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DU Digest

Feb. 14, 2017

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du faculty in the news

DU faculty and staff were in the media this week discussing President Trump's attacks on the judiciary, the responsibility of the Secretary of Education and a recently published book of poetry. Read more from Rebecca Love Kourlis, Karen Riley and Eleni Sikelianos.

Come to the Second Annual Global Reveal

Friday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m.—Ritchie Center, Magness Arena
For years, DU has been recognized as one of the top study abroad programs in the country and has sent thousands of students around the world. In an effort to celebrate our pioneering community, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in our newest tradition—the Global Reveal. Be there when our DU students find out where they are going to study abroad! Mix and mingle with international food, music and fun!

DU updates its practices to provide greater use of preferred names

The University is changing its traditional practice of using only legal names for official student and employee records. Recognizing that many community members prefer to use a first name or full name that is different from their legal name, the University has begun updating its systems to allow for the use of a preferred name. This feature has been available in the online directory for several years, and is now available in other DU platforms such as the student profile and class lists. The change will be made in other DU systems over time. Information on DU's preferred name practices and how to update your preferred name is now online. If you choose to enter a preferred name, please be aware that the University will use it wherever possible, such as in web displays (online directory and class lists) and notices and correspondence to students and families that are generated using internal data. Legal names will continue to be used as required, including on official transcripts. For more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar via email or by phone at 303-871-4095.

2017 founders celebration

Wednesday and Thursday, March 1-2
One of DU's most treasured traditions, the annual Founders Celebration recognizes the individuals throughout the decades–from our founding in 1864 to the present day–whose dedication has made an indelible impact on the University of Denver. This year's theme "Finding our Founders" honors their visionary commitment to our University and to our world, to create lasting connections and to experience the transformational power of philanthropy, community and intellect. Each one of us can be a founder, as we continue to add to our rich history, making DU what it is today and what it will be tomorrow. The celebration features several events:

March 1: Founders Fest—a free, fun kickoff and Founders Forum—featuring faculty presentations
March 2: Founders Lecture Series—conversations with faculty, hosted by IRISE, Founders Gala and Founders Formal. More

National Student Employee of the Year

DU will be continuing the tradition of participating in the National Student Employee of the Year competition. To be eligible for nomination, a student employee must be currently enrolled at DU and work in either an on- or off-campus work study position or in a non-work study part-time position on-campus. Email in the Office of Student Employment to request a nomination form; nominations must be emailed back to Kelbert by the end of the day Monday, Feb. 20

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.

Register for Faculty, Staff, Retiree Appreciation Day with the Pioneers

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m. dinner—Magness Arena, Ritchie Center
Register for the next faculty, staff and retiree appreciation day, hosted by Human Resources and Athletics and Recreation. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and DU Men's Basketball will take on Omaha at 7 p.m., their last home game of the season.

Academic & Administrative Units

Colorado Women's College moving forward on new innovations

Colorado Women's College (CWC) has a bold, new vision to become a global leader in advancing women in the 21st century. It is a lofty goal, and one that got a step closer in January, when CWC Interim Dean Linda Olson presented a multiyear strategic plan to DU's Board of Trustees. The plan outlines two major innovations with multiple initiatives under each that envision CWC as a hub in Denver and the region dedicated to "advancing women through transformative education, leadership development, public good work and research." More

Act fast! Knoebel School offering Valentine's Day special on annual DU Vin event

It may not be happening until May 13, but if you act by tomorrow, Feb. 15, you can take advantage of even lower pricing for the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management's annual DU Vin Grand Tasting. You'll save $5 off the already reduced price for DU faculty, staff and students with this Valentine's Day special of $40 per ticket. Get tickets

IRISE grant applications are open

Applications for 2017-2018 IRISE (Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality) research grants for faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students are now available. Applications must be completed by March 1, 2017. More information

Save the date: DU Research and Performance Summit (DURAPS)

Friday, April 7
The fourth annual DU Research and Performance Summit (DURAPS) on cross-disciplinary research is a celebration of interdisciplinary scholarship, which involves the process of answering complex questions and solving problems that cannot be addressed within the bounds of a discipline. Come support graduate student research at this event!

