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Aug. 23, 2016

Universitywide News

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This week we feature César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, assistant professor at the Sturm College of Law, Jonathan Moyer, director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, and Philip Tedeschi, executive director of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection. More

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 2016 SAC Staff Awards! See the full list of award descriptions and submit your nomination at Nominations are due by Aug. 29 and awards will be presented at a faculty and staff luncheon on Oct. 26.

Academic and Administrative Units

Vice chancellor and chief information officer candidate presentations

Candidates for the next vice chancellor and chief information officer will be interviewing on campus beginning later this week. For each of these meetings, the candidates have been asked to provide a brief overview of their experience, followed by their vision for the future of IT at DU and higher education. There will also be plenty of time for questions and discussion. These community open forums are scheduled as follows:

• Donald Harris: Thursday, Aug. 25, 2:30-3:20 p.m.-Anderson Academic Commons, room 290
• Alison Robinson: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2:30-3:20 p.m.-Anderson Academic Commons, room 290
• Robert Aylward: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2:15-3 p.m.-Margery Reed Hall 113 (Reiman Theater)

Please log in with your PioneerWeb credentials at for additional information about the candidates.

Roy Klein Art Fair ending early due to demand

Over the last week, artworks at the Roy Klein Art Fair have flown off the walls! The University Art Collections team extends thanks for your enthusiasm and support. Since all of the artworks have now been claimed, the display is closing early; it will be open only through Wednesday, Aug. 24. You may want to stop by the Vicki Myhren Gallery by tomorrow to add your department and contact information to the waitlist. Since responses have been so positive, another Roy Klein Art Fair is in the works, and those in the waitlist will have first pick! More details to come. Those with reserved pieces in the current Roy Klein Art Fair should expect to be contacted in the next few weeks to schedule installation. Please direct questions about the current or upcoming Roy Klein Art Fair to This event is made possible thanks to a generous gift from Ruth Klein (MA '57) in memory of her late husband, artist Roy Klein (BFA '52, MA '55).

Graduate School of Social Work faculty and students release report in conjunction with Denver Public Schools

In partnership with Denver Public Schools' Office of Social-Emotional Learning (OESL), Yoli Anyon, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) co-authored the report entitled Spotlight on Success: Changing the Culture of Discipline in Denver Public Schools. Anyon and GSSW students worked with OESL to identify characteristics of Denver Public Schools that met the district's discipline goals of a 0-3 per cent suspension rate for their student population overall and for Black students in particular during the 2014-2015 school year. More

19th Annual Korbel Dinner featuring Vice President Joe Biden–special discounted rate for DU faculty and staff

DU faculty and staff are invited to attend the Korbel Dinner on Sept. 15 at Magness Arena at the special discounted rate of $300 per DU faculty or staff member and $300 for one guest each ($75 of the ticket price is tax-deductible). To purchase a table or individual tickets, or to learn more, please contact Jane Bucher-McCoy at or 303-871-2882. We hope to see you there!

HR News

Appraisal time is here!

Benefited employees and managers: Self-appraisals launched in the Performance system Aug. 12, which means activities for the end of the 2015-16 performance year are due soon:

• Self-appraisals are due Aug. 26.
• Managers' appraisals of their direct reports are due Sept. 16.
• Review meetings should be held by Sept. 30.
• 2015-16 appraisals will be finalized by Oct. 7 (no more additions or changes to 2015-16 Performance forms after this date).

Important reminder: 2015-16 goals must be entered and in the APPROVED state prior to completion of the self-appraisal step. Most employees set these goals beginning in November of 2015, but if you have not done so yet, now is the time!

Questions? Email Instructions for using the Performance system are located at


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).


liberty mutual insurance holding information sessions on campus

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.—Buchtel Tower conference room
Did you know that DU faculty and staff are eligible for Liberty Mutual's exclusive savings for educators? DeEtte Kozlow from Liberty will be on campus to share information on these exclusive voluntary benefits and savings available to all DU employees, including 24-hour Claims Assistance, Accident Forgiveness and Better Car ReplacementTM. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to reserve a time for your appointment.

