digital practices, a $75,000 grant for his work as principal investigator on the project "ECAT—EcoAcoustic Toolkit for research and the advancement of scientific and creative literacy in ecology." Weaver will be collaborating on the project with Jonathan Berger from Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. Read a press release on the award, issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine which operates the Keck Futures Initiative.

HR News

Performance management reminder

We're approaching the time of year for performance reviews. As a reminder, employees should make sure they enter their goals into the Performance system and have them approved in the system by their managers. These steps must be completed before the appraisal period. With reviews occurring for most units in September, it is not too late to have another quarterly check with your staff as well. If you have any questions about the Performance system and/or the goal-setting and appraisal processes, please contact

New onboarding program launched

Earlier this month, the University launched a more comprehensive employee orientation program to enhance the onboarding experience for new staff and faculty. Sessions are held the first and third Monday of each month, from 8:15 a.m. –2:30 p.m., in the Renaissance Room of Mary Reed Building. Supervisors are encouraged to attend lunch with their new employees, provided by HR, at noon. This new orientation program is just one aspect of an effective onboarding process. Managers and supervisors are the key to a good initial workplace experience for new employees. Not sure what you should do? You can get ideas and help from the People Development team in Human Resources. A member of the team can meet with managers to assist them in looking at their unit's onboarding efforts.

effective meeting facilitation

Wednesday, June 22, 1-2:30 p.m.—Margery Reed Hall 106
Effective Meeting Facilitation, presented by Heidi Perman of Career Services, will give you the tools needed to run efficient and productive meetings for staff teams or project groups. Learn specific tools and tips to ensure all voices are heard, to stop disruptive behavior and to ensure discussions stay focused. Register

Fridays@Noon Lunch & Learn series

Friday, June 24, noon—12:45 p.m.—duPont Room, Mary Reed
Join Greg Giesen of People Development as he reveals Rule 3 of Eight Simple Rules to Managing Conflict. Rule 3 is Choose Your Style, based on the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI). Bring your lunch and learn about your conflict style. See Greg's talk on Rule 1 and Rule 2 and view past shows. Register

Presentation Skills workshop

The upcoming Presentation Skills workshop with Greg Giesen and Heidi Perman is full, but we will be scheduling a fall workshop. Please note that this workshop consists of three separate two-hour classes, all required.

Colorado 14ers People Development Program

Congratulations to Mira Morton-Luna for completing the Pathway. Get more information on the Colorado 14ers People Development Program.


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).


TIAA Virtual Environment webinars

DU has teamed up with TIAA to offer live financial webinars through the online Virtual Environment. Once you register for the Virtual Environment, you'll have access to financial education and self-paced and live seminars designed to help you save more, better manage your expenses and invest for your retirement. Upcoming webinars are posted. Reserve your place (remember, you'll need to register if this is your first visit to the Virtual Environment).


REFIT® with Kristin

Tuesdays, now-Aug. 30, 4-5 p.m., Driscoll Pub (where Subway is located)
REFIT® is back for the summer! REFIT is a group fitness program that uses value-positive music, movement and messaging to build community and impact lives. The community-centered approach of REFIT focuses on building relationships through the shared experience of fitness, creating a safe space that encourages participants of all shapes and sizes to work out. Each class includes cardio, agility, strength, dance, toning, flexibility and stretching. The combination of these elements provides a total body workout in a fun social environment. REFIT is open to everybody and every BODY–come give it a try! Registration is not necessary. Bring a water bottle, something comfy to move in, and a friend.

Outdoor Iyengar yoga classes with Jessica

Wednesdays , May 18–Aug. 31, 11:30 a.m .-12:15 p.m.—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 Vinyasa yoga classes with Stephanie

Tuesdays, May 24–Aug. 30, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—east side of Mary Reed, shady lawn area
Registration is not necessary. Please bring a mat and water bottle. Limited mats will be provided.

Boost your zen: Eight-week meditation and stress reduction course

Thursdays, May 5-June 23, noon-12:45 p.m.—University Hall room 306
In this eight-week course, you'll learn a practical approach to staying calm, being focused and handling stress. You'll love this course if you've wanted to know more about meditation and mindfulness but weren't sure how they could help you in real life. Each weekly 45-minute class is a blend of practical, down-to-earth exercises in mindfulness, meditation and stress reduction. You'll decompress, you'll laugh, you'll feel like you took a vacation at lunch time. Register via PioneerWeb; Wellmetrics Incentive Program participants will earn 100 points per class.


Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day, one of Denver's biggest city-wide parties, is tomorrow, June 22. University of Denver will be hosting one of over 200 breakfast stations across the city. Register here, noting "University of Denver" as your employer, in order to be counted. Leave early and visit any number of breakfast stations, but be sure to end at our station on Carnegie Green in front of AAC. There will be great treats, coffee, prizes and fun.


Banner training workshops

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

Featured Events

Women's staff Alliance for Networking (WAND) event

Thursday, June 30, 4-5:30 p.m.—location TBD
Please join WAND for a campus networking event. We will be hosting a speed networking segment followed by a wine and cheese reception. Enjoy a post-work drink while developing connections with fellow DU staff! Register

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