Save up to $120 with P.A.S.S. Camp early bird registration

DU faculty and staff members can sign up their children ages 5-11 in Athletics' P.A.S.S. Camp during early bird registration and receive a special rate of $325 per P.A.S.S. Camp week. P.A.S.S. Camp (Pioneers Athletic Super Summer) will mark its 24th summer as a DU tradition, and features an introduction to sports with beginner-level instruction taught by skilled instructors. Register now, before registration fees increase to $335 per week beginning in April. DU faculty and staff also get a 10 percent discount when registering. If you're not yet sure of your summer schedule, weekly transfers are available at no cost, so you can register early and confirm your schedule later. Contact Lywanna Melvin (email or 303-871-3908) with questions.

People News

Eric Butler named interim Title IX coordinator

Eric Butler, who joined DU in 2015 as an investigator in the Title IX office, has been named interim Title IX coordinator. Until the University names a permanent coordinator, he will serve as a central resource for all University constituencies on all issues related to Title IX, and will be the designated agent of the University responsible for coordinating and overseeing compliance with Title IX statutory and regulatory requirement efforts. A search is underway for the Title IX coordinator position, most recently held by Jean McAllister, who left the University to devote more time to her consulting business.

HR News

Effective Meeting Facilitation

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2:30-4 p.m.—location TBD
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 in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Effective Meeting Management.

Fridays@noon: a toastmasters club at Du?

Friday, March 3, noon-12:45 p.m., HR conference room, Mary Reed Building
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Join Camila Angelim from Daniels College of Business and Greg Giesen from People Development as they discuss the benefits of having a local club on campus and the steps to bringing a Toastmasters club to DU. And, if you missed the last Fridays@Noon show on the Manager-360 process, watch it now. Register for March 3 in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Fridays@Noon. Hurry, only two spots available.

Chasing an Authentic Life with Corey Ciocchetti

Friday, March 3, noon-1 p.m., Daniels College of Business, Schneider Board Room 680
Join the Chair of Business Ethics and Legal Studies, Corey Ciocchetti, as he delivers his most popular talk on chasing the truly important things in life such as a solid character, setting priorities and gaining a big-picture perspective. Register in PioneerWeb—Employee—Training—Professional & Career Development—Chasing an Authentic Life.


liberty mutual insurance holding information sessions on campus

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.—Buchtel Tower conference room
Learn more about Liberty Mutual's exclusive savings for educators and voluntary benefits available to all DU employees. 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:

• Feb. 15, 10-11 a.m.: Social Security Planning
• Feb. 15, 1-2 p.m.: Money at Work 1: Foundations of Investing
• Feb. 16, 10-11 a.m.: The 411 on 529 Plans
• Feb. 16, 1-2 p.m.: Inside Money: Managing Income and Debt
• Feb. 28, 10-11 a.m.: Protect You, Your Family and Your Money

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


REFIT® with Kristin—location change this week; special events coming up

Tuesday, Feb. 14. 4-5 p.m. –class will be held in the Driscoll Ballroom
Thursday, Feb. 16, 4-5 p.m.—class will be held in Coors Fitness Center, Studio A and B (participants will need to sign in as a guest)

Two special REFIT events coming up:

Saturday, Feb. 25, 8-9 a.m.—Driscoll Ballroom (special event during Parents/Family Weekend)

Tuesday, March 7, 4-5 p.m.—Driscoll Ballroom ("newbie" class)
If you want to try REFIT but are nervous about coming to the weekly class, this one is for you! You'll be introduced to this fitness experience by dancing to a simple playlist and spending time practicing the moves. Wear comfy clothes, supportive shoes, bring a water bottle—and get ready for fun!

more wellness classes happening this quarter

Vinyasa yoga classes with Stephanie

Tuesdays, Jan. 3 through March 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center

Iyengar yoga classes with Jessica

Wednesdays, Jan. 4 through March 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Studio D, Coors Fitness Center


The Road Ahead 2017: Mobility on Demand

Thursday, Feb. 23, 8-11:15 a.m.—Driscoll Ballroom (buffet breakfast at 7:30 a.m.)
You're invited to this annual seminar exploring how the proliferation of mobile technology has awakened interest in demand-responsive transportation alternatives. The Denver event is sponsored by Transportation Solutions and the University of Denver. Info and to register. The Center for Sustainability is providing five free registrations for faculty/staff. Use the following coupon code on the registration website: DUStaffPromoTRA2017. Contact Sylvia Brady or Chad King with questions.