TIAA Virtual Environment webinars coming up

Check out these live financial webinars offered by TIAA through the online Virtual Environment:

•Sept. 13, noon-1 p.m.: Your Next Great Adventure: Living Well in Retirement
• Sept. 14, noon-1 p.m.: Demystifying Life Insurance
• Sept. 14, 3-4 p.m.: Gaining Insight: Navigating Debt Consolidation & Understanding the Mortgage Process
• Sept. 15, noon-1 p.m.: The 411 on 529 College Savings Plans
• Sept. 20, noon-1 p.m.: The 2016 Presidential Election and the Economy

Reserve your place (remember, you'll need to register if this is your first visit to the Virtual Environment).


tip of the week

Have you heard about the 80/20 diet? It's not a diet in the sense of weight loss or restriction. Rather, it's about the food that makes up our daily meals. Eat healthy (YOUR definition of healthy) 80 percent of the time. The other 20 percent of the time is for less-nutritious items, treats or splurges. You can break this up by day or by meal, whichever is easiest. Nothing is off limits and there are no BAD or GOOD foods. The best thing about this approach is that it's personal and you can adapt and improve it as you move along your nutrition journey. The only rule is to get clear on what items are in your 80 and in your 20 so you know where you stand. If you are looking for a simple guideline to help you be healthier, happier, have more energy and be more productive, try it out for a week.

Registration now open: Crimson Classic 5K & 1.5-mile walk

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m.
Register today for the 4th Annual Crimson Classic 5K & 1.5-mile walk on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. Registration is free for all students, faculty and staff. This has become a DU tradition; hope to see you there! Register

Special offer for Crimson Classic participants

Boulder Running Company is excited to offer a VIP weekend Sept. 9 –11 to DU Crimson Classic 5K participants at the Cherry Creek location. Participants can receive discounts for shoes, accessories, clothes and nutrition items for race day. Vendors will be in-store with raffles to win goodies. Please bring your DU Pioneer ID card.

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.

REFIT® Express

Thursdays in August, 12:05-12:50 p.m.--Driscoll Pub (where Subway is located)
Thanks to a Newman Center sponsorship, a shorter version of REFIT will be offered during the lunch hour to complement Tuesday afternoon classes. REFIT Express runs 45 minutes and focuses on strength, toning, flexibility and stretching. Registration is not necessary. 

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.


Bike to Work Breakfast

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 7-9:30 a.m.—Carnegie Green
The weather continues to be great for biking, so this week convince a colleague to ride with you, test a new route to work, or dust off your cruiser. However you ride, join us Wednesday, Aug. 24 for a Bike to Work Breakfast sponsored by UTS. If you need a shower after your commute, they are available in numerous buildings across campus. Fresh-baked breads, bananas and coffee will be served. Hope to see you there!


OUCampus web editing workshops

UTS is offering web editing workshops for people who maintain DU webpages with OUCampus. These workshops are great if you are new to OU, or if you just need a refresher. Bring your specific questions! Workshops are from 10 a.m.–noon in room 102 of the UTS building (2100 S. High St.) on these dates:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 30
  • Tuesday, Sept. 13
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28

To register, log in to PioneerWeb. From the Employee tab, look for the Training heading and select Desktop Applications. Contact with questions.

Canvas Basics Webinar

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 9:30-11 a.m.
This workshop is an introduction to Canvas for new users. Topics in this session will include general navigation of the Canvas interface, content creation and organization, notifications and communication, and assignments (including quizzes, graded discussions, papers). The last 30 minutes will be dedicated to Q&A. Register

Canvas and Ed-Tech open lab/office hours

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1-4 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC 345)
The Office of Teaching and Learning staff will be holding open lab/office hours to provide hands-on assistance to faculty and staff with Canvas, the University's Learning Management System, as well as other tools supported by the Office of Teaching and Learning such as Adobe Connect, TechSmith Relay, DU Portfolio and classroom clickers. Please bring your own device. Registration is not required, but registering helps us know to expect you, and to keep track of how often to offer these sessions.

Featured Events

Project X-ITE Fireside Chat with Dan Caruso, Steven Kaplan and Dean JB Holston

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 5-7 p.m.
Please join Project X-ITE for an intimate fireside chat and networking reception. The evening will feature three successful builders of entrepreneurial eco-systems, as they discuss the challenges of growing innovation and explore the unique environments of the Chicago and Colorado startup and scale-up communities. Dan Caruso is chairman and CEO of Zayo Group; Steven Kaplan is Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; and JB Holston is dean of the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Denver. Please register (required)

Obama's Legacy in the Middle East—Lessons for the Next President

Tuesday, Sept. 13, noon—Sie Complex, Maglione Hall, 5th floor
Faculty and staff are invited to attend a Korbel School panel discussion featuring Korbel Dean Christopher Hill, Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies and associate professor, Erica Chenoweth, professor and associate dean for research, and Tom Farer, professor and former dean of the Korbel School. More

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