Inclusive Excellence

february is black history month

DU is celebrating Black History Month throughout February. Upcoming events include a discussion on "Race in the Classroom" on Thursday, Feb. 16, from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Anderson Academic Commons Special Events Room, and a screening of the documentary "13th" on Friday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m. in the Korbel School of International Studies, Room 5025. Learn more about Black History Month at DU.


Writing Program informal workshop

Wednesday, Feb. 15, noon-12:55 p.m.—AAC room 284 (Chan Room)
Supporting Thesis, Dissertation and Capstone Writers—led by Juli Parrish. Do you find that your graduate students—who are finished with coursework and writing their theses, dissertations or capstone papers—still have a lot to learn about writing? How do you balance supporting their advanced research with providing the writing instruction they still need? We'll give some quick strategies for responding to dissertations and other long projects. RSVP to Lauren Salvador at 303-871-7448 or Pizza and an apple included.

Writing Program informal workshop number two

Thursday, March 2, noon-12:55 p.m.—AAC room 284 (Chan Room)
Getting Students Beyond Drive-by Quotation and Haphazard Summary—led by Doug Hesse. So you've made an assignment that requires analyzing or synthesizing sources, but several students are unable to do anything substantial with the readings beyond stringing together summaries or quotations. What do you do? We'll provide some quick practical advice for helping students do more than haphazardly cite or share glib opinions. RSVP to Lauren Salvador at 303-871-7448 or Pizza and an apple included.

Introduction to classroom clickers

Friday, Feb. 17, 9:30-11 a.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
Interested in how classroom response "clickers" are used for teaching before asking your students to purchase the devices? Join the OTL and the TurningTechnologies vendor training team for an introduction to the devices and some ways that they can be used in class. Please register

Advanced classroom clickers

Friday, Feb. 17, noon-1:30 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
Are you already using TurningPoint clickers for your classroom participation? This session focuses on how to link them to your Canvas gradebook, create some more advanced questions, PowerPoint integration and an opportunity for Q&A with the experts. Lunch is included; please register

using video for teaching

Thursday, Feb. 23, 9-10:30 a.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
DU and the Office of Teaching and Learning support several tools for using video in your teaching, but which one is the right choice? Ben Johnson and Alex Martinez will ask some questions about your course goals and suggest the appropriate technology from our list of resources and provide a demonstration for each tool. Hands-on training for each tool can be provide in a personal consultation on a separate date. Register

canvas basics webinar

Monday, Feb. 27, 1-2:30 p.m.—online via vendor website:
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. Facilitated by Ben Johnson, Office of Teaching and Learning. This workshop will be held online using our new web conferencing service Zoom. A microphone and headset are recommended, or you can join the audio via a telephone by dialing 1-646-558-8656 or 1-408-638-0968 (U.S. toll calls), meeting ID 401-653-867. Register

Advanced Canvas: Assignment & Grading Strategies (two sessions)

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 9-11 a.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345) register for Feb. 28
Wednesday, March 1, 1-3 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345) register for March 1
This workshop will cover creating course-level assessments, feedback strategies, and using Canvas to make it all easier! Topics in this session will include: assignment creation, rubrics, the Canvas SpeedGrader, and Canvas Gradebook. We'll have additional time for questions and a chance to set up one-on-one meetings with OTL staff for assistance on any remaining advanced scenarios. Facilitated by Ben Johnson and Terri Johnson, Office of Teaching and Learning.

Featured events

Soul and Role

Thursday, Feb. 16, noon-1 p.m.—Driscoll Student Center North, Fireside Room
Consider joining a circle of faculty and staff interested in exploring the ways that our work can sometimes force a disconnect between who we are at the core of our being (our call to serve others in higher education) and our roles as professionals in academia. We will also share stories of strategies we've learned to foster productive relationships between soul and role in academia. The sessions will be co-led by Chaplain Gary Brower and Professor Paul Michalec (Morgridge College of Education). For more information visit the Soul & Role website or contact Chaplain Gary.

"Of Fire and Water: Making the World and Finding the Human in the Southern Peruvian Andes, AD 1000-1800"

Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:45-5 p.m.—Boettcher Auditorium, room 101
The Department of Geography and the Environment Colloquium series present the above lecture by Alex Menaker, PhD candidate at the University of Texas-Austin in the Department of Anthropology.

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